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Offline steveale

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Douglas motorcycle cannonball blog
« on: 07 Jun 2016 at 13:40 »
All,

here is the link to the blog I created to chronicle the journey of the first Douglas to ever attempt the motorcycle cannonball. 

https://cb103.wordpress.com/

I will be updating it weekly, enjoy!

Steve

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Re: Douglas motorcycle cannonball blog
« Reply #1 on: 07 Jun 2016 at 22:41 »
Looking forward to your tales of adventure and derring do!. Best of luck.

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Re: Douglas motorcycle cannonball blog
« Reply #2 on: 08 Jun 2016 at 02:59 »
Steve, I'm jealous wish I could join you. I'm really looking forward to following your exploits.

All the best,

Colin

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Re: Douglas motorcycle cannonball blog
« Reply #4 on: 18 Jul 2016 at 17:43 »
How's progress? Dare I ask how much weight will your 2 3/4 be carrying? Mine does fine with 11 stone on board. I suspect hill climbing might be a bit compromised with a normal sized rider on board. As an aside, I managed to run out of fuel a couple of weeks ago and my wife kindly turned up in the car with a spare gallon. She was impressed with just how quick a 2 3/4 Douglas can be as she followed on behind. The secret is NEVER to touch the brakes...

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Re: Douglas motorcycle cannonball blog
« Reply #5 on: 19 Jul 2016 at 20:30 »
black sheep,

I am big at 6'4" and earlier in the year I was 267 lbs.  I had to use google to figure out stone, and it put me at just a tick over 19.  However, I have been on a fitness blitz and have dropped to 239lbs (17 stone) and expect to be close to 200lbs (14 stone) by race time.

Yes, the hills are a challenge.  The steeper ones require a critically time downshift to low gear to finish the ascent.  I find I can run about 25mph climbing just about any grade in low gear however.  In high gear I consistently cruise around 45 mph on the flat, with top speed being about 53.

Aside from my cam stud backing out, the engine is running quite strong.  I am going to fit a 14" rear belt drum (replacing the stock 18") and see if I can get a bit more cruising speed while not trading off on my low gear hill climbing capability.

Also, I need to do and update on the blog...the engine failure has had me a bit busy.

steve

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Re: Douglas motorcycle cannonball blog
« Reply #6 on: 19 Jul 2016 at 23:23 »
Brakes ?  We ain't got no stinking brakes