Another BMW R65

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.

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Monday, September 30th, 2013 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

Barber Prep 2013

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.

Here’s the progress on the van so far. (9/7)

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Saturday, September 7th, 2013 Everything Else No Comments

Harvest Classic 2012

So a few days after the Barber Vintage Festival we decided we would head down to Luckenbach, TX for the Harvest Classic which fell that following weekend. I didn’t even unload the van from Barber. Kate and I picked up Kit early Saturday morning (around 4 am) and we pointed the van towards Austin.

Once again, the drive was very uneventful. Skyler and his wife Tori had left the previous night on his Thruxton and stopped at a hotel about 60 miles away from Luckenbach. Once we got east of Austin and into the gorgeous landscape of the hill country it was marvelous. I love that area. I’d live there in a heartbeat. The roads are nice. The views are spectacular. It’s beautiful country.

Once we started to get closer, we started seeing more and more bikes, including LOTS of old Airheads.

Once we got into the event area the first thing we see is this guy just hanging out.

And Kit couldn’t contain his excitement.

And then this guy popped up…

We got all unloaded and camp setup and ran our bikes over to the bike show. We were denied registration as we were four minutes late. FOUR MINUTES!!? I was a tiny bit bummed, but we just parked our bikes just outside the show area and got some good attention anyway ;)

Later on we decided to fix a little exhaust leak on the RD400 so I sent Kate to get it, but of course not start it. So she pushed it back while Skyler’s wife Tori steered. This was Tori’s first time behind the controls of a motorcycle. She did well and everyone seemed to get a kick out of a couple of a couple of girls pushing this gnarly bike through the crowd.

Once night fell we just relaxed in our campsite with some drinks. We scrounged some firewood from what appeared to be a trash pile that also had remnants of a recently cut down tree. We built a fire pit from large stones we’d gathered from the dried up creek bed next to where we were camping.

Then a drunken Skyler climbed a tree.

After a bit, Kit decided we should go take some photos of the RD400 in the Luckenbach “town center.” While I was moving the bike into position, he noticed a girl walking by that was modeling items for the auction earlier that day. He asked her if she would like to take some photos, which she was happy to do.

Then we went and snapped a few next to the Harvest Classic banner.

The next morning we loaded up most of the gear and got ready for a little ride on this beautiful road that went past the event site. The ride was abruptly ended when Kit dumped his bike and tweaked the bars. There was a guy on the side of the road with his hood up, and Kit quickly pulled over to see if he needed help. There’s almost NO shoulder on this road so as soon as he hit dropped off the edge of the road he hit some wet grass and the bike just buckled underneath him. Luckily he was going very slowly so it was more of a soft topple. But it was enough to bend his bars a bit. So he and I headed back to the van and waited for the others to return.

After that we loaded up the van and headed North! It was a fun little trip. In the end I wish we would have rode it, but I just don’t quite trust the RD400 yet. Next year… next year. :)

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012 Everything Else No Comments

Airheads Everywhere!

I’m currently at the jQuery Conference in San Francisco, and I have to say, the number of BMWs in this town is amazing. I see at least 4-6 a day, and that’s mighty fine. Conference is finishing up this afternoon, so if you’re reading this and you are in San Francisco, I’ll be here until Sunday morning. Let’s grab a beer!

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Friday, June 29th, 2012 Everything Else No Comments

Cone Engineering Rocks

Rich at Cone Engineering was nice enough to send me some stickers… probably due to all the nice things I’ve been saying about them ;)

No but seriously.. I love my exhaust. I couldn’t be happier. If you’re looking for something custom, you should give them a shout. Ask for Rich.. Tell em’ Matty sent ya.

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

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