The Black Sheep

LW hosted The Black Sheep - featuring tunes by The Shrine, Death Hymn Number 9, Sister Crowley, and Spirit Mother. Art and photography by @dust_diablo and @wicked_lady.

Photos by @mikeluci

Thanks to everyone who came out!!!

What we ride - "Sputnik"

1990 HD Sportster 1200

Working on and building bikes at a community garage certainly has it's benefits. One of the best things I like about it is the constant stream of creative input from the community that surrounds you while working here. Some ideas good, some bad, but all ideas. Jackson's 1200 Sportster was definitely a child of such an environment.

Ready for liftoff.

Ready for liftoff.

The pipes were custom at the shop made from 1 3/4" stainless tubing. 

The pipes were custom at the shop made from 1 3/4" stainless tubing. 

The headlight was a chopper swapper find bates style headlight which we re-finished and powder coated to match the raw look of the tank and fender. 

The headlight was a chopper swapper find bates style headlight which we re-finished and powder coated to match the raw look of the tank and fender. 

The solo seat and p-pad are cheap eBay parts re-upholstered by Rogelio's Upholstery in Baldwin Park.

The solo seat and p-pad are cheap eBay parts re-upholstered by Rogelio's Upholstery in Baldwin Park.

The stainless taillight mounts integrate into the sissy bar. We wanted to do some fun curvy bends here and just played around with the bender until we got shapes we liked.

The stainless taillight mounts integrate into the sissy bar. We wanted to do some fun curvy bends here and just played around with the bender until we got shapes we liked.

The sissy bar was defnintely the most fun piece to make on this bike. The original idea was to just make a tall, classic bar with one bend. After putting the bend in it and holding it up to the bike, it twisted by accident, and we decided to run with that idea. Keeping everything in place while welding in the struts was a challenge but super fun. 

The sissy bar was defnintely the most fun piece to make on this bike. The original idea was to just make a tall, classic bar with one bend. After putting the bend in it and holding it up to the bike, it twisted by accident, and we decided to run with that idea. Keeping everything in place while welding in the struts was a challenge but super fun. 

Velvets MC Rodeo and Panty Drive Recap

If you got a chance to come out to the Velvets M.C.'s 2016 Rodeo and Panty Drive hosted at Lucky Wheels Garage then you know it was a heck of good time! If not, fear not: we've accumulated a recap of the festivities! 

Photographs skillfully snapped by Dillon Padgette and courtesy of the Velvets MC. For even MORE great photos, check out the Velvets' Facebook page.

Firstly, the whole point of the party was to benefit the LA Downtown Women's Center! The Velvets generously organized this event to donate panties and other care items to the Women's Center. The Inland Empire Litas earned the Biggest Panty Dropper award! They brought a ton of undies and care packages for the guests over at the Women's Center. Thanks y'all! We love to see the motorcycle community helping out locally. 

The night got started with the Lucky Wheels team taking the first turn on the bull. We are from Texas after all! Then of course we fired up the grill and cooked some burgers and sausages for everyone.

DJ Bettie Blue and the Delta Dawns brought the tunes! 

As usual, the Lucky Wheels members couldn't resist showing off their rides a little. Our friends from VVMC made a good showing. And everyone busted out some killer Western Wear! @TamaraRaye won best dressed! Lookin' rad! 

Sasha Rojas, representing the @RideApart team, had the longest ride of the night!

And, before the night was over, there was a charity-raising shirtless arm wrestling match between our good host and Badd Wolf. (Y'all should peep his new video while you're here). It was for charity! 

Got any sweet pics of the event or any other Lucky Wheels event? Tag us on Instagram! @LuckyWheelsGarage! Until next time! 

Dirtbike Mondays - May 9

We spend almost all of our time wrenching at the shop, and Dirtbike Mondays is one of those times it all pays off. We try to make it out to the dirt as often as we can. This time a few of us went out to a favorite spot in Lancaster to get dirty and injure ourselves.

Brian and Jackson discussing the finer things in life

Brian and Jackson discussing the finer things in life

Brie came along and took some awesome photos. Pictured in her natural habitat on the side of Angeles Crest.

Brie came along and took some awesome photos. Pictured in her natural habitat on the side of Angeles Crest.

As soon as we got to the spot, Brie wanted to learn how to do a burnout. Success was had.

As soon as we got to the spot, Brie wanted to learn how to do a burnout. Success was had.

We hit the trails and had some fun. This spot is pretty sandy so it's always a challenge, but super fun. There are some good hill climbs and sandy whoops. It has some pretty nice views of the desert.

The group pausing for a much needed rest atop a hill.

The group pausing for a much needed rest atop a hill.

Near the place where we park there are some fun jumps to hit, so we had some fun over there for a while. Here's some pics of everyone RIPPIN'

Hooligans

Hooligans

Brie gettin' it

Brie gettin' it

Learning to jump. Brie did a hell of a lot better than most of us for her first time on the dirt.

Learning to jump. Brie did a hell of a lot better than most of us for her first time on the dirt.

Until next time, y'all. 

The Tool Wall

The Tool Wall is one of the most important aspects of our whole wrenching and working environment. We want to make sure there are plenty of tools for everyone and that the tools are easily accessible at all times. There are 6 tool walls around the shop.

We started by building a frame for the wall and bolting it into the wall using concrete anchors. You can see some of that work in this video:

We finished up by adding simple wooden fixtures fitted up for each tool. That way everyone knows where to find tools and where to return them.

People seem to like the tool walls. They certainly add to the organization of the shop and they help us keep the place nice and neat. A clean and neat environment helps everyone get more done so they can get back to riding! 

Death Valley Ride

The Green Bean hitched a ride with a few of our pals out to Death Valley a few weeks ago. It was brutally windy but strikingly gorgeous out there. Here's a few of the highlights.