Chatting to Phil Allen the other night, I told him about my budget bike turntable, and he suggested I post details on our section website. so here it is.
If you have a small garage or drive, often turning the bike around is a chore or not really possible. I have quite a steep slope into my garage, so I tend to ride in. I can push the bike in if I take a run up, but cannot push the bike backward up the slope by myself. I happen to have a roller starter and if I need to use them, all the bikes are the wrong way around. I was going to buy a proprietary turntable but conscious of usage problems I starting looking at “youtube” clips. This is where I spotted the budget arrangement, using a “lazy susan” These are on ebay, rated at 1000lb loading for as little as £8.50 including postage! All you need to do is attach a piece of ply I used 3/8″, There are only 4 bolt holes, so I increased that to 8, using M6 gutter bolts, and there you are. I made life easier as suggested on the clip, by using a couple of ramps, so the centre stand is at normal height. Take a look at the pictures!
Wow, quite a turnout, 37 riders signed on, and inline with the sections new policy, all issued with a star to display on their headlamp, to indicate they had paid for the run. I was too busy doing the paper work and taking fees to have time to check if there were any “extra” riders with us! The weather was beautiful for us. The carvery at the Windwhistle Inn was excellent, but the majority of riders did not join us, perhaps in future I/we should announce in the journal if a lunch stop is part of the run?
Most thought the run was OK except for Paul Wirdnam and Paul Miles who approached me staggering after dismounting at the lunch stop. Evidently the last but one section was a little challenging for their girder fork machines! I also spotted a number of rider taking a wrong turning at Broadwindsor, miles from where they were supposed to turn, funny how when a guy take a wrong turning, so many follow!
Sadly we had a couple of non finishes, B J Hull (M20) and C F Jones(Sunbeam), sorry I don’t know your first names, had to give up soon after the start with a broken clutch cable. Jim Thorton’s Suzuki gave up with we believe electrical problems, 2 miles for the lunch stop and had to be recovered by SOS motorcycle recovery service. Thanks to Mike Ward for picking up Jim and taking him to the wind whistle. Additionally I did not see the Lomax of Chris and Carole Tiso.
Naturally being a Vincent owner I was pleased to see Rod and Carol Hann on their Rapide and non member (he paid his /£5) Norman Pyne from Exeter on his Egli Vincent.