“RIGHT SAID RAY”

“RIGHT SAID RAY”


“RIGHT SAID RAY”

Back from the early release afternoon run and there is a “tank” parked in the driveway signalling the
arrival of Ray after his long drive from California. Yes, he has borrowed the Volvo estate, the all singing
all dancing European geriatricmobile. As I’ve said before similar to the American Buick or British
Rover.

The cavenous hearse Volvo estate

Now of course the Volvo I was expecting was the old style with cavenous rear cargo area akin to a
hearse, but these new ones are much lower and sleeker and the cargo area is becoming a letter box
instead of the entire Post Office of yesteryear ! This should be interesting seeing if a Gun Carriage
Enfield will fit into a Swedish Volvo Tank ?

The new Volvo, sleek, low, and where did all the cargo area go ?

This will be fun getting the gun carriage in here !!!


Will it go in ???

For today a small test ride then off to Dolores River Brewery and a bite to eat and we will worry about
loading tomorrow after my morning run. Roll her out, find a compression stroke, light the blue touch
paper and “gerduggerdy dug” the 53 year old chugs into life. A few turns this way and that, a mini touch
of minor rough on the neighbouring retention basin and the RE goes into its last night storage in CO
before leaving for the sunshine of California.

The Volvo lowline, slim fit, minimal cargo space, estate is backed up to the workshop and unlike its
predecessors where the bike could have been ridden in, is now measured to see what needs to be
taken off before trying to post it through the “letter box” cargo door !!

….. as an aside here this reminded me of the 1962 Bernard Cribbin’s hit
song “Right Said Fred” ……. if you are planning on singing along its done
in a Cockney accent

“Right,” said Fred, “Both of us together
One each end and steady as we go.”
Tried to shift it, couldn’t even lift it
We was getting nowhere
And so we had a cuppa tea and

“Right,” said Fred, “Give a shout for Charlie.”
Up comes Charlie from the floor below.
After strainin’, heavin’ and complainin’
We was getting nowhere
And so we had a cuppa tea.

And Charlie had a think, and he thought we ought to take off all the handles
And the things wot held the candles.
But it did no good, well I never thought it would

“All right,” said Fred, “Have to take the feet off
To get them feet off wouldn’t take a mo.”
Took its feet off, even took the seat off
Should have got us somewhere but no!
So Fred said, “Let’s have another cuppa tea.”
And we said, “right-o.”

“Right,” said Fred, “Have to take the door off
Need more space to shift the so-and-so.”
[ From: www.elyrics.net ]

Had bad twinges taking off the hinges
And it got us nowhere
And so we had a cuppa tea and

“Right,” said Fred, “Have to take the wall down,
That there wall is gonna have to go.”
Took the wall down, even with it all down
We was getting nowhere
And so we had a cuppa tea.

And Charlie had a think, and he said, “Look, Fred,
I get a sort of feelin’
If we remove the ceiling
With a rope or two we could drop the blighter through.”

“All right,” said Fred, climbing up a ladder
With his crowbar gave a mighty blow.
Was he in trouble, half a ton of rubble landed on the top of his dome.
So Charlie and me had another cuppa tea
And then we went home.

(I said to Charlie, “We’ll just have to leave it
Standing on the landing, that’s all
You see the trouble with Fred is, he’s too hasty
You’ll never get nowhere if you’re too hasty.”)
Lyrics from <a href=”http://www.elyrics.net”>eLyrics.net</a>

Lets see how we get on …… it’s going to be a tight fit, thats for sure !

“Right said Ray  ……. gotta take the wheels off…….”

“better take the bars off ……….”                  (Enfield Cafe Racer)

“………. and the things wot held the cables……..”

good luck with the head lining !!!

Now go to U tube, skip the nonsense ad, and see the full video with original lyrics.

Right Said Fred

……… and on that happy note, with contributions from Swedish Volvo driver’s worldwide, and Enfield
enthusiasts the Bullet makes its way to its new home in CA.

TONY DOWN

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SAN YSIDRO-THE TIE BREAK

SAN YSIDRO-THE TIE BREAK


SAN YSIDRO-THE TIE BREAK


After two days of intense competition there is a tie in MTS Experts. Sunday’s 8 sections could only take
1 mark a piece from Bob Rowland and John Clement who was having an inspired ride on his recently acquired Honda.

On both days John had been in with a chance to win the class only to have it fall to pieces on the last
loop. So today it goes to the dreaded Tie Break and as Bob was the Trialsmaster, secretary John
Holbrook takes on the duties and sets a section of EPIC proportions worthy of a Cecil B. DeMille film
that would set fear into the mind of 1970’s World Champions ! Yes I know its a grippy surface but this
is a serious challenge.

