Friday, 1 April 2011
NORTON - ALDANA - OXFORD-SIDEBURN NIGHT
SIDEBURN NIGHT , THEN OXFORD SHORTTRACK RACE - BOTH WITH DAVE ALDANA !
OH MAN GOTTA BE THERE !
THURS 5 & FRI 6TH MAY , see info on RED poster , Dave will be hosting the Sideburn night (THURS), then racing the following night (FRI) with us Flattrackin' fools !
So in deference to the main man - i gotta be on a Norton - Que the "REVEREND" my latest project - a 850 Commando motor plucked from my caff racer (the Reverend 1) bored to 920 , fitted with a race cam , rebuilt for torque and stuffed into a Knight shorttrack chassias meant to hold a puny Bultaco stink wheel motor .
Of course i hear you say - "that'll never work " , so i include a scan of my aerospace quality calculations for your perusal .
And of course it won't fit in with a gearbox , but the plan was to run a speedway cross shaft instead as they take up 1/4 the space of a gearbag (downside being no gears or neutral !) and being a shorttrack bike i only need to run in one gear on the short speedway tracks we're mainly using !
So i figured it'd be easy and cheap to do - WRONG - on both counts , but i kept my head down with my nose to the grindstone ..... and here he is ..... Ladies n Jellyspoons , i give you ......
The REVEREND 11 .
I was working in the lab late last night when my eyes beheld an eerie sight , the monster from my slab began to rise and suddenly to my suprise ..... it began to run - only after it'd killed my roller starter tho and of course i got a video of the first run , will load that later .
Anyway runs strong , no leaks (yet) and the clutch works . Nice .
All that won't mean a thing if i can't get the gearing in the ballpark tho ,as no gearbag means 1to1 ratio which is akin to top gear normally . So i've got 4 engine sprockets to play with and a selection of final drive sprockets coming from Talon engineering (please arrive soon..) because it's alright running one gear - if it's the right one .
Anyway the build has taken plenty of sweat n tears and may not even be suitable , but it's short n light (which is it's raison d'etre ) and if you want a shorttracker but it HAS to be a Brit - you gotta build one for yourself .