TWAS ON A MONDAY MORNING

TWAS ON A MONDAY MORNING

TWAS ON A MONDAY MORNING

The forecast had been correct, it had snowed all night. No early morning calls to say “stay at home”,
the 0430 alarm sounds and the bus driver stumbles into action ….. a quick peek and its still snowing.
The coffee brews.

All the early morning rituals are gone through and the decision is to leave 10 mins early and get a
feel of just how bad it is out there. Second coffee done so out in the blizzard and remove the snow off
the hood which is about 12″ deep,clean all the windows and seeing bits along with lights front and
back which are all covered.

The good old Cadi bursts into life at 7F and off I go with the inside of the screen now freezing due to
my inconsiderate breathing. Past the bank which is showing 0526 and 5F and the gas station which
has banged up fuel prices yet again to 3.69 a gallon with their 75c rise in the last two weeks ?

The windscreen begins to clear as I cross the bridge and climb the hill out of town on snow packed
roads. I pass the Dolores bus barn and nothing seems to be happening there…. snow day ?? Lights
up ahead and a giant tow truck is trying to rescue an 18 wheeler who has slid off the road on the
corner ! ……. this is going to be fun!

Down into Cortez and unusually they have actually had quite a bit of snow. Bus Barn at 0545 and 10″
on the ground here. With all that snow on the hood some serious shovelling before it was light
enough to open and check inside for all the pre trip items. On the road at 0605 and through the center
of town. Looks like the town uses its own plows and not the giant state ones. They have cleared the
main lanes but the left turn lanes out of the median are now full of snow although some idiots are
trying to use them !!

Leaving town the roads seem clearer and by the time I leave the main road for my start point I’m
thinking they have only had a couple of inches tops. Up at my start point on Road 17 its blowing snow
and drifting and my local earthmoving scraper is doubling up again as the plow. He actually
“overplows” with his huge blade and this fills in the ditch on both sides of these narrow county roads
which can often look like a 4 lane freeway but are in fact a narrow strip of blacktop, ditches and a lot
of beanfield!!!

Somewhere here is CR 17  

Now you might think this is bad and wonder about my sanity or that of the parents entrusting their very
young offspring to rally driver, trials rider, Brit, but this was easy compared to the pre Christmas early
morning dump.

Same road at 0645 in the pre Christmas blizzard

About two days later with precious little thawing and no more plowing the roads looked like this.

Ice with drifting snow on top…… what fun

Well after the Monday morning debacle not much happened for the rest of the week and things started
to melt even getting back to brown fields and the thought of what they used to look like when they were
green. Mini storms come and go but snowfall is fairly light just giving overnight dustings and then
melting by day.

Down south snow in Phoenix AZ, and our forecast is for nothing special but overnight it does snow.
I check the forecast and its showers with no significant accumulations for today but as I drive round
the morning 71 miles of action packed children transportation this is clearly not the case! Driving
conditions are less than stellar and the “lead foot” brigade are slipping and sliding everywhere. By
the time I’m home a fresh fall of 3″ and they are rapidly correcting their forecast.

Not again!!

This lot quickly melts by afternoon and its all gone again and good for me as I’m on a “double header”
this weekend with 2 drives to Telluride taking the Cortez kids on Saturday and then the Dolores team
on Sunday. Saturday the roads are CLEAR, well up to Rico at 9000′ and then its snow pack up over
the Lizard and all the way to Mountain Village and their drop off at Big Billie’s. Within the hour it starts
snowing heavily and lasts for 4 hours dumping about 6″.  Home time at 1600 and surprizingly the
roads are reasonably clear……. but that doesn’t last long and I’m in whiteout conditions climbing the
Lizard at 10,000′. down the other side with care and down through Rico where it clears up and its
clear dry roads all the way back to Cortez. Refuelling and bus cleaning and I’m home just before
1900 and no sooner into my first coffee when her ladyship tells me to look out the window…….. Its
coming down in buckets and far too nasty for dog walking. One hour later and another unexpected
3″ on the rail and temperatures are plumetting so this won’t melt before tomorrow’s second trip!

Sunday morning, no change, yes its been plowed, the temp is a bracing 1F, its bright and glassy in
the headlights and VERY slippery. Snow pack the entire way  but we make it and apart from the cold
its a gorgeous morning with about 8″ of new snow over the Lizard, not a track in sight and its all
twinkling.

