Winston's Memoirs

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  1. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    Sure was a good weekend. Watching you with your Triumph has been right handy the last two nights in the shed, got Mr T120v head off and motor turning over right nice. Makes a change from checking tyre pressures. :rofl
  2. trustme

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    There are a few bits & pieces in the shed like a wiring loom that might be handy. If you are going deeper there are timing gear pullers etc & a Haynes manual you can borrow. Don't need it anymore , I know it inside out & back to front.
    My nightmares are the Haynes Triumph manual :lol3
  3. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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    hmmmm second hand Lucas wiring loom.... do you have any Lucas Smoke
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  4. trustme

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    Brand spankers , new , pristine, untouched, unfucked with , virginal even. Smoke comes as an extra
  5. Voltaire

    Voltaire Titanium and Ceramic Hipster

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  6. trustme

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  7. trustme

    trustme Long timer

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    It's been a while ,I'm a slack bugger, here is an update

    After HD I decided to do a couple of mods. I or more correctly Volty completely rewired the bike & fitted a Pazon ignition in the hope of eliminating the high rev miss.
    I had been advised to increase the length of the inlet tract

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    Job Done, not the best pic but you get the idea

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    Off to Taupo , no Adrian or John so it was a little lonely but the bike had to be good now.

    Dismal Fail

    Would barely run on the left pot . I was befriended by Pete, he had raced TZ's back in the day, we spent the weekend fiddling with carbs & ignition to no avail. It ran great for 2 laps in one race then started to run like garbage again

    Pete & I flummoxed , maybe I should stick to Ipods

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    The one bright spot, took the Ty , the girls had fun

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    It was a disheartening weekend , I made contact with Mr Dyno & dropped Winston off during the week.

    Winston came back a different bike & I was $900 poorer.
    The Pazon pickup sensor was faulty, it took him a while to find it . You would think with a lost spark ignition if it fired on one cylinder it would have to fire on the other. Bike had been jetted too rich , he got a reading of 52HP at the rear wheel .
    Mr Dyno was quite complimentary, some of these things don't feel nice on the dyno but this motor feels strong & wants to rev. There is more power in there with some exhaust & inlet mods but go race it as it is.

    I entered the HMCC winter race

    The usual suspects turned up

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    We had Mike on his Norton along as well

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    Unfortunately Mike days was very short, the drive side crank case split during practice

    My practice was short & came to an ignominious end

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    A combination of wet track & cold tyres had unceremoniously dumped me on my arse . Pete was in attendance again & we got to work on repairs.
    A nice man from the Red Devil team produced files & knocked the brake lever into a usable state
    " I better find the scrutineer "
    " I am the scrutineer " Says the nice man & whacks the checked sticker on the bike

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    Cheers Swarfie / Neville :clap, I'm a bit slow connecting the dots :lol3

    First race was pretty rough just getting confidence back

    Some people think watching grass grow is more interesting

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    Have you ever seen a cat look impressed

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    Mean time back on the racetrack Adrian went on his winning way

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    Volts did his best ever lap

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    Trustme got around in one piece

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    Pete gave invaluable assistance, he is more methodical then me , checking tyre pressures & temps before & after each race, taking engine temp readings & checking battery voltage

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    Sometimes we just talk stuff

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    Finally a race day where the bike ran good

    My wife laughs at us in a nice way , she finds us amusing , the racing is almost secondary to the camaraderie of tinkering with old bikes. It does seem to bring out the best in people. Hmmmmm

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    The gearbox does have a false neutral that is bloody annoying, I think I will take it to Graeme Cole to sort out , I am unskilled in the black art of Triumph gearboxes & there are some mods you can do to improve things.

    All in all , progress, happy happy joy joy. :clap



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  8. motu

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    You need to lower the footpegs on the TY.
  9. Padmei

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    What a story - it had ups & downs,spills & thrills.:clap

    I'm just going out now to increase the intake on my bike - seems the thing to do these days:D
  10. motu

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    There is a formula to work it out, same as exhaust theory. About 12 inches for a Triumph from memory. Made my bike peaky at the time. I had an 8 stud alloy head (T110) someone had modified with a plate across the ports with carb stud placing, and some long extentions....I used 389 monoblocks with a chopped float bowl. I prefered a single carb - 1 1/4 SU made power all over....and it would idle.
  11. trustme

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    The joys of advice

    Inlets

    1 / More length gives more power
    2 / Move the carbs closer you are losing mid range

    Exhausts

    1 / What ever you do don't go 2 into 1
    2 / 1 3/4 & 37 1/2 " long, thats what the works Trumps & the flat trackers used
    3 / They are too large in diameter, no back pressure
    4 / Go 2 into 1 there's another 6 or 7 HP there

    Confused , I sure am .

    The old school stuff undoubtedly worked , Mr Dyno reckons knowledge / technology has moved on a bit.

    Short answer , buggered if I know.
  12. Voltaire

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    After last weekend Nick and I wonder about the conventional wisdom of fancy cams, big ports, valves, pistons and bigger carbs.
    A good 2 into 1 is supposed to be the biz, but no one seems to agree on that.
    The BMW has not been near a dyno, but I'm thinking nearer 60 BHP.
    I was surprised to see the engine pulling to 8000 with the stock cam, in a mid 70's heavy flywheel jobby would be all over by 6500.
    Pulling just under 7500 across the SF line so gearing is pretty good.
    I struggled to get past Johnnie Stevens T140...but then you get those CB 350s and they go very fast too....
    +1 Buggered If I know.
  13. trustme

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    TALES OF LOVE LOST & FOUND.

