The new MotoPreserve shop…

The new MotoPreserve shop begins as a blank slate, a lone notebook for designs...

The new MotoPreserve shop begins as a blank slate, a lone notebook for designs…

Shortly before leaving again for tour, I put a deposit down on the new MotoPreserve Shop, in the Vermont capital of Montpelier.  It seemed fate, that I would be contacted by the folks who hold a vintage bike night – and find that the space next door was available for cheap…

The new MotoPreserve Shop takes shape…

I attended one of the Thursday night meetings of Cap City Moto, a group of guys who meet up to drink beer, discuss and work on vintage bikes.  It’s a loose affair, with some great guys, and some awesome bikes.  Perfect!

The space is raw, but will become a home before you know it...

The space is raw, but will become a home before you know it…

The first step is to build the benches.  It looks like I will be trading in the mini-lathe for a South Bend in the next week, which will have it’s own base.  So the bench can be dedicated to the mini-mill, tearing engines apart, bashing out custom bits, and the general mess…

The Vermont winter will be the biggest challenge, so off to Home Depot I went to pick up a propane-powered heater.  Let’s see if this thing can take on the wild winds of the great Northeast.

Once finished, the first for the new MotoPreserve Shop will be the 1972 Honda XL250 for Kami.  There will also be a decent amount of time dedicated to building the custom parts that we have developed while down in Brooklyn.  This space has been along time in the making, and although I will miss the camaraderie of the folks down in the city, it will be nice to have some free space.

Stay tuned for updates to the new shop…

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