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Parts Washer by TP Tools


TP Tools is best known for its extensive line of media blast cabinets and related accessories like HVLP paint systems and air compressors, but the Ohio-based company also carries a wide selection of quality shop accessories like this 5-liter bench-top parts washer. Measuring 5 inches deep and 12 inches in diameter, it’s perfect for soaking small parts, and its closeable lid allows you to leave parts soaking without worrying about spillage or contamination. Features a removable bottom screen and fire safety link. $39.

The Real Chiefs of the Mountain

Rachael Clegg
Black Hut, one of Rachael Clegg’s art photographs from her series, Milestones, illustrating the history of the Isle of Man TT. Photographer, Ian Parry/Artist, Rachael Clegg.

It’s 40 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m standing on a plinth, naked, 1,400 feet above sea level. It’s freezing and my Indian head dress is seriously itchy. But it’s worth it: The light is beautiful and I’m near the highest point of the Isle of Man TT course.

My name’s Rachael Clegg. I’m an artist, classic motorcycle journalist, and daughter and granddaughter to TT racers Noel and Tom Clegg. Indeed, the TT course is my spiritual home. But we’re not here to talk about that …

The image Black Hut is part of an on-going series of art photographs, Milestones, that illustrate the TT’s 111-year history. Black Hut (which is the name of the location at which the image was shot on the mountain section of the TT course) celebrates one of the most important moments in motorcycle history: Indian’s victory at the 1911 Senior TT and its technological dominance of the mountain section.

Move to the mountain

The Isle of Man TT started in 1907 and initially took place on a fairly flat, 15.5-mile course. By 1911, the event had grown in size and stature, with entries from across the globe spanning dozens of motorcycle marques, from AJS to Zenith.

For the 1911 TT, organizers decided to incorporate the 1,400-foot climb (from sea level) to the top of mystical Snaefell mountain. This ascent would present a huge challenge to man and machine — a challenge that would hasten motorcycle development and profoundly shape its future forever. Indian was already ahead of the game, however, and the 1911 Isle of Man TT was dubbed “the Indian Summer” for good reason: You’ll see why as the story unfolds …

In 1911, the majority of motorcycles were belt-driven; as riders changed gear, the belt would lose tension and often slip. Furthermore, engine oil would leak onto the belt, causing the belt to slip even more.

Indian, however, had an all-chain drive and a 2-speed, countershaft gearbox — which eliminated the risk of slip and thus proved pretty handy over the IOM TT’s mountain section. The combination of the two was hugely advanced for its day and countered most of the problems associated with ascending hills on two wheels.

The challenge wasn’t just the increasing gradients, however, or the pressure to be the fastest (and survive): Road surface conditions were horrendous for both man and machine, as Frank Applebee, who won the 1912 race, explained. “The dust and the general roughness of the course made the race a terrific strain for the competitors — I think it was a far greater physical endurance test, even at the comparatively low speeds of the period. At the end of the race many competitors had to be lifted from their machines and held up,” he said in Geoff Davison’s 1947 The Story of the TT.

But the Indian machines, and their riders, passed the endurance test with flying colors. Indian’s twin-cylinder machines (with engines scaled down to the new 585cc limit imposed by the TT’s organizers that year) finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd, with Oliver Godfrey, Charles Franklin and Arthur Moorhouse in the saddle, respectively. Indian’s technical developments had paid off in dividends.

Steve Menneto, the president of today’s Indian Motorcycle, said: “Winning the 1911 Senior TT was a significant achievement for an American motorcycle company, an event dominated by European brands, and our racing heritage is a source of inspiration for all of us at Indian Motorcycle. The original founders, Hendee and Hedstrom, had a strong commitment to performance and racing. Their mindset of innovation and constantly moving forward would have given them a significant advantage as they developed a two-speed transmission to master the challenging climb of the new mountain course.”

Indian’s victory at the 1911 Isle of Man TT is one of the key moments in motorcycle history, now immortalized in Black Hut, one of 12 images in the 2019 Milestones Isle of Man TT calendar. It’s available for £25/$30 at rachaelclegg.com

Travels Into Philanthropy: Neale Bayly Rides Keeps On Riding!

Neale Bayly  and child

Adventure motorcycling mixed with the kind of feel-good stories the world needs more of is the domain of Neale Bayly, a longtime journalist and photographer who is using his skills as a storyteller in video form.

