THE NEED FOR SPEED. Something very Top Gun about this.Just had a nice Sunday morning ride along the Pacific Coast and back up through the canyons. Took this picture at the Point Mugu Naval Air Station missile park. I spent a lot of my life working there. I started as a student trainee in 1959 at the age of 17, just two weeks out of high school and married for less than a week. At that time it was called the Naval Air Missile Test Center. I worked there, with a couple of breaks for college, until I retired at the begining of 1996. The base went through some organizational changes over the years, and by the time I left it was called the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. I came back as a contractor to the Tomahawk Cruise Missile project office, one of the projects I had worked on at the base, and stayed in touch with friends there until I finally retired for the last time in 2004. Back in the early '70s, I used to commute to work occasionally on my '71 Commando Production Racer. One of the other engineers at work had an early SOHC Honda 750, and we regularly used our lunch breaks to strafe the local coast roads. He talked me into trying road racing with him, the beginning of a lifelong addiction.
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Looking “sweet as” there Stephen , very few 961s have the carbon wheels apart from the SE,s was a £2000 option at one time !Chasing a mate on his Ducati V4 rocket ship around the Sunshine Coast hinterland - 80 bhp v 220 bhp! F*#@k that things quick! Still reckon I won the ‘styleee‘ stakes though! Norton got way more attention than the Duc too, which of course I hammed up as much as I could! Long live Norton.View attachment 16442
Red shock springs.
Thanks mate. Yes got lucky. What are the chances of going onto ‘gum tree‘ and finding the private sale of a brand new set of carbon wheels for a 961, at half price! I saw it as a consolation for missing the 5k repairable writeoff 961 that popped up last year, that I missed by 5 minutes cos I checked with the wife! Moral of the story? Never check with the wife!!Looking “sweet as” there Stephen , very few 961s have the carbon wheels apart from the SE,s was a £2000 option at one time !