New Wood for my motorcycle

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Project by Andrew posted 04-03-2011 04:44 PM 2171 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know the MC is really dusty, but thats the risk when you share a garage with your bike and shop, especially during the week of the woot (wife’s out of town).
I chose to replace the teak I installed several years ago with white oak, teated with the rust stain, and finished with helmsman’s spar varnish. The rust stain is a chemical reaction and is not supposed to fade, this will be a good test of that claim. The last picture shows the old saddlebag spoiler light, the shape is almost a match to the color matched one I bought from H-D, I made some modifications to the design this time and I am very happy with it.
FYI, I was also going to replace the fork cover, and the chrome strip that runs out over the headlight, but the chrome strip was becoming a real challenge, with several angles to consider, the headlight is rounded in 2 directions and the connection to the fork cover is another issue, I didn’t give up on it but I put it away for a little while. Riding season was fast approaching and in order to fit everything the headlight has to be completely disassembled, UUUGHHHH! Anyway, I finished and was happy with the fork cover, and will pick up that strip in the winter again, sometime.

Here is a link to the teak I used to have on it so you can compare:
Thanks for looking

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#1 posted 04-03-2011 05:26 PM

Beautiful and elegant touch, to a beautiful and elegant bike (I’m supposed to razz you, as a BMW rider, but … I think ALL bikes are cool !).

Uh …. incidentally … I have heard of this truly exotic invention, now making its way into general circulation. I think they call it a …. cover ??


Since mine’s a basement shop, I throw a moving blanket over the bicycle that’s downstairs, perched on a stationary trainer. Dust may not be the worst thing in the world for these beasts, but … I’ve never heard anybody say that it’s good for them ;-)

Riding season. Ahhhhhh, yes !

-- -- Neil

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 01:57 AM

Nice accent pieces. Yup the MC really is dusty.


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#3 posted 04-04-2011 12:12 PM

I presently ride a Goldwing, but am building myself a trike and intend to include some wood accents in the design.

I am the founding member of the Winnipeg chapter of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club, a family friendly international group of riders. Check us out on line.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 04-04-2011 02:58 PM

very nice! and yes i know all about the dusty bike as i too share my garage with a bike (HD) and a wood shop.

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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