Bike Shed 2019
Bobber Build Off Girder Forks
Stafford Classic Mechanics Show 2018
Metal Malarkey Girder Forks - Shovelhead, Germany
"The Girders are great! Impressing craftsmanship! Have look at the picture attached. Harley has become a very nice ride." - Kai-Uwe Tank
Metal Malarkey Photoshoot 2017
Ian Daisley - ProBikeArt.
Jerry Hutchinson's 21stC Norton Commando Special and Carl Woodcock's Metal Malarkey framed, turbo charged CBX Special went under the lense in our 2017 photoshoot. Full gallery can be found here
Metal Malarkey Blog. more...
Pendine Sands - Landspeed record
Metal Malarkey was heavily involved in Tony Edwards' super charged Cb 125 winning British land speed record.
Earles Beasley Forks
DB 512 forks more...
BSA A65 Lightning Special
Simon Brewin's A65 in progress more...
Read 100% Biker, Malarkey Hinckley Triumph Special magazine article
Current project work - reports to follow.
Bishops Castle Rider, Barry Furber will be competing in the super twin and super sport classes at this years TT.
We wish him the best of luck and we will post his news here.
I Enjoyed the first race and 32nd is better than I expected. I did struggle to get into a rythem early on and never felt like I was really on it. But I'm confident I can go faster on Wednesday.... it's all learning. Thanks to the boys for a cracking pit stop Seamus Mcdevitt Jon Richards Moto-Design Ian Armstrong.
Supersport races 117 mph lap averages.
Lightweight fantastic 13th position.
Prescott Bike Fest 2016
An excellent event at the famous hill climb.
Stunning location, fantastic weather, a great mix of interesting machinery and a really good vibe.
Thanks to our customers showing and running their bikes up the hill:
Jerry Hutchinson - Triumph Freemore.
Dave Harris - Triumph Freemore.
Carl Woodcock - 21stC CBX Special.
Rob Gysin - 21stC Bonneville.
Jim Gysin - 21stC Trident.
Laverda 3CL Special
Ducati 900 SS Special in progress.
Andy Mitchell test riding a very special Laverda.
Full write up to follow shortly.
Board track style Sportster
Metal Malarkey girder forks fitted to Shaw Harley Davidson "Miss Universe".
Axle half shaft repair.
Super Twins Race
Barry is once again racing at the Manx this year. Follow his progress here.
4th place and a 111mph lap.
Barry Furber close behind at Cronk na Mona.
Pendine Sands - The story of Pendine
Team Roy Pearson - Supercharged Honda 125
Saturday morning was clear and sunny, the bike and our kit passed scrutineering without a hitch. Due to soft sand on the middle section of the beach they could only set up a kilometer course that was being used by everyone, and the beach had been invaded by jellyfish so these had to be removed first.
Our first sighting run went well, I was changing up at 8,000 RPM and getting a feel for the sand, which makes the bike gently sway like the start of a tank slapper. We went through the speed trap at 51.289 MPH, not only setting a new a UK land speed record for the standing kilometer but faster than that set at Bonneville - as good start.
The second run I opener the bike up more changing up between 9-10,000 RPM and the speed went up to 65.812 MPH. Here we encountered a small problem as when I crossed the line and shut the throttle the bike carried on at 10,000 RPM, so I had to shut the engine off with the kill switch. Back at the pits the carb was stripped and there appeared to be sand on the slide, so even with our forward air intake it had managed to get in. We cleaned all the carb and inlet, but the multiple starts trying to sort it out finally drained the battery and by the time we had it recharged the course had shut for the day.
Sunday was cloudier, and Stuarts turn to ride. Whilst the course was set up we made an inlet filter out of a bit of old wire mesh and a pair of tights, this was taped to the inlet in the fairing. The rest of the bike was given the once over (only one lose fairing bolt) and we were ready to go. Straightliners had set up the 1 mile course for the day.
Stuart came back after his first sighting run having done a creditable 62.319 MPH, but the throttle had stuck again, everything was checked over but no reason could be found, if you left the bike for 10 minutes it started and ticked over fine, so we think possibly there was a build up of fuel in the supercharger (something we did have in testing) that was still being burnt off after the throttle was shut, it was just something we would have to live with. He was also complaining about a delay between opening the throttle and the engine picking up so pogoing down the track. as the only change was the inlet we put it down to a fueling issue. He went back out again with very similar times, the bike just didn't want to pull in fourth, and was still pogoing. We dropped the gearing and for his final run of the day he managed a 64.856, a new UK land speed record for the standing mile in our class.
We had been advised by a few people over a drink or two the previous night that the throttle delay could be caused by pulsing in the carb and that we would be better running a CV carb. We had one in the 'spares box' but no spare jets, we fitted it and although we could get the bike to start and tick over it wouldnt do any more so the needle and main were an issue. the needle couldn't be lifted, but a fellow competitor had a fix for this and went away and with the use of a needle file reprofiled the needle. But still no joy so the old round slide was refitted. We took the decision to remove the 'filter' and just give it a go.
Straightliners had set up a standing mile, and flying quarter mile trap so two records were up for grabs.
Stuart did a couple of runs both in the mid 60's MPH, the carb response had improved so we think it was the 'filter' but still the bike wouldn't pull in 4th. Talking to team Mad Max, they suggested that the intake could be producing a RAMAIR effect so presurising the carb and starving the engine of fuel. The intake was removed and we decided to try the 72,000 RPM drives for the supercharger, but sadly the bike refused to start on them, so the 40,000 RPM drives were refitted. Time was ticking on and the mad Max team were set to do some demo runs on their Helicopter jet engined bike, so we only had one run left. We decided just to ring the neck off the bike in third and see what happened.
We managed a 69.940 mile and a 70.634 average across the quarter mile, with the bike revving at 12,000 RPM. When Stuart got the bike back to the pits the clutch was fryed and oil was dripping from the casings but we got the 70 MPH.
All in all a great weekend Team Roy Pearson have three UK land speed records to their name and if we can get the bike to pull in fourth and fifth then I'm sure that we can easily do 100MPH next year.
A huge thanks for all our Sponsors and Supporters, because without you this wouldn't have been possible.
Three Sisters Track Day - (full page here)
The Three Sisters Race Circuit was hired and owners with their Malarkey based Specials were invited for a track day.
Youtube: Triumph Bonneville Attack!
Rob Gysin on his 21stC Bonneville.
The second series featuring our very own Fuzz Townshend is starting Monday 24.3.14 9pm National Geographic channel. Fuzz is an accomplished drummer, classic car restorer and real ale beer critic. You will find his music on the latter part of our video "Old Dogs New Tricks" and "Classic British Bikes Reborn."
Promotional video for the 21stC Projects.
A Tom Salt, Metal Malarkey and 3 Brothers' colaboration.
Youtube: Classic British Bikes Reborn
Vimeo: Old Dogs, New Tricks