STILL WAITING

STILL WAITING

STILL WAITING

The rather unpleasant 5″ of white stuff has delayed plans a little to go and get Superglitz but in the
interim I’m still waiting for the parts to arrive. Currently out there in cyberpostspace I have the 2 sets of Magical fork springs, the complete Majesty exhaust system, TY Mono oil seals, Fantic oil seals, wipers,
brake cable, some plugs of the B6HS variety for those four strokers and a couple of BR7EIX for the
Yam.  Interesting that these new iridium plugs should never be gapped? Need to order some genuine Doherty grips and some yellow heat shrink.


                      1 New NGK IRIDIUM IX Spark Plug BR7EIX # 6664.

Iridium IX Plug, 14mm Thread Size, 19mm (3/4″) Reach, 13/16″ (20.6mm) Hex Size,
Gasket Seat, Resistor, Removable Terminal Nut, Fine Wire (0.6mm) Iridium Center
Electrode, Tapered Cut Ground Electrode, .031″ (0.8mm) Gap, Heat Range 7

                                      Do Not Gap Iridium Spark plugs.
Brand New in the Box. In Original Packaging.

Post has just arrived and its the groovy brakes shoes today so it seems my research was good as
they look the same size and should fit. More snow tonight so no window to get up to Denver which is beginning to try my patience, still something to press on with when those parts arrive and a new
urgency creeps in.

Well today for once it was !

Meanwhile a lot more to pin down on the ITSA front and our first season. Would of course be nice to
know how many of our readers will be joining the fold, but like anything new or newish time will tell.
The first weekend is booked for Bull Hollow on June 9/10 so put that in the diary as FIRM. Of course
we will be using Casper and Fred is looking after our interests there. Another FIRM date September
1/2. Jimmy has been away at the Ahrma Buckeye event so that will be interesting to see how it went
and how many entries they had. I looked at the pre-entries and they had 9 from the MX guys and we
all know most trials riders just show up on the day, but that having been said I would be surprised if
they made anywhere close to previous years. Anyhoo, Jimmy and friends are doing Roswell with a
likely date now October 20/21. The Turkey Rock event is causing a little grief at this point but between
Ed and myself we may be able to get a date that pleases all. Tomorrow time to get around a table
with the Dolores Town Manager and see if I can light his fire.

If you are planning on trying the ITSA experience now is a good time to join at $35 compared to
Ahrma at $65. Our entry fees @ $25 are a lot cheaper than the Ahrma rounds so you will get to see a
lot more bang for your buck……… and of course some new sections away from the tried and true.
From a personal point of view when it comes to trials it is the results service which so often gets lost
or is not displayed in a timely manner, totally inexcusable in my opinion. Of course if you were there
then YOU know the results but for those that didn’t make it to the event it is infuriating to have to wait
for weeks in some cases to see what happened in the championships. Pop over to the ITSA site
and join now  www.twinshock.org

More overnight snow and an interesting drive in the school bus acting as the “ice breaker” along
some of the county roads that had not been plowed. Back home and first success of the day with the
lady manager at Turkey Rock BLM and she has agreed to all my wishes and given us 28/29 July
FIRM !! 3 out of 5 and this afternoon I’m off to seek my audience with the Dolores Town Manager, only
30 mins to go …… better get my act in gear!

A fruitful meeting and he seems to think it will fly. The town is surrounded by BLM and USFS land but fortunately for me they have a very large combined area office just up the hill so a quick visit required
there to see if they can offer up any real estate that borders on town land.  These people were not that
helpful initially but eventually someone warmed to the idea and now there is a whole load of hoop
jumping and the mind is saying “is this really worth it ?”  While I was there another piece of land came
under my eye which looks as though it belongs to CDOT and is their dumping area….. this one needs
a follow up !

Back on the postal front my bits for the TY Mono forks turned up, as always Trail and Trials UK  do the
business and deliver on time at reasonable prices. Now time to see if these forks are as hard as
people make them out to be.

With 4 of the weekends now firm I’ll stick my neck out and say the Dolores event is a GO ! It will be
different thats for sure but as I live here I’m the only person on base that can make it work through
good offices, bribery or corruption or whatever else it takes………a quick look at the town and the route
I hope to use to the sections down Central Ave. On the morning of the event “we” will be joining in the
Town Parade as it will be “Escalante Days”….. I’m thinking we will be last and can then ride on down
the road to the sections

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The sleepy little hodunkum town of DOLORES, with the Start and the run down Central Ave to the sections

The Start at 1501 Central Ave

Town center with the Hollywood Bar and the Brewery that you will fall in
love with

The Saturday town sections about a mile from the start

What I hope will be the Sunday sections in the CDOT area

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  • 1/29/2012 8:03 AM John Holbrook wrote:
    Hope the snow lets up so you can get up to Denver. The Dolores event looks like it could be a fun weekend. A trials in the middle of town what a thought!!!
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  • 1/29/2012 5:28 PM John Dowson wrote:
    Well in answer to who’ll be joining in the ITSA Mountain West fun I’m planning on making the Turkey Rock, Delores and Roswell events, cant do Casper this year as I’m entered for the Vintage Manx 2-dayer the same date. would be nice if some of you could post if you are competing to give us a rought idea on numbers! spread the word, we’re recruiting daily and hope to have some new riders to bring with us!
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    1. 1/29/2012 5:41 PM Tony Down wrote:
      John
      You need to come to Bull Hollow ! Great piece of land. You will enjoy the Manx, tough but fair, my best memories were going up the 200+ steps by Douglas harbour…… nearly rattled your eyeballs out of their sockets with a serious Manx Hangover.  Well done on the recruiting, see you on the circuit.

