Saturday, December 26, 2009

I just love this job!


I just love this job!
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
the trouble is, with all good things, I know it is going to come to an end.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Time to get back out in the plough.

Here in God's own country, Yorkshire, there is enough snow to keep me busy. Just off to start the night shift.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Finishing touch.


Finishing touch.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Mark Hanna has taken his finishing touches to the finest detail. It is not a sticker, the lever is actually beautifully engraved. If you want to treat yourself or as a present for someone else get in touch with him mark-hanna@hotmail.co.uk

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thoughts for next season.


Thoughts for next season.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Mark and I had a good time at the show. It gave us time to chat and think about stuff for next year. It was also good to meet the Chaps at FTR at last. They did a lot of the fabrication work on 'Sabina'.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sabina has fans.


Sabina has fans.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
unfortunately Sabina did not win the Carole Nash competition. But she does look good as Miss June in the calendar. Lots of interest in her though here Ryan Farquhar is taking a closer look.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Calendar photos finalised.


Thanks to everyone who voted on the photos, the final choice for the calendar has now been made.

Don't forget, I have lost all the previous addresses of people who've had calendars in the past, so if you would like a calendar this year, you must send me your details: Click Here

Friday, November 6, 2009

Photo voting for calendar


Once again I can't choose which photos from this season to put in the 2010 desk calendar - please just click here: Photo Album to see all the photos and rate them for me.
Cheers.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Great service - Interparcel - alternative delivery options.

I have found that Interparcel offer a great web based service for package deliveries - not just for the UK but Worldwide as well.

You simply enter the details of your item, and then Interparcel offers you all the different delivery options that you can use for your package.

You can also pay using PayPal, which I find is very handy.

They offer a fabulous, convenient service, and I thought I should let you know about it - click here for their website: Interparcel

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Great photo by Neil Jones - Focused Events


Like I said, wet, windy, with sun...

Anglesey - weather warning


Anglesey - weather warning
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Yes its been wet - damn wet, yes its windy - damn windy. 60mph gusts apparently. But we're still managing to get some sessions done. Even seen sunshine and might get to slicks before the end of the day!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Wash and brush up


Wash and brush up
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
just giving 'Frank' a good clean; he's worked hard this year. I thought the demand for coaching would drop off now racing has just about finished but in fact we're going off to Anglesey on Sunday!

Friday, October 23, 2009

These girls


These girls
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
wanted coaching but I was already booked up with Nige and as I only do 1 to 1 coaching I had to knock them back.

Dry at Oulton Park.


Dry at Oulton Park.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
here on a coaching day with Nige. We are lucky with the weather so far. Sun is just drying the morning greasiness off the track.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The photographer photographed.

Sabina has come to meet Adam Duckworth. He's doing her glamour shots for the Carole Nash calendar. The photos are all top secret until the calendar is printed. But I can tell you she looks absolutely gorgeous.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Gordon in Action!


Thanks to Mariska Grob for this great action shot of Gordon doing his stuff at Assen.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Who'd of thought it ...


Who'd of thought it ...
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Cadwell October, sunny and dry. Just as well, my client on today's coaching session has come from North of Edinburgh to get here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

All over.


All over.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
well it is for us. Got a cracking start too. Gordon was off the line like a rocket. Just two laps later though and we had to pull in. Top fairing mounting bracket and side fixings were no more; confusing thing is I never even saw them go!

Right side of the bed.


Right side of the bed.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Gordon seems to have woken up in a good mood today. 3rd fastest in warm up and a good three seconds faster than yesterday. Doesn't count for the grid though still starting in 12th place. Should mean we'll have a bit of fun on track!

Mick James


Mick James
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
warming up his beautiful supermono for Mark Lawes. This very exotic and expensive machine is making "Gordon" feel a bit inferior so he's hiding at the back of the garage.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Borrowed a casing


Borrowed a casing
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
and found the spark! Have to see how he goes in morning warm up.

Second qualifying.


Second qualifying.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
We thought we had found the problem. But again just on the third lap Gordon started to splutter again and broke down again. This time right out at the back of the circuit in the rain!

