I got the shit bit out of me by mosquitoes in the three minutes I was here today. They repeatedly bit me in the temples, so now I’m probably going to die from West Nile Virus. Photos were an experiment using a 100mm Makro-Planar Hasselblad lens on my D7100.
A Studebaker being worked on in 1919 under the support of a wooden perch. And me in 2001 putting a small block chevy engine into a Volvo 240. Stupidity and workwear are both timeless.
I had a nice little ride this evening. I’m still getting to know this bike. It’s a complete departure from what I’m used to (vertical twin engines.) I like it because it’s weird. It needs a new seat though. I hate the one that’s on it right now.
This month has been a blur so far since we got to meet our daughter on the outside in the real world. All of the photos were taken by Joelle at
Figment Art Photo with the exception of my wife feeding her before she got here. I’m tired, but excited. To say that this sort of thing is life changing is an understatement. A lot less me time, but that’s OK.
It’s weird how different these are in reality versus everything I ever imagined when thinking about them for the past several years before owning one. Offset cylinders (for obvious reasons.) Cramped/claustrophobic foot position when riding. Feels wider than long when maneuvering it around in a garage. But I still love it because it’s so weird. I’ve experienced drive shaft lift and the lurch to the right when you throttle it off of idle. It’s like nothing I’ve ever ridden.
New cylinder heads, new piston rings, deglazed cylinders. I finally had a few hours to put the bike back together tonight. It started right up but still has issues. Mechanically, it should be sound though. Making progress. Most importantly, the cylinders are back together so it doesn’t rust in my garage over winter.
This is the sort of post you’ll rarely see on Tumblr. Someone who actually owns a BMW Airhead taking it apart and working on it. Sorry, no cafe racers here.
I spent most of the day tearing into the top end of the BMW. I wasn’t happy with what I found either. The right cylinder suffered a bent intake valve and the left cylinder suffered a broken exhaust valve which got into the cylinder and stuck into the piston. Time to assess the budget to get this thing sorted out. Both heads need new valve guides, valves, and seat jobs. The cylinders are probably use-able but less than ideal. Old crap is old.. Same story, different bike.
Since I’m waiting on the special wrench that removes the exhaust nuts, I figured I’d just change the rear tire tonight. The old Continental still had tread, but it was ancient. The front tire is a new Continental that the previous owner had just installed. I installed a Dunlop K70 on the rear because it looks right to me. The SOB took about 4oz of lead weight to balance out though. Crappy manufacturing in Malaysia.
I put my Benelli 650 up for sale to fund… something else… I didn’t really know what I wanted. Either a nice BMW airhead or a newer Sportster 883 to dink around with. I think I found the right match. The new owner of the Benelli will bring it to life and he traded me for this 1975 BMW R90/6 that’s in really good original condition. Nobody hacked it up too badly. I need to get a headlight figured out since it had an ugly Pacifico fairing up there. I know they probably make riding awesome, but they look so bad. It only takes about 10 minutes to put it back on if the mood ever strikes me.
The bike needs going through because it has been sitting still a few years. I’m going to transfer the title tomorrow and see if I can get it to fire up for me so I can start to get after anything that needs gotten after.
It must have been fate when I went onto eBay for some retail therapy to see if I could relive my childhood with an authentic set of Key Imperial overalls in fisher stripe. There was only one NOS set for sale and they were exactly my size. I didn’t even have to hem them since they were goofy 31” inseam. The bottom two photos are just for reference. Me, age 7, and some coveralls I have owned for years and years, but can’t bear to remove the tags from. Stay tuned for a comparison portrait once I track down an authentic Allis Chalmers hat like that.
A couple of photos I scanned from a 1965 book titled “The Book of Motorcycles, Trail Bikes & Scooters” by Erik Acrtander.
Apparently Pointer Brand is now selling women’s skirts in five unique styles. I’m not really sure how I feel about trying to make workwear fashionable. Especially while trying to retain workwear cues like triple stitched white seams and stiff fabrics. I mean I can’t imagine raising a barn in these since they offer no protection to the knees and shins. Is this just Pointer trying to do a weird money grab at a fad? I remember buying pants from them for under $30.00 not that many years ago. Ladies, what do YOU think?