Sunday, May 6, 2018

Some long overdue maintenance

I visited MCAS in Auburn and picked up new oil and filters for both bikes in preparation for servicing them. I've been very busy lately with family and work and so the bikes have taken a back seat for the moment, well here we are 1 month later and finally it was time to service the bikes before I need to ride somewhere.

The old R1 hadn't had anything done since I retired it back in 2015 when I bought the new one, except a battery 12 months ago. It was the old girls turn for a bit of TLC. Firstly warm it up before changing the oil and filter. It was slow to start but finally kicked into life and started warming up. Sounded a little funny though. I turn around and a few minutes later I see this......

Oil was dripping out all over the floor. Must have a leaking filter seal. Oh well it's getting replaced anyway so off with the plastics and drop the oil, and filter and new Motul oil and filter go in. It's also off with the tank to drain the fuel out and put some new fuel in this time with some stabilizer.

Then it's the 2015 R1's turn for an oil and filter change. I haven't done one on this bike yet but it is out of warranty now so I may as well do it myself. Plus I'll tighten the chain until I can get a new one. I borrowed a filter changer from Stu as I didn't want to go hammering in there with a screw driver(although that's exactly what I do with the old one).

The old girl has 67 thou on it and the new beast is now up to 26 thou in 3 years. It's catching up fast and I've actually ridden it further than any other bike. It's been from Brisbane - Sydney to Melbourne and Hobart. None of my previous bikes have been that far.

Winter is approaching so I've got the trickle charger on the new R1 as it's battery is quite small and not likely to last more than 2 months in the cold without riding it. I have a ride coming up in June and just need some new tyres and I'm set.

Cheers everyone and ride safe all.

Monday, April 30, 2018

SMSP Track Day 25-5-2018

Wednesday was Anzac day here in Australia and we had the day off. So I thought I'd try and take some photo's with my new camera. I checked and there was a ride day on at Sydney Motorsport Park. Perfect, so off I trotted with my expensive camera and no idea how to use it. Rather than just use Auto I went full on into changing this that and the other. It took me a while to realise how important shutter speed was. There's some picture's here that look like the bike is not moving hahaha. Practice practise, and more practise.

Laura Brown 300cc Supersport

Even the Ambulances here cut some laps

Thursday, April 26, 2018

International Festival of Speed 2018

I thought I'd better get off my fat lazy ass and post this up, it only happened a month ago. I've had a lot on lately so here it is in all it's glory even though I've forgotten half of it.

The 2018 International Festival of Speed was on again last month and our good mate Stu managed to supply me with a free ticket to get in to the track to watch the action. I was busy on the saturday so we decided to head out there on sunday. The lads from the Tassie trip all showed in support of Rick and Stu.

The Festival of speed or as it was formally know 'the Barry Sheen Festival of Speed' is held at Sydney Motorsport Park every year. It is put on by the Post Classic Racing Association. A list of international guests as well as local riders take to the track on over 400+ historic bikes. There are autograph sessions and plenty of bike porn on offer for everyone.

This years riders included

  • Troy Corser - World Superbike Champion 2x
  • Troy Bayliss - World Superbike Champion 3x & MotoGP
  • Pierfranceso Chili - World Superbike & 500cc GP
  • Jeremy McWilliams - 250cc GP
  • Steve Parish - 500cc GP
  • Kevin Magee - 500cc GP
  • Chris Vermeulen - World Supersport Champion & MotoGP
  • Sir Alan Cathcrt - Journalist

Both Rick and Stu, good friends of mine were racing in this years event, but unfortunately by the time we got to the track on Sunday Ricks bike had already expired and we didn't get to see him racing. However Stu had both his race bikes and was entered into 2 different classes.

It seems like every year the crowds are getting bigger and bigger. And why not? Its a fantastic day out with historic bikes and famous riders all in attendance. There are trade stands in the back of the pits and best of all you can actually get up close to all those bikes.

Troy Bayliss had his 2001 winning World Superbike and his current 2018 Australian Superbike in attendance. It was fantastic to see these 2 bikes side by side. One classic and one soon to be a classic.

Greg Prettys Yamaha #17

Not only are there classic bikes racing but punters turn up on some classics of their own like this Suzuki Katana. It was immaculate.

This next bike makes me feel very young. Why? Well, what the hell is Norvin? Sounds like a cross between a Norton and a Vincent. I'm sure a certain Geoff James from across the ditch will be able to tell a young fella like myself all about this machine and its ancient history as it's probably from his era. Hahahaha


Dr Kwoks ship of broken dreams.....

Art or Junk?

Autograph signing sessions
For us slightly older guys that still remember going to 500c GP and such there's nothing like the smell of Castrol R from the two strokes. Yeah it's probably an older guys thing. You young people just wouldn't understand.

Bruce and I did a little pit crewing for Stu whilst there. However we had a little failure moment where he had 2 races back to back which we didn't realise where we got him out of the pits too slowly and he had to start the second race from pitlane due to his slack pit crew. It actually helped him as turn 2 turned into a massive accident mid-late pack taking out a few riders, so luckily he missed that carnage and stayed upright. Sometimes things happen for a reason.

Another successful day out at the races. If you get the chance get yourself out to the Festival of speed and support local racing. It's a great day out with plenty of things to see and do.

Here is a quick video of the event from Old Bike Australasia. Check them out.