Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cannonball Run

A friend is on his way to start the Cannonball Run for antique bikes in Florida. 110F and no AC. Apparently this is this season's new look for the riding man.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Summer holidays

The new bike is finished and as usual it was a crazy week before heading to Portland and Seattle to race it. I was able to dyno it 2 days before leaving. It didn't blow up which is always nice. 

I'm running oxygenated VP U.4 race gas which played havoc with my jetting calculations. I started with a 170 main jet. Off the charts lean. Oops. As it was the biggest I had some drilling of jets ensued. Went back with a 195. Still too lean. Bugger!! As I was leaving the next day a frantic call to Mike Rich was placed: "a 220 wouldn't surprise me" he said. As further dyno runs were out of the question a good old full throttle plug chop would have to do. Drilled the jets to 220 and wound it out in second gear near my shop (which is actually the closest I've come to killing myself on a bike) and a lovely dark tan color on the plugs was deemed good to go. Finished packing at 2am. Left LA at 11am for a straight through 13 1/2 hr drive to Portland. This is endurance racing right ??

Here's the bike at PIR. It ran great, didn't blow up and I didn't crash or embarrass myself. The same was the case the following weekend in Seattle. The only thing I turned a wrench to was the plugs to check them. 

Some Seattle race footage here: 

Bike specs:
86rwhp, 68ft lbs torque. There's a few more ponies in there I think.

95x80, 1134cc. 11.5:1 compression, mid valve heads, Megacycle X8 cam, 10 spring lightened clutch, Carrillos, Ti pushrods, Charley Cole gearbox and 7:33 rear drive, low dogs removed, GP shift. 375lbs with oil, charging system, starter and headlight.

25.5 degrees rake, 45mm offset, 100mm trail, 57"wheelbase.

It goes like stink.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Perris: City of (b)light

Part deux:

Training for Spa on Homers bike. See HERE

3 speed suicide shift. First time on a dirt track…..

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Partial race report 2012

Just came across emails I sent a friend during Spa 2012 :

Bike is out of customs and at the track. Had to rebuild rear master cylinder so the rear brake would work so it would pass tech. 

Fired it up and scared the neighbors. The 2 extra 55 w lights are a big hit . If nothing else it causes jealousy because I have 3 front lights instead of other competitors 1 or 2. 

Qualifying today. More to come later...... 


Well we qualified. 

Conditions were changeable today. Pissed down this morning. Rick my riding partner was 12 th fastest in the wet and we ended up with a 3.18 from all sessions. I had better luck with conditions and ended up with a fairly leisurely 3.12 which is 3 seconds faster than last year's qualifying.

No major problems with the bike. The starter fuse fell out, I blew a low beam circuit fuse which blew the headlight bulb and took the high beam filament with it, and in keeping with this year's emphasis on electrical issues a rear bulb blew.

On the plus side the bike is pulling really well and powers out of corners with the best of them. Topping out at 7500 down the Kemmel straight so gearing is perfect. Peak power is at 7,000.

People seem to be impressed with the bikes performance and as usual it draws a crowd every time we start it up (open pipes will do that).

Race starts at 8.30pm tomorrow. 

More to follow. I'm knackered.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Moved more than a foot

Somewhere in Holland

Somewhere in Brussels

Race fuel 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Things to make you go hmmm hmmm

The (semi) order won't last

 Meet my new friend Mr Miller

 Because one can never have too many engines


 Looking Waspy

 Still beautiful after all these gears

 Dial M for Mmmm

 Posi Lock connector

 I'm a label whore

 Contrast in style

 Showing off