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

Friday, 31 August 2012

barrington levy

tried to post this last night but for some reason, [probably the fact that i'd wrapped myself around the best part of two bottles of merlot], this morning it had disappeared, oh well, let's try again, back in the day, the young loveless did a fair impression of 'sponge bob square pant's' everything was fresh and new, i soaked up popular culture, from sweaty punk rock gig's, northern soul's elitist, vinyl led, rare soul charge, [the original all-night, dancing, amphetamine head-rush, tunes to move you to tear's with the sheer emotion ] and then there was reggae, my first introduction was at school, the end of the skinhead era, before skinhead took on a more sinister angle, listening to my black mates dad's ska and rocksteady vinyl, then, waiting for the band's to come on the dj's dropping heavy dub  track's, this led to, in our town, i don't know about your's, a real culture clash, attending the dances at the west indian clubs, big soundclashes where the bass could give you a nose-bleed and even make you lose control of your bowel's, the legendary mark hancock blues party's on porter road, wednesday night's, yep, wednesday night's, how the fuck i made it to work thursday morning i don't know!
big bass speaker's,made out of chipboard, speaker leads taped to the floor with silver duct tape, white boy's, drinking red stripe and smoking herbal cigarettes, sound-systems and sticky carpet's, big dread's and that cafe on normanton road where we all used to congregate after hour's, post-punk rock, natty dread and punky reggae party, good tunes, good times, whatever happened to the youth?, they all look the same to me, there's no-such thing as 'youth-culture' now, [not that i consider myself a youth at the grand old age of 53] but really?  everyone wearing those baby-sick coloured, gathered ankle, low slung trouser's, no sock's and shit, no-name slip-on pumps?, they all look like they should be an extra in wham's club tropicana video, whatever happened to 'fuck-you', whatever happened to kicking against the jam's? whatever happened to youth culture and rebelling........ here's a tune by barrington levy.......

i buy too many book's me....

i buy too many book's me, i've been saving up my bonus from last year to put toward's a couple of air-fares for me and mr's b, the bonus isn't cash, it's a downloadable card, redeemable at 'selected outlet's', the airfare option went out of the window because the 'preferred supplier' was trying to have my pant's down, [in other word's, pay cash-get twice the value as opposed to using the 'redeemable card'] mr's b has been coveting one of the apple i-pad's, so i took the plunge and got her one, [and, i must admit, i'm embarassed, i got one too, well, what would you do?, i've got this card burning a hole in my arse pocket, it's got to be redeemed by the end of the month otherwise i lose it], like i've said in the past, i'm a fucking luddite me, i don't embrace technology easily, i've only had one fuel injected bike, one mono-shock bike in my life and that was my ducati, i've never owned a water-cooled bike, never, ever, total caveman approach i know, but, give me point's, a carb and inner-tubes, spoked wheels and anything you don't have to plug-in, download, up-load, something you can use a spanner on, a feeler gauge and i'm a happy bunny, happier than a bunny on acid, anyhoo, back to the plot, i-pad's, amazing, but you can't blog on them, what?, yep, you have to buy an 'app', [what the fuck's an app?, that's what i have at work after i've eaten my dinner, pull my cap down, 'don't talk to me, i'm having an app....'] these are some old-school book's i've scored recently, proper, printed on something called 'paper'..........

ryan

one of my favourite road racers, ryan farquhar, has decided to retire from the sport following the tragic death of his uncle, trevor ferguson, in wednesday's manx supertwins race, it's a brave decision for ryan to take, one of ireland's most succesful racers ever, with 44 tt, manx gp and southern 100 wins and numerous irish road race win's under his belt he has nothing left to prove to anyone, respect due ryan.........

Thursday, 30 August 2012

the dangerous bonneville

the dangerous bonneville is causing some serious head scratching at the moment, it starts a dream, you couldn't even call it 'kicking it up' flood the twin wassell carbs, [replica amals, brand new and less than ninety quid a throw, they really are a bargain, look just like the amals and are beautifully machined inside, not like the shit spanish 'amals' we run on the boxer race bike], ignition on, whiff of throttle and just press the kickstart lever and she starts straight away, runs great up to 50mph and then? nothing, wouldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding, dangerous is at his wit's end with it, timings spot on, new plugs, [two different sets] new ht leads, boyer brandsen ignition and new coils, even paul, electrickery's answer to harry potter is baffled, anyone got any ideas? must admit though, it was nice sitting in the late evening sunshine trying to figure it out.....

