Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Fork 'andles



Ouch ! Unlike many a four wheel whoopsie these do tend to hurt a bit. Lack of power in dodgy overtaking manoeuvre resulted in a big off, I think the major front end damage occurred after most of the speed was scrubbed off, down to about 80, and contact was made with the verge, ditch, hedge, telegraph pole and ploughed field. Regular strides give us around 60 metres from initial bale out to rest. The solution to this sluggish overtaking performance came in the form of a GSXR 1100, with around 125 horse straight out of the showroom these buggers wiped the floor at IOM proddy races the year the bike came out, unfortunately the GSXR bit the dust too, high speed tank slapper (to which the steering geometry left them a bit prone). I'm off to rummage the archive for more bike stuff.

4 comments:

Peter Ashley said...

I remember this in Diplo's outhouse. I think there's bits of my Hayter lawnmower in it (the bike, not the shed. Although that as well.)

A F-A said...

Ahh...the problem with this GPZ when overtaking was one too many cylinders, each firing half the requisite number of times,and shortage of 150cc's.....Suitably mode'ed, it became an H2 which would overtake most things in a remarkably short space. It was then just the direction that became a problem: that could be offside...or nearside. Or over. Or under...or all four at the same time!

Diplomat said...

Two stroke tripples are indeed a joy, my first major encounter with two wheel mayhem was aboard a KH 250, biggest wheelie would have to have been 750 tripple down Henley O T high street, July '79. Of course the full joy of a stroker can only really be appreciated by executing a swift turn-around and repeating the exercise in the opposite direction, taking in sweet lungs full of burnt 2 stroke oil, residue from the first sortie. MORE REVS

Peter Ashley said...

I'm going to have to take you two to one side.