No spark!


No spark!
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Did one flying lap and came in to check bike over. Out again and just after my second flying lap Gordon spluttered a bit and then the motor died. Back in the pits and we are trying to work out why there is no spark. In just our two laps we qualified 12th from 42.

Luxury - two rear wheels!


Luxury - two rear wheels!
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
I only have one rear for Gordon as the wheels are as rare as hens teeth; it's lucky that the SZR has a good following in Europe. Frank van de Biggelaar is here with two bikes and lots of spares so has kindly lent us a wheel. Off to get the wet put on just in case.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Arrived at Assen.


Arrived at Assen.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Just attended to a couple of last minute jobs.

Quick stop en route.


Quick stop en route.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Steve has never been to Amsterdam; so we've stopped for a quick visit on the way.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

ready to roll.


ready to roll.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
'Gordon' is all strapped in and we are ready for off. He's never been to Assen before so is very excited. Check out his history www.gordonsalive.com

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Gordon's getting ready.


Gordon's getting ready.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Thanks to Roy and Martin at Slipstream we have been able to make a modification that means we could get Gordon to Assen next weekend.
We have just called to see Damian at Daytuner Performance to check he runs and has enough gears!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Moto 450 super single - Silverstone - onboard video



Out in the advanced group of a track day, it certainly made it interesting with just 54bhp!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Rumi 600 in Action...


Mark has restored this beautiful Rumi Honda 600, I have to say, that he honoured me by letting me be the first person to ride it.
Thanks Mark!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Really great day.


Really great day.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
We have had a fabulous day. Great weather fantastic bikes and good company.

What a lovely way ...


What a lovely way ...
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
to start the day!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Gordon's raring to go!


Gordon's raring to go!
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Not having been out all season Gordon is really looking forward to getting out at Silverstone tomorrow.

Good run out all round...


Off to Silverstone tomorrow for a good run out.
Going to take "Gordon" - see how he's feeling after a big rest this season.
Mark Hanna is bringing "Sabina" and we are going to see what the new rear shock assembly he has developed will be like.
Mark's also bringing his new aquisition for me to have a run out on - not named yet - but can you tell what it is?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sample out lap...

Just working on video footage from my latest 1to1 coaching with a client at Oulton, thought I'd share a bit... an outlap from when we were split up.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

One to one coaching.


One to one coaching.
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
At least it is still fine here at Oulton Park. With one of my repeat clients, Nicky Wilson, we've managed to get some good sessions in. www.v2pro.info

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A great day out


A great day out
Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Had a fab day on the Scarborough Spa Express. Something I've wanted to do for a while.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Great Summer holiday with Jodie.

This year I have been able to have some great fun with my daughter Jodie, she has shown an interest in bikes, and we've just started to do a bit of off road riding - thanks to Harry for lending me his bike.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

V2pro motorcycle road race on track coaching

I have received this great testimonial from Nick Shorter, so I thought I would share it with you:

I can highly recommend a day with Mike...

...Rather than spend 1,000's on the bike anymore I decided to spend the money on the nut on the saddle. At a very wet and gloomy Cadwell Park in August Mike gave me insights into my riding techniques - he knew what I was thinking and my attitude to corners before I could even elucidate them, which showed me he really knew what he was talking about.

We worked through a lot including; lines, body position, suspension set up, attitude to overtaking, mechanics of weight transfer. This was all fantastically backed-up by Mike's video analysis, there were no excuses then, and it all became crystal clear what I was doing wrong. Mike also nobly mucked in and helped fix my bike on more than one occasion.

His tuition style is excellent, he speaks in plain English, he realises the day is about the rider and focuses completely on you, not once did I hear an old war story, he has the patience of a saint, is enthusiastic and never once gave the impression he didn't want to get out on track even in the grimmest of weather conditions (I would have been very interested in his old war stories though).

If I could start my racing career again, I'd get a decent reliable stock bike and go see Mike, before spending any money on the newest gizmos. The greatest gains in lap times are in a brain re-map, not a few more bhp. I'm seriously considering another tuition day to see what I can learn in the dry.

