How lovely it is to have your own workshop! Editor ‘arris rejoices and announces the CMG winter project in the process.
There’s something very basic when it comes to setting up a workshop for your bikes. It’s a moment that unleashes the promise of leisurely tinkering, time away from the kids, time to be in your own space when the open road is closed by snow, time to do everything that you’ve been meaning to do … but never got around to it.
It’s a space that promises to get you through the winter.
Now I’ve had workshops before but they’ve always been crammed, cold locations in rented garages. But now that I’ve moved to the east coast, I actually own a small slice of a home (the bank has the rest), which comes with a goodly sized basement which means I can now have my own workshop, my way.
Granted the steep 45 degree concrete staircase dropping in from the back garden proved to be somewhat entertaining trying to get a 500 lb KLR and a 200 lb workbench down, but it’s in there now, in a heated, lighted, spacious (well, there will be once we burn some of the wood pile) locale.
And that KLR is going to be my winter project. After a year of love and attention at the hands of past Assistant Editor Lewis it has had nothing but abuse at my hand. But it has weathered it well. Granted, there’s some dents in the tank, rust on the frame and gouges where once there was just factory-smoothness, but then what kind of project starts with a thing of beauty?
She’s also got to the point where I have to keep the choke slightly on to stop her from stalling and there’s rattles that aren’t just lose bits of bodywork. Yep, the time has come to give the trusty KLR some love and attention.
The first step is to define the scope of the project (what do I want to be pushing out of the basement in the spring?), and then how to get a hold of all the bits to make it happen. But the Toronto show has shown that there is interest in my idea. People were seen, ideas exchanged and hands shaken.
Project KLR650 also now has a home, the rest is a cakewalk.