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    Race chassis

    I just thought I would post these pictures of a couple of bikes I raced back when I was faster.
    The Waddon chassis was very basic but worked very well and I think would make a fantastic bucket frame. It was light and the bike handled well, the one I had was bought from Ian Young who had finished 2nd with it ( against all the MBA twins ) in the Marlborough British champs, this should give an idea of how good it was. The motor was a Rotax.

    The Scitsu in the picture was not my one but I did ride it a few times, it is 2 aluminium plates bolted together with aluminium spacers in between, this one had a Kawasaki bottom end with an RG500 pot on it, my one had a Rotax in it and is owned at this time by Neil Hodsons dad, I know this as I got a request for some original photo's so he could restore it. The handling on the Scitsu was a little problematic at first with the front end tending to chatter through fast turns, this was resolved by altering the angle on the rear suspension. The bike was a little on the heavy side and there was talk of making one out of Honey comb but I don't think this ever happened. Tony Dawson and Nick Carpenter were the builders, Tony was also the Astrolite man I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cotswold View Post
    I just thought I would post these pictures of a couple of bikes I raced back when I was faster.
    The Waddon chassis was very basic but worked very well and I think would make a fantastic bucket frame. It was light and the bike handled well, the one I had was bought from Ian Young who had finished 2nd with it ( against all the MBA twins ) in the Marlborough British champs, this should give an idea of how good it was. The motor was a Rotax.

    The Scitsu in the picture was not my one but I did ride it a few times, it is 2 aluminium plates bolted together with aluminium spacers in between, this one had a Kawasaki bottom end with an RG500 pot on it, my one had a Rotax in it and is owned at this time by Neil Hodsons dad, I know this as I got a request for some original photo's so he could restore it. The handling on the Scitsu was a little problematic at first with the front end tending to chatter through fast turns, this was resolved by altering the angle on the rear suspension. The bike was a little on the heavy side and there was talk of making one out of Honey comb but I don't think this ever happened. Tony Dawson and Nick Carpenter were the builders, Tony was also the Astrolite man I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cotswold View Post
    Tony was also the Astrolite man I think.
    I think you mean Astroheavy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moooools View Post
    I think you mean Astroheavy
    Yes well don't forget this was late 80's..............when were you born????

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    Quote Originally Posted by cotswold View Post
    Yes well don't forget this was late 80's..............when were you born????
    Haha yes I know. 1993.

    I have a set of Astrolite/heavys that I run my wets on. They are not particularly light but they look the shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moooools View Post
    Haha yes I know. 1993.
    bloody yoof of today, wonder how they'd cope with black and white TV and no Internet, speaking of which, aren't you supposed to be away on holiday? Get off line, go outside and roll in the sand or something.

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    They are brilliant ! The tube frame would make a magic bucket ..do you have a pic of it with it dressed ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick 52 View Post
    They are brilliant ! The tube frame would make a magic bucket ..do you have a pic of it with it dressed ?
    What he said, why are you messing about with RS50 frames, crank up the welder and dazzle us all with your brilliance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick 52 View Post
    They are brilliant ! The tube frame would make a magic bucket ..do you have a pic of it with it dressed ?
    This was the day I bought it Ian brought it to Mallory park and I raced it the same day, it was bloody quick and I made a last lap lunge in the wet around Gerards for the win with the inevitable result, Robin Milton won and the truck picked me and all the bits of bike off the corner a few minutes later. I have an after photo but it makes me sad
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henk View Post
    What he said, why are you messing about with RS50 frames, crank up the welder and dazzle us all with your brilliance.
    If I could weld or engineer or machanic my bike would have been finished 10 months ago, the waddon is not a difficult build for someone clever and I think I can still get the dimensions but no promises on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cotswold View Post
    If I could weld or engineer or machanic my bike would have been finished 10 months ago, the waddon is not a difficult build for someone clever and I think I can still get the dimensions but no promises on that one.
    I'd been thinking of something similar with a huge aluminum tube. I've actually even got the perfect piece sitting about the place. Kind of like those Sachs things too. I'll probably never build anything like that though, just not a priority plus I'm pretty thin is the skill dept myself for something like that.
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    just do it malcom make one im no engineer or loaded with skills and ive built my rs rip off
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    Ivan, I think people may be waiting to see if the engine falls out of yours after three laps before they start in on something similar.

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