Beginning the H1R for the primary time and the premiere present.

It has been a really thrilling week and weekend, to say the least! The day after my final submit I ready the bike for it´s very first begin try for greater than 45 years…

Yeah, it carries a burden simply pondering alongside these traces, however the entire level of this restoration was to recreate this legendary racer to its former glory. So, it needed to run!

My leakage testing went very properly! No leaks from both the gear field, the gasoline tank, the 2 stroke oil tank or the traces. A small however essential victory. The blokes on the observe don´t fancy leaking bikes an excessive amount of. That I do know.

Yesterday I took it out for some photos and that is what it seems like now. At this time it was time to have it examined functionally…

Thrilling? U guess!

Again within the storage, change tanks, fairing off. 

One other factor I needed to do was examine if I may use my outdated leather-based go well with.

These leathers had been ordered and tailor made for me by my mother and father once I was 18 years outdated, again in -82, and would begin using heavy bikes. A Kawasaki Z500 1981. They nonetheless match, kind of. Very tight however I assessed they may very well be used throughout my observe driving in Linköping.

 Boy, was i improper… Extra about that a bit of later. You may discover the profile of the two piece go well with a bit unusual?

Effectively, I might most frequently use solely the jacket and figured we may make the jacket a bit longer and the pants a bit shorter on the waist. Labored nice! However the waist line of the go well with bought very low. I by no means even considered it, however right here it seems odd.

OK, so I had that mounted. Good. Let´s take the bike out and check out a begin. 

Right here we’re, able to strive. The pit starter I borrowed from Janne all connected and able to press the button.

Right here´s an unedited video made by my buddy Roger Schederin, well-known Swedish photographer of bikes, automobiles, weddings and what not…

It’s 14 minutes lengthy however I´ve been informed it’s fairly entertaining, at the very least in Swedish, since Rogge is who he’s…

Here’s a shorter model containing the beginning solely:

After that quick spin across the neighborhood I felt assured sufficient to inform the organizer of the Traditional racing occasion I might be driving the H1R on the observe. It did begin properly as soon as I switched the ignition on and bought the facility swap away from the aluminium tank… No worries in my thoughts what so ever!!

The one fear I had was if they’d let me trip it in any respect attributable to noise restrictions on the observe.

I used to be informed the decibel measuring tools could be Incapacitated at the moment….

There was no method I might change my freshly restored growth chambers with a purpose to get some mufflers on there. No method!

I suppose such an historic occasion would overtrump any sound laws.

The subsequent day it was time to get the bike, all of the components, a couple of instruments and so forth loaded in my VW van.

 I had 10 liters of premixed gasoline within the tank, 15 liters extra of 102 octane racing gasoline and a few liters Castrol POWER 1 racing two stroke oil. 

My “racing” gear and in a single day bag. I felt like I used to be going off to work for a 3-day layover someplace. In a really unusual aeroplane…

Reaching Linköping and Sviestad race observe Thursday  night, Björn Fugel and some different guys had already constructed the massive tent through which the 500GP show could be through the weekend.

On the suitable right here is the roll-up exhibiting the occasion poster.

Makes you wish to go, proper?

All I needed to do was unload the bike, mount the fairing and alter to the show tank for the present on Friday morning. It took some time attributable to all individuals asking questions and admiring the bike whereas I attempted to work on it…

Early Friday morning the opposite bikes arrived one after the other. Right here´s Janne´s H1R. He bought the rostrum, in fact.

Yeah, we figured that was most fitted since he wasn´t going to drive his bike this yr. 

Tremendous sensible of Janne and Björn to resolve his bike could be on show “bare” since mine was totally dressed with fairing and the whole lot on for using.

 After lunch, Friday, the chief technician and an inspection officer got here to examine the H1R for compliance with all the foundations for racing..

It handed with flying colours!

“Lovely security wiring”, they stated.

Wow, Thanks!

They took their time inserting the “accredited” decal on the wind display screen. It needed to be straight and stage. 

I´m not eradicating this sticker after the weekend. It’s now part of the bikes historical past and I’m so proud to be the one having it as soon as once more accredited for racing.

By coincidence (or positive tuned planning from the organizers…) “Esso`s” different well-known race bike, his NORTON Manx 1962, was positioned on show proper subsequent to my H1R.

The proprietor, Seved Karlsson, and I had many good conversations about race bikes and restorations by means of the weekend. Extra photos of this bike in a while.