The game plan is two rides each, both ways. From where we are sitting in the grandstand the riders
will start on our right  dropping down a steep rock and step infested groove before dropping off a 2′
step and then splashing through a rock pool into an uphill climbing turn to the left. Could be some
pivot turns out of this pool, a planned dab ?, or a lofted turn using the smooth rock back wall. From
there a  reverse “S” into a “U” to climb the severe exit hill.

Round 1
The crowd waits, final checks on the Honda, and John sets off for his first attempt. Everything about
this section is nasty! John gets out of the pool but by the time he is lined up for the final hill he is on
3.

Trying for the “working man’s three”

John and the trusty Honda make it 3/4 way up before getting stuck in the rocks and running out of
ideas and leg power. Net result a 5 but with a bit more woof at the bottom of the hill a run to the exit
is on the cards.

Run out of grip, leg power and ideas ………. 5 !

Bob’s first attempt looks good arriving at the hill on 2 but then the Montesa gets away ending up
sideways and going nowhere. Result of run 1, a classic 5.

Out of the rock pool

Now on 2 as it starts up the hill

Sudden sideways death for the 5

Round 2
 More walking, some tape adjustment, and with the knowledge of Round 1 the contestants ready for
second attempts with scores still equal. John comes out of the pool on a much tighter line but seems
caught between a planned dab or a slightly lofted turn. With a foot down the front wheel lifts but he
can’t get on top of the machine before the front wheel pops over the red tape……. Result another 5 !

Push on with the dab or loft the front ?

It pops over the tape for the 5

From what could have been a good attempt John rides the little Honda around the rest of the section
and this time (no pressure) it climbs the final hill ……… if only !!

Up and out no problems!!

Bob comes smoothly through the pool and arrives at the base of the hill on 2. How will this go ?

Nice wall of death turn

Good position for just 2 lost….. keep it going

Higher and higher …….

OUT for the 2 !!

Fantastic ride with a lot of determination Bob makes the top and scores a 2 for his efforts. Scores
now Bob on 7, John on 10

Round 3
 The reverse route doesn’t look any easier and dropping into the rock pool is on the slippy side and
then there is the 2′ step to get over before the final climb let alone the downhill start and the “S”. John
kicks off and tentatively slips down the first major hill.

Gently does it

John arrives at the Rock Pool with 3 lost already and takes on the step and exit hill. Over the awkward
step from the wet sand he gets back in control and attacks the hill.

Over the big step on 3

Guts and glory the Honda, climbs the rocks and John just hangs on before crashing and stepping off
at the ENDS card. A very determined and well earned 3 !

Bob takes up the challenge and seems to be going well on the downhill and “S”

Good controlled entry

Non desirable right side dab …… and then the motor stopped

Well that has tightened the score up again so after 3 Rounds we have Bob on 12 and John on 13. All
down to Round 4 and is still anyone’s with a good ride.

Round 4

 John sets off well on his last attempt with a smoother downhill start, a couple of nervous prods and
he is through the last downhill turn into the waterhole. A serious prod to get over the vertical step and
then set off up into the final reaches of the section 


 

Better entry



Up over that nasty step with the third prod ……just go up the hill

So close …….. 6′ from the ends card and a step off 5

With John’s total on 18 Bob has already calculated he can’t lose even with a five on this last run. He
elects to ride the section and is clean coming through the “S” but on arrival at the rock wall drop turn
into the water………

The Montesa stalls again

After 4  runs the scores are Bob on17 and John on 18.

Full results for all classes are on www.mtwestvintagetrials.org along with 102 photos of a great first
event for our 2013 season.

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  • 4/26/2013 4:42 AM Bob Midmer wrote:
    Nice lot of pictures Tony and a good story! Regards Bob
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  • 4/28/2013 2:15 AM Steve wrote:
    Have you any closer pictures of the tank unit on the Honda? Looks good. Any idea whose make it is?
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    1. 4/28/2013 10:42 AM Bill wrote:
      www.classictrial.co.uk
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  • 4/28/2013 4:20 PM Ralph Foster wrote:
    Thanks for the report on the tie breaker.Now thats how you break a tie.Sounds like the 8 sections were too easy and the tie breaker a bit too hard.Sorry I couldnt make it. Looks like a great place to ride.
    Thanks Ralph
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    1. 4/28/2013 5:45 PM Tony Down wrote:
      Ralph,

      Yes, you would have loved the rocks with grip like I’ve never seen before!! You might not have like the sand ???

      Make sure you come to Dolores if nowhere else, Its going to be our ITSA NATIONAL and will be quite special Aug10/11. 12 sections, 3 loops, lots of variety.

      Tony
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SAN YSIDRO-GRIPPER DI DO DA

SAN YSIDRO-GRIPPER DI DO DA


SAN YSIDRO-GRIPPER DI DO DA

“Let’s go do it again !”

