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Behold The Master Asshole!

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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Sun May 31, 2020 10:13 am

And he taketh it for a spin, and he saw that it was good!

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Actually, when he begins his test ride, and the first couple of shots are of him obviously riding around his driveway, I was expecting he'd make a funny about staying at home, socially distancing, etc.
While we're sharing nice vehicle related youtubers, here is one @guitargeek brought to my attention earlier.
Caution: much of the funny is visual, and well worth it.


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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by Bigshankhank » Sun May 31, 2020 1:34 pm

Not gonna lie, I am searching for the review of the Duc Scrambler now, because I rode one a few years ago and was thoroughly disappointed in it. Great marketing, shitty bike.
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Let me sacrifice your soul to the ruler of darkness

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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Sun May 31, 2020 4:05 pm

Bigshankhank wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 1:34 pm
Not gonna lie, I am searching for the review of the Duc Scrambler now, because I rode one a few years ago and was thoroughly disappointed in it. Great marketing, shitty bike.
That was one of their retro efforts, wasn't it?
Those were pretty.

But if it was post 2012, it was a Volkswagen. It could not be exciting. It absolutely could not have been exciting.
Apropos of nothing, DerGolgo rants about the poison that is VW. Read for extra credit. Or don't, for extra credit.
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Volkswagens are not exciting. Exciting is explicitly removed wherever it is found to contaminate a Volkswagen design. A Volkswagen is a boring vehicle, designed to work well for its first two owners. Volkswagen makes cars like Whirlpool makes white goods. Machines built to satisfy a requirement. And to do this without complaint, so long as any stealerships/warranty-situations might be involved.
And to satisfy that function, anything they do, they do boring. Predictable. Reliable. For the first couple of owners.

Now, technically, Ducati wasn't bought by Volkswagen, but by Volkswagen's subsidiary Audi which, in turn, handled the acquisition via Volkswagen's Italian suit, Lamborghini.
Now, while a Volkswagen may never be ecxiting, an Audi, different situation. Audis get to be exciting. In a very, very predictable way. In the way that Audi owners are instructed to feel excitement, to be excited by something about their car. And they do, they are excited.
After all, if anyone knows what about a car should be exciting or how, it will be the people who make cars for a living. It's not like some schmoe who just happens to buy an Audi can appreciate it, has the understanding to feel legit excitement.

No, that takes special education and professional experience. Audis really are built for people who genuinely need to be told when and how to be excited, and by what. Nameless faces, in nameless suits, traveling from one pointless, forgettable meeting to another. In a car that, technically, may have frivolously large amounts of the horsepower, and of the grip, and the everything.

But packaged up for people who don't even know how to buy a lifestyle with their credit card. Packaged in a way that appeals to people who must appear boring, predictable, out of sheer professional need. Who wants a tax-attorney who pimps around in a riced-out Nissan Skyline?
A fucking Porsche Cayenne is too spicy for the people Audi appeals to.
Those are cars built to let someone convince themselves that they have leveled up. People who measure success in life by the numbers. The more expensive a car, the better. And of course, they cannot just get an expensive car. It must be an expensive car that's worth every penny.

How do they measure that? In the Nürburgring lap-times that someone who professionally drives in anger has put down. In the sheer number and volume of driver-assist systems, like traction control, stability control, all those things only the other drivers must rely on.
In the number of cylinders under the hood. The number of calipers on their brakes, and what those are made off.
The resulting car that Volkswagen builds and badges Audi, it is a Space X Falcon 9 in a world of Thor-Agena boosters. It is the starship Enterprise passing overhead of Apollo 13.
It has all the driving technology you could wave a stick at, it has all the bits and bobs that get any petrolhead excited.
And for the Audi owner, that is enough. They themselves don't need to be excited, they are too busy, too reliable, too sombre to get excited.
But the petrolheads throwing a rod* about all the ingredients of the car. That is what a car must do to satisfy them. Ride quality, convenient features, go-fast-capacities? Irrelevant. So long as the Audi owner can tell himself he has all the toys the petrolheads lust for, he is satisfied. Whether or not the car can cover all the checks it's writing is a different tale entirely.

