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

Saturday, 31 May 2014

tourist trophy


michael dunlop set out his intentions in todays opening superbike six-lapper, 20.5 seconds in front of second placed guy martin and manxman conor cummings taking a hard earned third place, incredibly bruce anstey became the fastest man around the tt course with an unbelievable 132mph lap, the day though belonged to michael, a fantastic performance to give bmw there first big race win at the tt since georg meier in the 1939 senior race.

Friday, 30 May 2014

these things will keep me loving you dear.
















bank holiday monday, shall we head down to londinium for the bikeshed event, enjoy a barista coffee? perhaps a cocktail in the distinguished gentlemans lounge? view the latest 'custom' bikes in the beautiful tobacco dock location? we could always get a haircut from the on-site barber or perhaps even a tattoo? check out the cool, trendy geezers and geezerlets who have invented a new scene called 'motorcycles', swap business cards and mingle with the scene-setters, go-getters and men of letters, sneer at that 'not right selvedge' eat some 'street food' perhaps check out the clothes for sale, buy a belt-buckle or t-shirt for sixty quid?  nah, fuck that, hit the north, off to oulton park for the b.r.m.c race meeting and catch up with the mz racers and the lads racing in the lansdowne classic series, i've said it many times before on this blog, there's just something so perverse about racing a pre-fall-of-the-berlin-wall-ride-to-work commuter bike that i so admire, we caught up with andy smith who bought the loveless racer, [and who retained the original #51 as his race number, bless you andy x], andy sums up the mz racers, he was just swapping over engine number three, having blown his own two recently re-built motors, for a mates spare engine, two-strokes are a bitch thats for certain, likewise the lansdowne racers, why bother struggling to race an obsolete big 500cc single when you could just go and buy a 600cc yam/kwak/suzuki instead? let me tell you why, these people are real, their doing it for the love of it, not for the chance of raising their profile or getting 'linked-in' stick your profile up your arse, i'll take the real people thank you................

Sunday, 25 May 2014

money 1 - football 0 [it's a funny old game.....]

i took loads of photo's yesterday, i tried to capture the day, waiting for the buses at derby bus station, the fan's, qpr and derby, drinking beer, singing, swearing, the feeling of belonging to something, the sense of occasion, my phone was ringing the second that zamora scored on 89 minutes, the leicester and forest fan's i know dying to give it me big-time, text's and a full mail-box, i looked through my pictures this morning and decided to post this one of richard keogh instead, it just sums up what me and thirty-eight thousand brilliant derby fan's are feeling today, but, you know what? football's a funny old game, for every low there's a high, i can't wait until next season me........

Friday, 23 May 2014

where is the what if the what is why?










ey up, got the triumph back from nige. here's some blurry pictures of the exhaust that he's made up for us. full stainless/inox, we talked through what i wanted for the bike, he wanted to run the header pipes at the same angle as the frame rails, i didn't, [the reason being i want to change the stock f'ugly oil cooler for a more period 'mocal' type seven-row item, if i hadn't changed the angle i wouldn't have had the room to fit it, [it will all make sense when it's fitted i promise....] anyhoo, take in the faultless workmanship, race style spring fasteners and the 'lobsterback' moto gp type can, totally at odd's with the rest of the bike but just oh so cheeky. i wanted the left-hand pipe sneaking through the gap between the engine and cradle frame, didn't think it was possible in reality but i reckon nige has nailed it, got my abbreviated front mudguard back off the painter too, new shocks mounted and base settings sorted, 13 pre-load settings and multi-adjustable damping to sort, that just leaves the keihin carbs to nail on, set up, re-jet and oh yeah, the simple job of mounting and splicing the new speedo into the wiring loom and i reckon i should be riding by august........

Friday, 16 May 2014

thundersprint, darley moor [part two]