Sunday morning, at Big Billie’s not a cloud in the sky, and tons of fresh
snow

TONY DOWN

What did you think of this article?



Trackbacks
  • No trackbacks exist for this post.

Comments
  • 2/26/2013 8:33 AM Bob Midmer UK wrote:
    Good one Tony we have just had a torrid week with 3 inches, but to see what you all have to put up with is something else.
    Reply to this
  • 2/26/2013 5:50 PM Scott wrote:
    Tony,I could think of know one better to drive that bus.In the many things that you,ve done,the trials riding would really come into play as you know how to negotiate the slick stuff and where to find good grip! Kudos.
    Reply to this
Leave a comment


Submitted comments are subject to moderation before being displayed.

 Name

 Email (will not be published)

 Website

Your comment is 0 characters limited to 3000 characters.

 



  

GLITZ TIME

GLITZ TIME


GLITZ TIME

Cabin Fever is at an all time high, so I just have to do something….. ANYTHING !! ….. therefore, time to
get at the Bionic Glitzie Baby and get her ready for our first Mtn West ITSA competition on Apr13/14.

Not really that much to do but with a free Sunday and Monday, and if this last dump of snow continues
to melt, I might just get to ride her for some pre season bike famil. Also need to go through the “kit”
rituals, perhaps revamp the old black “Yes” helmet with some retro Yam colors.

Triumph logos gone, …… but now what ???

A good session with the paint remover that actually does what is says and the black hammerite paint
is no more. Question is, do I redo this in gloss black or gloss yellow ?? Time to lay out the logos and
see which combination I like best.

Unsure

Meanwhile the NEW MWVTA web site has been launched and has all the info people need for our
upcoming season. There will be “Forums” where people can have their rants and add constructive
criticism on all trials related matters and also keep the membership updated on ideas for the future
and anything they would like to see added or deleted. Jean really has done a great job here creating
this site for OUR benefit so give praise where praise is due when you visit.
www.mtwestvintagetrials.org

Free Sunday, wood is cut and humped in, path cut out to the workshop,  so no excuses now for not
getting out there and cleaning the place up, maybe the”circle” has broken, or at least cracking under
the pressure.

A bit of a mess !

First look inside since 12th Night and the ladder is still there from putting all those decorations away,
so now time for a tidy up, hoover that floor, and move Superglitz up to the No1 slot for some cosmetic
surgery before serious cleaning and pre season tune up.

With the workshop back up to par and Glitzie back in her slot the first task is to change the pretty
Domino grips. They looked like the way to go when I rebuilt her last year but white grips and trials
rider’s hands don’t mix and they became seriously grubby and tatty looking in no time. The Christmas
grips are Progrip which I’m currently using on the Cub and so far have been very pleased with. The
new set should compliment the rest of the color scheme.

Nice grips but I couldn’t clean them

Christmas stocking filler grips go on

With the grips on time to rethink this number board set up and as I really like the Wayne Weedon one
time to get rid of last year’s logos and move into 2013 and that Clubman class. Of all the numbers and
colors the only one that I’m missing is a plain black! Well as I’m in the hardware store tomorrow for
the spark arrestor adaptor I’m sure I can find the appropriate mail box number in black.

Number board cleaned up and waiting

Time moves on and my workshop temperature is reaching the critical point where all work must be
terminated or frost bite will set in ……. time to leave Glitzie Baby for today, but at least something was
achieved and the trials rider is refilled with enthusiasm for the upcoming season.

See you tomorrow Glitzie

 Monday and time for the spark arrestor. I was expecting to be going down to the hardware store for
more bits of copper piping to make another adaptor but as luck would have it I had a spare piece the
right size, only thing I’m missing is a bolt the right guage and length but I’ll pick some up in town
tomorrow.

My “Spanish Fly” with two adaptors

Fits nicely on the WES Superglitz system

Number board decision was stick with the yellow and as no black 2 available use a purple one and
a muted Union Jack.

Ready for the Clubman class

Just needs riding time…… go away snow !

TONY DOWN

What did you think of this article?



Trackbacks
  • No trackbacks exist for this post.

