April 21, 2013
This happened about two weeks ago and I can’t get it off my mind. I dream of building and racing motorcycles (hopefully for a living one day) and this is just the first step forward in many that are required. It is partly why I’m selling of my Datsun gear. This is a NF4 Honda RS125, a GP bike of the days when 2 stroke 125cc bikes were raced on the world stage. I’m unsure about the exact year of this bike but it’ll be approx the mid 1990′s.
The Honda RS125 was a bike that could be purchased directly from Honda by any club racer or enthusiast, they’re the peoples racer of sorts. The later model variants have a revised rear suspension system and a thicker main frame (basically overall better), but that does not detract from how awesome these little bikes are.
The plan: take the engine from my Suzuki GP125 and with some guidance from Team ESE and Tim modify/tune it to produce a chubby power curve (approx 20hp would be fine) to tackle the F4 kart tracks. Then I will squeeze it into the tiny frame and learn to ride a real race bike. I am not planning to sell my Suzuki FXR150, rather build a new exhaust and keep it serviced as a backup if the unthinkable should happen and the ‘stink wheel’ (as they call them) fails. Last week I bought all new fasteners for the frame as the original ones were looking pretty shot. I also woke up to a fairly new set of Dunlop slicks at my door. There are many things I still need to get for this bike but I’m working through them all slowly. Here’s to the beginning of a life of 2 strokes!
April 18, 2013
On the weekend the 2013 F4 GP was held at Tokoroa Kart track. This is a simple walk through the camp ground/pit-lane on Saturday followed by some practice laps by the F4 GP class. There will be some more video of the fierce race to come. There were TEN, yes, 10 Honda RS chassis’ at the GP this year. This included one RS250 and one NX4. That is more RS’ than the National 125 rounds!
April 18, 2013
I haven’t posted in some time so here’s a quick catch up. The final round of the North Island Series was held at Roy’s Hill Kart Track in Hastings at the end of March. Another spectacular track and some amazing roads to get there through the gorge hills. I did pretty average, sitting at the back of A grade with a bike performing very badly and some slow lines as it was my first time there. Never the less it was a super fun weekend. The final race came down to Rick Ford and Reagan Griffith with Reagan taking the series win, congrats!
Yes the race track is located in vineyard country and is in fact built between two vineyards and a road. You really couldn’t ask for a much more beautiful area. I’m thoroughly looking forward to the next race there, and the start to the new season. Hopefully I can inspire one or two readers to join in on the incredible fun.
April 1, 2013
THE SUNNY TRUCK IS UP FOR SALE
Life has moved on for me and I can’t hold onto this any longer, time to pass this onto someone else to enjoy.
Below is the basic spec sheet. You will notice I haven’t given wheel size for the current set up. This is because I do not wish to sell with them. I have also recently jumped into an Keihin FCR41 carb setup for this car. As it is not 100% with getting the right amount of fuel to them, they will not come with it and I shall sell it with the factory EFI setup as a running, moving, sliding car.
I live on the North Shore of Auckland and you are welcome to come view if you are legitimately going to buy it.
Price: $8,000. I’m pretty firm on the price so don’t expect much movement.
I am not looking to swap it for anything either
Comment if you want to buy it, please no window shoppers
READ TO THE BOTTOM
1982 Datsun 1200 Truck
Ex lendich construction
Does a sweet drift and is the funnest car I’ve driven due to being so small
S14 SR20DE w/ S14 gearbox
Shortened drive shaft
New tunnel and recessed firewall with exhaust tunnel in passenger side
Floor of cab and tunnel has been painted with POR15
2.5” exhaust with a single muffler
Braced cabin floor for the new gearbox mount
Factory plenum and alloy inlet tube ending with a pod filter
Factory exhaust manifold
S14 alloy radiator
Two electric fans
Silvia in tank fuel pump fitted to factory B120 tank with baffles fitted
KB110 struts and brakes
Brake master cylinder mounted under dash w/ braided clutch line
Struts converted to adjustable spring platform with shortened pulsar shocks and milled out cusco S13 camber plates
Rear has short and stiff shocks
Reset rear leaves with 1 1/2″ lowering block
Cut bump stops
Roll centre adjusters
Redrilled strut towers for more castor
Recently replaced lower ball joints and tie rods
Has been certified for 13×7 175/50r13 (not the size pictured) wheels and suspension
Nardi steering wheel
New handbrake cable
Genuine Datsun fender mirrors in factory location (looking a bit rough these days)
Lendich mustard construction yellow
Stainless steel monsoon window guards
Let me start this by saying that lendich construction COVERED this thing in rust proofing. That is not to say it doesn’t have rust but that the rust proofing is there. There is some rust though which I recommend having removed if longevity is the aim. There is a spot in the passenger side roof gutter, a spot in the rear quarter panel in the seam and some in the front scuttle panel. There is also surface rust in the tray. Overall it’s not the end of the world but it was never meant to be a show piece. It is crazy fun to drive and driving it is the main purpose.
