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Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:34 am
by DerGolgo


Lo and behold: the mad plan works! And so does the madder engine!!

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:44 pm
by Bigshankhank
Raise your hand if you wanted to see the workshop Millyard and John Britton would build together if given the chance??

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:45 am
by DerGolgo
Bigshankhank wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:44 pm
Raise your hand if you wanted to see the workshop Millyard and John Britton would build together if given the chance??
Is raising a finger enough?

Everyone raise your hand if you are not just delighted, but somehow relieved, that his workshop has wood furniture, tools that look like they have served in many hands, there is the natural level of workshop patina on stuff. It doesn't look like a NASA facility, like modern motorsports outfits. And more like the kind of shop where George Brough or Edward Turner might have fettled and fabricobbled in their day.

Not that I'm opposed to the NASA style workshop.
It's just not so nice.
In the NASA shop, it looks like that, if a problem comes up. Just throw money at it! At least that's how that comes across to me. And had I the money an could still ride, it's probably how I'd solve problems, because I'm a lazy tit (like I said, if I had the money), and because that's how German engineers like to solve problems. Put more parts in, or more fabrication steps. It's also how they solve stuff that works, without problems. Add more parts or fabrication steps. It's really the distilled spirit of German engineering. More parts, more fabrication steps! When a product it so loaded down, they can't add anything anymore without rendering unusable, or unsellable at least, German engineer sad.

The sort of shop we see in the video, meanwhile. That's the shop of someone who, when a problem comes up, thinks Hm, I wonder if I could do away with that bit there entirely, let's see if that works.

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:51 am
by Bigshankhank
DerGolgo wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:45 am

Is raising a finger enough?

Everyone raise your hand if you are not just delighted, but somehow relieved, that his workshop has wood furniture, tools that look like they have served in many hands, there is the natural level of workshop patina on stuff. It doesn't look like a NASA facility, like modern motorsports outfits. And more like the kind of shop where George Brough or Edward Turner might have fettled and fabricobbled in their day.

Not that I'm opposed to the NASA style workshop.
It's just not so nice.
In the NASA shop, it looks like that, if a problem comes up. Just throw money at it! At least that's how that comes across to me. And had I the money an could still ride, it's probably how I'd solve problems, because I'm a lazy tit (like I said, if I had the money), and because that's how German engineers like to solve problems. Put more parts in, or more fabrication steps. It's also how they solve stuff that works, without problems. Add more parts or fabrication steps. It's really the distilled spirit of German engineering. More parts, more fabrication steps! When a product it so loaded down, they can't add anything anymore without rendering unusable, or unsellable at least, German engineer sad.

The sort of shop we see in the video, meanwhile. That's the shop of someone who, when a problem comes up, thinks Hm, I wonder if I could do away with that bit there entirely, let's see if that works.
Another one who seems to subscribe to the same workshop aesthetic is Adam Savage, late of Mythbusters fame. His youtube and insta channel shows him putting around his space not unlike Grand Meister J May but with a more, let's say active, sense of purpose. But definitely deeply ensconced by his well worn and often improvised tools.
I grew up watching Norm Peterson in the 2nd generation of This Old House and the New Yankee Workshop and not unlike the NASA lab you mentioned, I always hated how his workshop was just so tidy. Yes we should all aspire to be so organized, but at the same time it was just so sterile, so lacking in character.

edit: Norm Abrams, sorry. Norm Peterson was from Cheers, probably not much of tinkerer.

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:44 am
by DerGolgo
Fabrication porn!!


Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:06 am
by Bigshankhank
Its very zen-inducing to watch and listen to this.

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:38 am
by DerGolgo
He's taking care of the fucktards, also!


Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:02 am
by DerGolgo
The epic continues!

Here, the Master shares with us the secrets of his craft, nay, of his art!




Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:02 am
by DerGolgo
Witness, he extends his grace even to a minuscule Honda thumper!


Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:45 am
by DerGolgo
And lo, he hath not forsaken us!
He enlightens us furthermore, in the art of gasket!


Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:51 pm
by DerGolgo
Now this isn't directly motorcycle related, but its at least motorcycle adjacent.
Big brass ball carburetor on that one.


Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:34 am
by Bigshankhank
It’s sad that very few old farm & yard implements made their way down south, seems like up in New England and upper Midwest states these things are in every barn. I would love to have an old gas powered reel mower but don’t fancy driving 1000 miles to get one.

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:12 am
by DerGolgo
Don't you know it, The Master has The Son.

And The Son wanted to race a bicycle. And the bicycle kept breaking.

So what does The Master do?

He goes full Allen Millyard on that thing is what he does!



I like the Münch Mammut style enclosed-chain/swingarm setup.

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 11:30 am
by DerGolgo
For he is not just The Master Asshole.
Verily, he is The Master Fucktard, also!


Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 11:44 am
by DerGolgo
A crankshaft is born!

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 1:59 am
by DerGolgo
You may be cool.

But you will never be "The bike you built getting test ridden inside Alexandra Palace by FOGGY himself!!"-cool.


Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 6:32 pm
by Bigshankhank
This guy kills me, what it must be like to live in his neighborhood and see him out riding his crazy bikes.

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 7:30 am
by DerGolgo
Oi! Alabamia ootmiks!
Plan ye your pilgrimage!!


Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 11:06 am
by Bigshankhank
Yep, when I visited the barber's Museum in 09 the V8 KZ & 5-cylinder Triple were on display.

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 2:25 am
by DerGolgo
IT IS RISEN!
The Asshole Six runs!


Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 12:38 pm
by Bigshankhank
Well damn it took him long enough.

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 12:28 pm
by DerGolgo
You may be cool.


But you're not Allen Millyard fabricating a new sprocket for your home-made KZ-six from one leftover from high-speed runs on your homemade Dodge Viper bike since 200 mph is really fast enough for that cool.


Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 12:49 pm
by Bigshankhank
After watching the last one I was wondering if he would create a video of re-making that sprocket. Next up, tuning 6 independent carbs!

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 12:51 pm
by Bigshankhank
Also of note;
If you scroll back up to the top of this thread, you can see how Master Millyard's hair goes from appropriately scruffy in the 1st video to almost James-May levels of unruliness.

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Mon May 25, 2020 3:58 am
by DerGolgo
and after ten years IT LIVES!

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 8:59 am
by Bigshankhank
For another glimpse in to incredible one-off custom fabrication and cheeky British "humour", I would solidly recommend the Project Binky series from Bad Obsession Motorsports. While not motorcycle related, it is racing cars and simply incredibly well done in every aspect. There are currently 31 episodes spanning almost 6 years and it is still not finished.

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Thu May 28, 2020 10:35 am
by DerGolgo
Every time a new episode of Project Binky comes out, it brings a smile to my face.
Basically, with the amount of effort they are putting in to make everything just right.
They're not so much modifying a Mini. In that they are building a new car, and some bits of the Mini's body happen to be among the many components they use.

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 5:40 am
by Bigshankhank
Having been introduced to them last weekend, I subsequently binged the entire catalog since. I really wish I had brought my welder with me into exile in Tennessee.

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Sat May 30, 2020 1:54 pm
by DerGolgo
Bigshankhank wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 5:40 am
Having been introduced to them last weekend, I subsequently binged the entire catalog since. I really wish I had brought my welder with me into exile in Tennessee.
Tennessee. I'm not sure welders are welcome there, or ar they? I think over there, they prefer threaded bolts and nuts and things, don't they? I'm sure I've heard of some famous thing there, a "Tennessee stud".

Re: Behold The Master Asshole!

Posted: Sat May 30, 2020 3:16 pm
by Bigshankhank
DerGolgo wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 1:54 pm
Bigshankhank wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 5:40 am
Having been introduced to them last weekend, I subsequently binged the entire catalog since. I really wish I had brought my welder with me into exile in Tennessee.
Tennessee. I'm not sure welders are welcome there, or ar they? I think over there, they prefer threaded bolts and nuts and things, don't they? I'm sure I've heard of some famous thing there, a "Tennessee stud".
I have made note of what appears to be an excessive use of JB Weld on any and every surface which requires some measure of repair. Must be made locally, or perhaps mixed in to the local hooch.