Monday, 2 November 2009
mz racer, brilliant, less than 15bhp in east german commuter standard form but considerably more in converted racer reincarnation, i looked up the rules and it's a great way of getting on the track for real rather than risking your road bike on a track-day. frames can have material removed to make it lighter but nothing can be welded to it, the subframe has to remain standard and the original tank has to be used and that's it, anything else goes, you can use different forks, wheels, brakes etc and the capacity cannot exceed 251cc, most racers use a yz250 motorcross conrod which means that they rev to 9500rpm almost double the standard bike, the points can't cope at those revs so a pvl kart ignition is used, the head and barrels have had the fins shaved for lightness, most races see a grid of 35-40 bikes per meeting, imagine them all going into the first corner on the first lap, total fucking carnage!, now then, where did i put ammo's phone number....................................?
love a copy of this one as well as the shige and horiyoshi 111 books but only available in japan and very, very expensive, the horiyoshi books start at around £250 each, that's big buck's for sure, i wonder if belper library would get them for me and i could always use the photocopier at work if i'm on an early shift?
biker paperback books were never that far away from my grasp in the mid 1970's, i had all the old new english library peter cave novels from that time, i would read and re-read every word and study the photo's on the front soaking in every detail, they are all long gone now, my mum binned them after repeated requests to 'take that big old cardboard box of books with you tonight or i'm going to chuck them!' when i went around for my dinner or whatever years after i had left home and got a place of my own. i regret not taking them now, stay tuned for more old bike paperbacks.
cut-down sporty ticks all the boxes for me, got that jap thing going on especially with the clip-ons teamed up with forwards, dinky racing seat, no mudguards and pipes are cooler than coolio, he's gone with the later model big tank which works too, nice little bike and something similar could be turned out in a decent weekend session in the shed with the right doner bike.
cool picture i pinched off the c.o.c blogspot, where did the summer go?, it just seems to have rolled by, into autumn, the clocks have gone back and it's dark at 5pm, deep joy, the only thing that keeps me from getting the seasonal affective disorder is the thought of getting in the shed and getting cracking with a few small, [or large?], jobs on the bikes. [oh yeah, that and sitting drinking a nice red with the pod on in the shed]