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#1 Mick Robinson

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 20:26

Hi Guys, I would guess that none of you will have seen this particular Exactweld built in the late 80's originally by Bob Johnson and Guy Pearson(Exactweld) I think Guy came up with the concept after looking at his original late 70's stainless chassis which took many many man hours to manufacture(lots of cutting, folding and welding).
The geometry is basically the same as the 70's one but with the the ingenious idea of a steel tube sliding into a clamped up casting with the shock running inside the tube and a couple of lightwieght downtubes to support the front of the engine.
When I was riding for Tony Dunnell, he borrowed the drawings from Bob and built a few of his own, they were really only raced in '88 '89 and '90 and I recall we had a few MGP podiums with them.(they handled brilliantly on the island)! We removed the dust sheets from one of them the other Sunday(first time in 21 years) wiped it over and I photographed it !
I think Bob still has his original Rotax engined one.
http://www.msrphotog...o_page_517.html
http://www.msrphotog...o_page_518.html

Regards Mick

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#2 fil2.8

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 21:33

Thats really nice , Mick :love: , looks the business :up: :wave:

#3 picblanc

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 22:17

Brilliant, get the helmet & leathers out again Mick, & get them running!?

#4 GD66

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 22:30

Gurgle, drool, drool, what a weapon !
Do you recall what it weighed, Mick ?

#5 Mick Robinson

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 22:49

Gurgle, drool, drool, what a weapon !
Do you recall what it weighed, Mick ?


I cant remember what it weighed GD66 but I do recall Guy saying it was a bit lighter than the stainless version and that believe it or not was lighter than the Silverstone Armstrongs!!
I think if you'd had the casting in Mag and the spine tube in Titanium you couldn't have built a bike much if any lighter.

Graham, I'm too old for all that nonsense...............but I wouldn't mind a parade on one!!

#6 Paul Collins

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 01:47

Here's one for Mick, on the RS250 in 1996

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#7 Mick Robinson

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 07:19

Here's one for Mick, on the RS250 in 1996

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Paul, I remember it well, Russ Henley sent me the audio tape of the race with Peter Kneale getting very excited when they couldn't separate us at the end of the first lap. Russ scared me on the first lap through Rhencullen, I think I recall him wheelying past the 30 sign and clipping the kerb when the wheel was a bit late in landing, he ripped the sole of his left boot when it came off the footrest, it was a very close shave but fair play to him he still went on to win!!

#8 Mick Robinson

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 08:57

Hi Guys, I would guess that none of you will have seen this particular Exactweld built in the late 80's originally by Bob Johnson and Guy Pearson(Exactweld) I think Guy came up with the concept after looking at his original late 70's stainless chassis which took many many man hours to manufacture(lots of cutting, folding and welding).
The geometry is basically the same as the 70's one but with the the ingenious idea of a steel tube sliding into a clamped up casting with the shock running inside the tube and a couple of lightwieght downtubes to support the front of the engine.
When I was riding for Tony Dunnell, he borrowed the drawings from Bob and built a few of his own, they were really only raced in '88 '89 and '90 and I recall we had a few MGP podiums with them.(they handled brilliantly on the island)! We removed the dust sheets from one of them the other Sunday(first time in 21 years) wiped it over and I photographed it !
I think Bob still has his original Rotax engined one.
http://www.msrphotog...o_page_517.html
http://www.msrphotog...o_page_518.html

Regards Mick


Another shot from the rear !
http://www.msrphotog...o_page_519.html

#9 picblanc

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 20:42

Who is #7?

#10 picblanc

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 20:44

Graham, I'm too old for all that nonsense...............but I wouldn't mind a parade on one!!


Your never to old! anyway, you look the youngest out of all of us! :eek:

#11 Paul Collins

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 20:57

Who is #7?


Its a guy I also used to spanner for many years ago, a very good rider, he went on to win a couple of 250 classic MGP's in later years, i'll leave it open for a while and see if anyone gets it :)

edited to say - Mick you're not allowed to answer this one :)

Edited by Paul Collins, 04 December 2011 - 21:01.


#12 picblanc

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 21:03

From the stickers on front of faring he must be from Isle of Man?

#13 Paul Collins

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 21:07

From the stickers on front of faring he must be from Isle of Man?


Yep he's a Manxman, sorry to hijack what was supposed to be an Exactweld thread!! but we dont have a post 1990 thread, maybe we should start one?

Here's the same 3 on the podium, by the look on Russ's face I think he was hoping there would be something left in the bottle when he got it back :)

Mick meanwhile looks like he is trying to figure out which way the hat goes :) :)

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#14 fil2.8

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 23:15

Your never to old! anyway, you look the youngest out of all of us! :eek:



you speak for yourself :rolleyes: ........................... :p

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 18:12

Mistery man #7 Barry Wood