So mixed fortunes since the last post – but let’s start with the positives…
Ended up visiting the ILOC annual rally at Baskerville Hall last weekend. Made arrangements to ride over to Hay-on-Wye with Dominique (RGS) and his friend Marc on a first series SFC – picture above. Very nice hey?
We’d agreed to meet up at Chieveley Services junction 13 on the M4 on the Friday at 14:30. At 12:00 the Atlas was still a non-starter – it would run but not start on the electric start. As is my way I’d left it too late to twirl the spanners and left it to Thursday night to begin work. I put my money on the sprag rollers being knackered yet again so pulled the Zane sprag off Atlas #2 the night before!
The sprag came off relatively easily and revealed that when I’d assembled it incorrectly putting a spacer the wrong side of a gear – wondered why it ran so badly when it eventually fired up!
New sprag on the Atlas but it failed to run – even with Mrs A pushing it down the hill out the back of the house! Mulled it over and realised I hadn’t timed up the balancer shaft gear so stripped it down to find not only had I missed this but also had the crankshaft gear on back to front! That probably explained the noise when it did try to fire up…Stripped it down again and now found that the original sprag had got jammed on the ring gear so back together and another bump from Mrs A and it ran smoothly…still nothing on the button however.
As I was working on the bike I was thinking how dumb it was to create such a tight deadline, it also meant that working under pressure I made mistakes further adding to the stress of the situation. I did consider closing the garage door and taking my Honda NC700x (I use this for work only)…but how can you turn up at a Laverda event on a Honda! Is it tho’ better this than not to go at all? Is an event about the people or the bikes?
Still I’d warned Dominique and Marc about the lack of starter so they duly lined up and pushed the Atlas round the services carpark – they pushed it for longer than they need as I forgot to flick the kill switch back to on…
We called in on James White-Cooper to pick up a spare set of plugs for the SFC and then headed west down the relatively empty country roads across the south Cotswolds and into Wales – the Atlas held its end up I’m pleased to report 🙂
The ILOC meeting was well attended. The atmosphere was building as the Laverdisti enjoyed the autumn sunshine and stunning views.
The wire wheeled 3C seems to be the current ‘in vogue’ model and there were some very nice examples on show.
Time to head home – a 200 mile range tank meant the trip home could be completed without the need to stop for fuel so a couple of ILOC member obliged with a push and I was away. The sun was sinking but the ride back via the A40/M4 provided a nice balance of twisties in the fading light and then motorway when night fell and the job just needed completing. I rolled in home at 23:00 having had a great days riding – Mrs A was exhausted and asleep!
Sunday saw Matt Hale rock up on his way home from Bristol. His [genuine) 3CE has a beautiful patina which hides the recently installed Redax ignition upgrade.
Spent the afternoon catching up with Matt which helped me to ignore that the Atlas still won’t start on the button and the Scottish rally is this coming weekend! Maybe I’ll take the Honda!
PS Finally completed my account of the National Rally and have added this to the Trips section if you’re interested.