Well, it’s Thursday and I’m probably just coming back down to earth after the BSFoS and the debut of the Shadowfax Kawasaki. In the time since I last posted, hundreds more photographs from all sorts of sources have been posted on my Facebook site and dozens and dozens of congratulatory messages have been received. If you’d like to see the pick of the photos, you can look at the album on my Facebook page. You don’t have to be a Facebook member to view this album.
And here’s my brother, Paul’s, little video of Kent Miklenda trying out the riding position for the first time since 1988.
Needless to say there have been all sorts of questions centred around the question, “What next?”
We were thinking that, perhaps the Broadford Bonanza would be appropriate, but it’s only in a couple of weeks and I don’t think I’m up to that much travelling again, so soon. Added to the fact that that weekend is my wife’s birthday, I don’t think it would go down well so that idea’s been canned.
Rapid Bikes magazine editor, Jeff Ware, saw the bike and is very interested in doing a story (probably in the Used and Classic bike version) and Jim Scaysbrook has also expressed an interest in doing one for OBA, so there’s plenty to choose from there. At least three of my friends who have expensive cameras and availability of studios have also expressed an interest in doing a photo shoot so that avenue will develop as well.
There was wide-ranging discussion on the weekend over the bike’s ultimate goal. It will be an eligible P5 bike, but, given that, in racing we’d be up against the likes of Shaun Giles’s 180bhp Katana, that doesn’t appear very sensible. There is also talk that we’d be eligible for the Australian Historics Championship in November but I haven’t seen the Supp Regs for that yet so I can’t comment. In any event, it seems likely that we will have the bike actually specced two ways. As it is at the moment, in original condition, for show purposes and, with a set of 17″ wheels and an uprated suspension for racing and track days with the ability to change between the two fairly easily. Early days yet, but that looks like the plan.
WSBK starts its season “proper” at Imola this weekend. Looking forward to that.