first rode the NSR in 1999 at Croft circuit after
being offered the ride by HLB Moto who were preparing
his 750 Seeley Norton. This was his first ride on
a 2-stroke since racing an RD400 in the early 1980's.
He tested the bike during Friday practice and raced
on Saturday, and although a virtually standard bike
that was getting 'blitzed' by the tuned 400's, immediately
recognised it's potential.
home tuning saw the bike producing around 50hp but
the excellent brakes and handlinng enabled Keith to
gain a number of 2nd and 3rd place finishes at Elvington.
MC28 was absolutely 100% reliable throughout the season,
so to the following season! 50 years old and like
a kid with a new toy, and not much knowledge of the
expansion chambers and an HRC jet kit were supplied
by Jo at Apex
Leisure. With these fitted,
the bike went to Niki Kennedy's dyno for setting up
wher power was boosted to a healthy 62hp! A light
weight subframe and RS250 bodywork were fitted to
up the powere-to-weight ratio a little more.
excellent season's racing followed with some 2nd and
3rd place finishes at Elvington and East Fortune,
and a best of 5th at Croft, with a number of 'class'
wins with again, 100% reliability.
bike was tuned by Frank Wrathall, one of the UK's
premier 2-stroke production tuners and RS250 carb's
were fitted, but after a bad crash in the early part
of the season, Keith never really got back to form.
The bike never went to the dyno, and suffered a few
problems which were traced to a bad battery, but even
so, with a few erratic podiums and class wins, Keith
won the F250 NEMCRC championship!
The bike finally
made it to the dyno and even with the engine work
and RS carbs, the NSR was only producing 62.3hp! Proving
the virtues of dyno testing, with a new HRC card,
the bike now pushes out an awesome 73.6hp! If an 11hp
increase doesn't justify a session on a dyno, what
was done on some track days in South France... hard
life for these road racers!!