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Forum: Old's Cool 03-19-2015, 01:23 PM
Replies: 7,590
Views: 3,553,414
Posted By PJay
Nah, your judgment wasn't all that bad. Vinnies...

Nah, your judgment wasn't all that bad. Vinnies in their standard frames had a tendency to go into inexplicable death spirals at some speeds - some people thought it was a sensitivity to tyre...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-19-2015, 12:25 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,296
Posted By PJay
They don't have to "wear in". There's no "of...

They don't have to "wear in". There's no "of course" about it.

Helpful tip: use good lubricants, too.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-18-2015, 09:48 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,296
Posted By PJay
Ah, you've missed the difference between modern...

Ah, you've missed the difference between modern manufacturing and old - and even with what we do in our race workshop with old stuff.

The parts are pretty much perfectly matched before assembly,...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-18-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 7,590
Views: 3,553,414
Posted By PJay
[QUOTE=rtw02;26342127]What does a Norvin handle...

[QUOTE=rtw02;26342127]What does a Norvin handle like? are they straight line machines like a cbx1000?
QUOTE]

Ummm - ever ridden a new CBX1000? I production raced one for a while; it cornered...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-18-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,296
Posted By PJay
Ah, and motorcycle race engines are different. ...

Ah, and motorcycle race engines are different.

The shop I used to co-own has a dyno on-site.

All my best race engines were treated after new build or rebuild like this:

1. Start and warm up...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-17-2015, 09:40 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,296
Posted By PJay
Yes, I know they're 4-wheelers, but my two 2014...

Yes, I know they're 4-wheelers, but my two 2014 Nissans have no break-in procedure required, first service at 10,000km (ie not even the "new" service we used to have at 1000 or 1500km) - and the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-12-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 13,438
Posted By PJay
Start here:...

Start here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za7SvC5t_pw

There are two threads within this thread:

(a) people who more or less can see what dogs are acting like; and

(b) people who think...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-09-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 13,438
Posted By PJay
I would have thought that the first step should...

I would have thought that the first step should be a rider learning to tell when a dog is attacking and when it is not.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-09-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,050
Posted By PJay
As in the famous T-shirt: "If you can read this,...

As in the famous T-shirt: "If you can read this, the bitch fell off".
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-09-2015, 01:55 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,050
Posted By PJay
I realise the ATGATT police will get me for this...

I realise the ATGATT police will get me for this - but they won't get my wife...

She's been my pillion for 44 years now, over half a million miles, and perfected the art of going to sleep on the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-08-2015, 09:40 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 20,920
Posted By PJay
Thanks, Way-do. You've also provided the...

Thanks, Way-do.

You've also provided the reasoning I used in my more or less last new bike buys - relatively low tech, run-out versions of old designs.

My BMWs were all from the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-07-2015, 09:04 PM
Replies: 42
Poll: Mmod
Views: 1,723
Posted By PJay
My present MZ's a 1988 model, so just fits in my...

My present MZ's a 1988 model, so just fits in my classic club's rolling 25-year eligibility. It's a hoot to tour on - a tank bag and throw-over panniers sit on it permanently in the shed, just...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-07-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,137
Posted By PJay
I believe that Ms McLean later rode several of...

I believe that Ms McLean later rode several of the famous Australian desert tracks on her Bantam, too: early 1960s, a woman, solo, on a premix-requiring 3-speed 9hp roadster.

Makes the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-07-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,137
Posted By PJay
For me it was meeting Sister McLean in about...

For me it was meeting Sister McLean in about 1965. She was a nursing sister at the hospital where my mother worked.

Ms McLean had ridden her BSA Bantam 175 overland (and by ship for parts,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-07-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 42
Poll: Mmod
Views: 1,723
Posted By PJay
Maybe a bit more light on my present multi-bike...

Maybe a bit more light on my present multi-bike ownership could be elucidating, following on from the note about Peter Egan's idea.

If I take out my purely competition machines, and dispense with...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-06-2015, 01:25 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,633
Posted By PJay
Yup - enough power to carry My Big Swinging Dick....

Yup - enough power to carry My Big Swinging Dick. :clap
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-05-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 20,920
Posted By PJay
Or: "A $1500 shitbox is not worth a $1500 repair;...

Or: "A $1500 shitbox is not worth a $1500 repair; a $5000 shitbox might be worth $2500 of the same repairs."

Or: "Cost and value are two different things."
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-04-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,633
Posted By PJay
Add my vote to keeping only my DR650. ...

Add my vote to keeping only my DR650.

It's unfarkled at present, and I would definitely farkleise it, starting with a gel seat.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-03-2015, 01:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,048
Posted By PJay
Yup, and end of November last year at the Burt...

Yup, and end of November last year at the Burt Munro event I cut about 3/4" off the entire circumference of the left sidewall of a new rear tyre with my fish filleting knife so the tyre could fit...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-03-2015, 01:35 AM
Replies: 42
Poll: Mmod
Views: 1,723
Posted By PJay
1. Sheds, and a workshop in town where my...

1. Sheds, and a workshop in town where my racebikes live.

2. My car and ute live outdoors.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-02-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 42
Poll: Mmod
Views: 1,723
Posted By PJay
I have several friends who own motorcycle...

