The Oily Rag

‘The Oily Rag’ is Garage Motorcycles newsletter, authored by the mysterious Barry Hartog.

‘The Oily Rag’ promises to feature a general assortment of articles about racing, bike reviews and much, much more…

Most of you are probably wondering who Barry Hartog is? No better description could dim the curiosity of those who just want to know the Hart, than those used by Gag Halfrunt, Zaphod Beeblebox’s brain care specialist’s utterance “He’s just zis guy you know”, with a side serve for all things with wheels and the fondness for the tartan and the clan.

Barry is currently working on a new interpretation of the international best seller “Ethel the Aardvark goes Quantity Surveying”. We would like some feedback, so please send us an email us and comments will be posted on our website. Enjoy reading!

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this feature are not necessarily those of Garage Motorcycles staff, management, or owners.

Nov / 7

The Oily Rag #76: Benelli BN600S Learner Approved.

Learner motorcyclists have never had it so good when it comes to choice of machinery. A huge number of models are available for specific riding types and skills. The introduction of the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (one of the small number of good motorcycle safety policies we’ve seen introduced in South Australia in the past couple of decades), has increased the scope of choice for the discerning motorcycling newbie.

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Jul / 5

The Oily Rag #75: Aussie results from the 2014 Isle of Man TT – Part 2

Following on from Part 1, here’s how the Aussies fared at this year’s Isle of Man TT races.

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Jul / 4

The Oily Rag #74: Aussie results from the 2014 Isle of Man TT – Part 1

I missed a couple of Aussies in my TT preview. 20-year old Alex Pickett, a newcomer at this year’s TT for the DC Coldplaning Honda team (with whom Dave Johnson debuted in 2010);  debutant father and son sidecar team Dwight and Noel Beare; Darryl Rayner has his Kiwi passenger Richard Lawrence, dubbed “Team ANZAC”. So that makes 7 Aussies at the 2014 TT. Unless of course I have missed somebody else….

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May / 31

The Oily Rag #73: The 2014 Isle of Man TT

I was first made aware of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races when I read an article in the February 1987 issue of Two Wheels, where the writer had entered the Manx Grand Prix on a Ducati 750 F1. Known as the “amateur” TT, the Manx Grand Prix is run on the same course as the TT. The author was telling the readers how rough some of the roads on the TT course were. He ended up suffering from “pad-knock”, a result of floating brake disc rotors actually “knocking” the brake pads back into the calipers on particularly rough roads at speed. As a result he went through the corner without having done much slowing down. This was 3 years prior to my being eligible for a motorcycle licence, and Mac McDiamid’s anecdote left me wondering why you’d want to race on roads that rough.

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Apr / 15

The Oily Rag #72: Levi Day returns to the UK in 2014

Mount Gambier’s Levi Day spent the bulk of 2013 in the United Kingdom, racing in the British Superstock 600 championship, where he finished the year in ninth place overall. He also debuted at the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

I caught up with Levi before he returned to the UK for the 2014 season to ask him about his first season racing overseas, and what he expects from this year.

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