But ah, it wasn't just Audi bought Duc, no, they used Lamborghini as an intermediary.
Lamborghini, the black sheep among VW's flock, the brand that's specifically for the discerning owner who wants a car that impresses all the other people, not just himself.
But even this excitement. Volkswagen has made it freakishly predictable. Remember the Gallardo? When motoring journalists complained, because on the VW Lamborghini, the doors worked. Every time. Because they could see the car behind them when they looked in the mirror. Because the air-conditioning worked.
All of those qualities betrayed the generations that had come before, were a betrayal of everything the Lamborghini name stood for.
It worked like it should. It didn't break apart when given a sharp look. The engine turned on every time. The car didn't become squirrel in the rain, nor at speed.
So there is is, the original hypercar, the car that should drop panties, not laptimes. And somehow, VW had managed to work their black magic.

Admittedly, anyone unfamiliar with automobile arcana, anyone who doesn't understand the difference between a transverse-mount, mid-engine hypercar, and a front-engine supercar would never even find out about the shortcomings of the Lambo's shortcomings.
But those who do, they do. Our kind, we do.
We see a brand with a great history in making vehicles with personality is reduced to just deliver the requirements of corporate strategy that wishes to satisfy any and all passenger car (and passenger car adjacent) needs. So that, no matter where a customer is in their life, no matter how much coin they have to spend, Volkswagen has a bank account or three who really need feeding. One car maker to rule them all, to find them, and in the darkness bind them.

So, an exciting Ducati?
Well, it certainly looks like they have implemented their fetid tactics at Ducati, also. The Scrambler, and all those others. So pretty.
They allowed excitement to creep in. Or perhaps, as a change of pace, they sought it?
Obviously, nothing to excite the rider, as you point out, @Bigshankhank. No matter what, it is still a Volkswagen, and the operator must be protected from anything that might excite them.
Onlookers, meanwhile, they get excited at the pretty. Like someone seeing a Gallardo. Prett.y. Gets them excited.
While, at the same time, the operator can count out his pulse, verifying that it's at resting pace at all times.
Just as the Volkswagen Lambos are for people who want to be seen as a car nut, without all the headaches that traditionally would go hand in hand with such a hobby. The Ducati lets the owner emanate superiorit-rays, because they have the bike everybody else is lusting after. That is how they get their giggle from a bike. Not cornering, not eating miles. They prefer a bike that's boring. They absolutely prefer a bike that will play nice even with noobs or RUBs, a bike that even people who only climb on their bike and gather experience every other week can ride with confidence.
They never paid five figures for a bike that would let them ride in anger and at great speed, gobbling up the twisties- They never paid five figures for a bike that's comfortable for hours and hours, with the clever doodads for strapping down the luggage and whatnot.
No, they paid five figures for a bike that would get everybody else excited, that all the plebs will lust after, with great intensity. And they paid five figures for a bike that, while bringing the optics of two-wheel porn, is safe to ride as Sesame Street is to watch.

*I propose this as a motor-vehicle related euphemism for an erection, can I hear a second?
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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:35 am

Ah! A prequel!


At 2:30
And here's the two ends, the left and the right-hand side... Perhaps I could work them back onto the crankcase and make a nice parallel twin. But I probably won't.
Yeah, who're you kiddin' bro. :mrgreen: Turning two fours into a six, and a two, that just has to appeal.

Also featured: engineering by barbecue, and AC/DC!
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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by Bigshankhank » Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:28 am

Legendary, my wife didn’t believe he does this in his backyard shed.
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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:17 am

Bigshankhank wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:28 am
Legendary, my wife didn’t believe he does this in his backyard shed.
So your cunnning plan is to make her jealous enough, she will insist you extend any shed/garage/basement shop you presently have so as to build ultra-custom things?
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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:53 am

Who wants a voltmeter?
Allen Millyard wants a voltmeter!

