Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Adventure Speedweek - Day I

Here's a blurb and some magnificent pics from my brother Nic's recent adventure inSouth Africa:

Haakskeen - The 5k Grin - part I
There we were.
Tourists, treasure seekers… pilgrims.
Drawn to the arid far north west reaches of the Southern land….
The Kalagadi.


Camped out on the edge of Haakskeen pan, an open vastness of solitude.
Together in our idea, individual in our method and goal.
On a quest.
Wring the nuts off your chosen fire breather, to see how fokken fast it’ll take ye.


(An official timed speed run, on a pan as flat as flat can. 6cm gradient over 2km’s)
(A sun baked crust of salt and clay. 5km’s is all you have got, to have your say.)

“Bring em bring em” from far and wide. “ If it got wheels , we’ll time it”,the slogan goes.
From 1930-2012 ,the models were present.

But alas, the pan was not going to let you just burn it, and take the honours.
Once the surface had been ridden on the first day, with high crosswinds, it broke up into a rough powder.
400+ Bph for the cars , some who know what, turbo charged 1400cc motorcycles geared for 420km/h+ took on a whole new meaning. Anything over 200km’s took huge balls.

(to be continued)




Monday, 29 October 2012

Ducati Desmo Off-Road

From my favourite blog: Cafe Racer Culture

I'm not a fan of the Supersport frame... with the big gap in the middle of the spars (where the rear cylinder is), it often looks kinda broken. But in this off-road guise it looks great!

I Love Ducatis!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

MX Training

Managed to get down to my local MX practice track on Sunday morning. It was a clear, bright autumn day. But a weeks' worth of rain gave us a few sections of muddy slag... most of the track was ok though.

I'm starting to really dislike mud...

...scraped about 15kg of mud off at the track... then power-washed the other 15kg off at home... and then spent half an hour cleaning that up.

Managed to do 1 hour 45 mins with only 1 break... and put the bike down only once. The Northamptonshire mud has clay in it... so sticks like dog-shit. Took 2 hours to jet-wash that shit off the bike and kit.

I had to get out there and put the time in... body is still aching. It's my last chance to get some fitness in before I do an enduro out in South Africa in three weeks' time.

Monday, 8 October 2012

BMW Cafe Racer

About time I posted something worthwhile. Normally not a big fan of the teutonic-over-engineered-omplexity-where-you-don't-need-it BMWs... but this one is an absolute gem...

Stripped down to only what is needed... just love the balance, shape and stance.

Also love the matt black and chunky tyres. Beautiful!


Thanks to CafeRacerCulture for the pics and link!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Taster - ZA Speed Week

My brother Nic took part in South Africa's first 'Speed Week' on the salt pan where an attempt on the world land speed record will be made by Noble and his team in the next few years.

Not only did he take some cool shots... but he took his Ducati for a few runs down the salt.

Story and more awesome pics coming soon.