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

Saturday, 30 June 2012

boxer racer project

 a thousand pound's, that's two week's wages for me, or to break it down ninety hour's of collar, it's a lot of money, a lot of hard earned cash, early get-up's, no dinner's and a lot of soul searching, we need a new fridge/freezer, i need to decorate the house, we need a family holiday, instead, i pay it out, [with my family's blessing, they know how much it mean's to me] to get my boxer engine blueprinted so that it's reliable and safe to shake down the racebike before i go for it properly next season, no point in beating around the bush, me and dangerous strip the motor this afternoon and what i've found has dissapointed me to the core, my 'carefully assembled and blueprinted engine, three angled valve job, ported and gas flowed engine, new valves, spring's seals and gasket's, push button, bullet-proof engine' turn's out to be nothing like, it's a crock of shit, hastily thrown together with no care or attention to detail, no new valves, the valve spring's on one cylinder fitted upside down, [they are marked with paint to indicate which end is seated against the inside of the cylinder head], no porting or gas flowing, pushrod seal's pressed in on the piss, crankshaft seal hammered in, valves leaking when filled with petrol, no fancy valve seat cutting here, not even a half arsed attempt at cleaning up the original item's, i'm gutted, dangerous sum's it up, 'you're not riding it to the pub youth, you're giving it the berry's round a racetrack, if it ain't built proper you or someone else is going to get hurt..............'



punk rock shovelhead



 barson and the punk rock shovel, 74 cubic inches of nastiness, [the point's cover is one i made out of alloy chequer plate year's ago, look closely for the japanese wedding kimono motif], rude, loud, oily and anti-social and as for the motorcycle? well, there lies another tale.......................................................

c.r.m.c. test day, mallory park.


 although our day was cut short prematurely on friday as a result of a serious oil leak it gave me and dangerous the chance to have a stroll around the pit's and have a gander at some of the tasty machines in attendance, one bike really caught my eye, a little 750cc ducati, the bike seemed familiar for some reason but i couldn't quite put my finger on it, the owner turned out to be the legendary ducati racer and tuner, paul klatkiewicz, what a lovely bloke, he patiently answered my questions and explained in lay-man term's the engineering that had gone into the bike, it's a genuine ducati factory racer, one of only six built, a genuine 80 plus honest bhp in a skinny-little-puppy-lightweight chassis, the last photo is why i thought it was familiar, [excuse the poor quality, i took a photo of alan cathcart's book, 'ducati. the untold story' from 1987, page 72, '... the factory's 750 f1 racer seen here at imola in a november test session for walter villa and tony rutter. chunky but effective'] we, really are not worthy.........