Comments
  • 2/19/2013 5:01 PM Scott wrote:
    Tony,you have done a superb job on the Super Glitz!Probably one of the best looking twin shocks I,ve seen.Who sells that Majesty tank unit? I,m tempted to get one even though I,m sure that they are pricey and the ethonal thing.
    Reply to this

    1. 2/20/2013 4:54 AM Tony Down wrote:
      Scot,
      This unit is a custom one made by Shedworks in the UK. They are made to look like the Majesty tank but fit the standard TY frames. I believe BJ Racing has them for sale.

      Tony
      Reply to this

      1. 2/21/2013 4:41 PM Scott wrote:
        OK,thanks Tony.I had a look on the Shedworks site and they weren,t priced as high as I thought they might be.I will check with B and J when I have the extra $.
        Reply to this
  • 2/21/2013 7:48 AM Barry Cramton wrote:
    Who sells the spark arrestor you are using? I would like to get one. I have a wes system for the ty 175
    Reply to this

    1. 2/21/2013 9:54 AM Tony Down wrote:
      Barry,
      I believe I bought this one from Adrian Lewis at www.lewisportusa.com  They are made in Flagstaff AZ and might be cheaper direct if you can find their number “Spanish Fly Racing”

      Tony
      Reply to this

  • 2/21/2013 3:34 PM Bill Pyle wrote:
    Hi Tony, found your name in the Royal Enfield Forum. I live in Cottonwood Az.Restore vintage bikes for customers, Presently working on a 1958 DBD clubman Goldstar, and riding a 2003 Royal w/sidecar. Where in Az. do you live? Bill.
    Reply to this

    1. 2/21/2013 8:56 PM Tony Down wrote:
      Bill,
      Thanks to the recession back in 2008 I had to disolve my Phoenix grading company, walk away from a gorgeous house in Cave Creek and retreat to the mountains up here in Dolores CO. The majority of my restorations were regrettably sold to live. The only one left for sale is the much modified Ex Don Morley Works 350 Bullet Trials….. so if you know anyone interestedgive me a bell on 970 882 2483

      Tony
      Reply to this

Leave a comment


Submitted comments are subject to moderation before being displayed.

 Name

 Email (will not be published)

 Website

Your comment is 0 characters limited to 3000 characters.

 



  

MAN FLU

MAN FLU


MAN FLU

Having just spoken to Fabricator Ray, after several emails and left messages …… and no answer… it
seems the Master has been sidelined for 5 days to the bedroom (not for fun purposes)  but to recover
from a very nasty bout of the flu bug. Indeed when I spoke to him this morning he sounded very poorly
and was talking from a partially closed “death’s door”.

Clearly not a good time to talk engineering but on a brighter note my friend, Jack Knoops from the UK
sent me some great pics from the Telford Show and the UPB stand. UPB are along with Armac the 2
major trials cub fabricators in the UK and UPB have a USA stockist who seems to have a good range
of their products.

For some time now I’ve been thinking that if and when I do sell the Enfield I would love to have one of
their complete 270cc EVO engines with ALL the mods. Can’t see much change out of $4000 for the
motor but I haven’t asked them yet. Anyhoo here are some pictures of some of their stuff that was on
show and Jack kindly sent me the pics of their bashplate design as he has been following my saga
of same on the blog.

Used model for sale with a very strange exhaust ?

A lot more room between exhaust and front downtube on the UPB frame

Their normal tidy exhaust

Nice back end on a new one…….. must confess I do NOT like black rims

Neat air box

“Plate o’bash”, engine plates too, which is the way I see mine going, not
sure what that rear engine V clamp does ?

Time to get moving as I see today is Feb 13th which means our first event is only TWO MONTHS
down the road!! All haste Sir Raymond the battle draws near, we need fabrication done, the week in
UPS transit, and then manic rebuilding and testing.

With a sick Ray and time slipping away I’d better think about getting Superglitz ready for the first one
and shovel my way into the workshop. Shouldn’t be too much to do, although I’d better think spark
arrestor for the WES end box just in case its required on the circuit. The NEW Christmas present grips
to go on and get the appropriate number board sorted. Standard carb cleaning and more of that Solvol
and a bit of lube juice all round.

TONY DOWN

What did you think of this article?



Trackbacks
  • No trackbacks exist for this post.

