March 7, 2003, 8:23 pm
more than thirty years between the 2 pics!
I of course was taught the Hailwood riding style, ie knees in,
elbows in, bum shut and mouth open.
As to getting the bike over, even in those days, with crummy
tyres we would scrape the pegs down.
yes the Muzzapic is mirrored to get the direction to match
Zookes pic and the number plate had come loose as it was well into
a 3 Hour production race. The engine was filthy as the bike went
straight into the race after getting back from a trans-continental
ride over the Nullarbor (which was unsealed in those days). I have
pics of the bike leaning over the other way with Nullarbor red
dust and mud under the motor. Don't suppose it would get through
scrutineering these days, but in those days we rode to the track,
took off the centre stand and indicators and raced and then rode
home again. Talk about youthful confidence!
March 7, 2003, 9:08 pm
When Frank Melling came over and rode for Sundial Suzuki I
coined that Old World riding style "Velcro". It's like your knees are
velcroed to the tank. I myself do not feel confident riding like that
and need my knee on the tarmack as well as my toe slider and knee
combination to let me know how close my pipe is to the tarmac.
and other digressions!
March 7, 2003, 9:38 pm
Yep, the more modern style looks like a "windsock" to me
but then you sure look like you are going gangbusters there on the
old "67! Course you are a lot more lanky than this UFOB!
I remember when it became fashionable to hang the knees out but
then we didn't have knee scrapers, padding of any kind on arms,
elbows or knees and no back protectors. The old helmets were like
egg shells as well. I think it was Jarno Saarinen that got us all
hanging the knee out.
Of course the theory for us old "Hailwoods" is that you stick
the leg out whilst braking to help slow down but pull it in before
the apex. So leaning left, stick the left leg out, turning right,
stick the right leg out. Sort of like an air brake. On long
straights with a 90 degree bend coming up of curse you sit up and
act as a windsock to help slow down. Using brakes helps as well
but in those days the old T500 brake was next to useless after a
After watching On Any Sunday I remember it became fashionable
on long straights to lay on the tank, hold on with one hand on the
throttle and hang on to the fork leg with the other hand....the
officials banned that after a while, but it felt like we were
the hair was a bit long then.....fashion I'm
afraid...here is a pic after the race.....bit thinner than I am today
I must say.....and the number plate has decided to come right
off...bit of muck on the engine after 3 hours...I think I am stuffed
Peg down, knees in and what speed is that on the
clock! Over 80mph!