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PROJECT SG

PROJECT SG

PROJECT SG

Parts up the wazoo en-route

Not a great deal that can be done this weekend as I’m in the “parts waiting” phase again ! No matter
how you try and plan it the postal system will end up as a “weekend + 2days” affair and that part you
were so hoping for to arrive on Saturday won’t be here until next Tuesday…… as nothing, but nothing,
gets dlivered on Mondays……..and the most worrying of all is my engine is 3 days late at its destination
as I elected the cheaper option of parcel post and didn’t put a tracking label on it either….. what was I thinking ??

“Sent your engine parcel post without tracking ? ……… Good luck finding
that !”       ” Cheers”

The NEW Magical rear shocks seem unlikely to be here this weekend but maybe the fender brace will
make it. The NEW black handlebars and shifter are en-route as is the NEW Gas Gas front fender and
bracket.

Things I can do for Friday/Saturday; …… and in no particular order, finish the NEW alloy oil pump plate.
Find that elusive black piece of rubber (ACE had some but in an awful primer brown color… YUK !)
and shape and rivet onto repainted lower rear fender and fit. Fit repolished Majesty chainguard. Refit repolished flywheel cover. Do the “Saw the Lady in Two” trick on the rear frame loop. Maybe fit the rear
fender, or not, depending on arrival of brace. Finish cleaning the back wheel, chain and other
ancillaries.

The “sawing the lady in two trick” with the TY frame

“NO Shadetree ! the other way round !!” 

Keeping up on the ITSA front we now have our permit for Turkey Rock and my other task today is get
the permit app in for the Dolores Trial and Vintage Trials School for August. Further consultation with
maps and new ITSA West member Walt (who works for CDOT) shows the piece of land I thought
belonged to CDOT is actually Dolores Town property ! Stumped at the crease on this one As Tom the
man in charge is out of the office until Monday.

Found some rubber in the shape of body armor that came out of the BMW jacket. After several mental
fittings its cut out, drilled and rivetted with suitable cuts to let the pipe through. I think it will work but we
will have to wait until I mount the new exhaust.

The piece of scrap alloy eventually turned out well and is now in the polish phase before being fitted.
It may or may not get a Yam decal on it.

Skill set improving with Makita and file

First sanding

First dose of polish

A phone call makes my day and the barrel and head have made it to their destination despite the
“FRAGILE” stamping on the box which is apparently like a red flag to the bull, postal worker wise, and
arrived well abused. What a relief ! With any luck I might have it back by the end of the month.

Saturday then, some light assembly, before a day on the slopes tomorrow. With the new black bars
coming this will allow me to color co-ordinate the cables in bright yellow and be a good contrast to all
the other fittings.

I ran across a very interesting “object on ebay”, none other than a flat sided OKO carb ? I have always
used Mikuni VM 26 Carbs purchased from Bob Ginder at BJ Racing for all my Yamahas and I find
them easy to tune and have always worked well for me. On the Cub I’ve been using the Dellorto which
does seem to be an almost faultless carb and I was considering fitting one on SG as Majesty say its
a worthwhile mod, but in $ its about $245 plus shipping wheras the OKO is between $120-145 with
FREE shipping !


A great carb, the Dellorto but pricey at $245 +shipping

The flat slide OKO

Saturday morning and parts start going back on with the new oil pump cover, the lower rear mudguard
with its exhaust flap and the Majesty chain guard. Just a couple of other items I need to do but good to
see her taking shape.

Oil pump cover on but needs a fair bit of “elbow grease” and the autosol

Repainted lower mudguard in place with new exhaust rubber

Majesty chainguard completes the morning’s work

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OUT OF THE LOO

OUT OF THE LOO

OUT OF THE LOO



The joys of a workshop without a heater in Colorado, just wait till I get
my IRS refund !

Well these temperatures are really causing me some grief !  This morning its 4F and certainly feels
like it and the forecast is not to even make freezing point throughout the day. I’m trying to paint my
lower fender for Superglitz, a simple task one would say, it was already painted in white so a pretty
good base coat so just clean and add the required color. Simple you say ?

Can’t understand why this paint won’t stick

Of course life isn’t like that and I’m painting outside the spec for the paint. Today then, strip my
previous disaster and try again.

“OK, smarty pants what are you going to do to make a difference this time?”

“Well Jose, as I own a RV park with hot showers etc I’m going to use the Ladies Restroom/Loo and
Shower facilities as my paint bay !”

When entering said room the light switch automatically switches on the heater fans making the
room pretty toastie for anyone taking a shower. As the owner I know this room can get pretty warm as
many of our guests seem unable to grasp the complexity of the “on/off” switch and leave the bloody
thing on full time.

