We like a chal­lenge. Say hello to our TZR250 and Moto3 projects. Have faith.

In a fit of mad­ness, ad man Charles Charlie Charles de­cides it’s time to go rac­ing, but do­ing it the easy way would be no fun, so he’s go­ing two-stroke! Good luck!

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You are go­ing to need a lit­tle bit of back­ground to rec­og­nize the chal­lenge that I’ve given my­self this year. I’ve spent the last ten years cre­at­ing cash that has kept these pages full of mint bike stuff, work­ing with in­cred­i­ble rid­ers, all of whom have been de­voted to two wheels since they could stand on two legs. My in­tro­duc­tion to bikes is very dif­fer­ent. I got my full li­cence when I was twenty, be­cause the L-plate on my Vespa wasn’t very ‘Mod’.

Having be­come a half de­cent ad-man I fell upon Fast Bikes as the ex-own­ers had fired the last chap. Since then it’s been very dif­fer­ent – run­ning staff bikes and Euro­pean tours, and be­ing rolled out for ex­pe­ri­ences that would be wasted on the FB big guns that have sharp­ened my skills and added a pro­fi­ciency that I wish I had learnt in my teens when I had rub­ber-like bones. As it is I am now forty-three and have a real han­ker­ing to get a cou­ple of mon­keys off of my back.

One is to ex­pe­ri­ence the ut­ter joy of two-strokes that the bet­ter in­formed gen­er­a­tion bangs on about, the sec­ond is to get it on a grid and get rac­ing. So that’s the plan, build a two-stroke race bike and race it. Easy, huh?

It just so hap­pens that it was talk­ing to ad­ver­tis­ers that helped de­vise this plan. My friend Giles Har­wood, the guv’nor at HPS, in­tro­duced me to the Yamaha Past Masters Rac­ing Club, a series des­ig­nated to Yamaha’s two-strokes. Giles’s talk of a jovial pad­dock and ev­i­dence from a closed Face­book group, where over the win­ter peo­ple have been trad­ing parts, ex­pe­ri­ence and ad­vice, has filled me with con­fi­dence that this is the place to feed my cu­rios­ity.

There are eight rounds across the year, start­ing at Brands Hatch and vis­it­ing Cad­well, Sil­ver­stone, Don­ing­ton and Oul­ton Park, be­fore my tar­get round, the last of the sea­son held at Snet­ter­ton on the week­end of the 7th/8th Oc­to­ber. Ideally I would get to an ear­lier round but I have to be re­al­is­tic – as the bike is nowhere near built yet…

So to the bike it­self, and what are the odds that all plan­ets would align and we would have a TZR250 2MA sit­ting down­stairs at Fast Bikes tow­ers in nu­mer­ous boxes? This was BJ’s project from a few years back that went on the back burner. It has a his­tory, too. A bike that Beej first rode in the early 1990s, tried to buy off a mate but ran out of

Does he re­ally know what he’s taken on?!

How it was when it came to BJ in 2009...

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