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

Friday, 4 February 2011

chris palmer's brilliant mz racer, we are not worthy, pure class.


had to have a couple of night's off this week, i love building the bikes, the shed is my sanctuary and i'm probably happier in there than anywhere else in the world,  get in there with the dog's on 'their' chair, radio six, radio four or the i-pod chugging away, tea in the day, beer/wine/vodka at weekends, strictly coca-cola in the week, dangerous chuntering away in the background, sometimes we don't even speak, head's down and collar, dangerous has skinned out to the canary islands for a week on a cheapo deal, me?, i'm at fucking work as usual but i need a break too, got football tuesday night, we get beaten by ipswich and slip down two more places, wednesday and i'm in nottingham for roxy music 'for your pleasure' tour, brilliant, can't tell you how good they were, home at 0130 hr's , up at 0500 hours for my shift, that was fun, let's do it again, thursday, up at 0500hr's, shift, back to nottingham, quick bite to eat in pizza express, and into the rescue room's for the spiky post-punk band 'wire' gig, total contrast from the previous night, 10k+ crowd to 200, packed in, raw sound, band setting up their own gear to a squad of light/sound/dance technicians, saw them at the same venue last year but they were even better this time, stand around chatting with the band until stupid-o-clock, drive home, bed, can't sleep, drop off just as the alarm goes off, 0500 hrs, shift, home walk the dog's, domestic chores, yeah, i needed a break.....

friday night, head straight, buzzing from too much coca-cola and coffee, dangerous has bailed out to the canary island's for a week, back in the shed and i knock up a mounting strap for the number-plate, get a piece of aluminium angle from stock, slash it out with a hacksaw, clean up on the miller and pitch the mounting holes on the pillar drill, try to work out the lightening holes out on the bridgeport and no matter how i do it, the bottom mounting hole will show half a hole when the plate is mounted to it, i pitch out and leave a blank, you can't see it from the front and there's only me and dangerous who will notice it anyway, get a piece of pre-preg carbon out of the stock bin and cut it to shape, onto the bench grinder to get it to file tolerances, [have to do this when dangerous is away, he goes apeshit about clogging the wheel's], dress up with wet and dry and trial fit it, looks ok, nice and square, got to nip to roy's for the loveless stickers and '51' number then over to mad john for a coat of clear laquer to seal it.