The Office floor is cleaned of the debris left by the thawing Superglitz, stripper is applied to the plastic
and the wait begins once more. Round 1 done, second coat of stripper on and now time for other
tasks. Third coat on and leave overnight. Finally back to black and rubber removed ready for some
paint.

The ladies Loo is prepped as the paint bay and the battle commences once more.

A tentative Renoir readies the rattlecan and palate

Fingers crossed……..

So a couple of days to dry, harden and set before I refit and in the meantime I need to find a suitable
piece of rubber to replace the worn out burnt original where the pipe goes through. Next on the menu
time to get some work done on the back wheel and repolish the mag brake plate. While wandering,
the now clean, workshop the “eye” came across a set of new gold rims ? Can’t remember what I was
going to use them for but ………. maybe, just maybe, they would finish this job off if I can run to it.

Gold rims ?  food for thought

Serious polishing required

New cover plate to make to replace the oil pump cover which is already selling on the bay.The shocks
should have left the UK today so I live in hope they will be here within the week. Found a TY250D style
rear brace which is what I used on the previous Majesty so I can now take the hacksaw to the frame
and cut off the rear loop with “that” offset mudguard mounting point which just looks wrong.

Rear Loop removed on my previous Majesty, you can also see how the
TY250A kickstand can hit the sprocket.

Today’s mission find some alloy and a bit of rubber for the lower mudguard. Still looking for a new set
of bars in black and some black petrol pipe tubing. Still on the waiting/arrival list:

Engine  Barrel and Head

Rear Shocks

Bars

Front Mudguard in yellow

Front Mudguard  brace

Front Number board

Rear Brace

Folding tip Shifter

Special order decals

Alloy found, a bit more skillful today with the saw, so the shape is hacked out and filing can be done
to finish the job off and then drilling and final polishing. Rubber still proving elusive, but the search
continues!

Meanwhile a Gas Gas fender is sourced from Adrian Lewis along with the smaller version of the No
Excuse Cub’s front plate…… slowly coming together now…… just need to find those black bars and I’ll
be well pleased.

Over on the ebay the last two items are coming under the hammer tonight and like all things ebay you
can never tell, for example when I built Glitz and Superglitz from the 30+ yamahas I had I used a couple
of cable guides. One went around the wiper and the other on the upper fork leg just under the yoke,
anyhoo I put them on ebay at $10.99

SOLD for $ 37.00 !!! how can that be ???

So tonight we have the showchrome exhaust which at last has a bid, and the SM tank/seat unit signed
by Mick Andrews. The last time I sold one of these units it was for a TY175 and the bottom of the tank
got cracked and was therefore pretty useless…….. it sold for $350 and went off to France !! So what then
will happen to a Grade A unit + signature ? Currently it has a bid at the opening price of $249.99

SOLD for  $184.87  ……. perhaps worth $250 ?

SOLD for $273.88 I thought it would be close to $400 with that sig

Today I found the 6″ lift Black Bars……..Hooray! but at the same time my engine is missing ???
I should have paid the extra, sent it Priority and paid for tracking…… but I didn’t and its now 3 days
overdue at its destination. Still the post is a mystery all round as a letter from inside the lower 48 sent
last Saturday is not here but the Domino grips from the UK made it in 4 days.

Back to waiting…….. but its getting warmer

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OUT OF THE BLUE

OUT OF THE BLUE


OUT OF THE BLUE

Once again I wait ! “Out of the Blue” sounds a little military and is reminiscent of my flying days and
sitting at the end of the runway on Alert. Well today out of the blue refers to the 4 big travelling boxes
that accompany the trials bikes on their trans american journies. The Question is “what is in them, do
I need them, or is there a pile of stuff to sell or junk ??”

What secrets do those blue boxes hold ?

These and many other questions can now be answered as another weekend looms and I can brave
the workshop cold to investigate.

This may take some time

An afternoon of sifting, sorting, scrapping and getting rid of the “magpie” that refuses to junk  parts
when they are clearly done……. I must have had 20+ used sparking plugs in amongst the boxes and
none of those are ever going back in an engine so why keep them ?

Boxes rearranged and up on the shelves where I can see whats what and then come May and our
first event of the year I can methodically load what I need for the trek up to Canada and Outlaw Dave’s
25th Outlaw Trial.

Let the dog see the rabbit

With everything boxed up to my satisfaction time to get on with today’s project which has to be that
swinging arm. The new bits (which I now know which box they are in)  are readied for action and
destruction of the fiber bushings begins.