      Tony
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  • 1/29/2012 11:05 PM Chris Woolley wrote:
    Tony,

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I have a Bultaco Sherpa T M191 which I am planning to ride in at least the Turkey Rock event. I was a little disappointed to see the obvious lack of AHRMA events planned for the Colorado region for 2012 and was hoping the ITSA would become active in this area. This sounds like it will be good and I’m excited to start riding vintage trials again. I rode RMTA way back in 79 on a Sherpa and I’ve done a couple AHRMA events but it’s been a while. I’ll be sure to say Hello at the event/events.

    Chris
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    1. 1/30/2012 10:21 AM Tony Down wrote:
      Chris,
      Glad to see you will be joining us in the absence of any Ahrma events. I will pass on your email to the Sec, John Holbrook, who will keep you up to speed with all thats going on. You might want consider Bull Hollow near Monticello UT on June 9/10 and our trials school leading into the Dolores event on Aug 11/12.

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THE WAITING GAME

THE WAITING GAME

THE WAITING GAME

The pot of ebay gold has nearly all gone,  although spending it felt I did feel a little naughty, but there
again it was just “stuff” that I don’t think I was ever going to use so better put into some things I’m
hoping to see some action on.

Nothing wrong with the set up “as is” but the new stuff should improve performance and handling

With all the new “goodies” on their way I now have some time off playing the waiting game, and I still
haven’t been to collect Superglitz.  Plenty of “stuff” coming off that to go on ebay for some more
maintenance money. First the high polished front end with the mirror polished yokes and forks…….
thinking at least $200 here, then the rather nice fully chromed exhaust system……… front portion must
be worth $150, tailpipe…… maybe $75+ and the heat shield about another $40 ?

Mirror polished Forks, yokes and the OEM fender for Ebay

The all chromed exhaust and heat shield ….. to the bay

SM Tank and seat unit with an extra

………. and then we have the SM tank/seat unit with a very famous signature by the man who rode it…….
yep! none other than that man Mick Andrews.

No surprizes, Mick takes Superglitz to another fine win

Those SM units are around $525 new so what is a signed one worth ? ……. only one way to find out
….. better have a reserve price on that to reflect ……. of course if it sells well I could put a Majesty TY270
jug on the beast and might even replace the Showa units with Rockshocks. Nearly forgot the fenders!
….the front was a genuine OEM Yam guard with the internal brace, now virtually impossible to find, and
the matching rear. Must be at least another $75 here ?

Of course if the Enfield works well with its new front end then there are the original forks and front
wheel from that too.  The back wheel went to New Zealand as did the last wheel I sold. Are they
wheeless in NZ ?

The original Enfield forks could be surplus 

Full width Enfield hub laced in a new Akront rim

While I’m waiting I could dismantle both sets of forks but I’m loathed to do that as the “poltergeist”
has a nasty habit of moving things. Still have the YZ bearing issue to resolve and slam a tire and tube
on that one…… A little more persusion and the dead bearing is gone!  Don’t want to go there again so
now fit the newbie bearings, check the spokes, and the old electrical tape trick for a rim tape and I’m
back in business.

…………….and then it snowed bigtime!! Well I should have been driving a school bus to Telluride this
morning but as we had two buses scheduled they put them all on one so I didn’t have to go. Well that
means I can sneak off and finish the YZ or IT wheel, whatever it is, and maybe find some more ebay
junk.

With about 5″ of fresh snow Brenda is trying her cross country skis to see if she can remember how
to play that game. Personally I’ll just stick to downhill as the CC looks like too much effort for not much
in the way of results.

Test run on the new CC skis

Yep ! itsa hard work

First check of the OEM Yam cable shows a different size adjuster and thicker internal wire?  Looks like
I’ll be drilling the plate and using a top and bottom nut.  Also need to put a locking allen bolt in the TY
Mono stem where I drilled out the roll pin to try and remove the phase 1 bearing. All little jobs so plenty
to do while in the “waiting room”

The IT/YZ plate gets the mod to take the bigger cable

The new allen bolt replaces the roll pin in the Mono stem

New bearings in, rim taped and tire and tube on…. now where’s the bike?

Back to waiting but all the little tasks are getting done despite the weather, wonder how the Trial  at
Buckeye went ?

