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Off-topic: Climbers who ride MOTORbikes.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
29/08/2013
2:52:04 PM
On 29/08/2013 mikllaw wrote:
>I'm not at all and expert. I've scanned photos ona crappy scanner at work
>and paid to get slides scanned. If you are scanning good slides, get a
>dedicated slide cscanner, scanning is like taking another photo and each
>one requires some fiddling beforehand.
>

Thanks for the feedback mikl.
mikllaw
29/08/2013
3:07:40 PM
On 29/08/2013 technogeekery wrote:
>
>Slightly more recent one of me racing with St George, Eastern Creek, 2005
>or so

Looks good, is that the one now parked outside your church?

My last time at E creek on a RS 125 GP bike

technogeekery
29/08/2013
5:10:59 PM
No, sold my racebikes when I went to Japan, and they take the sport too seriously there for me (ie they are too fast for me). So I bought my KTM there, luckily it was Australian complianced so I imported it when I came back. Slowly turning it more into a touring machine than the original evil urban commute-beast:



RS125 - tiny little things, aren't they? I'd look like a monkey riding a sausage dog on one...

M9 - I've tried lots of slide digitising solutions with very mixed results. A good flatbed scanner, scrupulous cleaning of the slides & scaner and a lot of post production skills (photoshop) can give reasonable results. For good results you need a good dedicated slide scanner like a Nikon Coolscan (no longer produced, but available on fleabay for $5-600) or just take your best ones if you don't have too many and get them professionally done. None of the cheap slide scanners work, save your bucks.

tnd
3/09/2013
4:33:47 PM
On 27/04/2012 tnd wrote:
>...Cranked over in fourth hurtling towards the blind crest at Lukey Heights
>is the schizz.

mikllaw
3/09/2013
4:54:56 PM
modern rubber!
crunchybits1
3/09/2013
5:36:14 PM
nice bum shot neil

IdratherbeclimbingM9
3/09/2013
8:01:05 PM
On 3/09/2013 mikllaw wrote:
>modern rubber!

... but an old fashioned concept!!
v
V



Heh, heh, heh.

tnd
4/09/2013
9:39:16 AM
On 3/09/2013 mikllaw wrote:
>modern rubber!

Note odd-coloured knee sliders. The right one is a couple of years old but I wear out a left one every two track days. Bloody anti-clockwise circuits!

In my younger days racing in the UK, all the circuits there were clockwise. To make front tyres last longer we used to turn them around after a few races, ignoring the rotation arrow. Never did any harm, although I never risked it with a rear tyre. Wouldn't do it now though :-) (In those days it was spoked wheels and 18 inch tubed cross-plies).
technogeekery
4/09/2013
1:30:30 PM
Nice pic tnd :-)

Have you noticed the likes of Marquez etc are wearing (and wearing out) elbow sliders these days!?! Seems to defy physics, really
mikllaw
4/09/2013
2:19:17 PM
On 4/09/2013 tnd wrote:
Bloody anti-clockwise circuits!

in the GOD (good old days) Sydney had a clockwise (amaroo) and a figure 8 (Oran Park)

tnd
4/09/2013
3:18:14 PM
The good old days...Yamaha TZ 250 E, Darley Moore, Derbyshire, UK, 1981.


mikllaw
4/09/2013
6:13:38 PM
spondon!

The old leathers had awesome built in armour...

hangdog
4/09/2013
7:13:11 PM
On 4/09/2013 mikllaw wrote:
>spondon!

Haha thats what caught my eye as well. Fuggin' classic

tnd
5/09/2013
8:10:52 AM
On 4/09/2013 mikllaw wrote:
>spondon!
>
>The old leathers had awesome built in armour...

Haha, armour, what was that, a couple of plastic kneecaps. Knee sliders consisted of multiple layers of duct tape. Notice the dinky little gloves, leather only, no knuckle protection.