New bushings and shims at the ready

While I’m doing this I can’t help but feel something is wrong here ? The sharp little tool breaks off
chunk after chunk of fiber and finally both sides are free and clear…….. then it dawns on me …… the
center section is missing!!!!!!

Lots of soul searching,  “could I have assembled it like this ?” etc, etc,…….. but then I get to thinking
and the only explanation has to be that while it was being “easy outted” for the grease nipple I can only
surmise that it fell out on their workshop floor ! No matter, I know I have some spares…….

TY250 in foreground,  TY175 behind

As we can see the TY250 unit has perforations in it to allow the grease to get in between the pivot
bolt and the carrier. Strange that the TY175 doesn’t have the same system and must rely on there
being enough grease on assembly and that the owner will religiously grease the unit about twice a
year. While the 250 unit has those holes to let the grease in, if there isn’t any and water and mud have
ingressed the unit then it is easy to see why they can rust and lock up. The unit is readied for action
and fitted.

New bushings in, shims in the cup

Footrest hangers are straightened, units cleaned and reassembled and after the choice of swinging
arm bolt length the whole bionic assembly slots into place with a little persuasion.

Cleaned up and ready to go

“Swing low……. sweet charr…….iot”

C’mon new shocks

So with the swinging bionic arm in place with it’s new grease nipple, bushings and shims, not
forgetting a new carrier time to get an expert opinion from none other than the Bionic Woman,
Lindsay Wagner.

“Hows that feel for a bionic swinging arm ?”

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OUT OF THE ASHES PART II

OUT OF THE ASHES PART II


OUT OF THE ASHES PART II

Engine cleaned and back in the frame

With serious cleaning to engine and lower frame all complete time to start putting some of it back
together before I lose the parts. Also time to get all the parts boxes out of the 4 big blue travellers and
see exactly what I do have. Last time I looked things all seemed to have got muddled up and were in
the wrong boxes.

A Major sort out of the big blue boxes coming soon

First a quick look at the lower rear fender unit which got it’s first dose of yellow last night. When I
touched it later on it was still tacky……… I hope this isn’t more “Green Party” crap that never dries!

Meanwhile back on “The Bay” a couple of price wars are going on and being fiercely contested on
items I wasn’t expecting to do that well. My No1 item of the Mick Andrews signature and the tank seat
combo doesn’t seem to have attracted as much interest as I thought……. just shows you can never
tell with ebay!  First 10 items close out at 7 tonight so I’ll have a fair idea where I can go for the new
bits.

Just time to get the forks in and on with the bars and put the wheel in. Usual spacers required to line everything up and that finishes off the day before watching the ebay mayhem.

Mayhem goes V well with a nice price war on the NAU Trials helmet which eventually sold at about
what I paid for it ! That is the joy when you get several people trying to outbid each other and common
sense (great if you are the seller) goes out the window and determination to win “it” at all costs takes
over.

Started at $29.99…………. closed out at $162.50 !!!

Meanwhile  other battles are going on over a load of Rothmans Racing clothing I put on and the net
result is very pleasing indeed paying for my projected new set of shocks for Superglitz.

Today after yesterday’s blizzard I made my way into the workshop and took the first of several
backward steps of the day!  The new brake cable is duly fitted but then it dawns on me that if you take
a YZ wheel and order the appropriate cable …….. of course it will be TOO long as MX forks are longer
with more travel ……… I need to shorten it by about 8 inches.

Backward step 2, order the new shocks and on checkout the systems tells me my address does not
exist and they can’t deliver despite the fact that they sent me 2 sets of springs and a complete exhaust system all within the last month!!!!  Anyhoo after a UK phone call it seems I’m better off with their
duplex shocks and they will send invoice and colors.

One day on, and backward step 3 ! None of their colors go well with the SG livery so think again
Whittington. So maybe I’ll go down the Rockshock route which was the original choice. Last night was
good on ebay with loads of stuff selling at  good prices but the big surprize was the Mick Andrews
signed tank/seat unit which I was expecting to go through the roof. It FAILED to make the reserve
price !!! ….. and like wise the showchromed exhaust  which was realistically priced especially when I
look at the other crap offered on ebay …… some even with broken heat shield bolts snapped off in the
sytem and with a higher Buy It Now price than my opening price…… just goes to show people will buy
crap and shy away from quality. Relisted both items and if they don’t sell I’ll give up!

Show chromed and perfect, why didn’t it sell ?