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TURN (the spanner) AGAIN WHITTINGTON

TURN (the spanner) AGAIN WHITTINGTON


TURN (the spanner) AGAIN WHITTINGTON

Now as the fabled story goes Dick Whittington was a poor boy and went to London where he had
heard the streets were paved with gold. Dick was taken in by a merchant family, the Fitzgeralds, but
was forced to sleep in a rat infested cellar. Having earnt a penny for shoe shining he bought a cat,
called Tom, who saved him from the rats. Some time later Dick got really pissed off with life in general
and walked out of London but heard the Bells chiming “Turn again Whittington, thrice Mayor of London
Town”. Dick went back and as the story goes when the Fitzgerald family sent a boat with goods for
sale Dick sent his cat Tom as virtually his only possession. Like ebay the cat sold for a fortune to the
King of the Barbary Coast who had a serious problem with mice. Dick, did indeed become very
wealthy and went on to be, as the bells had foretold, thrice Mayor of London Town. While I have no
intention of becoming the Mayor of Dolores Town once, let alone thrice the story has similarities in so
much that selling the ebay “cat” has allowed me to turn (the spanner that is, not direction) and
improve my overall happiness on the trials front.

Flush with the ebay pot of gold a flurry of ordering for parts and other goodies, and no arguments, as
it was all my crap that I sold to finance these new projects so no penny pinching from the household
budget.

Into the workshop with several mini tasks to do……… lets get the YZ bearings done so out with the
tool and out comes the first side with no problem so remove the spacer and flip over to the non
sealed one on the other side. Extractor in place ….. tap…… tap, good its moving but then, horror of
horrors, the whole bearing disintegrates and now I have the outer race stuck in the hub. This has
only happened once in the past and I’m racking my brain trying to remember how I solved the
problem. Contary to the recent published article “ITSA Moving” this one is NOT! …itsa stuck!!

Time to skin the cat, not Tom in this case, but to now find a welder and arc weld a bead on the
remains of the outer race. Just when you think things are going well !…… and now when I look at the wheel …… is it a YZ or IT ?  Reason I need to know is I’m after some new brake shoes and of course
somewhere along the line Yamaha changed their hubs and plates on certain models. Brake shoes
are everywhere on Ebay but trying to find a corresponding after market groovy shoe when you aren’t
sure what you have is problematic. Time to research the Yamaha bible courtesy of Speed & Sport,
PA and after much research the 322 number on the shoe relates to 80-82 IT models and 80/81 YZ
variants. That all translated to some EBC shoes, with the grooves called 507G so a quick purchase
there with free shipping.


507G’s…….. “groovy baby !” 

More bits and bobs from TYTrials in the UK in the shape of some hi-tech Mono fork seals, not cheap,
and a cable bracket for the mono yokes.

Now time to get the oil seals, wipers and front brake cable for the Fantic set up and then the Enfield
can be finished before I attack Superglitz. Last items I’m looking for, with all my ebay loot, are some
Magicals springs for both forks and the latest exhaust from Majesty. This one has the up between the
frame pipe and supposedly a bigger bore WES middle and tail section.

Waiting on the Fantic bits

Same design for the 250

Bigger bore ?

Nearly everything now on order so time to sit back and wait and then the spanner can be turned
again Whittington!

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ITSA MOVING

ITSA MOVING


ITSA MOVING

As we crash into 2012 and we are already moving right along and will soon be half way through the
month . I’m noticing its getting lighter in the evenings as I drive the school bus and about another 8
weeks we put the clocks where they should be.

On the ITSA front we have all our paperwork in for the new charter, John Holbrook is acting as
Secretary and Treasuer and has opened up a bank account on YOUR behalf to deal with the
costings. Things are moving along smoothly for our planned schedule of 5 x 2 Day events for this
coming season and we hope to have that set by the end of the month with some firm dates. For those
of you planning on joining us in this venture now is perhaps a good time to join ITSA, a mere $35.00 compared to the other org at $65. Go to www.bjracing.com  and hit the page. We will also be using
this site for event news and results and very soon we will have our own web site to boot.

Dates for the first event are 2/3 June for Bull Hollow UT, which is just down the road from Monticello
on the UT/CO border. Terrific vintage trials land, good parking, port-a-loos and trash bins on site.
Permanent MX track (not in use while we are there)….. and I’ll be the Trialsmaster for this one, and
as we used to say in the RAF….. “I have a responsible position here, anything goes wrong, I’m
responsible!” Just the 50 sections to tape ! As a bonus can you see ME in the picture ?

Plenty of good parking at Bull Hollow, can you spot me laying out ?

Another event also confirmed is Casper on 1/2 September, and if you have read my views on this
place you will know it has to be my personal favorite. If you have never been you owe it to yourself to
give it a try this year. More news on other events as they come in……….. still working on Dolores,
Turkey Rock and Roswell.

Back on the bike building front the new bearing for the TY Mono yokes arrived and will fit perfectly
without resulting to a machinists expertise.  Other bits and bobs are on my ebay “watch list” and
just waiting for the cash to roll in from the 28 items I have closing out this weekend. On that side it
seems to be going well and maybe a few bidding wars to surprize the seller at the end…… he hopes!

