tisdag 9 februari 2016

VARDHALLA Fork Legs

 We build our VARD forks from the highest grade cold-drawn seamless precision steel tubing direct from Argo Aircraft Technique here in Stockholm.


 After final assembly of the fork leg we make sure it's perfectly straight; this leg is within 0.0006"
- all manually machined.


"Made of the highest grade cold-drawn seamless steel tubing"


Vardhalla Rising...


lördag 6 februari 2016

Ramblin' On - VARD Style


Here's one amazing portrait of time, The Franklin Ramblers MC from Franklin, Pennsylvania in the late 1940's.
Just check out that mean looking Vard front end!

Photo by John Rodgers

måndag 1 februari 2016

Vardhalla INC. Weapons of Mass Production


Here’s Supertuppen and my buddy John's black ‘47.
I rode a Vard on this bike for +4 years now and when me and John decided to fabricate a complete Vard front end the first question was simple; do we need to upgrade any of the parts on it? - However the question was just as simple
…No!


Why? - Because the Vard front end rides and handles better than any other front end I’ve ever ridden (which might not say all that much since I never owned anything newer than 1957) but the original performance of these forks sure doesn’t need to be improved, at all. Check out the sand mold of the fork covers, to the right in the photo is 110 pounds of pure manganese bronze.



Hey did you hear about Vardhalla INC building brand new Vard front ends in Sweden?


...Man that's so 7 hours ago.


Vard, children, it's just a shot away
Vard, children, it's just a shot away


Ok I'm back! Here are our brand new Vard sliders, please note the weld - we concentrate on making the welds look authentic and just a bit gnarly, like the originals.


As a bonus here’s 2 photos of both the interior and exterior of the original Vard INC plant located on 2981 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena California.


And here’s a little weapon of mass production I did today to locate the first coordinate of the trees.


This is where the whole machining process starts – after locating the first coordinate we trace every hole in both trees from this exact mark, and we do it using a steel compass and calipers, not one single digital thing is involved...


CNC machining would take the fun out of the whole process so we fabricate every part manually by hand on 1940’s equipment.
The best part is; we're gonna show you how to do it yourself too...

lördag 30 januari 2016

Vard Triple Trees Fresh From The Foundry


Pure Manganese bronze glory.


The foundry who casted our trees was established back in 1943 and runs 3 generations deep, they still use the same 1940's tooling frames and owen.


And so our Vard triple trees came out 100% identical to the originals including the tricky top surface with the diagonal 'casting stripes' - that part took a while to figure out but we couldn't be happier with the result. We started this project 30 days ago today and this is the last piece of the puzzle, now we only need to machine the trees and get ready for some final assembly.

onsdag 6 januari 2016

måndag 18 augusti 2014

Brooklyn Invitational Builders List


I'm so HONORED to be invited as a part of this great bike show...
See you all in Brooklyn on September 20th!

tisdag 4 mars 2014

Supertuppen Rising






Here's Supertuppen at The Moon Eyes Bike Show last weekend, all photos by Sune Norling.

lördag 8 februari 2014

torsdag 12 december 2013

Spider's Web - Our New Skate Video


Here's our latest skate video, Spiders Web. Music by the one and only SKATE DOC!
First full-part for me in 12 years - a perfect way to turn 4 months into 4 minutes.

onsdag 4 december 2013

Rigid Hips Speed-E-Shift (Nick-E-Shift)


And there you have it, a 100% accurate reproduction of George Tatge's fantastic dragracing invention from 1951 The Speed-E-Shift.


Set up exactly like the originals, including stainless cotterpins.


Ok, the original Speed-E-Shifters didn't have shouldered brass bushings installed but I just could not help myselfe...


One piece spacer-bushings and polished stainless glide-rods for the E-shackles to glide on.


Teeth of solid steel.


Neutral lever and banana-arm lined up ready to lock the shift-rod in place.


1-N-2-3-4
Bolt heads are seated in counter-sunk holes and then pressed in the E-shackles, exactly like the originals.


Pivot arm bushings.


Ready for road-testing.


And finally a little video of the Rigid Hips Speed-E-Shift.

måndag 25 november 2013

Lee Ving Clutch Pedal


I did another run of the 'Lee Ving' clutch pedals and just got them back from the chromers, I'll ship them right away so you guys should have them at the end of this week.


And now when I get home from work and I'm dyin' of thirst - all I want is more beer
I'll run into the kitchen and I'll tear off my shirt because all I want is more beer.

onsdag 20 november 2013

Ratchet Top Speed-E-Shifter In The Works


Here's how I'm doing the standard Nick-E-Shifter - an exact reproduction of the original Speed-E-Shift.
The red areas marks out the shape of the 'E' shackles on a standard Speed-E ment for rotary tops, as you can see it's got 5 different positions: 1 N 2 3 4.


And here's how I'm doing the Nick-E-Shift for Ratchet Tops, only 2 positions needed in the 'E' shackles, finding neutral will be so much easier and these shifters won't have to run the neutral lever like the standard Speed-E's.


"I think it's time for you to take your medication"
- Nurse Ratchet

måndag 18 november 2013

Gazing Through Trees in Sorrow - Hardly a Sound 'till Tomorrow



She often inclined to borrow somebody's dreams till tomorrow


There is no other day
Let's try it another way


You'll lose your mind and play
Free games for may


See Supertuppen play


Robin 'Boon' Nilssen shot my '47 same week I finished it this spring, and if you want to see more you can buy the latest issue of Roller Magazine right HERE.