First good news of the morning to go with yet another two inches of snow is finally the relisted tank
seat unit has a bid! so I’m not going mad quite yet. And then an email…….. seems the “Magicals” I was
after and cancelled as I didn’t like the colors, “magically” were reconstructed overnight and now come
in a pleasing chrome/white combo or titanium/white.

Chrome for me please !

A bitterly cold day most of which was spent packing goodies and getting them into the post for their
new owners. Items to Germany and the Ukraine in this batch, ebay certainly is a worldwide shopping
window, and I’m forever trying to get the price of posting ‘right” but the shipping calculator and USPS
seem to work on a different book !

Next mission was to collect the swinging arm, as my track record with “easy outs” has been anything
but, so another little piece complete and one that can be fitted today.

Easied out, and a new grease nipple in place

When Mick rode Superglitz back in 2008 he asked me to take the stand off, which of course I did, so
now when I put it back together if I leave the stand off I wont have to use one of the longer swinging
arm bolts to get round the bracket and accommodate the SM rear and down pegs which had to be
stepped out with washers and spacers. Of course other than the TY250 A frame all the later models
had the stand on the other side on the swinging arm which stopped it interfering with the rear
sprocket.

Another interesting point here was that some of the “A” models were designated  “CAT” and were for
a dual sport market with those bolt on forward footrests and the long rear brake lever and the big dual
seat. They also had the bottom tube drilled and tapped to take the bolts whereas the true trailers just
had an open tube. Where is he going with this ramble you may ask ? Well with all those options
available, and if you are considering fitting some SM pegs, check the length of your swinging arm
bolt, and if you have the wrong one then order a longer one as they come in three sizes.

3 sizes ? …… not a lot of people know that

The shortened front brake cable is fitted in the freezing cold and with temps rocketting down I can do
no more in these conditions so the retreat is sounded and a warming coffee is the order of the day.

The new shortened cable goes on

The YZ/IT layout is a little off ideal but it works…….. ITSA- BITSA !

With the footrests reassembled after cleaning a quick check on the swinging arm and as expected
the bushes near replacing and a new set of shims. Those bushes can sometimes be a real bugger
to get out  but I have a fistful of new ones so another task for tomorrow that I wasn’t expecting but the
time frame to complete the entire bike I have set as around the end of March.


The “Bionic” breakdown of the swinging arm

For those that want to know what’s happening here, the two No4 parts are fiber bushings and the
No 5’s are a sprung shim, both of which have worn out.  Has the same effect as wheel bearings
when they let go. Also the system tells me part No3 is no longer available and this is the one that
if not greased will lock onto the swinging arm pivot bolt and you will NEVER be able to remove it!
Usually calls for the hacksaw on both sides to get the arm out. So grease up well when you put it
back together.

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PHOENIX RISING – THE REBIRTH OF SUPERGLITZ

PHOENIX RISING – THE REBIRTH OF SUPERGLITZ

PHOENIX RISING- THE REBIRTH OF SUPERGLITZ

Just like Phoenix emerging from the ashes Superglitz will reappear in her NEW Bionic state. Bigger,
better, faster, stronger…….. etc, etc. This may take awhile but from my “mind’s eye” I can already see
her in all her glory and NEW livery.


                             SUPERGLITZ

First experiment conducted today to see if my predictions on the Mono front end would work. The new bearing I located just after Christmas fits perfectly and I retain the 22 ball bearing top end. So with that
fitted I can move on and complete some of the initial rebuild. First the engine top end must be sent off
for some “breathing on” and then the bottom half can be taken out and cleaned…. and here a word of
advice, it is a lot easier to offer the frame to the engine rather than the other way round, of course you
can do it both ways but trust me on this one ….. engine on the floor then place frame around it and
then it will line up nicely.

Lower cup fitted, 22 mini balls in place in the top………..

It fits !!

Off with it’s head

More demonic cleaning

Just as an aside I have totted up all the planned improvements to SG and apart from what has been
spent, and those parts I already had, I’m looking now at an extra $1200…. a lot of cash …. but there
again if it can be financed from ebay sales then there isn’t any out of pocket expense. Perhaps that is
why the Bionic Man & Woman cost $6,000,000 a copy !

In other news the NEW Xc-ting riding gear that i won on ebay from Sandiford’s in the UK all arrived
yesterday, pretty good deal as I paid on Monday, goods shipped Tuesday and it arrived on Friday !
So the boy racer will also be in his new livery for 2012, which of course should match the SG and our
old friend  “No Excuse” who will also be getting some work done, although most of that is cosmetic,
rather than performance related.

