So we’ve just returned from Barber Vintage Festival (which btw, ZOMG!!!!!), and we’re slowly acclimating back to our normal lives as contributors to society. I’m working on a post about this now with all of our Barber adventures, but I wanted to jump in really quickly to tell you about someone named Aurorah.
Kate bumped into Aurorah at Barber who was selling these awesome posters explaining the steps in a four-stroke motor. Kate being a designer and lover of motorcycles, she naturally threw a wad of sweaty cash at her and gleefully scooped up her posters. They now hang in our living room.
While they chatted, Aurorah told Kate about her plan to rebuild a CB350 and then ride it from her home in Atlanta to Alaska and back. She’s a film and animation nerd, so all of this will go into a documentary. I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE moto documentaries. But she needs our help. She’s currently in the final days of her kickstarter campaign to fund the project. Let’s help get this project off the ground!
Go check out her Kickstarter page and watch her video. Open your heart and your wallet and help make this happen. Click Here!
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So this little guy fell in my lap and I had to move on it. It’s a 1979 BMW R65. I’ve got some fun plans for it. I’m also going to attempt to get it ridable before Barber (10 days away).
I’m still in the middle of work on my other R65, so I’m really picking a bad time to have another project lopped on my plate. Clearly I thrive on chaos. Stay tuned as I start picking through this guy.
So I’ve been blogging a lot less, lately. I think I bring this up every time I start to write anything. The summer got hot, and made garage time somewhat unenjoyable. But now I’m back at it. Barber Vintage Festival is just around the corner, and I’m trying to get the van ready while also doing some work on the BMW.
On top of that, work has been very busy. Top that off with the current (and final) season of Breaking Bad, and I’m a busy little bee. Don’t worry, though. Barber is coming soon. Motorcycle riding weather is upon us (in Texas). It’s about time to start dusting off those winter projects. Stay tuned!!
So we’re gearing up for Barber Vintage Festival 2013!!!
We’ve got kind of a laundry list of things we need to get done before it’s time to roll out. I feel like it’s going to be here before we know it and catch us unprepared.
Kate’s RD400 needs a few cosmetic things. Nothing major. I’m swapping the front end on the BMW with a one from an 87 Yamaha FZ600. My forks got damaged recently when I hit a curb trying to avoid getting rear ended at a turn (OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE!). I had these air assisted forks laying around and realized they were the same diameter (36mm), so I figured, why not!? I’m also working on a cool half fairing for it. Not sure if I’ll be all finished in time for Barber for this part.
The van needs quite a bit of lovin’. We’ve made the last two trips to Barber with no AC in the van. That changes this year. We’ve put a whole new AC system in it. Riding in style. I’m also working on insulating the inside to keep all my fancy new cold air in.
I’ll keep updating this post as I go.
So this is a pretty exciting day! I’ve always been a fan of how Woodcraft’s clipons. In my opinion they’re just some of the best looking bars. Like most manufacturers, they don’t make bars specifically for BMW controls (22mm). So you’re left having to turn the bars down yourself, either on a lathe or with sandpaper and elbow grease. I don’t have direct access to a lathe, and honestly, the tiny fraction of a difference between 7/8″ and 22mm doesn’t seem like much, but getting it filed down and perfectly round with sandpaper is a bear. I’ll never do it again.
So I contacted Woodcraft about doing some BMW-specific bars. They were happy to do a small run of them and I got the first set! For the most part, garage builders like myself are used to making things “work” when the need arises, but I just wanted to help make these bars a little more accessible to the BMW community.
So they arrived and they look awesome!! I can’t wait to get them on the bike.
I’ll take some better pictures and post them up when I get the front end all back together on the BMW. In the meantime, if you’re interested in BMW-specific (22mm) bars from Woodcraft, feel free to email me using the contact form in the sidebar. I’d like to hear from you as I’m trying to gauge interest in the bars as well. I’m not affiliated with Woodcraft. Just like their product and curious about other people’s interest in these bars.
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