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

Thursday, 30 June 2011




 my birthday yesterday, fifty two years on this planet, thank you to my wife, kid's and friends for the music, the new mz project, my batman and joker fridge magnets and my batman pants and of course, my mum for the apple pie and the chocolate cake.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011




'fast' freddie spencer.

Monday, 27 June 2011







so, after a lazy sunday morning walking the dog's, drinking tea and hanging out in the garden with jess it was time to get the seat bolted back on, mad john had returned it still muttering about the finish, apparently there are major flaws with it, [i reckon he's the 6 million dollar man and he's got x-ray vision or something] and he wants to take it away and do it again, no way, we are past the longest day already and i haven't ridden a road bike yet, [apart from the couple of illegal blasts up the road to try out the sporty], i put the remains of the 97 octane petrol in the tank that i had left over from the recent trackday, grab some tools and hit the button, first stop is for petrol, i pull out onto the a6, a group of lad's on various sportsbikes are soon two inches off my numberplate, the a6 is notorious for the old bill so i don't get drawn, as i'm changing down approaching an island the motor cough's and dies, the lad's on the japper's find this highly amusing, revving their engines, pipping horn's and giving me the 'wanker' sign, i just turn the pingle onto reserve, hit the button and follow them into the petrol station, full tank and i'm away, turn off the a6 towards ashbourne and start to get a feel for the bike, it feel's a lot lighter, turning easily on the 17's and the dunlop qualifiers offering loads of grip, the single brembo scrubbing off speed with just a touch of the lever, i try the rear, no drama and the cagiva mito brembo caliper braking well, keeping the plot on the straight and narrow and no grabbing, the njb shocks are firm but handle the bumpy, frost damaged surfaces really well, they really are a bargain and much better performance than the expensive 'progressive' shocks that i have replaced, the speedo is going to take some setting up and is fluctuating wildly, not too bothered about that today though, this is just a shakedown ride, the exhaust is still popping, not as badly as before but i need to experiment with the supertrapp diffuser cones to richen up the mixture [and probably muck about with the jetting] the ride is comfortable, the renthal bar's wide enough to lever the bike through the bends, the renthal grips are  better than the chunky things on a standard sporty, dropping down to 7/8th's bars over the harley 1" bar's allows you to have your pick of japanese/italian levers, master cylinders and clutch perch's, i'm running a yamaha thundercat clutch perch, the beauty of this is that it straightens the cable run into the lever and the clutch feels a lot lighter, especially combined with the dog-leg lever, the master cylinder is a nissin item off a kawasaki, i junked the massive o.e.m. fluid reservoir and used a brembo race item out of the mz racing spares box in it's place, the throttle is a daytona 1/4 turn item, i use one of these on the racer and like the action, i don't like a 'sticky' throttle and these snap back like a mousetrap when you let go, i pull up above carsington reservoir and let the bike cool a little before going around it checking fasteners and for any leaking fluids, there's a slight weep from the primary cover, nothing really, one of the seat mounting screws has backed off and i nip it up with an allen key and that's it, i sit on the gate on the opposite side of the lane and just take it in, there's always something of an anti-climax when you have nearly finished a project but i'm not feeling that today, i'm sitting in the sunshine listening to the bikes gunning it along the top of carsington reservoir and life feel's good, i get my kit back on and as i flick up the sidestand i notice the boot in the grass, luckily there's no one's foot in it, unluckily i can't find the other one, [i would have swapped them for mine, mine are about shagged], i clock another fifty or so miles, my confidence in the bike growing, no nasty noises and the new tyres scrubbing in nicely, i roll into darley moor, there's a meeting on today, i park up, lock on, grab a brew and have a stroll around the pit's, there's very few pukka race machinery, the odd rs 125 and 250 and tz250's the rest is all road based in-line jap four's, the sidecars are very interesting especially when you see them without their clothes on and all that glorious engineering is exposed, i catch a couple of races and can honestly say that in all my years of spectating at darley, this is the first time i can remember it being warm up here, i snake home down the lanes but can't resist a couple of miles giving it a blast down one of my favourite pieces of tarmac, i know this road like the back of my hand, it is thankfully free of 'safety partnership' van's and helicopters[they prefer the richer pickings of the a6 and the 515], great fun and it feel's good to be back on the road, i'm soon home, got to get those boy's walked, i sit on the floor with my back against the garage wall, i'm quaffing a cold cobra and i'm listening to the bike 'tick' as it cool's, there's a mass of dead flies plastered to the numberboard and forklegs and the new chain is slacker than jordan's thong, i'm well chuffed me....

Saturday, 25 June 2011

andy saunders, mz racer, silverstone, june 2011.
new sporty, i'm starting to warm to them, still think their too big but like to get hold of one and cut it up, got to admit it though, he isn't hanging about.
i hate trike's, fucking horrible, like this one though, ace.

franco uncini, cooler than a very cool thing, four-stroke ducati twin and suzuki rg 500 two-stroke, i'm feeling the kerb-feeling right knee, don't know which track this is but it look's really dangerous....

