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So one of the great and frustrating things about being a tech is that every bike has it’s own little nuances. Nuances that can sometimes turn a simple job into a long and painful day. For example, checking a spark plug on a standard bike like any old Japanese or Brit bike takes minutes. But then you take a majestic adventure bike like the KTM 990 Adventurer and you’ll find yourself having to pop the tank off, remove the fairing, disconnect some electrical connectors and such, maybe move the rad around etc etc etc. and then sometime later you get to the plug.
The cool thing is though, some of the manufactures are kind enough to bequeath us with “special” tools designed for one very specific task. Today we are gonna check out an example of some special tools on a Read More »
Every once in a while we find an iPhone lying around and decide to shove it in someones face to ask what they are working on. A few days ago, Dave de Jonge from Motooverland.com was in the shop fixing a new set of tires onto his GS800. Why? Whatever for? He’s got a pair of dual sport Heidenaus that seem to be lasting forever… WATCH THE VIDEO to hear what he had to say…
Well it’s been just a little more than a few weeks and we thought we give you an update on what we are calling “TheDukinator”. A zombie machine back from the dead. The body of the Adventure, with the heart and soul of the Duke 990.
After the first fire up (check out the last post) with the bikes new heart, we took a hard look at the rest of the damage we had been brushing off as “incidental”. I mean a bent subframe, bent rims, twisted forks and a list of other warped, flattened and busted bits are really just replaceable or fixable right?
A couple of phone calls later, the orders were in and it was just a matter of time before they arrived. 4 extra evenings later, the lift lowered and the … Read More »
The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work – or this case frightening news.
Whenever you hear about a friend going down on a bike, the first thing you think is “HOLY SHIT! - are they OK? ” If the answer is a relieving “yes“, the next thing you think is “…so how’s the bike?” The last thing on your mind will be the opportunities that present themselves.
We had a scare like this last month. A good friend of ours, Kevin Miklossy from onewheeldrive.net was on his way up to Whistler, B.C., taking one of BC’s most scenic rides, Route 99 – the Sea to Sky Highway. For locals, the Sea to Sky has a reputation on to it’s own…prior to a four lane “Olympic motivated” upgrade, this visually stunning pass once held MSN’s … Read More »
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Here’s a date you’ll want to jot down. We are proud to announce our first ever GRAND OPENING! That’s right! Over 2 years after the fact!
We’re clearing the lot and firing up the barbeque to thank our members** and community for 2 years of support!
Join us 3PM SUNDAY, AUGUST 26th, for an afternoon and evening of drinks, movies, prizes and the Motomethod Motorcycle Olympics!
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So we get a phone call the other day asking if we can pick up a motorcycle, “sure” I say, “…what is it ?”
He says “a 2012 BMW R1200GSA” in a thick German accent, “it’s at this and that street…”
I say “OK, whats the problem ?”
“… the transmissions pooched….” (a shop who shall remain nameless didn’t tighten up the transmission oil drain plug)…
So we go grab it… with all its luggage weighing the thing to probably 1200 lbs, and huff it in the back of our truck. He then asks, “I can rent space space in this shop and do it myself right ?”
“Well, sure” I said, “but do you have any idea how to do it ? …or have all the special tools ?”
“ Thats no problem” he says, “… its under warranty… I’ll make … Read More »
I have another wall of shame update here… although we weren’t quite sure if it was genius, ridiculous, or brilliant…
Changing a dirt bike tire today, after pealing off the first bead, i reached inside to pull out the old tube, and couldnt quite understand what was going on when i felt 2 layers… after pulling it out, i saw that someone had taken 2 regular tubes, cut one open, and glued the other one inside it to create a thicker, heavy duty tube…
Im still not sure if this tire had been changed since the 80′s, so i can only guess that back then heavy duty tubes were not a commonly stocked item ? In any case… do what you can, right!?
For the locals of Vancouver, there are a few dates you should put into your calendar this spring…
March 18th- PNE Swap meet 10am-4pm
This will be the 33rd annual giant motorcycle parts and swap meet at the PNE and there is always some goodies to be had if you get there early enough.
April 29th- Tsawwassen Swap Meet
Tsawwassen hosts my favorite swap meet for the year with a car park FULL of custom, vintage and some obserd inventions, along with their owners, aswell as 2 large areas jam packed with tables of parts… from English to Japanese, and the odd Harley table too… come find us !
