Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wired - Gravity Speed Bike


Caught off guard again by a cool write up from

This time about the Gravity Speed bike....

Soooo Rad - Thanks Wired Crew!!

Heres the link to the article - Wired Magazine

Last time MLS was in Wired was the U-Lock tool last year
This was the U-lock post for Wired Magazine

Thanks to Kyle from Tracko for all the great pictures of the gravity bike and U-lock tool

Some quick updates on the progress of other projects - 
Matt started filming for the 120mph Track Race Bike and its looking SICK
Building weird Burningman projects, including stuff for myself because I was given a ticket!!!!
So look for an update tomorrow on what I am building.....

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Some fun for you while I work hard

So when I build motorcycles I really only have one guy take photos of my bikes because he is one of the best and most recognized motorcycle photographers in the world.

If you have picked up a Harley magazine of some type you have for sure seen photos of Steve Kelly.

So over the last few years I have done many shoots with him both for my own bikes, Exile and other builds...

Here is small slice of the many shoots I have been involved in, see what you think.....

Oh, and if your wondering what I am working on - like every year its that time again for Burningman and my shop is filled with odd creatures and projects from everyone and their twin brother.....

Remember about 2 months ago when I built the gas tank and welded this rusty machine with Blake at Exile Cycles
See my older post ( 2 months ago )

As many of you know - I am like a star in every other country but the USA 
I feel your pain David Hasselhoff and your over seas popularity 
This is photos of my Pabst Blue Ribbon Harly Dragster.

Heres an good old photo of my brother Jason Tiedeken and I
This was the good old Metal Morphosis days when we built motorcycles in Minnesota
I was really young in the photo and using my fake ID to take those twins out on dates
My brother still runs Metal Morphosis Engineering and I have MLS as a separate company but in the end we are still working together and building some crazy things... 

The Harley Twins with our Metal Morphosis Cycles 1968 Harley Sportster.
This was both of our first attempts at building Harleys - caught some of the right eyes in the industry 
The thing also had one of the craziest vintage Harley race motors I have riden and you shifted it with your hand behind your ass, Jockey Shifting Death Machine

This is a Exile Hot Rod with reproduction 1970s Harley Shovel motor we built at Exile like 4 years ago
The girls not bad either.

This was a bike we built on Discovery Channel's Biker Build off for Exile to battle against Billy Lane's Choppers Inc. 
This was the first time I really got thrown in front of the lights and cameras full time, then told to build stuff and don't look like a idiot because the WORLD is watching!!!
Dylan and I made those pipes in like a few hours - I am still proud of them

This is a bike that I built a few years ago for Adam Stark from Hollywood.
He is shorter and needed something special without the look of having a small bike so I did a drop seat Harley Sportster. At the time I was doing research and development for Edelbrock (the auto company) and so I got a crazy deal on the motor which kicked out about 100 HP, also one of the first bikes my brother made me build completely by myself which really sucked. 

Ok with about 100 HP its easy to get in trouble, I remember doing this photo shoot burnout down the main street in Malibu, CA and saying S%*# as this photo was taken because there was a cop sitting right there!!

All these photos were shot by Steve Kelly and are copy written.

Monday, August 15, 2011


Thanks first of all to the people that came out and gave me a high 5 !!

I was really taken back by the people that drove hours to come say hi, see the bikes and art, I hope I didn't let anyone down...

Over the whole night we had almost 400 people come thru the good old Actual Cafe!!!!

The employees loved those tips!!!!

Like I told you in the last post that I would be easy to find with my used car salesman brown suite, and let me tell you, I know it was a fire hazard but it was well worth wearing it!!

Jon Suzuki sold a whole bunch of great photos he took around Oakland and else where, some of the photos were very cool like the old Schwinn photos..
Jon Suzuki had some great photos up on display
My personal favorite was the one in the middle of the chainguard on the Schwinn Racer

The big Penny Farthing up on display for the kids and it is still at the Cafe if you are in the area.

The speed bike is still up on display until my body heals up from the last crash.

Setting up for the show while we waited to see what Mike Cleaver who rolled up with a super rad late night build - A kick ass BMX CycleTruck cargo bike that could do bar spins !!! He also rolled up with a super cool bright Pink cargo bike.
 I also had my custom 1938 Schwinn New World track racer with a custom race mechanic stand ( I need to do a photo shoot with that set up).

To close this post - Let me show you the best USED CAR SALESMAN in the Bay Area and for you Californians, NO its not Cal Worthington

Just rolled up on the 1938 Schwinn Superior to a photo by the Oakland North news, Matt Ducot is in the background locking up laughing at me like normal.

Want more info and pictures check out the Oakland North they are hip with the news

Friday, August 12, 2011

A night on the town..... Oakland style .....

Well, tonight is the Bicycle Art Show at Actual Cafe in Oakland,CA.

I stayed up all night working on everything and I am tired....

Come out if your in the area, its going to be a good time - look for the dude in the one piece 1970s tux, thats me!!!

This 36-29er Coker machine is going to be sooooooooo much fun !!!!! I took the solar panel off for the photos, the rack is only tacked ( i still need to do a lot of tweeking on it to get it looking right ) and i need to make the stand for parking it which will also be the fork brace when your riding.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

How to " bump it "

Lets try something new, how about some "how to" videos....?

If you don't have a 90 ton sheet metal press brake at your house well then just follow along and at least you can talk about bumping it to your friends and pets!

This piece of aluminum would later become the skid plate for the BRD electric motorcycle.

