Electrical, eclectical

arduinoNothing can replace practical knowledge but sometimes a bit of theory can help you on the way. I spent the evening reading “How to troubleshoot, repair and modify motorcycle electrical systems” by Tracy Martin. Just reading the title took me half of the evening… I finally finished it (except for the part about own projects) and I think I’m starting to see the light. Fortsätt läsa Electrical, eclectical

Be careful what you wish for…

IMG3790Sore throat, a mist not only building up huge amounts of damp air but causing accidents as well and still only the occasional minutes of sun… It’s easy to become depressed but yesterday I got a motorcycle related call that really got my juices flowing. It might be nothing or it might be life changing, I don’t know yet and I’m not going to speculate. What I am going to write about is how hard it is to get a hold of place to do a little welding… Fortsätt läsa Be careful what you wish for…

The urge to wrench

IMG_3153Since I started following the world of bike building through different blogs and sites, I’ve learned about several bike builders whose name keep popping up. From the famous Americans, like Arlen and the rest of the Ness clan to smaller, more nisch builder like the French Blitz Motorcycles. And of course El Solitario, the Spanish builder David Borras who built the infamous Impostor. Today a short documentary about the latter was released and it really got me going.  Fortsätt läsa The urge to wrench

Sun and the art of motorcycle maintenance

IMG_3120Motorcycle maintenance enemy number one is the sun. Who wants to work on his or her bike when the sun is out, casting its seductive light? Not me anyways. It’s been way too long since I last worked on the bike. Partly because of my great expectations of the incredible setup I would fabricate during the TIG-welding course, partly because of a survival strategy. You see, sometimes during more or less non-ridable periods of time, I enter a state where I cannot work on the bike because of all the emotions it triggers… Fortsätt läsa Sun and the art of motorcycle maintenance

Magic and unicorns

10371477_10152142026705922_806512523969500147_nTo the untrained eye, and even to the more educated, motorcycles and all that comes with it might seem like magic. How does it really work? You twist your wrist, the engine roars, you let out the clutch and off you go. It’s both simple and complex at the same time. I often use the expression “deus ex machina” which translates to “god from the machine”. In its real sense it’s used to describe a plot twist in which the author, “god”, suddenly puts an event, object or person in the story to bring out a solution. I use it somewhat differently as I like to think of motorcycles as a spiritual experience. “God” in this case refers to the feelings that comes with riding a motorbike.

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