Hosting some absolutely beautiful collectors items, the Nortons and Triumphs will blow you away. The cars are a huge bonus … Read More »
So, after the years of drop jaw laughing, and amazement of some of the stuff that we see coming through the shop, we have decided to have a ‘wall of shame’. Its going to consist mainly of parts that are so far beyond their life span, due to negligence or otherwise…Or just amazing findings that we show everyone who walks in that day.
I wanted to kick it off with todays Honda shadow 750 that came in with ‘running issues’… low and behold the fuel filter was so clogged up with rust (from the tank), there were little chia pets running around playing hide and seek when we cut this one open for a better picture. I cant even imagine how the carbs look, i guess we’ll find out soon enough.
So last year, just across the parking lot from our shop, we are sitting having lunch and out of nowhere these huge tall, custom made (out of atleast 3 frames) bicycles come around the corner being ridden by the Zenga brothers. They effortlessly jump down, and open the door to a space they have just rented across the parking lot from us… turns out they set up a workshop to make bicycle frames, and other random ‘arty’ things they are into. So, we went over to say ‘hey’ and have a little chin waggle… super nice guys and into motorcycle too. As the year went on, they came through the shop a few times for parts etc… and then one day approached us to pitch an idea they had of videoing us for sake of a Read More »
So i got to take a trip to Australia last year, and thought what a perfect time to check in with one of my favorite custom bike builders, and influences, Deus.
The headquaters are in Sydney, right downtown.. and this where the action happens ! The workshop is huge, and they have every dream tool you could think of… Plus there’s a built in cafe !
Walking around felt like i was in an art exhibition, rather than a motorcycle shop. But, none the less, there was so much cool stuff all over the place, and i spent a good part of the day feeling like a pedophile in a playground.
They buy up bikes like the Kawasaki W650s and Yamaha SR400s along with some Triumphs and Harley Sportsters, and turn them into some of the nicest custom cafe racers and … Read More »
Tired of seeing that tatty, or ripped seat that spoils the look of your bike ? Or, uncomfortable seat? too high, low or looks like a couch cushion?
Now we can fix it !
From hipster wrenchmonkees style, to gel padding and contour setups, we have joined forces with the infamous ‘J.A.Nice’ to serve your bum. Made with vinyl, or real leather for durability and strength, you can ride with style and comfort !
Prices are super cheap… from just $100 ! we are practically giving them away.
So, heading down to the baja on my ktm 525 where the sand is deeper than i knew was possible, and some of the cactus thorns are longer than my fingers, i needed a tire that would roost the guy behind me, and brake those cactus thorns like twiglets…. because getting a flat tire in the desert is no fun !
I was chatting with some guys who race down there, and decided to try out the Kenda parker dt (6 ply- so nice and thick), and dot approved…
I ran the tire at 15psi the whole time i was down there, with an extra heavy duty tube (dont even ask how fun that was to install !)
My first ride with it was from the campsite to the town (about a 5 minute ride, low speed, with a few wheelies)… … Read More »
Today, we were fortunate enough to have a 1930′s Nimbus motorcycle come to our shop to get it running ! Sometimes i think, this is one of the reasons i turn wrenches…
The nimbus was only made between 1919-1960, and only 14, 215 were made.
They were made in Denmark, and the warehouse is still there…just in case you ever need any parts ! (we might..)
The 746cc inline 4 cylinder puts out 22 bhp, and has a top speed of 100 kph….well, i say 100, but really i mean 120 kmp, although apparently the #3 cylinder overheats and the engine then fails… ok, best to keep it at 100.
Its got a 3 speed tranny, with straight cut gears (and makes a whining sound), although they decided to use angular gears in the later models.
They were used primarily for the postal … Read More »
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With aftermarket modifications, you’ll often need creative thinking to accomplish your goals. In this episode Paul Malowany reviews the final install and about the obstacles he faced.
With larger carbs, you’ll often need more fuel flow. In this episode Paul Malowany installs a larger ProFlow Petcock. He talks about his plan, some tips and some of the hurdles he faced.
In this episode Paul Malowany performs a mock install of the throttle cable to observe the “fit” and look for any obstructions.
The importance of a mock install. In this episode Paul Malowany reviews a pair of after market intake manifolds by British Customs and performs a mock install of the CR Special Racing Carbs to observe the “fit” and look for any issues and /or obstructions.