Friday, January 16, 2009

New Blog for 2009

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2009 Blog
All the best,

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Next modifications on the Suzuki Moto 450

Had a great day at K Tech, met up with Mark and took the 450 along to see Ken Summerton at the K Tech workshop. He has a fantastic facility in Coalville.

Ken measured the headstock angle and designed a new bearing arrangement to alter the headstock angle.

Ken really knows his stuff and filled me with confidence, he also re-shimmed the rear shock and re built the forks with softer springs.

More info coming shortly.

Thanks to 'Frost'

I am pleased to confirm my first continued sponsorship arangement for 2009 from Mike Wood at Frost.
Their product range is enormous; from basic maintenance and restoration products through to some trick tools and essential products, I find that there is always something they offer that I'll need to get me through the racing season.

You can find out what fantastic products they sell by clicking here: Frost Auto Restoration

Monday, January 5, 2009

Things to think about....

Mark has found a company to make some offset front sprockets to help the chain run, plus he manufactured a new gear lever off the gear shaft to help the ground clearance issue we initially had.

We are off to K Tech this weekend to discuss suspension with Ken, so by the week after next we will be a whole lot closer to going testing.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Further discussions.

As soon as Mark got home he started work on Sabina, he rang round his 'contacts' and ordered some modified components.

There is a new rear wheel on its way from Italy and a larger silencer on order too!

We are meeting up soon at K Tech to work over some ideas about the rear suspension and frame geometry.

I'm really looking forward to having a run round on her now.

Friday, December 26, 2008

More ideas for perfecting the Suzuki Moto 450 'Sabina'.

Reading through the Moto 450 rules Mark and I were surprised at the noise limit of 100 db, looking at the silencer Mark had fitted to Sabina there is no way we would make that.
However, with the contacts Mark has it should not be a problem.
Sabina is home with Mark now and and he has started work on her.
We will get Christmas and new year out the way and look forward to getting away to test somewhere.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sabina goes home to 'Daddy'.

Met Mark Hanna today, like some dodgy dealers, in a car park just off the M42 to hand 'Sabina' back to her dad for some tweaks and alterations.

One thing we discussed was wheel and tyre size and the possibility of running the same tyres I use on Gordon.

Mark had built Sabina with a 5" rear wheel but I've suggested dropping down to 4.5" and using a smaller size of tyre to suit - this would help the chain run and make the 'her' change direction much better!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Rider of the year - award from NYRRSC

I was really surprised to be awarded the Paul Warwick Shield for 'Rider of the Year' last night from the North Yorkshire Road Racing Supporters Club.

There are many famous names on the sheild starting with Andy McGladdery in 1986, and including people like Steve Webster, Carl Fogarty, and John McGuinness. More recently, Dennis Hobbs and Dan Linfoot - and now twenty two years after first being awarded it says 'Mike Edwards 2008' - fantastic!

The NYRRSC has been raising funds to help and support road racers since 1985. Last night one of the club's founders, and now president Chris Herring was the guest of honour; and Chris presented me with the award.

You can keep up to date with their latest events by clicking here NYRRSC

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Trophy anyone?

I had a great evening at the Classic Rcaing Club dinner do and picked up several awards including the largest one of the evening - Vanni had mounted the complete exhaust from Buster after I crashed on him at the last round at Brands, cheeky monkey he is!
Bumped into this bloke a few times on the night and he won just about everything......

Photo by: Russell Lee. www.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Originally uploaded by no1bloke
Having a lovely evening in Daventry at the Classic Club dinner dance. Picked up a bit of silverware. Calling at NEC tomorrow night to collect Mark Hanna's moto 450 and bring it up North to exhibit and think of a name for it.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Oh, no, that time again...

Yes, calendar time!!
Thanks very much to Jetmedia who once again have kindly sponsored me with the supply of 1000 calendar cases - they're not just CD cases you know, they have to be special calendar cases for the job.

I am going to do the International ones first, as I want to get them done and on the way before the posting deadline, and then I will get round to doing all the UK ones.

If you've moved in the last year, been missed off the list, or would like to request a calendar for the first time - simply visit the 'news' page on my website and follow the calendar details from there.