Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sanding time

Took some time the other day to sand a spare seat unit found on eBay. These 955i plastic parts are rather rare to found nowadays, let alone in good condition, so when these popped up I clicked the "buy it now" button. 

As often on bikes of this era, the seat is made out of three parts that fit into each other using thin lugs. None of them were missing, but the paint had serious rashes on both side panels. I'm not sure what to do with the seat unit at the moment, but whatever the plan it's going to need a clean surface and that's what the sanding's for.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

First for BMW

It had to happen one day and this was finally last Sunday at Donington : the first ever WSBK win for BMW. The team even went to make 1st and 2nd place in race 1 with Melandri and Haslam ... before they spoil the party in the race 2 where both would go down (Haslam hitting Melandri) in desperate pass moves in the very last bend of the race.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Bad luck for Guintoli

For once, I could watch a WSBK race (Monza round). For once, Sylvain Guintoli was on the 1st place on the start grid. For once, he had a good chance to win by far thanks to soggy conditions. But then, fate falls on his head and while he was completing the warm up lap before the race starts, his Ducati's electronics fried so he was forced to stop with no chance to make the bike's engine restart.

Better luck next time Sylvain. Keep the hard riding up !

Friday, May 18, 2012

Have you seen this bike ?

It's been a bit more than 3 months and a half now that Greeny left home to the Triumph Dealer for what was supposed to be a simple administrative task. Triumph France is known to be taking ages to deliver proper paperwork where Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki (these don't even charge the work) and BMW only take 2 to 3 weeks.

Now, I've been to the dealer last week to know where this all was heading, but mainly because now that the BMW is fixed and properly set up (more on that later), I have some spare time for the Triumph project. Add to that a couple of days off work and I was eager to give the project a full restart. With a promised remaining process time of "only" about 2 weeks, I've been advised to let the bike there rather than bring it home and start a proper track conversion. "Mind, if you had to bring the bike home today, you'd have to haul it back here in 2 weeks or so", said the dealer. Alright then ... I guess I'll have to wait with no guaranteed result of getting a full road agreement in the end.