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

manx grand prix

motorcycle racing can be a cruel sport, from the high's of victory to paying the ultimate price for pursuing one's chosen path as a racer, chris palmer's victory on the 350cc aermacchi on tuesday and ryan farquhar's win in the 500cc classic race on the paton, the sad loss of steve osborne in the manx gp practice and trevor ferguson, [ryan farquhar's uncle] today during the supertwins race highlight's how narrow that path can sometimes be.

Monday, 27 August 2012

'little' johnny blair - 'momma's gone'

northern soul.

the loveless vinyl vault a.k.a skeletons in the cupboard

bank holiday monday in merrye olde englande, one thing you can guarantee is that the weather will be shit, how does that work? bank holiday's are a precious thing, you can get drunk on a sunday night and not have to worry about getting up for work on a monday morning, as i drifted into consciouness this morning i sensed it was raining, the dog's are not impressed that i'm dragging them out into the inclement weather when they would rather be snuggled up on the sofa, two hour's out and i'm wet, wetter than a very wet thing with added comedy buckets of water wet, home, shower, brew and we settle down, me and the dog's to watch the b.s.b coverage from cadwell park live on eurosport, the afternoon drift's by, frenzied tea drinking, farting and watching the t.v. i never do this normally but it somehow just feel's so right, wet jack russell's, tea, bean's on toast, bike racing, early evening i decide to dig out some northern vinyl, love doing this, i just open up a box, dig in and grab a handful, sort through them and find them on you-tube, here's a load of stuff on the pye disco-demand label, i collected a lot of british releases back in the day, the disco-demand label had a short run from 1974 to 1976 but released some great tunes, here's a few of them....

Sunday, 26 August 2012

boxer racer project

me, at darley, photo's by s. daine and nicked off the vmcc/bhr site, here's the instructions for viewing them, look to your right, that's it, now, turn your head as far as you can to the right, ok, hold that position, now, look at your computer screen from the corner of your eye and when i say go, turn your head to the left as fast as you can, ready?, one, two, three, GO!, see, i told you i'm fast......

harley davidson

photographic proof that all harley davidson rider's are old, chap-wearing, mid-life crisis, born again biker's who couldn't handle a modern sportbike, h.o.g patch flying, scaring no-one, in fact people are actually laughing at you, wallet-on-a-fucking-chain, wannabe bad-asses, here's the picture, another toss-pot on his leisurely way down to the local 'dealership t.m.].........[irony, often lost in translation, i know whitey get's it at least]

Saturday, 25 August 2012

charity shop / oxfam

saturday, jess is off to reading for the festival, i'm drifting in and out of sleep, shower's, hair dryer's, 'mum, where's my ticket' it's the weekend, a bank holiday weekend, natch, no-way am i getting up at stupid 'o' clock, i do that every working day, mr's b's alarm goes off, she drop's jess off at the train station and me and the dog's enjoy a saturday morning lie-in, i can't even be bothered to bollock them for snuggling on the bed, i drift off and mr's b wakes me with a kiss and a cup of tea, lazy, late summer morning, breakfast, walk the dog's, more tea, down into belper for some groceries and the traditional 'chippy dinner', so? i'm good all week, saturday comes, so, beat me up, white bread, butter, chip's and peas, me and mr's b hit oxfam, i love this shop, i never, ever, don't buy anything from here, be it cd's, vinyl or books, today was one of those day's, i scored a copy of 'dogtown-the legends of the z-boy's' for one ninety nine and five, [count them cd's] for the same paltry sum, check this out, the pixies, 'trompe le monde', lemondheads, 'it's a shame about ray', lemonheads, 'come on feel the lemonheads', 4hero, 'creating patterns' and the breeders, 'last splash', five cd's and a book for the same price as a round of drink's, you really can't go wrong, support your local charity shop.....

