The Badass Women Changing Brooklyn’s Motorcycle Scene

The Badass Women Changing Brooklyn’s Motorcycle Scene Story by Ilana Kaplan, Jan 27, 2015 READ THE STORY ON REFINERY29 Even if you’ve never been on a motorcycle, there’s something about spending time with The Miss-Fires that convinces you to leave all of your concerns about riding behind and just throw on a helmet. With this (predominantly)Continue reading “The Badass Women Changing Brooklyn’s Motorcycle Scene”

Bear Mountain scoot

This last Sunday, the weather was absolutely perfect. At Miss-Fire owned cafe Beaner Bar in Brooklyn, a motley crew of Miss-Fires and friends gathered to caffeinated before setting off for a last minute ride from to Harriman State Park/Bear Mountain. It’s an easy 50+ mile ride over the George Washington Bridge, through NJ and backContinue reading “Bear Mountain scoot”

Project Dirtbike

  Project Dirtbike, the engine rebuild of my 1971 Yamaha At1 125, was on hold for a bit while I waited on parts to be sent. specifically the piston circlips, which so far is the only part i managed to misplace in the entire project. pretty damn impressed with that. After a long 2 week wait forContinue reading “Project Dirtbike”

Project: BSA

We recently did a quick one nighter session over at member Valerie’s garage MotorGrrl, on my 1968 BSA Lightning. The fork seals were leaking badly and it should have been a quick swap, but as with many old bikes and mine in particular, nothing is ever what it seems. I already knew that my ’68 Lightning hasContinue reading “Project: BSA”

Project Dirtbike

Moto Monday winter project nights are going strong over at the MotorGrrl garage. Here’s an update on the 1971 Yamaha At1 125 engine rebuild project. This week we put the transmission together, installed the crank, tested the gears and shift pattern, applied Yama-bond to the case edges and pressed them closed. Be sure to thoroughlyContinue reading “Project Dirtbike”

Project Dirtbike

This Monday night’s addition of Project Dirtbike (the engine rebuild of my 1971 Yamaha At1 125), over at MotorGrrl, focused on Bearings. We determined they needed to be replaced as they felt ‘gritty’ when turned. Once extracted, we we pleased we decided to replace them as there was a good amount of dirt between the caseContinue reading “Project Dirtbike”

Project CB530G

Stephanie’s 1973 Honda CB350G alternator cover came to Moto Monday night at MotorGrrl this week with 2 badly hardened steel  stripped screws. It took all night, but  we ground the heads off to pull the oil bypass valve and retain the cosmetic appearance of the cover.   Success! Corinna Mantlo & Valerie Figarella, MotorGrrl  

Project Dirtbike

Monday nights this winter are all about my little dirtbike rebuild over at the MotorGrrl garage. Miss-Fires member and MotorGrrl owner Valerie is a fantastic host with beers on ice and music cranked. And leave it to the Miss-Fires ladies to always arrive with baked goods…mmmmm. I’ve had my 1971 Yamaha At1 125 for aContinue reading “Project Dirtbike”

Project CB350G

On any (winter) Sunday, you can find The Miss-Fires working away on Stephanie’s 1973 Honda CB350G complete rebuild project at Motor Preserve. This bike came to her in boxes and we are determined to have her riding by her birthday this spring. With the cylinder, cylinder head, and cam base installed we are ready toContinue reading “Project CB350G”

Project Dirtbike

  Corinna’s 1971 Yamaha At1 125 had filled itself full of a lovely mixture of fluids…today’s goal was to crack the cases and clean it out.   while we’re in there, everything got a good cleaning and once over to determine what parts needed replacing.We always find a bit of time for beer and gabbing…Continue reading “Project Dirtbike”