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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-16-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,118
Posted By PJay
Well, the question was: " ...to you?" Mine...

Well, the question was: " ...to you?"

Mine is a broad church: every machine I own, from a 1961 C102 to the XL1000V is an adventure bike, because every ride's an adventure.

Riding a grossly...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-16-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 8,083
Views: 3,163,992
Posted By PJay
In my country, at least, the first series FZs...

In my country, at least, the first series FZs were sold new without lower fairings. I recall very well, as I road tested the first FZ750 in NZ for a magazine at the time.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-16-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,868
Posted By PJay
@motif: bullshit, huh? The TZ750 with the...

@motif: bullshit, huh?

The TZ750 with the bad weave (eventually traced to a worn rear tire, of all things). This was taken on that day:
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-16-2014, 02:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 696
Posted By PJay
When I was a little kid starting out, I was...

When I was a little kid starting out, I was taught the best thing I've ever learned about riding offroad.

Use the front brake, and only the front brake.

Practise, practise, and practise...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-16-2014, 02:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,868
Posted By PJay
Nup, but I have raced on Oreti Beach when Burt...

Nup, but I have raced on Oreti Beach when Burt was, too; and I towed his car and trailer off the beach when he got caught in his old black Vauxhall in the loose sand getting back to the road (1975 or...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-15-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By PJay
Flat-tankers are motorcycles from before the...

Flat-tankers are motorcycles from before the stage when saddle fuel tanks came in (say more or less mid to late 1920s). True, this was more than 42 years ago :D

In the early days, fuel tanks...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,465
Posted By PJay
Yeah, getting on the gas is key - even in trials...

Yeah, getting on the gas is key - even in trials - you've got 2 bloody great gyroscopes there, so get them spinning, the faster the better.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,639
Posted By PJay
I've had plenty of crashes (43 years of racing),...

I've had plenty of crashes (43 years of racing), but could not hand on heart say any was an "accident".

Heh heh heh - most of the racing ones have been from showing off and generally being a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,868
Posted By PJay
@motif: mate, rabbits are made to be run over. If...

@motif: mate, rabbits are made to be run over. If you're wheelspinning enough, you can send them flying into your friends' faces. I've had it done to me...buckets of blood.

I did actually say...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-14-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,465
Posted By PJay
Markk53, with whom I have clashed on absolutely...

Markk53, with whom I have clashed on absolutely immaterial bits and pieces in the past, has it right. You do what suits you.

The problem, I guess, with this thread among others on riding...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-14-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 33,009
Views: 8,046,265
Posted By PJay
Ummmm...no, was always and only designed as a...

Ummmm...no, was always and only designed as a competitor to BMW as a tourer. See recent commentary by Oguma-san, who was intimately involved with its development.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-14-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,868
Posted By PJay
61, riding 55 years...the first motorcycle I rode...

61, riding 55 years...the first motorcycle I rode was a BSA Bantam my granddad (in the m/cycle trade) cut down for my cousin and me. We used this thing on the farm, a New Zealand hill country sheep...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-13-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,868
Posted By PJay
Hi, Iain Yeah, bit bored at the time I...

Hi, Iain

Yeah, bit bored at the time I posted. It was the Varadero on one of the Volcanic Plateau long gravel straights, you know the ones. Verified on my GPS.

For those who're interested, yes,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-11-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,868
Posted By PJay
Maybe I'm misconstruing "more speed" here. ...

Maybe I'm misconstruing "more speed" here.

What speed are you guys talking about? 140mph? 150mph?

The fastest I've gone on gravel's only a shade over 130 (210kph).
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-11-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,868
Posted By PJay
It's easier just to sit down and go faster. :evil

It's easier just to sit down and go faster. :evil
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-11-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,868
Posted By PJay
Well, I first started riding road bikes on road...

Well, I first started riding road bikes on road tires, at our place - the far end of 40 miles of gravel road - 55 years ago.

I simply don't believe you.

You don't need to stand up to steer off...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-11-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,868
Posted By PJay
I've watched a lot of vids posted on this forum...

I've watched a lot of vids posted on this forum and others.

One thing I'm confused about: why do so many riders stand on the pegs on easy gravel roads and sit on the seat when the going gets...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-07-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 28,967
Posted By PJay
Here's my K0, first road registered in New...

Here's my K0, first road registered in New Zealand late February 1971; I restored it in about 1996, IIRC.

It was a really good road bike, so I removed the lights and stands, put a 4-1 and a...
Forum: 2 smokers 09-07-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 534
Posted By PJay
MZ ETS250, 1988: pretty rare in my country, not...

MZ ETS250, 1988: pretty rare in my country, not so much in Europe:

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r78/PJay_2007/MZ15Apr2012.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 09-07-2014, 03:22 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 7,674
Posted By PJay
Great RRs. Thank you. Coincidence: a...

Great RRs. Thank you.

Coincidence: a year ago I was in your part of the world, fishing in a competition at Sheng Zhong Lake.

BTW, I just love the model designation "CQR". I'd never...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-06-2014, 02:36 AM
Replies: 2,713
Views: 1,327,704
Posted By PJay
Nah, that's just genetics.

