SUPERTECH!...at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
© Copyright 2021, R. Fleischer
|I hope SuperTech will be back, once the Covid virus pandemic is behind us. What follows is a description of how SuperTech was, what possibly to expect in the future, and a lot of photos of cutaways....you are going to appreciate those!|
The last of the "original" yearly SuperTech series, as organized by Todd Byrum & Bob Sipp, was held in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, January 31-February 2, 2014. Todd & Bob then retired from putting on that event. Bob couldn't keep away from it all, because he was back for the 2019 SuperTech.
The original yearly SuperTech series was replaced by the Maryland Airheads Supertech for awhile, & it was held in Easton, MD, but SuperTech returned to Boyertown, PA.
Supertech 2019 was the weekend of February 1-2-3, 2019, at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles at 85 South Walnut St., Boyertown PA.
The Boyertown museum http://boyertownmuseum.org was always a wonderful venue to hold this event. They have many new vehicles and renovated spaces; and, rooms, etc., for Supertech sessions. So even if you’ve been there before there’s more to see. I was thrilled to see that the UPSTAIRS-located Carriage house, ....with its complete blacksmithing and leatherworking facility ....was now available for a lengthy look-see. At the end of that large room was a complete early era machine shop, run by a motor and jackshafts with flat belts, etc.
NOTE: I have purposely NOT put photos of the Carriage House nor the museum cars, bicycles, ETC., in this article. I want you to experience these in person!
I, Robert Fleischer, aka Snowbum, was one of the Instructors....AND ... I was the Saturday evening banquet keynote speaker for 2011. My appearance as teacher/instructor and keynote speaker at that Saturday evening banquet was not as bad as I thought ....because I was invited back for 2019 ....where I tried not to get a (further) swelled-head. Maybe they wanted to get me before I croak of old age! :-)
For 2011, the most requests were for me to talk about myself and my background (yes, really, talk about myself), which I merrily did verbosely (as is my normal style)....helped along by a PowerPoint presentation I had made. Luckily, I had a back-up CD...because my USB 'thumb drive', "disappeared" during my pass through Security at the Airport ('...no, you can't wear that around your neck, put it with your tray stuff....'). Security, and me, never found that thumb drive at the Airport. So much for the safest place for something valuable during a trip. I have my suspicions.
For 2019 I avoided having a PPT presentation; and, after the Saturday catered dinner at the Museum, I spoke from memories. For Sunday morning, there were no other seminars, so everyone was in one area of the museum area, for a totally open 2+ hours, with me, at the podium, trying to answer any question posed. This was also a time for the awards, raffle prizes (most folks got at least two items), etc.
A request from someone in the audience was that, in the future, I specifically put dates for things in my discussions/seminars/etc, as will a more even flow of dates of things as I spoke of them. Then, again, it could all be vastly different.
Being invited to teach at the original SuperTech and to be the the featured (keynote) speaker for the Saturday evening dinner, was quite an honor for me. Being invited to return, for 2019, was truly over-the-top.
SuperTech is held on the first weekend each February in the Boyertown area of Pennsylvania, about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia. For years it was held at the Museum of Historic Vehicles (see above photo). You always have full access to the Museum, which you WILL be interested in seeing. The weekend was filled with various technical seminar sessions. About 60 Airhead owners and wannabe's typically attended the early SuperTech's. It was ~70 for 2019. SuperTech is about BMW Airhead Motorcycles, plus the camaraderie. Training sessions (or, call them seminars) were extensive & could be intensive, on how various parts of your BMW Airhead motorcycle operate, & on how to maintain various sections or items; or even overhaul items on your Airhead BMW Motorcycle. Some Seminar information was typically carried over by attendees for other bikes, cars, whatever, in their life. Just about any subject, from electricals to wire wheels re-spoking to overhauling transmissions, to spline lube jobs, ...really anything from carburetor synchronization methods (in real time too) to whatever you can think of. There are three seminar rooms, plus a larger area in the museum. Things are going on all day.
A very complete set of clean cutaway mechanical items, of such as crankcases, rear drives, transmissions, carburetors, electricals, and even mufflers, was always on hand for you to look at ....and get your hands on them! Contrary to other events you may have been to, at SuperTech you were encouraged to touch, feel, & experience! I have photos of many of these cutaways, ETC, later herein, and I added closeups from my 2019 trip.
Specific information on attending SuperTech is published in the Airhead Beemer Club's monthly magazine, AIRMAIL. It is also announced on the Airheads LIST, etc. Attendance is LIMITED & typically fills-up early, with a waiting list. For 2019, only 70 were allowed. There was a waiting list in 2011 too, as there has been every year; so, if you want to attend SuperTech, DO sign up as soon as the event is announced!
If you are curious, click here for what the 2019 Seminars, ETC., schedule was like: Schedule
The lamp, below, was made for me, Snowbum, by Al Vangura, may he rest in peace. I cannot mention Al, or this lamp, or even re-read this paragraph, without getting emotional. The lamp, the shop coat, & the wine, was presented to me at the 2011 Saturday banquet. These are treasured things for me. The wine is labeled with the Airheads Simple by Choice logo, titled Slash 5 Merlot, & also marked 'From Estate Grown /5 Brake Fluids' (yes, no /5 came with brake fluids). I promised to wear that special shop coat at all TechDays, no matter where that I attended. Naturally, I wore it at the 2019 SuperTech. I have not opened the bottle of wine;....AND, what does /5 brake fluid wine taste like, anyway?
Outside my shop:
One of the MANY cut-a-ways at SuperTech ...
yes, it works; yes, you can play with it .....
....& are encouraged to do so.
This is the Alternator test & instruction setup.
Run by an electric motor. Fully functional.
Snowbum used this during presentation
of his Seminar in 2011.
Yes, there are even cutaways of the 1981+ ignition,
a starter motor, Bendix gear...and LOTS more!
One of the Seminar rooms. NOTE the
cutaways on left side tables, this is how
it was in 2011; ...there were MANY MORE,
not seen in this photo. For 2019, the
expanded cutaways were centrally located
in the main entrance area room of the
museum, for all to see, & touch, at any time.
Another view of a seminar room.
There was also another table, not in
these photos, full of cutaways.
Below are more cut-a-ways photos.
There were MANY not shown here.
The oiling system:
The transmission, driveshaft, and rear drive cut-a-ways in the
below photo have been done in such a way that you can easily
rotate the transmission and even shift its gears from one
gear to any other.
Yes, the insides of a muffler!
10/29/2016: Update article entirely. Change from all details to announcement for the new Maryland SuperTech. Metas, scripts, HTML, all improved.
11/25/2016: Remove Boyertown and Md from <title > area, as it confused some, who thought it was only in PA.
11/27/2016: Metas, scripts, borders, clean up HTML.
11/30/2016: Update the New SuperTech announcement at top of this article.
11/30/2017: Update for next SuperTech.
03/05/2018: Preliminary update for the New old-Supertech, back in Boyertown. Cleanup. Add 10pxl margins.
12/25/2018: Minor updating. Same on 01/14/2019.
01/17/2019: Added some more cutaways photographs from my 2011 trip to SuperTech.
02/05/2019: Added some more cutaways photographs, and edited all text, from my 2019 trip to SuperTech.
06/23/2021: Minor text and layout changes.
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