|Look, we're in Jersey, honest!|
There was a good deal of attrition to NT410 in
Jersey which led to several late nights and head scratching in the garage prior to the start of the national championships.
ACU Sammy Miller products national championship began in earnest on 18th March and both opening rounds were back-to-back. I wasn’t happy with the hastily repaired rear wheel spindle and thanks to that great Norton rider of yesteryear, Pete Le Plain, I was able to get another spindle fabricated for the start of Rd 2.
|Yup, that's sea in the background!|
Both rounds were top drawer Classic trials and I will post separate reports for both once I get sorted. With the new rule changes big pre-units are competing against the lightweight bikes nevertheless, I gained a third place in WEMC's brilliant Vic Ashford Trial and a second in the Cotswold Cups trial on the 25 March.
Having had to ride around a few problems on NT410 I finally decided that I needed expert help to cure the brake problems and front end sag. I drove to
Sheffield during my leave and called in on Alan Whitton (AW Race Engineering) and after a productive meeting he will be supplying front and rear hubs, yokes and looking into the front end problems.
|Drilling the new wheel|
I finally got to the bottom of the rear brake problem. On inspection, one of the shoes was fused to its retaining post and would not move when the cam operated. I had to cut it off and am awaiting a replacement set of shoes from Martyn Bratby. Hopefully, this will see some improvement in rear braking prior to the arrival of the Whitton rear hub.
Whilst I have been inspecting the rear end of NT410 I decided to weigh the wheel, spindle and spacers. I was very surprised to note that it weighs a massive 28lb!! Finally, I replaced the rear wheel bearings which were looking decidedly tired. Fortunately, Mayday Seals in
Cheltenham had a pair in stock and I did them the same day.
OK, that’s the latest news and look out for reports from Sammy Miller Rd 1 and Rd 2 in due course.
Next up: BMCA Rd 28 at Hunnington!