I was rebuilding the head on my copper Triumph the other week when the bloke who was measuring my valve guides said " what are you using it for"
"It's just a show bike." Was my reply. Instantly it thought 'I am such a cock' not only is that a wanky answer but it's not even the truth. What I should have said was
" I just push it around my shed and occasionally swear at it when I rip my overalls on a clutch lever."
So I'm gunna shelve the copper Trumpet for a while and build a new flattracker to race next seson.
I'm gunna build a frame from scratch and use modern forks and shocks.
So yesterday I measured all the dims of my YZF tracker and put them on a sheet of ply . Then I measured and scaled the dims of a Woods Norton and a Trackmaster BSA. Tacken from drawings by Mick Ofield. ( look him up his drawrings are very cool)
As you can see ( or probely not) they are very similar.
YZF trail 80mm
YZF rake. 22.5 deg
There is only 25 difference in all wheelbases.
And seat heights are within 20mm
My plan is to build something looking like this Woods Norton below .
It was bloody brilliant. There were some heavy showers that filled the track with deep puddles.
I thought this would meen an end to racing but as the track was so deep there was still plenty of grip.
My 3rd race was my favorite , others were having real problems seeing but I seemed ok so I managed to take quite a few places from the back of the grid .
It was so exciting , flat out on someone's tail looking for an opportunity to pass , water and mud flying in all directions.
The track was 1/2 mile so I geared the rear sprocket different, but was still using 4th gear on the straits.
It was fast.
By the time the final came I was fucked . I had no more energy , kept making mistakes and came last. Never mind .
Above ( in chequerd bash hat is Frank Chakotine, probely spelt wrong) his Triumph T100 is so fast and revy plus he's a top racer so he won the day . But giving him a good run was Guy on the lovely black an white Triumph 750 in the back ground. It was the 1st outing for him on this bike ( I think) an he was quick. That bike sounded fuckin awesome . I swear it sounded like a V8 when it fired up.
CoBuilt Geoff . Nice form .
Daves Harly and Trumpet. He rode them both but the Harly kept grounding out.
What can I say. It's a JAP , shame it didn't last the day.
So, a bloody amazing days racing but that's nothing compared to what happened on Monday.
I had to unscrew 1inch of 6mm wood drill out of my friends leg. It was bloody awesome, I wish I had time to take a picture but he was screeming at me to hurry up.
Sorry forgot to say that Ian Roxbourgh took some of these pictures.
My mate, the TALL Dutch man ( at 8foot I think he's tall but he is considerd a midgit amoungst his mates) has just been blatttting around Sweden visiting his and also my friends in the Chyene MC so he sent me lots of lovely pickys of long forked , (probebly owned and built by Swedes so you can't get more Swedish than that ) SWEDISH CHOPPERS.
I've been thinking about this for a few years and now I think it's finally time .
My sportster is in a right state. Don't get me wrong I love riding around on a punk, dirty riden hard Harley. But it's got to a stage too far, so far it needs taking off the road and completely sorting.
What I'm gunna do is build a PROPPER Swedish chop.
Square car back tyre and rediculasly long forks.
Unfortunately it won't be a kick start Shovel .
It will be a fuel injected sportster.
That's not very Swedish , I know but it is what I have and it's a bloody strong, fast motor that has done me well.
Brad even talked me into doing it a 70s flake colour. I wasn't sold on that idea till I saw this car at the Hayride.
I new instantly that that was the colour.
I'll still have my Duke to HOON around on. So I may as well go balls out.