A bearing for everything !

The YZ wheel turned up and all looks good there and the brake plate has undergone the buffing
treatment so happy with that one.

Good looking YZ wheel

All the other bits

Brake plate goes into ER

YZ plate in the recovery ward

Also thinking of upgrading the exhaust system on Superglitz, bit expensive but maybe the “sales’
items will pay for it. Discovered I was one bearing short of a picnic to redo the YZ wheel so ordered a
pair of double seal 6202’s on ebay for the BIN price of $3.50 for the PAIR with free shipping !!! Now
that really is a cracking deal. They had a tracking number with them and arrived, as promised, on time
yesterday……… postage cost $3.02 ?? ……. 24 cents a bearing ?

The “other” ebay adventure was remarkable and with 28 items up for grabs you never know what will
happen. 3 out of 4 frames sold with a bit of a price war on the TY175. Normally frames don’t even get
a sniff and in the past I have chucked quite a few as the just don’t sell. The TYZ stator plate is one that
I’ve put on before and is new but never attracts a bid. The bloody thing cost me nearly $300 from Nigel
Birkett and of course fits both the TYZ and all the Scorpas. I thought my opener at $69.99 was more
than reasonable.

Pedictably the TY front guard/fender went for a good price as did the Ossa betor forks shortly to leave
for Belgium. Biggest surprize was the Ossa, well bashed, bash plate which was minding its own
business at a reasonable price of $13.50 with 2 bids. The time clicks down and in the last seconds
goes out at $61.00  ??????? now thats determined bidding! That one is going to Austria. …… never
ceases to amaze me.

The well bashed Ossa bash plate sells for $61.00 !!!

So with the ebay sales done, money coming in, ITSA time to start ordering new parts to complete all
the planned projects, itsa lotta fun, itsa making me very happeeeey.

ITSA moved a lot of stuff, stay tuned for date updates

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  • 1/16/2012 2:36 PM Jose Bustamante AC wrote:
    Great news about the coming ITSA events in our Region. I will throw my hat in, and will plan to join ITSA. Meanwhile, Another chap and I are putting our heads together in order to head down to Wittmann, AZ, Feb. 3-4. Cr Country Vin MX, and Trials. good way to get the winte cobwebs out. As always I am amazed at how industrious you are out in the shed.
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  • 1/22/2012 2:03 PM John Dowson wrote:
    Well done on getting the new ITSA region up and running, this will be the first season with 2 events in Roswell ! (the other being NMTA 2 dayer also in October) for those of you who’ve never been to haystack offroad area it’s a fantastic venue, come visit! So here’s to an adventurous debut season with ITSA and thanks to everyone for their hard work!
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  • 1/22/2012 10:45 PM Kay Mann wrote:
    A comparison is made between the cost to join AHRMA at $65 and ITSA at
    $35. In another thread it is printed that ITSA is under the umbrella of AMA. If so, will it be necessary to join AMA to compete in an ITSA trial? Is an AMA membership still $39, or higher? At $39, the comtined cost would be $74 as opposed to a cost of $65 to join AHRMA. No big deal, but it seems an ITSA membership is not the monetary bargain as stated.
    Kay Mann
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    1. 1/23/2012 11:26 AM John Holbrook wrote:
      KayITSA is not an AMA club. At the start of ITSA they were, but have long ago dropped out of the AMA.

      John
      Member AMA, AHRMA, ITSA, NMTA
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    2. 1/23/2012 11:55 AM Tony Down wrote:
      Kay,
      Just to clear up the “issue”, ITSA started out an AMA Chartered Club but now stands on its own. Membership fees are entirely theirs and within our “new” charter we must be a member of ITSA and will also pay a due to our own Mountain West chapter. Therefore to ride ITSA events you do not need to be a member of the AMA.ITSA will provide us with reasonable cost insurance and sanctions for those events we wish to run using their format and rules. Classes are similar in most respects with the addition of the much sought after Twinshock Class for those machines manufactured post 1979. The current 2012 Ahrma Trials Schedule forced us down this route as there were insufficent events for Trials only dedicated riders.

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    3. 2/2/2012 10:39 PM John Dowson wrote:
      The main point is being overlooked here. The cost is not an issue when there is one club with events in your area and the other with none. Although if we were to talk cost then try the fuel costs from Roswell,NM to Buckeye,Phoenix, AZ (our nearest AHRMA event) approx 14 hrs in an RV.
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THE TRIALS BUG

THE TRIALS BUG


THE TRIALS BUG

Two “bugs” in retro Yam colors, leader still clean, back man footing!

I know I have waxed lyrical on the subject but it is interesting to see the number of newbies on Trials
Central who have now caught the disease.  As we all know there is NO known cure and once afflicted
the patient must endure a lifetime with the problem.

For just about all diseases, other than the common cold, which I feel sure the Pharmaceutical
companies have cured, but won’t tell so they leave us in misery with Nyquil as about the only remedy
that does anything  …..  for everything else there is a drug to deal with the problem, despite the side
effects which from the advertizing are often far worse than the original problem. Not forgetting all the ridiculous diseases (so called) like RLS and Low T, and now they have another band wagon and all
its expensive remedies in “Dry Mouth” ???