Today’s project “off with it’s head!” and barrel too as these are going off to be given the latest in all
singing all dancing porting improvements. With that all done off with all the other ancillaries and a
load of cleaning and polishing. The motor job I’m told will take a couple of weeks so plenty of time to
play with the rest. This weekend I’m hoping to finish the cleaning, swop bars and maybe test the new
front end.

A bit grubby

As Sgt Wadman said “If its Brass or Alloy it WILL shine!”

Looks like the swinging arm grease nipple got sheared off somewhere along the way so that should
be fun trying to get that out ! Also down the arse end maybe saw off the rear frame loop for that more
“modern” look .

No Shade, that’s a bionic arm ! ……… just can’t get the staff these days

Swinging arm with sheared nipple ….. what fun !

Take off the Showas and order some Magicals.  Having considered all the shocks available, Betors, Falcons, Rockshocks and Magicals I’m leaning towards Magicals because they have a tapered
spring which doesn’t foul the chain run as many of the others do when upsidedown gas shocks are
fitted.

Tapered springs look good to me

Not that I need them but to finish these off, and I’m after the ones on the right in titanium, then some
added bling in matching washers and nuts.

Bling, bling……

Plenty of time, better try and get it right the first time so another phone call to Adrian at Lewisport and
find a suitable modern front mudguard in yellow and the small hi-polished front number board.

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  • 2/29/2012 6:50 PM Scott wrote:
    Looking good Tony,can,t wait to see it when you,re finished.
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  • 3/1/2012 1:19 AM alex wrote:
    Hi Tony.
    what polishing equipment to you have?
    I haven’t seen any suggestion that you have a fully equipped workshop but the polishing you achieve is beyond a tube of auto sol and a soft cloth.
    Thanks for sharing your ‘retirement’ with us all
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  • 3/1/2012 9:45 AM Jim Carey wrote:
    Tony,

    Happy to see that the Phoenix is rising… it looked like you were selling off the whole bike bit by bit on ebay

    Happy motoring!

    Jim “OSSA-boy” Carey
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THE DEMISE OF SUPERGLITZ

THE DEMISE OF SUPERGLITZ


THE DEMISE OF SUPERGLITZ

A little interrogation “Conditioning” on the way home from Salida

Following the snowy drive back from the far North, we used to call this “conditioning” in interrogation circles,  Superglitz spent the night in solitary dethawing and was then taken outside for some light
cleaning prior to a strip search and interrogation.

Dethawed and ready for the horrors to come

While interrogators tried to unravel the mystery of Mixed trials and MX at only MX venues, Glitz was uncooperative and only volunteered her 434-006862 number, rank and name. Of course the good guy,
bad guy techniques were in full play asking about her Ahrma roundel and if indeed she wasn’t a spy
then why didn’t she have an ITSA  sticker ?

“Zo, waz iss wiz this Arrrhmer roundel zen ?”

With nothing forthcoming from the debrief and interrogation Shadetree was called in and light
dismantling began ….. although there have been several protests from avid readers.

light dismantling begins…… but still she refuses to talk

“I’m Superglitz, my number is 434-006862”

Within 2 hours, in the biting cold, she is soon stripped bare and all her parts are now scattered to the
four corners of ebay. Sounds almost as horrific as the end of  “Braveheart” when Wallace is drawn and quartered      ……….. FREEDOM !

Superglitz on the rack

” Ok Glitzie, … one last chance, ……. whats  all this ITSA nonsense you
keep babbling on about ?”

” It’sa  Trials for Trials by Trials !….. and NO more of these bloody sections
in a MX parking lot or a Parade of Old British Iron……… 2 day events at our
own venues…. and no bloody Trustees…..  ITSA……….   FREEDOM !

The entire front end has gone, the yokes will follow shortly and her once prized exhaust split into
three. The Mick Andrews signed SM tank & seat unit was duly cleaned, photographed and put up for
sale.

 The Superglitz  “show chromed” exhaust

The ever growing “for sale” pile

Mudguards are gone, cables and bars too, the once proud front number board and renthal grips
discarded, the Showa rear shocks may join the pile, depending on funds, and even the NEW OEM
style yellow plastic front mudguard won’t fit the new design with the change of forks.

On ebay at a sensible price compared to some of the crap available

Superforks from the Superglitz…… and already selling !

Pride of place the SM tank/seat unit

Hopefully “that” signature will sell the item !

