Thursday, 30 June 2011
We have already featured a fantastic Royal Enfield from Wannabe-Choppers, and now here's their second product, a magnificient iron. Besides the bike being a great one, let me tell you, I've never seen transporting a bike the way Ricky did it. He stuffed the whole bike in the back of a tiny 3-door ford fiesta. This and the fact that their workshop is a basement underneath a basement shows how how devoted this guy is. Please visit his website (not yet translated from German unfortunately), and wish him good luck.
Here are the lines he sent me about the bike & his shop:
it´s a 1971 with a bolt on hardtail, jockeyshift, flying eyeball gascap, racing only exhaust and other weird shit!! everything is handmade (welded, milled, "Blacksmithed", casted, handhammered, "englishwheeled" and so on in my workshop in a basement underneath a basement ( as you can see on my website: Wannabe-Choppers)
if you're a young guy like me (21 when i built it) it´s natural, that you don´t get any money -so you have to do everything by your own and low budget- the ironhead is including the basis and the customizing 1300,. euros (1885USD)-
and last but not least- i´m going to start my professional business in august, so keep watching on my site where you can buy parts and supporting stuff from august on.
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Whether you own a custom cruiser or a souped up sport bike, you'll want to keep your motorcycle away from commercial washing facilities and perform the cleaning ritual yourself. Those high-pressure hoses can damage bike parts, which are more vulnerable than mechanical parts in cars.
Be sure you find a shady spot to wash (and dry) your bike, since the sun can create temperature differentials that harm paint and allow water to leave spots.
Assemble the following items as needed:
· A bucket for soapy water
· Soap or liquid detergent; automotive cleaners will work
· Gloves (to keep your hands clean)
· Bug and tar remover
· Degreaser and/or engine cleaner
· A toothbrush
· A brush for wheel cleaning
· Wheel cleaner
· At least two microfiber or 100% cotton sponges
· A variety of soft cotton towels and more abrasive rags
· A chamois cloth for drying
+ 1 or preferably more helpers!
While some people swear by washing their bikes with plain water, others insist on using specific brands of soap. Whatever your style, use warm water with the mix and fill up a bucket for convenience.
Keep the sponge nearby, and don't let it touch the ground (since it can pick up pebbles or abrasive particles that could damage your paint.)
Bug and tar removers work surprisingly well, and some people also use WD40 for this duty. Don't scrub too hard into the paint when loosening bugs, and be sure not to use the same sponge for other cleaning duties.
A motorcycle's hard parts (like the swingarm and matte exhaust pipes) require different treatment than more sensitive parts (like paint or chrome.)
Using a degreaser, scrub hard parts carefully and individually, making sure not to let the powerful solvents touch paint or chrome. No need to use microfiber materials here; a rough rag will do.
Some people use oven cleaner to remove boot marks from chrome exhaust pipes, but extra care must be taken to keep strong cleaners away from the sensitive bits.
You might not need to get your motorcycle to concours condition, but a toothbrush will go a long way towards making hard to reach parts look clean. Apply degreaser on the tip for non-chrome engine parts, and oil and grime will disappear.
Wheels can be difficult to clean, and a long-armed brush is usually the best way scrub off brake dust and dirt. Apply a wheel cleaner first and let it settle before scrubbing it off. Chrome wheels will require specific cleaners, so be aware of your wheel's finish before purchasing a cleaner.
Don't use tire dressing products, as their glossy finishes can compromise grip.
Microfiber sponge gloves are great ways to clean a bike's painted parts, and should be used with warm, soapy water from the bucket. Be sure to get the paint good and wet before scrubbing, so the soapy water can act as a lubricant and not scratch the paint. Only use 100% cotton or microfiber sponges, as other materials can cause damage.
Rinse the soapy residue off with a gentle stream of water from a hose, or by pouring water from the bucket.
With your bike still parked in the shade, use a chamois cloth to soak up the moisture from the paint. The chamois will keep the finish from getting scratched, and prevent streaks and spots from accumulating.