 The time for the primary “superparade 500GP” using session was approaching so I modified the gasoline tanks and ready to prepare.

Once I see the bike like this I´m beginning to assume I ought to have the aluminium tank painted as properly. Perhaps, possibly not?! 

I’ll at the very least get the lettering on any day now…

Seved and Erik Stenlund, former champion in Speedway and Iceracing, are discussing the Norton and the using session developing.

Erik drove the Norton many instances through the weekend and he did it in such an effective way. The sound and the looks of that bike is simply fenomenal! 

Yeah, a bit off matter, however this bike bears its historical past with such grace and class. Nothing has been modified on it since “ESSO” raced it. It nonetheless seems precisely the identical. All his small innovations are nonetheless intact, because the faucets for gasoline and oil. To keep away from oil spills within the pits and within the storage “ESSO” put faucets on the oil traces to forestall oil from dripping on the bottom/flooring. An enormous signal within the cockpit with daring crimson letters stated “KRANAR” to remind him to change them on earlier than beginning. Good concept!

One cylinder, 500cc, pure racing glory!

The tank additionally carries traces of use and abuse. 

I believe it’s completely beautiful in its unrestored state. We are able to all relaxation ashore, Seved won’t ever take it aside and restore it! He enjoys it this fashion and that’s SO proper!

 Just a few final phrases earlier than beginning up the bike.

Photograph: Jan Isidorsson.

It was additionally my flip to prepare for the “Superparade 500GP”

Thanks you, Jan Isidorsson, for these photos!

Right here I’m. Nervous as H**L, ready to start out the bike for the second time and really drive it on a race observe.

The way it went?

Good and unhealthy, largely unhealthy…

I ought to have examined the using place with my leathers and boots on. 

Keep in mind I took a spin around the block in my shorts and a T-shirt? Effectively, the leathers are outdated, very tight and fairly unforgiving while you attempt to transfer or bend you legs. I did get the bike working, no drawback there. And as I had already put it in gear (1st gear) earlier than placing it on the starter, all I needed to do to get shifting was to let the clutch lever out and go. That was all very properly. However as I attempted to get my proper foot up on the foot peg I observed that it wouldn´t be potential in any respect. I needed to lean ever so barely to the suitable to even maintain the left foot on that foot peg so getting the suitable one up was not possible…

What to do? 

I requested a spectator to assist me push my proper foot up on the peg whereas I drove slowly in direction of the observe, by means of the pit. Think about the glory in that image?

Didn´t work both.

I needed to try to stand on the left foot peg, revving the engine to not stall it, holding the clutch excellent after which raise the suitable foot on to the foot peg and sit down once more.

It labored! Heureka! Each toes on the pegs and I used to be all set to exit on the observe!

Photograph: Jan Isidorsson

 Right here we go! The bike pulled properly on first gear out from the pit lane. Second gear earlier than the primary two turns “The S”. Took these two in second gear and when exiting the final one I pulled a bit of extra and boy, did it speed up! I hit third gear earlier than reaching the following flip which is a bit wider and meant for larger pace. I took that in third gear and observed that was a bit too excessive gear. I managed to get out of it and on to the straight the place I may give extra throttle and enter the decrease a part of the facility band. Felt actual good up to now… And I geared as much as the fourth gear. Not sensible.

After ca 2/3 of the straight there’s a small chicane to take the highest pace down a bit. As I approached it I wanted to gear down…

There was completely no method I may get my boot over the gear change pedal to push it downwards and kit the engine down. I attempted to move the chicane in fourth gear, rolled by means of it and as I attempted to throttle on once more the engine stalled, completely drenched in petrol. Fortunately there was an exit for the pit lane simply there so I may flip proper and easily roll again to the tent and admit my errors…

Sure, I’m a beginner at this enterprise and, in fact, I felt embarrassed and silly for not getting ready sufficient for this occasion. The good half is nobody within the pit lane, no spectators or others stated something condescending to me. They had been all very supportive and type. 

“It occurs to all of us, all of us goof up once in a while. Don´t give it some thought!”

Such an exquisite neighborhood! 

Friday night was spent attempting to boost the seat by including a rolled blanket underneath an “Air Hawk” seat pad I may borrow from a  pleasant fellow racer within the pit lane. This contraption was fixed by black duct tape to the H1R. Not wanting good in any respect, I can guarantee you! Fortunately I’ve no photos of those atrocities..
I additionally lowered the gear change pedal one notch and left it that method for the Saturday morning strive outs.

