Apr 102016

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I’ve been doing some work on my flat tracker “Yam’n eggs” for the spring. Firstly, it started second kick, despite me forgetting to charge the battery all winter – great news. This must mean that my wiring and solid state rectifier/voltage regulator thingy does not have any significant leakage current, because the little battery would definitely be flat if it did.

Secondly, the carbs have not got bunged up, so the fuel filters are working, and draining the float bowls for the winter was a good idea.

Finally, I’ve fitted a rear mudguard now. Well, a short one anyway, to stop road muck being flicked up onto the swinging arm. Hopefully, re-using the old rubber mount points will prevent the thing suffering from too many vibration issues.

Front mudguard to follow from the other half of this old stainless guard.

Jan 292016

Perhaps it’s the name that has made it difficult for a bike with this engine to gain popularity, or perhaps the’ve never been developed enough. Either way, it’s rare to see a bike on the road with a Wankel engine, even though they offer super smooth, turbine like power.

This 1975 DKW Hercules is a particularly rare model photographed outside Antique Motorcycles in Melbourne. These were the first Wankel engined motorcycles to hit the streets, beating the Norton Classic and Suzuki RE5. This model was well engineered but low on power, with only 292cc and 32 BHP. The Norton alternative had twin rotors and much more power but came along at a bad time in the British motorcycle world, which resulted in it’s demise.

Aug 082015

Some of the stunning, well prepared machinery at the Amman DTRA Flat track. Such a friendly bunch as well. Happy to discuss their machines and riding styles with anyone. Great to see some old machinery being really pushed and responding well to it (particularly the Triumphs).

Jul 252015

A neat custom XS650 Yamaha flat tracker spotted at the Calne Bike Meet. I particularly liked the silver frame, but not so fond of the all black engine. Very tiny LED indicators and neat wiring. Shocks look like the same ones that I’ve used and the exhaust is great, but looks like a real leg burner. Fork brace and front brake are cool.

Not a huge variation at this years event, with Harleys dominating the streets, many of them very good, but it’s nice to see a variation.

Jun 282015

Some great racing at Castle Combe this weekend, together with some interesting stuff in the pits. The Lansdowne Classic Series race was won by a Matchless G50, beating the Manx Nortons for once.

A beautifully crafted Benelli Sei with alloy everything, including seat and fairing, ridden very carefully in the classic parade.

Some lovely BSA Goldies.

Interesting old Cottons.

Jun 052015

Norton George is probably the leading Norton expert in the world. His latest project is a café racer and was spotted at a recent Dinnington docks event. It’s a lowboy Manx frame, made in chrome-moly tube and modified to hold a single knocker manx engine. The engine is all new with a one piece crank, Carillo rod, forged Omega piston, Mikuini carb. G50 roller rockers, special cams, Hemmings 5 speed box and other top secret parts.