In the beginning… When I first got the Aprilia, starting the bike with a cold engine would go something like this: Kickstand up. Ignition key on. Shift gearbox to neutral. Kill switch set to Run. Snake right hand between plastic bodywork and aluminum frame. Fumble around blindly as I awkwardly reach for the Mikuni TM24 carburetor plunger mechanism and pull up to activate the starter enrichment circuit (choke). Press starter button. Gently rev engine for a minute or so while stationary. Put on helmet and gloves. Set off down the road gently, upshifting before 7,000 rpm, keeping an eye on […]
I’m using a Pingel Power-Flo On-Off “Race” fuel valve with a 5/16″ outlet. My Mikuni VM30 carbs are designed for a 5.5mm ID fuel supply hose. Given the size mismatch I needed to find a way to step down the hose size from fuel tank outlet to carb inlet. To do this I routed the fuel as follows: From petcock through 5/16 Tygon F-4040-A hose to Jiffy–tite dry break fuel system quick disconnect (-5 AN inlet, -5 AN outlet). From quick disconnect to Pingel 1-in 2-out fuel filter. Conveniently, the fuel filter is 1″ in diameter so I use a stainless steel […]
It seems at times that I like to follow the path of most resistance. I know a stock Honda XR100 or Kayo MR125 likely offers the best bang for the buck in NJMGP racing. But I just can’t get over how cool tricked out grand prix prototype race bikes are. I love MotoGP and I follow with great interest what’s going on with Freetech 50cc racing over in Europe and sometimes I think I’d like to play along even if it means I’m spending way too much money and getting my ass handed to me by smaller, lighter, faster riders […]
An idea for a side project that perhaps interfaces somehow with addlightness. Club Racer Spirit epitomizes the gentleman era of professional-amateur racing and the camaraderie that goes along with club level motorsport.
Half the fun of smoking is all the accoutrement you get to fiddle with. Pipe smoking is the opposite of cigarette smoking – it isn’t pre-packaged, it isn’t meant for convenience, you don’t inhale, etc. It’s all about quiet reflection and contemplation, savoring the ritual and the moment. Peterson Deluxe leather 2 pipe pouch Royal Crown stainless steel portable folding pipe stand Cheapo multi-tool poker/ scraper/ stamper Wooden matches Disposable lighter (just in case I’ve run out of matches or if it’s especially windy) Standard pipe cleaners