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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:53 pm

Headache? What headache?**Thank you, thank you, I'm here all week!**



Seriously, I'm amazed how much he gets done just with a bleedn' hacksaw! Guided by nothing more than his Mk 1 eyeball and hands!
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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:07 am

Now, this one, this I had been waiting for!
I had wracked my brain just how he was going to do this.
Fascinating!



The way he fixes the excess runout, after ~8:45. That's just machine-shop-black-magic. That's no, the great old ones know not to bother me kind of stuff!
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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:13 pm

In this week's episode, he even makes his own tool to make valve-adjustment easier. Obviously, he starts with something else, made for a different purpose. A shock adjuster, in this case, becomes a valve-bucket-down-holder, beginning at 8:35.

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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by Bigshankhank » Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:44 am

Seriously he is way overdue for a haircut. Nice to see that he still believes in the suction cup valve-lapper.
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Let me sacrifice your soul to the ruler of darkness

Always carry a bottle of whiskey when you travel in case of a snakebite. Futhermore, always carry a small snake.

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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:50 am

Cold-forging, and hand-forging, all at once, an exhaust can for an Asshole's Turbo. Wow, I dare say!



Also, he seems to have gotten a haircut.
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Post by DerGolgo » Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:14 am

So in this one, a bike is not the end, but certainly a means.
Also, he's on the clock, and mentions where he gathered his wrenchist-superpowers. He did an apprenticeship! Old school, noice!

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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by Bigshankhank » Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:58 am

Couple quick notes on that vid;
-Why is the truck the young couple delivers the clock in have the driver's side on the left? I thought Allan was in Jolly Old England?
-Why did he remove a cylinder from an H2 to make a twin cyl 500? That's madness! Also, where is that video?
-I am a huge fan of vintage clocks, so this was beyond fascinating for me. To know that he apprenticed as a clock maker and resisted the urge to study nuclear engineering and subsequently become a god-like energy being who self-exiles to Mars makes me respect him even more.
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"Lasse mich deine Seele dem Herrscher der Finsternis opfern"

Let me sacrifice your soul to the ruler of darkness

Always carry a bottle of whiskey when you travel in case of a snakebite. Futhermore, always carry a small snake.

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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:05 am

Bigshankhank wrote:
Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:58 am
Couple quick notes on that vid;
-Why is the truck the young couple delivers the clock in have the driver's side on the left? I thought Allan was in Jolly Old England?
I believe it is set there, as his habit of riding on the left side of the road would suggest.
The truck looks like a Dodge Ram, no? Do they even make those with right-hand drive? I suppose that fans of certain American automobiles may do like American fans of JDM-only rice do, make do with sitting on the wrong side of the road.
Bigshankhank wrote:
Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:58 am
-Why did he remove a cylinder from an H2 to make a twin cyl 500? That's madness! Also, where is that video?
Maybe he needed the parts for one of his many-cylinder bikes?
I believe he made a Kawasaki H* five pot, didn't he? I wonder if he cannibalized several three-pot engines, and after his five was done, found he had the left side of one engine, and the right side of another, and figured it would be a waste to not make a twin from that.
Bigshankhank wrote:
Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:58 am
-I am a huge fan of vintage clocks, so this was beyond fascinating for me. To know that he apprenticed as a clock maker and resisted the urge to study nuclear engineering and subsequently become a god-like energy being who self-exiles to Mars makes me respect him even more.
He mentioned apprenticing, but I didn't catch that. Clockmaker. There's a job that's been disappearing.
Reminds me of a book about the history of precision, and accuracy, I read some time ago. About the watchmakers, which I assume are like clockmakers but with more or less ambition, at Seiko, and those in Switzerland. How the latter smile and chuckle about the idea that a Japanese industrial company could make fine, precision watches. And how the former smile and chuckle about the idea that what comes out of Switzerland is anywhere adjacent to precision work.
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Post by DerGolgo » Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:53 am

Ten THOUSAND RPM!
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Post by DerGolgo » Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:47 am

I think this analog cycle he made came up before.

