THE MAKING OF AN ICE RACER
Talk to Darryl Young and the ethic behind ‘H D On Ice’ becomes clear. He runs IDP moto at Silverstone, the shop H D went to for converting their 750s into mammoths for the new ice age. ‘It was a bit of an eye-opener for us as well as them,’ he says. ‘You do all the usual stuff like take off everything you don’t need, then you put all that weight back on with the tyres and studs. Pick up that rear wheel,’ says Darryl. I do. It weighs a tonne. ‘There are 600 studs and they are screwed in different directions too. Some are angled for braking, some for drive, the rest for side grip. ‘You think it’s just “bang some studs in” then you find out it’s as complicated as pretty much any other form of bike racing.’ The Xr-style chassis mods; Öhlins rear shocks, chain drive conversion, bars, pipe, including the Xr-style seat unit (reshaped in a deeper form to cover the rear frame rails), will shortly be available as a kit from IDP. idpmoto.com (01327 855752).