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#101 sharonsalle

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 15:04

Always nice livery on Mark's bikes, sponsored by Ian King of Royal Cars.

I always thought Mark was a very stylish rider, equally at home on the roads and short circuits and IMHO was greatly underrated and deserved a shot with one of the British factory teams, I believe he would have done very well.

Where's Sharon these days, not seen her on the forum for a while. :well:



I am alive and kicking still (just about !)


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#102 exclubracer

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 16:59

I am alive and kicking still (just about !)

:wave: Hi Sharon, nice to know you're still in touch with the old fogies here! :up: :kiss:

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 17:10

Simon Buckmaster 1992.
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 17:12

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#105 tdijam

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 21:17

Always nice livery on Mark's bikes, sponsored by Ian King of Royal Cars.

I always thought Mark was a very stylish rider, equally at home on the roads and short circuits and IMHO was greatly underrated and deserved a shot with one of the British factory teams, I believe he would have done very well.

Where's Sharon these days, not seen her on the forum for a while. :well:


I always thought Mark Salle's bike was one of the best looking bikes in the paddock, which greatly influenced my decision to buy this ex Wolfgang von Muralt MK 9 RG.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 21:36

I always thought Mark Salle's bike was one of the best looking bikes in the paddock, which greatly influenced my decision to buy this ex Wolfgang von Muralt MK 9 RG.

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nice bit of kit , td , :love: , hope it gets regular airings :up:


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Posted 24 November 2011 - 21:46

That is lovely John! thanks for posting the pic. :wave:

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 22:15

Johnny Rea & Wayne Gardner 1984.
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 22:21

Christian LeLiard & Marco Gentile #20, 1986.
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 22:26

I always thought Mark Salle's bike was one of the best looking bikes in the paddock, which greatly influenced my decision to buy this ex Wolfgang von Muralt MK 9 RG.

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That's a cracker, I'm insanely jealous! :D

Lovely looking and functional too, all the bikes from that era seem to have that aura of minimalism about them :up:

Wish it was in my garage :well:

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 22:28

Nial Mackenzie on the short lived 500 Armstrong, 1984.
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 22:29

That's a cracker, I'm insanely jealous! :D

Lovely looking and functional too, all the bikes from that era seem to have that aura of minimalism about them :up:

Wish it was in my garage :well:


Yep Ditto!!

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 22:37

Fabio Biliotti 1983.
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 22:43

Massimo Massimiani 1983.
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 22:49

Neil Robinson 1985.
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 22:53

Fabio Biliotti 1983.
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IIRC Fabio's RS500 was the nearest to a 'works' spec amongst the privateers in that his sponsor or mechanic had converted it to full powervalve spec on all 3 cylinders whereas the original RS500 as supplied only had a powervalve fitted to the 2 upright outer cylinders, or have I got that wrong? :confused:

My road-going NS400 had PVs on the 2 horizontal (outer) cylinders due to the short runs on the pipes and the centre (upright) cylinder didn't have the PV.

I'm completely confused now, where are you, Paul Collins? HELP!!! :D

It's the dreaded Red Dragon, honest.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 22:53

Wish it was in my garage :well:



could be arranged , Mick  ;) .................... :eek:


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Posted 24 November 2011 - 22:55

could be arranged , Mick ;) .................... :eek:

I wish, Phil :up:

I could sit on that all day making 'vroom vroom' noises :cool:

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 22:58

John is showing it @ a Motorcycle show in Newark in January 2012.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 23:00

I wish, Phil :up:

I could sit on that all day making 'vroom vroom' noises :cool:



better make that wrrrrrrrrrinnnnng , wrrrrrrrrrrrinnnnnnng noises , I think :lol:

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 23:04

better make that wrrrrrrrrrinnnnng , wrrrrrrrrrrrinnnnnnng noises , I think :lol:

Don't want to over-rev it Phil  ;)

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 23:12

Don't want to over-rev it Phil ;)



Well , that would be a first for you , wouldn't it :lol: :p ??

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 23:14

Well , that would be a first for you , wouldn't it :lol: :p ??

Yep, you re right Phil, them stinkwheel cranks aren't cheap to rebuild :p

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 23:18

John is showing it @ a Motorcycle show in Newark in January 2012.

Would love to see that in the flesh :up: Isn't there a forum member who spannered for Wolfgang?

Was it Andy? Perhaps he has some history on the bike.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 23:20

Would love to see that in the flesh :up: Isn't there a forum member who spannered for Wolfgang?

Was it Andy? Perhaps he has some history on the bike.


It was Andy but think he had finished before this one?

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 23:42

Yep, you re right Phil, them stinkwheel cranks aren't cheap to rebuild :p



I'll take your word on that , Mick :eek: :blush:


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Posted 24 November 2011 - 23:47

Christian LeLiard 1985 (low res)
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Posted 25 November 2011 - 00:01

Christian LeLiard & Marco Gentile #20, 1986.
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The Elf and the Fior....french creative engineering at its best ! :clap:

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 00:14

Philipe Robinet 1984.
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Posted 25 November 2011 - 00:27

The Elf and the Fior....french creative engineering at its best ! :clap:

You're right Philippe, especially Claude Fior, a genius ahead of his time. :up:

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 00:28

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 00:29

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 00:35

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Nice one of the late great 'Smutty' Robinson, Graham :up: Hangar Straight?

How the hell did he get that nickname?

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 09:29

Nice one of the late great 'Smutty' Robinson, Graham :up: Hangar Straight?

How the hell did he get that nickname?



No Mick, the bit between first corner (Copse?) & Becketts.
Re name dont know, was he a chimney sweep? or tell dirty jokes? or both? :rolleyes: :wave:

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 21:06

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 21:58

Hmm, Gateford Motors, that rings a bell :confused:

Who else did they sponsor, any offers?

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 18:17

nice bit of kit , td , :love: , hope it gets regular airings :up:

Yes it does get ridden, after a complete re-build, i rode the RG at this year's Bikers Classic at Spa. Here is the link to a few on-board laps , apologies for the two dodgy gear changes!



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Posted 26 November 2011 - 18:36

Yes it does get ridden, after a complete re-build, i rode the RG at this year's Bikers Classic at Spa. Here is the link to a few on-board laps , apologies for the two dodgy gear changes!


Brilliant John thanks for that. :up:

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 20:04

IIRC Fabio's RS500 was the nearest to a 'works' spec amongst the privateers in that his sponsor or mechanic had converted it to full powervalve spec on all 3 cylinders whereas the original RS500 as supplied only had a powervalve fitted to the 2 upright outer cylinders, or have I got that wrong? :confused:

My road-going NS400 had PVs on the 2 horizontal (outer) cylinders due to the short runs on the pipes and the centre (upright) cylinder didn't have the PV.

I'm completely confused now, where are you, Paul Collins? HELP!!! :D

It's the dreaded Red Dragon, honest.


You're right on the NS400 set up, my incarnation hasnt got any fitted, I think Terry Shep removed them during the 500 conversion as to be honest they arent required on the big bore motor.

Re the RS500, I thought the difference between the privateer RS and the works NS was that the NS had the ATAC system which was Honda's version of power valves, whereas the RS didnt have it at all, that may have changed on later models though??

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 11:53

the early rs 500s had that very complicated hpp system which used centrifugal force to open or close the valve, im not sure when they upgraded the rs to have the atac system but they did do it and have the valves working with a mechanical system.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 21:08

Wayne Gardner on his first ride on the V4 Honda @ Silverstone 1985.
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 21:12

& an unhappy Ron Haslam who still had to ride the 3cyl model, Silverstone 1985.
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Posted 08 February 2012 - 12:15

Gateford Motors - Steve Manley?

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 16:57

Gateford Motors - Steve Manley?


Yes 1987?

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 19:02

87 and 88 im sure, from what i heard steve painted his bikes with a brush. good job as it was a nice rg

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 22:08

Mark Ordidge 1985.
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I am sure Mark Ordidge bought one of the Harold Coppock RG's not sure if it was this one (don't think so), will do some research.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:21

I am sure Mark Ordidge bought one of the Harold Coppock RG's not sure if it was this one (don't think so), will do some research.

David

I'm pretty sure it was Mark who bought Steve Henshaw's much modded Mk 7.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 16:53

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 00:05

Maarten Duyzers @ Silverstone 1985.
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one of the things i remember most about Mr Duyzers is he always seemed to crash.

his 3 cylinder in 87 was one of the nicest bikes on the grid.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 22:55

Rob McElnea on the black carbon fibre framed Suzuki, Rob was/is a big lad note the cracks on the seat! Silverstone 1985.
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