Comments
  • 2/19/2013 2:45 AM Jack Knoops wrote:
    Tony, Bob Moore tels me that the “v” shaped block allows the bash plate to be mounted higher. He was in his car, mobile when i spoke to him but he say’s to send him an e-mail and he will send photos to explain.
    Jack
    Reply to this
  • 2/19/2013 12:10 PM MikeR wrote:
    Tony,
    I think the V shaped block is the engine mount that Armac weld to the back of the engine to replace the bottom mount that is cut off to raise the sump plate.
    Reply to this
Leave a comment


Submitted comments are subject to moderation before being displayed.

 Name

 Email (will not be published)

 Website

Your comment is 0 characters limited to 3000 characters.

 



  

CABIN FEVER

CABIN FEVER


CABIN FEVER

Winter in Dolores

Looks like I caught a nasty case of the dreaded Cabin Fever ! Sat here on a Sunday waiting for the Superbowl and nothing to do! Thousands of things I would like to do but as usual I’m in the clutches
of all the common restraints and symptoms of the disease. Not enough money to buy some goodies,
as yet, cold wet and miserable outside with melting snow and ice, and as always trying to get answers
on all manner of things via the wretched email.

Too cold to get on with any “bike fun”, could do some pre season polishing on various items, waiting
for the Maestro to improve the Cub and then the rebuild, new Rockshocks etc. Superglitz is READY for
some action, as is the Oilfield which I want to sell.

Couple of my nice guns down in Phoenix which again I hope will sell or I’ll be collecting them and
trying myself.

I want to catch up with Casey, define some of his boundaries, and get out there section finding….. but
with 18″ of snow everywhere that isn’t going to happen for a few weeks unless there is a sudden
change in the weather, which up here can easily go the other way and we have only just crept into Feb
so another 8 weeks of snow to get through…….. and another dose coming on Friday.

Spring in Dolores

Monday morning and strangely a day off ? No school today for some reason, so after wood chopping
maybe a quick venture into the workshop having had a quick look at the gazebo which has taken a
bit hit from falling snow and ice….. I think this time its goodbye gazebo!

A clinical “Drone attack” from snow and ice !

Toast this time

Apathy is gaining momentum, a bout of depression is on the horizon, and I’m feeling pretty miserable
but I don’t know about what. This may be a good time to follow the Doctor’s orders and “Drink Heavily”
…… need to break this circle QUICKLY !!!

Time to redo a number plate which I had done in hammerite black ? Not the brightest thing to do on
reflection as it now has little dimples and will make sticking numbers on somewhat problematic. Out
with the super remover and rethink the operation.

Temps have been on the rise and the Cortez area looks like its nearly back to normal as the snow
melts. Up here in Dolores some 650′ higher we are melting but we have a long way to go as we get
substantially more snow. Forecast is 80% snow for the weekend with another 3-5″ Friday night but
just maybe we will get lucky and it will go to the North.

The lull before the storm!! overnight did not even make freezing, getting cold now, winds increasing,
forecast SNOW for the next 4 days….. upwards of a foot they say…….. we will see, I hope not, I want to
get on with things, get out there, and do SOMETHING !!

Saturday morning with a couple of inches overnight

Saturday morning and its snowing hard

Saturday 9 Feb, their predictions were right with a couple of inches overnight and now its supposed
to snow all the way through Monday. We could end up with about 18 inches if they are correct. With
melt and more snow as we move into Saturday night 6″ already on the ground, forecast for another
5″ overnight.

Saturday evening another plow sets off up the montain

Sunday morning and still snowing and looking mighty unpleasant outside with a crisp wind. The
plows have been hard at it all night but the roads are now snow packed and looking at the ever
changing forecast the numbers have increased and we still have another 22″ to come!! The joys of
living in the mountains……. but I still have plenty of WOOD to burn. Will we have a “Snow Day” on
Monday ? …… of course not! In Colorado the manned School Bus will always get through… wimpy
states like New Mexico maybe, but not Colorado….. we will blunder round in our vintage buses and
see if any children are waiting by the road.

Plenty of this

Not too much of this ….. I hope!

No driving today so time to get the fire underway, sit back and watch the rugby sevens from Las
Vegas. New member Casey will be coming round later with his equipment to plow us out again
before the next couple of feet arrive. The plowing is now done……… and before nightfall another 4″
on the ground and still snowing.

