After getting very jaded with the custom scene (which still has pockets of innovation and goodness, I won't deny), the vintage racer scene (CEO's only need apply), and the scene scene, I took a holiday and ended up in Scooter land. Ive always admired the scooter street and drag scene in Thailand, Indon. and Singapore, but after riding one around Bali I was hooked. Got home and added a Honda PCX125 to the shed, and love using it. That's my excuse for piling on the Small Sun scooter mania you'll see for the next little while. x (smile).
You think you're 'badass'? These young dudes on 150's are doing 15.5's in Tshirts and runners :)
Here is your chance to own a Ducati TT2. Last raced in the late 90's by Tony Jaksic in Post Classic Racing in Australia. I was going to restore this but I have moved to another state and no longer have the room. Runs a 500 cases but not sure whats been done internally, it was a very competitive bike in its days. Some may remember the bike, feel free to message me. All the usual tt bits. It will need a bit of work, not much to get it back up and running, needs battery tray and a front fairing bracket (one on the bike looks home made) and a breather box. Runs a total loss. All brakes still work. I have not have the bike running but won't take much effort to get it running again. The frame is a Verlicchi frame (a letter is supplied from Ian Gowanloch from the 90s). A replica and not a factory racer but set up properly. Comes with a spare exhaust header. I'm hoping to bring it at the Festival of Speed in Eastern Creek depending if I can get transport.
Acerbis and UFO both made these in the mid 90's. Engine shrouds (or 'billboards' as they were called) did wonders for.... not much really. I can find a few old ads for them but were rarely used professionally. Here's a set on Ebay ! ebay link
Here's a green set of UFO's that went for fifty bucks on VitalMX
I think i prefer the previous year's cleaner lines mysself... and besides, I don't think those shrouds will fit my Combat Wombat.
In 1990 Team Jean Stalaven decided to choose light weight over
power for their entry into the Dakar. The choice fell on the single-cylinder
engine Husqvarna 510, bored out to 570 cc.
The shell, designed by Michel Assis, However was revolutionary - It
was made up of two parts welded together in order to stiffen the whole
structure keeping it extremely slim and racy, unusual aesthetics against the
mastodons of the era. Result of the whole operation, an engine with around
sixty horses for 130 kg dry weight, and 185 kg fully loaded: against the 250 kg
of twins. A power-to-weight ratio definitely interesting on paper.
Unfortunately none of the three riders finished the race - Michel Merel,
Laurent Charbonnel and Luc Pagnon all DNF'd.