San Ysidro, or as we discovered yesterday, Gripper Di Do Da, or unlimited grip at any angle and any
speed…… quite amazing what these rocks will put up with, sand ? not quite so user friendly!! Today a
1000 start, 3 shorter loops of only 8 sections so we should be on the road in good time to get home
and get life back to normality for Monday morning.

The riding group is the same as yesterday so once again it should be fairly evenly matched as we
dominated the 2 line yesterday. Off we go with me on cards and Dan on the punch. A short ride from
the start down a garden path lined with stones and we are at 1. Section 1 opens on flat bedrock and
the first hurdle is a 2′ step up either a straight short rock or a slightly curved dirt/rock groove to it’s left
with a little jink to avoid a big rock. Flat recovery zone into right turn dropping off onto more bedrock
staying out right on the slight downhill to position for a 70 degree adverse back up a 3′ ledge. Had this
been yesterday’s opener then the adverse would have caused severe doubts about traction but with
“rock knowledge” its very possible and rides well and sets you up for the right hand drop down over
some broken rock bits which could get displaced as the morning wears on. All the team are through
for the first clean of the day.

Dan on the first drop offs of 1

Chris on that nasty adverse in Section 1

Section 2 a gentle bounce down a wide bedrock gulley with a hairpin turn to come back over an easy
large slab staying left to turn right to climb a dirt and rock step before lining up on a series of downhill
steps and cross the gulley with a short burst up the opposite bank turning left to the exit. Everybody
stays on line and the records show three more cleans.

Coming down the steps of Section 2

Back through the start area and a short ride down the wash to find section 3. Enter on that flat bed
rock again with some piles of wash sand as you take a right turn in the trees to attack a blind 3-4′
step leading on to a downhill ridge line dropping off into wet sand and then staying right by the tape
to line up on a gnarly gulley between two large outcrops. Right turn, gentle bed rock to ends card.
Again, looks tricky, stay away from the sand and once more it rides well for everyone to clean.

Up the gnarly bit of 3

Off the top of 3, perhaps the most interesting section of the day, in my opinion, and the perfect test
for rock grip “confidence”.  Gentle downhill start off the bed rock, jink by a small bush then set up for
a steep drop off into a tightish 135 degree left turn into an eroded natural rock channel. Now it gets interesting! To get out of the channel and the next hazard this requires an adverse climb across a 70
degree inclined sidewall before hitting a 2′ step onto an upper bedrock plateau where a right turn is
made coming back beside a huge outcrop and then lining up for the final uphill to cross another slab
on the bedrock and make the exit. The key word was “confidence” and we all clean it with ease.

Section 5 is without doubt the hardest one we have seen this morning and mistakes here with line
and power could be costly. Downhill rock bed gulley with a sharp 70 degree side on the right coming
down to a fir tree where a left turn must be made between the tree and a rock wall. Sandy bottom
down here with some rolling rocks and of course a danger of clouting the right handlebar on the rock
wall. Once clear of the tree a steep uphill burst onto the topside of that gulley and slip through a
sneaky gate cleverly positioned on the left of a small bush that allows just enough room to line up on
the major hazard of a near sheer 4′ rock wall. Choices here, start turning on the way up to turn left on
the next ridge, or straight on into tighter turn on a lower ridge tight by the red tape. Dan elects the lower
while Chris and I turn early……. result all cleans, so I guess plenty of options.

Up the daunting step on 5

A nice touch at 6 ! Straight shot bed rock downhill by a Yucca turning right, crossing a ridge and then
pick up downhill water channel in the rock into left turn beyond rock pool. Bit of Trialsmaster humour
here as they know I love mud with a “special” gate. From the gate left turn through uphill collection of
crumbly rocks to exit. All clean.

Trialsmaster humour !  …… what do the cards say ?

They know I like MUD

Section 7 has to be the 2 line “gimmee”, straight easy step down gentle hill into the one hazard of a
short burst steepish uphill then cross more bedrock to line up for left downhill turn over a few loose
rocks then easy uphill path to the exit. No surprizes and 3 more cleans.

Regain yesterday’s route and off to 8 which we saw between yesterday’s 9 & 10. Only hazard here is
the start zone with a collection of gnarly, but firm, large rocks to cross to the drop off and then stay on
line at slow speed to the exit. Chris and Dan explore the two different lines and as both work I take
the Dan line as its straighter. 3 more cleans complete loop 1 with everybody on a perfect score…….
and some of those sections were NOT that EASY !

