Hey there Dan,
I've still been looking around the forum to see what guys have done with their bikes and working out what and how I'll rig my bike when I came across this post.
I reckon I will have some questions for you re: MB's. By now I'm sure you'll know a few tips and tricks on the lathe. I won't ask about you tying knots... I did my apprenticeship in the RAN (Royal Australian Navy). We were always taught; if you can't tie knots, tie lots!!