So just two major illnesses to deal with, “The Common Cold” and “Trials”.  As they say about the cold
it will last about 7 days with drugs, potions, vapour rubs, syprups, lozenges and massive doses of
vitamin C or left to the bodies immune system it will last about a week…….. not so with Trials !!

While the disease in many cases is hereditary and if you are born into one of these families it is very
unlikely that you will escape its affliction. If we look globally we can see many families where this is the
case and no other medical explanation is provided……..in the UK the worst afflicted families seem to
be centered in Yorkshire where the Lampkin family have a very bad dose of the disease for decades
with all family members afflicted. Others that immediately come to mind are the Sunters, where it has
spread to the female of the species and of course brothers Bill and Mick Wilkinson and many father
and son situations like the Gaunts.

Worst recorded case in history:  Dougie Lampkin MBE
12 x  World Trials Championships,  5 time Winner SSDT

Not limited to just Yorkshire I can throw in many other examples including the Adsett brothers and of
course Tony and Mal Davis. Many other cases have been reported but these stand out as classic
examples. Further north in the wilds of Scotland three generations of the Moffat family have been so
cursed with all riding the SSDT and now Big John has become obsessed with Bultaco building.

It has spread across the globe with the Lejeunes in Belgium, Fracys in Canada and multiple
outbreaks even here in the USA. All our current US contenders have had this disease passed down
through the genes and here I offer up the Webbs, Ropers, Tuckers, Saums, Ginders, Belvoirs and Martinsons as classic examples.

From research it would seem no violent outbreaks have ever been reported in South America, The
Middle East, the Polar regions or the Falklands although some dimwit was seen racing around the
Islands in 1981.

So how is this disease passed on or contracted ? Little research seems to have  been done here
and perhaps the manufacturers should spend more money in this area rather than worry about Stop
or No Stop rules. From my studies it would seem that “conditioning” plays an all important part in the
bodies failure to recognize the first symptoms. Very often children and some adults are lured into
areas where the condition is rife and slowly but surely they are absorbed like the Borg !

“Resistance is futile……. you will be absorbed”

It often starts with children around the age of 5 upwards being dragged off by father to some major motorcycle dealership, village pub with large parking lot or a countryside village sportsground on a
Sunday morning. As most current trials do not include the roadwork of yesteryear a lot of these venues
are now in quarries, private land or some very generous farmer’s holdings. In days of yore the
unsuspecting would be treated to a vista of strange motorcycles and an even stranger bunch of
owners all dressed in drab olive green waxed Egyptian cotton, not dissimilar from a farmers shoot,
and for the mostpart all wearing the traditional “flatcap” with or without googles.

Days of yore  Flat cap, goggles and the good old barbour suit

Today our unafflicted individual could be forgiven for thinking that they had been taken to some sort
of “gay meet” as seemingly normal people suddenly change into tight fitting lyrca pants and strange
helmets with peaks so far back you wonder what they are for?

Stretch lycra for young and old

Further conditioning is now enhanced by trudging uphill and down dale, up muddy banks, along wet
or dry streambeds full of rocks, gazing at mammoth climbs and descents and marvelling at these
strange people and machines whizzing about between tapes and marker cards. Some stay on, some
fall off, some struggle, others don’t, legs flail, mud is everywhere, several cuss but everybody smiles? Eventually “newbie” asks the duty dumb questions;

“What are they trying to do ?”

There now follows a blow by blow account from the handbook and our newcomer has his or hers
baptism of rules and regs. Further questions now follow;

Five ?

“Was that a 5?” etc etc ………. and finally it happens……….. the “unsuspecting” is plonked on board one
of these strange full size machines……… well if its a young child he or she can’t get off,  their feet can’t
touch the ground, and they can only just reach the full width bars…….. no matter they will grow!

“Hey yup lad, point tit tup ‘ill un gee it a squirt… an don’t sit down!”

A recent study by emminent doctors was printed in “The Lancet” and they have postulated that the
bug maybe contracted via the anal cavity by coming into contact with the seat on one of these strange machines. This would also account for manufacturers  (who may be guilty of insider trading or
industrial espionage) lowering the seat height on modern trials bikes to afflict younger and younger
children and those that we shall say are “vertically” challenged.

A very interesting concept and indeed one that would seem reasonable as once bitten the “trials
rider” never comes into contact with that “seat” again and spends his entire riding time standing up.
True, it may have become addictive and one can often see riders sitting on their machines pre start
perhaps obtaining another  “quick fix” before setting off.

Well whatever it is and however you get it,  you will have it for life.

“YOU have been absorbed”

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REKINDLING THE FLAME

REKINDLING THE FLAME

REKINDLING THE FLAME

With a few days of spanner wrenching the dim ashes produced a little smoke from a remaining
glowing ember. The smoke soon turned to flame and now the keeness is back to an all comsuming
inferno.

