Saturday, 24 October 2015

Time in the Workshop for modifications.

 . . . it is of course perfectly acceptable to take any standard production bike to the salt flats in Bonneville, Utah and attempt a world record speed run.   Naturally, to ensure safety and standards certain protocols must be observed as found in the participant instruction form.    Personal protective gear including helmet, gloves, boots and suit must be of a minimum standard as set by the organisers before one is allowed to participate.   The vehicle, whether it be a bike, car or lorry must have necessary modifications including the wire-locking of nuts and bolts before participation is allowed.
All this can easily be done to a standard road bike and proper protective 'gear' is easily sourced.

   Seriously attempting world records (rather than simply participating in a fun-run) will most probably require modification of existing bikes and possibly a complete rebuild with re-engineering of not just the engine, but the running-chassis too.

Crew Chief Richard has had the cutter, welder and grinder out recently and I have been helping him (as best I can) with 'adjustments' under the watchful eye of Team Chairman John,   . . . who keeps us all from getting over-excited !
left a bit, right a bit !
making the frame fit !

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Covering the costs of the Bonneville Challenge.

 . . . it's just the practicalities of the situation of building, transporting and riding a motorcycle half-way round the World.
Freighting, van hire and other associated costs like fuel, Insurance required spares and equipment mean that any attempt at a Record during Speed Week will be expensive.

The best way to deal with costs is be rich,     or if your not rich, generate some extra cash in instalments and in plenty of time before hand so as not to be put under pressure nearer the time.

Two of my recent fund-raisers have been an unexpected opportunity to hold an art exhibition in Glasgow where all fourteen of my pictures sold for £120 a piece to whisky-fans who follow me online.   (which is one reason for having an online activity blog or vlog)  so I raised £1,680.

Also I put a few bottles of whisky into auction which I have been saving over the years for a "rainy day" and have raised  £2,285 from their sale to collectors.

Total raised from just two events is now £3,965 to which I've added £35 to round it off to £4,000

As well as special fund-raisers like these events just mentioned I am putting by £50 a week in a cash-fund as it is easy to use the 'piggy bank' system of small regular deposits rather than trying to accommodate a big amount near the time.

I am skipping out on sweets and beer to get the £50 a week,   and I buy less fancy food at the supermarket too,  which all helps.

One of my exhibition pictures from my Inverarity Art Show in Glasgow.