THE STRANGE, MYSTERIOUS AND AWESOME ZZYZX RD. EXIT

THE STRANGE, MYSTERIOUS AND AWESOME ZZYZX RD. EXIT

If you’ve ever driven I-15 between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, you’ve probably noticed the exit for Zzyzx Rd. You’ve probably asked yourself what the heck is up with that name? And what the heck is down that road anyway? From the I-15 exit, Zzyzx Road goes south. For six miles passing along a dried up soda lake bed, which was used for soda mining from 1907?–?1912. The stretch of hot desert coated with salt gives it a real Bonneville style feel. It’s a weird place, and turns out it actually used to be a spa. In 1944, a crazy evangelist dreamt up the concept and the Zzyzx Mineral Springs Resort opened on the land. The owner of the resort named it Zzyzx and came up with the slogan “the last word in health” to guarantee his spa would appear last in any alphabetical listing. Crazy genius… For years the resort was a happening place, and then the gov’t shut it down after the evangelist tried to sell parcels of land. Today it serves as a Desert Studies Center for California State University. There are makeshift streets with whimsical names like Boulevard of Dreams that criss-cross the area. A number of buildings, which were undoubtedly the resort suites back in the day, now serve as dormitories / apartments for students, staff and employees. There is a natural spring here, which is surrounded by palmtrees and cattails and a family of ducks lives in the spring. For a small, isolated place in the California desert, it’s pretty cool to check out once!...
Cafe Sportster build

Cafe Sportster build

Last weekend my buddy Gerry hit me up about his neighbors ’97 Xl 883 that only has 2,500 original miles. He knew the owner had it sitting in his driveway under some plastic for years and finally decided to ask him about it for me. The neighbor was interested in selling so I cruised over and struck a deal. Needless to say I got it for a great price and immediately began stripping it down on site. After ditching the old man crap in the trash. We tore the wheels and front end off and disassembled the tail section. Once the parts were removed we cut off the rear struts, grinded them smooth and touched them up with some Krylon Gloss (a dead match to the frame color). Next was to paint the wheels, pulley and front end. As the wheels and pulley were pitted and semi corroded I went with Satin Krylon. This soaked up the paint and gave it a cool textured look. The front end needed a little cleaning up too so I ran some Sandpaper 1000 grit wet and knocked most the pits and imperfections out. Once everything was painted and sorted it was all about bolting everything back together along with the parts I squirreled away for a rainy day XL Cafe project. I managed to stash some really cool stuff! The Burly Brand Cafe Tail Section, 15″ Stiletto Shocks, 1″ Clubman Bars and new Cafe Cable Kit coming soon. Working at Burly has it perks, having access to these parts is definitely one of them. Thanks Burly!! I’m also running some RSD parts like the Speedo Relocate, Fork Brace and...
Cafe Sportster: Build Video

Cafe Sportster: Build Video

Not too long ago a friend of ours Thomas (@thecalife) picked up an 2001 Sportster from Craigslist for a great deal. He reached out to us for info on our Cafe Sportster and composed his parts list with a bit of our help. We of course suggested a Cafe Tail Section, 15″ Stiletto Shocks and 1″ Clubman Handle Bars. He also sourced other parts from RSD, Biltwell, Todd’s Cycle, Chainsikle and ebay. Click here to see the Chop Cult build thread for more info. Watch the build video he did for us...
Born Free 5 Invited Builder Video Series: Jeff Leighton

Born Free 5 Invited Builder Video Series: Jeff Leighton

Love working with the guys from Born Free and helping out when we can. Had the opportunity to interview Jeff Leighton and Frank Kaisler regarding the bike and how they knew each other. Couldn’t get it all in 5 mins but just enough time to tell the story. Check out the other BF5 videos on Chop Cult now! Can’t wait for the show this Saturday, see ya...