Today’s project is to get up into the bowels of the workshop loft and take inventory. Things were
dumped up there in no particular order of merit when the mad scramble of the move took place in fall
2008. It will be interesting to see what I “magpied” from the previous workshop and what if anything is
still worthwhile keeping or dumping on E-bay for some future project funding…….. “one man’s trash,
another man’s treasure”

Trash or Treasure ?

God knows how many sets of Yamaha TY 175 and 250 tripple trees or yokes I have, they seem to be everywhere, and at the back I can see a collection of frames and wheels. Can’t imagine why I kept
them all if I haven’t got the motors to go with them.

The lower workshop is now a complete tip as box after box gets emptied and its contents surveyed
and marvelled at. Currently sifting to see whats what and whether any of this stuff is saleable. Must
have 20 Yam brake plates to go with all the tripple trees, a few “A” model clutch covers and a couple
of semi finished or dismantled engines.

Anything worth keeping ?

Another day harvesting tomorrow and some intensive cleaning before entering the e-bay game again.
It never ceases to amaze me what will sell and the crazy prices some items fetch. Some good looking
bits off a MAR Ossa, forks, brake plate,  brake cable, bash plate, a few SWM Jumbo bits, aircleaner,
front fender, number board and an original set of Wassel Handlebars. Frames for TY 250A’s, TY175’s
a SWM 280, and a Montesa 242. A lot of “new” fenders I don’t remember buying, a big wide rear alloy,
set of generic reds in plastic, some whites and a TY 175/250 repo OEM style NEW !

Scruffy Fantic brake plate

An afternoon sifting, boxing and putting away but still a lot to do. Meanwhile the Fantic brake plate
takes a beating from the paint remover and is turned back to cast alloy.

Looking better !

More work with sanders and the rough cast is gone and then on with the Solvol. Dan Straka emailed
to ask what this Solvol stuff was? Well I’ve been using it since I was a kid and it used to be called
Solvol Autosol but the manufacturers have since dropped the Solvol. Sorry for any confusion. It’s bloody
good stuff and I call it  Solvol.

Now thats Solvol !

Met the machinist today and his work seemed a bit expensive to me but I might have to go down his
route if I can’t come up with anything else. Shadetree attempted to remove the bearing but so far
nothing! Shade is getting a little annoyed at being “stumped” with this one and is looking for some
divine guidance or a bigger hammer!

Having given up in disgust with the troublesome brg some good news from Jimmy as a wheel has
been found so things are all coming together nicely as long as I don’t break this alloy yoke in my new
found engineering enthusiasmn.

Shade, will not be denied this morning, and with a few strokes from the Makita, and a giant wellie
from the bigger hammer I have the worthless brg in my hand. Today we are off to Farmington for a
“RED LOBSTER” Christmas treat………. and there just so happens to be a couple of brg shops, ………

A win, win day

In the world of brgs it seems there is just about one for every size and application so after all my explanations micrometers are out, cup and shaft size measured and much consultation with books
and computer. One is eventually hunted down in Kentucky and is now on the road to me ……. should
be here in 4 days. Better get my bike back as things are progressing so quickly.

12th night arrives! ….. so a full day getting what took a week to put up down and into storage for next
year. Brenda completes upstairs and downstairs trees and associated bits and bobs while I undo
thousands of lights, moving deer, polar bears and reindeer. Finally with aching arms the last of the
herd are humped into the loft on their new bases, boxes stacked and its only 7 pm !

Today all the fun and games of e-bay, photographing and listing and then watching for bids or not,
and answering questions from those that can’t read ! Now this ebaying game can be good fun and
looking at the huge load of TY250A  crap that is currently on I’m amazed that any of it would sell. It
seems to me there are several breakers in Utah who just take these bikes to pieces and sell the
parts at ridiculous prices without ever cleaning anything!  For my part the morning was spent
cleaning, then the photo shoot, then all the photo resizing and finally the listings…… all complete by
7.30 pm and now I have 20 rods in the water waiting to see what I catch. This morning 3 bites so the
Ossa forks, bash plate, and axle have bids… yipee!

A good set of Betors off an Ossa

Task of the day is first have a look at an annoying new tube which keeps losing air?  Tube out and in
the huge laundry room sink……. no bubbles ?  I can only assume as I’ve had two of these NEW tubes
from the same batch that there was some swarf on the edge of the valve core and now after much
pumping that has gone and the valve is seating correctly. I’ll leave them for a few hours before
refitting.

Flush with the over night success time to drag out the four frames and list them. Frames seldom sell
as it usually costs more to ship them than they sell for, but hope springs eternal, nothing ventured,
nothing gained. Also have more workshop stands than I know what to do with so I’ll put a couple of
those on as well.

SWM 320

Montesa 242

Time for a couple of high dollar items, first the hi-tech Enfield wheel I bought a few years back and
never used as it was the same weight as the full width original ! Second on the block a set of brand
NEW 32 mm Cerianis that cost an arm and a leg and then I had the stem machined to fit the Tiger
Cub and an axle made to take a Yam front wheel. While that work was being done I fitted the BSA
B50 forks and have been more than happy with the set up.

