Tuesday 29 March 2016

The Joy of Two-Stroke

(Cartoon by Ian Douglas)

Carabineros of Chile


I've often seen this trike about, but never parked up before.

It has caught my attention because the rider never wears a helmet, regardless of the weather. Now, just because you can do something doesn't necessarily mean that you should do it.

I've ridden without a helmet on occasion, and it's very noisy. Add to that, riding in the rain, even in an open face helmet, can feel like your skin is being sand-blasted.

This guy rides in sunglasses and a beanie hat when it's dry, and just puts the hood of his jacket up when it rains.

Anyway, I spotted it parked up outside the supermarket over the weekend and wandered over to have a better look.

It's very well done, based on a Yamaha XJR 1300 with the rear end professionally adapted. Much better than some of the lash-ups I’ve seen.

Also adapted is the clutch with both levers on the right-hand side, so I’m guessing that there’s a strength issue with his left arm. A friend of mine years ago had a similar adaptation made for his outfit.

I've never ridden a trike before so I'm curious to know how they handle differently from either a solo or an outfit. Maybe one day I'll find out.

Thursday 3 March 2016

Tuesday 1 March 2016

A Modern Triumph

Recent arrival from the Hinckley Triumph Owners Club. For those of us who have a ‘modern’ Triumph.

Since we don’t need to display a road tax disc any more in the UK I rather like this innovative use of the old tax disc-holder.

Winter Is Coming

A wee reminder that you don't have to leave your bike in the shed over the winter months.

Never mind, it will soon be summer. Right?