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Loved the project bike Honda CBR1000F in September… how good is that: buying a bike from a priest? The only thing for me is this: has Dave insured it against ‘acts of God’?
Loving the lathe!
Hi, great mag and article about lathes by Ralph. Having served my apprenticeship in engineering nearly 50 years ago, I was surprised Ralph never mentioned some very basic safety precautions. The first thing we were taught was about loose clothing and hair (those lucky enough to still have some) around moving parts, even with a chuck guard down. Getting tangled has horrific consequences. Also very easy to forget, but I’ve seen it done, remove the chuck key. Seeing one fly across a workshop is an experience never forgotten. Lastly, an important one is to
Bertie says: “He’s being looked after by a higher being. No floods in his garage.”
set a stop for the saddle moving down the bed. Being young and stupid, I once set a stop wrong, sending the cutting tool flying into the chuck and destroying the bearings in the headstock. A week ensued of sweeping the workshop floor, not to be trusted near machinery for some time. Lesson learnt. Lathes are great machines if care, safety and thought are
used and are not frightening if used properly. Remember, always safety first and foremost. Steve Collett Bertie says: “Thanks for that Steve, we’re sure Ralph (who had long hair once, we think) had these safety issues in mind. Right, Ralph?”
Fuel for thought?
With the possible introduction of the new green fuel in 2020 and some older cars not being compatible with the new fuel (figures suggest it may be as many as 634,309 vehicles). How will this affect our classic motorcycles? Will we still be able to buy fuel suitable for our older motorcycles? Would it be worth your journalists investigating the possible changes to fuels in 2020 and running an article to explain the possible implications to our classic motorcycles. Rob Smyth
Steve Cooper says: “In an ideal world it would make perfect sense to lobby the fuel companies and ask about what happens to our old bikes. Sadly a previous foray down that same road a few years ago delivered an answer I’m confident I’ll receive again – frankly they simply do not care. The fuels they supply are aimed fair and square at the volume market i.e. cars less than 10 years old. Any motorcycle only figures peripherally in their plans! When E5 came out most leading bike manufacturers had issues and it’s still going on. My take on this is that, just as we’ve had to previously, we’ll be playing suck it and see. I’d like to offer some comfort and say use only super green but apparently that may be ‘legislated’ away in 2020 as well!”
Fuel for thought #2
Great magazine, but is there any chance of a feature on fuel additives and carb cleaners as I am having a problem with the petrol going off in my GSX-R600 SRAD (1998 model). I am looking to have to have the carbs professionally cleaned again for the second time in two years. The bike is standard and mint condition, the petrol problem has now got me thinking of selling the bike which I have owned since 1998 and has now only got 13,000 genuine miles on it. Bleddyn Adams
Bertie says: “Well people? Should we look at modern fuel in a future issue? We did in March 2013.”
Yo, CMM! I loved the articles on track day riding/preparation in the September issue, but feel you really missed a trick. While it was great getting the low-down on how cheap you could do it and laughing at Ralph going out there on his R6 (fair play, big fella) I was wondering if there’s something else WE/CMM could be looking at? Why the hell doesn’t CMM cover classic bike racing or look at the classic track day scene itself? I mean, support them with features and the like. It would be brilliant! Me? Well, I’ve got an old Kawasaki ZXR750J track bike which I bought many years back for next to nowt and I have (what is alleged) to be a former Honda CB500 Cup bike… I wonder if James Toseland ever sat on it? Keep up the good work fellas! Pete Smith
Bertie says: “Pete, we once did host (with our friends Classic Bike Trackdays) an event Anglesey, so maybe it’s time for another one? As to covering racing, we touch upon it but check out our sister title Classic Racer!”
Don’t get yer beard caught, Ralph!
What’s going in the tank?
Fuel may be changing from 2020...