Introducing, by popular demand, DLMC Clinics! Our new monthly clinic focuses on the practical application of DIY & maintenance skills in a guided environment.
Here's how it works :
Two Day Clinics - The majority of clinics are split over two weekends. This allows time for parts ordering, unexpected challenges, and lots of questions.
DLMC Only- if you're not a member, come on down to the shop and we'll get you signed up! [Subject to availability]
Bring your own Bike. The idea here is to build those practical DIY skills and learn your machine, inside & out. If your motorcycle isn't available, let us know, we can usually find something that needs work.
Let us know you're coming and what bike you're bringing [Make, Model, Year]. We want to keep the group sizes small, if there is overwhelming demand for a certain clinic, we'll add more dates.
Parts - Big discounts on parts ordered for clinics.
This month we're digging in on Brake Systems : inspection, maintenance, and repair.
Part 1 : Inspection
Sunday Feb 25th 3-5pm
Overview of motorcycle brake systems and how to inspect them.Practical skill application w/ group inspections of bikes. Identifying necessary parts [+fluids]. Q&A + libations.
Part 2 : Maintenance & Repair
Sunday March 4th 3-5pm
Overview & demonstration of brake pad replacement, rotor change, and fluid bleed. Practical skill application w/small group brake service.Group inspection of brakes & service work. Q&A + libations.
War orphans TETSUO & KANEDA, ride Neo Tokyo with their gang THE CAPSULES! Their weird-ass future life is interrupted by more weird-ass future stuff. Tetsuo & Kaneda find their friendship [AND CLUB] put to the test as they're swept into a world ending government conspiracy.
Featuring :: The Clowns MC, MOTOR-COILS, Generals w/Buzz cuts, Floating psychic old children (how old is the oldest baby?), Giant Techno-blobs, Recumbent motorcycles, LAZER-GUNS, a cult, + MORE
We had an amazing time. It looks like everyone else did too! Big thank you to everyone who joined us, the fellow who brought 3 cases of Mason's favorite beer, and -of course- ZARKIN FROODS for putting out such a rad mag.
We can’t believe you guys are interested in this crap. I mean we’re passionate about it, but our feeling are written on the inside cover…we’re going nowhere. That thought is challenged though when we see your ugly mugs run your greasy fingers through our pages. It's weird to think you guys care enough to show up and hold these. Or Maybe you’re just here to party and thats cool too. These events are a great excuse to get drunk and say things you’ll regret later. We’ll be doing exactly that.
In all seriousness we appreciate you guys coming and we love making these things. We’re constantly improving the quality and hope to bring you the most interesting-est content on a consistent basis.
Almost two years ago I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, thought I had a few months to live, had an operation that took out a bunch of stuff, and, as it turned out, am cancer free. Needless to say, I decided to do some of the things I hadn’t yet done. One of the things I wanted to do was spend more time with my older brother. He lives in Pennsylvania, owns the garage I worked on this bike in, and has been riding big Harleys for years.
I came up with a plan that would get us together more and also allow me to do something else I really wanted to do : build a bike that I wanted. Something I could ride with my brother and, with him being a Harley guy, he wouldn’t be embarrassed by (such as my Honda nc700x, which was never actually said, but most definitely implied). My take on modern Harley Davidson motorcycles has been that they are generally for old people who value comfort and name cache over actual value.
So, not being a fan of expensive bloated cruisers (not that there is anything wrong with them) - the idea was to put together a Harley for the city that would also do well on a couple of hours cruise and not cost a crapload of money. There were two reasons to keep it as cheap as possible. One, I’m married, so the less I spent the happier my wife would be and two, I’m married, and if I screwed it up, which I consistently believed to be a very real possibility, it wouldn’t seem as bad and, while she still wouldn’t be happy, I wouldn’t have to sleep on the couch either.
The bike started as a stock 2000 XL1200 Sportster. This particular bike nailed my criteria. It’s the cheapest modern era 1,200cc HD made and came with spoked wheels, a smaller diameter front wheel than the more expensive Sportsters and at no extra cost black. It was purchased from the original owner with 5,000 miles in the spring of 16 (several months before I could actually ride again) and finished, or more accurately, licensed, in the spring of 17.
The motor is stock, but the carb has had some work done (that I didn’t do, everything else I did). Everything that wasn’t absolutely necessary was stripped off and the biggest changes were, in no particular order: re-lacing the stock rear hub with new spokes and an 18”rim (stock 16”), installing new wheel bearings, new tires, cut the rear frame off, mounted new seat and fabricated under-seat mount for electronics and wiring along with an inner fender and under-seat liner/cover, replaced all of the stock lighting, replaced stock shocks, replaced exhaust (ceramic coated in Maryland) and added torque cones, replaced air cleaner assembly and breather bolts, fabricated the license plate mount for max clearance(the original set-up made contact with the rear tire a couple of times, which totally sucked the whole assembly under the seat), and several other odds and ends such as RSD foot pegs, horn, mirror etc., in an effort to lighten and de-chrome.
Now, I’m sure I missed something, and I still don’t ride with my brother much, although I do see and talk to him a lot more, but I’d have to say this was one of the most fulfilling projects I have worked on, and my first bike project (I’ve been riding since 12 but muscle cars were my thing). It’s not finished as I still have a handful of parts along with a gas tank I want to change out. And it has to be decided if the tank needs to be either painted, wrapped, or sanded and cleared. Always something to do.
Of course, Dunn Lewis re-opened after I had done most of the work on this bike, so now that I know how challenging, fun, and rewarding working on a bike is, I’ll most likely be on the look-out for an inexpensive older mid-size Japanese bike to work on in DC.