Of Minds and Motorcycles

First Ride

"I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you're on it." - Johnny Depp

So I don't know if it's the changing seasons, daylight savings time, or animal spirits, but I haven't been writing as much lately. I've been working hard, and mainly planning and buying items so I can finish off Big Bertha in a reasonable amount of time.

Meanwhile today I met Jay, a guy who was storing his BMW R60/6 in our garage for the winter. I hadn't met him before, but he wanted to pick up his bike so he could take advantage of the nice weather. He was immediately excited to see the work I've been doing, and the way the shop is set up.

We were expecting to have to clean the carbs on his bike, but luckily it started right up; at which point it took little convincing for me to take the SV650 out of storage and go for a ride with him. Luckily the SV started up nicely as well. I've been having problems with the bike since the end of last season, with a rough idle and some other slightly wonky engine behaviour. I'll have to clean the carbs and possibly rejet at some point, but for now I was just happy to be riding a bike, and the problems seemed to smooth over throughout the ride.

first ride

And now for more updates:

Since most of the work I've been doing lately has been on planning and on spending money on things that will take a while to get here, I succombed to my perfectionist tendencies and got to work on smoothing out the frame welds and mounting the seat pan to the bike.

I bought this nifty scotch brite wheel type thing that really polishes and smoothes out rougher grinds. I gave it a try and it seems to do some magic on the frame rails. It takes the paint right off, and is delicate on the rest of the metal - a perfect tool for smoothing the welds after grinding and filing.

After welding a few beads to thicken the tubes around where I previously ground too much off, I carefully hand-filed the tubes to an even finish before polishing with the scotch brite wheel.

smoothed welds

scotch brite

Look at that finish!

And look, my aircraft remover has come in the mail so I can start removing aircrafts.

AIrcraft Remover

"Removing aircrafts from what?"

It's like that restaurant Shawarma's King - it's confusing. Is he the king of all the shawarmas? Do they mean shawarma is the king of all foods? Is it the short form of shawarma is king? I don't get it.

In terms of aircraft remover, I think they call it that because it's used in the aircraft industry for removing paint. In my case I'll be using it for removing paint from gas tanks. Besides the fact that I've seen other builders use it for gas tanks, I like the fact that it's a gel rather than a liquid. I feel like it'll be more controllable and easier to use. It's some pretty nasty stuff though, so full safety gear will be in order with this, or just some good cross-ventilation.

I then used my new drill press again to create my own weldable steel nuts for the seat pan. I cut off two pieces of 1/4" bar and tapped the holes using an M8 thread. I then welded them in place with two tack welds, one on each side.

seat pan welded nuts

bolted to frame

Seat pan bolted to the frame

That's about it for now. We'll see how much I can get done on the battery box and electricals in the next week.

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