WELL BLOGS !
Some time ago someone suggested I started writing a “Blog” on trials and motorcycling with a touch
of vintage flavor and perhaps a sprinkling of life’s experiences. That was 2 years and nearly 5 months
ago and now we have no less than 308 published articles containing over 340,000 words and some
3500 pictures to brighten up the dull text.
Favorite articles have come and gone, and in some cases a few surprises to the Author, but now after
2 years + there are some definite popular ones out there which the readership seems to enjoy.
Currently the Top 10 are as follows:
1 THE BUILDING OF TYZ
2 AND THE WINNER IS…….
3 THAT TWINSHOCK CLASS
4 SPRING CLEAN
5 THE PRE 65 DEBATE
6 COUGHING IN THE SECTION
7 AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS AZ CYCLE PARK 2008
8 ADVANCED BIKE CLEANING FOR BEGINNERS
9 ADVANCED RV’ING
10 THE LONG ARMS AND LEGS OF THE LAW
As time has moved on the most popular article was “The Nastiest Bike Ever” for many months
which was the saga of The Rotten Cotton that we were forced to ride in the 1971 ISDT which was
truly a disaster on 2 wheels ! My good friend and RAF Team mate, Dick Clears, reminds me that
“his heap” did make it to the finish which in itself was a remarkable achievement.
Without doubt, “The Nastiest Bike Ever !” The Minarelli Cotton ISDT
My stories of the SSDT did well but perhaps for some of the younger riders out there they don’t see
the comparison as modern bikes only cover about 1/2 the distance we used to ride and with modern
bikes being A1 out of the crate they perhaps do not see the need to completely rebuild and prep the
bike before the event or carry the same number of tools and spares that we had to back in the 70’s.
The start of the 1974 SSDT with the 1st Production TY250A
1974 SSDT with all the tubes, tools and spares on Ben Nevis
The end of the 74 and the long ride back to Edinburgh
Several stories and memoirs of my 30 years flying and fun time in the RAF and a whole load of
gardening exploits over the years from pool building to current projects at Cozy Comfort which will
continue when this “white stuff” finally melts.
A misty morning take off from Stanley in the Falklands
My Favorite Fighter……. the mighty F4
The “Nearly Jet” the Tornado F3 just before Gulf War I
Of course most articles these days are the trials reports, section by section, from the Ahrma
Championship along with the build up, the getting there, the trial itself, and then the fun of RV’ing on
the way home.
Section by section reports from the Ahrma Championship with Brenda
taking a ton of photos
Old friend, and still my “Trials Idol” Mick Andrews rides my Superglitz
Yamaha at Sandia in 2008
Initially it was a case of writing and getting enough articles up and running to generate interest and
thinking of what to write about next. Then came the rebuild series using old photographs and linking
stories around the pictures. Since then of course, knowing there would be articles on each machine
as it wended its way through the shop it has been relatively easy to take the pictures in a more logical
Building and painting my “Rothman’s Series”
The one and only Honda 260 TLM in Rothmans colors
My first love in Vintage, The Yamahas, and here Superglitz in the build
The completed “Superglitz Blackcat Yam”
From the most popular article “The Building of TYZ”
The latest creation, and a load of articles on “The JPS SWM Jumbo”
Then there were a whole bunch of demi-technical articles in the “How to” series where I tried to make
things simple for the would be shade tree mechanic, and believe me, even in the Vintage trials world
there are an awful lot of riders out there who still know very little in terms of routine maintenance or how
to complete some of the simpler tasks.
From the “How to Series”
The Blog itself has “subscribers”, no, that doesn’t mean they actually contribute or pay anything to
anyone as all it means is that if you subscribe then you get an automatic entry to your e-mail every time
a new article is published. There are sections where you can add your comments or thoughts about
the item and hopefully you will get a reply to whatever you have written. Some of course, due to content,
do not get published but those are few and far between. There is also another section, and not really
part of my requirements but part of the domain organizers stats for the Liked/Disliked/No opinion
comments, which can perhaps be useful for me to see where we are going and what the readership
prefers to read about.
Several readers write and ask for specific articles and usually if I know anything about the subject
matter I’ll do my best to respond with factual info and personal experiences. Sometimes this is good
for me during the winter months when I’m staring at a blank screen trying to dream up a new article,
……… so keep the requests coming !