For my upcycling project I plan to create a piece of wall art from an old brake rotor off my dirt bike. Dirt biking has been a defining hobby of mine since sophomore year of high school. I started off riding a trail bike, but quickly realized I wanted to do more than just putt around. I quickly sold my first motorcycle and purchased my first race bike. From there was hooked; I wanted to go faster and jump farther every time I slung my leg over the bike. I went to the track at least once a week with my stepbrother. Here we raced around and challenged each other to be the fastest. We also pushed each other to try bigger jumps and move out of our comfort zone. Later I tried my hand in racing, competing in both outdoor races and in arena cross competitions. In my last race, I was one spot away from making it to the main event.
My passion for motorcycles goes beyond riding them. Some of my fondest moments growing up are of my stepbrother Jake and I working on out motorcycles together. We performed all of our own maintenance (which is more than you would expect). There was always something to do, and we spent hours on end wrenching away at our beloved machines.
For this reason, I want to transform an old component from my motorcycle into a piece of art. I gained inspiration for this project from googling images of “art from motorcycle parts”; some of the images I referenced are included in this post. I plan to turn the rotor into either a static display, or possibly a clock. In order to accomplish this, I will use a black acrylic sheet to fill in the center of the rotor. I will laser cut this to size and engrave the word “CRF” onto this to commemorate the model of motorcycle that it came from. Should I pursue the clock route, I will also include a hole for the movement hand shaft to pass through. I plan to attach the acrylic to the brake rotor using standard fasteners.
“Bike Parts Clock.” Amazon, www.amazon.com/Recycled-bicycle-upcycled-enthusiast-Steampunk/dp/B0787DDV8Q.
“Recycled Mountain Bike Disc Brake Rotor Wall Clock.” Etsy, www.etsy.com/se-en/listing/705388144/recycled-mountain-bike-disc-brake-rotor?show_sold_out_detail=1.