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Dragon Rally 2012
« on: 08.02. 2012 23:13 »
Off to the 2012 Dragon Rally at the weekend on my A10. I've been going since I was just 17 (on a Suzuki TS125) and now, aged 49 I'm still just as excited at the thought of a long thrash round the Welsh lanes on my bike. I know one other forum member goes (sorry forgot who) but if you are off there this weekend do come and say hello if you see a nice A10 parked up next to a knackered old guy - me!

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Re: Dragon Rally 2012
« Reply #1 on: 08.02. 2012 23:16 »
If you're knacked at 49, what does that make those of us up over 60, and 70, and I think we might have a member who is still kickin' it at 80?

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Re: Dragon Rally 2012
« Reply #2 on: 08.02. 2012 23:42 »
Been motocrossing, racing  and riding fast and hard for 35 years..... and have so many knackered joints (plus arthritis)  it isn't funny!  Had a back operation just last month.....  Wish I was as fit and mobile as my Dad who is 77.  I'll still be racing and thrashing bikes though as long as I'm able to get on a bike.
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1980 TZ350 - lunatic Classic Race machine
1967 T20 Suzuki - heavily modified Classic Racer
1967 T20 Suzuki - pretty standard road bike
2007 KTM 660 SMC - fast and furious supermoto
Triumph 675 Speed triple
Ossa 250 and yet another T20 racer in bits both being built up

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Re: Dragon Rally 2012
« Reply #3 on: 09.02. 2012 12:43 »
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I know one other forum member goes (sorry forgot who)

It is LJ and you can read an account of his Dragon adventures in 2007 here at the address posted below.

http://www.ljswain.btinternet.co.uk/dragon.htm

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Re: Dragon Rally 2012
« Reply #4 on: 09.02. 2012 17:03 »
Hope you enjoy yourself but don't forget a shovel!! 'bout 3 ft of snow dropped somewhere in that vacinity, best wishes BobH
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Re: Dragon Rally 2012
« Reply #5 on: 09.02. 2012 21:23 »
Hope you enjoy yourself but don't forget a shovel!! 'bout 3 ft of snow dropped somewhere in that vacinity, best wishes BobH

Thanks for that!
I'm going from Hertfordshire to Nuneaton in my van (with BSA in back) and staying over Friday night, then riding up from there. A bit of a cop-out but:
 - I don't finish work until 5pm on Friday
 - It is snowing here now
 - I'm a wuss!!  *smile* *smile*

Weather forecast looks OK, so should have fun round the lovely Welsh lanes, up over the mountains etc.
1961 A10 - somewhat modified :-)
1980 TZ350 - lunatic Classic Race machine
1967 T20 Suzuki - heavily modified Classic Racer
1967 T20 Suzuki - pretty standard road bike
2007 KTM 660 SMC - fast and furious supermoto
Triumph 675 Speed triple
Ossa 250 and yet another T20 racer in bits both being built up

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Re: Dragon Rally 2012
« Reply #6 on: 10.02. 2012 12:13 »
I hope it goes ahead. The only year I went the Rally was postponed due to snow.

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Re: Dragon Rally 2012
« Reply #7 on: 14.02. 2012 16:28 »
Made it alright and although it was cold,(very cold at times), it was a brilliant weekend. My A10 went superbly. It was the first really long and sustained high speed run on the A10 since having the head gas flowed and the carb size upped to 32mm, and it really made a difference. It pulled the higher gearing with ease and cruised happily for long periods at about 80-83mph. It hit 90 a couple of times too.

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1967 T20 Suzuki - pretty standard road bike
2007 KTM 660 SMC - fast and furious supermoto
Triumph 675 Speed triple
Ossa 250 and yet another T20 racer in bits both being built up

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Re: Dragon Rally 2012
« Reply #8 on: 15.02. 2012 10:06 »
... Sorry I missed you Adrian! I had gone on the Tuesday before the Dragon weekend so I did not see your first posting in this thread. YES, indeed it was a great Dragon Rally once again and as usual there were hundreds of people there so it was hardly surprising that we did not get to meet. There were others that I was hoping to catch up with but lost them amongst the crowd. I didn't see your A10 although people and maybe you, were coming and going all the time, there was a very nice B31 that I caught a very slight glimmer of but never saw it again when I went looking for it later.

