Monday, April 26, 2010

Aluminum is your friend!

For the past couple of weeks I have been beating aluminum into submission and having a blast. I have never made a complete body from aluminum... come to think of it, I've never fabricated a tank from aluminum. What you see here still has a ways to go and will look pretty different when I'm done. Along with the body work I have been filling short windows of time with smaller projects like a velocity stack and an extension to the engine case to what I am calling the chain guard. The case stopped abruptly and it just didn't flow into the frame and now it looks much better.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Down Time

It's much needed and there is little that I enjoy more than walking the kids down to the beach when we get home from a long day in the shop. Here is little Sophie down at Alki beach last night... we got there just in time to catch the sun set.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Back on track

After being gone on vacation for two weeks I was very excited to get back in the shop. Here is a shot of one of the stainless headers I built just before I left for Tokyo. The other image is of the shift arm and linkage in the works. The peg will mount where that socket head is. All pieces are stainless steel.

Monday, April 12, 2010

It was a trip of a life time!

We got back from two weeks in Japan and we had such a blast. We stayed a few days in Tokyo after which we picked up our rented BMW GS650 with GPS and we were on our way for five nights and hundreds and hundreds of kilometers along the coast and around Mt. Fuji after which we took an eight hour bicycle tour and stayed four more nights in Tokyo. We took over a thousand pictures, here are a few of just day one. We stayed just south-east of Ueno Park and our first day was the first day of the Sakura Festival so we walked all around the park and then to the museum for a little quiet time. It's hard to just pick a hand full of images to sum up such an amazing day ;)