The butterflies were on steroids
Winston dreamed of beaches & landing fields
The rider dreamed of a clean shift to second
Winstons bark became a roar
Meet Team Winston
Trustme , Sue , who is way more trustworthy, Rebecca, the photog
Winston is a 1976 Triumph Bonneville, I bought him as a basket case some years ago . The motor was supposed to be rebuilt & all the bits were there. [ sound familiar ]
I intended to put him back on the road but somehow could never get enthused so he sat in the corner of the garage for a few years, tinkered with but never really given full attention.
I'd always hankered to have a go on a racetrack & in a weak moment Sue said ' Why don't you '. Leave pass was granted .
An adventure began.
Adventures are a journey into the unknown & I sure as hell knew nothing about racing, so I looked around for a bike , I did not really consider Winston & then I thought ' hell, why not '
I'm partial to flat trackers so I figured while I would never win , I might as well look styley losing
Stuff came off , stuff went on thanks to www.omarsdtr.com, www.britishspares.com & Cycle Torque
Work in progress
We had a few false starts at Puke while testing, The clutch needed input from Volty & Motu as did setting up the timing
I did a bit of this
Thank god for willing pushers/mugs
Finally the big day at Puke, somehow Volty & I teamed up, it was the blind leading the blind, neither of us had raced, neither had a clue
'Ummm is that the gear lever '
'Wheres the bloody kill switch '
As innocents abroad we went looking for grid placings.
The print out had lots of names with lots of figures
Not a mention of Volty or Trustme. We were crest fallen, ' Bugger me! we did not even qualify '
Ya Plonkers those are noise readings
Wahoo , we won , we won.:lol3:lol3:lol3
Winston ran pretty good through practice Friday & early Saturday. On the first lap of the first race , he turned decidedly sad at the hairpin & ran only ran on one cylinder. Volty & Ixion were a great help as we looked for the problem
It had spark , fuel , . lots of head scratching. Then Les realised one of the inlet valves was not opening. A push rod had gone walkies. I had retorqued the head & reset the tappets during the week, obviously one of the tappet lock nuts was not tight enough.
We took Winston home & I had him fixed around midnight to be back at the track shite & briney next morning. So this is the joy of motor racing.
Sunday was trouble free but man are those top guys fast
Winston finished his first weekend of racing in one piece I was happy
Volty won a handicap race , he was fizzing
I had no expectations for Winston, I did not know what was inside the motor or if it would hold together for the weekend , so far so good
I now knew Winston was very slow, when bikes pass you on the inside & outside , you know you are slow. I also knew I was slow.
Puke was a baptism by fire, I don't like the track, I suspect I never will but it was a great weekend
I was hooked
keep it coming
Awesome absolutely awesome.
I seem to remember Winston on the bench a long time ago on another thread. Hmm I'll see if I can find it:D
He spends a lot of time on the bench, he's a bench jockey. Picking him up from the welder today to go back on ' guess where '.
I'll run through the history / background stuff first before I get to the rebuild of the motor. Gotta take a work break now :eek1
If I recall the first time I saw Winston was at an AMCC ART day in Jan.....I was on the Thruxton and I wandered over to ask how it was going......can't recall the reply ...... " its not %$#@%$ going......"
( you can use this in the book....):evil
That was a very very frustrating day. I had been running Winston up & down the road terrorising the neighbours the previous day & he ran goodish. Puke & he would only run on one pot, went round & round swapping carb bits, plugs & coil leads but could not nail it down. New plugs & a big heavy earth lead from the head direct to the battery seemed to fix it. The first time he ran properly was at practice for the races.
Just picked up the frame, the welder & I spent an hour with soapy water & low pressure air chasing down leaks at the swing arm boss where it welds to the main frame tube, hopefully that is most of the oil leaks fixed. Pics coming once I get this up to date.
I'd love to be living your frustrations, however sanity is a precarious situation these days.
I know you're a bit on the big side, but you're on a flattracker - balls on the tank and chin over the steering head, get that weight forward...and a bigger front tyre to take the extra weight.
You mean like this
Patience Grass Hopper. OH , I'll have you know I've lost weight
Keep it comin.:clap:clap
nice bike.. like the flat tracker look...
Question.... Are those TT100 tyres on it...
Dose Dunlop still make the TT100 tyre ..
or are they just very old tyres...
Next race meeting was at Hampton Downs, a completely different type of track. HD undulates , it is technical, it is not such a power track as Puke, turn 1 takes a fair bit of getting used too, it is sort of off camber & over the brow of a rise on the front straight so you can't see the corner when you start to turn in. They say it is a leap of faith, well my faith had well & truly lapsed.
