Thursday, 22 October 2009
Want some CO-BUILT yokes for my Flattrack project bike .
NO , change that , i want em for all my bikes (and i've got a few !).
Oh yea and while we're at it , i WANT one of his frame kits too .
May have to settle for some Yokes for now tho , Anthony showed me his new Yokes (Triple trees if you're a septic tank) the other day and they are indeed the dogs dangly bits in quality and looks department to , so i need some . Mind you check his whole bike out and you can see the build quality ooozing out , and it's not just a looker he's had a rash of wins on it recently and it's survived a few big offs too ! See Co-built here http://www.co-built.net/about.html
Oh did i mention i want one ? ;-)
I know a man , a very nice man - who just happens to be a top motorcycle designer . John Keogh (see http://www.racetaylormade.com/tmpages/design.html)- you may or may not recognise his name but he's done loads and been everywhere ! sensing that , i bought the conversation around to Flatttrack (as i always do !) and he mentioned some designs he did for the AMA in 97 when they were trying to get manufacturers into the then new Non-Harley category . Looking at the pics John sent over , you can see that quite a few of these bikes have arrived on the scene now and it must be nice to look back at stuff you drew up that then materialised in a similar fashion ! It's like Mystic Meg or something .
Thanks for the images John .
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Yep , What a race meeting that was ! RYE HOUSE is a great venue for a race and presentation afterwards , it's got a great track surface which makes for good racing and excellent spectator facilities , which makes for great viewing ! All round a great Vibe was buzzin on the day .Had a mixed meeting myself , being right up for it after Chris Carr's training day , went well in practice and had a great first race grid position ie Pole ! and my clutch cable broke just before i went out . Gutted . Did ok in the other two qualifiers , but never made the final . Still got to watch it and it was a cracker ! i predicted a few crashes and there was - a few making it into the fence - hope ur all ok ? Anthony got stampeeded upon by a XS650 and walked away . Had Les torpedo me on his XS and the end of my last race and go cartwheeling over the top in a very nasty crash , maybe he did'nt see the flag? i don't know - i stayed on and only had a dented megaphone , but his bike was pretty beaten up (see pics) and he , i think suffered a broken collar bone . Hope ur alright mate .- Does that count as a Squadron 165 attack?
As a side note , my full gringo 'tasche did'nt make me any faster , so i've decided to go down the Prof Caracticus Potts look now (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and see if that works ?
Chris Carr gave us a lesson on which lines to use out there , whilst walking away with it - as ever the proffesional racer and a joy to watch .
Also a Joy to watch was the Mini-bike races with the best bit being the father n son bit , with Dad pulling his boy backwards by the arm to beat him over the line ! ;-)
Sitting in the stands i noticed the large crowd and pleasant vibe and also the non-stop information / chatter coming from Martin our excellent Commentator (thanks mate).
Presentations at the end went well , with Boastie wrapping up both Championships ! Well done mate , all hail the new Double Champ !
Also , as usuall - the event ran with well oiled precision , so thanks to all those Guys and Gals involved with the organising / running of the event . Top Job .
See all the pics here , as usuall from the camera of Sideburn Girl !http://www.flickr.com/photos/redmaxspeedshop/sets/72157622604599662/
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Yea , it's been n gone - and it was great !
Chris Carr/sideburn night was a fabulous do , with the the right crowd and no crowding . The great man told us a few anecdotes of racing and the raucousness of california and Flattrack from the seventies on , suffered our questions and auctioned his gear all in the name of supporting UK Flattrack racing .
All present enjoyed the night , and some of us were lucky enough to be at his Masterclass at Rye house the next day , i personally want to thank him for imparting some of that knowledge to me , because now i have unlimited front end grip that i never knew was there ! Chris himself made it so . Bring on Sundays race , i feel a win coming on . (may take that back later!)
Also in pics are the new Dirt track T's i've just had in - Kin Fab . Order one .
Oh yea - Chris Carr rode my bike (which i desperately wanted him to do - Skootafarm Dave may have had a hand in that) and said - "That's a big old bike for a small old track" but he went on out and made it look extra fast and everyone else extra slow , like he always does . Nice one Chris , cos i've never heard that XR roar from the side line and it's great .
The fantastic bikes shown here are part of the great display of bikes on the Night and these particular bikes belong to Alistair McQ (great chap too) he also took them to the Track at Rye house for a photo shoot and test ride shootout for a Mag , but the bikes (having been in storage ) refused to play ball and few laps were managed . But what gorgeous things they are !
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Dave popped over today (from Death spray customshttp://www.deathspraycustom.com/) and tried a few new clothes on his XS650 Tracker , whilst i marvelled over his paintwork ! Then i thought i ought to have a section in my Flickr page for other peoples Flattrack/Streetrackers so here it is .http://www.flickr.com/photos/redmaxspeedshop/sets/72157622412603891/
If you've got any pics of yours - send em in and i'll put em up !
Nice bloke Dave and we chatted for ages about bikes of all kinds , just how i like to spend my mornings .
But in the afternoons i like to cut up Jap bikes - so here's what i've been upta with a W650 . http://www.flickr.com/photos/redmaxspeedshop/sets/72157622537126012/ Oh yea , got a great guy (Glenn) making my seat pads here now , Alloy bases - top Quality £55 up .See pic.
Must go loading up all my crap and going to Chris Carr / Sideburn nite - BE THERE .
I SAID - BE THERE.