Well rust never sleeps and we're now almost half way through 2013. But I'm happy to report work has begun on the new bike, finally.
Now, having built more versions of The Badger then even I can keep track of, the time seems right to build a bike with a new name, a new identity. So say goodbye to the Badger, and say hello to "The Donington".
It will still be Royal Enfield based, of course. But I think a nice mix of old and new, and unmistakably from the shop of Badger Corse.
Playing around with different bits, envisioning and mocking up the bike....
Mechanically we're going to play around with a few new ideas. We're going to convert to right hand shift. Just seems the right thing to do with a bike that will be oh so English. And of course we need to more fully develop the potential of the Hitchcocks "Big Head" with the new engine build.
Aesthetically, it will draw on a lighter, more delicate color palette:
The Donington will of course see track duty, and will continue the Badger's street registered / race legal M.O. And like the Badger, when possible and reasonable, it will be ridden to the track. Its race schedule is up in the air; but suffice to say we won't be hitting the track till late summer, however we would be highly remiss to not try and make the August 2-4 AHRMA event at New Jersey Motorsports Park as an opener.
So the motors out. Time to finally split the cases and suss out the damage wreaked during last fall's "Autumn Blitz". Time to stop thinking about it, and time to DO it!
Let the fun begin!!