A question that I’ve seen come up several times now is, “Where should I source my parts from?” This is a great question that I want to dig into today. Most of you want advice on where the cheapest prices are for motorcycles or dirt bikes, but I think for some at-home mechanics, this is only part of the equation. The two groups of at-home mechanics I want to discuss are...
I was delighted when a friend of mine who is a shop teacher contacted me and asked for some educational posters he could hang up in his classroom. At the time I didn’t have anything to offer, but I had loads of awesome pictures featuring engines, motorcycle designs, fabrication, modeling, and drafting. I’m a big fan of education and wanted to help out, so I worked with my graphic designer to come up with three awesome 24” x 36” print-yourself posters that could be used to help inspire and motivate kids to learn more about engineering.
Here’s what we came up with:
A poster on motorcycle design - This poster features the first motorcycle I ever built and and is a brief overview of the process. It features the CAD design, FEA, fabrication steps, and finally the completed motorcycle.
A poster on engine design - This poster features the design of a 400cc two-stroke single cylinder engine for a dirt bike. The design steps include the cylinder design, FEA optimization of the crank and rod, the complete CAD assembly, 3D printed engine, and the fitment of the engine into the frame.
A poster on incorporating a counterbalance assembly into an existing engine - This poster covers the design of a counterbalance for an engine which didn't originally have a counterbalancer. The conception, CAD, drafting, and machining phases are all touched on.
When we sent the posters to the shop teacher, he was delighted. So we are now offering them to tech ed teachers everywhere! If you want to support DIY Moto Fix and download your own motorcycle design printable posters CLICK HERE.
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