Nick Shorter.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ground Hog Day...


It's a Monday and it's Cadwell Park.

The only difference from last week is that its been raining all day and my coaching client is on a two stroke!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Congratulations.


I would just like to say congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Mark Hanna, who were re-married on Tuesday.

Julie, you look gorgeous.
Mark, you are very lucky.
All the best.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Scorching hot and sunny.


Doing some 1 to 1 coaching at Cadwell today.

What a glorious change for it not to be raining!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The 'eyes' have it.


The 'bugs' are tested to approx. 120mph - it's just the rain that they don't like.
These action shots are by Paul and Linda of PLJPhoto.com










Thursday, July 23, 2009

Shed a tear...


Well 'Sabina' has done exactly what Mark wanted.

He planned her out, designed her bits and pieces, rustled up plenty of product and financial support, built her up into a beautiful, competitive machine, took her racing - and Won!

He's currently building another bike, and that means it's time for her move on.

We have all shed a tear...

Fate dealt a great hand - and we WON!!


Looks good and sunny doesn't it?
Well it was for practice.
But I only got five laps as the bike seemed to be over heating and loosing power.
We really didn't know what to do; with less than an hour to the race.
All we could try was to top the water up and check there wasn't an air lock.

Just ten minutes to go and it rained and rained - poured down and the track was soaking wet.

Luckily it kept the bike cool - I took the lead on the 2nd lap and won the race, unchallenged

New clothes.


'Sabina' looks gorgeous in her new outfit specially designed for this event.

15 minutes of practice this afternoon shortly followed by an 8 lap race.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Donington GP - support race, Moto450


Sabina has a brand new look for Donington, Mark Hanna has re done her livery to have a bit of a retro look.
15 minutes practice and 8 lap race are tomorrow, so will keep the blog updated.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Something really different.

We are not racing, sprinting or hill climbing.
It's something called 'regularity'.

The winner is the rider who laps most consistent to one of their designated lap times. Penalties are given if you lap faster or slower.

I have 'baggied' the Suzuki XR 23, as ridden by Pat Hennen and Barry, to do my sessions on.

Trouble is track is not just muddy but we are also being plagued with heavy rain showers.
Nice.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Three devils the pair of us, if ever there was one!


Iain Duffus, Brian Morrison and I are here at the beautiful Cholmondeley Castle, for their "Pageant of Power".

Chris Wilson has kindly invited us to ride his historic bikes.

I find the Randy Mamola Cagiva is the one that best matches my leathers at the moment, and Iain is fancying the RGV - that leaves the Roberts Yamaha for Brian.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Monkey time!


Doing a one to one coaching day with Griffo from the Throttle Monkey forum.

It was dry first thing this morning for three sessions.

And then it's rained heavily for the last three.
I think Griffo is hoping that we will squeeze a 7th session in as he is really enjoying himself...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New boots for 'Frank'.

Got the day off work to prep 'Frank' ready for a coaching day at Oulton on Friday, just off to local Yamaha dealers Acklams to use their tyre machine to drop on a new rear Avon.

This one has done Rockingham and Cadwell and has done really well, still has loads of life in it however I'm coaching a race competitor at Oulton so think I might need a new one to start the day!

The weather forecast is very poor so I may even get the chance to try Avon's new wet weather tyres, they look like the wets I use on 'Sabina' in the old style tread pattern, so they should offer unbelievable grip in the wet - we'll see.
Click here to check out the Avon range: Avon Tyres

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Offenstadt Kawasaki - Spa Bikers Classic 4hr.



Sorry it's taken so long to edit and get up - but I have just been so busy, busy, busy.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sabina's new clothes...


Mark thinks that Sabina should have a new outfit - so thanks to Gary Dawson at ReplicastUK who have supplied all her body work, she should be getting some new clothes.

Mind you, I think she'll always look gorgeous whichever outfit she wears!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Cadwell, so it must be Friday!

Hottrax are running their endurance event here tomorrow.
So Phil from East Coast Racing has booked me for a bit of one to one coaching.
The weather is glorious, in fact I think its a bit too hot and humid!