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By John Evans, Apr 27 2017 10:41AM

The viewing figures for the site are gradually dropping off, week by week.


Now logic says that, of course this will happen. The bikes are getting older, more and more are getting to the stage that they are not viable to maintain and thus are being scrapped.

It's a great shame but it is a fact of life that some good bikes are also getting scrapped since they are worth more in parts than as a running machine.


Ok, so we all know that. What I am asking here is, how do you view this site? That is, do you view it on a desktop PC, a tablet or a mobile phone?

Are the numbers going down through it not being very mobile friendly ( I do know that is not! ).

I have tried to make it as compatible with all platforms, as much as I can within the limited capabilities of the hosting platform format.

They have recently brought out a newer version, in beta, for active pages. These are pages that automatically re-organise themselves to fit whatever they are being viewed on. I am trying to find out if it is worth while spending the huge amount of time and energy to convert all the over 100 pages of this site.


Your input would be much appreciated. Thank you.

John


By John Evans, Mar 30 2017 03:28PM

Hi Guys and Gals,


Summer time and the racing season is upon us!


Last year we had a great response from you for the Jurby Festival Helicopter Appeal Fund, so Daisy from WEMOTO has been in touch to see if we can help again. Let's do even better than last year!


You really NEED a new Tee shirt for the summer. This fantastic design, the low price and for such a worthy cause means you just can't go wrong with one of these. Those of us that bought last year know the quality of these; amazing value at £10 for UK/EU (about $10 for outside of that) plus shipping!


Here's Daisy's email.


Hi John,


It's Daisy from Wemoto again. I hope you're well. I've seen a comment on your site about the 2017 t-shirts, so I thought I'd get an email sent out with the info.


Our 2017 Jurby T-shirts are indeed here. All the profits from the sale of these £10 t-shirts go to the Manx Grand Prix Supporters' Club - we've managed to raise over £26,000 in the past two years, hopefully, this year we can raise even more. A little info on the charity and what the money is used for...

The club helps fund the MPG's life-saving helicopter ambulances on practice weeks and race days during the Manx Grand Prix. It also supports injured MGP riders and their families, as well as donating funds to help with medical equipment such as new stretchers and a new ambulance which will support all motorsports on the island.


This year's design is a bit special in that it not only celebrates the Festival of Jurby but marks the 60th anniversary of Bob McIntyre becoming the first person to lap the 37.73-mile Mountain Course on the Isle of Man at over 100mph. As per usual, they're endorsed by John McGuinness and other racing legends. We've also managed to get some pretty cool pictures of top riders with this year's design, which I've attached along with a hi-res image of the shirt itself.


We hope you like the design. Thanks again for your help to promote the cause last year.


Kind regards,

Daisy


So come on folks, do as I have done, let the winter moths out of your wallets and go here to help this cause:


http://www.wemoto.com/components/clothinghelmetsandgoggles/tshirts






By John Evans, Jan 12 2017 09:32PM


I know you have all been patiently waiting for this anouncement:


IN STOCK NOW!


GL1000 big-end bearings, mains bearings and GL1100 main bearings.


We have limited stock of the main bearings at the moment but more on the way.

Go Here: http://www.wingovations.com/crankshaft-bearing-kits-all/4593202522

By John Evans, Nov 10 2016 09:37PM

Due to the mould for the swing arm seals being lost, mislaid, vanished into thin air etc., my GL1000 KZ (suitable for all years) swing arm bearing kits with our Randakk/WinGovations seals are going to come to an end. I have the last lot of seals coming over, should be here in a few days, enough to do 20 kits.


So first come, first served.


http://www.wingovations.com/kz-sa-bearings/4579471072

By John Evans, Nov 2 2016 01:42PM

I just had a note from Wemoto thanking us for the help in raising funds for the above fund:


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Hi John,

I hope you're well. I'd like to thank you for helping to promote our Jurby T-shirts on your blog. The check with the final amount raised this year has now been handed over to the MGP Supporters' Club - £16,258.48, which is a huge increase on last year's £10,655.92. I've attached a press release about this year's funding and an image of the check, for if you wanted to post anything as a follow up to your readers.


Thanks again for your support with this - we're very happy with the amount raised and that the money will go towards supporting such a good cause.


Kind regards,

Daisy

Wemoto


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Huge thanks to all who bought the T-shirt and helped out with this amazing response. I will let you all know if / when there is another promotion.

John

By John Evans, Sep 16 2016 06:28PM

I have reluctantly decided to put a hold on the carb rebuilds for the moment.


Partly due to the vastly increased costs to me of the Randakk Master kits (Absolutely no fault of Randakk. Blame leaving the EU process for dropping the £ down the toilet and the USPS for their increased shipping.)

But more than that. As time marches on and the carbs sets arriving for refurb are also getting older, they increasingly are taking more and more time to rebuild to a decent standard. Instead of an average of around 10 hours for a set of GL1000 carbs, it is now around 15 hours.