Nice NEW wheel for something ?

The NEW Cerianis + bits

The fishing continued and within minutes of listing these forks the number changes to GREEN ! and
someone has bitten immediately at the $249.99 starting price !!! This should be good, as one day on
there are a LOT of watchers so we might end up with a price war next Saturday !! …… and just to prove
me wrong an email from the UK asking how much to ship a TY175 frame ???? Probably $100 to ship
and $25 for the frame…. we will see.

TONY DOWN

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SPANNER TIME

SPANNER TIME


SPANNER TIME

With initial preparation done to the Fantic wheel and forks time to see whether this idea will all come together?  On a cold New Year’s Eve, Shadetree braved the workshop temps once more and humped
the Enfield onto the stand.

Unridden and dusty, the machine is surveyed for leaks for which the brand is famous. Nothing too
obvious so let the deconstruction begin. First remove the number plate with the now almost obselete
Ahrma regulation sticker, brake cable, and front wheel.  Off comes the mudguard …… my, it feels good
to be weilding spanners again!

Out of curiosity its off with the tank and seat and a quick wipe down to make it look pretty in its near
naked state. Tomorrow it will be the forks, and then some serious weighing of what we had and what
“weight watchers” is proposing. First up refit a tire on the Fantic wheel and as they tell me these
brakes are shit hot (not that I envisage nose wheelieing the Enfield) and these wheels have TWO
security bolts in the front to presumably stop the “creep” caused by these powerful brakes.

The forks fit ! Always a surprize when you find that the Enfield Gun Company actually made their forks
35mm back in the 50’s so a good start to the morning. Now its wheel and tire time and then the official
weigh in.

New forks fit

New tire and tube fitted and weighed, now loosely assemble, and I see my good friend Steve has reassembled the brake plate incorrectly (but he did do a nice job of cleaning). The wheel is in, it spins
nicely on the new bearings but has a “bit” of a wobble !!! …. but it doesn’t hit the fork legs so all is well,
just need to find a distance piece to substitute for where the speedo drive used to live…. must have
something that will do ?

Brake plate black or back to alloy ?

The wheel weighs in

The fork brace fits too……… its NOT staying orange ! 

Spacer required

So looking good trying to reduce a Premier Heavyweight to a Premier Lightweight (some hope!!)
…….. and now:

                                           THE TALE OF THE TAPE !

Our two worthy challengers line up ….. a lot of duty staring

In the Red, White and Blue, our current Champion from Great Britain   ROYAL (The Bullet) ENFIELD

In the Red, White and Green corner, the contender  from Italy,  FANTIC (The Real Deal) MARZOCCHI

ENFIELD                                                                 FANTIC

Front Wheel             21 lbs                                                                                                 15 lbs

Forks                        15 lbs                                                                                                  10 lbs

Length                      31″                                                                                                       30.5″
(Reach)

Age                         1950’s                                                                                            early 1980’s

Well thats carved another 11 lbs off the all up weight which started life somewhere in GB at around
309 lbs according to the owners manual. After the initial build with all the frame alterations, headstock angle, and a Yam back wheel, alloy tank, billet yokes etc I had changed the wheelbase from close on
56″ down to 51″ and raised the ground clearance from 5.5″ to 12″….. “El Compacto”…… the weight had
gone from 309 down to 280 so now with this mod I’m under 270,……. bike’s getting lighter as well!

This “lightweight” works motor + gearbox weighs 120lbs !!

Yipee! its going to work! ……well next up a full carb clean and tune up and perhaps change the engine
treacle known as HD SAE 50. Need to order the oil seals and fork wipers and a genuine Fantic front
brake cable.

Meanwhile while watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks on TV a couple of sneaky applications of
Solvol, and here are the very pleasing results to the TY Monos.

Still need a wheel

TONY DOWN

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  • 1/7/2012 8:33 AM Dick Clears wrote:
    Hi Tony you are a lucky so and so that the forks went straight in, but I suspect they are not the original Enfield yokes. What about travel? Will the mudguard clear the downtube on full compression with fork springs removed?? Last one I built had to be modified. Happy spanner time, Dick
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  • 1/7/2012 11:43 AM Howard Jones wrote:
    Don’t think Enfield were that far ahead of the game and using metric dimensions in 1950! You will probably find that the original forks were one and three eighth inches – 1.375 inches – 35 mm translates to 1.378 inches – only 3 “thou” larger in diameter – Similarly inch and a half forks – 1.500 inches are 4 “thou” under at 1.496 inches, so that’s why they will fit. This is probably why 35mm and 38mm sized fork stanchions were used by the Europeans. Best of luck with the changeovers. Regards. Howard
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  • 1/8/2012 9:43 PM Jimmy Allison wrote:
    Wheel on the way.
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FORK THOUGHTS

FORK THOUGHTS


FORK THOUGHTS

As the year comes to an end the first tasks of rebuilding bikes are under way. The Fantic wheel is
clean and ready for new bearings. Searches are being made to source the TY mono or YZ front wheel
that will adorne Superglitz  and both sets of red legs are having the paint removed. There is also an
ever growing parts list to restock the workshop after a year off.

