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Wilhelm
Mar 4th, 2013, 09:33 PM
Sunday rode up with a friend to Cook's Corner, then the back way to Ortega Highway and up towards Lake Elsinore, stopping at the regular biker hangouts along the way. Dozens and dozens of bikes, sleek low cruisers, full dressers, crotch rockets, exotics (a dazzling Arctic White Ducati Hyperstrada, the one with the alien insectoid looking beak), and homebrew rats, just lots of dazzling chrome and shiny paint. Spring riding season has begun early and this forum needs some more action.

Spent the better part of the day Saturday at the Meguiar's Intergalactic Headquarters, aka The Mothership, getting schooled in air DA damp sanding and rotary buffing. The Good: donuts, pizza, the best training money can buy, and slinging product on Zen Master Stoops by unintentionally using poor technique with a rotary buffer, really it was an accident. The Bad: the warm bright Southern California winter sun lighting up every swirl and defect on my new Pearl Nebular Black bike.

The really good is I saw a new DA Power System tool. I guess I haven't kept up with the latest, cuz apparently this thing is the bizness. And I hadn't even heard of it. It's promoted as being perfect for girls and the unemployed. Those are my words. I think Meguiar's are more like "for peeps afraid of the big scary power tools and those whose budgetary constraints make it difficult to purchase regular DA polishers and still be able to feed the kids at least once every other day."

I think Megs may have missed the marketing boat on this one-- and here is where I tie this rambling account of seemingly unrelated events together-- this thing seems perfect for polishing motorcyles. The paint in curvy places. The chrome pieces in various sizes. The unpainted plastic panels. The lexan windscreens. There is some serious polishing to be done on bikes. Everyone knows a shiny bike goes 30% faster than the same bike with scratches and swirls.

So this is the plan to put this new Biker's Friend to the test. First, I gotta buy one these suckers. Which I've already done in pretty much the time it took to write these words saying I did, what with the wonders of online ordering and all. Next, I gotta stuff this little mechanical wonder in the tank bag and shlep it down to the next Thursday Night Open Garage and, under the watchful eyes of Those Who Know What They're Doing and Don't Mind Guiding Thems Who Don't Know So Much, see if I can't make that Pearl Nebular Black paint soar. Plus I want to see what it can do to some of my helmets, especially the scratched up face shields, those things are kinda spendy to replace and scratched up shields are dangerous. I wonder whether it can't be used to clean the bugs off my teeth and make 'em all shiny and bright again.

Stay tuned . . . .

Michael Stoops
Mar 5th, 2013, 07:53 AM
Being quite certain that I won't read anything better than this all week...... I'm calling it done and going home.


You are spot on about our target market for the DA Power System (we still think the kids should be fed daily, though) but we do also recommend the tool for reaching tighter areas on vehicles with four wheels as well as most of the painted surfaces on those two wheeled toys. With our first TNOG of the year being next week your timing on this is perfect and we'll be more than happy to get you better acquainted with the DAPS then.

As for splattering me with compound in the Advanced Class over the weekend, you now understand why I was the first to don an apron for the hands on portion of the class. ;)

davey g-force
Mar 5th, 2013, 02:29 PM
LOL - great OP.

Looking forward to seeing what magic the DAPS can work on your bike.

s word
Mar 5th, 2013, 04:48 PM
I will be out there next Thurs, looking forward to meeting OP, seeing the bike and possibly helping.

You should fly out Davey!

davey g-force
Mar 5th, 2013, 05:54 PM
LOL I will one day!

I've already told the missus that when we visit the US one day, that's one of the things I want to do...

Wilhelm
Mar 6th, 2013, 12:11 AM
As for splattering me with compound in the Advanced Class over the weekend, you now understand why I was the first to don an apron for the hands on portion of the class. ;)

"Splattering"? I ain't no Jackson Pollock, it was a clean shot across the bow, a single crisp white horizontal line across a stark black background. I am an artist when it comes to unintentional rotary sling, I hope you saved that apron, when the market for rotary sling art finally takes off it will be worth some good money.

Unfortunately I missed the TNOG last year when the DAPS was passed around and saw it for the first time Saturday, in the Garage. It was still in its protective package so I won't actually get to play around with it until tomorrow when I get mine from Amazon. Fascinating. Can't wait to try it. I only have a cordless drill, a drill press and a clunky old hammer drill and am hoping on Thursday you guys have a couple of different types of regular corded drills in the 2000-2500 rpm range to try out before I go out and buy one. Maybe DAPS 2.0 will have switchable gearing, for optional use with a 600 rpm cordless.

Wilhelm
Mar 6th, 2013, 12:35 AM
LOL - great OP.

Looking forward to seeing what magic the DAPS can work on your bike.

Thanks my brother from another country, I am looking forward to that myself!


I will be out there next Thurs, looking forward to meeting OP, seeing the bike and possibly helping.

Don't be shy, hope you just grab a bottle of something from the cabinet and jump right in. It's possibly the ugliest bike currently in production and the dealer did a first rate job installing the swirls in the shlocky factory paint. It can't really get no worse, at least not until it starts rusting in a couple of months. It is my goal that it come out of TNOG the sparklingest ugly bike possible.