British 50cc Endurance Racing Championship Round 5. This weekend is MOPED MAYHEM time at Elvington Raceway. I'll be there racing for Taffspeed and covering the event for Twist & Go. The event
is run over two days with a practice session and racing on the Saturday. On the Sunday the racing takes the form
of a 6 hour endurance race over a mile circuit. Around 60 bikes will be on the track comprising of some real screamers. If you want to participate contact Dan Nicholls
on 0121 605 7324. Or check out the Moped Mayhem website for more info. Or why not just come along and watch?
Stuntin... Motorcycle News (MCN) are on the look out for some of you stuntster's out there, send in some pictures demonstatin' your stuntin' skills and MCN will send a prize
to the best, check out the news snippet at MCN here.
If you're thinking about customising your Dragster handlebars, well Mojo in the UK bought all the remaining Mr.Dirt steering stems from the US.
The steering stem in question can be seen on my bike here,
it's also available in anodised black aswell as the brushed aluminium. Price for this finely-crafted cnc-machined piece of kit,
around forty quid. Please note the stem is not a straight fit though since it's made for mountain bikes but once clamped onto your Dragster it is well solid.
Now on-line for your pleasure: Dragster Gallery 22 which features a fine selection of custom stuff including various windshields fitted to
Mark Tricker's Dragster, a few pics of my own scoot depicting the new footplates from PM Tuning and some prototype footpegs made by Oberon Engineering.
Last but not least some cool close-ups of Joe Elliot's Dragster. In the pipeline are new Formula, Runner and Aprilia SR Gallery updates... Meanwhile enjoy the new Dragster pics!
Some wheelie good video here from the guys at X-RACE Stockholm. Thanks to Dr.S and Smurf for putting together the movie. Right click and download
the mpeg here (it's fairly big at 46.0 MB so 56k modems may struggle on the download, worth the wait though).
And here's another movie this time from Denmark, bit on the big side though (240MB) courtesy of www.mopedgallery.com,
right click and download here. Fast forward 20 mins in
for Velo's two minute burnout 'til it blows.
New carbon products coming soon from Jasscooters, seen here are a Runner/Dragster windshield and air scoop.
The windshield will come with it's own fittings to fit the Dragster. No prices available on these items right now
but check out the Jasscooters website for more details.
Yesterday's drag racing at Elvington:
"WOW! What a crackin' day for drag racing. Sunshine, virtually no wind and an almost billiard-table smooth
track meant some quick times were in order. I didn't improve on my 16.76 set at York drag strip in April, but Paul did,
I think even he was amazed by how much! We got a little giddy with the spanners and took off various parts. On the way
home we took in 'Squies Milk Bar' a famous biker hang out not far away and the Dragsters got lots of attention from the other bikers there. Top day." - Rich Haywood
On the morning of Sunday 8th September myself and Rich Haywood set off on a 40 mile trip up to Elvington which also gave me a chance to run in my new piston before thrashing it up the strip.
The day was a success and the conditions were excellent, I broke my previous record at Santa Pod (16.387 @ 73 mph) on my first run with a 16.14 @ 73 mph, a tip from Stuart Owen
to increase my tyre pressures seemed to help matters, a couple of sweet 16.0's! A few 'tweaks' were made shall we say with
regards reducing the er, 'drag factor' on my bike and my final run in the afternoon turned out to be a 15.86 @ 76 mph. Result!
The ride home from Elvington was a lot of fun too, with Rich wheelying his way home almost 50% of the time! As ever the Dragster's got
loads of attention at Elvington and at the biker hang-out 'Squies Milk Bar' in Sherburn where I got some cool footage of Rich
doing his wheelies in front of the crowd. Wicked! The only down-side to the day (if there was one) was where were all you auto owners who said you were gonna be there?!
See you at Santa Pod on the 13th October.
Check out these wicked new stainless steel footplates from PM Tuning, they cost £32, they're lightweight
and look well trick as seen here on Joe Elliot's Dragster:
Racing news... X-RACE NETHERLANDS!
THE DATE: 21-22 JUNE 2003
THE VENUE: MIDLAND CIRCUIT LELYSTAD, NETHERLANDS
THE DETAILS: A whole weekend of scooter racing and sprinting, two karting tracks, Dynojet, custom show, camping,
BBQ and party, "rent a Street Magic", pocket bike demo's and more! It's gonna be big, so if you're up for some racing "European style",
make sure you're there!