Friday, 24 June 2011



e-bay, brilliant, i'm researching carb's for the racer and come across this, mz flatracker, slap a bid on and forget about it, bloody hell i've won it, me and dangerous make the journey north, m1, the nation's main route is reduced to a crawl, i'm in mick's, [my next door-but-one's-to my mum's-but-four-door's-to-me-next-door-neighbour's] ex, gpo van, eventually turn off the motorway and we make our way through wakefield, ossett and end up on an estate in dewsbury, graham, the bike's owner get's the kettle on and we load the mashing's into the van, he chuck's in a stripped down etz 250 motor in the deal, great bloke, he's got that faraway look in his eye's, that vision of doing thing's against the norm, good to meet someone who kick's out the jam's, he get's it, punk rock is alive and well and living in west yaaarkshire, hour-and-a-half and we're home, unload the van and survey the bit's, stay tuned, project 'super-leicht' coming soon......
had some work done today, three hour session on my back courtesy of mr.ben jones, or, 'the world's most handsome man' as we call him, great afternoon, loads of tea, kit-kat's and inappropriate comment's, this is a shop card that i really like from my collection, seem's to sum up tattoo's for me.......
lovely photo courtesy of both ed at www.fingymoto.blogspot and barse at www.abkengineering , thank's boy's, nothing could be finer than your girlfriend lying across your mz trophy combination and laying down the tunes on a melodica.... beautiful.

Sunday, 19 June 2011


sunday in the loveless shed, adjust the chain on the sporty, make up a couple of brackets to mount the cut down aprilia 125 mudguard and re-mount the supertrapps to eliminate the air leak that's causing the popping and farting on the over-run, [used a couple of pieces of exhaust bandage tape under the mounting clamp's for a 'belt and brace's' fix], quick squirt up the road and i reckon that's sorted it, just need my seat back from mad john and i'm done, mad john's had a 'mare with the paint, the seat unit is a cheapo replica race item, the release agent, [silicone] has got into the weave of the fibreglass and keeps bleeding through the paint, he's had to start from scratch, bonding it with gel-coat to try and stop the silicone affecting the paint, i've told him to have one more go at it and then it's getting a waft of matt black out of an aerosol can, that's it then, brew and sit looking at the racer on the bench, jack under the engine, exhaust off, [engine 'hangs' off the head, stressed member so need to support it to remove the head and barrel's], top engine mount off, head off ready to survey the damage caused by the seizure at cadwell, barrel off, nothing, piston look's fine, bore is un-marked and still showing perfect honing, turn motor over on the end of the crank and it's sounding pretty ominous, knock, knock, knock, fuck, this is going to be expensive, drop ignition cover off and there's three allen screw's rattling about inside, the fixing screws for the pvl ignition have come loose and dropped into the cover letting the sender unit spin around and wreck the rotor, there's aluminium swarf everywhere, deep joy............
me and fast got the gat's, we're going to rob a bank, we got steve outside carrying a full-pack, now everything's cool and everything's smooth, [hey, that's smooth], i walked up to the teller, i gave her the letter, she gave me the loot with puckered up lips and a wink i found cute and i said, 'baby, baby, baby', [is this some kharmic-chi love thing happening here baby or what?]

Saturday, 18 June 2011

post track day meeting in the loveless shed today, dangerous reckons we should sell the 'zed and get something with more horsepower, i want to stick with the mz and develop it further, get a mikuni carb and decent exhaust system, fairing and get more weight off the bike, i like being the underdog and sticking it up them, punk rock two stroke versus japanese four stroke, trouble is, i won't be eligible for the mz race series with those mod's, what to do? cost's a fortune to race with bemsee, trackday's are a third of the price of racing so that's three times as much time on track as a race meeting, like to get the bike approved for crmc event's but can't see that happening, seem's strange that you can run a manx norton that was made in alfreton at summerfield engineering on a cnc machine, a replica frame from new zealand and 17's with modern rubber, belt drive primary, modern electronic ignition, [hidden in a 'magneto' casing] or a 'hailwood replica' basically a 'baby' fireblade water-cooled four cylinder engine in a replica frame with just a period correct paint-job but when i enquired about racing with the vmcrc i was slagged off for having jap wheel's and italian brake's, what's a matter? afraid i might just upset your apple cart?










 couple more photo's from the morini owner's track day at cadwell, the triton was stunning, probably the best one i have ever seen, the lad's with the velo's were great crack, i changed out of my leathers for the dinner break and wandered around to have a look at the bikes and get some pic's, i snapped a couple of photo's and one of them said, 'don't do that mate, he won't get his helmet on now', game on, i dropped it, 'i'm just gathering evidence', 'come again son?', 'i reckon you lot are a disgrace, thrashing these motorcycles around a racetrack when you should be polishing them and showing them', 'you can fuck off you wanker, that's what they are for!', i made with the reeling- them-in-fishing-rod-mime-thing and they got it straight away, 'you got me going there son, thought you were serious', we are meeting up at festival of a thousand bike's, proper.