This weekend was all about motorcycles for me. Vintage motorcycles.
It all started back in December with a picture I posted here http://www.beginnerbikers.org/showth...ey-In-Training
The bike is now restored – 1965 Italjet Conquistador 50cc (two stroke)
The plan for the weekend was to head to Willow Springs Raceway out in the high desert of Southern California to watch some friends race at an AHRMA event (vintage bikes) with the possibility of being able to do a lap with the Italjet and me as the monkey. Marcello (owner/restorer of the bike) had this bike and a 1954 Ducati 175 Gran Sport Mariana entered the mini Concours that was part of the weekends festivities.
It was somewhat up in the air as to whether or not we would be able to get out on the track. There was a session of demo laps planned for several of the bikes that were not racing on Saturday. All was dependent on timining of earlier events in the day – on time start and end of morning practice sessions and the racers meeting. Everything went as scheduled and we did our lap . . .
This was absolutely a fun ride, even though not too fast. Between myself, Marcello and our gear we were asking a 50cc two-stroke (same size as my little NSR50) to haul about 300 lbs around a track with a pretty good uphill section. Supposedly there was a on-going commentary by the track announcer as we headed out and around. We headed out around Turn 1 and 2 and as we went to turn 3 the uphill segement began. It starts just before what is called “the omega”. We crawled up the hill slowly – I beginning to think I needed to hop off and push. Just as we reached the summit of the omega, the engine started smoking a some, but we got around and headed down the hill picking up speed. The winds made things a little dicey as we headed though the rest of the track, which really meant – no leaning as that might just aid in blowing us right on over. As slow as we were, it was over way too fast for me. Later in the day we took a long spin around the paddock area where there were no hills. Lots of people wanted to take pictures of us and the bike as we went around the track and the paddock.