Sunday evening and getting worse

About 15″ in the shade garden

 Overall I think we got about 18″ and 10″ in Cortez which is most unusual. Only 2 months to our first
Trial so I hope this lot melts soon so that I can get a bike out. Just as an aside the temp was a big fat
ZERO F this morning or -18C in other money.

Happy Motoring !!

TONY DOWN

What did you think of this article?



Trackbacks
  • No trackbacks exist for this post.

Comments
  • 2/13/2013 8:24 AM Bob Midmer wrote:
    Keep going Tony I do like to here ans see what’s going on over in your world.
    The cub looks good.
    Reply to this
Leave a comment


Submitted comments are subject to moderation before being displayed.

 Name

 Email (will not be published)

 Website

Your comment is 0 characters limited to 3000 characters.

 



  

MORE MAGIC REQUIRED

MORE MAGIC REQUIRED


MORE MAGIC REQUIRED

My over pressured fabricator in deepest California has stepped back from the Norton Commando,
and a triple of Bonnevilles all seeking the Master’s attention and the pre Christmas box is soon to be
opened.

Distant plans were the removal of the annoying Cub frame undertube, a reduction in angles for the
bash plate so that Super Cub would “glide” over things rather than hit them like a bulldozer and some
mini mods to other bits and bobs.

My original thoughts

Well of course all these “mods” are easy to say but unless you know what you are doing and how
you can achieve it they just become pie in the sky or a unholy mess of a bodge job. Clearly not the
case for Mastermind Ray.

The Tiger Cub being somewhat of the older design when trials bikes were converted road bikes
has that original under loop frame tube. The engine bolts up at 3 points, front, back, and an under
mount through that lower tube. Original back wheels carried the 3.50 x 18 tyre and space across the swinging arm was pretty tight for a 4 x 18 so various trialsmen went for a wider swinging arm unit
and put a spacer under the rear sprocket which in turn now required the same size spacers up front
to shift the engine over to line up. This causes the under side oil tubes a little grief up against that
lower tube and puts the exhaust very close to the front downtube. Trials back in the 60’s had a reg I
seem to remember stating no obstacle could, or should be bigger than 12″…… a far cry from what
we tackle today so bash plates were not a major consideration.

Back to the frame for a moment the lower tube is NOT horizontal when the bike is on both wheels
and dips down about 1.5″ at the front as can be seen in my pic of the bike sitting on a workshop
stand. With the bashplate level you can see just how much lower the front is.

With the bike in the “true” horizontal the front of the plate is too low

What then is the answer? The Novice designer, ie ME, wants the lower tube removed, the under
engine mount gone and the forward mounting point raised and replaced by engine plates fixed to
the front downtube which will tilt the engine backwards a few degrees and give the exhaust a little
more clearance. This will make it a lot easier to remove the engine, offer the option of using the rear
wheel spacer or not, and not have the oil tubes under constant pressure against the frame.

Need some simple front engine plates like the Armac design

Currently very little clearance for the exhaust

The bash plate can then be adjusted to either a shallower angle or a series of angles like the SWM
but I’ll put my money on Ray using a flowing curve……. whatever slips and slides!

Progressive curves and angles on the Jumbo plate

Can’t imagine getting stuck with this one

A couple of other minor mods are some stronger or bigger adjuster plates in the Ray designed
footrest mechanism as the current ones have bent in action.

Needs to be bigger and thicker

Last mod in this go round is a slightly bigger access hole in the frame where I mount my top coil. The
mental and physical gymnastics trying to get that coil in the hole would try the patience of a Saint and
on my track record I’m leaning the other way!

The “Hole” of frustration !

That’s what we have and my thoughts on what I need, so now time to sit back and see what the
Uri Geller of frames and bash plate bending comes up with.

TONY DOWN

What did you think of this article?



Trackbacks
  • No trackbacks exist for this post.

Comments
  • No comments exist for this post.
Leave a comment


Submitted comments are subject to moderation before being displayed.

 Name

 Email (will not be published)

 Website

Your comment is 0 characters limited to 3000 characters.

 



  

THE SIX PACK

THE SIX PACK


THE SIX PACK

You wish !!

