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by Alain Panneton
For the 2009-2010 show season I have a project I can really sink my teeth into: “Blade”. With its sharp edges and sleek lines, this bike will be an homage to Blade the Vampire Killer, a hero right out of the Marvel mythology. Thinking it would be interesting for you readers, I decided to document my approach in painting this beast.

Before starting a project I always do a bit of research. My goal here was to use as many aspects as I could to make the theme of the bike as recognizable as possible. First and foremost, Blade is a vampire. And where there’s a vampire there’s usually blood. So there will be blood! Vampires are also immortal, so this bike cannot look as if it came out of a showroom, without forgetting it is supposed to be used as a war machine. To give it an old and faded look, I will use over thinned water colors. To those elements I will add tribal signs, some in reference to Blade’s tattoos and others that will refer to more primitive signs we can see in the movies.

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Technical

Technical

by André Bobinas
“ When I say Whoa, I mean Whoa! ”
That is what comes to my mind when I think about brakes. Those infamous words out of Yosemite Sam’s mouth just before he smacked a horse or camel on the head with a shovel: or better yet the smell of my burning running shoes when I wedged them between the front tire and fork of my bicycle when I was a kid; That was many moons ago!

Harley-Davidson brakes have evolved through the years starting with mechanical drum to hydraulic drum brakes and then from one-sided floating piston to opposed piston brakes < picture 1>. The first versions of drum brakes were not very efficient. They were installed on bikes until the early 70’s and needless to say “urgent stops” were virtually impossible. Hitting them as hard as you could to slow down and looking for an exit space was usually standard procedure. Talk to any old time biker; they usually have tons of old white knuckle stories about that. The last generations of drum brakes were hydraulic assisted. They were used only at the rear wheel and this was Harley’s best attempt with this configuration. After drum brakes came disc brakes, which we still use today ...

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Ever since Mr. Claude Huot acquired his Harley-Davidson dealership, Blanchette has been known for its special projects. Starting with his series of FLH Special Editions in 2005 and continuing with many high profile choppers, Huot always pushed the envelope. One of his favourite motorcycles, the Road Glide, has been the subject of many projects. Popular in the States for its manoeuvrability and clean handling, the Road Glide is gaining in popularity here in Quebec.

“Why not modify a Road Glide by make it longer, lower and more powerful?” he thought.

Claude started by making the rear of the frame – which is removable on the 2009 models and later – 75mm longer. To do so, he lowered the front and rear suspensions by 35 mm. His goal was to make the motorcycle more stable at high speed by making the wheelbase longer and by lowering the center of gravity. The front of the bike would be less likely to lift under acceleration with all the added power transferred to the rear wheel.

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Old School

Old School

Ted Hector’s Thunder Road Motorcycles and the World’s Fastest Indian Jr. Scout

You know what the best part of my job is here at Revolution Magazine? Well I’ll tell you. Meeting people like the person you are going to read about in this month’s Old School column. As a Canadian magazine we go out of our way and bring you the best of what this great big country has to offer when it comes to people who live for the love of custom motorcycles. I personally enjoy bringing you the unsung heroes, the p e o p l e w h o have accomplished amazing things in our world of two wheeled machines. Yet so many of us have no clue as to who they are. That said I have to thank my buddy Allen McMurrer for pointing me in the “western” direction.


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Interview

Interview

The Michael Lichter Experience
Who is Michael Lichter? I guess I can understand if the name doesn’t sound familiar to you especially if you’re a guy that doesn’t read the fine print. But ask any bike builder about Michael and his work and I can guarantee you that he will know exactly who you’re talking about because I’m sure that he would love to have Michael shoot one of his builds. Even though the name might not register, I’m sure that one of his pictures will. Pick up a motorcycle magazine and chances are you will see one of Michael’s event pictures and if you’re lucky one of his motorcycle spreads. I jumped at the occasion to write this article when I heard that Michael Lichter was going to contribute quarterly to Revolution Magazine with either an article or pictures. I think this is an incredible addition to an already great magazine. So I wanted to tell you who Michael Lichter is, which is both an honor and a pleasure for me.

I don’t even know where to start. You see Michael has been photographing motorcycles and motorcycle events for over 30 years now and his work has graced the pages of numerous motorcycle magazines and motorcycle oriented books. Michael is not only a photographer but also the curator of many exhibits that showcase motorcycles

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