Forced creation

IMG_0596As a journalist and copywriter I know that a little bit of stress can be good for creativity. Without a deadline it’s easy to get stuck in that limbo where you don’t move in any direction but just sit there being absurdly creative without any incentive to actually deliver. A deadline kind of forces you down that narrow road of time constraints, creativity and demands which ultimately leads to your goal.

Well, trying to design a cool, yet practical, headlight fairing that also would serve as a housing for the speedometer and a storage for all those relays, connectors and cables that right now are either hanging loose or jammed into the the little space between the frame and the airbag, isn’t that easy. Not only am I trying to learn how to model stuff in a CAD-program, but I also have to limit my creativity to what’s feasible for me to actually manufacture. Let’s just say that those two aren’t exactly compatible right now…

SketchWhat I see in my head is not exactly what I’ve managed to draw in the CAD-software, but on the other hand, what I’ve drawn is probably more in line with what I am able to make. Honestly, I know my design sucks and it’s possible that I never use it but as a welding exercise I might just go ahead and make it. After all, practice makes perfect, right?

One of the constraints right now is that my access to a TIG-welder and at least some kind of metal shop is limited to two days and I have to have the design ready by then because I won’t be able to bring my bike to the shop to visualize and adjust the design in place. The lack of metal shop tools (grinders, lathes, drills and such) and a place to have them in my close vicinity is starting to become a problem. How am I supposed to become a fabricator when all my fabrication takes place in my head? The one obvious solution is simple: Move to a house somewhere with a huge garage and preferably some acres to make my own dirtbike tracks. Yes, I guess that’s what I have to do…