In the meantime, Jeff's airhead adventures continue. The old BMW is in pieces and this week we took the biggest lump over to a local metal shop to get it bead blasted down to the metal. I'm curious to see what this industrial process does for the BMW engine which looks like a piece of industrial art to begin with. DK Custom Welding is run by former graduates of the high school we work at. Their shop out in Salem is a magical place.
|The air cooled lump prior to an industrial quality cleanup.|
|They have a full service metal shop at DK Custom Welding out in Salem.|
|Lots of interesting lines and asymmetrical details on the old air head.|
|A wide variety of classics were getting restored in the shop - they'd done a lovely welding job on a new floor pan on one 60s muscle car.|
It's the depths of winter, probably about as far from a ride as I get, but MotoGP is testing in Sepang and their winter programming is always interesting. Last week I saw their video on Öhlins and how motorcycle suspensions work, which was very insightful. The amount of punishment a motorcycle shock takes in a single lap when ridden in anger is astonishing. I'd rather be punishing the new fork oil in my own shocks, but at this time of year I'll take what I can get.