Sorry I thought I had a photo of the engine bay complete, it looks mostly similar to the following:
March 25, 2013
March 24, 2013
One of my favourite bikes from the Barry Sheene Trans-Tasman Challenge in October 2012
Some commentary from the festivals website:
“Glen Hindle is bringing his Maxton TR3 350cc to the BSTT in NZ. Glen is the current 350cc Post Classic lap record holder at both Philip Island and Eastern Creek and was Australian 350cc post Classic Champion in 2009. Glen didnt take up road racing till his late 20s and got into ‘historic racing’ in 2004. His late dad Bryan Hindle was an Austraian Yamaha Factory rider and won a number of Australian titles. With team mate Len Atlee he won the first Castrol 6hr in 1970 on a Triumph T120 650cc Bonneville.”
March 23, 2013
My dad and I went down to Te Puke – pronounced tee pokee not puke ie vomit – for the fifth round in the north island F4 series the other weekend. To say it was a great event is an understatement! I spent Friday night after work and Saturday morning building a new/quieter exhaust so I didn’t get black flagged. We arrived at Te Puke around mid day and jumped straight into practice then qualifying. I set a horrible qualifying time due to never having seen the track before, loosing out on the first practice session and a tune that wasn’t playing fun with the new exhaust set up.
Super solid weekend, cheers again to everyone who helped out, organised and drank beers with us.
Reagan put in a ridiculous 42.955s lap, brian broke two bikes after qualifying third and pushed the FXR over the line, I got smoked by B grade half due to a ill tuned bike (other half cos I suck), Warrick fended his son Josh off until he conceded (that would have been an amusing drive home), I believe Mel got her knee down, Will stepped up the pace in B grade, the track was bone dry and fun as hell…
… aaannnddd my old man took some photos of us. Cheers dad. A successful first away meeting for myself and I can’t wait for the next one.
March 3, 2013
So I have some SR parts to sell and they just so happen to piece together to form a really attractive looking package.
As posted HERE, I’m selling some Silver Top 20V 4AGE ITBS on a custom alloy manifold for the SR20DE. I also have some CUSCO exhaust headers and a complete SR20DE for sale. Right now I want to sell it all as it is because I don’t want any of it hanging around but I may be open to parting it out in the future. Get at me for more information, no time to list it all out right now.
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the setup. It will be going on trademe soonish
March 1, 2013
Last weekend it was round 5 of the AMCC F4 series at Mt Wellington. I palmed off my camera to my dad like usual but this time with the 300L lens on the end, oh yeah.
It was such an awesome day and improved on my times quite a bit! I felt comfortable on the bike and I ran a new pb of 31.407 seconds anticlockwise. The last meeting my PB was in the mid 32 second block and I’m stoked it only took 4 race weekends to get into the 31 second block. Avalon Biddle was racing on Sunday who races a Suzuki GSR600 professionally and used to race a Honda RS125.
I also tried my best to learn some riding skill from Avalon, Gavin, Nigel and David who lead from the front. Unfortunately the GP125 engined RS125 which Avalon was riding was leaking gearbox oil into the crank case of the 2 stroke and fouling plugs but I’m kind of grateful for it because it let me try and follow when she overtook me haha.
The below photo is a pass around the outside of Warrick in the sweeper just after passing me in the infield, that’s some corner speed right there!
Congrats to Nigel for a new track record of 29.436s anticlockwise, a real sight to see!
I had some good battles with Warrick, Karl and Neil (mini motard)! Great riding guys
Huge respect for Karl (following me in the above photo) who put in a 30.9 second lap on a 13hp FXR with standard wheels and 5 year old worn out skinny slicks. I have some serious learning to do with corner speed clearly! It also goes to show how little you have to put into your bike to be competitive at Mt Wellington if you have the right skill.
Thanks Kamil, Cully, Tim etc who ran the event and to the flag marshals as always. Cheers dad for shooting the photos