Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hawking our wares on the world's biggest (and baddest) online marketplace

Ben, who setup our Instagram, has also been taking photos for our new ebay store, which you can find here: http://stores.ebay.com/slagheapcycles


Honestly, Ebay are a pretty awful company - but they're the only game in town when it comes to selling used parts online, and they know it. So, it looks like they'll be taking at least a 10% cut of anything we sell on their site...then Paypal gets their cut, but at least we can feel good that we're helping to keep the Post Office in business.

The good news is that starting our ebay store has also forced us to organize the chaos that was our inventory of used parts. Now we actually kinda know what we have in all these boxes! So, if you see something you like, get in touch through phone or email for better prices! Cut out the middleman!


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Look at the pretty pictures

Check it out, we now have an Instagram account for your viewing enjoyment! You can look at all the pretty pictures here: https://www.instagram.com/slagheapcycles/

A photo posted by SlagheapCycles (@slagheapcycles) on


Big thanks to Ben Filio for getting this all together!


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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Time to go ULTRA

We've acquired some new equipment in the shop - an industrial ultrasonic cleaner for cleaning carburetors and other small parts. Ultrasonic cleaners use high frequency sound waves to generate microscopic bubbles in a water bath solution (it's called cavitation), and these scour the grime and dirt off, leaving clean metal behind. They are great for unclogging all the tiny holes and passageways in motorcycle carburetors.
The tricky part is finding an ultrasonic cleaner that is both tuned to the correct frequency (most are for jewelry, so their frequency is too high for industrial cleaning) and put out enough amperage to be effective (most are too weak). We were lucky to find one that meets both these requirements. Here are some of our early results:

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In addition to our normal carburetor cleaning services, we will be offering the option of running your carburetor (or any other parts) through our ultrasonic cleaner. It's a good option if you want to do most of the work yourself, but also want to make sure that everything is actually clean, and all passageways are clear. We will run each carb through the cleaner, and any small parts you want to remove beforehand (such as jets, emulsion tubes, mixture screws) can be run in a separate basket. We will then blow everything out with compressed air afterwards to ensure it is clean and clear. Get in touch for pricing, thanks!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pre-Summer Vacation

Attention Friends! With summer rapidly approaching, we are going to sneak in a little vacation before the height of riding season, so that we can be ready for you once it finally stops raining in Pittsburgh! The shop will be closed from Monday, May 23rd until Thursday, June 2nd. We will be back wrenching on Friday, June 3rd. Feel free to email us in the meantime to schedule an appointment for our return. Thanks!

Our new garage, where all the magic happens!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

New Location, Open For Business

After a winter of epic moving, we are all setup in our new location. And we've already managed to fill every available space with motorcycles! The shop is at 2123 Forbes Avenue, in the Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh. We're easy to reach from Oakland, Southside, and Downtown Pittsburgh, and blocks away from the Boulevard of the Allies. We are also easy to reach by bus (especially nice for dropping off and picking up your bike) - all the 61 and 71 buses go within a block of our shop. So, we hope to see you as the weather gets warmer!

The entrance at 2123 Forbes Avenue - here is where you drop off and pickup your bike

Inside our new work area - already overflowing with projects!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Big News - We're Moving!

Well, after months and months of wrangling with bureaucracy, the day has finally come - we're moving our shop into the City of Pittsburgh. Our new location has a small self-contained garage that is all our own, as well as a large lot for storage.

Moving will be quite an undertaking, given the 3 years of used parts and motorcycles and parts of motorcycles that we have accumulated. Therefore the shop will be CLOSED during this process, as we get the new space ready for work.

WE WILL RE-OPEN IN OUR NEW LOCATION ON MARCH 1st, 2016
2123 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

In the meantime, we are always available by email and often by phone. Don't hesitate to contact us for a spring appointment.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Our Favorite Two Strokes of 2015

Vintage two-stroke motorcycles are generally smokey, noisy, and terribly unreliable. A pain to work on but oh-so-fun to ride...unless you need to stop, that is. Front and rear drum brakes as standard equipment don't make for the most confident of braking. But, with very low weight and the increased horsepower of the two-stroke engine, they feel deceptively fast, and the acceleration can be a lot of fun. Here are our favorites that came in the shop this past year:

1970 Yamaha CS3 (the predecessor to the legendary RD series) - 198cc, kick and electric start, and supposedly a top speed of 80mph.

1967 Yamaha YR1 - one of the prettiest bikes we've ever had in the shop, this was a genuine cafe racer, and was designed to do the ton right out of the factory.

1973 Suzuki GT185 - definitely the smoothest-sounding vintage two-stroke we've had, very light and fast. A race between this and the CS3 would be interesting. And did you spot the Yamaha AT3 right behind it?