The left side for Chris

Dan and I both favour this line

Full of confidence with this grippy rock stuff the team set off on loop 2 and as you would expect on this
type of going nothing, but nothing,  has changed!  We sail through the first 4 sections without a point
lost and take on that hard step in 5. Chris and I are clean but Dan has an annoying bounce on the top
and surrenders a dab. All clean 6 through 8 and back to the start for the last set of cards. Last time
round to wrap up a very enjoyable weekend and once more we all return clean loops. Dan and Chris
swop honours in the INT class, and Chris and I both finish the day on Zero which is the best on the 2
line again. Within our team, had I been riding Hist Int then we would have had a ride off on BOTH days,
however in MTS Exp a superb ride from John Clement on his NEW Honda tied the division with Bob
Rowland and John Holbrook rushes off to set a tie breaker of EPIC Proportions…….. this WILL BE AN
ARTICLE WITH A TON OF PICS

On the subject of pics, my camera was only out and about for a few shots, apart from the tie break,
so my thanks to Chris and Mary for “Borrowing” some of theirs to suppliment the text. Perhaps the
strangest thing was the fact that we BOTH did a medal shot from the weekend ????? Heres mine

Glitzie’s spoils in the Clubman Class & the 2 line

TONY DOWN

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  • 5/9/2013 10:02 AM Dan wrote:
    Great write-up of the weekend, It was fun to re-live it.
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  • 5/13/2013 9:12 PM Chris wrote:
    Like Dan says “it was fun to relive it” thanks
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  • 5/14/2013 8:47 AM MaryAnn Adams-Gregson wrote:
    Watching my dad participate since 1974 has been amazing. Kudos to all of you and I love the narratives and photos that depict the “action.” It is almost impossible to explain this sport to people, most haven’t heard of it, even many seasoned riders. I love to share these links and watch the amazed expressions. Especially when they realize my dad is approaching 70…hmmm hmm I mean 49! The sport is accessible to so many and is one of the most fun spectator sports I have witnessed! You get to be “right in the action!” Hoping to get to one this summer with my son and hope he gets the bug! MaryAnn (Chris’s daughter.)
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SAN YSIDRO-THE RETURN OF SUPERGLITZ

SAN YSIDRO-THE RETURN OF SUPERGLITZ


SAN YSIDRO-THE RETURN OF SUPERGLITZ

Saturday 13 Apr 2013 and Superglitz is in New Mexico at San Ysidro where neither of us have been
before. The weather is pleasant, save for the wind and blowing sand and clearly I’ve overtrained and
could have had another hour in bed!

Very good turnout with 27 riders for our opening event, and I’m sure we will have even more as the
season progresses. The menu for today is 1100 start and 3 loops of 10 sections with a longish loop.
With my Cub still in bits fellow Cubman Dan Straka has elected to leave his at home and brought his
Yamaha collection and today will be riding a fairly pristine 76’ish TY175. Also in our group of 3 is
Chris Adams on his stable of Suzukis.

Section 1, like most of the sections in this landscape looks fairly ambitous, but actually rides a lot
easier than it looks. Initial start into an uphill twisty on dry dirt into an uphill left turn followed by an
adverse downhill to set up for a short uphill burst to gain a ledge between a couple of big holes then
maintain the adverse to a soft sand round the bush on a ridge, descending left and right in loose
sand and dirt to the exit. We all take our time on this one and watch several different lines which all
seem acceptable. Chris gets caught for a dumb dab in the exit sand while Dan and I creep through
for the cleans.

Section 2 has a rock groove or direct attack larger rock uphill first hazard into a right turn, small
recovery zone then over a rock to set up for a grooved drop off to the exit. All clean here so on to 3.

Multiple entry gates on 3 and then line dependant downhills between some trees in drying sandy
mud. Ride a foot wide rock ledge turning tight left into uphill steps to the exit. Again all clean on this
one.

Section 4 is another daunting looking affair, series of downhill drop offs into uphill right turn with a
series of steps on solid rock, then holding close to the blue, meander over solid rock, dirt and cacti
before a right tight turn to face an adverse drop into opposite adverse step up with broken angled
rocks and about a 3′ climb onto bed rock exit plateau. Misjudge this hazard and it could be a certain
5 ! Well it rides nicely, nobody has any problems and all through clean.

The adverse of 4 rides easier than it looked…. Chris shows how

Close at hand is 5 with a gentle over the rock start into a downhill dip to pick up an uphill groove with
mainly solid bed rock and a few loose rollers. Ride the solid bedrock by the red tape into left hand descending turn over moving slabs staying left for a right turn uphill at just off idle to gain the upper
ridge and left turn to the exit. No problems here so off across the moon scape for a rough and tiring
ride to find section 6.

Section 6 starts off over a rock as our gate then out to the red and stay off the loose sand that has
blown against the rock wall. Gentle left turn to line up on the main hazard of a big angled rock step
with a groove at one end. Again rides a lot easier than it looks and three more cleans in the bag.

