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

Saturday, 26 January 2013

sporty

barse has put up a link to his old webpage which features loads of old bike builds and party's from back in the day, this photo is of my old four-speed sporty that eventually ended up as a hardtail, crammed into an old santee frame, [i bet all the hipster's are getting a little excited now?] this was how it looked in the swingarm frame, almost seventy-five percent complete before the santee frame turned up and well, you all know what happened after that, [the famous 'saltracer' ridgid chop] looking back on this bike i realised i should have finished it off and rode it, i love the old 4-speed's, dead lazy torquey engine, i know a lot of the early evo's were fragile but this thing was a lovely mill, check out a few details, i mounted the crane coils off the tank, the tank had a massive crease in it from a previous accident and the tank had just been filled and sprayed, so, rather than scrapping it, i made up a bracket and welded it to the tank to mount the coils in, it looked well hard, as did the rest of the bike, i rattle-canned it matt black, polished up the motor and wrapped the pipes, if it was on bikeefix today it would have had a load of comment's from all the trendy dudes, 'i don't like this, i don't like that, i'd have done it like this, i'd have changed that, the seat isn't right, the tyres should be old school firestones and oh yeah, lose the pipewrap' well bro, show me what you built, oh, you ain't built shit? well, what do you know......

football

fa cup, fourth round day, after heavy overnight snow i really didn't think we would be able to get to the game today, jack spent an hour digging the car out of the snow and clearing off the drive so we could get to the road, which incidentally was impassable at 0800hrs, even the normally un-stoppable white transit van's were turning around and admitting defeat, the bus service cancelled and i decided to just go for a walk with the dog's instead, by 1130 hr's there was a definite two-tyre width track on the road so we decided to chance it, down into the fair city of derby, park up and do the last two miles on foot, four inches of slush and ice on the pavement's, made the ground by a quarter to three, quick beer and find the rest of the lad's, our normal section of the ground is closed, [it's a cup match, all the glory boy's from last week's match against forest are doing something much more important this week, don't get me started...], we take up a row of seats next to the blackburn faithful, not many have braved the journey down from lancashire but they are in good voice giving the current board of directors loads of stick and calling for their resignation, 'you can stick your fucking chicken up your arse..... sideway's!' in reference to the owners business interests, the match kick's off and it's apparent from the outset that it's not going to be derby's day, the blackburn team are a strong, skillful bunch who dominate the game from start to finish, we go a goal down just before half time, rovers stick two more past us and to be honest deserved their comfortable victory against a toothless derby side who didn't even manage a shot on the blackburn goal, the lads bail out early doors to the pub, me and jack stick it until the 87th minute, that's football, at least the red-dog's went down at home to the same scoreline, big-up's to the blackburn faithful, you were the better team and i wish you all the best for whover you draw in the next round, at least we can concentrate on the league now....