boxer racer project

stick with me on this, it's hard to explain, i've fitted the new spring's added the oil and used the spring compressor i made up to re-fit the original fork caps and circlips, the top photo isn't very interesting i admit, but, here we go, the 10mm 'coned' bolt is the spring pre-load tensioner, i turned up six spacers, four 10mm and two 5mm, the 'coned' bolts are 30mm long, this gives me six different pre-load options, on a dummy run, [the bike off the stand, up on the bench, me sitting on it and the front brake applied, two 10mm spacers, 15 weight oil and 20mm slugs], tie-wrap to measure the travel] the front end felt a hundred times better, got to try it on a racetrack to be sure, but, we've lost the 120mm travel, the front end diving like a leed's united player and got a nice progressive feel, the springs aren't rifling now and i reckon we've got a much more planted front end for less than fifty quid, result, got a replacement rotor for the venhill throttle too, the domino is good but just needed two-turns to get full throttle, really heavy on the wrist, so, re-fitted the venhill and set it up, still heavy compared to the domino, but the venhill is quater-turn compared to the domino two-bites-at-the-cherry..........
the stock springs in the forks were well past their sell-by date and were a coil and a half shorter than they should be when new, i ordered a set of progressive heavy duty springs and fitted them along with a fresh set of fork seals, [if you look closely you can see the rifling in the forkleg where the spring has been hitting it], i carefully cleaned all the damper components and refitted them and filled up with a 15 weight fork oil, the little aluminium bush sitting on top of the spring has a locator dowel turned into to secure the spring at the top of the fork and will prevent the spring rifling again, i', going to fit a couple of stainless shims on top of the bushes and then i can use the bolts that were originally the oil filler plugs to use as an adjuster to alter the pre-load of the springs, that's the theory anyway, it's basically a crude, shed built version of the beautiful 'speedmerchant' pre-load adjusters that i've fitted to the sporty.........

Thursday, 23 August 2012

manx gp

jamie coward clocked the fastest lap on his r6 yamaha posting a 119.528 mph lap to put him at the top of the senior leaderboard, just take a second to study this photo, jamie is two feet away from somebody's front door,tucked down behind the minimal screen and going for it, just remember, this is all run on real roads, none of that nancy short circuit stuff, proper racing on real roads, kerbs, walls, tree's, you crash you probably die, the human body is soft, the landscape is very, very hard, do the math......

boxer racer project

not going to beat about the bush, the forks on the boxer are shite, the front end felt very strange under braking on the track at darley, the forks almost seemed like they were 'binding', something definetly wasn't right, i stripped the front end out of the bike, first job was to make a spring compressor out of a bit of scrap stock, remove the circlips that hold the stanchions in and get the legs on the bench, one of the previous 16 owners has had the same problem and made up a couple of 15mm slugs to pre-load the tension on the fork springs, ahaa, thats half the problem, the stock bushes have a 3mm location peg to keep the fork springs in line, whoever added the spacers didn't take this into consideration, the springs were allowed a free reign and have 'rifled' the inside of the forkleg, i've got an idea......

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

manx gp

the manx gp, the late summer road races, run on the same course as the tourist trophy in june, michael dunlop lead in the first session, posting a 102.57mph lap on the suzuki xr69 suzuki, ryan farquhar waited for the second session and put in a 107.56 lap to eventually top the leaderboard, looks like the paddy's are on a mission......

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

aermacchi

dangerous's dream bike, an aermacchi-metisse, the beautiful, high revving italian single cylinder engine, wrapped in a nickel plated rickman frame, they were originally built in 1967 and enjoyed a short production run until 1972, seem's funny after forty- five years of lusting after one his dream might just come true.....