The end of the step is the place to be

An out and back to sections 7 & 8 from the main path to find two very similar tests. Section 7 must
be “our” 2 line gimmee of the day with a nice gentle bumpy downhill onto a solid bedrock left turn
to line up on a big slab uphill which after what we have already seen will ride well with a ton of grip.
3 more cleans for the team and over to 8.

Section 8 has a bit more meat in it and there might be a few problems here if you over think it. With
the grip that this rock gives it seems you can ride it at any angle and any speed so perhaps just  go
with the flow and the natural line the Trialsmaster had envisaged….. Don’t get clever!!   The section
has a wide start area which gives a choice of 3 lines leading into the first hazard which is the left
hand downhill over a series of steps. From the solid rock plateau at the bottom stay out right to find
the line up across some solid adverse cracked rocks leading onto a dirt ledge followed by another
smaller step onto the main bed rock that takes you up and up to the ends card.  Chris hit the first
step a bit off his intended line and forced him up the left side, but as they say “a cleans a clean”.
Dan aimed for the right side and was surprized by the grip which took him out further than intended
but was able to correct back to his planned line. Mine went as planned on the 3/4 right line with just
one burst from the “BJ” ultimate trials engine.

Downhill trail ride on a bit more user friendly going and we are at 9 & 10. Section 9 looks simple
enough with a series of tight turns just after the start gate. The initial left turn tightens up and has a
ledge running parallel to the line followed by a right/left jink between some footrest high boulders
into a wider right turn on bedrock with some sand to come back through more large boulders. With
the turns out of the way a simple run round the red tape to line up on a large outcrop with some
knarly rocks on the drop off exit.

Chris goes first but lets the front wheel drop off the mini ledge and can’t get it back up to make the
turn……. nasty DUMB 5!! I start off too close to the start gate and never get set up properly and find
my hand still on the clutch (which I never do)….. and for some reason can’t stop my fingers tweaking
the bloody thing…… the bike is leaping about every which way with this alien technique and I am no
sooner out of one bit of self inflicted bother and I’m back in another until finally I hit a big boulder and
take a ridiculous DAB for my stupidity !!! Dan takes the mini Yam through making it look very easy for
the clean.



Never settled, all wrong and couldn’t let go of the clutch!!

Smooth and controlled from Dan for the clean

Oh well, lets see what we can do with 10. A lumpy bumpy start across bed rock that was once
under water and has all the rock pools formed in it from millions of years ago. A bounce round
this lot into a right turn to go behind a large solid boulder with medium size firm rocks embedded
in sand. Once round the rock the left turn continues in varying depth wash sand before some
minor rocks to cross on the way to the ends gate. Well as I’ve said before I quite like sand, just
treat it as mud without the water !

Chris is in first and gets to the wash sand with his weight a little too far forward and the front
starts to wash out causing the well known double inside dabs. Dan nearly gets it right but the
front is turning too much in the sand and a dab is lost. My turn and it stays nicely on line and
with steering commands at a minimum a clean is in the books.

Need to get behind the big rock turning left into the sand on Section 10

First loop totals Chris on 8, Dan on 1 and of course my lamentable 1 on section 9

Off on loop 2 and everybody is safely through 1 & 2 without penalty. Dan and Chris clean 3 but
as I came around the downhill turn into the sand mud there were tracks going straight on and to
the right ? That moment of indescision costs me a dab to get back on the line…… very, very
DUMB……. WALK THE SECTION EVERY TIME !!!!

We all clean everything from 4 through 9 (including me) this time not using that clutch thing,
and it rides very smoothly. Section 10 has cost Chris and Dan and they both take another dab
for the same reasons. I bounced off my intended line going around the big rock going too wide
and was forced to dab to regain the correct track but tried to get back in balance too quickly
losing another in the process.

Totals after 2 loops: Chris 9, Me 4, and Dan with just 2

Out for the last time and we won’t stop until someone loses a point and then we will punch
cards as we are all riding pretty well. That didn’t take very long and we are ALL clean through
the first 9 and back at the tricky 10 where Dan and I have both lost 2 and Chris is on 3. Lets
see how it looks and what happens.

  

Chris rides the bumps of the rock pools turning right to set up for the left hander around the big rock

Into the deeper sand with too much steering input….. and the dab is lost

Similar line from Dan over those rock pools

Too tight on the big rock lost Dan the first Dab and now with weight
coming forward and the wheel crabbing, there goes another for the 2

My turn and I’m line perfect again and ease through for a very satisfying clean and a clean loop.

Final scores for our little group are Dan and myself on 4 each ( 2 dabs and a 2) and Chris on 10.
Needless to say I enjoyed section 10 with the only 2 cleans of the day on the 2 line. Overall the bike
performed flawlessly, it handled well and the steering was precise. The new OKO carb needed no adjustments and provided instant smooth response on demand. The power from the “BJ Ultimate
Trials Engine”also seemed spot on especially on the cross country going in 3rd and 4th gear.
Suspension gave no problems with both TY Mono forks and rear Magicals doing their job, the new
Pro Grips are first class and the SM modified blunted footpegs seemed good. Early days for Glitzie
but on this showing I’m more than impressed.

