‘Dis­sat­is­fied’, from the Mid­lands...

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The ISDT was orig­i­nally in­tended to be the shop win­dow for pro­duc­tion ma­chines and by and large the Bri­tish in­dus­try had played fair on this. Yes there were the ‘on the day’ mod­i­fi­ca­tions to speed up main­te­nance work dur­ing the event – things such as Tommy bars for wheel re­moval, com­pe­ti­tion tyres and slightly dif­fer­ent han­dle­bars were seen as ac­cept­able to the buy­ing pub­lic. How­ever, there were grow­ing grum­bles from the or­di­nary en­thu­si­ast at the some­times rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent ma­chines used by the teams while suc­cesses be­ing touted as ‘same as you can buy’. Clearly this was not the case and cer­tain things were high­lighted by more than one reader to the point where edi­to­rial space was de­voted to some sem­blance of ex­pla­na­tion. One point raised was the spare ca­bles taped in place on ISDT ma­chines and the grum­ble was if a ca­ble couldn’t last 1000 miles then surely the de­sign was wrong. This was eas­ily ex­plained by the higher chance of ac­ci­dent dam­age in an event like the ISDT. Less easy to ex­plain away were things such as al­loy bar­rels and heads where pro­duc­tion ma­chines wore iron ca­ble in­stead of rod op­er­ated rear brakes, air scoops on brake plates and bet­ter weather pro­tec­tion for electrics. Surely, com­plained read­ers, if these mods were bet­ter they should be in­cor­po­rated in pro­duc­tion mod­els. The sen­ti­ment wasn’t hard to un­der­stand but missed the point that the ISDT had be­come less of a shop win­dow for ma­chines and more of a way to gain na­tional pres­tige.

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