Posts tagged mechanic

Sofi Tsingos putting the motor in the frame of her cafe racer build for charity! If you haven’t checked out Sofi’s GT Cafe for Cause, you’re missing out.
Photo by Brandon LaJoie.
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Sofi Tsingos putting the motor in the frame of her cafe racer build for charity! If you haven’t checked out Sofi’s GT Cafe for Cause, you’re missing out.

Photo by Brandon LaJoie.

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Aileen Guenther of the Moto Quest working on her bike build that she’s going to travel around the world on. 
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Aileen Guenther of the Moto Quest working on her bike build that she’s going to travel around the world on. 

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Women Who Wrench and Ride

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I received this note from a reader recently, and wanted to expand on her comments. Firstly, thank you Becca for the kind words. Super awesome to hear you wrench and ride yourself. You are definitely not alone!

As for lady riders who also wrench, check out this list of other awesome motoladies you can follow online. 

GT Cafe for Cause Site Launch

Sofi Tsingos has launched the website for her awesome project, GT Cafe for Cause! After her father George was diagnosed with Cancer she started this project to help keep his mind off the battle. I invited her to write a guest article.

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"…I decided to build a bike, raffle it off and donate the money to those who work tirelessly to help cancer patients continue to stand strong, to continue to smile."

Montgomery Motorcycles, San Clemente

Today I went up to San Onofre and San Clemente to visit my friend Justin who runs the Peanut Butter Coast blog. He’s down from Seattle with his friend Chris on a surfing adventure road trip dubbed 'The Peelgrimage'. After food, he showed me a cool motorcycle shop he had stumbled upon, Montomery Motorcycles. 

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San Clemente, with a small population of some 60k people, caught me off guard with the super cool vintage motorcycle shop. It’s only about an hour from San Diego, but I didn’t know of much going on there besides nice surf.

Warning- redhead wrenching! May cause distractions in the workplace. Annalee Cleveland working on her project bike… follow her on instagram!

Warning- redhead wrenching! May cause distractions in the workplace. Annalee Cleveland working on her project bike… follow her on instagram!

Sofi Tsingos working on her GT cafe racer build. 
Be sure to check out the GT Cafe for Cause facebook page. Sofi is now raffling off tickets (only $25!) to win the bike, and the proceeds go to cancer research.
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Sofi Tsingos working on her GT cafe racer build. 

Be sure to check out the GT Cafe for Cause facebook page. Sofi is now raffling off tickets (only $25!) to win the bike, and the proceeds go to cancer research.

[ more photos of Sofi | women wrenching

J Shia co-owner and mechanic at Madhouse Motors Cambridge, MA- cutting a Harley pedal for hard tail.
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J Shia co-owner and mechanic at Madhouse Motors Cambridge, MA- cutting a Harley pedal for hard tail.

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"Rain or shine, we wrench." J. Shia of Madhouse Motors in Cambridge, MA wrenching on one of the Harley projects. Madhouse specializes in vintage rebuilds, restoration, bobbers and cafe racers. They also have a lady at the helm of much of their wrenching, which is rather unusual and awesome!
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"Rain or shine, we wrench." J. Shia of Madhouse Motors in Cambridge, MA wrenching on one of the Harley projects. Madhouse specializes in vintage rebuilds, restoration, bobbers and cafe racers. They also have a lady at the helm of much of their wrenching, which is rather unusual and awesome!

[ source: IG @jshia | IG @madhousemotors | tagged mechanic ]

Ladies wrench nights are always a lot of fun- here’s a shot of Corinna Mantlo (left), Kristen Johnson (middle), and Valerie Figarella who owns Motor Grrl Garage in NYC (right).
Engine rebuild has begun on their 1971 Yamaha AT1125.
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Ladies wrench nights are always a lot of fun- here’s a shot of Corinna Mantlo (left), Kristen Johnson (middle), and Valerie Figarella who owns Motor Grrl Garage in NYC (right).

Engine rebuild has begun on their 1971 Yamaha AT1125.

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Wrench, ride, repeat. Ain’t that the truth. 
Computer froze at work, so I made this on my phone to kill time. 

Wrench, ride, repeat. Ain’t that the truth. 

Computer froze at work, so I made this on my phone to kill time. 

My brother Tim sent me this photo of my little niece Brooklyn “working on her bike like her Auntie”. She pulled it into her Dora tent and started using her Handy Manny hammer and screwdriver to “fix it”. Smart kid, I feel so proud it’s not even funny.

My brother Tim sent me this photo of my little niece Brooklyn “working on her bike like her Auntie”. She pulled it into her Dora tent and started using her Handy Manny hammer and screwdriver to “fix it”. Smart kid, I feel so proud it’s not even funny.

Monster Project mini update- got the bike unloaded and on the bench at Cerberus, attached chain tonight. 

Monster Project mini update- got the bike unloaded and on the bench at Cerberus, attached chain tonight. 

For those of you who don’t have loads of mechanical experience and are still learning like me- here’s a quick trick for tapping threads. 
In the case of my Monster- some clear coat got all up into the threads of the tank strap mount holes making replacing the screws a bit sketchy. The last thing I want to do is mangle the threads and have to helicoil something in such a delicate area.
Apply a little bit of drill/tap lube (just a little bit) to your tap before screwing it in so that it picks up all the dust/metal shavings/dirt and also makes it easier to cut through whatever is blocking up your threads (such as rust). Very effective. 

For those of you who don’t have loads of mechanical experience and are still learning like me- here’s a quick trick for tapping threads. 

In the case of my Monster- some clear coat got all up into the threads of the tank strap mount holes making replacing the screws a bit sketchy. The last thing I want to do is mangle the threads and have to helicoil something in such a delicate area.

Apply a little bit of drill/tap lube (just a little bit) to your tap before screwing it in so that it picks up all the dust/metal shavings/dirt and also makes it easier to cut through whatever is blocking up your threads (such as rust). Very effective. 

Monster Project: Phase 20

So, last we left off… the Monster Project was mostly put back together, and at Heath’s shop for ease of some last major-ish tasks. 

The main thing left was refinishing the scraped up engine covers.