    It's been a long time so here is an edited update.

    After Mr Dyno worked his magic the bike ran real well except for one thing , I kept getting a false neutral when changing down to second. Bloody annoying & at times a little scary.
    I gave the bike to Graeme Cole to work some magic on the gearbox. He under cut the dogs but basically the box was OK
    I ran it at a HMCC winter race meeting , track was wet , gearbox still had neutrals

    When you come over the rise to the harpin on a wet track with no gears , the front locks & slaps around , you see yourself going down again. Not good

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    I took Winston home, deflated , dejected, confidence shot to bits. I pushed him into the corner & did not look at the bike for over 2 months.

    THE LOVE WAS GONE

    I very nearly did not enter the Barry Sheene, ambivalent comes to mind . A text from Volty jolted me into last minute action .

    Fitted a shark fin cos everyone said I had to have it

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    Fitted bigger fuel taps & lines. Mr Dyno reckoned it starved for fuel as the fuel level dropped

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    Wired up the calipers, fitted a new / second hand gearbox RH outer casing & indent plunger for the gearbox & hoped for the best

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    Friday was a test day, they ran us in groups of slow , medium & fast. Did 4 sessions, motor ran fine , still the odd neutral but it gave me time to see if I could learn to ride around the problem. Couple of things worked, slowing down the changes & letting revs die right off before going down to second helped . Corner speed went up as a little confidence returned so second was not needed so much. Overall the weekend went well, I did not have to put a spanner near Winston , motor went well. Gearbox was not ideal but rideable

    Not many pics as the Photog only came on Sunday

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    Andrew Stroud was impressive as always

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    Tasty Bentley

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    Mates

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    The Tractor drivers had a mixed weekend , Adrian has an off that knocked him out on Sat so his weekend was done. Volty went well all weekend until his clutch died in his second to last race. Winston went around & around, boring really :lol3:lol3. Had a DNF on Sunday , I tipped into the long sweeper & the bike gave a serious lurch, I pulled into pit lane figuring I had blown an oil line or had a puncture. Nope, 1 of the quicker Nortons had blown the front out of his crankcase & barrels & dumped oil everywhere, nice.


    After the BS I was keen to go to Manfield the following weekend

    Pete was there doing Pete things like remembering to take the rubber caps off the carbs cos I forget

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    Only prob was the face of the tach started to spin,, we pulled it apart , superglued it back together & wrapped it in gladwrap, good to go.

    On Saturday had a couple of good dices with a Trton that has a very similar spec motor to mine, He had electrical issues & did not run Sunday

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    Sunday & I had a couple of good duels with another Triton. Play mates at last

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    As I pushed harder the neutrals started to reappear, to go faster I have to change slower but that is not always so easy. Found a netral looking for third going into the sweeper so ended up running way wide

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    Eye candy

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    Racing was all wrapped up by 3.00 pm

    On the road again

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    A couple of days later I picked up some bits from Pete courtesy of Willy Williamson

    Willy rides a chair,

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    He's a good bugger. Julie is married , but not to him. ' I'm allowed to borrow her , just can't bring her back broken '.
    Willy was pretty helpful about the vagaries of Triumph gearboxes
    ' I was coming to the end of the straight at Paeroa, no gears , bugger all brakes, I was going to jump ship but Julie was still there so I had to stay '

    He's lent me a casing with inspection ports so I can see what is happening & check clearances

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    Got a new older profile cam plate that has to be turned into swiss cheese. The standard one builds up momentum on quick changes & blows through the detent notch or so the theory goes

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    THE LOVE IS BACK
  14. Voltaire

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    Ah Triumph love :evil
    Good to have a playmate to dice with.
  15. Mark_S

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    great update

    hitting a neutral going hard out into a corner must be a real bowel emptyer - feck that

    I'm surprised that the oil doesnÂ’t leak out the inspection ports.....
  16. motu

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    I don't have much experience with 5 speeds - unit construction and 5 gears was a bit flash for me back in the day, a bike has to be worn out before I'll buy it. But false neutrals when shifting fast was a real problem - I always thought it was the momenteum of the shift plate too, but didn't do anything about it....I fitted a BSA box in my Triton which was much better.

    BMW redesigned their shift plate to solve the false neutral problem. Actualy, what stopped the false neutral for me was fitting a slick shift. I found one, didn't know what they were, so fitted it to my box....and no more false neutrals. I think it just slowed down my shifts, or maybe the mechanical clutch opperation was better than my hand co-ordinated version...but very few missed shifts with the slick-shift.

    So, no more high speed miss ?
  17. trustme

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    No , the Pazon has fixed all that . Volty rewired everything , all connections soldered & heat shrink sealed . The Pazon had a faulty hall effect pick up [ I think that is what it's called ] , took Mr Dyno a while to figure it out, would run fine then miss on one side. He waved a magnetic screw driver over the pick up & the miss went away,
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    A great story on the ups and downs of racing classics Trustme, thanks for sharing it with us.

    Hahaha yea he's a good bastard, I've watched him race a fair few times now and met him once, he's a good bastard and knows how to pilot that rig for sure.

    Most fun and sideways sidecar I've ever had the pleasure of swinging on :clap
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    Cross refeerncing PJays thread. There is a pic of Willy at Onekawa racing in those same leathers way back in the day . They were officially retired at Manfield , someone gave him a set of new / old leathers & the relics got hurled across the pits. I think he quickly thought better of it & they will be retired to pride of place hung on a wall at home.
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    You need some helpers to work on your bike while you are asleep.

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