Sunday, October 3, 2010

Electric Musings

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Werkstatt 16 Year Anniversary Party This Saturday

Photo by Christina Shook
We would like to invite you to celebrate our 16 year anniversary with us 
At Werkstatt, 3248 17th st, San Francisco,
this Saturday, 9/25/10, from 10-7pm.
Here's the program:

10-noon, $30 dyno runs. Please RSVP so we know what to expect!

Noon: Firing up the grill! Free Sausages and Kraut and Potato Salad a la my grandmother, served by Christine. We will also have German Spaten beer, one of my hometown breweries from Munich. Dirndls and Lederhosen encouraged...

Raffle! To help the Werkstatt Mavizen Team to race in Spain to battle for the World Championship in TTXGP (click here to see how the electric racing went this year...spoiler: I got second in the US TTXGP and am really excited about the progress electric bikes have made in this short year). 

We have a ZoomZoom Trackday to raffle off, helmets, jackets, hair cuts from Colorbox Salon, etc etc. It'll be good! 

We will also be having a store wide sale, 20% off and Galfer is coming buy to show some of their new products.
Oktoberfest Time at Werkstatt! Can't wait. See you there.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sock it, man (burning out his fuse up here alone)

Sheesh, what are the chances that a post would come along that works better with the Sock-it-to-me gag? Well, whatever. I'm going to do the manly thing and not doctor the old post's title to the benefit of this one.

Instead, I'll opt for an admittedly more mediocre pun and pose a question to you, our clever readers. How do you modify an aftermarket air filter that's now bringing in TOO much air to your mixture?

Tube socks. TUBE. SOCKS.

Not one, not even two, but four layers of sock apparently deliver the optimum fuel-to-air ratio. Hats off to you, MacGyver customer, you have my respect.

Friday, September 3, 2010

This is Nail City. And we got the record here. Three nails! Looks like a bouquet really, of nails, and not of flowers, and receiving this particular bouquet was not pleasurable. Flat tire, in the middle of nowhere, argh!
It's a big mystery where all these nails come from, and how do they get lodged in the tire like that??? We are open for suggestions...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sprocket to Me

The above photos show a front chain sprocket from a Honda CM400. If you have ever wondered when you ought to change a sprocket, if yours looks like this then NOW is the time. Honestly, months ago was probably the time, but don't sweat the small things. The last image shows the amount of material that was lost between the original item and a spanking new sprocket.

Personally, I'm going to polish this thing up and use it as a throwing star for any wayward ninja vagrants.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Bike Has Been Making A Lot Of Noise Lately

Rocker arms
What you see in this picture is the chewed up rocker arm of a 500cc single. A few months ago this bike came in with that really bad top end noise and it turned out that it didn't have ANY oil in it. It ran for a little while longer after refilling it, but it eventually died.
When we took the bike apart, we discovered where that very awfully loud noise was coming from: one of the rocker arms had worn paper thin, so the clearance between the rocker arm and the valve got rapidly bigger, making all that racket and the piston was worn out, too.
The damaged rocker was on the exhaust side. The engine would suck in fuel but because there was a big gap between the rocker and the valve, it wouldn't really open, not releasing the burnt fuel, causing it to not run anymore. The piston got damaged also when it was run low on oil, so it's getting a bigger Wiseco piston now!
So there is an upside: Our customer took the opportunity to make the engine faster and better and it'll run like a bat out of hell once we're done with it!
He's also doing some custom work to it, will post pictures when done! It should turn out pretty nice.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Nom Nom Nom Nom!

Hi, girls and boys!

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee, I wonder what my bike would do if I let the rear brake caliper eat my rain cover while I'm in motion?" Needless to say something exciting, as one befuddled but ultimately lucky customer found out in person.

Thankfully, even a totally gummed up and immovable rear wheel from Bavaria won't stop this bike from rolling about. Utilizing the very latest in modern sportbike transportation technology, we set the wheels in motion, cleaned this puppy up, and set it off roving.

Stay frosty out there.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sweet 16...

On August 1st, 2010, Werkstatt turned 16. In some countries this is the legal drinking age. So cheers! Here's to 16! And you are allowed to now finally ride a motorcycle. That's something we here at Werkstatt have been doing for far longer than 16 years. I got my drivers license 22 years ago, and most everybody that works here has been riding since a young age.
My wrenching habit is turning 22 also if you count the many hours I spent on my first bike, a kick start only XT500 that constantly broke down, to the point that 20 years ago I decided to do an official 3 year apprenticeship in Munich, Germany, and then worked as a technician in a dealership near Munich for a while.
A lot of things have changed since then. I have moved to San Francisco. I became a business owner in 93, opening Werkstatt in the back of a welding shop as a one woman operation. I have hired people to grow Werkstatt to the great business it is now, and the staff has grown to 5.
This year we got voted "Best of The BayList" by the SF Chronicles SFGate readers, and we got voted "Best San Francisco Mechanics" by the readership of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
The website was started in 2001 I think, and I started writing the blog in 2007. I have since neglected it, concentrating on the business and racing instead, but since we are getting requests to start up the blog again about the ongoings at Werkstatt, we will start posting again. There will be guest posters such as Kyle Dinh and Will Houng to share their experiences along with me. So keep posted!
Cheers! Jennifer