STEVE BURNS (01/05/59)
Nick (SOC website constructorand friend) has given me the opportunity
to memorialise my involvement with Spondon and bikes over the years.
What follows is a pictorial timeline with
some brief bike descriptions.It all started back in 1981 when after
owning a string of Suzuki's I decided to turbocharge my GSX1100ET.
Having 170hp on tap with a standard chassis did not equate to good handling,
hence my first contact with Spondon in 1983 with the Reynold's tube
steel wrap aroundchassis with De Carbon rear shock,
Spondon 2-pot calipers and all the GSX1100turbo donor bits.
Unfortunately the Spondon was built and crashed in the space of two weeks,
Breaking my back and putting me in hospital for 5 months.
Bob and Stuart were very sympathetic and the frame was repaired by Dave.
(the steel frame braising Guru).
During 1984/85 the second
incarnation had Marzocci front
forks with mechanical anti dive, Spondon discs and 4-potcalipers.
turbocharged engine had a brief holiday
in a longer GSX1100E chassis with Spondon
swingarm during my drag racing exploits of 1987/88.
During 1988 the 'Performance Bikes'
'Mission Improbable' project was built, based on a GSXR1100H with a tuned
1260cc engine, Keihin flatslides and Cobra exhaust.
The Spondon was fabricated out of double hollow 7020 aluminium tube,
used Whitepower forks, Ohlins shock and Marvic wheels with Spondon4-pots and Harris Bodywork.
The third incarnation of the steel-framed Spondon
came in 1989, with a beefed up Spondon swingarm, new EG engine, aluminium crafted bodywork, Marvic
wheels, Ohlins rear shock, drilled 320mm discs and twin whitepower dampers to stop the tank slappers.
The steel-framed Spondon was once again wrecked during a wheelie demonstration at Aintree
Truckfest 1990. (If you look closely I still had time to wave to a friend in the crowd!) Eventually
it was rebuilt with the 1260 GSXR engine and retired! (currently residing in Cumbria).
The GSXR engine had a short life in what
some say was one of the first 'street->fighters'. It survived during 1991 with
Marvic wheels, Forcella Italia forks and Spondon swingarm extensions, before I
killed it later that year (there is definitely a theme running through all this!).
Next came one of the more
well known of my bikes, thewell publicised 'monster' bike,
which was featured in PB fromDec 91 until June 92.The Spondon round tube 7020
aluminium GSX came about because Bob from Spondon
was sick of getting requests to
build the steel framed bikes, when he wanted to transfer his
manufacturing base to Aluminium.But I recognised the muscle bike
styling of the round tube, 'The Monster' was born!
Being caught doing a burnout in
Amsterdam doesn't go down too
well with the local plod!
It's alright building these bikes,
but what do you do with them
when they're finished?
I was sick of crashing them, so I decided to let someone else have a go at that and enter the world of
bike racing murder in the most public of scenes, "World 24Hr Endurance Racing". My first attempt,
whish lasted from Spa 1993 until the Bol D'or 1995 was with the Yamaha YZF750SP:
Spondon Petroltank and banana style swingarm with quick release ends developed with Spondon and
used on most of the current IOM TT Superbikes. Fork bottoms quick release pivot type as per HRC.
Along the way I had fun with
making the odd one-off bike, in>this instance a butchered Yamaha
B-Wiz, chopped and turned into a dinky pit bike.
The next World Endurance bike to get
the Spondon Burns treatment was the Honda VTR in 1997. It was under the
direction from Honda Britain to developracing parts to convert the standard
roadbike into a racetrack performer and campaign it at the Bol D'or 97.
The Spondon involvement lists: Swingarm, subframe, fairing bracket
front radiator, footrest assemblyand fitment of swingarm support brackets.
1999 and 2000 saw a return to World Endurance racing with a
Yamaha, the R12001 with the Suzuki GSXR1000
in World Endurance and the Macau GP2002 with the Kawasaki ZX9-R
2004 with the Kawasaki ZX10-R
I am currently building a trick Honda CBR600RR for the 2004 Macau GP.
The future will bring many more projects as I am now employed as a lecturer
in 'Motorsport Engineering' at the University Of Central Lancashire.
Thankyou to Spondon for their help over the years and here's to the Future!
Good luck everyone!
Prepared by: BEng MotorSport Engineering Students @ UCLAN
Built to compete at: 2004 Macau Grand Prix (R.O.C.)
Motorcycle Make/Model: Honda CBR600RR (04)
Power to weight ratio: 1100 bhp/tonne
Engine type 599cc Turbocharged /
intercooled inline four
Bore and Stroke 67mm x 42.5mm
Comp Ratio 10:1 (JE pistons)
Valve train DOHC; Four valves per cylinder
Transmission Close ratio / six speed
Carburetion Eight injector / dual stage fuel injection (M800)
Ignition Motec M800
Turbocharger Garret GT17 Hybrid (1.0bar max boost)
Power Currently 150bhp @ 5.0psi
Max Power 185bhp @ 13000rpm (measured at rear wheel)
Front Suspension Telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Pro link with Ohlins rear shock
Wheels Rear 5.5 x 17; Front 3.5 x 17 Dymag (carbon fibre)
Tyres Rear 180/55; Front 120/70 Dunlop Slicks
Rake / Trail 24.0º / 95mm
Dry weight 165kg
Fuel Capacity 23ltrs
MotoMax Endurance Racing (Steve Burns
Matlock Motorcycle Centre (Wayne Mitchell 01629 56666)
University of Central Lancashire (John Calderbank 01772 89201201)
UCLAN, Preston, PR1 2HE