Custom paint job winner!

Posted by Bare | November 2nd, 2013

Back in August we teamed up with BD’s Cycles to have a benefit for Sgt. John Colter in an effort to help him and his family after a horrible motorcycle accident. If you missed that, you can read those details below. Today, November 1st, was the deadline for entries and we picked our winner. I’m glad to say that the winner of a $2,000 custom paint job was none other than Nicholas Owen of Pearl River, LA! Nicholas is the proud owner of a new 2014 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe and I’m sure his new paint job will be stunning!

For anyone who wonders how this played out, I took the spreadsheet with all entrant names and used a random number generator to shuffle the names. This ensured that anyone with multiple entries had their name spread randomly throughout the list of 290 total entries. I then used the random number generator from www.random.org to generate a number between 2 and 291 (#1 was the header line on the spreadsheet). The number generated was 81, cross-reference this against the spreadsheet and we see Nicholas Owen as the winner!

I even did a little video capture to show the entire process on my desktop:

I’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who took the time to enter and help out a brother in need. I only wish we could have raised more! After Paypal fees we raised right at $2,750 to help John and his family.

Custom paint job benefit for Sgt. John Colter

Posted by Bare | August 6th, 2013
Sgt. John Colter

An unfortunate side-effect of working in this industry is that we’re always going to know people that have been in accidents. In the worst cases, when that happens, we do everything we can to step up and help out those in need. Now is one of those times.

On Monday July 8, Sgt. John Colter was seriously injured in an off-duty motorcycle accident. John is a United States Marine Corps veteran currently serving 25+ years in the Baton Rouge Police Department. He is the Louisiana State Captain of the Patriot Guard Riders and a member of the board of directors for Blue Knights Chapter VII in Baton Rouge. His accident resulted in a serious brain injury, several broken bones, and severe abrasions (road rash). Thankfully, John is alive, but he remains in the care of Touro Hospital in New Orleans where he faces a long, uphill struggle to regain both his physical and mental capacity.

John has been married to his wife Anita for 23 yrs and they have two sons, Travis and Nathan. As is the case with most police officers, John worked off-duty details to supplement his salary. Any sick leave or disability payments will not compensate for this extra income which was necessary to support his family. His doctors currently have no estimate for when he will be able to return to work, so whatever assistance we can provide will help his family with medical bills, school tuition, and other necessities during his rehabilitation.

Sgt. John Colter and sons Travis and Nathan

Here’s how you can help!

BD’s Cycles custom motorcycle painters is teaming up with us at Bareass Choppers to hold a benefit with the proceeds going to assist John and his family. One lucky winner will receive a CUSTOM PAINT JOB (up to a $2,000 value)! Entries are $10 each, and you can buy as many as you want. The drawing will be held on November 1, 2013.

Please don’t forget to “like” this post and link to this benefit on your Facebook page, local club website, or favorite motorcycle forum to spread the word!

 

To purchase entries:
PayPal users can send funds directly to “sales@bareasschoppers.com” or click the “Donate” link here:

Please remember to include your contact information in the notes when sending funds, and do not use the word “raffle” as it creates problems with PayPal.

Checks can be made out directly to “John Colter” and mailed to:
John Colter Fund
447 Evergreen Ct
Slidell, LA 70458

Sgt. John Colter with his wife Anita

Every $10 received will count as 1 entry, so (for example) if you send $30 you will get 3 entries. Any anonymous donations will be accepted for Anita & John Colter and not entered in the drawing.

The drawing:
In an effort to keep costs and complications to a minimum, we will not be mailing paper tickets. Instead, we will keep track of entries using an electronic database. Entry numbers will be assigned in the order in which donations are received, and on the day of the drawing a random number generator will be used to determine the winner.

Contact Information:
You can direct any questions to Mike Buras at mike.buras@bareasschoppers.com or you can get involved in the discussion on our forums. If you want a flyer for handing out or posting in your local shop you can download a .pdf version of this information here. If you want these details self-contained for posting on a website, forum, facebook page, etc you can link directly to this image which has all the information needed ready to go.

Thanks for stepping up to help out a brother in need!

May 2011 Highlands, NC Trip Broch (big bad), Travis, John (coltergeist), me, Sean (Tassy5), and Kurt (Sumo-X)

 

Done deal – The OC (Orange Chrome) Bike…

Posted by Bare | April 25th, 2013

Finally finished this project a couple of weeks ago. I just finished going through the images and getting them up on the site here for everyone to check out.

The OC Bike

This was a great project to do. It’s nice when you find a client who really wants to go the extra mile and not skimp on any details. From paint to chrome to accent lighting everything on this bike is top notch and it really shows.

I’m actually in discussions with a few different magazines right now who might be interested in doing a spread on the bike, so that might be fun. :)

The build pictures and parts list are located in the “Projects” section of the website here and if anyone has questions or is interested in chiming in, you can get involved in the discussion on the forums here.

Thanks for checking it out!

Making progress!

Posted by Bare | March 19th, 2013

I’ve been neglectful in posting updates and pics on this project, I know. Everything is moving along, just slowly, while I wait on a few parts to come back from chrome (again). All the work and parts were scheduled to flow perfectly, but some issues with chrome quality meant sending parts back to be re-dipped. Unfortunately sometimes delays like this are simply the cost of doing business when you want everything perfect at the end.

