It was the Vintage Racing Celebration at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) over the weekend of May 12 & 13, 2012. The track hosted motorbikes and cars. The United States Classic Racing Assn (USCRA) and Vintage Racing Group (VRG) were the organizations that took part. The weather was perfect. The crowds were enormous.
There were a lot of very interesting vintage cars. This is the only event on the calendar where the cars and bikes share the track. It’s good fun to watch the other races if there isn’t any work to do on your own machine.
I was able to get started on Saturday afternoon. I went out on track for practice and one race.
My weekend wasn’t as productive as I had hoped it would be. My bike had a little issue with the shifter arm that is part of the gear changing mechanism. During the race on Saturday afternoon, I was having a lot of trouble shifting gears on the bike.
A small problem with that developed into a larger problem with the gearbox. The shifter arm began to lose its grip on the gearbox shaft. It caused very strange conditions when trying to shift gears on track. In an attempt to diagnose the issue, we started to remove the shifter arm from the gearbox shaft.
Photo credit: Marvin Emerson
Since the gearbox was still very warm from riding, I had a lot of difficulty getting it off. In fact, it wouldn’t come off. And it wouldn’t go back into place either. I went so far as to use a rubber mallet to get it back into its place. I believe that is where I compounded my problems. Pounding on the shaft dislodged components inside the gearbox. I didn’t know it Saturday evening, but then discovered in Sunday morning practice that I had only first and second gears. I missed out on the two races that I was signed up for on Sunday. Oh, well. That’s racing. It was the very first time out with the bike. I will chalk it up as a practice session. I really enjoyed the weekend at the track. The bike has been repaired and improved. The shifter arm has had an added bolt inserted.
Here is the gearbox opened up at MAX BMW. Dave is figuring out what is out of place.
I’m really looking forward to the next race day in a week’s time. I have also heard of a place that might be a good practice ground for testing. Unless new issues are discovered with the bike, I hope to have a more successful outing. I’m signed up for three races – Open GP, Heavyweight Super Vintage, and Euro Cup.
All of my pictures from the Vintage Celebration are on SmugMug. Click here.