Archive for February, 2012

Meetup in Austin

Hey boys and girls. I’ll be in Austin for Rockers vs Mods Austin next weekend and would love to chat it up. I’ll have the Beemer there. If you’re going, let me know by shooting me an email from the form on the right or by joining the Facebook Group

Hope to see some of you out there!

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Sunday, February 26th, 2012 Everything Else No Comments

CafeMatty Cafe Racer Discussion

Hey everyone!

I’ve been getting a TON of emails lately.. and I love it. So cool to hear from people and hear about what they’re working on, etc.. I was thinking this weekend it might be kind of cool to create a Facebook group so everyone could connect and discuss their projects. That way people can easily share photos of what they’re doing, ask questions, etc…

This may fail miserably, but I figured it was worth a shot. Let’s get a conversation going!! Go to the group here: CafeMatty Facebook Group

Monday, February 20th, 2012 Everything Else No Comments

BMW Handlebars

If you’re reading this and you’re under the impression that 7/8″ handlebars are the same thing as 22mm handlebars, you are mistaken. I’ve come to find people often mistakenly mis-label 7/8″ bars as 22mm. They’re close, sure.. Only a thousandths of an inch difference… not much.. But on your BMW it does matter. Which is why ACTUAL 22mm bars exist. (not a lot). Let this post serve to raise awareness for this issue.

If you own a BMW and are looking to put new bars on, you will need to look for 22mm bars. And then VERIFY they are actually 22mm and not 7/8″. The person will probably tell you they are the same thing, but they are not. If you try and put stock BMW controls on a 7/8″ bar, you will most likely break your controls.

If you must purchase 7/8″ bars, you’ll need throw the bars on a belt sander and turn them down.. I did it by hand with a bit of sand paper on some aluminum bars and it took aaaaaages. Use power tools.

That is all.

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

The Copper Bavarian

At a recent meetup of some of the Do The Ton crew in Dallas, we were quite delighted to get to lay eyes on one of my favorite BMW builds on the forum. Chris’s “Copper Bavarian” is just a cool bike and a great conversation piece. Probably its only flaw: there aren’t enough pictures of it. I offered to snap a few photos of it next time we got together. I’m certainly no professional photographer… but you’d barely need to be to capture the raditude of this bike. It just so happened that the area we met up in was the perfect setting for this raw brute. On to the photos!

Hope you enjoyed them.. For more details, check out Chris’s build thread over on

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 Everything Else No Comments

New Bumsaver

So my little thin seat pad just wasn’t cutting it anymore so I set about making a new, more comfy one.

I started by taping off my seat to create a new seat pan.

Then I cover the whole thing in aluminum tape.

Then I do the fiberglass work. I don’t have any pics of this because it’s a messy process that requires a bit more attention. Prior to this step I did pre-cut 5 layers of fiberglass cloth the shape of the seat. Once you mix up your resin and hardener, you’ll want to have a cup of acetone standing by for your paintbrush so it doesn’t get hard. From here, I just lather on the resin and add a layer of cloth.

I let it sit for about 20 hours.

Then I draw cut lines and start chipping away at it. This is best done a little bit at a time. Better to take off not enough than too much.

Once I have it cut to shape, I used a block sander to get the edge straight and pretty. The fit is good!

I was a little back and fourth on how I wanted to cover it. Originally I thought I might do it in two pieces.. like a car seat… but I’ve since been convinced it should be one piece.. which means the back needs to be strengthened so it doesn’t bend forward when they stretch the material tight. I was advised by a composites / materials expert that this was an acceptable way to accomplish this. We basically bent some aluminum to the right angle and then drizzled resin around it to mold it in. Worked a treat!

I dropped the seat pan off at this place. Not only did they do a great job, but the price was pretty good.

And here she is.. all padded up and ready for some bum-lovin..

I logged about 100 miles on it the other night and my bum was happy the whole time. Yaay!

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

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