- Jan 22, 2008
Since you asked, here she is, as of last weekend. This was the last race of the season, at Mondello Park in Co. Kildare. I can't remember racing in worse conditions. Sorry for the poor quality pics; they were taken with my mobile phone camera.GRM 450 said:Pictures of your Seely would be appreciated.
This is a Rutter-built replica originally bought by a then well-known Northern Irish road racer, Gordon Bell, in the early 90s. It has a replica Seeley frame and a Quaife 6 speed gearbox with a Norton style casing. Before I acquired it, in 2004, it won several Irish road race championships and was timed at the Ulster Grand Prix at 134 mph. Not fast compared with today's 500 cc two valve singles perhaps, but fast enough back then. Gordon Bell managed a 102 mph average on this bike in that Ulster GP in the early 90s.
The monstrous pipe is a stainless Molnar item, tapered from very near the header all the way to the can. The seam is on the inside. It is a beautifully made, lightweight one-piece fabrication.
The carburettor is an Amal Smoothbore 38 mm with a chromed brass slide. Piston is a 90 mm Omega giving a cr of 11.5: 1. Engine oil is 40 wt Castrol R, gearbox lubed by Silkolene synthetic. Bob Newby belt primary drive. PAL speedway magneto with old-fashioned points and condenser. All very conventional stuff, nothing exotic.
The Seeley fork internals have been converted by Maxton and the brake is a conventional 10 inch cast iron disc and Lockheed caliper and master cylinder but it is superb. The rear is a Manx Norton conical hub, nicely made and does the job. The rear shocks are by Maxton as well.
This engine is quite tractable and will rev round the dial. It is deceptive though, because you must not over rev it. It was built as a real roads racer, with a long wheelbase, stable but yet no real effort to steer. I can't fault the handling. This is the genius of the Seeley chassis. It will do short circuits as well but I saw what I was up against at the top level when I rode a lightweight-framed G50 with about 20% more hp. Honda 500 twins will leave it out of corners but the faster the course, the better it becomes, and it will gradually catch them.
These pics were taken during a brief dry-ish period, but most of time, it was like this: