HELL’S KITCHEN 13

HELL’S KITCHEN 13


HELL’S KITCHEN 13

You are probably wondering about the title, (and so am I) but it was Ray’s idea so I’ll go with it as he
now has the “keeness wick” wound fully up and is working hard on my requests for the improved 2013
Stealth Cub.

Now for those who have not seen Hell’s Kitchen, and clearly those applying for this $250,000 a year
job have not, there are some “givens”.  Surely to Christ if you were a prospective Head Chef then you
would have done some homework? Every season, and I believe this is 13, we see the same old,
same old mistakes similar to the Pre 65 annual debate on Trials Central. If you can’t cook a rissoto
or scallops then practice, practice, practice!! …and use some ‘king seasoning. Next up would be the
cooking of fish, something other than raw chicken might please Gordon, and while you are attempting
the master’s dishes perhaps a few tries at “Rack of Lamb” and “Beef Wellington” would also be in
your best interests!!!

Perhaps having seen what I have written I can now see some similarities as had I been applying for
a “Master Fabricator” position my dismal attempts would have also ended up in the trash. Indeed no
appetisers would have left the kitchen…………. here comes the first order

“One Coil in the Hole, one Modified Frame, two Engine Platters,
one Freshly Rolled Bash Plate…………….. YES CHEF !”

Ardent readers may remember the coil in the hole conundrum, very similar to the Montesa 348 front
pipe debacle. Yes, a true Arabic Puzzle Ring and one that had me at the limits of my patience! I could
get it in one time and then take it out to drill the holes but then many fiddle arse attempts and 30 mins
on the clock to get it back in. Ray of course can do it in 5 secs or less, but has had sympathy for the
left handed afflicted and has extended the hole slightly.

Square coil in a round hole

It fits !      …….. sometimes

The Chef’s answer

Next order was the modified frame and Ray starts by skimming the bottoms off the bracket where the
previous bash plate was attached as the angle will now change. Change that angle and now the screw
holes will be at an angle. The holes must be filled, redrilled and tapped.

Up front the tube is cut like some medieval lance and the engine mounts cut free. New mountings
for el Bash o’plate are fabricated and welded in place along with the new lugs for the forward engine
hangers.

The orange aeroplane in the danglemometer defines the true horizontal 

Meanwhile in the Red Kitchen there are a few problems which the Chef quickly corrects

“For God’s sake girl, I said weld on a foot for the Cub, not make a CLUB
Foot………. heaven help the creme brulee !!” 

???

R.I.P.

The Master takes over

Modified Frame ………. DONE !

“I’m still waiting on those engine platters”



“Nice, ………. service please”

Only one item left from the order, “The Freshly Rolled Bash Plate”…….. so over to the Blue Kitchen and
see how they are getting on………

“What do you mean, YOU had to redesign the downtube ??”

“Holy S#**, he’ll   ‘king kill us!!”

Chef Ramsay is not pleased !

Oh well what did you expect ? Back to the Red Kitchen and have a look at their attempts at Rolled
Bash Plate

“C’mon, this is a ROLLED dinner plate!! I need a Rolled Bash Plate”

The first offering did not make the cut  and Gordon is wondering why heat was used ?

“Jesus woman! how the hell do you burn a bash plate? ….did you think it
was another rissoto?”

Shaping up

A rolled bash plate nears completion, just some seasoning and garnish



Nicely garnished with a fine grit polish and nuts inserts

WE DID IT !

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  • 3/30/2013 11:45 AM Scott wrote:
    LOL! Looks nice.
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  • 4/1/2013 1:08 AM trev wrote:
    nice engineering……and hilarious commentry, just what we’ve come to expect from you tony.
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  • 4/1/2013 2:14 PM Chris wrote:
    Wonder if you have sorted the extra rear motor mount, thats required for Cubs which have had the bottom frame tubes removed?