The spark plugs had been additionally eliminated and checked. They confirmed no put on or indicators of the engine working solution to wealthy. Simply lots of gasoline on them. My idea about drowning the engine in gasoline gave the impression to be right!

That is what the trailer appeared like once I left for the lodge in Linköping. A trailer filled with racers, price in all probability round 3-4 million SEK…

After a very good nights sleep I bought again on the observe Saturday morning and tried my innovations and alterations with my leather-based go well with and boots on.

It labored loads higher! 

Wonderful, Let´s strive it another time. Seved and Erik began up the Norton Manx first and when it was my flip the paddock was full of individuals holding their mobiles up taking photos and filming the nice occasion…

I remembered the ignition swap this time, put the engine in first gear simply with my left foot from the raised seat. Backed the bike up on the starter, switched on the gasoline and pressed the pedal. 


Tried a bit of choke.


Switched off the choke and gave throttle.


Out of the blue a man leaned as much as me and requested.

– ” I believe you could take away these”

Yeah, in fact. The carb caps. 

Forgot them.

The engine was now severely drowned in gasoline and I might have needed to crank it, plugs out, for some time, clear the plugs once more and make one other strive…

And that was it. I had had it. I made a decision there after which I had made an sufficient idiot of myself throughout this weekend.

No Extra.

I bought off the bike, put it again on show, modified the tanks, eliminated the additional seat padding and went into show mode speaking to individuals telling the story of the restoration time and again, answering many questions on this and that regarding my bike and the opposite H1R:s imported to Sweden. Ultimately it was a brilliant good day simply the identical. No smirky smiles or imply feedback from anybody. As I stated. Such an excellent neighborhood, the racers!

Saturday fairly a couple of actually essential individuals confirmed as much as see the bike. That is in all probability a very powerful one. 

Ann-Mari Pettersson, the late Björn Blomqvist´s widow. She bought it to me greater than three years in the past.

This present day was the primary time she noticed the bike for the reason that day I picked it up at her place.

If she preferred it? Yeah, she did!

And right here´s one other essential woman.

Iréne Gunnarsson Sjödahl. 

“ESSO´s” widow. We now have grow to be buddies through the restoration and he or she has supplied me with most something I may potential want with regards to data, issues, books, decals, you title it! 

Tullar´n, Ingvar Larsson, additionally got here to take a look on the bike. 

He was more than happy with the mounting of the wind display screen this time!

There are tons and many individuals I want to say with regards to getting this challenge achieved and I’ll make a radical record when the time comes to finish this weblog.

These are the blokes that got here to the present and had a have a look at the bike. Thanks for that!

Janne´s bike is definitely on the market so he put a “For Sale” signal on it within the show tent.

I assumed it appeared form of humorous and once I noticed the little piece of paper some one had hooked up to the bike as a response I couldn´t assist taking a pair photos…

If you wish to promote one thing, it s all the time a good suggestion to point a promoting value!

If not, you’ll in all probability find yourself with one thing like Janne bought caught to his seat.

The word says:

“How a lot??”

“Will you’re taking Swish?”

Swish is a method of paying electronically by means of your web financial institution and your cellphone. Totally different names in numerous international locations.

Form of humorous since swish is mostly used for very small sums, not shopping for H1R:s… 

The day continued within the tent speaking to every kind of individuals and racers. On the left listed below are three gents I talked quite a bit to.
Erik Stenlund farthest to the left. Kåre Andersson within the center, proprietor of a really distinctive racer, extra about that one later… and eventually my good buddy, Stefan Pejer who actually teaches me loads about these racing occasions and has an excellent half in me daring to go to in any respect. Thanks!

And right here he’s once more! Along with Peter Sjöström, Kimmo Kopra and Hannu Salakka. All these three guys raced the Suzuki RGB500 of various years through the eighties. All their bikes had been on show within the tent and had been used many instances through the occasion. A real blessing to be there, that near the bikes and their house owners.

And right here´s one other uncommon discover. Bo Granath´s Huskvarna 700 cc from 1971. He truly constructed this bike kind of himself. The body was made by Seeley in England and the engine was very experimental from Huskvarna. 2 cylinders, two stroke, 700cc and a fully horrific noise. My H1R was silent as compared…

Again to Kåre Andersson and his very particular bike.

One in every of solely 25 ever made Sparton triples from the seventies.

500cc three cylinder water cooled two stroke engine. 

