Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Giuliano Segoni

Having invented the beard in Florence in 1969, Giuliano Segoni went on to design this exciting stressed-member Laverda. pictured here in 1971 with his architect brother and test rider Augusto Brettoni.
In 1973 he went crazy and came up with this monocoque frame for the SFC.
Ohh err on the engine turned finish
Then in 1974 he discovered funk, and things calmed down a little. This Kawa Z900 (he mysteriously badged K900 - maybe discovered pipe smoking?) was shown off at the Milan show.
He gained some endurance success. Beating the official factory team in 1975 at the 24hour Bol D'Or - even being the sole Italinan team to finish. Dude. BP

Monday, 1 September 2014

Cable Oiler

What a brilliant invention. Every tool kit needs one.
Insert lethargic clutch / throttle / wire-pull brake cable into the rubber section of the clamp-block. One side of the rubber has a wide opening to accept the thickness of the cable outer. push it all the way in - usually to the depth of the chrome end section.
the other side of the rubber clamps tightly down onto the wire once you tighten down the knurled locking screw.
insert the thin pipe attachment of preferred can of WD40 / PTFE / silicon spray into small hole in rubber. Fill that parched cable with a few good bursts.
The oldfashioned way is to hang your cables up by the nipple and then drizzle 3-in-1 oil down the wire, but it's snails pace laborious. This little gizmo gets much better penetration and instantly. BP

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Fuel R100 Tracker

From our friends at Fuel Motorcycles, Barcelona.

Based on a BMW R100 RS from 1979 the Fuel R100 Tracker HP ( High Performance) was commissioned by Dave from England. Dave participated last year in the Scram AfrIca (a trip to dessert for old bikes) and the bike unfortunately broke during a desert stage.. so when the trip ended he left us to fix and transform the bike. 

We worked on several designs and finally the chosen one was a dirt track design. The bike must have an small tank, solo seat, high exhaust pipe and keep it as simple and light as possible. 

On the other hand we wanted to improve the performances of the bike. We started changing the front fork for a BMW K75 one, the whole brake system ( a bigger disc and four caliper brakes), a MIkuni carbs , K&N air filters, a rear Ohlins suspension, fast throttle grip, etc.. 

One of the details of the bike refers to the ignition system. The bike has the ignition key on the left side of the bike but it starts with a car start button located beside of the speedometer.

The bike has a lot of new parts designed by us and machined by a specialist..speedometer holder, bracket indicators, front and rear fender brass fixing screws, etc..and other handmade parts as the battery box, the rear frame, the tubular structure under the seat, high exhaust pipes, aluminium number side panels, number plate holder , etc..so we really use a few aftermarket parts. 

This bike represents a step forward in our learning, it was a challenge that we achieved thanks to 5 months of hard work and the talent of many people as our engineer Alfons. Now just remains to share the result with all of you. Hope you like! 

Main mods and parts:
Bates front light
Motogadget speedometer
LSL handlebar
Triumph front and rear fenders
Leather seat
K&N Air filter
Oury grips
Ohlins rear shocks
Dunlop K70 tires
Dirt track tank
Offroad footpegs
Kawasaki Z1 brake master cylinder
Fuel front disc
Progressive springs
Mikuni 36 carbs
Fondseca quick throttle
Handmade exhaust pipes
Handmade side number panels, battery box, subframe, number plate holder
Machined front indicators brackets, speedometer holder, ignition key holder

Saturday, 30 August 2014

A Date With The Dirt

Great little feature on a jolly with the Jerkyls at the Penrith oval over on the Deus blog:
....As the fog started to lift the tools started to fly then like a gunshot the staccato of two stroke combustion tore the silence and the smell of burning oil drifted through the pits like incense in a Bali imports boutique. It was go time. For several hours two and four stroke machines were being fettled and warmed up while everyone was getting ready for some mud mask action....

Friday, 29 August 2014


From the clever people at Deus Ex Machina. I have no ikea where they got the inspiration. G

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Zaeta Event at Perris NEXT WEEK

Lots going on in Zaeta world. This is an open invitation to an event organised for the Italian company out in Perris, California. Any fans of these jewel-like street trackers are welcome to attend. Our good friend and co-owner of Zaeta, Marco Belli will be there.
Here is the press release...

En route to the Bonneville salt flats, a short pit stop will occur near Los Angeles at Perris Raceway on September 4th from 4-9PM. Some elite racers will have the opportunity to saddle up and put the Zaeta through its paces. Some of the riders attending will include, Pro AMA riders in both AMA Flat Track and AMA Road Racing including Stevie Bonsey, Josh Chisum, Sebastiao Ferreira, Jimmy Wood, Sr, Jimmy Wood Jr, Jim Medlin and many more. 

Other personalities include actor Jason Lee and Hollywood stunt rider Joe Bucaro. Custom motorcycle builders Kevin Dunworth, Roland Sands, Kim Boyle, Oliver Jones, Jay LaRossa and Brandon Holstein will give the Zaeta a twist. 

Press and motorcycle enthusiasts are welcome to check out the Zaeta bike for free or take their own personal bikes for a spin on the track during the time slot of 6:30-7:00PM for a nominal fee of $10. 

Listen to the DJ, cheer the pros as they dash for Café Racer XXX coffee or peruse the custom bikes on display from Deus, Lossa Engineering, Speed Merchant, The Cut Rate and the BA Moto club. 

A very special thanks to the financial sponsors that made this event possible including Zaeta, GoAnimoto LLC, Café Racer XXX, Hollywood Trading Company, Pakelo, Soul Custom, Speed Merchant, Lossa Engineering and BA Moto.

If you would like to know more about the Zaeta or the Test at Perris Raceway, please feel free to contact either,  Donna Parodi DonnaParodi@gmail.com Sasha Valentine caferacerxxx@gmail.com

You can read the full story on this company and their stunning street trackers in 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Bryan Smith at the Mega Mile

AMA Pro Racing are serving up some great video content this year: full races and smaller features like track walks with the top  races.
This is an interesting short. I'd like to see Bryan Smith win the #1 plate this year.

An in-depth tech feature on SMith and his 2013 Crosley Kawasaki 650 twin is featured in SB15. G

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

650 Street Tracker

From Kev in Derbyshire

Hi Gary 
Hope you are well. Just thought I would send you a couple of pics of my brother Pete's daytime licence Bonnie 650 street tracker with recently fitted Redmax seat.
Cheers Kev

Monday, 25 August 2014

DJ Dave Taylor

To the tune of 'Milkshake' by Kelis

Dave's turntable brings all the girls to the yard,
His tunes are better than yours
Damn right, they're better than yours
He could teach you
But he'd have to charge

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Mega Mile Main Event

You'll really want to watch this - 1.25-mile, engine-killing oval - the Mega Mile at Colonial Downs.
There's a load of fannying around at the beginning, that's worth watching - engines overheating, Joe Kopp's dead engine (yes, Joe Kopp out of retirement again and made the main on a Triumph), racers playing mind games - then there's a red flag. It just reminds me how highly strung these riders are when it comes to the main. I love it.

The race itself is wild. Loads of different lines on this deep cushion track. Loads of different makes in the main too - H-D, KTM, Triumph, Kawasaki, Suzuki. G