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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

My bike year in photo's (and a few words)


The year starts really nice with the CB being featured on the largest custom motorcycle blog in the world: BikeExif.

I am working on a Kawasaki KZ for Zoran:


We are getting to the final stages of building the Virago. It's 10% of the work, but takes 90% of the time.

We find an abandoned airfield. The BMW is still sporting the fiberglass tank.

And the CX500 sees some daylight again. The CX will spend most of this year in the shed unfortunately. Mostly because of lack of time (study).


Real test riding with the Virago starts

And the fiberglass tank on the BMW fails. The BMW will spend months in the shed, waiting for a solution.

Luckily the CB is turning out to be a great bike. I have been using the CB A LOT this year. It was fantastic to always have a bike that I could use under any circumstances (even snow 2 weeks ago). It was great to be able to go where public transport can't take you and to be able to take a passenger there too.

I finished Zoran's bike as far as I was going to work on it, the rest was up to Zoran!


I get remote flashes for my photo camera. They will have a big impact on my photography this year. But it's a steep learning curve

It was a very busy moth for me, the study demanded a lot of time. Trips like this one were scarce:


Very busy month too. The CB is mainly use for transportation and a little bit of relaxation


Greta weather. The CB sees a lot of the country and now pretty much completely replaces public transport.

I buy a new welder. Great decision, I don't regret it for a second.

I finally find a new tank for the BMW. Great, two working bikes (and the CX for the girlfriend) in the shed. Feels very luxurious.


The cafe racer meeting in Achterveld is always an event to look out for. This year was probably the best so far. Hundreds of bikes, great weather and happy people.

The Virago has been plagued by a lot of very small problems, but is now finally running as it should. Time to strip it down for painting.


We bought a Yamaha SR500! Now the Virago is nearly done, it is time for the next project and this bike was a steal. 

Not much to say about August. Not a lot happened in the field of bike building.


The BMW gets featured on BikeExif. Wow. Two bikes in one year. just wow. The great weather makes for great riding and the BMW and CB are now both used for many (nightly) trips around the country.

This month is also the Chopperstyle Low Budget Bike Building Meeting. 


Another photo trip to Amsterdam. Sadly the last time we could use the NDSM ship wharf as a photo location, it is not allowed anymore.

The Virago is getting it's final color scheme.


I am now really getting the hang for using the remote flashes. This is one of my favorite photo's of this year:

The Virago is now finally well and truly finished. Ready to start on the SR500!


The weather is dark and wet. The BMW is locked away in the shed, waiting for better weather, but the CB is still being used, for instances to get to the horses where I take this photo:

It's the only none-bike photo in this post, but I have to mention it because it caused such a stir for me that it did change a lot. I am now getting (paid!) photo assignments.

December is also the last time the Vehikel Oldtimer Swap meet is being held in the Veemarkhallen, very close to my home. We find some great stuff for the SR500, can't wait to start on it!

So, that's it for this year. I would like to thank you all, my readers, for showing interest and support. For putting up with my endless stream of photo's, for sending me emails with questions and emails with photo's.

Bedankt!! (thanks in Dutch)

See you next year!