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

Thursday, 9 December 2010

mine and vinny's gs1000's at santa pod mid eighties, taking a breather between competing in the ultimate streetbike races, we had similar tastes in bikes as you can see, i went blue, vince went red, similar things?, rg 500 front mudguards, micron forkbraces, vincent straight bars, white springs on our marzochi remote reservoir shocks, same seats, [can't remember the name], alpha 4 into 1 exhausts, vince was packing a gsx1100 aluminium swinging arm, me?, aftermarket deep braced metmachex 'arm, vince, white powdercoated 'snowflake' wheels, me?, polished rim's with blue spray painted wheels, 'cir-cycle' bellmouths and aeroquip brake hosing, yeah, you can laugh at the styling now but we took our cue's from our heroes, wes cooley, eddie lawson and dave aldana, we were in the shed every night, getting bruised fingers and making mistakes.
back to the eighties again, here's me at santa pod raceway competing in the old 'superbike' magazine ultimate streetbike competition, basically, you turned up at the dragstrip and raced head to head with whover you were drawn against in the next lane, it was run on the old 'run-wot-you-brung' rules, the scrutineering was a basic glance at the bike, no noise reg's, helmet, boots and gloves the only protection required and bang, you're racing, i'm still wearing my trusty, bell helmet, doc martin and levi's combo, the bike has lost the bikini 's'fairing as a result of a lowside midweek slide while racing vinny adams on the roads, the headlight is off an xs1100 yamaha, the look seemed a radical styling exercise back in the day,[ must admit it look's pretty pant's now], motorcycle's popularity was at an all time low back then, there wasn't the same 'cool' connection as there is now, people looked at you differently to today, we rode our bikes to the 'strip, got as many run's in as we could and if we didn't blow them up or crash, rode them home again, [racing from every set of 'light's].