- Jul 20, 2011
I found some scraps of alloy last night and welded them to the fin and reshaped it, it now has no gap but looks a bit Indian.Former chief scrutineer at CRMC was going over my bike and stopped for a while at the sharks fin, I was a little concerned until he looked at me and said 'that is so simple and straightforward...why can't they all do it like that!'
We don't do fancy!
But it was aluminium, so I have now replicated it in Nylon!
I don't recall getting pulled for anything at Gedinne! Belgium really isn't France...
I got pulled one time in France for not having a drain hole in the catch tray...so I made one...now you must not have a hole in your catch tray!
I don't mind the different rules between countries although it wouldn't hurt for all the governing bodies to look for good safety ideas and adopt them year on year, it is the race by race inconsistency that I struggle with.
Donington must be a bit hard on the bikes, I noticed the carbs had gone out of sync so popped the tank off to adjust them and found the right hand carb top just sat on the carb, it had come undone. My fault really as when I took the motor out the other week, I noticed the carbs had dropped slightly in the rubber manifolds so put a tie wrap round the frame and bell mouths to support them which seemed to work well. However the motor was going wooly at about 7000rpm but instantly cleaned up as I changed gear, this made me think the extra support was transmitting vibration to the carbs and causing the fuel to froth, I cut the tie wrap off for Sunday and the problem went away, another lesson learned.
The transmitted vibration must have been the reason for the top coming loose but it gets better. I use a small camera to set the carb sync and as I was going from carb to carb whilst holding the throttle slides at the top, I noticed the left carb needle was staying in the jet, the cir clip had come off and the needle had dropped, the clip was still there under the plate.
I cannot imagine that had been like that whilst racing but I had been saying that the bike didn't seem to be going as well as it usually does.
I had been talking to Moto55 and he had noticed that the Norman White prepared bikes had a sprung support under the carbs, I think I may try something similar. Mike, did you get any pictures?