The Mountain West 6 Pack

The Mountain West Vintage Schedule for 2013 is “nearly” up and running and at the time of publishing
we were a “6 pack” short of the confirmed dates for the last three doubles of rounds. Finally our
Cleveland OK 2 day has been given the dates of Oct 5/6 so now all we need are those June and July
events to get a ton more sit ups and firm the core of our 6 pack.

OK dates set, 2 bottles gone 4 to go

Here are a couple of pics of some of the Cleveland terrain and I for one hope to see the water/mud if
its suitable as a section.

Yum, yum

Good scope

Natural woodland trials setting

Nothing forthcoming around our ITSA chapter for prospective Trialsmasters so time for another
attempt on Facebook under a “Helpers” guise and…… lo, a veritable chatter of enthusiasm so just
maybe the “push” has found us another Trialsmaster and friend for our June event up near Denver
…..we hope!

Further news, ……. seems the land they wanted to use is NOT available for a 2 Day event so another
maybe takes a nose dive so we are still 2 events adrift in our scheduling sea. With things getting a
little desperate time for another arse kicking request on Facebook tonight and see what that draws.

FREE Trialsmaster kit with every event !

That achieved nothing! ……. so John has picked up the slack and has taken the July event with a
second helping of Turkey Rock. Well that just leaves June ??? Where do we want to go ? We could
use the new land here in Dolores, that I can see from my window, for one day and use the Town Dump
for day 2.

Casey’s land right in the middle of Dolores

The bridge over what maybe a running stream in June joining Casey’s 2 pieces of land

John in a full blown wheelie at the Dolores Town Dump

Then there is Bull Hollow across in UT and another venue at Cedar City in UT that we have been
invited to ride in. It really is up to the Membership to say what they want. Say nothing = get nothing!

Ed takes the Fantic round Bull Hollow last year

Woolfy half way through a Bull Hollow section last year

Anyhoooo, lets see what we do have for your upcoming entertainment

Date                                               Venue                                 Trialsmaster

Apr 13/14                                                         San Ysidro NM                                  Chris Porter

May 18/19                                                        Turkey Rock CO                                Chuck & Roy Moline

Jun                                                                    TBD                                                     TBD

Jul 13/14                                                          Turkey Rock CO                                John Holbrook

Aug 10/11                                                         Dolores CO                                       Tony Down

NB this event has been selected as an “ITSA” National and it looks like Bob and the TN gang
may join in the fun. Bob is planning on presenting both the “Nubbie” and “Baker” awards which
Mountain West members won in 2012. This will be 2 Days on prime virgin trials land provided
by our own member, Casey, right here in the middle of town. We will ride the parade as before on
the Saturday and then ride our unregistered machines to and from the event with Police blessing!

Aug 31 Sep 1/2                                                Casper WY                                         Dan Straka

Oct 5/6                                                               Cleveland OK                                     Bill Todd

Nov 9/10                                                            Roswell NM                                       John Holbrook

Well there it is, 15 out of the 17 in the frame, only 2 cans/bottles of the 6 pack left in the fridge, who
fancies a couple of cold ones in June?

Couple of cold ones anybody ???

TONY DOWN

What did you think of this article?



Trackbacks
  • No trackbacks exist for this post.

Comments
  • 2/2/2013 11:28 AM Bill Todd wrote:
    Tony as I recall after your Dolores two day you had several offers of land to use for trials. Maybe some of this new land could be used for a second two day in Dolores.

    Bill
    Reply to this

    1. 2/2/2013 12:40 PM Anonymous wrote:
      Bill,
      Casey’s land has more than enough scope for unlimited sections to cover both events. Of course its up to the Membership where they want to ride.
      Tony
      Reply to this
  • 2/2/2013 2:33 PM John Holbrook wrote:
    Just had an email on a maybe for June, will know for sure in a week or so!!

    We may just get this together yet.
    Reply to this

    1. 2/19/2013 9:48 PM Jose Bustamante AC wrote:
      San Ysidro sounds fine to me, in April. Good time to head South from Denver, CO for a 2 day Trials.
      Reply to this

      1. 2/20/2013 2:42 PM John Holbrook wrote:
        SY is a geeat Trials area, I think you will like it.
        Reply to this
Leave a comment


Submitted comments are subject to moderation before being displayed.

 Name

 Email (will not be published)

 Website

Your comment is 0 characters limited to 3000 characters.