theres me thinking this site was for rods and sods??this is a rod site not a bike site blah blah blah
i,m here for the rods shedster i don,t get the whole bike thing.
sorry BRIT DIGGER not having a pop at anyonetheres me thinking this site was for rods and sods??
i took that to mean for bikes/chops/classic/kustoms etc?
o and dragsters!!.... :finger:
yep just had another look round, all sorts of stuff on here and "ALL YEARS"..
lets all play together..
no big deal paul,i was only having a tickle myself.. we can all say the wrong thing sometimes believe "ME". :shake:.sorry BRIT DIGGER not having a pop at anyone
hoped the "blah blah blah" would show that my first line was very tongue in cheek.
bikes aint for me but i do marvel at some of the workmanship and inventiveness that goes into them.
and i did thank shedster for posting the link
as you say i hope we can all play nicely if we want a bun fight we know where to go!
PS bugger i think i,v said the wong thing again doh!
That'd be Rollie Free, as below (and can you imagine the consequences of skating down the salt in yer trunks at 150mph if it all went tits-up...?!!!)Found this old pic from Bonneville,thought you'd like it.Crazy bastard on bike;
Thanks for that.First saw that photo a couple of days ago.Nice to know a bit about it.That'd be Rollie Free, as below (and can you imagine the consequences of skating down the salt in yer trunks at 150mph if it all went tits-up...?!!!)
On the morning of September 13, 1948, Free raised the American motorcycle speed record by riding the very first Vincent HRD (it is debated as to whether it was a Black Lightning or Black Shadow), owned by the California sportsman John Edgar and sponsored by Mobil Oil, to a speed of 150.313 mph (241.905 km/h). Special features included the first-ever Vincent use of a rear shock absorber, the first Mk II racing cams, and horizontally-mounted racing carbs. Free had already developed a style of removing the seat from his mount, and lying flat prone along the back spine - thereby minimizing wind resistance, and placing most weight over the rear wheel.
To protect himself and allow comfort when in such a position, Free had developed special protective clothing. However, when his leathers tore from early runs at 147 mph (237 km/h), he discarded them and made a final attempt without jacket, pants, gloves, boots or helmet. Free lay flat on the motorcycle wearing only a Speedo bathing suit, a shower cap, and a pair of borrowed sneakers - inspired by friend Ed Kretz. This resulted not only in the record, but also one of the most famous photographs in motorcycling history, the "bathing suit bike" shot taken from a speeding car alongside his run on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.