    Not that difficult a job weld the extra mount on the crankcase, but you would need to find someone who is reasonably good with a TIG set, and maybe get them to remove the braze on your bash plate mounts and weld them instead, as brazed joints may crack if bash plate gets any hard hits.
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LINING UP DUCKS

LINING UP DUCKS


LINING UP DUCKS

Ready………. Steady …………..

Bit chilly today with a blustery wind although the meltdown continues. Shovelling of ice and snow out
back as this is the last of it but its in the area where the sun doesn’t shine at this time of the year. Its
melting a bit but it has left a 2″ thick under carpet of ice which now needs breaking up into bite size
chunks such that the weak rays can finish the job.

Where the sun doesn’t shine!!

Breaking it up into bite size chunks

One piece of cake left and the ice locked trailer

Something that needed doing gets done in the shape of renovating the household all purpose car,
the ever faithful Escalade. Having been used as a “wood truck” all last fall I finally got round to cleaning
out the aspen wood chips, which after about 20 loads were everywhere. Armed with the leaf blower the
wood truck is gone through before bringing on the vacuum cleaner to finish the job. The annoying
stone chip on the windshield has progressively cracked over the winter months and was replaced and
believe it or not my comprehensive insurance with Geico doesn’t cover glass in Colorado !! Oil change
done along with air filter so the Cadi becomes my “RV” for the first event of the season. Sleeping bag
at the ready, just need a replacement air mattress and I’m ready to go. With the first event only 200
miles away I can leave at normal “bus driver” time on the Saturday morning and endure one night in
survivor mode in the cleaned out back.

Final check on all the riding gear and some minor touch up on the decals on the Yes helmet. Once
more into the loft and find the new unused Yamaha jacket that I bought many years ago and never
wore as it was too warm for Arizona. Better polish those boots……. a gentleman never turns up with
dirty boots!

The NEW Yam  jacket is found!

The weekend is here, a bit chilly with the wind, but I have an inside/outside program to deal with both
scenarios. Ice removal continues but progress is slow but it is going. Once I can free up the gazebo
area of pack ice the devastation can be attacked with old friend Makita and the clean up can begin. So
far its only in the 20’sF and the wind is getting stronger……. might be the inside day! Not looking good
for Superglitz riding……. jesus, I’m becoming a real wimp. When I was in my heyday I used to revel in
the worst conditions, pouring rain, clogged up mudguards etc, ….. every “3” meant I was two points up
on the opposition who were giving up and “fiving” everything…… determination, and mind over matter
and keep smiling no matter what.

My outside missions got thwarted as the wind just makes everything very unpleasant so an inside
day it has been. Boots washed, Yamaha jacket located (pleased I didn’t sell that one) and gently
cleaned, gloves available should I ever wear any (old school) and bum bag spruced up. All riding
gear up and ready.

The gentleman’s boots are cleaned

Yam paddock jacket to go

Cold weather riding jacket at the ready for Rounds 1 & 2  

Gloves maybe ?

Choice of helmets

Sunday morning and not much better on the weather front, bright and sunny but only 14F at 0900
and the wind is picking up again. Didn’t even make freezing yesterday so all my sulky lumps of ice
just sat there with a zero melt. However on the good news side Ray sent over some pics of the Cub
frame which is undergoing major surgery and will of course be the subject of the next article as the
Master recrafts the bottom end.

Precious little done today as it was just too unpleasant outside…….. no matter I still have 3 weeks!

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  • 3/26/2013 9:11 PM Jose Bustamante AC wrote:
    Your Yamaha Jacket looks cool. Your other one, I’m afraid , looks gay. You are right, a gentleman never shows up with dirty boots. So that probably means I haven’t been a gentleman since I left from Mexico City at age 12.
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GETTING IT TOGETHER

GETTING IT TOGETHER

GETTING IT TOGETHER

The weekend storm came and went, the temps are rising and the next meltdown begins. Now as this
lot hasn’t had the chance to ice up with mega low overnights it should be mostly gone by the weekend
or perhaps the one after?