“As a motorcycle journalist, I liked the idea of showing motorcycling in a positive light,” explains Bayly. My idea was to bring people on amazing journeys through the developing world to really experience the true beauty of these countries from the saddle of a motorcycle, to really challenge them to step outside of their regular life,” says the effervescent ex-Brit who now lives in North Carolina.

“And then, when they felt comfortable with their new surroundings, bring them to an orphanage or place of need to see how they could benefit those who struggle with far less than what they have. I wanted them to see the beauty in the children, not the dirt,” Bayly underscores.

If you don’t recognize Bayly from the pages of countless print — including Motorcycle Classics — and online magazines, you might identify him from the TV show Trippin’ On Two Wheels, a program that illustrated the fun and adventure to be had when traveling aboard motorcycles. Following that experience, Bayly developed a program of his own, called Neale Bayly Rides, as a mechanism to promote adventure motorcycle travel and raise money and awareness for the abandoned children of the Wellspring International Outreach foundation.

TV executives were skeptical of Neale’s good-hearted ambitions with his concept and his desire to show motorcycling in a positive light. He wanted to show motorcyclists as giving, caring and adventurous. “It was a tough sell in America,” Bayly relates. “I had 13 network rejections in 18 months, complaining that it was, ‘too soft,’ ‘too fluffy.’”

But Bayly’s dedication to philanthropy could not be stopped, and the show aired on Speed a few years ago, then was later rebroadcast on MAVTV. The heart-warming adventure can now be seen on the Neale Bayly Rides YouTube channel.

Neale Bayly Rides: Peru, Episode 1

Neale hopes the motorcycle community will get behind the show, as he intends to continue his mission to show adventurous motorcyclists traveling to exotic locations to help those in need.

“I can’t say too much at the moment,” says Bayly somewhat cryptically. “We are back on tour in South Africa in November riding to raise money for the Wellspring foundation, and again in Peru next April and May.”

Bayly’s format remains the same: Riding motorcycles in beautiful places in the world to benefit those less fortunate than ourselves. Do motorcyclists and the world a favor and subscribe to Bayly’s YouTube channel to support an authentic philanthropist who wants nothing less than to help those in need.

For a glimpse into the cool bloke that Bayly is, check out this brief video on YouTube, Neale’s Deal.

For more information, contact Neale at nealebayly@yahoo.com.

Sierra Dry Saddlebags by Nelson-Rigg

waterproof saddlebags

California-based riding gear specialist Nelson-Rigg claim their Sierra Dry Saddlebags are 100 percent waterproof, a claim we can back up after a long ride in torrential rain. Our riding gear was soaked, but everything in our Sierra Dry Saddlebags was perfectly dry. Made to last with aircraft-grade mounting hardware, they feature removable stiffeners to hold the bags' shape when empty and zippered liners to make packing/unpacking a breeze. Each bag holds 27.5 liters. Lifetime warranty. Available in black or yellow/black. $199.95.

QuikTurn Steering Kit by Phil Little Racing

steering kit

Street trackers and dirt track racing are big at Minnesota-based Phil Little Racing, which recently announced the availability of its QuikTurn 27-degree Steering Kit. Designed for owners of 1988-2003 Evo Sporters racing in the fast and fast-growing Hooligan flat track class, the kit reduces fork angle from the stock 30-degree rake to 27 degrees for quicker steering and allowing more counter-steering as the stock rake wants to self-center in corners and push. Fits inside steering head and works with stock steering yokes. $545.

Fleece Pants by Aerostich

Aerostich pants

The touring specialists at Minnesota-based Aerostich know all about cold-weather riding, providing hard-core motorcycle tourers great winter gear like these fleece pants. Designed to be worn under a riding suit, they're perfect for when the temps fall or for cold fall and spring mornings. The left leg opens fully from the bottom to the waist while the right leg zipper opens up to about crotch level to make getting them on and off a breeze. Available in five sizes. $127.

O1 Helmet by SCHUBERTH

Schuberth motorcycle helmet

SCHUBERTH has announced the new open-faced O1 "jet" helmet. Using SCHUBERTH's proprietary Direct Fiber Processing manufacturing technique to ensure superior impact absorption for enhanced safety, the wind tunnel-shaped shell provides a quiet, aerodynamic profile, while the ergonomically shaped and breathable seamless lining provides superior ventilation. Available in nine colors (Era Bronze shown) and three sizes. $459 as shown.

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