Thursday, June 2, 2011
2 June, 2011 We decided some problems with the Indian had to be resolved before riding the bike. We took off the rear wheel to isolate where the drag was coming from. We decided it was from the gearbox, but didn't like the look of the rear axle, either. An enthusiast with a huge collection of early bikes, among them a 1912 Indian, offered his workshop and we moved there with Richard turning up a new axle while Peter and I took apart the gearbox. We made progress, but didn't finish before we had to knock off, so it's back there in the morning.
I went to watch evening practice at Hillberry, a fast right hand bend between a long downhill straight and an uphill exit near the end of the lap. The sidecars were out first after a delay. They were all left hand chairs and some would lift the drive wheel on the exit and the motors would spin up. Again it was sunny and warmer than yesterday with less wind and, I'll say it again, no place more beautiful than the Isle of Man. There was some oil spill at Alpine and it was decided to abandon practice, so the solos never got out.