another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Sunday, 7 March 2010


gary nixon, 1969 mile, left hand off the bars, on the fork leg for maximum aerodynamics, aerodynamics?, it's a triumph flat-tracker, proper dangerous, no front brake, looking for the blue-groove, throttle nailed to the stop.

my smart-ass daughter jess was mucking about on the computer the other night and came up with this design for a loveless football shirt, [this is the back, the front has a 'loveless' oval badge over the left breast and a #51 on the right hand sleeve], i know it's early days, not even built the bike yet never mind raced it but, i'm up for it if there's enough interest, let me know your thoughts, cheers, oh yeah, talking football, went up to pride park for rams v watford yesterday, not a classic by any means but we won two-nil, watford came to spoil the game and get a point or perhaps nick it but we were just too strong all over the park, i know we won but i came away feeling a little dissapointed, derby just looked a little too casual for my liking, the hard work ethic of previous games was missing and all too easy it would have been to turn three points into one or even none.

dead chuffed with the finished ignition/front sprocket cover, cut a disc of re-cycled carbon fibre out with a hacksaw and ground it to shape on my machine mart budget shit grinder that slows down as soon as you apply any pressure to the wheels, dangerous goes mad when i'm working with carbon, he won't stop in the shed and mutters about 'you don't know what's in it', must admit he may have a point, you really don't want to see what you dig out of your nose when you finish breathing it in, proper toxic, finished the alloy cover off with a bit of scotchbrite and solvol.

made a start on the rear caliper bracket, usual thing, work out where it's going to be mounted,[underslung of course, me and dangerous arguing about the torque arm, is it better to mount it in a 'pulling' plain or a 'pushing' plain?, think about it, it's not as simple as just making a hanger], the obligatory cardboard template, work out the centres and drill clearance holes before chain drilling and milling to shape, from bitter experience you can spend a load of time getting the profile spot-on and then drop a bollock when you drill the mounting holes.