“Anything you break can be fixed, anything you need can be made.”
Hi, I’m Jai. I’ve been a member of KK since the kickstarter, but only recently got involved in the space. I’m rebuilding a Honda Spada that I’ve had sitting around for 15 years. It was the first bike I bought that I didn’t crash! When I got off the learner restrictions, it was too nice to give up, but apparently not quite nice enough for me to regularly ride, so the carbs gummed up, and it’s been neglected. But they are an awesome bike, and really too much fun to sell, especially for what I’d get for one that’s not running.
“It was the first bike I bought that I didn’t crash!”
This year’s resolution was to finally learn to tear down and rebuild an engine – I’ve always wanted to know more about the insides of bikes and be comfortable working on them. So with the support of all the great people at the Kommune, I’ve been doing that, and while waiting for parts, also getting started on the other dream of building a custom. That’s another real chance to dive into the deep end of new skills.
“That’s another real chance to dive into the deep end of new skills.”
The inspiration comes from all around, but especially a custom car fabricator called Mark Towle, who talks about the satisfaction of “Something that was in your mind and now, through your hands, comes into the world, and was never there before”. The easier it becomes to consume, and the harder manufacturers make it to repair and modify the things we buy, the more we lose control, I think, over *our* world – we forget how much choice we have in shaping the world around us. So there’s a bit of philosophy in there as well 🙂 And that would be my big piece of advice for a build. There are important practical details – print out the workshop manual before you start, make sure you can get a gasket kit before you pull the heads off. But at the end of the day, the practical stuff doesn’t matter. Anything you break can be fixed, anything you need can be made. You just have to get started making what you want to see.