Next weekend is only 3 weeks away from Rounds 1 & 2 so that Superglitz is coming out again one
way or another. Not only do I need to get saddle time but the bike itself needs some running time and
I would like to turn up at the first event feeling that I have some glimmer of an idea of what’s what.

….and it should be good, TY mono forks, IT front wheel with grooved
shoes, Gas Gas front fender and brace, Majesty through the frame big
bore WES exhaust, re-ported motor and head, Shedworks Majesty tank/
seat unit, Boysden reeds and new OKO carb +UNI filter, Majesty chain
guard, Magical rear shocks…….. and just maybe someTalon pegs.

If its nice enough during the week the Enfield will be out for some polishing and a photo shoot before
gracing good old ebay in an attempt to get her sold. Might even do the same for Brenda’s TY125 which
also needs to find a new home.

Nothing as yet from Ray who really has been having an awful time of it with this flu bug that just won’t
go away. Anyhoo its a long season so the Cub is back on a back burner for the start of the season but
I’m more than happy to be riding the revamped Yam and get a true idea of how all the recent mods
come together and if anything else is needed………. well the Talon pegs would be good and just might
get ordered this week.

Update on Ray: Says he is feeling better and should be fully recovered within the week.  Well thats
great news so maybe we will be seeing the Master’s first thoughts in the very near future on the new
look bash plate.

Meanwhile temps are getting up near the 60’s and the melt is in full swing with no more white stuff
in the forecast. More Saturday driving for me but I should have Glitz out on Sunday for a shakedown.
A bit of polishing pre ride



Left side motor

Right side motor

Majesty chain guard

Those old red painted TY Mono forks now shine and I love the GG fender

The short Sunday test run was fun and I very much rate the new Pro Grips for feel and comfort. The
OKO responds well, has needed no tweaking whatsoever and provides good performance off idle and
all the way through the range. With the combination of all the mods there seems to be more power on
hand especially in 2nd, which for most USA Vintage trials, hardly ever gets used ! The footrests with
the blunted teeth didn’t stick in my soles but I’m still leaning towards the wider Talon set. Didn’t really
get a chance to try the braking action or the downhill steering and I need some rougher stuff to see,
how and if, the upright Magicals are any better…. well good excuse to get her out again for some more
play time.

THE CLOCK IS TICKING TO SAN YSIDRO

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  • 3/20/2013 2:04 PM Scott wrote:
    The TY looks great Tony and I bet it will perform nicely.Let us know how much of a difference there is in the motor with the porting and OKO.

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  • 3/26/2013 9:16 PM Jose Bustamante AC wrote:
    Superglitz has me drooling. Have you seen how my TY looks? It is ridden in Oily Rag condition. I am finally going to change front sprocket, at the suggestion of Steve Doyle; I didn’t know they needed lower gearing (!) And I am pining for really high Renthals that will let me ride more upright.
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“IN LIKE A LAMB”

“IN LIKE A LAMB”


“IN LIKE A LAMB”



With temperatures rising March has certainly lived up to the “either or” and has started off pretty mildly
in lamblike fashion, I for one have had enough of snow this year, although a few days on the slopes
would also be nice.

The warming trend continues and the ice pack melts showing where my lawn used to be!  Another few
days of this and the ground should start to firm up. ……… however, the forecasters are not done with us
just yet and are going for a 100% chance of snow on Friday night with 3-5″ on the ground!!! Currently
my weekend is to take the “track & field” team to Moab on Saturday which might be interesting doing
athletics in the snow ?

Hoping for some Superglitz saddle time on Sunday and a few early spring garden clean up duties to
get in the mood. The Quest to sell the Enfield continues but so far with dear friend Mercury in
retrograde not much progress or in the sale of my superb shotgun.

The ever changing face of the weather forecast now gives me 100% chance for 3-7 this afternoon,
100% chance of 4-8 overnight and another 100% for tomorrow with 3-5 and then to round off the
week only a 80% chance of snow and 1-2 inches on Saturday night!! Total snowfall if it comes to
fruition 22 sodding inches!!!!

