Monday, 31 May 2010


Anyone who knows me will know i can't type much today , as i broke my collar bone at the races burying the XR750 into my back as i went down !
However Sideburn girl took 150 ace pictures for me so go to my flickr page and see some great pics of a great event .
Will post more here in next few days .

Cheers Steve .

Wednesday, 26 May 2010


We have had a great project in the workshop for a while , we started with a standard 70's Honda 550 four and stripped her down , cut and shut the sub frame , moved all the electrics around to clear the air box area out , added tank seat /pipe kit from Benjies in the States and some great alloy rims and modern rubber and presto !

60's Honda cool .

Also in the mix were a front brake kit and ace bars , redesigned dash , shortened mudgaurd and alloy bellmouths (which put the jetting well out ).

Next maybe is paint as the frame needs sorting and the colour on the body work (although i'm kinda liking the retro matt green primer look !

So she's all together and looking great , took these pics out on test ride - my route goes past AJS on the back roads ! Whenever you stop on this bike people appear from nowhere to have a look (and take a pic !) . We're really pleased with her now and we just need to get a bit nearer on the jetting and we are finished . Oh and a smaller number plate !

It's stuff like this that keeps my job interesting although god knows how many hours have really gone into it to get it into this shape !

More pisc here and i'll try to upload a before pic to the blog (although there's one here )

Oh and don't forget our Flattrack/streetrack meeting at Amman Valley on Sat/Sun this weekend it's gonna be a good un !
See Europe’s best flat trackers battle on the super high-speed half mile oval. Saturday night racing commences at 7pm with highlight being the brutal Harleys in the All-American Twin Class. Sunday racing commences at 1pm. See the biggest entry ever for a European short track race compete in over 20 heatsAdults £10 per day or £18 for weekend including camping. OAPS £8 per day or £14 for the weekend, Children (12 to 15) £3 per day or £5 for weekend, Under-12s go free.Competitors from America, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Italy, England and Wales.THE CUSTOM SHOWBritain’s best street trackers and vintage flat track race bikes on display. Racers' Choice Prize donated by Davida. Prizes for best in show, best budget bike, best engineering and best paint donated by Sideburn magazine and Red Max Speed Shop. PLUSBarFoodCampingDealer stalls NOTE: The custom show will be judged at lunchtime on Sunday

Monday, 17 May 2010


Sounds like a rock band , but it was just Marco and Jacob going at it , what a great race that was .

Had some interesting rides on an ever-changing track surface on saturday (will they ever get it right there?) going from wetter than wet to dustier than arizona , in fact four races with four different lines to amuse us ! Still the fast boys were still faster than us and we were treated to some great racing from behind or on the sidelines .

There were some suprise winners too , well done boys - you know who you are !
And Ade collins jus made it look so easy on his HM plant honda .
Us Skootafarm boys were pluggin away at it , with John and gary at the sharp end and the rest of us eatin some dust - and enjoying every minute of it !
I had little traction but lots of fun , lost my oil bung (only harley would think a push in oil cap will work flat out !) on the last lap of one race and it looked like i'd been shot down - by the smoke trail ! Got a quad bike lift round in front of the grading tractor and luckily found it .Phew.
Gary's got a great pic of the team bikes lined up after washin em .
Nice to see Lez back out on his Big Yam twin for the first time since his Injury and Wayne out on his CCM and going well , as he does .
There's a Video here of a complete Thunderbike race for your amusement .
And all the other pics Sideburn girl took over the weekend .
Next race is the Epic two day Half -miler at Amman Valley , can't wait . Do come .
And dress up .

Sunday, 9 May 2010


Sideburn girl blew out her Strumpet's base gasket on the way back from Jack's Cafe last year ! and has been on at me to sort it since , but she could,nt wait and my saturday customers were amazed to see her strip the Bonnie down in front of thier eyes and put it back together in time for tea n biscuits !

The whole bike and her legs were covered in oil as we'd been doing the ton for some time on the A34 when it blew , so it was quite a clean up operation too !

We noted that the cams and followers were all in good nick and the bores ok too although a little glased up (she soon sorted that out) and whilst she was in there she stripped the carbs out and had a clean up .

Sideburn girl mentioned she had wanted to see if her new Bio-sculpture gel nails were up to the job - i think this proves that point at least !

Darling - my bikes leaking now too , can you have a looksee after you've done tea ? "Get lost Steve ! Do it yourself ".

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

All American Twins Flattrack Series ! A story .

Get a load of this story from Mick Jansen !

#16 Mick Jansen

Last week as I was certain the bike I got from Mule motorcycles in California for the all American twins cup wouldn’t make it in time because of the volcano eruption, I got a call from UPS saying that there would actually be some people working on Friday (Queens day, our national holiday), so if the bike would arrive on Thursday I could possibly still pick it up in time for the weekend. (my brother actually called them stating I was the star rider and that it was absolutely imperative I could race that weekend!) But then on Thursday afternoon I got a call that the bike wasn’t on the flight that day, but that there was another flight on Friday! The bike did get on that flight and landed in Amsterdam in the afternoon. Everybody at UPS and even customs new about this bike and they rushed it through customs and at 11:15 PM I got the call I that could go to the airport to pick it up. I received the massive crate a little after midnight. A UPS truck driver was kind enough to help me get the bike out of the crate and in to my van.
So Saturday morning 1AM I finally set off for Germany with the bike! I rushed 700 km straight through the night and arrived at the hotel where the other riders were staying a little before 7 AM. I had some breakfast and then we went to the track to assemble the bike in time for tech inspection. The bike fired up first try! I took it super easy during practice, but I immediately felt very comfortable riding it. The heats went well and I got faster throughout the day, actually winning the final! This made me finish second for the day, because of the small rider field all heats score points with the final counting double. Another rider drove my van to the race venue for Sunday as I got to close my eyes for the first time in 36 hours.
Better rested for the Sunday race I continued my progress with a couple of second places in the heat races and again winning the final, this time it was enough for the overall win! So second and first place on a bike that was still in LA on Friday morning!
And what a bike! It is absolutely beautiful and handles great, as I said earlier, I really didn’t expect to feel so comfortable on it so soon. The battery wasn’t charging, I’ll have a look to see what’s going on there. But all together an absolutely gorgeous race bike! I’m looking forward to more fun!

Sounds like a dream weekend , nice one boys !

AAT Series is coming to the UK , Amman Valley , Wales , Soon (at the big XR meet ).
..Details below .