a snapshot of my favourite bikes from the thundersprint, well, the ones i managed to get photos of anyway, there were many, many, tasty bikes at darley, unfortunately with the weather being so bad and it throwing the race programme into disaray we couldn't venture too far away from the van in case our sessions or races were called, so. heres the few i managed to catch at the end of the meeting before their owners made a hasty retreat. the 350 manx was lovely, you don't see many about compared to the 'works performance' or 'summerfield' 500 manxes, [i reckon theres more around today than back in the day!]. oily rag condition and not overly restored, perfect. ian webb's 500 honda single is a genuine racetrack refugee, built for the lamented sound of singles race series, rocking some serious race equipment, lockheed brakes, original 'astralite' wheels, a maxton shock and the loudest exhaust i've ever heard on a single, believe me, i was in the holding area behind ian and with the race cam fitted he had to keep blipping the throttle because of the lack of tick-over, deafening, 'you what?' 'pardon me?' ron mauls famous 'helga' was all present and correct and looking sparkly for a new paint job too, got talking to the new owner, he lives in dubai and had come across especially for the meeting, talk about a rude awakening! what you saying about the spondon cbx? when you think about the spindly frame, swingarm and forks of the original it just seems so right to wrap it up in a spondon frame, ohlins r+t forks and mono-block nissin calipers looked the dogs danglies too, the ever present mz's were there, thrashed around the track in the cavalcade and these two machines were being loaded up with the owners camping trip for the journey home. ex bsb support race series xr1200 was a serious piece of kit, harley should have built them like this in the first place, i'm starting to warm to the xr1200, i know they look a big bike compared to a traditional sporty, but i reckon something like this on the road would be a right hoot. the kreidler 50cc racer was like a little jewel, big-up's to the young lad riding it too, he was going really well, class.  oh and then theres the bosozoku-stylee honda cx turbo, i'm really not quite sure whats happening here, but, i fucking love it! so refreshing to see something like this after the usual bratstyle/streetracker/cafe-racer/firestone-tyred/pipe-wrapped bollocks clogging up the tinterweb, absolutely barking..............

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

thundersprint, darley moor












ey up, sorry for lack of posts during the past couple of week's, i've been a tad 'under the weather' and talking of weather, well, what can you say about the rain at the thundersprint? cat's and dog's? check, stair-rod's? check, torrential? check, all present and correct, add in a very cold, stiff wind into the mix and you get some idea of the conditions. but, we're british so a little damp and wind wasn't going to spoil the fun now was it? stiff upper lip and all that old malarkey chaps! we actually managed to get a couple of good practice sessions in on saturday, ok, the track was damp in places, but not too bad really, then it started to rain and i mean rain, after the third practice session the marshalls called a halt to proceedings and we stuck the bike back in the van and headed home for a decent nights sleep. sunday morning and it was still raining.only heavier than before, tea quaffed and first practice called, push the bike through the muddy, puddle strewn paddock into the holding area and warm the beemer up, ten minutes later as the rain gets even heavier and the light fades, the marshall draws his hand across his throat to signal us to kill our engines as the track is waterlogged and just to throw some comedy into the proceedings someone has dumped oil right on the racing line around the hairpin! old friends turn up, barse, gordy, cliff, lee, gaz and mucker marsh as well as a few new ones, andy, from the benchdonkees blog and ian webb, who is parked next to us and is racing a lovely little 500cc honda single, we all crowd into the back of the van to shelter from the elephants,[ i'm sorry, i meant to say elements, but with the size of the raindrops it sounds like elephants to me!] i'm reminded of that scene in 'father ted' where their doing the riverdance in the caravan, i'll try and remeber to post it up so you get the idea, the van is slowly sinking into the mud in the paddock. practice is cancelled, so, they decide to let everyone onto the track at the same time in a cavalcade to try and dry out the track, what a hoot! we are governed by a pace car, just like in b.s.b when the safety car comes out following an incident, there's supposed to be no overtaking but that soon goes out of the window and we get a solid twelve laps in. back to the paddock and refuel, quick check over to make sure nothings come loose and the p.a. calls our group, it's raining, big-time. i go as fast as i can, i really don't mind riding in the wet, i suppose it was all the practice i used to get when i rode a bike backwards and forwards to work everyday, back into the paddock, wet leathers off and wet shorts and hoody on, i nip off for a pee whilst dangerous makes a brew and run into john mcguiness, what a great bloke, we slowly wrap it up and stick the bike in the van and sort out the gear, there are vans and caravans marooned in the mud and awaiting a tow from a tractor or 4 x 4, me and dangerous have a walk around the paddock and have a pike at the remaining bikes, [more photo's to follow] we eventually arrive at race control and i enquire about my time, bloody hell! i've only got third fastest in the modern classic's unlimited class! well, as ian dury once said, 'knock me down with a feather' i'm presented with a nice trophy by formula one tt winner nick jefferies, you could say i'm chuffed to say the least! all in all, a great weekend despite the weather, thanks to the organiser frank melling and his team who kept the meeting running, the marshalls for looking after everyone and all the racers for the crack, oh yeah, got a copy of the results e-mailed to me this morning and i was actually lapping quicker than mcpint! [ok, so he has concussion and a hand held together with titanium and he's trying to get fit for the tt], but, i can still dream can't i..............