Nah, that's just genetics.
Forum: Old's Cool 09-05-2014, 03:09 AM
Replies: 7,255
Views: 3,316,613
Posted By PJay
Ah, stuff it: back to the advertised programme,...

Ah, stuff it: back to the advertised programme, folks...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-05-2014, 12:42 AM
Replies: 7,255
Views: 3,316,613
Posted By PJay
I don't argue this for a second (though I did...

I don't argue this for a second (though I did race Z1s back in the day, to near enough 100%), and that's why I race classics and post-classics.

But when they're uncomfortable as well as gutless...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-03-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 7,255
Views: 3,316,613
Posted By PJay
:D Oh, yeah, there've been quite a lot of really...

:D Oh, yeah, there've been quite a lot of really gutless MVs over the years, many dressed up by the factory café-style.

One of my machines is an early 60s Honda C102: I know gutless... Or my...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-03-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 7,255
Views: 3,316,613
Posted By PJay
My point was simply that to be a café racer in...

My point was simply that to be a café racer in the modern idiom, a machine has to be gutless, and preferably classed as gutless when it was new.

See the many pages of this thread for ample...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-02-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,996
Posted By PJay
:gerg Yeah, yeah, yeah: even back when I started...

:gerg Yeah, yeah, yeah: even back when I started road racing (which I think was not long, but it's over 40 years now), many of our starts were still push (bump) starts.

There are definitely...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-01-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 7,255
Views: 3,316,613
Posted By PJay
Ever owned one? They're gutless. I know from...

Ever owned one?

They're gutless. I know from experience.
Forum: Old's Cool 08-31-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 7,255
Views: 3,316,613
Posted By PJay
Thumb MV 750S; factory made, but has all the...

MV 750S; factory made, but has all the ingredients for a true (ie traditional) café racer:

Looks good, almost like a racer.

Has road equipment so can legally run on the road.

Sounds...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-27-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 33,009
Views: 8,046,265
Posted By PJay
Maybe he's so unsquiddy he doesn't brake at all.

Maybe he's so unsquiddy he doesn't brake at all.
Forum: Old's Cool 08-21-2014, 03:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 660
Posted By PJay
Here's mine: a 2003 Indian RE 350 Bullet. I took...

Here's mine: a 2003 Indian RE 350 Bullet. I took a lot of stuff off it and just bolted on some other bits, making some brackets and realigning the exhaust pipe.

...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-18-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,850
Posted By PJay
Well, the one type of motorcycling I get bored...

Well, the one type of motorcycling I get bored with now and then is roadracing...so I take 1/2 a season off, and then I'm away again. That stuff's dangerous if you get bored.

So my panacea is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-17-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 336
Views: 32,711
Posted By PJay
61. Started riding offroad well over 50...

61.

Started riding offroad well over 50 years ago, got my road licence at 15, never stopped, still riding on road, circuit, trials and trails.

I aim to emulate my old mate Len Perry...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-12-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,392
Posted By PJay
My two are both Hondas, both called in the US...

My two are both Hondas, both called in the US "Superhawk".

1. 1964 CB77. This is the machine I lusted after when I was 15. I found my one in 1987, restored it over the next year, and it...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-11-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 7,989
Posted By PJay
Well, I taught myself road riding for the first 3...

Well, I taught myself road riding for the first 3 years or so (could get a full licence at 15 in New Zealand back in the day), and I'd also been riding offroad for years before I turned 15. But my...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-30-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 8,083
Views: 3,163,992
Posted By PJay
racing motorcycles up there for well over 110...

racing motorcycles
up there for well over 110 years now and a real good time..

:beer I thought I was doing well with 43 consecutive years....
Forum: 2 smokers 07-25-2014, 03:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,093
Posted By PJay
Down here, we tend to run ATF in the gearboxes of...

Down here, we tend to run ATF in the gearboxes of the old OSSAs. I use old racegas from my TZ Yamahas, which is basically Avgas with Castrol 747 race 2-stroke oil at 33:1.

But at least on...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-23-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 742
Posted By PJay
Yeah, it depends... The worst weave I ever...

Yeah, it depends...

The worst weave I ever experienced was on a twin-shock TZ750B. It would manage 6-10 feet side to side at 140mph and on up, sorta started about 130 (calculations from tacho and...
Forum: 2 smokers 07-23-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,093
Posted By PJay
Well, the threadjacking's already occurred, so...

Well, the threadjacking's already occurred, so I'll continue it.

Here are my MAR and Explorer, both made in mid-1974. The MAR did well in its day - 2nd in the national trials champs in my country....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-16-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,878
Posted By PJay
Each of the two times I've done this, I...

Each of the two times I've done this, I rediscovered the reasons I sold the bloody things to start with.

Never again...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-30-2014, 01:50 AM
Replies: 547
Views: 75,794
Posted By PJay
Was this the September 1972 Leicester Phoenix...

Was this the September 1972 Leicester Phoenix 24hr 20min run? At Cadwell, IIRC?
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