Second coat for the TY monos

My old paint remover can gave up the ghost so now armed will a “new” paste we will see how many
attempts this will take to get the forks back to bare alloy.

Cheap Italian paint comes off the Fantics

A lot of unknowns at this stage as to whether all my proposed changes will fit ? Well we know they
can be made to fit but I’m hoping I can do them without having to machine parts or make changes that
I can’t reverse if I don’t like the results.

Seems the YZ wheels are the same as the TY Mono so now its down to headstock bearings and
stem length. The TY monos were fitted with taper roller brgs but of course I have the brgs but not the
cup that fits in the frame. Might have to go back to balls which I must confess I have never had a
problem with. Need to measure the Mono versus the Twinshock set up and see if any problems are
obvious.

Despite the cold I need to hump the Enfield up on the ramp and start dismantling and see where
that leads. Then dismantle both sets of forks. I’m reading that the TY Monos are difficult although I
really can’t see why they should be any different from any other fork…… we will see.

Meanwhile the paste is eating the paint and I think one final application will be enough and then
some mild polishing to see if we stay alloy or repaint.

Rough casting and a lot of blemishes

With the paint mostly off its easy to see why they painted fork legs in the 80’s ? Must be cost, pure and
simple, as the finish on both sets is “rough” cast so much cheaper to paint than have polished to a
chrome like finish. …….. a few hours later they look like this and we will soon move on to the magic
Solvol and see how they come up.

Getting there !

Better, but still a way to go

The TY yokes polished up nicely so just some checking against an old frame to see how they can
be fitted. Also a good time to look at what parts I have left from the Yam building days.

Provisional restocking list :

Brake cables for TY and Fantic hubs
Yellow heat shrink
Yellow universal or Gas Gas 125/200 front fender/mudguard
3 sets Doherty grips
Wheel bearings
Brake shoes
2 sets Magical fork springs
Paints
Polishing kits
Metric nuts and bolts
Fork oil seals and wipers

Sherlock’s initial investigation reveals that the Yam stem lengths are the same, upper brg and other hardware both the same but the lower bearing is a different diameter as is the lower portion of the
stem on the Mono set up. To my untrained eye the easiest option would seem to be a new lower
bearing plate or turn down an old stem to fit in the mono bottom yoke which on second thoughts
might be an even better idea, and perhaps the easiest and cheapest option.

Same length, same top brg size and thread, just the bottom to rethink

Last Friday of the year and time to slip into town, get a couple of polishers and some wire wool and
find  two 6202 brgs for the Fantic wheel. Napa has some but the price is ridiculous so move on and
get some at a much better price at the Honda dealership. They also point me in the right direction for
“The best machinist in Cortez” but he isn’t there but they do give me his cell so more pieces of the
jig-saw come together.

New “6202’s” from Honda

Back home the brgs go in so another one of the jobs complete…….. and remember get the right tools
for the job. 10 mins with them or countless hours of frustration with screwdrivers and scissors and
an equal ammount of time spent grovelling around on the floor trying to find that bloody circlip that
pinged off at moment critique!

Using the “old” to reseat the new

Use the right tool !

Back to the forks and the Fantics get their first ever dose of Solvol. Better, but not perfect so a few more applications to go. The TY monos had some abuse from previous owners who seemed to have a
passion for colliding with large rocks of the granite kind.

Scuffed monos

Nicely rebuffed

More hours of fingerprint removing with the buffer and the forks are almost blemish free and my
fingers sure are shiney! These (the fork legs that is) will now be taken into “the warmth and pleasure
of the inn” where they can be polished while watching TV.

Fantics ready for New Year fitting



Monos ready for some TV and fireside polishing

TONY DOWN

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  • 1/3/2012 7:34 AM Jimmy Allison wrote:
    Good to see the progress. You should have pictures of a YZ wheel coming from John Bergener along with some measurements. It will cost you though.
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  • 1/3/2012 8:41 AM John Bergener wrote:
    Happy New Year to you and yours Tony! I have pics & details concerning our YZ front wheel I’d like to send you. If you could reply to me with your email I will forward you the particulars. I’ve enjoyed following your build postings as you progress, and also, I got a kick out of seeing my BSA B40 in the background of you Turkey Rock pic in the “Going West” episode!
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  • 1/11/2012 5:21 PM Wayne Weedon wrote:
    Keep it up Tony! I’ll be popping back every now and again!
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  • 1/13/2012 7:20 PM simon wilkinson wrote:
    Nice Work, see http://motorcyclerestorations.blogspot.com/ for my diary of Resto on TY175 and NVT125. Simon
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  • 1/13/2013 9:48 AM Hap Oswald wrote:
    I realize this post was last year but I am looking for a pair of 35mm Marzocchi sliders and a front wheel to match bETA TR32 OR fANTIC 300 anyone have something lying around….
    tarakayhap@hotmail.com thnaks Hap
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