It has been quite a busy year for Barnstormers NZ, searching out manuals, parts books and sales catalogues to put up on the site, trying to work out what our readers would like next, finishing off long term articles as the information becomes available (The Spark Plug Conundrum springs to mind) whilst fitting in some riding and swap meets, and trying to make a living. Don’t we just love it!
Knobster has been a great help behind the scenes managing the site, keeping it updated and ensuring that the security is current to stop all those nosey parkers from trying to do their worst.
Next year promises to be just as busy, and perhaps even more so. So for the next 3 weeks we will be taking a break, spending time with our families (and Knobster will be deflecting questions from Mrs K about the special present he MAY have bought her) and taking in some of this marvelous sun. We hope that you have something enjoyable planned as well.
Enjoy and from us all at Barnstormers HQ have a great Christmas and an even better New Year.
We hope that you will visit us again next year.
Having dusted off the sidecar for
. . . → Read More: The Barmy Boys Christmas Message 2010.
Where: Pukekohe Park Raceway
When: 4th, 5th & 6th February 2011
Round 1 is the start of the points round for the 2011 season for the New Zealand Classic Motorcycle Racing Register traditionally being held at the Pukekohe Park Raceway. This venue could be regarded as the home by many for classic motorcycle racing in New Zealand for this is where it all started some 31 years ago and has been enjoyed by so many. The theme for this event will be the celebration of 100 years of Henderson motorcycles and will include a display of early american 4 cylinder machines (click here to read about Aucklander Ray Moss and his 1917 Henderson). Also celebrating will be 100 years of Benelli, hopefully we will see some of the earlier 1970s 750 and 900 6 cylinder machines that are rarely seen on New Zealands roads today.
Starting with scrutineering and practice on Friday, Saturday will see additional practice then racing. Sunday much of the same with both days having a break for the Regularity Parade. This is where non racing riders can have a try out on
. . . → Read More: NZCMRR Pukekohe Festival Feb 2011.
As a younger person I didn’t really put much stock in the correct type of spark plug for my motorcycles. Correct thread size was of course important but this projected tip, non projected tip, appropriate heat range nonsense was not worthy of my time and any decision on what to use was based purely on cost – the cheaper the better, and free was excellent. Naturally I had a few disasters and as a slow learner the only thing I understood was that if I put a 3/4” reach plug in place of the 1/2” reach plug into my 70cc BSA Dandy 2 stroke that it would make the combustion space smaller thus upping the compression, make the ‘bang’ better and I would of course go faster. Or so the world would have had me believe. But in reality the bike was hard to start, didn’t run very well and the excess thread protruding into the cylinder carboned up and made plug removal difficult. Upon reflection I think that the root cause of my spark plug ignorance goes back even further to the youngster days of a very young McSnipper and the guiding light of Grampy McSnotty, a man who I had the utmost respect for and who was instrumental in the early days of my mechanical training.
Grampy McS was a man who had survived bankruptcy of the 1920s and the depression of the 1930s so everything to him had a value and a use, whether it be brand . . . → Read More: The Spark Plug Conundrum.