Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Meremere Motorcycle Drags 2015

The annual Meremere motorcycle drags was held on a swelteringly hot day in January at New Zealands' Meremere dragway. About 150 bikes turned out for the fun day event, mostly street motor cycles.
Image by Matt Wooding

Image by Popeye Pics
Image by Popeye Pics
Traction proved to be a problem with bike only managing 11.4 as best E.T. Initially clutch slip was
an issue probably from sitting unused for some months. Gradually it came back to us and then it was a case of trying to tune it to the slippery surface. Followers will recall Excalibur runs a lockup clutch with adjustment available for spring pressure plus centrifugal pressure. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Classic Club run to The Shed ~ Museum

Excalibur was the center of attention when the Waikato Classic Motorcycle club came visiting. Pictures were published in their June newsletter. About ten bikes turned up on the day. The visitors were treated to morning tea. There was lots of motorcycle memorabilia on display and the talk was lively. Click link below for Newsletter PDF.
Waikato Classic Club Newsletter

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Team Excalibur celebrates Competition Bike victory in the shed museum.

 Jamie with the trophy display.

 A 100 year old veteran V-twin JAP presides over the event

 Wing commander V-twin Enfield and Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Square Four were also in attendance.

 Excalibur sits on the table where it was made.

The 4 season trophy haul amounts to 21. Excalibur has claimed Comp Bike championship twice, the NZDRA or IHRA Nationals twice plus the most coveted of all, Mr. Dragracer trophy.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The season concludes with prizegiving

Prizegiving on 10May2014 at Pukekohe Hotrod clubrooms.
Jamie with a few words for the crowd.

Excalibur features again on the clubrooms wall as a permanent part of history.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Excalibur on display at NZ's only "motorcycle only" swapmeet.

30March2014 was the annual Waikato Classic club swap meet. It's the largest "motorcycle only" swap in the country. The invitation to display Excalibur gave an opportunity to talk drag racing with fellow motorcycling enthusiasts..
The bike, fresh from the seasons' combat was on show from 7am till noon.
 Display board with photographs.
Excalibur souvenir flyer with website addresses was available as a free giveaway.

Monday, March 17, 2014

NZ Nationals 2014

The 2014 NZ Nationals was planned as a two day event. A cyclone caused wet conditions on Saturday so the day was abandoned. Sunday was forecast for improving weather and race organizers were determined to proceed if at all possible.
There was a poor turnout from competitors and spectators due to the conditions. However it was the final round and Team Excalibur did have a mathematical chance of championship victory. It wasn't to be as Jamie red lighted in the semi finals.
Best time of the day was 11.02 coupled with the second best speed on record of 118.2mph

Monday, March 3, 2014

Comp-bike series championship win for Excalibur

The Triumph won by 270 points from the nearest rival to claim the championship victory.

The bike finished the series a mere 20 points behind "Most successful dragracer of the season" winner.

The airshifter trialed before Comp4 was abandoned due to problems getting it to work reliably.
A misfire in the semi finals saw Excalibur beaten to the line by .03 of a second.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

"Petrolhead" Magazine fantastic picture of Excalibur wheelie!!

Here Jamie was trying the technique of trailing his feet however it resulted in a surprise wheelie. It seems that moving some of his weight back was enough to aviate the front wheel.