BMW Cafe Racer

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

Barber Vintage Festival 2011

So my friend Skyler and I made it out to Barber this weekend for the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. We had an absolutely amazing time. We got to meet up with a bunch of the guys from Do The Ton, and rub elbows with the guys from Dime City Cycles, the producer of Cafe Racer TV, and freaking Mark Wilsmore of Ace Cafe London.

Our bikes were entered in a cafe racer bike show. It was great to see everyone’s rides. So many amazing things turned up.

The bikes lined up for the cafe racer bike show at Barber Vintage Festival 2011

You can see the Beemer as well as Skyler's CB360

There were also vintage bike races. These were just awesome. 35 year old bikes screaming past… it got your heart racing. The vintage sidecar races were definitely my favorite.

(If you were in this particular race, I took quite a few photos. Contact me if you’d like them.)

A shot of our bikes Saturday night. Skyler’s bike is a 1974 CB360

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Sunday, October 9th, 2011 Everything Else No Comments

Packed For Barber

We’re all packed up and about to make the 750 mile journey to Barber Vintage Festival in Alabama.

Hauling motorcycles with a van

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Thursday, October 6th, 2011 Everything Else No Comments

New Paint

Well. After the stupid shop (never use Killa Cycles in Dallas for any custom work or paint) managed to not paint my stuff before Barber Vintage Festival (he had a month). I picked up my stuff the day before we were to leave in anger thinking I could do a quick rattle can job. A friend from Do The Ton invited me out to his work to use his paint booth in the hopes that we could do something really quick.

We started by prepping the tank.. Did some minor body work, but didn’t do everything as it was meant to be a quick job and would be redone later. Just needed it for Barber. He shot the primer and then a few coats of black. Then he suggested we throw some of the orange candy I had from paint I got to redo the scallop. (it was matched to the frame perfectly).

This has a great deal of pearl in it so I had some concerns, but thought, hey it will probably look awesome. Black with an orange sheen.

He walked out of the paint booth, eyes wide, and said, “There’s a little more than orange pearl in that…..” I walked in and looked at it… Sure enough, it was lots of different colors. It was subtle but, along came the clear coat and BAM. The color just exploded off the tank. So.. now I have a chameleon paint job. One that is seriously growing on me….

Thanks so much Kit for the HUGE bailout.

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Thursday, October 6th, 2011 Everything Else No Comments

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