I'm so far along in fixing up my 1975 R75/6 that I decided to clean its tool kit.
Every BMW airhead of the time came with a fantastically complete toolkit that'd pretty much get you out of any situation. Sadly, the BMW does not come with know-how, for that I turn to a Clymer manual, good friends and the source of all knowledge, Internet forums.
While taking the lead in swapping out my old toaster tank for a slightly larger, better looking, model and installing a new-to-me S bikini fairing, my pal Dan Rodarte commented on the poor condition of my tool set. They were, as you can see in the photo above, slowly rusting away. He suggested dipping them in Coca-Cola and scrubbing them a bit as the kits are so handy and hard to come by. I remember the myriad guides I've seen on the internet of people doing similar things with the tasty beverage and thought, OK. Lets try it! Coke is a wonderful source of phosphoric acid and its supposed to clean rust, what'd I have to lose?
Here are some photos of the results. I simply poured a 16oz coke into a glass bowl (I wanted something non-reactive, who'd want to ruin a nice pot with Coke?) and let the worst looking tools sit for a few minutes. All I did was scrub with an abrasive green kitchen sponge. Dan warned me not to leave the tools in too long or the coke might eat too much off!
Soon the bike'll be on the road again (I'm waiting on a few silly bits to show up, should be by early next week) and I'll share a lot more about the restoration. Here's a shot as she comes back together...
It’s the end of an era, sort of: Fraunhofer IIS, the developers of the MP3 audio compression format, announced that they are ceasing their licensing program. In a blog post, spokesman Matthias Rose says that it’s had a good 20-year run and is obsolete. But it’s also true that the decoding patents expired last year, […]
Freddy deBoer writes that he’s been telling the same joke for years about Silicon Valley’s only product, which might be universalized as “At last, a way to verb with nouns on the internet!” But the social-media techopoly is stable, now, and so the venture capitalists have moved on to the three terrible trends that will […]
Alex Wood is an addict but won’t give up his smartphone. But he has five strategies for limiting its control over him: “I used to wake up tired. My body would ache and my head felt sore, like waking up with a hangover. Finally, I took control, like attending an AA class for addicts, I […]
If you don’t want to get stuck footing the bill for a hit and run, this dashboard-mounted camera offers up to 2K resolution to make sure you always have a reliable witness, and it’s available in the Boing Boing Store for 30% off it’s usual price.The PapaGo mounts unobtrusively to your windshield to see everything […]
While some people still maintain that everything in Apple’s walled garden “just works” and is immune to the rampant malware of the Windows world, the reality is different. The Mac’s growing market share has made it a much more viable target for malicious actors, and its built-in tools aren’t always enough to fix things. Drive […]
Boasting an IPX6 waterproof rating, the Trakk Bullet Ultra Compact Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker resists dust and heavy rainfall. It’s currently available in the Boing Boing Store.The Trakk Bullet offers the same wireless convenience as other portable speakers, but few are built as tough as this one. Its utilitarian construction is designed to be a totally low-maintenance […]