Paul Dobbs breaks lap record on the Isle of Man.
Paul Dobbs broke a lap record in the Senior Classics practice run, fastest Gold Star ever, congratulations Paul!
Shame a gearbox problem stopped him in the race, it would have been interesting.
Paul wasn't riding his Gold Star but one that belongs to Jan Frank Bakker, former Dutch Classics Champion see photo below.
Paul and Bridget told us:
"The record was John Loader and it was set 13 years ago.
I don't know exactly what John's speed was (around 98mph) but an interesting point is that bike never finished a race!
I don't know if our fastest lap will count officially because it was during practice and not a race."
For more photos of Paul and all the details click here
Next year will be better, hopefully!
On Saturday September 2nd the Triumph Riders Club dropped in.
The Triumph Riders Club and the British Motorcycle Club Middelstum came over for a short visit to have a little look around.
They were very lucky to have picked the first weekend with reasonable weather for 5 weeks.
Click here to see more pictures
More details on the new Matchless engines.
The current status of the development can be found on our products
Specs (some specs could change when the engines have been tried and tested:
500 engine bore x stroke 86 x 85,5.
600 engine bore x stroke 90 x 92,5.
Compression 10,5 or 8,5 with compression reducer.
Nikasil lined cylinder (no liner).
Modern crankshaft assembly with Carillo conrod.
Improved tappet and tappet guide construction.
Improved cylinder head bolting system.
Racing quality valves 5/16" stem
Racing quality valve springs.
Drive side crankpin conical with sprocket adaptor.
Oil seal on crankshaft drive side if required.
All parts are going to be as interchangeable as possible with original parts, all threads and measurements will be original UK and not metric.
Hopefully the first engines will be ready in the winter, subject to our having achieved the desired results with the prototypes.