Daytona, FL (RPRN) 12/01/10 — Ever wonder where the paw in our logo comes from? Our Founder was given the nickname "The Bear" while he was in the military. Other companies may use paws in their logo, but here at OBB, there's a man that stands behind this one!
The Old Bike Barn Story
Hi, this is Bear founder of www.oldbikebarn.com, OBB
I have been asked many times to tell the story of how this crazy parts machine got started, and I guess it's over due, so here it goes.
When I was young, I was really into hotrods and muscle cars but I couldn't afford one, then I found motorcycles. These machines were cheap, plentiful and with a great power-to-weight ratio, I could easily pull up to a light on my CB750 and blow the doors off any car. Needless to say, I was hooked!
I spent my teens building and restoring all kinds of bikes, 38 have passed through my stable to date.
At 18, I joined the Military working under American, British, NATO and UN command. Every time I would do a tour of duty, I would come home and buy a few more bikes to tinker with.
My military career ended when I sustained 2 fractures in my spine while on a mission over seas. The doctors made it clear, I might not walk again; I made it clear I would because... I had to ride my bikes!
It took a couple of years to rehabilitate my body and career, thankfully the military paid for my reeducation and I studied web design and business. Because I couldn't ride at the time, the Internet became my outlet to stay active in the sport. I built a hobby web site called www.oldbikebarn.com. The site had, pictures my of bike
I seized this opportunity and started to source reproduction and new parts for my site. I moved into my first commercial location; where things really took off, the web site was getting lots of traffic, and I could barley keep up.
That's when the one-man-show became a company made up of motorcycle lovers/enthusiasts. My younger brother Billy came aboard at that time and has since grown through every level of the company to become the Director of Operations and my right hand man. Today, the company has grown to have a vast line of products covering hundreds of models; 1969 to present day.
Old Bike Barn is dedicated to anything motorsports but with a paticuler focus on supporting 10-year and older motorcycles and the people that ride them.
We continue to add new products and new tools to help serve you
1. We have Live Chat on the web site 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday
2. You can easily find parts for your specific application by using the search by bike feature at www.oldbikebarn.com
3. You can submit a support ticket through the contact us page 24/7
4. Sign up for our Newsletter to get great deals, tech tips, jokes
5.The Old Bike Barn Blog is another great resource for Motorcycle news that adds to our by Biker's for Biker's commitment.
Keep it between the ditches and the Shiny side up.
Bear, founder Old Bike Barn
Los Angeles, CA (RPRN) 11/22/10 — By Bear from Old Bike Barn
This week my rant targets the “Tire Kicker” and dispelling the myth that parts are not available for older bikes Well I’m sure you have all met the guy I’m talking about, he’s the one that always has something to say about your ride (even though he usually has none). This is the guy that keeps old bikes off the road by promoting inaccurate statements about the lack of parts and the prohibitive costs of running older machines. This is simply not true you need only look at www.oldbikebarn.com, our customers regularly send us emails telling us they were surprised at how many items we have for their 70’s, 80’s or 90’s bike, and how reasonable the prices were.
When it comes to old bikes too many uninformed “bikers” make gross generalizations the worst one has to be the promotion of the myth that parts are not available… We at Old Bike Barn have spend thousands of hours making all the we have to support your older application available online with pictures and specs. Now don’t take this as a sales pitch guys but I want to prove a point because I hate knowing how many easily restored bikes are rotting year after year.
So Let’s take just about any UJM from the mid 70’s through 80’s. I’ll give you an example of just how much stuff we carry for an older model like this… complete engine gasket sets, carb kits, oil filters, fork seals shocks, fork springs, chains and sprockets, the stock decals, swing arm bearings, wheel bearings, brake pads, pistons and rings, cables, grips, brake and clutch levers, horns, rectifiers, head lights and well many more things! Now when some loser says why are you riding an old bike or something about it being hard to get parts… Let them know with parts from Old Bike Barn you can take a barn fresh beast and for well under $1000 make it road worthy.
To sweeten the deal an old bike is among the best bang for buck entertainment wise, the projects are fun and ripping around town on a machine that cost less than, 2 grand for bike and parts, that you built your self is pretty gratifying.
Even if you have a brand new machine in the garage a second older project bike can be a lot of fun and a great learning experience for the back yard mechanic. If you have never done it I highly recommend it. It will make a real motorcyclist out of you… Not to be high on my horse (or Bike) but in my opinion to fully be part of our sport you need to spin wrenches.
I’m tired of hearing people make excuses about why they leave a bike to rot while the parts are right here under their noise at such reasonable prices, and as for those tire kicking, weenies that always have an opinion and no bike well… enough said!
If you have been sitting on the fence or have a friend who has, tell them to check out just what can be had from us, the good old days are here now, old bikes are cheaper than ever and we can get you the parts to make them roll. If you know of an old bike hiding under a tarp, buy fit or a song and have some fun this winter experiencing the other joys of motorcycling.
I’ll keep ranting you guy’s keep turning the wrenches.
Peace and grease!
Jan Berkowitz received the vintage Harley Davidson as a heirloom from an old friend. Motorcycles, especially Harley Davidson's, have always been a part of the Berkowitz family. Jan Berkowitz started working on motorcycles at the early age of 12 on weekends and has continued to do so ever since.
Jan Berkowitz owns a newer model bike but was thrilled when an old friend handed down the vintage Harley. "This motorcycle was my old friends pride and joy." said Jan Berkowitz. "He spent a lot of time on the open rode with this motorcycle and I am thrilled to bring it back to its original beauty and performance."
This project began as soon as Jan received the motorcycle. Restoration can be difficult because parts are so hard to come by. Jan Berkowitz spent many hours online searching and traveled throughout the US looking for the parts he needed to complete the bike.
The 1946 Knucklehead was replaced with the Panhead in 1948. The Knucklehead received it's name due to the distinct shape of the rocker boxes; a Knucklehead engine has two round knobs on the cover that resemble knuckles. The Knucklehead engine is a two cylinder, 45 degree, pushrod actuated overhead valve V-twin engine with two valves per cylinder.
Jan Berkowitz is scheduled to begin working on the bike this week and believes it will be complete by summer of 2012; perfect timing for great riding weather. Jan Berkowitz has his very own garage to accommodate restoration of the bike.
About Jan Berkowitz
Jan Berkowitz has been a bike enthusiast for most of his life. He began working on motorcycles at the age of 12 and it has been his passion ever since. Jan spends a lot of time travelling throughout the US via motorcycle; a pastime which he enjoys. Jan Berkowitz has dedicated a lot of time to studying the history and mechanics of Harley Davidson motorcycles and strongly believes they are the best bike on the market.
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