- Jul 25, 2010
I also watched Alan race his own Ducati 600 Supermoto at Brands Hatch, the only one in the race, needless to say, he won.daveh said:acotrel said:I sometimes wonder a bit about Alan Cathcart, he seems to talk a lot of speed, but I cannot remember ever hearing about him competing in a road race . I think that assessing bikes alone on a race circuit is quite a bit different to using one in anger, and trying to ace another rider off with it.
I watched Cathcart race a Ducati Supermono at Donington Park in the mid-90s. The Supermono race series was run in tandem with the World Superbike Championship. As far as I remember, he didn't do too badly that day. He managed 2nd in the series championship for two seasons.
I'd trade any number of Nortons for a V6 Lav. !!!hobot said:Aw shoot Alan, us men are such pigs of course we fall in love with various nations creations, but like Nortons at home the best.
Spoken by a complete un-racer ?acotrel said:Even a Jota is getting to be too big and cumbersome. What could you do with a Laverda V6
Expect to see quite a few of the top TT riders on Patons in next year's Classic TT, including John McGuinness (many times TT winner): http://www.iomtt.com/News/2012/11/27/Cl ... nness.aspxacotrel said:The best classic racer I've seen has to be the 500cc Paton. A friend of mine has ridden the one we have here in Victoria - says it is like a 250cc GP bike to ride.
I know a guy - lives here in Fort Lauderdale - who really knows how to set up a Ducati. He's also got quite a collection with his G/F - probably 300 bikes. Rich is quite the expert with bevel singles and twins, and built a replica of Cook Neilson's 'Old Blue' 750SS - 'Deja Blue'.daveh said:I would like to have a spin on an an SF Laverda, and I always fancied owning one as a road bike. They don't come up for sale very often in Europe, and parts would probably be more expensive and less available than a Commando. I have heard that the SFC - the production racer - was a long, rangy, slow-steering bike, similar to a bevel twin, maybe? I rode a bevel Ducati 750 Sport on the track. It was a Steve Wynne-built bike converted to 900 with a V 2 gearbox and slipper clutch. Very nice, and solid and unflappable but not nimble and poor ground clearance with the stock pipes. Ducati carried that trait on with their belt 8 valvers, which were rock solid on fast sweepers but you couldn't snap them into corners, they had to be rolled in. The last 900 SS bevel I rode was a real beauty. Someone had got at the suspension, which was very plush, and the steering was surprisingly light. I never got to find out how this was achieved, but clearly it can be done.
daveh said:Hi Bill - thanks for sharing those pics. I saw Deja Blue, and very nice it is too!
The other bike that caught my eye was the Rickman Triumph Metisse.
Perhaps you could work something out where you could borrow a bike here. Maybe some sort of exchange, where you provide a ride for a visitor to Ireland and they reciprocate.daveh said:I would really like to compete there, ...