16-7-12 - Quick update.
It's been a long time coming, but today I finally got Trixie dropped off with Darren at MCT to get the suspension set up properly. Reason for the delay is I live I Jersey and I had to wait for a time when I was coming over in the van to do some track days.
The basic plan is softer springs in the forks and bigger air gap. The Nitron shock I had originally fitted is now on my track bike. I bought another 2006 Daytona in November 2011 and refitted the OE shock to my Daytona Street. The shock will probably get a re-valve and possibly a reduction in the ride height. Not quite sure how he does that. He's worked on three of my bikes and every time makes big improvements to the handling, so I have every confidence in him.
The changes to the suspension are great. The bike is much more compliant now and the front end gives more confidence. Can't wait until I get the chance to take her away to France for a proper blast.
23-8-12 - I've entered my Daytona Street in the MCN Built in Britain competition. I spotted the advert for it in Motorcycle News and thought "why not?".
6-9-12 - Well thanks to the help of friends and members of triumph675.net, my bike has now made it to the next stage of voting in the MCN Built in Britain motorcycle competition. This next stage is to choose two bikes from each of the six categories to go through to the final. The final 12 bikes will be photographed for the Carole Nash 2013 calendar and will appear at the Motorcycle Live bike show at the NEC in Birmingham in November 2012.
18-9-12 - Woohoo! I've made it to the final 12 bikes in the competition. I can't believe it, so happy.
Thanks to all of you who helped me and my bike get there, much appreciated. I'm not sure what form the next round of voting takes, it might be over to their own judges or another public vote. Will find out in due course.
Next stage for me is to get the bike to England next Monday to have her photographed for inclusion in the Carole Nash 2013 Calendar. Then she will be on the Built in Britain stand at the Motorcycle Live bike show at the NEC from 24 November with the other 11 finalists. And once again at the MCN London Motorcycle Show in February, where they announce the winners. So looks like I'm going to the bike show this year!
The photo shoot with ace photographer Adam Duckworth:
A couple of the ace shots he took:
On the MCN Built in Britain stand at Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham in November 2012.
7-3-13 - Well the final of the MCN/Carole Nash Built in Britain came and went on Saturday 16 February 2013. Unfortunately I didn't make one of the final three with my Daytona Street. It was won by the drag bike GSX-R, which annoyingly I thought might win. However I did award myself a "booby prize" as you can see below.
The bike which should have won was Shaun's Barbarian as he fabricated the whole bike in his garage, with the exception of the engine and forks, but he's going to make his own forks.
I'm not kidding he made the entire bike himself: wheels, frame, swing arm, etc. Even made his own master cylinders. Awesome piece of engineering and I like the looks too. Here's a photo of it:
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