Just look at the damn thing. That transmission seems like black magic, and the business with changing the tires... he made that as a side project, besides all his motorbike stuff, and besides having a day job.
People who design bicycles as their day job would probably not manage to design anything so sophisticated, not single handed.



I keep asking when mad skillz on the supermotard stop qualifying as mad skillz, and graduate to superpowers.

I gotta ask the same about custom bike work. This fella is beginning to make Tony Stark look incompetent!
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Post by DerGolgo » Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:44 am

Clever cleverness regarding stand springs, from The Master (Asshole):
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Post by DerGolgo » Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:13 pm

OF COURSE there are leftover bits from his various projects.
OF COURSE he won't just throw them in a bin.
OF COURSE he builds yet another brilliant engine from the leftovers!

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Post by DerGolgo » Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:38 am

Poop tubes!

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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by Bigshankhank » Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:40 am

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Who doesn't love to run an engine through open headers?
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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:24 am

Heh, too slow, grasshopper! :mrgreen: Already posted that in regular Tech Stuff (didn't think it quite belonged here).

Is it me, or is that noise when he starts it up without any headers kinda... plop?
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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by Bigshankhank » Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:09 am

No worries, I figured this was the sub-forum for all things Millyard.
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Let me sacrifice your soul to the ruler of darkness

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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:37 am

I like how they just kinda hang out... at the gibbet...

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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by Bigshankhank » Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:09 pm

Couple things about this vid;
-Allan, WTF is up wit your brakes?
-Who wouldn't just love to be out for a ride on a sunny day and <pop> here comes Allan Millyard
-The Kawasaki S3 665 has over 44,000 Ks on it. Nice to know that it gets ridden that much
-My wife made 2 observations
-That's a muffin, cupcakes have frosting
-He always sounds like he is trying to hide from his wife when he makes these videos, like she doesn't know he makes insane multi-cylinder custom motorcycles out of his shed.
It's time for Humankind to ditch the imaginary friends of our species' childhood and grow the fuck up.
-Davros

"Lasse mich deine Seele dem Herrscher der Finsternis opfern"

Let me sacrifice your soul to the ruler of darkness

Always carry a bottle of whiskey when you travel in case of a snakebite. Futhermore, always carry a small snake.

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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Mon May 10, 2021 7:55 am

So, seeing that he's now built two of them... does that make the Super Six a production model?


And I kinda like that he's still using a special tool he made to synchronize carbs on his bike back in the 80s.
OBVIOUSLY a tool this guy made will last going on 40 years!
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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by Bigshankhank » Sat May 15, 2021 11:04 am

DerGolgo wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 7:55 am
So, seeing that he's now built two of them... does that make the Super Six a production model?
Just a few more and it can be considered homologated for numerous racing series.
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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Sun Jul 04, 2021 1:08 pm


And we finally hear Tracy!

And speculating about whether Kwarazuki could have mass-produced a two-smoke four-pot kilobike brought out some anecdotes about the history of motorcycling here in (west) potato.
I do think it's interesting and recommend you have a look. It involves government regulation vs. industry self-regulation.
I can't help but wonder. How that would have shaken out if, instead of on top of the first KZ bikes, Kwak had made with a bike such as this.
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This here bike. 120 hp. Just by adding another cylinder. 1973 technology. Imagine if Kwakazaki had mass produced that.