Spondon Engineering, Derbyshire, still in existence, make custom motorcycle frames. The name comes from the village where it is located. My bike was a Yamaha engine in one of their frames, similar geometry to the stock item but much lighter and stronger. http://www.spondonengineering.co.uk/
mikllaw
5/09/2013
8:53:21 AM
My (climbing) friend Steve Howden still holds the 350 lap record at Winton (the 350 class doesn't exist anymore) on a TZ 350 in '87. A day later he was braking hard and the headstem, forks and wheel came off.

tnd
5/09/2013
9:45:42 AM
Yikes! Yamaha frames didn't have great workmanship then. Spondon ones were made of chrome-molybdenum tubing, jigged and bronze-welded then stove-enamelled. I think Yamaha made theirs from old hand-rails, they were MIG-welded and had a lot of internal stresses from the high heat. I know someone who hacksawed through a frame tube before making a modification and the two sections of the tube sprung apart half an inch.
mikllaw
5/09/2013
4:04:42 PM
yes, this was a total lack of fusion for most of the 4 welds...

IdratherbeclimbingM9
1/11/2013
1:08:25 PM
On 18/04/2012 technogeekery wrote:
>Am back in Sydney, and just bought a very lightweight tent so that I can
>do this again here in Aus. Would love to do some riding / camping / easy
>trad climbing around NSW (Blue Mountains, Point Perp, ACT-area granite,
>open to anything a little adventurous.
>
>Cheers
>
>Alex

Hmm.
From this post on another forum that I tripped over, it certainly proves that point...
~> Next thing you will be fitting knobbies!

2nd hmm.
This reminds me that we should organise a ride & climb event sometime...
technogeekery
1/11/2013
5:08:38 PM
Oooh I've got a webstalker!

:P

You larf - but Continental make a knobbly in my rim sizes, and I very nearly fitted them to my bike beofe that course...



I was on 100% street tyres, and went amazingly well for semi-slicks, but when I change them out I'll go to 90/10 adventure style tyres, probably Conti Trail Attack 2 as fitted OEM on the 1190 KTM



They get great reviews as a road tyre (unlike the TKC 80s) and add considerable comfort for dirt / gravel roading.

>>we should organise a ride & climb event sometime

Lets do that! Its getting warmer, and I'd be up for some riding, some camping, and some easy climbing. Need a bit of notice to square it with my family, but yes, lets do something. Any ideas?

IdratherbeclimbingM9
1/11/2013
6:06:57 PM
On 1/11/2013 technogeekery wrote:
>I was on 100% street tyres, and went amazingly well for semi-slicks, but
>when I change them out I'll go to 90/10 adventure style tyres (snip)
>They get great reviews as a road tyre (unlike the TKC 80s) and add considerable
>comfort for dirt / gravel roading.
>
Your slicks should have ploughed easily while doing the locked up front brake exercise in a paddock... ;-)

My original tyres were Pirelli Scorpians and supposed to be 'adventure' tyres. They were certainly good on the tar but did not take me where I wanted to go offroad, and I rate them as 80% tar / 20% dirt tyres.

Last tyre change I went for Mitas E O7's, which I rate as 50/50 %ers, and they are wearing surprisingly well.


... I have found the rear to be good but the front is only fair. When they are gone I will go the same on the rear, but go for a more passive-agressive knobby on the front, ... possibly a different brand.
When I go on my planned desert trip I will fit the Mitas E10's which are full knobby.
I am in the market for a spare set of wheels to keep the full knobbies on, but the price tag of close to 2 grand is off-putting.


(snip)
>Lets do that! Its getting warmer, and I'd be up for some riding, some
>camping, and some easy climbing. Need a bit of notice to square it with
>my family, but yes, lets do something. Any ideas?

The Buffalo aid w/end 23/24 Nov is a starter!

I note you were happy to go to Wingello for the Chocky 10th anniversary that didn't happen, so that is an option.
Blue Water Holes / Coolaman Plains near Yarrangobilly is an adventure option.
I could also relate to Booroomba at Canberra, though in interest of fairness to any Vic riders* that might want to participate, all of the above are NSW/ACT, so I am happy to take other suggestions.

(*No Dalai, I am not greatly interested in bouldering, unless the road that takes me there involves plenty of hills, corners, and preferably some dirt!). ☺


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