(c) Alex James Photography
I did it! I actually got to ride an actual motorcycle on an actual race track, I can still hardly believe it.
On Valentine’s Day 2015, a full 348 weeks (6 years 8 months) since I last rode on track and 120 weeks (2 years 3 months) since I rode a bike at all, at a cold and wet Mallory Park, I made a very steady appearance at a No Limits track day.
It was a bit of a culture shock as you can imagine. My first ride on an unfamiliar and as yet untested motorcycle, using very worn out wet tyres (having never used wets) on a wet racetrack I’d not seen since 2008. It was a lot to get my head around. Continue reading
Air filters – New v Old
Just thought I’d share some photos to prove that I’ve finally taken the bike off it’s stand, sorry I mean the trailer.
Stripping down and servicing my #1 bike for the first time
Having been unable to get my CBR400 running on any more than 3-cylinders when doing the deal for the CB500s, I chuckled at the irony when today I couldn’t get the flaming CB500 running either. I changed the spark plugs and air filter, added some fresh fuel and hey presto she burst into life – filling my garage with black smoke – which disappeared once the bike warmed up, woo hoo!
I’ve also fitted some new Renthal handlebars and grips, done a mini service and started to remove the much damaged exhaust system.
Renthal handlebars & gwips
Bad bits – There’s a water leak coming from the water pump housing, so I’m hoping it’s just the o-ring and not the pump itself, as that’s a £150 fix.
I’m taking the bike into REPS Motorcycles on Monday to run it on their dyno and have a few servicing jobs done that are beyond my tool box.
Following an epic day out on Saturday with my friend and 1998 CB500 Cup team-mate Steve Reynolds, owner of The Plastics Surgery, I am pleased to announce that I am now the proud owner of not one, but TWO Honda CB500 motorcycles.
Steve Reynolds, grateful for day release?
Spare bike in the Landy
One bike is already in race trim and requires minimal fettling, although we won’t let that stop us from stripping and rebuilding it, whilst the second bike resembles little more than a heavy lump of metal and plastic, as it doesn’t have any wheels or forks attached, so that made moving it around somewhat awkward and it made the trip back from Stoke sat in the back of Steve’s Land Rover (right).
There are only 10 weeks until the season begins, although Xmas and New Year are going to reduce preparation time to more like 9 weeks, so the pressure is really on now to get everything sorted in time. Wish me luck!