I have several friends who own motorcycle museums, and one (whose collection is not a museum but who is another former factory road racer) who has over 350 machines currently.

I'm but an amateur...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-02-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 42
Poll: Mmod
Views: 1,723
Posted By PJay
I've been riding (offroad) for over 50 years and...

I've been riding (offroad) for over 50 years and (onroad, licensed) for 47 years.

I stopped counting how many motorcycles I'd owned once it reached 150 (this excludes all the machines that passed...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-01-2015, 11:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,048
Posted By PJay
No-one has asked the obvious question: Why round...

No-one has asked the obvious question: Why round off square-sectioned tyres?

The grip on the sides will have been made worse by the burnouts.

The transition from the "flat" center to the sides...
Forum: New Zealand 03-01-2015, 11:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 931
Posted By PJay
Thiery, if you're aiming to travel to the Far...

Thiery, if you're aiming to travel to the Far North of the North Island, PM me. We have a self-contained flat in our house in Russell in the Bay of Islands, with covered accommodation for your bike.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-23-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 20,920
Posted By PJay
Two observations from my time as a motorcycle...

Two observations from my time as a motorcycle shop co-owner. (We had agencies for 2 Euro brands, one Indian brand, and one major Japanese. Oh, and my family has been in the motorcycle trade for 4...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-23-2015, 03:22 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 7,673
Posted By PJay
Just another random thought, sparked by another...

Just another random thought, sparked by another thread:

How some particular machine(s) can be "boring" to ride - eg the UJMs of the late 70s. Huh?

Some types of riding, yup. I take a...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-23-2015, 12:31 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 7,673
Posted By PJay
This would be an interesting topic, except that...

This would be an interesting topic, except that for me it's not old vs new.

I've gravitated to buying new obsolete eg my Varadero, VTR1000, and DR650; all bought new and after long model runs; all...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-23-2015, 10:15 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 8,147
Posted By PJay
True about the one new disc brake will be better...

True about the one new disc brake will be better than 2 old ones - however, in the case of eg the SOHC CB750, 2 old brakes on the old chassis are better than one old one reversed in position.

...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-22-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 8,147
Posted By PJay
Yes, nice looking effort; even has a set of...

Yes, nice looking effort; even has a set of decent carbs.

Not much evidence of fabrication (eg the shift lever is just re-angled stock Honda, replacement engine mounts, can't see any frame...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-19-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 8,147
Posted By PJay
Some of my pics are on various threads in the...

Some of my pics are on various threads in the Old's Cool section of the forum (IIRC, several in Racebikes). None of the Triton - I'll see if I can dig some out and scan them - otherwise I'll find...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-19-2015, 10:05 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 8,147
Posted By PJay
My answer to this is the Triton pre-unit actual...

My answer to this is the Triton pre-unit actual race bike my mate built for me to race back in the day (1970...).

The Triumph factory enhancement stuff was OK as far as it went. But most of what...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-18-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 8,147
Posted By PJay
Hmmm; just recalling: I saw a couple of the works...

Hmmm; just recalling: I saw a couple of the works Hondas in the 60s. Even the real racers' paintwork wasn't all that hot back in that day....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-18-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,166
Posted By PJay
My yesterday featured two fully relaxing bike...

My yesterday featured two fully relaxing bike rides - from home to a seminar I was speaking at, and return.

Quite a mix of roads, 160 miles in total each way. Most of it is 2-lane seal (even NZ's...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-18-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 8,147
Posted By PJay
Well, back in the day (in the UK at least) the...

Well, back in the day (in the UK at least) the vast majority of café racers were homebuilt POSs. (PsOS?)

Even the paint was amateur and garbage.

That's why they were called café racers,...
Forum: 2 smokers 02-13-2015, 01:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,598
Posted By PJay
Phil, I did race against that NZ MZ in BEARS...

Phil, I did race against that NZ MZ in BEARS (actually, there were 2, one ridden by a very, very good former Open class champion) - nowhere near 240kph, but it was faster than my 500 Domiracer, which...
Forum: Airheads 02-10-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,004
Posted By PJay
And this is a problem????

And this is a problem????
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-09-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,446
Posted By PJay
There was a rash of magazine articles in the...

There was a rash of magazine articles in the 1970s, aiming to teach riders how to fall off safely.

This was succeeded by advice on how to stay aboard and evade trouble by riding safely.

If you...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-01-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,207
Posted By PJay
Ah, well, I suppose 170 or maybe 180 is...

Ah, well, I suppose 170 or maybe 180 is "approaching 200mph" in the same way as 85 or maybe 90 is "approaching" 100.

And your last post above does demonstrate that the move from Zen-like 150 to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-01-2015, 01:26 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,207
Posted By PJay
OK, disregarding the VFR (eminently possible) -...

OK, disregarding the VFR (eminently possible) - how fast did you go on your derestricted ZZR?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-31-2015, 11:17 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,207
Posted By PJay
Ummmm...."have", not "had"... And WR's words...

Ummmm...."have", not "had"...

And WR's words above were in direct response to this quote (the ZZR mentions came later):

"Envious of a braggart wannabe big kid, who gets his jollies out of...
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