Well even with Mercury being retrograde they finally sold my gun and the check/cheque will be in the
post tonight. Thank you universe! Now if I can only sell the Enfield then I should be able to see my
son Edward doing the right thing this August and getting married.

Edward and Paula getting married on August 17th

Friday, and it snowed like hell !  Driving the kids home on the elementary run I’m in whiteout
conditions, the wipers can hardly keep up and the whole front of the bus is covered…… all the red and
amber lights and school bus signs are obliterated. Back at high school none of the other buses have
been through my private little storm. Meanwhile common sense has taken over and tomorrow’s track
& field meeting has been cancelled. 3″ on the rail this morning and snowing lightly but depressing as
hell for those of us who want to get going into spring. Saving grace,a warming trend next week with
temps back up to the mid 50’s.

Dog walking down a snowy memory lane


Dog walking complete which the labrador enjoyed and the others thought was ghastly! Since then it
has snowed non stop at exactly the “melt rate” so no visible increase in depth but no decrease
either. It is supposed to clear up this evening but seems to be clearing quicker than advertised.

Doof the lab says “This is fantastic, can we do some more?”

Hercules says “Where the hell am I ?”

“Ive had enough of this, its doing nothing for my hairdo” says Millie

 The storm has passed, the forecast 22″ turned out to be about 4″ left on the ground and the rest of this
week is bright and sunny with temps climbing back to the 60’s. So a little taste of the “Lion” just in case
we forget where we live !

Just a reminder I’m not done yet !!

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SIX WEEKS TO GO

SIX WEEKS TO GO


SIX WEEKS TO GO



“I wanna ride”

Temperatures on the rise and the white stuff slowly melting. Still a soggy mess everywhere but some
progress as we think spring! Must confess I’m itching to get the bike out for a trundle round the garden
and get the feel of it again. Last ride on a trials bike was Casper and that was exactly 6 months ago
today. All those thoughts of being ready for the season never ever seem to come to fruition and of
course having had snow on the ground continuously since before Christmas it is always unrealistic
for us Mountain dwellers!

Finally spoke to Ray in California yesterday and he is having a pretty rough time of it with his illness.
He has been out of commision for nearly a month now and sounds as bad as ever with his flu bug.
I wish him a speedy recovery and I can feel for him as January for me was very similar having no get
up and go, constant coughing and a hard time breathing. If I had been a bike I would have been given
a rebore, new set of rings, plug, air filter and been fitted with a new exhaust system !

Overall I’m pretty excited about the upcoming season, a lot of events, several new venues, potentially
a lot more riders with our 2012 exposure and the new vintage Mono Class. The new website is up
and running at www.mtwestvintagetrials.org  and has all the info on events, rules, fees etc…… and we
are STILL working on that June event so have faith!!   UPDATE….. just heard this event is now on 22/23
Jun at Corral Bluffs CO, in the Colorado Springs area.

I still need to sell Brenda’s TY125 and my own Ex Don Morley RE works 350 Bullet. The actual bike
is worth about $10,000 but as I’m keen to sell I will entertain offers starting around $5000 as a silent
auction with a winner announced prior to our first event. Phone me on  970 882 2483 with a sensible
offer, and it just might be your lucky day.

“I need a new home”

Back to Superglitz testing I’d better clean the new OKO and make up some more fuel as the last
batch was made last May !!! So with another day off I can press the “keeness button” and hope I fire
up and get something done…… GO AWAY SNOW !!

Yesterday I thought I would fit the spark arrestor (many of our venues require them) but no luck with
the metal sleeve!!!! Try as I might I couldn’t get even the finest drill bit to scratch the surface…… no
idea what the material is so rather than be totally frustrated I’ll be on my way to the hardware store in
search of a bit of copper.

