Diamond Heads, a family owned and operated company since 1999, specializes in diamond cutting motorcycle cylinders and heads. Located in Henderson, Nevada, Diamond Heads is the only company of its kind, adding sparkle and shine to your bike while helping it run cooler by adding more surface area to cool the fins. The cut fins create more surface area, and the diamond cuts create turbulence in the air that flows over the fins. When tested at U.N.L.V., they found that the Diamond Head-treated heads cooled down 12 percent faster compared to stock. Owner Keith Brinton and his wife Amber started the company after Keith decided to enhance the looks of his FXR motor with polished fins.
After he polished the fins, he felt it was not enough, and they would require upkeep. Not wanting to clean and polish the bike every time he rode it, Keith tried cutting the fins with a set of hand tools and a technique he learned as a jeweler and gemologist. The trick was to get the cuts on every fin to look exactly the same. Knowing how to do this requires years of work and experience with expensive gems.
Once Keith's FXR was back on the road and could be seen by all of his friends, they wanted the same thing done to their bikes. At the time, Keith did not want to do it. It was a lot of work and it took a long time to do. However, every time he took his bike out for a ride, people were asking who did it, how did they do it, and how much did it cost? Keith was working a full-time job at the time, but when he got home he found himself in the shop cutting cylinders and heads for his friends and new customers.
Now, thanks to technology, the bulk of the work is done with state-of-the-art robots to help keep up with orders from large companies like S&S;, Big Dog, and Victory, to name a few. Once the robots are programmed, the speed and accuracy can't be beat.
Although the robots are integral to the business, Keith still does plenty of cutting by hand. This helps keep his skills sharp and allows him to take pride in his work. We wanted to show you some of the inner workings of Diamond Heads; we can't give away all of Keith's secrets, so we'll just show you what we can.