I went on my 53 B33 and have to say that it ran superbly the whole week. The only problem I had which I was expecting was that the oil was very thick with the cold, I should have put some thinner in. This meant that every morning I had to drop about a quarter of a pint from the sump to allow the fly wheel to spin faster to get a better momentum to fire it up. A couple of broken wires due to having heated gloves and pulling wires away but easily fixed. I also had a intermittently working front pilot bulb as two of the claws holding the bulb in were broken and allowed the bulb holder to wobble about, I left this as was and used main headlight when needed, a new bulb holder has been bought since I got back Monday.

There were very few older bikes there this year and not so many people either, I think far worse weather was expected and they stayed away. The weather over the weekend was the mainly known Welsh drizzle which is horrible to ride in. It was far colder earlier in the week when I arrived in Wales and the electric gloves that I had, worked fantastically! The gloves are from Maplins and work from three AA batteries at 4.5 Volts, I did a quick modification and cut the battery boxes off then wiring straight into the bikes 6 volt battery. To my surprise the gloves worked all day, every day, for the whole week! I just now need to tidy up the connections to make them a little more neater, I have already bought another two pairs for next Winter. Roll on next years Dragon and for this years summer camps and rallies etc...

A few pictures to look at, sorry no A10.
Ride Safely Lads! LJ.
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Re: Dragon Rally 2012
« Reply #9 on: 15.02. 2012 11:53 »
My word those bikes are well loaded! shows how strong they are ,Lj it looks like you were moving home . What did they handle like ? Glad you had a good time and that my message of doom was totally wrong best wishes bobH
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Re: Dragon Rally 2012
« Reply #10 on: 15.02. 2012 15:37 »
I think I might invest in some of those heated gloves, not for biking but for working outside, fetching firewood etc. I wonder if they do heated wellies?

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Re: Dragon Rally 2012
« Reply #11 on: 17.02. 2012 09:40 »
Thanks Bob! The bike certainly was well loaded and didn't I know about it when I first set off from home! The roads were icy enough to say the lease and with the majority of the weight being on the back wheel, the front wheel was as light as a feather on cotton wool, probably not very safe at all. However I did get used to the ride but was very wary on roundabouts and turnings.

I did notice on two occasions when turning, the rear end seemed to 'drop' almost like a skid. Now I know it was not the tyres nor was there any ice or diesel on road at that time, what I think it was... was one of the rear plungers slipping or popping (how do I explain this?) Is this normal on a plunger frame bike? I'm pretty sure the plungers are greased enough as there always seems to be some residue grease to clean up under the chrome shrouds.

Any thoughts on plunger behaviour?
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Re: Dragon Rally 2012
« Reply #12 on: 17.02. 2012 12:41 »
Sorry LJ only had a plunger attached to a "chair" and found that much more stable than a s/wing arm outfit however there was a post a few months ago where a guy asked for help following a plunger spring slipping and becoming entangled with the slider ,all I can recall was that he was having a hell of time trying to dismantle it and was also trying to figure out how it happened ,that could shed some light on what yours was doing, regards BobH.
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Re: Dragon Rally 2012
« Reply #13 on: 18.02. 2012 11:29 »
Hi LJ - sorry I missed you up there. I was camped just a bit further along than you, down by the river. I walked past your bike several times and had a good look at it too. Very nice.
The oldest bike I saw there was a 1935 New Imperial which parked up next to us. It was completely unrestored after spending near on 70 years laid up. Engine rebuild only. It was a joy to see.
Anyway, catch you there in 2013! (Maybe we can persuade a few more BSA owners to join us - Anyone up for it?)

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