While I’m out this morning I’ll give Casey’s land a “pre-look” and see if the sunny side cliffs are free
of snow. Can’t wait to get on the land and sort some of the 24 required sections for the Dolores event,
tons of potential even up to World and National level, let alone ITSA stuff for us mere mortals.

First mission good and complete with a bit of copper for a princely $1.63, refuelling car and an extra
premium gallon for a mix to Superglitz liking. Coffee time and then drilling and fitting that arrestor to
USFS standards.

ITSA complete !

Bit of work to get my plumbers copper fitting over the end of the WES pipe so some fine tuning with
sanding wheels and other power sanders and eventually it slides into place and can be drilled and
secured…… I suppose I could shorten it a bit  ?  That “R” smelling 2 stroke is mixed, and shaken not
stirred.

That  lovely smell of “R”

OKO time next so off with the carb, blow through everywhere and refit. Quick check on the gas tap
and it works in all modes so final buttoning up and let Glitzie baby see the light of day.

Cleaned and blown through

All buttoned up

Superglitz nervously comes out of hibernation. Fires up on the required third kick and is silky smooth.
Oodles of clean instant power and seems to handle well considering my lack of saddle time. The new
grips feel really nice and I’m really looking forward to some serious competition as the last time I was
after a Championship with SG was back in 2006.

March 2nd 2013 Superglitz comes out of hibernation

  Monday morning again and its snowing hard despite the temp being 44F. Changed over to rain now
which should help with the thaw. Need to get out to my personal “great lakes” and release the built up
ponds that are trapped around RV sites where the snow plow closed them off.

The clock is clicking towards Round 1, lets hope we get the season off to a great start with a really
good turnout.

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THE MAD HATTER

THE MAD HATTER


THE MAD HATTER

Oh Yes, the cabin fever quest now moves into google research in the quest to find a YES helmet.
Whatever happened to these super lids ? Mine are now about 12 years old and I would dearly love to
find a stockist somewhere in the world that still has some leftovers from that age gone by.

The only one I can find is on the Scottishtrial  website and is in color Red. Can’t imagine why they
stopped producing them, Dougie Lampkin used to wear one, and they seemed pretty popular here in
the US, so much so that when I came back to the Trials world it was one of the first helmets that I was
offered to go with my new Gas Gas.

Moving back on the Vintage scene another “Yes” was purchased and this time a silver/red version of
the Dougie Lampkin replica which I have also seen in white/red.

The “Dougie” replica in silver/red

As I moved through the bike inventory by the time I was into British Iron the silver/red model needed
to be resprayed to go with the Enfield and more lately the reconfigured Cub.

Redone to go with the Enfield

New logos for 2012 and the Stealth Cub

The Blackcat Stealth helmet with “muted” Union jack

The original black version served me well with the Gas Gas and was often used with the Glitz model
of the Yamaha. Superglitz in the new retro Yam colors has a choice of the new XC-ting helmet, but
having only used it once I’m not 100% convinced on the fit of the helmet, maybe back to the good old
Yes in black with perhaps a little updating for 2013

My research shows two NEW helmets out there in the retro Yam yellow/black, one from NAU and the
other from AIROH.


Love the “Yam” colors of the NAU but I sold the last one I had as it looked
a bit strange on my head ! 

The very latest from Airoh, but the yellow looks more limey than Yam
yellow, need to see this one in the flesh


Another shot, not quite so “lemony”

With not much else to do and the season only SIX weeks away it was into the sticker box and time to
make the XC-Ting what is says and put it into Yamaha mode.

XC-Ting goes Yamaha

My old Black YES was stripped of its Triumph finery and also given the Yam treatment to give me two
options for the first event as work in California on Cub parts has not been moving forward at a pace
that will have the bike up and running in time !!! Somewhat annoying, but a long season ahead and
Superglitz will get a full run at the Clubman Championship before the Cub enters the fray.

Black YES in full Yam mode

Still the best in my opinion

If only that price were true !…. see you at the tea party Apr 13/14

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