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  • 2/25/2012 4:56 PM Chris Woolley wrote:
    Perhaps I missed something but why are you parting out your TY? It looks to me to be a pretty special bike.
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    1. 2/25/2012 5:11 PM Tony Down wrote:

      Yes, Superglitz is/was one of the finest Yamahas I have ever ridden, and indeed a lot better than the very first one I rode back in 1974 in the SSDT. With the move to ITSA Superglitz is being completely revamped to meet the new challenge which includes a change to TY Mono forks, which don’t use the 74-79 fender or the same yokes. The tank seat unit is being changed for a special in retro Yellow/Black along Majesty lines and a whole NEW exhaust sytem will be fitted along with Magical rear shocks. Up front either a Beta or Gas Gas fender and a YZ/IT front wheel to fit the Mono forks… different angle and leading axle. ……… So watch for the rebirth of the new project.

      Tony
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CHECKPOINT CHARLIE

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE


CHECKPOINT CHARLIE

Finally after much political wrangling between Ahrma and ITSA the release of the former Ahrma
agent, Superglitz, has been effected. After her last outing at Sandia in 2008 in the magical hands of
Mick Andrews she has been in a hideaway, though well cared for, in the depths of the Bat Cave of
Arvada…… a place of much motor cycling heritage.

Her stablemate, Ossamaha, was also in the same place until ransom money was paid by Mike
Buchholz and she was back in the light of day going on to win the Modern Classic Expert division
both in 2009, with Mike at the helm, before being sold on to Rick Daniel for his 2010 Championship
run.

So now its Superglitz’s time to run free, and most likely sport a No 1 number board and join the fray
on the ITSA circuit. Well before that she must be collected so a RV has been selected and the Special
Ops team is despatched at 0700 to run the 245 miles for a 1200 exchange.

The routing takes us through Durango and on to Pagosa Springs before climbing the notorious Wolf
Creek Pass. Down the other side to South Fork and Del Norte before turning northbound to climb
Poncha Pass and descend into Salida.

All clear going up Wolf Creek

Over the summit

The last of the snowsheds before South Fork

With 100 to go a quick break and coffee refresher in South Fork as things are going extremely well
averaging over 60 mph for the first part of the run in clear, but very cold conditions. Looking at the
“heads up” display it seems I will be at the destination circa 1122.

Consulting the “Heads Up” display

Ed and Evelyn are on time and we meet up as planned. Time for some brief refreshments, exchange
made, and time to refuel and set off again.

This must be “It”

Ed and Evelyn are waiting for me at the border

Ah, there you are Glitzie Baby !

With still good cold, dry conditions  the first 120 miles are covered in 2 hours and then after South Fork
all hell breaks loose coming up Wolf Creek Pass. Not much better on the other side as someone
elects to drive at speeds circa 5-10 coming all the way down the 7 mile descent.

Joy of Joys, 120 miles of this ?

Further up Wolf Creek and its getting worse !!

Nearing the top in poor vis and heavy snow

Variable conditions between 2+ inches of wet snow, slush and wet roads for the next 120 miles and
of course it gets even more unpleasant approaching Dolores. No matter the mission is done and I
roll in around 1730……. but SUPERGLITZ IS HOME!!

The ICE racer

Nothing like a winter trial !

Frozen straps complete the deal

One coffee later and a fireside warm the frozen straps are slowly released and the ice pack cut off the machine. She now rests, in a growing puddle, downstairs in the office….. clean up duties to follow
once she comes out of hypothermia and frost bite can be assessed.

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  • 2/22/2012 5:06 PM Daniel Joslin wrote:
    Hello Tony,
    I have been following your website for a while and enjoyed the articles, etc. Drove by the RV park last summer checking out Delores while heading back from Moab, should of stopped and chatted, maybe next summer. Email me, I have some questions about ITSA and other TY related stuff. Glad to see the superglitz is seeing daylight.
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SPACED OUT

SPACED OUT

SPACED OUT

The TY Mono fork spacers were sourced from Speed & Sport in PA (the last two) and duly arrived.
Meanwhile I had dismantled the Monos to see how the spacers would be if fitted in the Marzocchis.
Well of course despite the Magical springs being the same for both sets of legs the 36mm Yam
spacers slide straight over the 35mm Fantics…… great!!

The new Magicals are about 2″ shorter than the original Marzocchi springs so I now have a problem
on my hands. Amid Sunday’s snow more playtime in the workshop and another, hitherto unoponed
box, produced another TY spacer and some others from forks unknown ? The whole collection is
gathered on the work bench and various combos tried. The two new mono spacers are about 1.5″
shorter than the ones in the forks so I really have no idea which set is correct for that model either?

TY Monos that came out the forks, new ones on the right ?