TONY DOWN

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  • 4/21/2013 8:59 AM Martin Widman wrote:
    Tony,
    I thought you were taking it to a Classic Bike Show not going riding!!! How dare you get that beauty dirty?
    Modest reporting of a good performance but still looks like you need a bit more practice!!
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HERE WE GO AGAIN !

HERE WE GO AGAIN !


HERE WE GO AGAIN !

With leaves removed, re-gazeboed,  spring in the air, and the opening rounds of our trials season
only 5 days away the bloody weather deals out yet another vicious winter storm. I’ve really had enough
of this for the current season but it started yesterday with a series of mud showers and high winds.
The new gazebo was tested up to 45 mph and the contents of the windshield washer were tested too!
As I was driving round you could see these “brown” showers whistling across the valley floor and if you
got in one you were pelted with dollops of mud which sort of freeze dried on contact.

Last night started as rain and then turned into another blizzard and eventually with falling temps we
are covered once more. Forecast for today another 4-8″ but temps nearing 70F by Saturday. A cold
miserable Tuesday but fortunately the promised 8″ never settled although it was a very unpleasant
day. Things should pick for the rest of the week with perfect trailing temps in the low 70’s for the
weekend.

Wednesday and Thursday still with a cold wind but a warming trend and time to start packing spares
for all things Yamaha. Trying to use the “Kiss” principle and reduce the magnitude of the boxes isn’t
as easy as I thought. Eventually 4 giant boxes reduced into 1 so on the bike front I’m ready to load.

On the way home stop by the Brew Pub and a “quickie” picking up Brenda’s bike before loading ops
can begin. Rack on, air mattress blown up and tools and spares loaded. Other essentials join the
growing pile with boots and helmets, sleeping bag and clothes. Better not forget the fuel and food
and drink. Superglitz is racked and locked up for the night and back to the Brew pub for another well
earned beer and pick up Brenda after her shift. A quick spot of TV and then to bed to await the 0330
call.

Up at “sparrows” and last minute things including icing the cooler and getting the Garmin up and
ready……. what an amazing piece of kit the modern day GPS systems are !! At 0440, only 10 minutes
late, the Cadi and team roll out for rounds 1 & 2 at San Ysidro NM. Temps just on freezing but the
forecast should be good.

While driving the excited rider goes through the mental check list once more ticking off item by item
and all seems good until we get to “food and beverages” where there is no answer to the question
of butter ? As the turn for the 550 comes up and 80+ miles in the bag so does a convenient Safeway
and the butter gets a tick in the box.

The 550 is a gorgeous road, 4 laner, 70 mph and at this time in the morning hardly a soul around.
At 0815 the red/blue tapes are seen and the short distance from road to start area is found. Looks
like I overtrained for this one and could have had an extra hour in bed. No matter I’m here, LET THE
FUN BEGIN !

We made it ! Let the season begin……….

TONY DOWN

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  • 4/16/2013 7:16 AM bob Midmer wrote:
    Good one Tony would be good if you could occasionally give us Europeans an idea of where these places are on the map so we may look at them on Google.
    how are mud shower formed never heard of them please explain.
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    1. 4/16/2013 12:30 PM Tony Down wrote:
      Bob,
      San Ysidro is in northern New Mexico to the north of ALB. If you want to see any of our other venues take a look at our new web site  www.mtwestvintagetrials.org  ……and we even have all last weekends results up!!

      Re the mud shower: as this vicious storm passed over the desert areas of AZ,CA and UT it picked up a lot of sand and dirt which was then sent aloft where it stuck to the water droplets and then fell as snow except it was BROWN….. the effect was like driving a Rally Car behind someone else with the wipers going full chat.

      Tony
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  • 4/17/2013 2:49 AM Bob Midmer wrote:
    Thanks for the reply Tony looked at the results disappointed did not contain a list of bikes ridden, the pictures look good and plenty of rocks about.

    Regards Bob Midmer
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  • 4/17/2013 12:14 PM Bill Todd wrote:
    Never leave home with out it!

    Ok what is the butter for?

    Bill
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THE SPRING BREAK IN 3 PARTS

THE SPRING BREAK IN 3 PARTS


THE SPRING BREAK IN 3 PARTS

Today I enter Spring Break Part III which means 3 days left to complete all the tasks I had in mind for
these 9 days off. So today will be a clean up of the waterfall ready to repair the major leak that started
last year. I doubt the leak will get fixed yet but as its dry I should be able to find it. Next issue will be the
conifer bed for a bit of weeding. On the bike side…… more lock for Superglitz and we are now down to
ONE week from the season opener at San Ysidro so I’d better get spares sorted for the Yam and put
them where I can find them……. no point in carting spares for every bike round as I’m going trailerless
(or whatever “less” you are supposed to do on spring break ?)  and need the space for sleeping.