Monday, 20 August 2012

darley moor

we first met bruce hosie when we had the pleasure of parking up next door to his van at the festival of a 1000 bikes at mallory park, bruce and his mate len kept us entertained all day with stories of their racing exploits throughout the years, these boys are the real deal, they've raced all over britain, the continent and the manx grand prix in the isle of man, i couldn't get a close look at the seeley 7r wedged between the vans at the festival but darley gave me the chance to have a closer look, this is a serious racing motorcycle, i didn't realise how special it was until bruce nonchantly told me the story, the frame is, as you can see, a seeley, it's running 18 inch rims with ap racing disc, caliper and mastercylinder, six-speed close ratio gearbox, external heavy duty forks, ally tank, scitsu rev counter and manx fly screen, the interesting part is the engine, based on a 7r bottom end but the top end is a four valve item, cast up to bruces specification, it's running a combination of vauxhall and honda valves, [sorry,can't remember if it was vauxhall exhaust valves or vicky-verky]bruce machined up the casting, fitted the guides and gasflowed the head, absolute brilliance and i thought i was a genius nailing an old baking tray to the bottom of my bike.......

Sunday, 19 August 2012

tattooed love boys

there's sexy tunes and there's filth, dirty, suggestive rock and roll, inxs, 'i need you tonight', sexy tune, the pretender's, 'tattooed love boy's'? 'i shot my mouth off and you showed me what that hole was for...........' pure dirt, [this tunes for you whitey, i know you are a ms hynde fan too] three minutes of music porn............

classic racer

the term 'classic' is much over used today, anything from a early computer game to the new mini's and the 'classic' fiat 500's, from the 'classic' hinckley bonneville's to the 'classic' bestaff jacket, [worn by style concious people the world over, i used to have an original belstaff wax cotton jacket, the fucking thing was horrible, it stunk, it used to leave a greasy smear over anything and everything it came into contact with, my old ma banned it from the house in the end and i used to have to leave it in the shed, just think of the damage to your average gucci wearing penny loafered,no-socks-thank-you, white, original levi's fashionista] stick the name 'classic' to any item and it gains instant credibility, here's a classic, [note no quotation marks, this is a real classic] mervyn stratfords rudge motorcycle, winning races back in 1934, yes, 1934 and still winning races today in the hands of mr stratford, mervyn started racing this machine back in 1967 and is still the man on this four valver, [yep, four valve, honda only took forty years to catch up] this, ladies and gentlemen is a real classic, check out the full skinny at www.stratford-rudge.co. and be prepared to be inspired .......

darley moor

well, so much for the 'new improved blogger experience' mr's b has worked out a way of posting using the old html system that just shows you lines of computer codes instead of photo's until you actually post, very time consuming and frustrating, especially after a few glasses of red and you can't remember which photo's you are trying to post because you can only see the lines of code, blah, blah, blah, anyhow, here's some random's of people at darley moor, well, i hope that they are some photos of darley moor.....

Saturday, 18 August 2012

fucking blogger

really struggling to post at the moment, everytime i try and upload photo's i get a message. 'upload failed-server invalid response' really, really frustrating, anyone else struggling to post? if this carries on i might have to sack it and start a new blog.........
Ok- this is Mrs Loveless. I have been left home alone with the task of trying to sort out some technical issues that Mr Loveless has been having uploading images. Just testing out my fix and the photo I have chosen is especially for Mr L and his friend Dog. The rest of you will just have to wonder :) Hopefully normal service will be resumed soon.....

Thursday, 16 August 2012

darley moor

found this charming little video on you tube featuring the classic racing motorcycle club at darley moor from last season, i was at the meeting as a spectator, look out for dave taylor's big, black gs1000 suzuki, nice bloke and the legend that is ken inwood and his famous van at 2.40, hope it conveys the atmosphere of the tight little derbyshire track.............

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

british historic racing


 the scooter's race at all the british historic racing meetings, the bsso solo scooters are all traditional lambretta'a and vespa's and the bsso zip's are the more modern 'auto' machines like the gilera runners and piaggio zip's, the scooter rider's come along to support the racer's just like the biker's do to support and spectate at the classic bikes, here's one of the best scooters i've ever seen, when the geezer turned up in the pit's opposite us i knew straightaway that this was a special bike, on closer inspection i can see how special it is, carbon fibre footboards and legshields, an beautiful rear brake set-up, front disc brake conversion by the german tuning firm s.i.p, kevlar expansion chamber, brembo radial master cylinder and remote reservoir brembo clutch conversion, ancelloti race seat and arthur francis inspired 'af rayspeed' paint, bloody lovely, dangerous hates two-strokes and turned his nose up when i went across the pitlane to have a closer look, me? i love two-strokes .............