2 x TY Spacers with grooves, the Marzocchi, 2 x unknown

Plenty of options

Finally opted for the shorter spacers in the Mono forks and then TY washers, Maz spacers, and others
from forks unknown in the Fantics. No way to decide whats best without some saddle time. Meanwhile upstairs the Ahrma logo is REMOVED from the Enfield number board and scrapped ! The alloy is
Solvoled and a new “2”  takes center stage.

Yes, time for the Ahrma logo to go, the end of an era

The “new” look for 2012

Reason for this operation is to route the new brake cable so back to the workshop and attach to the
forks……. looking good, now fit the wheel……….”What the $%^& #$%^ !!” the bloody tire/tyre is flat again
after sitting there for two weeks holding 20lbs……. this one is really beyond me. Once again change
the valve core and pump it up again……….. and hope !

Stumped by a valve core !!

After another deluge of snow, ebaying selling and shipping, time to get back out there and see if that
tire stayed up ? Assuming it did, then wheel in, cable to fit and then drill the mudguard to fit the Fantic
brace.

Good news it stayed up, but there again it did last time too! No matter, in she goes, cable on after
some fine tuning on the Magura and then change the Fantic steel anchor arm for a polished Yam
one which needs a little modification via hacksaw and file.

Just a little too long, trimming required…… and must have saved 5 grams

Now time for the brace and mudguard, clearly a smidge different in terms of radius from the Fantic
guard but brute force and ignorance prevail and its fitted.

On she goes with all those “new” bolts

Spacers for the wheel, spacers for the forks………

A modified TY brake anchor arm 

Plenty of space and spacers…… do they go up and down ?

That wraps up the front end conversion so now off with the carb and go through the standard
pre-season ritual with the airline. Dump last year’s fuel, a final polishing all round and the first of 4
bikes wil be ready for 2012. Overall a pleasing result (subject to testing) when I consider all the mini
problems and how they were overcome…….. and what else would I be doing on a cold and snowy day
in deepest Dolores ?   So from this lot that arrived just before Christmas, parts, pieces, knowledge
and frustrations have all been acquired to make this…….

In the beginning……..

All done but now the acid test…. will it work ?

Flush with success I’m ready to start work on the Yamaha……..

Time to Rocket off and collect Superglitz

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SUPERGLITZ WHEREFORE ART THOU ?

SUPERGLITZ WHEREFORE ART THOU ?

SUPERGLITZ WHEREFORE ART THOU ?

While I’m still waiting to finish the Enfield my thoughts are already turning to my faithful old friend,
none other than Superglitz .  Superglitz was constructed back in 2005 as a MK II version of the
successful Glitzmobile that I had been campaigning in the Arizona CAT events and was my
introduction to the mysteries of Ahrma competition.

The MK I  Glitzmobile TY250A

Back then, thanks to a very lucrative business, I was living the lifestyle of Riley and finances were no
object. TY Yamahas were my “forte” and I must have built about 30 of them, usually giving them one
trials outing as a shakedown after construction and then selling them on if they were not going into
my stable.

2004, the then Glitz gets sold on ebay at the buy it now price so the MK II goes into production with
various planned improvements over the MK I. In amongst all the TY frames there was one that had
two rear shock points, the second being in the Majesty lay down position. Well as it has the two
options I can always swop back if I don’t like it. Various other bits are sourced from my ever growing
spares room and an undented clean exhaust system is selected and along with kicker and various
other bits goes off for chroming.

Superglitz comes back from the chrome shop with a babyglitz TY175

Early stages of the build on both

Superglitz in the build phase

An engine is selected, rebored and revamped with all the usuals and prepped for use. SM pegs
and seat unit is acquired, a bash plate and new carb and reeds from BJ Racing and the last OEM
front mudguard comes my way at a very cheap price. The slightly shorter Showa rear shocks are
going to be used along with my favorite Renthal bars. Magura levers and Domino throttle along with
all new cables, chain and sprockets and I’m about done, but then the angled shocks require a
Majesty chain guard.  Michelins on this one as a change from IRCs

Superglitz complete

A few more mods were added as time went on and Superglitz distinguished herself wherever she
competed winning many Championships along the way. So as we move into 2012 and the new
phase of competition with ITSA and Mountain West its time to revamp the whole machine with a
“new” look and a whole lot of new goodies.

 SM pegs and a Majesty chainguard  finished the job…… and now ?

Color wise I’m looking at that “retro” Yam look with the old yellow/black, and of course a whole load
of chrome and polished alloy. The goodies for the basic construction are now nearly all at hand and I
will have to see how this ebaying goes in terms of the saleable parts and what that will provide in
terms of performance upgrades. There may be a little “engine” breathing and big bore kit  along with
the exhaust. Rockshocks to replace the Showas and perhaps a Delorto. Not forgetting what is already
in the works with the TY Mono forks, YZ or IT front wheel and perhaps a Beta or Gas Gas front fender,
the “old” Renthals and some new Doherty grips…….. and maybe a whole new load of Xc-ting riding
gear.

