Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Front fork "bridge" restoration

My lower bridge on the front fork of my BMW R1150GS got ugly so I decided to restore it. The problems are just esthetically - but since I like to have everything in best condition possible I took the advantage of changing the tyres to remove the front wheel (and have good access to the bridge) and restore the bridge.
The problem is with the paint job - after some time the gravel and other particles from the road are attacking the surface of the bridge and it creates micro cracks in it. The moisture gets between the paint and the metal and it helps to split these two materials - usually in form of "blisters" that can be easily removed (unfortunately) with paint. I have tried to temporary stop the degradation process by some silver paint before I do the final paint job (that was few months ago - you can notice it in the first picture).
All the stuff around the bridge were removed
First of all I had to remove the wheel, front brake calipers and fender to have a good access.
Then I removed the original paint and blisters with emery paper. Afterwards I used the masking tape and foil to cover and protect whole bike - I felt like Dexter :).
Everything wrapped and prepared
After degreasing the surfacing I started with filler base color that was afterwards brushed slightly with emery paper - about twice with recommended pauses. Then again degreased and finally painted with silver metallic paint.
Silver metallic paint already sprayed on the damaged places
After the silver metallic paint I used about 5-6 layers of matte lack that should be stiff enough to protect the paint job. So here is the final picture where everything is finished:
Final paint job on the front fork bridge

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer roadtrip 2014 - Berchtesgaden riding

We stayed in Auerwirt gasthof for four nights and we did three trips and journey back home. First of the trips was to well known Krimml waterfalls in Austria (the same trip as last year) - we did a route that was about 370km long and we enjoyed every single meter of it. I actually did not take that many pictures and focused more on riding this year - I am sorry for that my blog readers :-)
Krimml waterfalls
Café under the waterfalls
 Next trip was to also pretty know Nockalmstrasse also in Austria.
Milestone of Roman Empire in Austria - accidently found next to the road
On the highest point of Nockalmstrasse
The same place
Also the same place few meters away
And the last trip was pretty short because of high probability of heavy rain falls - so we did just about 200km around Austrian lakes (Attersee, Mondsee and Hallstater see). When we have got back the rain started in few minutes...
Gutters were not able to handle the heavy rain

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back in Berchtesgaden (Germany) - Summer Roadtrip 2014

We decided to repeat our last year road trip to Oberau (near Berchtesgaden), Germany. It is great place for alpine road trips since it is pretty close to famous alpine roads. Ideal for 3-4 day road trip. Few photos are following (sorry for the picture quality of some photos - they were taken with cell phone)

Wonderful view from Auewirt Beergarden
(Hitler's Eagle Nest is located on the top of the mountain on the right)
Morning relax after the breakfast (and planning of the trip)
Getting ready for the ride
Group of perfectly restored tractors
The Bavarian cuisine was also delicious. Unfortunately I was not able to finish my "Schweine haxe" since it was such a huge portion for just one person:
Big portion of "Schweine Haxe" that I was not able to finish :-)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Moravia Roadtrip 2013 (2/2)

And there are some more pictures from our Moravia roadtrip. Its really great place where to ride a motorcycle, you enjoy the landscape, listen to the engine or music in your helmet and just relaxing... 

One of the roads along a large vineyard
Marie at the same place - notice the same color of her nails and the bike :)
Since our motel was in small town of Mikulov that is located close to the national borders with Austria we also made few ...hundreds... kilometers there. What to say more. Just enjoy the land with its windy roads...

Cruising through the beautiful Austrian countryside
Another typical thing for Austrian countryside - windmill power plants
Wish I had one of these on my backyard

Monday, August 12, 2013

Moravia Roadtrip 2013 (1/2)

Me and my girlfriend Marie decided that we would like to do some short roadtrip or just extended weekend on motorcycles somewhere. Since south Moravia is a beautiful piece of Czech Republic (what's more - not that far away) we decided that it could be an ideal place that we could choose as our destination. It is well known for its beutiful landscape and also wine and wineyards - ideal for motorcycle ride... so let's do this!

Water reservoir near Koryčany on our way to Mikulov
Vineyard on the right side - we are already in Moravia
Vineyard on left side
I could not resist to stop somewhere close to the wine yard to take few photos:

Looking forward to liquid form of these... believe it's gonna be a good year ;)
Nové Mlýny water reservoir
Marie passing me