Old Dogs & Vintage Sidecars

Quinxy is finishing up his custom-made dog cage for his Chang Jiang (a Chinese Army copy of the 1939 BMW R71) sidecar rig.  Among its many features, it weighs less than  four pounds  and can be installed and removed in less than 2 minutes.  It is also compatible with all manner of beasts, from dogs to cats to chickens to rabbits; testing to date has been limited to two dogs.

Here are some of the photos and video of the project.

Read about Quinxy’s motorcycle and art projects on his blog.

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Eric’s 1967 BMW R60/2

Eric, a newcomer to the shop, is rebuilding a newly acquired 1967 BMW R60/2 with Rick’s help.  You can follow his labor of love on his new blog Idle Pursuit.

French Police Siren Conversion

This beautiful bike had a rare 1960s siren originally used on French police bikes.  The trouble was the bike was 12 v and the horn was meant for a 6v bike!  The owner had been using it on rare occasions anyway, but for reasons of safety (safety of the horn / reduced fire hazard) . . . → Read More: French Police Siren Conversion

Vintage Mechanics Lesson: Basic Routine Maintenance, Adjustments, and Repairs

Rick Monahan, owner of Black Kat Motorwerks, as part of a series by the League of Gentlemen Riders, will present a lesson covering most of the routine maintenance items all vintage bikes need. Along the way he’ll cover common repairs you might need to make in the field and in your garage, as well . . . → Read More: Vintage Mechanics Lesson: Basic Routine Maintenance, Adjustments, and Repairs

The BlackKatMotorwerks T-Shirt

We’re planning some t-shirt designs for our loyal customers.  Stay tuned, we should have them in a few months.  Free if you’ve had major, major work done on your vintage bike!  And quite affordable if you haven’t!

Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally 2010

Rick, Quinxy, Matt, and new member of the shop Bob represented Black Kat Motorwerks at the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally this past Sunday.  It was a great turn out and we were able to connect with lots of new and old vintage BMW owners.

Quinxy may have also gotten a few new riders for . . . → Read More: Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally 2010

Black Kat Motorwerks at the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally

Rick Monahan and Quinxy von Besiex and a few of their bikes will have a booth in the Builder’s Garage at the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally Sunday July 11th, so stop by and get your vintage BMW questions answered!

Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally Schedule

9:00 AM – Coffee & Donuts & Socializing

10:00 AM . . . → Read More: Black Kat Motorwerks at the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally

Labor Rates

We here at Black Kat Motorwerks have been forced to bump up our labor rates.  We can no longer single-handedly fight off the mighty powers of inflation and the rising cost of living.

Starting today, July 1st, the rate for new customers has gone up to $85/hr.  Old customers will get a reduced transitional . . . → Read More: Labor Rates

Photos from the Shop

Just some photos from the shop…

The Return of Royal Enfield

We’re certainly partial to our true vintage BMWs, but we’re also pleased to see a vintage revival in any form. And our friends at NoHo Scooter are going to be the authorized Los Angeles dealers for the new Royal Enfield G5. We look forward to seeing these on the road soon!

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