Again due to the aging and more and more to the fact that others have been delving into them, I find that they are needing many more new parts than before. Bent float pins, porous floats, chewed up drain plugs, broken plastic buttons etc; this can make a real big difference to the final cost..


There is a limit to what I can charge for a rebuild. None of my prices have been increased since I started this way back in 2010.

To make it more realistic, the basic clean and rebuild would need an increase of £50, taking a GL1000 set to £340.

So you tell me............Is that a figure that would put you off or am I still in the ball park?


By John Evans, Sep 9 2016 01:22PM

Gentlemen, I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that the carb rebuilding service will soon have to close for a time, for a number of reasons.


This is mainly the result of the stupidity of this county's decision to leave the EU.

It has caused the value of the £ to drop through the floor, making the brilliant kits from Randakk very expensive. Combine that with the increases in the USPS shipping rates and much more aggressive scrutiny of incoming packages by the Customs and the whole issue is becoming untenable.

The last order I had direct from Randakk cost me $192 in Customs, VAT and Royal Mail charges, on a shipment costing $650 inc shipping.

so, I'm thinking to give some time to allow the exchange rate to steady and hopefully rise back in my favour.


Secondly, I get carbs in from all over the world. Currently, due to the EU regulations, there is no problem with the Customs for EU based sets sent in for rebuild and return. This is most definitely not the case for any coming from outside the EU. The paperwork is a nightmare.

So who knows what will happen once we leave the EU? Are we going to have the same problems with paperwork no matter where the carbs are coming from? No-one can tell me at this time.

By John Evans, Sep 8 2016 02:43PM

I am reliably informed that miracles happen; frequently . True or not, I am finding that I am being asked to perform them, more and more frequently.


Well, it may be because people believe that I am too wonderful for words and that my skills are almost alien in nature. These observations, while undoubtedly true, are becoming a source of difficulty as my stock of miracles is getting severely depleted.


So please, next time you want your carburettors rebuilding, please take a few moments to clean them off and really look at what you expecting me to be able to accomplish wth this block of rapidly disintegrating alloy..

Be honest with yourself. Take the float bowls off at least and see what's inside. if they look like the carbs in the bottom picture on my carb rebuild page, you are probably expecting me to use up some more miracle stock. But sometimes no amount of miracles, magic wands, oofle dust (older UK readers may know that one!) etc. can bring carbs in that condition back.


But I will always try for you.


You have to understand though, a load of extra work is going to cost you. The prices on the page are for a straightforward cleanng and rebuilding. The odd problem during that process can be coped with, but I have just spent 18 hours trying to get a set of GL1100 carbs sorted out. And these are relatively smple to rebuild, averaging about 8 hours including some polishing.



By John Evans, May 23 2016 05:56PM

A number of you have asked about contributing to the helicopter fund, without buying the T shirt.


Very altruistic of you, although why you wouldn't want on of those shirts is beyond me!


So here is a direct link to the fund organisers.

http://www.manxgrandprix.org/MGP/Supporters-Club


Many thanks to all who have seen this as a worthwhile thing to do.


By the way, if you don't know what thwe Manx Grand Prix is all about, may I suggest that you do some research. Vintage and historic racing machinery of all makes and classes. Bike you have never even heard of, as well as the ones you know but have never seen in action.


AND ACTION THERE IS!


These rare and valuable bikes are used as they were intended to be used, HARD!

This will give some idea of how hard!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n215cNg3GWE



By John Evans, May 20 2016 06:25PM

We can all use a nice new T-shirt for the summer. Here's your chance to have a great looking vintage style T and do your bit to help a very good cause in saving lives on the Isle of Man.


http://www.wemoto.com/components/clothinghelmetsandgoggles/tshirts


At only £10 / $15 plus shipping it's a real steal. Why not get two?


Buy a Wemoto Festival of Jurby T Shirt and help John McGuinness, Conor Cummins, Michael Rutter and Wemoto support the Manx Grand Prix helicopter. Rescue helicopter ambulances are used during the Isle of Man TT and the Manx Grand Prix practice weeks and race days.


In the event of an incident on the course, one of the helicopters will be despatched, complete with medical staff and equipment to get to the scene as soon as possible.


The helicopters, which have a top speed of 150mph, take an average time of five to six minutes from the first radio alert to arrive at the scene of an incident. Some parts of the TT course are quite inaccessible and speed is of the essence if there has been a crash, so the rescue helicopters are an essential life-saving service which racers rely on.


One of the helicopters at the Manx Grand Prix is funded entirely by charitable donations and all profits raised from the sale of these great Festival of Jurby Helicopter Fund T shirts, endorsed and signed by three TT racing legends, will go towards keeping this essential service in the air.


In case you are wondering what the Festival of Jurby is, Jurby on the I.O.M has the Island's biggest motoring museum and hosts this festival each year. Check this out:

http://darvillracing.co.uk/vmcc-festival-of-jurby/





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