Thursday, 26 November 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
Removed the animated gif 'cause it made the page hang.
Just found this at driverchris and more at Wikepedia. My father-in-law worked on the Deltic diesel engine whilst an apprentice at Napier. He remembers them having some spectacular failures during bench testing and suggested that it proved too expensive to productionise, however Wikepedia indicates that it had a long production life.
Sunday, 22 November 2009
And this was the third. So loud it hurt. John Williams made some replica exhausts, but it wasn't any quieter. It wasn't that fast, despite the reputation, but the way it held its speed through the corners was remarkable. Recall that the vibration at maximum revs would blow the bulbs, so it wasn't easy to ride at night.
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Don't ever turn down a chance to see this. Couldn't get any good pics whilst these guys were riding but it's a fantastic spectacle. When they come upto the wire the bikes are less than an arms length for your face. It's like being run over, without the pain.
Went to the Stafford show in Oct. A few days before I had fitted Bultaco forks to the 348. They should have been a direct fit but didn't. I just assembled them as delivered hoping that it would all become clear. Couldn't tighten the headset and it was clear that the locknut was in the wrong place. I didn't get a chance to sort it properly before the show but finding a mid 70's Sherpa in the competition hall showed how it should be done.
Saturday, 14 November 2009
After a bit of a tangle with a Volvo - he was going too slow, myself too fast - so we both fulfilled our stereotypes, the RC needed some repairs and a repaint. I really didn't want the regular Honda red, white and blue but I'm not sure what made me do this. I still like the effect but wouldn't want to be seen riding something like that again.