All in all things went pretty well , Winston ran good all weekend. My kids turned up to watch the last race but he got his revenge by getting a flat tyre on the start line so that was a DNS, rats:(:
There was this one time I even got to lead Volty
Winston went to a hillcllimb at Pateatonga, if you ever get a chance to do one grab it. Low key laid back good fun day. Triboy & Kanny showed up for moral support . I had fitted a belt drive & new clutch which was dragging. Lucky Triboy is a mechanic, cheers mate
The final race for the summer was at Taupo, it is a tight little track & was really the first time I started to feel comfortable, still slow but actually managed to pass a couple of guys. It's a very laid back meeting, no entry fee for spectators , fewer riders. This was the first time I started to really get the tyres working. Winston did not burp all weekend, really did not put a spanner near him
The photog seemed to be on strike that weekend , having her mate along distracted her
It takes real effort for Volty to retain that svelte figure
See that bike broken down in the infield. It isn't Winston
Normal transmission has been resumed
The intention was to do the 3 summer meetings the strip Winston down for a looksee, work got in the way so I managed to do very little over winter. I brought some cams & had them reground , I pulled the head off for an overhaul which turned into another tale of woe that I will save for tomorrow.
My wife thinks more time goes into fixing these things than riding them, wives are always right. :wink:
1/2 of you really wants clipons......:rofl
The winter break did not go as planned, work meant I was away most of the time so bugger all got done.I did manage to upgrade the trailer for carting Winston, bit of welding, bit of riveting , a couple of cans of spray paint, $60 of sign writing & a Bunnings box & ' hey presto '
I took the head off for some porting . The expert took one look & said ' Hmm , best you find a new head ' . someone has opened up the inlet ports so that air flow hit this big open space & lost all speed into the motor. He quite rightly said this thing will be like a slug out of corners , we can weld up the ports to start again or find another head. I found a head to which he fitted Black Diamond valves & Kibblewhite springs , all the good stuff.
Mean time I had bought a set of 32mm carbs off Tardme & given them a birthday along with a set of cams that were reprofiled by Franklin cams. By the time I got my act together the Taupo round had gone but I was ready for HD, well sort of.
The Barry Sheene Festival began with practice on Saturday. Other than a run up & down my street Winston had not run since Taupo, Saturday was spent sorting jetting on the new carbs , fixing one carb that kept flooding due to a worn float needle & changing plugs from B8 to B10's . As Graeme Cole said ' Mate your racing, not riding on the road , fit colder plugs, easier said than done when you don't have any, Chris Hyland from Motomail to the rescue with a couple of his cast offs.
Sunday started off garbage weather wise & it was all down hill from there.
The first race was wet,
Then it got red flagged due to a crash , they restarted the race , this was a circus because noone knew what the hell was going on resulting Volty & I started from pit lane along with another slow learner
Then it really rained
I pulled off at the end of the first lap, the visor had fogged, water on the inside & the outside, no fun at all
It just kept on raining
Some of us sat in it
Some of us sang in it
Racing was running well behind , when they called our second race there was thunder & lightening. A higher authority said ,' you are not racing in that ', I love upper management. Then racing was suspended . thank goodness, it was crazy out there.
Sunday was fine, 2 races by early afternoon , dry track , life's good
On to Manfield, lets have a road trip
Practice was, surprise surprise , Wet
Sorry some of these are repeats
Racing on Sunday was fine but windy
Winston went pretty well, he got a miss on full throttle down the back straight into the wind but was fine on full throttle down the front straight with the wind. Buggered if I know.
Brent & Graeme were having their first race meeting & just finding their way, I think both Volty & I took a shine to them, hey that was us a few months back, now we're old hands .
Then the long drag home
So that was the first season of racing
All in all I'm very happy the bike survived, I survived & learnt a lot. I met some great people & had a ball . Huge thanks to my wife & daughter for their support & Volty for his camradeship
There is plenty to work on in 3 main areas
1/ The rider , he is bloody slow, as Graeme Cole said ' you gotta grow some balls , get that corner speed up, you cut lap tmes more by riding harder than by getting more horsepower ' . He added ' it's hard for us old buggers because our sense of self preservation kicks in ' . I must be bloody old :lol3
2/ Greame Cole again, put another disc on get those brakes working & sort the handling
3/ Everyone else says their Bonnie is standard , ' Yeah right'. Winston needs more power, to that end Winston is once again a bench jockey
Let battle commence
The weapon of choice . Blingy Bits
All I can see is extra weight and what.... a new 5th gear? :rofl
True about the corner speed and being old......
I find I break to early or just use 'road' engine braking......worked that out during the last race chasing the 850 Norton...... it all takes time... and its hard to improve and learn the track at the same time.:evil
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