Studying vintage bike rags, I read about the discourse going on here in west potato at the time.
Up until 1968, the motorcycle business in west potato had been dead. I just looked it up (it's statistics, this is potato, OF COURSE there is data!). In 1965, in all of west potato, a sum total of 6,004 new motorcycles were registered. Including 50s and scooters and stuff. In a country of ~60 million.
Then came cheap and cheerful bikes from Japan, and Easy Rider has been suggested as having been the catalyst for getting thousands of people into riding. By 1975, the number of new bikes registered in west potato had climbed north of 75k.
In an age when there was no tier system for motorcycle licenses. An 18 year old passed the test, he (OF COURSE it's a he!) could just get a CBX and ride all legal like.

At the time, Honda got been dragged through the courts because of a fairly uniquely potato problem. See, other countries had speed limits all over the place. Potato, meanwhile, had Autobahns all over the place. And because mass-motorization was still fairly new, most of them Autobahn's really did have no speed limit.
And 1st gen Goldwings, at Autobahn speeds, had been bloody death traps. Resonant vibration from the spoked rear-wheel would build and build, Tacoma-Narrows style, and render the bike uncontrollable - which is why they switched the read wheels to cast alloy, while the front wheel remained (I believe) spoked for some time yet.
Right on the Goldie's heels, the CBX was notching up kills, too, with a an entire chassis made from wet noodles. Though contemporary sources liked to blame the new tubeless tires.
I distinctly recall an anecdote recorded by a contemporary witness. Two motorcycle cops had both CBX'ed up, for the off-duty riding. And both of them, experienced motorcycle pilots, rode off on their brand new CBXes. The same turn in the road killed both of them, one riding right behind the other.
The fix was, eventually, the "Pro Link", if I recall correctly.

I read an article form the time, by Ernst "Klacks" Leverkus. There wasn't much of a motorcycle specific press left at the time, for obvious reasons, and he had been the king and queen of cheese of motorcycle journalism. His word was beyond contest or critique.
The article was a review of the new Kawa 900 four, as ridden on the track.
He was certain that motorcycles with more than 70 to 80 hp were inherently too dangerous for anyone but experienced racers.
And at the time, he was maybe right? Dunno. Who has experience era-accurate early-70s bikes?

As motorcycling for leisure became seriously popular, and people got themselves killed all over the place, the legislators paid attention. To the pile of corpses, and to what the expert(s) had to say about that. Laws were drafted limiting motorcycles to 80 hp.

Which is why, for a long time, you couldn't buy a Japanese bike with more than 100 hp. Manufacturers recognized that, eventually, they'd be able to make 100hp bikes that would be safe to operate even for people without motorsports experience. But if anyone made a law, that would be difficult to get rid of.
So there was a famous Gentleman's Agreement reached by representatives of all major manufacturers, around the hotel breakfast table during an important motorcycle show (IFMA in Frankfurt I think, the International Bicycle and Motorcycle Exhibition - I dig they kept analog in there). German, British, Japanese, Italian, and whoever else was exhibiting afaik. They say it's the most important meal of the day, so I suppose it's as good as any to plan out the limits within which the world's motorcycle manufacturers would compete for the immediate decade or three.
They agreed on things like no more than 6.5 hp for 50cc machines, I believe 11 or 12 hp for 125s, and a total maximum non-negotiable upper maximum limit of 100 hp.

Because of how insurance companies here classified motorcycles by power in Kilowatt, up until the 1990s, 98 hp was the maximum on stock bikes, with few exceptions. That's 73 kilowatt which, somehow, had been selected as a nice, round number.
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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Fri Oct 22, 2021 1:19 pm

In his words, he's using a "magnet on a stick".
Looking at how that works, dare I say it's a .... "sticky magnet"? :mrgreen:

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Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Post by DerGolgo » Sun Nov 28, 2021 3:39 pm

The more I learn about this fella, I realize. That is exactly who I wanted to grow up to be as a kid. After seeing a documentary about the (original) Münch motorcycles, and long since a fan of a bike and wrenching related comic, this kind of craft is what I had imagined. Not even any blueprints. Just metalwork, creating magnificent madness on wheels.

If there were absolutely anything to be afraid of, don't you think I would have worn pants?

I said I have a big stick.

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