July 10th 2005
Raced yesterday at
North Weald which is away from where I live and took
over four and half hours in all that heat! Anyway I never saw so
many competition X7's in all of my life, altogether there were five
I ran consistently
in the 14's and topped out at around 85-87MPH, the fastest X7 there
was running 13's and on a stock motor apart from Swarbricks and
open carbs! It had been lightened beyond belief though and even the
fuel tank was replaced with some miniscule container! The timing
lights packed up in the afternoon and we were flagged off instead
in pairs drag race style which was interesting as you'd be up
against all sizes and types of bikes. Amazingly the little X7 has
the wheels on almost all bikes irrespective of engine size for the
first few yards before the bigger motors starting coming on
stronger, all in all I'm still impressed by the little X7 which is
now over 26 years old, just shows how good they really were.
Got hold of some
nice flatslide carbs now and I'm also chopping my cylinder head in
half so I can line up the exhaust ports exactly on each barrel.
I'll let you know when I have another event lined up.
This is me in
action on my re-fettled X7 at last Weekends Hoghton Tower sprint.
This event is a sprint up the driveway of Hoghton Tower a well
known local stately home in the North West, it is 1/8th of a mile
long with a further 1/8th of braking. My quickest time was 11.14
which although quicker than the RD250 and other X7 in my class was
no match for a 250 KTM motocross bike or a couple of NSR 250
Honda's which ran in the nines!
Not really a fair comparison though as all of these bikes are some
fifteen years newer with water cooling, alloy frames etc. My bike
now sports a monoshock back end, nice billet alloy yokes, cut down
cylinder heads and a rear disc brake together with flat slide carbs,
the next logical step is either a big bore 275cc kit or more
realistically sell it and buy a faster modern 250 offers invited?
Next planned event is the Ramsey Sprint on the Isle of Man during
TT fortnight which again is over 1/8th of a mile but this time it's
flat but with a nasty kink in the track towards the end! I'll keep
By the way check the weather out in the first picture! It was
really hailing it down and strangely this was when I ran my