June 4, 2013
Remembering the old days
June 4, 2013
I’ve finally stepped into 2013.
The laptop I’ve been processing on for approx 9 years has finally driven me over the edge. With its 1.6 GHz intel core 1 CPU, 2GB of DDR2 ram and a 60GB hard drive it wasn’t exactly doing me any favours. The screen is broken on two corners, has light patches all over it from being stuffed in a bag whilst around the world, no space bar key and only barely has USB 2.0. I have used it for 99% of all my photographic life (approx 10 years now) and although it has seriously hindered me at times, has been an absolute trooper. I wanted to point that out because it shows that you don’t NEED the best of equipment to learn and produce good work. It certainly helps but in no way is it an excuse for not trying!
Having said that, I am over the moon with the new addition to the electronic family/zoo: a 27″ Apple iMac. Now I’m not a total Apple fan boy but I sure do feel like one in front of this incredible screen, frothing at the mouth.
I’m transferring most of my content over to the new HDD and along the way I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane. The above screen capture is from LR4, from the BBQ meet we had at the C’s Garage pad in April 2011. I might post a few more photos from this as I didn’t really put much up from it.
May 19, 2013
Suzuki GP125 engine strip down
Here are some more internal photos of the GP engine as I pull it down. I ended up drilling most of the phillips head bolts which hold the casings together as they were corroded down the thread. What a stupid idea it is to use a phillips head, honestly.
This last photo is of the tiny GP gearbox assembly. I wanted to show it to give you an idea on how a motorcycle gearbox works (although similar to a car) in translating the up and down movement of the gear changer to a change in gear. When you push up or down on the changer, a mechanism spins the grooved barrel in the top of the photos. In those grooves are the gear selectors which move left and right depending on the groove. The selectors move the gears on the input and output shafts which engage with each other to drive different combinations of gears and therefore ratios.
May 16, 2013
Just FYI, if you’re into my photography and would like to see more of my work, visit my new photography tumblr.
I’ve just drafted 61 posts of my favourite content and I’m excited to see it all together.
May 15, 2013
May 2013 – End of an era, the beginning of a very exciting one
May 11, 2013
May 7, 2013
A thing of true beauty
May 6, 2013
I swapped the Honda NX4 RS125 tailpiece from my 4 stroke onto its rightful home on the RS125 chassis.
A few NX4 RS125 expansion chambers also turned up on my door this morning, thanks Jesse! I know they’re not matched perfectly to what I will be doing to the GP engine but Rob has shown that they work well enough to get some great power figures from them. It’s also easier to use an RS one to get it going and rideable instead of stuffing around building one that is likely to be crap. I do plan to build a few in the future though…
May 6, 2013
I spent some time at Tim’s (a fellow F4 racer) place on Anzac day talking crap about bikes and figuring out how we can get some economies of scale going on with our GP125 builds. Being the good bastard he is, he gave me some… ummmm… used GP125 cases and a test bed GP100 cylinder for some time on the grinder before jumping into mine. THANKS TIM!
I started undressing her the other night and took some photos along the way:
Factory Suzuki GP125 crank case as provided by Tim
Tim’s degree wheel for port timing
Factory timing marks
April 28, 2013
Here are some more photos from the Tokoroa GP 2013. I cannot emphasis how awesome this event was, such great competition!
^Nathaniel Diprose took it out on his Honda NF4 RS125 powered by a 80cc watercooled Derbi engine putting out 21hp