Spring Break/Girls Gone Wild…………. but this is a Vintage site !!

NICE RACK !!

Friday afternoon and over to Megan’s, the lady welder, and borrow her airline dremel tool which cuts
down the lock stops on the TY Mono yoke. Whether this will improve my score remains to be seen but
after today’s 10 mins saddle time I’m beginning to feel more at home back on a 2T after 6 years on the
Cub.  Only a week to go before loading next Friday night and then a few hours in bed before the 200
mile dash to the start. Boxes to sort out this weekend and of course a cooler for the other essentials
of food and beverage. Clothes and boots on the pax seat, air mattress and sleeping bag in the rear
and I should be good.

Delicate work to file down the lockstops

Brenda returns from shopping with a large box in the rear of the Cadi ? I suppose it was inevitable
so here comes the Saturday task to build yet another Gazebo. This one is just as frail as all the rest
but goes together quite simply ….. and if we think about it in time can be taken down and stored when
we close the shade garden next fall.



I wonder what is in here ?

Up she goes

The new gazebo is complete (top open for trailing hops) and a solid wood coffee table

Sunday and day 9 of the Spring Break. Just time for some minor detailing of the Gazebo and weeding
of the rose bed. Pleasing to see a little growth starting on some of the vintage roses we rescued last
year.

The weeds are back



Bye bye weeds

Hello

Time to sort out the cooler which will be next weekend’s food and beverage box and has been outside
the workshop since my last fishing trip when it carried home the trout on ice for the table. Needless to
say in need of some serious cleaning and sterilization.

Cooler still works !!!

Just needs some Clorox

Brenda starts a new task …….. painting…….. coming soon

 So spring break 2013 comes to an end, a lot completed and of course plenty more to do as things
warm up, but a good start.

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THE BROKEN SPRING PART II

THE BROKEN SPRING PART II

THE BROKEN SPRING PART II


With 9 days off the Spring Break now moves into phase two with the workshop area/ shade garden
complete. Today’s tasks are a couple of the front beds and just maybe a little look at the Waterfall and
pool area. Nothing too intense today……. I’ve been at it 3 days straight and fortunately no driving to Flag
to exchange the Enfield for green pieces of paper. Looks like Ray has accepted my offer of a mini hol
and is coming later in the week in Granny’s Volvo estate.

Anybody in there ?

Volvos are strange European vehicles owned by the elderly, a bit like the British Rover and the U.S.A
Buick. Whenever you see them either in front or bearing down on you from behind it is never clear
whether any living being is behind the wheel ? Remember the only SAFE Volvo is a PARKED one!

There she is, white knuckles and looking under the steering wheel

Up bright and early for a UK phone call to John Bull to order the Rockshocks for the Cub. John has
built loads of these for the Pre 65 participants so knows exactly what I’m after. Good chat on old trials
as we are the same age. He tells me he has now completed all of the 25 strong batch of DOT’s that
just have to be one of the best “Pre 65” trials bikes around. Could be some more coming in the future!

If only FB, Greeves, Cotton, James or DOT could have built these in the
60’s !!!

Just artwork

The production line

A batch of NEW gearboxes

DOT frames …… of course they are pre 65 !!

What I actually came for…… the ROCKSHOCKS

The rest of Tuesday was quite unpleasant outside as a cold wind arrived and made gardening less
than acceptable. I did however get to ride Superglitz for 10 mins and polish a load of the Cub parts
ready for the coming build.

Wednesday was the ski trip for el cheapo $12 tickets. Clear roads and 2-3″ of fresh snow and we
enjoyed an outstanding day on the hill with hardly a soul in sight. Runs beautifully groomed, no wind,
and clear blue skies…..perfect!

Absolutely gorgeous !   ….. and the conditions were pretty good too

Hardly a soul in sight ?

The “beach” is empty as well ?

Firepit and music all to ourselves

Got the proverbial together today……. fantastic $12 worth

Thursday and the last day of phase II so finish another bed, hopefully be around when the trash truck
arrives and persuade them to take the extra 12 bags of leaves. Grass is growing so maybe time to
think a quick cut on Sunday after some work in the pool area and the big front conifer bed. Missed the
Trash Truck and this morning has turned into a “domestic” spring cleaning the closet and moving
never worn clothes back in the loft and tossing others that I seem to just keep for sentimental reasons
rather than fit or style.

