Monday, 29 November 2010
1966 becomes the absolute top year for Honda. They win the manufacturers' world championship in all five classes, for this year they also compete in the 500 cc class, and individual world championships in three classes. It is a unique fact, a record still standing today. Although during the years 1958-60, MV also won the manufacturers' title in all the classes they contested, there were only four classes then – and the competition of the MVs was weak, not to use the term non-existent.
This year Mike Hailwood, arguably the greatest motorcycle racer ever, joins the Honda team as a works rider (his participation and resulting first world championship 250 cc in 1961 was as a privateer, with the Hondas on a loan basis). After Redman's retirement, Stuart Graham, son of the famous Leslie Graham, joins the team to assist Hailwood.
In the 50 cc there's fierce competition between Taveri and Bryans on their Hondas, and Anscheidt, after the withdrawal of Kreidler, on a Suzuki twin. After the one but last GP of the season, the Isle of Man TT (this year one but last because strikes in
In the 125 cc class, the competition for Honda this year comes from Phil Read and Bill Ivy on Yamahas, not from Suzuki. Taveri takes the title, with Ivy second and
In the 250 cc class, Redman and Hailwood have to defeat the Yamaha four cylinders of Read and Ivy. Although the Yamahas are slightly more powerful with 60 bhp, the combination of Hailwood and the Honda six is so superior, that Hailwood wins the first seven races and is already world champion halfway through the season. In total he wins 10 of the 11 races this year. Read is second and Redman, who breaks his arm in Franchorchamps and retires from racing, is third. In the manufacturers' standing, Honda is first, followed by Yamaha, MZ and Bultaco.
In the 350 cc class, Hailwood wins the title with six victories, Agostini is second with three wins, and Renzo Pasolini (Aermacchi) is third. Honda wins the manufacturers' title, followed by MV Agusta, Aermacchi and Jawa. The 500 cc becomes a different story. Redman, who has decided that this will be his last season, wants to round off his career with a 500 cc world championship, so Hailwood will concentrate on the 250 and 350 cc, and Redman on the
Belive it or not this beautiful Ferrari blue Moto Guzzi splendour, is build by Adam Nestor (Born 1989) from Rävlanda
Adam Started build his first bike (a Honda CB 125 K5) with his dad when he was only 16, and is now a bike mechanic at a motorcycle company in Gothenburg.
"Madame Guzzi" was build around the engine of a 1979 Guzzi SP1000, and that is about the only piece cannibalised from that model! Most of the parts for the bike, like the velocity stacks, frame, tank, bars, and exhaust, were hand- fabricated by Adam. Other specs include twin SU HS2 carbs, Benelli hubs, Avon Speedmaster tires, Marzocchi forks, and an Ohlins rear shock.
The bike was entered in numerous categories at the 2010 Västervik bike show, where it took first place in the custom class and landed overall as best-in-show.
Nice going Mr. Nestor. I bet I am not the only one looking forward to see the next bike from this young man?
Saturday, 27 November 2010
It is no secret that it is classic alloy wheel week on Cling on for dear life! So here are some more classic adds for the sought-after mags of the 70’s
Was a skinny comparative to the Lester wheels, and had removable bearing holders for easier maintenance.
Was clearly aimed for racing, using the race legend Carrol Shelby & Daytona as buzzwords to make the product sell. The
Friday, 26 November 2010
Let me introduce you all to a new friend. His name is Christian; he is Italian, and the guy behind Plan B Motorcycles.
Besides being a fan of Cling on for dear life, he is also building some really cool Café Racers, like The Sumo [1993 Honda CBR 600F], The Sonic [1938 Harley Davidson WL], and The Proto-Moto [Yamaha XT600z Tenèrè].
Plan B Motorcycles got its name because all the bikes was scheduled to be send to the junkyard, but as a Plan B they were resurrected and build into super cool Café Racers.
This was also the case with The Proto-Moto project. When Christian first found the abandoned Yamaha it was in a really bad shape! Even though he did not like the bike itself, he loved the rough muscular engine, and started modifying the bike around his own taste. The Proto-Moto is partly build using parts from other bikes, found at swap meets. But looking more carefully at the bike it is clear that a lot of craftsmanship has gone into the bike and all the hand made bits and pieces.
The brake leaver was re-build to look old, but in fact the brakes are very modern parts. The small white ring around the mounting point of the headlight is actually a hidden led-turning signal, and the carburettor covers are kitchen sink stoppers. Clever and cool design features that really make this bike into something special. Or to quote the man himself:
“For me this is the true modern Cafè Cacer: A hand made motorcycle, simple and economical, built by blending modern and classic parts. Perhaps they will not make 300km/h but they can give you a thrill way more complete than any other modern bike. [...] Moreover learning to make all the modifications and the repairs with your own hands does not have price!”
In all a very cool bike project that I personally am looking forward to see finished.
Follow the progress on: http://planbmotorcycles.blogspot.com/
Thursday, 25 November 2010
For the past couple of days Cling on for dear life has had a lot of visitors passing through from http://planbmotorcycles.blogspot.com/2010/11/cling-on-for-life.html
So thank you very much Plan B Motorcycles for the recommendation, and the kind words of approval.
We appreciate it! :)
Monday, 22 November 2010
Even though cast alloy wheels are standard on most modern motorcycles today, it was ground braking news when The Lester Tire & Wheel Company in
The Lester wheels were popular with racers because they were light, strong, and some could even take tubeless radial tire like the Dunlop Touring Elite or Goodyear – Eagle.
There were several other wheel manufacturers, e.g. Morris and Henry Abe that followed in Lester’s footsteps. Most of the companies made wheels for the Honda CB750s, and most people bought them for looks.
If you want to see more cool cast alloy wheels go to the following webpage: http://www.fishheadbigbrakes.com/Wheels.html
It would be tempting to call this a real coffee machine, due to its name The Espresso.
I am not sure what I think of the tank and tail, and the design is pretty much off the shelf CB750. But with the rear sets and clubman bars it must handle really well, and be a joy to ride.
A friend of mine is working in
With mirrors and indicators build into the faring, this CR750 is fully road legal! What a head turner!
The front drum brake is not historically correct, but with the attention to detail on this bike it will not drag the total score for this bike down.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Scott G. Toepfer’s touching photo book ”It’s Better in the Wind” has been on the market for some time now.
With the success of the book, we will now be able to look forward to a film with the same people. The film will be released during the summer of 2011.
Monday, 15 November 2010
The Moto Guzzi V8 is a motorcycle marvel! A masterpiece so unique, complex, and expensive to maintain that it was only used for racing from 1955-57.
The Dr. Giulio Cesare Carcano build water-cooled, 500 cc V-8 motor with dual overhead cams and a separate carburettor for each of the eight cylinders, weighed only
Until recently I had never seen a race bike with a V8, but then I was introduced to the Michigan Madman E.J. Potter! His homebuilt motorcycle, “The Widow Maker", had a Chevy V8 in an old Harley Davidson frame! What a nutter!!!
Typical American... Bigger is better right?!? All muscles and no brain, pedal to the metal attitude. And I am sure the Chevy V8 bike doesn’t corner very well?
Well what bike is best? Does it matter? Both bikes would make my heart race if I had a try. And that is the point right?