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Mr. Motorcycle

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I live at 1 Frozen place in, Minnesota, United States
My real name is Mark. For many years now my wife has called me Mr. Motorcycle. When I started my Blog I was looking for a catchy blog name, so I went with it. I'm happily married and I'm also a father of 6 children. I have two human offspring, one dog, two cats and one custom Harley. I believe that makes 6 children. When I'm not doing my real full time job, or going for a ride, I like to do art, custom paint jobs, and of course BLOG. If you would like to contact me, my e-mail address is phonetically spelled for avoiding spammers. (I actually do use the number 1 in the beginning.) 1mrmotorcycleATgmailDOTcom

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The photo above is my ride :
"Kenny" started life as a stock '97, 883 Sportster. It's been a work in progress since the day I bought it many years ago. Its mostly custom with a built, "slightly juiced up" 1200 motor.
The Metal Fabrication, bodywork and custom paint was done by me.

How the Hell did I come up with a name like Kenny for my bike you ask?...... Most people who name their rides, go with chick names. I of course had to be different. I think bikes look tough, cool and masculine; not feminine. Plus, my father "Ken" has helped make me who I am today. Therefore with a little twist on the name, my bike was named "Kenny".


Come check out my custom paint! Click on the logo above to go to my custom paint blog.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I’m starting a series of Tech. tips. Here’s my first.

Painter’s Tech tip #1

What is wrong with this picture? No, it’s not the fact that it looks like a messed up watercolor painting. I did that on purpose.
I borrowed the picture off of the internet, and smudged it so as not to give away who the paint job or picture was from. I tried my best to make it not recognizable. I don’t want to slam anyone else’s paint work. In the original custom painted gas tank picture the paint was nice & flames were nice. There may not be anything wrong with the picture if the frame on the bike is Yellow.

The reason for the photo is to show mount tabs are painted yellow like the front of the custom paint. Many painters, when custom painting gas tanks, etc, don’t take into consideration what color the frame on the bike is. Unless you’re building a one off chopper from the frame up, chances are you’re not changing the standard stock frame black color to the same colors as your new custom paint job. How does the painter know to paint the tabs black if you don’t point it out to the painter, and special request it, chances are they are going to paint it as is. The mount tabs should be the same color as the frame so they don't stick out like sore thumbs. I even see stock paint jobs this way. Hey, welcome to my mount tabs. Maybe I'm too picky. But I am into customs.

Mr. Motorcycle


Lady R (Di) said...

It's funny how something like that wouldn't even come to mind if you don't work with it like you do. I would like to paint my Glide someday. She's ten years old, and I would like to spiff her up a bit. This bike has been garage kept her whole life, so she doesn't look ten (why so we refer to our bikes as she?). My frame is black, and H and I thought how cool it would look with black pipes, also. I'm sort of partial to chrome, but I've been thinking that over more. I will just have to continue to ponder on that for now though. Thanks for the tip! Lady R

Mr. Motorcycle said...

Lady R.,

Glad you found my paint tip interesting. There'll be more to come. My next few paint Tech. tips will be kind of on the same line as the first. Shall I say kind of a continuation. It's in the details. You don't have to be a painter for some of these, and they apply to stock bikes as well as customs.

As for chrome, vs. black pipes. I like both.

So as for you, good luck with what ever you pick. If you pick good ones, let me know so I can live vicariously through you.

Mr. Motorcycle

"Joker" said...

Now that you've pointed that out, I'm going to have a look at mine tomorrow when I get her back.

Why she and not he? It's a matter of personal choice of course, but there are many reasons going back many years. Look for a post on my blog tomorrow which will shed some light on that age-old tradition.


Mr. Motorcycle said...


Regarding your comment on your tank. Sorry, I meant to turn off comment moderation. I was screwing around with some of my settings and forgot about it.

If you do have a silver colored tab that sticks out, I got a solution. You don't have to repaint, or re clearcoat the whole tank to fix it.

Let me know.

And I'll be by tomorrow to read your blog. I always do.

Mr. Motorcyle

Camron said...

Thanks for that tip, also. I'm planning to get a custom paint job done in the future, and I never would have thought to request that, although I would have been mad if they didn't do it.I firmly believe that everything should blend nice & clean.

Mr. Motorcycle said...


Aahh, the beauty of the biker brother and sisterhood via bloggers....that is one of the great things about this blog world. We can help each other out half a nation away.

Good luck with the new paint when and if you take that leap.

"Joker" said...

I checked the tank and that front tab is painted silver, but they use a big black plastic cover like a washer under the bolt to mostly cover it and make it appear to match the black frame. A cheapo shortcut, but I can live with it.

Mr. Motorcycle said...

Well at least they caught it.