Kåre purchased this new in 1977, introduced it to Sweden and raced it for six years till 1983 when it was put away in storage.

It has by no means been began since 1983 and now it was again on show for the primary time in lots of, a few years. Kåre stated he would try to undergo the bike for subsequent years assembly and possibly have it drivable by then…

The container for accumulating fluid from one of many vents on the bike. Very unique Pripps beer can.

Oh, how my fingers itch to take this bike aside, clear it up, restore it technically after which run it! It will be such a pleasant job since the whole lot is there. No have to hunt all world wide for components nobody desires to promote.

Take a look at that engine! The instances are primarily based on Suzuki GT380 with a really particular “block” cylinder, much like that on the GT750, water kettle, however smaller and solely 500cc. Mikuni carbs and a Kröber ignition.

And it´s all there!

All it wants is a few TLC, taking aside, cleansing and placing again collectively. 

Listed below are the three Ignition packing containers for the Kröber system, slightly below the everyday sq. tachometer.

The cockpit of the Sparton. Good redline on the tacho, proper?

I informed Kåre I might be very happy to assist out with no matter I can do to get it working subsequent yr.

Hopefully he´ll let me be of help!

Later Saturday night they’d a Line-up of all of the bikes that raced that day on the grid and had an award ceremony for the winners in numerous lessons.

That method the spectators may stroll round and see all of the bikes up actually shut. Such an effective way to advertise the game and spark curiosity with the viewers. All of the drivers had been obtainable to speak to and take photos of.

One in every of my favorites had been Rudolf Gustavsson´s Kawasaki A1R reproduction from Åland. What an outstanding construct! 

This bike is so fantastically completed and ran like a attraction! In fact Rudolf is  loads smaller and skinnier than me… Not a lot area right here between the seat and the footpegs both.

Think about this little guys emotions when he was allowed to sit down on one of many race bikes through the line-up… 

If he gained´t develop as much as be a racer, what’s going to he ever be?

This image says loads in regards to the environment throughout lately in Sviestad.

Right here´s one other image for setting the temper of the night…

I used to be later handled to a brilliant good BBQ with Stefan and his family and friends. You share what you’ve got and discover new buddies that method.

Traditional racing individuals are in all probability the best and most straightforward going group of individuals I’ve ever met. Why didn´t I ever do that earlier than?

I additionally like to indicate you the structure of the Suzuki RGB 500cc two stroke engine.

4 cylinders in a sq. formation with twin cranks and rotary valves for the carbs. Beautiful piece of engineering!

Sunday was additionally race day, however not very many lessons and never so many races. The “Superparade 500GP” made a few runs and my H1R ws nonetheless on show solely. I didn´t change my thoughts on that one bit. I have to get again dwelling and assume this by means of completely earlier than attempting once more. I’d simply have to coach our daughter, Wilma, to be my driver sooner or later! She stated she would give it some thought. I hope we´ll be capable of discover a observe day or one thing like that and check out it out. She is an effective bike rider and solely must get the 2 stroke factor proper.

I additionally discovered me a pleasant pit starter! Just a few tents from the show tent  was a gang of individuals racing Ducatis they usually had constructed a couple of starters. One remained and I may purchase it! A discount at 700 {dollars} right here in Sweden and a pleasant high quality construct at that. I´m pleased with that buy!

Now I can experiment on my own again dwelling with out having to borrow a starter each time. Nice!

Time to lastly get again dwelling. Every little thing is packed and loaded in to my van and I´m able to go dwelling after top-of-the-line weekends I´ve had in a really, very very long time.

It gained´t be the final time I´m on a Traditional highway racing assembly, that’s for certain!

Photograph: Jan Isidorsson

Let´s finish this submit with this stunning image Jan took of the bike on show.

The bike is now again dwelling. I´m going to look it over, clear it up and examine that the whole lot remains to be OK. 

I’ll begin it up once more sooner or later and take it for a spin round our island.

There will likely be a few articles written in a pair of magazines in a while, through the autumn. I’ll get again with one other submit within the weblog by then. Likely the final one in every of this weblog.

I may even try to write extra in regards to the completely different races the bike entered, right here in my different weblog:

I’ve simply began on it and can attempt to maintain engaged on it the approaching weeks and months. I do want one thing to maintain me busy throughout my sick go away from work. That and my H2:s will want consideration. These bikes are a very completely different story and won’t be portrayed in any weblog. Fb and presumably Instagram must do…

Till we meet once more. Thanks for studying and maintain protected on the market!