Saturday, October 18, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
We got the new clutch installed Friday and went out for some more back road testing. Things were really looking good. On a return pass Jake shifted from 2nd to 3rd and the tone of the engine slightly changed. He backed off and to the shop we went. It was a mad thrash to see if we could find the problem and still make Saturdays race.
Long story short we couldn't sort it out in time so we stayed home.
Dug a little deeper today and found we have some valve keepers that have cracked, worked upward, disturbing the shim/bucket assembly. We lucked out though as it didn't drop any valves. So tomorrow the engine comes out of the bike and apart.
Friday, October 10, 2014
We took the Vrod out on a back road yesterday for some shakedown passes before we drive a couple hundred miles this weekend to the track.
It's a good thing too because we found one problem. Our Barnett clutch pack aparrently isn't compatible with Mobil 1 synthetic oil. It started slipping once we started pouring the power to it. We've got another clutch that will be here today, so back in business.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
We're headed for Cedar Falls Raceway on Saturday to make our first passes with the turbo Vrod.
We built the turbo kit last winter and got it running in the spring but got so busy around the shop I hadn't found time to fab all the rear mounted foot controls, etc.
Monday, October 6, 2014
I was really looking forward to this years Knuck Putt. We tried to intercept them last year but we never crossed paths. Dean and I boogied up to Prescott, and then we headed south to the Nauti Hog, down thru Bay City to Maiden Rock. Jim Snow had this road he wanted to take us on down there. So we hang a left down this gravel road & came upon the sportsmen having a trap shoot with an amazing chicken dinner. We mounted up and took off back down the gravel. Jim had warned us we'd be crossing the creek 4 times on this road. MAN WHAT A BLAST!! I was leading and hit the first crossing about 25mph. The water must have shot 8ft in the air on both sides!!! You should have seen those old bikes forging the stream. Water flying, steam rollin, everyone laughing and smiling. It was just like you'd imagine these bikes went through 75 years ago. We headed back north for a final beer in RedWing then parted ways. It was really a neat day!