June 9th, 2006

EngineDiagram

the magic of machines

I neglected to mention something that I found really cool about replacing the top end of my Aprilia RS50 engine the other day:
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This is why I enjoy dirty, bloody, mechanical work: It's a form of magic. Taking well-engineered parts and assembling them carefully into the correct configuration, thereby converting disparate pieces of metal into a unified device that provides the motive force to ride at speeds far exceeding what a human can attain. The parts are like spell components: Individually inert, but together they create a living thing capable of anything one's creativity desires.

Chris