Today I must make arrangement to pick her up and then the show can move on. Having spoken with
Ed it looks like Sunday will be the day and a clandestine meeting has been arranged at Salida so I
should have her home and in the shop by 7 pm, providing there is no more of that white stuff !

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GUN CARRIAGES

GUN CARRIAGES


GUN CARRIAGES

Every time I walk in the workshop I see the Enfield up on the heavy lift stand and I’m always reminded
of the Royal Tournament and the Portsmouth v Devonport  RN field gun race. All part of “going ashore”
way back when. An epic battle of two highly trained teams of matelots lugging a field gun and it’s trailer around the arena and having to dismantle it and then rebuild on the other side of obstacles before
finally running over the finish line and eventually firing it.  ……. all sounds rather familiar and similar to
taking a Royal Enfield to a trial!

Here we are at the first obstacle and our team rapidly dismantle the gun, wheels off, which is about
where I am so now its up and over the wall in pieces then rebuild on the other side when all the bits
make it over. Further research shows I might still be able to get the longer spacers from Yamaha and
put them in the Marzocchis to compensate for the smaller springs……. worth a phone call.

When the wheel makes it over the chasm I can fit and adjust with an extra spacer on the axle to make
up for the speedo drive to position the wheel. Once the wheel is central the mudguard can be fitted
and I should be closing in for the kill………… ahhhh, here comes the wheel now !

Today was planned as a skiing day and everything went as clockwork up until 30 mins before
departure when it came on to snow heavily ! While I (already dressed for skiing) went dog walking
madam consults all chanels for said changes in weather. Following up on my run up there on Friday
when it became decidedly unpleasant on the return, plans to swish down the slope have been
deferred to next weekend. Not a problem bearing in mind it is Superbowl later, and I can now see the
results of my ebay offerings. Today it was the old Enfield front end and forks and wheel both sold at
their opening bid. A NEW SM Yamaha fork and fender brace still in its original packaging hit a record
price at the end finishing at $76 !! …… there is also an item I’m after in the next 15 mins so wish me
luck…….. Missed out on that one in the last few seconds but no matter.

Into the workshop and more rumaging for ebay items and perhaps some spacers for those forks.
Amid all the boxes I found one spacer and one of the washers, just one more box to try which is in
the trailer as my travelling nuts & bolts selection. Another washer comes to light but no more
spacers. Try tomorrow from Speed & Sport PA.

Meanwhile the wheel makes it over the chasmn and a Yamaha TY175 rear wheel spacer is cut to
size and fits very nicely. Wheel seems central apart from it’s wobbles so I can now go ahead and drill
the mudguard to fit and then bolt up once I’ve been through ACE to replenish on the metric selections.

1/2 a TY175 rear wheel spacer does the job

Fortunately S & S had the spacers but not the washers so another piece of the jigsaw is found and
I’m one step closer to getting this job finished. Better clean the carb while I’m waiting and get that
Solvol gleaming on the engine. Once these new spacers arrive I can devise something that will give
the correct preload and then finally bolt it all together one last time……..Well of course I could take the
spacers out of the Monos (as they are going nowhere) and finish the job off while the new ones are
in the post. Even the simplest things are sometimes difficult !! A quick trip to ACE and bolts for the fender/mudguard brace are found for both bikes, so its no excuses now.

Back to the drawing board then, take it all off again and fix the preloads. Well not so fast Jose ! The
TY Monos are 36mm and the Fantics are 35mm, now while they both take the same spring the
spacers are different……… you live and learn……. and now, lucky me, I have two more on their way that
won’t fit !! So now find a 1″ alloy pipe or handle and make two. Before you ask the standard TY spacer
would work but NONE are available.

More Enfield parts arrive !

Well I’m getting there but its slow progress but at least I now know what I need to do to complete the
Oilfield’s transformation. Very soon I’ll be transferring my attention to that Superglitz and here I should
be able to convert the front end, exhaust and “that” tank and seat unit into ebay gold to finance some
engine mods and a set of custom rockshocks.

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  • 2/11/2012 5:15 AM Jack Knoops wrote:
    Good source of spacers are old handlebars, (alloy) I have a selectionfrom old bent or too low etc. which have worked well in different forks.
    You wuold just love the Allan Wright Classic Show at Telford.
    Best regards, Jack
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