Anyways, to satisfy those interested until I get the last few bits back from chrome and finally finish this beast, here are some pics of when I got it into a rolling chassis and when I first test fit the fenders.

If anyone has questions or is interested in chiming in, you can get involved on the forums here.

Rolling chassis Test fitting the fenders

New project in the works…

Posted by Bare | January 19th, 2013

I’ve got a new project in the works, should be really nice when it’s done. Hopefully I’ll get pics up sooner than I have with Candy (my project from 2011). For now, here are pics of the paint, still in progress.

painted headlight painted tank
painted front fender painted helmet

Batwing fairing project complete…

Posted by Bare | June 24th, 2012

This marks the culmination of a project that was discussed seemingly forever but never tackled. This project involved taking a Harley batwing fairing and heavily modifying it to fit the VTX in a specific manner. I know this isn’t new to the VTX world, I just tackled it with a slightly different flair… :)

I’ve written up some of the details here in the tech pages, and discussion, questions, etc are all taking place here on the forums.

Harley batwing fairing project
Harley batwing fairing project Harley batwing fairing project

Melted main wiring…

Posted by Bare | October 19th, 2011

I just thought I’d throw this out there as a “service bulletin” for anyone interested. I took a bike in recently for work because the fuel pump would not prime. I suspected the pump was fine, everything else on the bike was in working order and the bike was intermittently shutting down while out on the road. 35k miles on the odometer, all the simple checks came back fine – relays in working order, kill switch functions, etc, etc, etc… What struck me as odd was that you should always get battery voltage (~12V) at the engine stop relay, even with the key off. I was reading battery voltage there with the key off, but when I turned the key on this voltage dropped to roughly 1.5V. I figured I had either a serious draw/short somewhere that wasn’t tripping fuses, or something like what I found…

Under the left side cover you have your main battery cable that feeds your 2 main 30A fuses. The wiring from those 2 main fuses then runs through a simple 2 pin plug before running over to the keyed ignition and so on. The plug looked almost perfect upon a cursory inspection, but when I went to separate the plug is when it got interesting:

30A main power wires burned

This was the source of the problem on the bike and unfortunately it was caught too late to save the plug and some of the wiring. I had to replace several inches of wire and add a whole new plug. This was simply a matter of corrosion buildup on the connectors over time and could have been avoided with a little contact cleaner to clean up the contact areas. It won’t hurt to separate this plug, clean the contacts and then pack them with a little dielectric grease to prevent further corrosion (just don’t go overboard with the grease). ;)

Well I hated to do it…

Posted by Bare | August 6th, 2011

The title says it all, I hated to do it… BUT, I finally broke down and added advertising to the site. I’ve really enjoyed providing the site ad-free for years while everything else on the web continued to get more and more commercial, but site-hosting expenses add up and the $20 or so that gets donated every year (yes, I said YEAR) just don’t cover costs. I’m still ignoring the urge from more “business-minded” friends to make the site completely pay-for-access. Charging people for information was never my intent when I started the site and I don’t plan on going down that road now.

So my apologies for the distraction of the ads, I think I kept them fairly small and relatively inconspicuous – unlike some sites I visit where it’s hard to separate ads from content. But hey, if you feel like helping out – when you visit the site click on a link, any link, it’ll help pay site costs. ;)

Valves… Done… Finally!!!

Posted by Bare | July 12th, 2011

For those who patiently waited (and those who not-so-patiently harassed me through email :)) I finally finished the write-up for adjusting the valves on the VTX 1800. As soon as I can get a VTX 1300 apart to snap comparable pictures I’ll adapt the existing write-up to the 1300 also. In the interim, feel free to check it out here.

Detailed picture inside a VTX valve inspection cover

I want to give a big thanks to the guys who helped “proof” the finished article, without their assistance and insight there’s no telling how much longer this might have taken.

Taking some time…

Posted by Bare | June 16th, 2011

Well after a busy couple of years without a vacation I was offered an opportunity to take a great trip with great friends. I reluctantly agreed (it’s always so hard to get away from work!) but as expected I was glad that I did. A week spent riding and hanging out with friends in the Smoky Mountains sure helps clear your head.

May 2011 Highlands, NC Trip Broch (big bad), Travis, John (coltergeist), me, Sean (Tassy5), and Kurt (Sumo-X)

You can see the rest of the pics here.

Fun was had by all despite exploding batteries, broken radios, road construction delays, separated tires, worn out shoes, full moons, pesky mailboxes, sharts (yes, sharts), and more finger pointing than should be allowed by law…

May 2011 Highlands, NC Trip

Unfortunately Killboy was too busy shooting great pictures of everyone else to get one of me, lol…

May 2011 Highlands, NC Trip

A HUGE thanks to Larry who let us use his cabin in Highlands, North Carolina free of charge. The accommodations were first rate (a giant 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom cabin on a river) and the roads were incredible. The road down the mountain from the cabin was every bit as curvy as the Tail of the Dragon and went down past 3 waterfalls – a great way to start and end each day.

Pics of the new project
bike (Candy) are coming soon!

Some of you may have already seen the bike in last months Tucker Rocky newsletter!

May 2011 Highlands, NC Trip