If this video doesn't have text then go to the movie page for more info
Craig shot this sick video - I owe you now Craig maybe some Taco Bell but nothing over 3 dollars

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Holy $#!+ where have I been.....

July at MLS is always a mad month for many reasons and so this is my complete July post in a nut shell...

1.Interbike is coming up
2. New product releases for 2012 for various companies
3. Prototype medical stuff
4. Bike Expo in San Francisco is coming up
5. Doing a grant for the 120 mph Speed bicycle project for filming
6. Working with 2 electric motorcycle companies
7. Designing home decor and gardening products for a few new companies
8. Working with a green company that produces generators that run 100% off of wood chip and biomass
9. Doing R&D machines for Clorox and its brands
10. Making various research projects for donut making
11. Still making more designs for the video game console project
12. Threw MLS prom at the machine shop
13. Getting ready for an art show coming up in a week, here in Oakland.
14. Also pulled a high speed chase with the cops for fun.... first time I have gotten caught.... sucks..... $$$$ :(
15. Working in LA and helping my brother on the turbocharged Honda race concept project
16. Its summer and you know how it goes... This is my first full Oakland summer and its been amazing with all the stuff to do and people to meet. It reminds me of back in Minneapolis with September weather, but all year round.
17. Almost forgot - Had personal lunch with famous designer Pierre Terblanche who designed all the Ducati motorcycles for the last like 15+ years, kinda stoked me out to say the least.

so where do I even start....

How about the fun stuff.... wait its all fun.....

This blurry pictures seems to stoke me out so much - its my summer and its been a blur of good times.
Matt leading the cruz on his custom Traffic cross bike to the hidden lake in the Oakland hills. Swimming at midnight is EPIC after a long ride!!

The new MLS Laboratory Home decor line will be coming out soon...
Made from recycled Lab materials and goodies these should stoke out your mom and have her asking for more. I bend them up on the big 90 ton press shown in the MLS video and the flowers are not included.

This is Jay (Chemical Engineer/designer/good looking smart girl) and myself hanging out after our meeting at All Power Labs in Berkeley. This company designs, builds and test a system called Gasifiers, which in a nut shell - take wood chips, chars them, extracts the gases from the charring process then uses that to run a natural gas engine. Running completely 100% on wood chips - sooooo cool to see it all happen.

This is one of the prototype systems that gets tested around the clock with various different things, if you ask them what they have run in the machine other then wood chips, this list will go for days, they have even run cigs for a full tobacco running gas engine you could drive a car with. That is Abrim the Fabricator/Shipping bitch standing in the blue hat.

I spend about 60+ hours a week working in my shop and other shops, but every once and a while I just have to shut it down and relax. we made a Santa Cruz run to swim in the river with the friends, Mr. Poe the dog is always down to relax it seems....?

Don't feed me coffee at 10 PM or else you will have a set of bars to ride down the street to the local bar for last call.

For real don't do it, now the 1938 Schwinn New World is a racing machine in under an hour.

PROM  at Monkey Likes Shiny -  "a moment in time" theme prom

The idea was to dress as a couple in a matching period correct clothing, we went as Steampunk....
My lovely dates for the night - Louise Chen and Mr. Poe
I fired up the sheet metal press and made her a fan out of aluminum using a clear plastic protractor in the middle so she could measure the degrees.
The punch was so spiked it almost evaporated.... need I say more
Thats Matt up front dancing to Kenneth's hit single " Girl check your signal" 
We had a list of celebs show up which stoked me out, also a live performance from  Kenneth Ronquillo and with over 70+ couples attending, the MLS headquarters was hopping with fun. When no one wanted to leave because of all the fun, I decided to take things in to my own hands by doing a 4th gear burnout and donuts on the dance floor with my dirt bike, in my own place destroying the hardwood floors and smoking the place out ( please don't tell the landlords) 

This is the Show coming up in Oakland if your in the area 
Also I have asked Mike Cleaver of Cleaver Bikes to join me in displaying some oddness brewed in Oakland.

To finish up this post I think the electric motorcycle will do the trick.

Jeff Sand of Sand Studios contacted me about doing some odd fab work on his top secret project.
The idea was to build a concept 100% electric motorcycle that looks good and rides even better.

Using his odd  1 to 1 scaled blue prints and no numbers given ( all by eye ) I some how made the bash guard out of 1/8 thick aluminum all cold worked on the big press and all my sheet metal tools. With little to no time left before the date to unveil I put the last minute polish on the bash guard ( its the aluminum part around the orange battery box, it protect the batteries from stuff hitting the frame, batteries or underside of the bike) I receive an email from him asking for more things to be made. This use to be my life doing this last minute BS when I was fabricating on air for Discovery Channel shows and also when I was working for Roland Sands Design, so to say the least I don't really even get upset or frustrated like most people do when this stuff comes in hours before the big event. 
The email said " hey make this stand for the bike and make it pretty" 
done, the only problem is now my track bike only has one grip because I put the other one on the handle for the stand as you can see in the lower left of the picture. 
The photos is in Derek's shop in San Francisco which is sooooo sick, its called Moss Machine and they build some neat stuff there, even parts for the cable cars in San Francisco.
This photos is like taken an hour before we were to show the bike to a fully packed press release.
The BRD Redshift Electric Motorcycle with my bash guard left in the raw aluminum
It got painted black for press release. 
If you want to read more about it here is some info from the press release
 MX action  or  for some cool photos from the night( pictures )

Thanks everyone - This July has been fun !!!!!