Ray remains an unknown factor and is not answering phone or emails so he could easily be on his
way and turn up at any time. Closet crap removed, yet more stuff in the loft and out of my way for the
time being. Still plenty to do outside but it can wait until tomorrow. Finally in touch with Ray……. still in
CA !  This could be awkward as I’m working next week and then hi-speeding to NM for rounds 1 & 2,
and of course getting up daily at 0430 doesn’t give much in the evening play time zone. I’m sure we
will work something out but this week was perfect for me with Spring Break.

Managed to finish the two planned beds and even get Glitzie out for another 10 mins so a few things
done. With the change to the TY Mono front end I’m thinking I need a little more lock on the bars and
may have to file a bit off the lock stops on the lower yoke as it feels wrong for me after the limitless
travel on my old Ossamaha……. a Friday project!  Not sure what tool to use on this?

Now de-leafed

Tulips and daffs poking through

Before we go, just one more “drool” over those DOT’s. I think they were selling at around  7000 GBP
but don’t quote me

If only these were around pre 65

This is what I was actually riding in 1964….. The Greeves 24TES

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BREAKING SPRINGS-SPRING BREAK

BREAKING SPRINGS-SPRING BREAK


BREAKING SPRINGS-SPRING BREAK

Its that time of the year again, 9 days off driving, Cabin Fever, back in the loft, and all systems go for
garden clean up and outside pursuits. After a week of pick axe work on the remaining ice it has all
been humped into the 60+ temps and gone! The devastation of the Gazebo can be attacked and
removed and god knows how many bags of wet mulchy leaves removed.

The carnage of winter snow and ice

Mother Nature you have beaten me this time!

The coffee table took a direct hit

Of course I WILL be riding Superglitz during the course of all this and hopefully taking a ski day at
Telluride on Wednesday. The Cub goodies should soon be on their way back from CA  but as Rounds
1 & 2 are only 2 weeks away as I write rebuilding will be done slowly and on an opportunity basis……
which reminds me I’d better get the Rockshocks ordered to replace the broken springs!   …… well a
bent rod.

Going nowhere, not even up and down

Gazebo gone, several other tasks, mainly unpleasant, completed. Highlight of the day must be
selling the Enfield to Ray. Well at least I should be able to get to Edward’s wedding in August now
and maybe Brenda will get to see some of Europe to boot.

Then came the leaf blower!! ……. what a great bit of kit, or how to transform YOUR problem into
someone else’s…… wasn’t me, must have been an act of God, dust devil, whirlwind, mini tornado or
the big bad wolf huffing and puffing.

Gazebo, broken glass and leaves…… all gone

Easter morning, I’m cooking breakfast, eggs, what else? …… and then the attack on the winter’s
wood pile outside the front door. The “Great Wall of Dolores” didn’t get used this winter so we have
plenty left come Thanksgiving 2013. Whats left needs to be tidied and restacked and the general
area readied for spring and the outside of the building is ready for a lick of paint.

One day of the 9 gone, pretty good achievements all round I’d say and Brenda was hard at it inside
where the floors have all been sanded and repainted, and I did get to take Superglitz out for a quick
evening spin. Today had better be a little test for the departing Enfield which hasn’t been kicked over
for some time let alone ridden.

Outside for the first time in over a year

Enfield fires into life but needs a carb clean which it duly gets. Don’t need to be too picky on the jets,
last used at 8500′ and now going to about 1000′ so a big difference which Ray can sort out.

Carb cleaned and ready to go

Gleaming in the sunshine after a quick test ride

With the leaves removed from the workshop entry 3 drip pans appear from where I’d pushed them
under the building…. yikes! better get these cleaned up before anyone sees them.

Cleaned and now back in the shop 

With that done and plenty of washing petrol in the can thanks to this crap ethanol time to move on to
the next task of cleaning up the front of the house where the winter wood has been chopped over the
snow months.

The scene of much log splitting

Raking, shovelling and stacking all done

Clean and tidy for spring

Two days into the mission, somewhat sore, but the battle continues with the shade garden and the
leaf problem! I’m thinking its a “12 bagger” without blowing it into next doors yard, quite a big task this
one but the results are always worthwhile when its done.

Pretty leafy !

Much raking required

About six hours clearing out beds of leaves and mulch and dead branches using my large hands as
garden rakes around the remaining plants and I suddenly notice my huge gold ring with the gold
sovreign is no longer on my digit? This does not look good !! Sudden visions of having to sift through
a mountain of leaves and trash…… and what if I missed it ? ….then the thinking man takes over and I
am fairly confident that it must have got pulled off as my fingers raked through creeper and other
ground cover. Being big and gold it was easy to see and was quickly found much to my delight.

Fountain and lights working and the stockade bed cleared

Shade garden re-opened for afternoon beers

good guess, it was a 12 bagger !

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