Friday, December 31, 2010

Friday's Pin-up and New Year's Wishes

I wish everyone a wonderful New Year and safe motorcycling. I also want to thank all those who have stopped by and  have shown their interest, provided help, commented, and provided the camaraderie that makes this a rewarding experience. Good Luck for the New Year!!!

Moto Guzzi with dustbin

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Rocinante Mecanico Boxing Day Double Feature

If you're like me and recovering from some Christmas merriment then sit down a while and enjoy these wonderful films. The first offers a bit of education about the race and all the heroes of the TT are present. Makes you wish you were there!!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Friday's Pin-up


Handley on an Early Gold Star
Courtesy of the VMCC

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Rocinante Mecanico M.C. Sunday Feature

What I want for Christmas!!!! Great footage and the commentary is fabulous.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Clutch Restoration- Part 2

If you are just jumping in to this post you can quickly go here to catch up from the beginning. At any rate. I finished preparing the plates and planned to use old school friction material. The original asbestos material is really the best stuff  but for obvious health reasons cork is the only alternative. I could have used modern bonded plates but I was curious as to how the oldtimers did it and really didn't feel like paying and arm or a leg for them either. With a few tips from none other than Rick Parkington at Classic Bike magazine I got on with it last week-end.

Here's me at the stove boiling up corks to soften them up for fitting much like you would corks for a petrol tap. This is definitely the one time that something I cook tastes like it should! Great care should be taken when fitting because the corks while soft are thin and fragile. The cork inserts will have uneven thicknesses after boiling due to the different densities of cellulose in each piece therefore I just centered them in each plate. 

Once completed, I let the the cork inserts thoroughly dry and will sand them flat and to size. I haven't figured that out yet but Rick Parkington said it was knucklebusting stuff. Stayed tuned for a full report.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Simply Beautiful

If you are like me then you are going through withdrawal from the end of the racing season. This video is definitely methadone for the afflicted. Enjoy and check out The Cartorialist for awesome motorsport pics.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Papa Knows Best.........

"There are only three sports: mountain climbing, bull fighting and motor racing, all the rest are merely games."

-Ernest Hemingway

Well, perhaps Rugby as well!!!!!!!