As 2017 ramps up its all new for the new year. New bike, new parts, new experiences. Enter ‘Mia’ the MV. This 2016 F3 675 is the platform that I will build into my dream racebike. Parts are rolling in and after a quick photoshoot the teardown will begin.
Sometimes the ancillary items help make or break a weekend. In this case we were running out of room in the truck and hated playing tetris to hope it would all fit. Enter a nice brand new 7×14 cargo trailer. I will be spending this year building it into our perfect customized track transport. First things first though, flooring! I happened to have some spare blue floor epoxy from my garage left over. with it going bad and some fresh floor in need of protecting I decided to coat both the trailer and shed before they got packed with junk for eternity.
The process is pretty simply and clean plywood accepts the coating quite readily. Liberal application of aluminum oxide provides a sure-footed surface that is incredibly tough.
<img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-3502" src="http://www.60dms.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IMG_4092-1920×1440.jpg" alt="IMG_4092" width="700" height="525" srcset="https://www.60dms.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IMG_4092-1920×1440.jpg 1920w, https://www.60dms.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IMG_4092-400×300.jpg 400w, https://www.60dms.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IMG_4092-768×576.jpg 768w, https://www.60dms click this over here now.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IMG_4092-1140×855.jpg 1140w, https://www.60dms.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IMG_4092-552×414.jpg 552w” sizes=”(max-width: 700px) 100vw, 700px” />
Without the oxide the floor has a nice gloss sheen to it and provides a very high-end seamless look. Now just to finish cabinets and lights and all that.
I wanted to make sure that the bikes would be fresh for 2016 and have a reduced chance of grenading under the stresses of racing. Starting with Laura’s 250 I decided to do a tear down and re-bearing due to the unknown amount of street and track miles. Also in the previous season I had over-revved it a few times on accident with a downshift while at redline. I am happy to report that this process ended up being successful and the motor ran great for all three days at Buttonwillow. Behind the scene however is the amount of time that it took to do what on paper was a simple bearing replacement.
Nothing is ever that simple. The motor and bearing were in surprisingly good shape. Only the rod bearings showed any significant wear and even those were nowhere near ready to let go. Everything was cleaned and inspected. The sizes of bearings were noted and ordered along with gaskets, rod bolts, head bolts and piston sets. A few head bolts had been damaged in removal so new ones were in order. The pistons showed some scuffing and lots of carbon. The wrist pins were tight and not smooth in the pistons like they should have been. So I ordered a set of Weisco piston kits that came with rings and were only slightly more than just OEM ring sets alone. Rod bolts are a torque to yield kind of item so its always good to replace.
The problem is in inventory and shipping. I knew that it took about a week to get in OEM parts and from an online retailer that would usually mean 2 weeks to my door. This is OK except that when I finally received my shipment the rod bolts had mysteriously become wing bolts for an ATV air filter. Days after a stern email was penned I got a response and new ones began their journey to me. All this while I had one piston in hand. Stock on another web-store was wrong and I had to wait for back-orders to be filled. THREE weeks later I was able to finally source another more expensive piston from a third store and cancel the first one. At this point well over a month has elapsed since I first split the cases and I don’t even have all my parts yet.
After three late nights of assembly I stuff the poor ninja’s heart back in its chest and crank it up. I am rewarded with an immediate heartbeat and a bonus of no leaks. The amount of time and uncertainty that went into this build unfortunately postponed the rebuilding of the GSX-R motor. I will leave that for another time and another caffeine induced heart murmur.
Sometimes you just have to face that you wear out parts. Anything that slides, rotates or moves will eventually wear. This problem only gets worse when you face the face that a motorcycle nearing a decade old is going to have a diminished supply of low milage used parts on eBay. I got mad at my forks for not sliding well and being very inconsistent. The problem is that there is a nearly un-replaceable bushing in the outer tube and a very sketchy supply of “totally not bent” forks in the used market. The advantage of racing superbike classes is that I am allowed non-factory replacement parts. This led me to go down the path of Ohlins FGRT forks. <img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-3506" src="http://www.60dms.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IMG_4201-1920×1440.jpg" alt="IMG_4201" width="700" height="525" srcset="https://www.60dms.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IMG_4201-1920×1440.jpg 1920w, https://www.60dms.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IMG_4201-400×300.jpg 400w, https://www.60dms buy levitra online with prescription.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IMG_4201-768×576.jpg 768w, https://www.60dms.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IMG_4201-1140×855.jpg 1140w, https://www.60dms.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/IMG_4201-552×414.jpg 552w” sizes=”(max-width: 700px) 100vw, 700px” />
At first this sounds like a easy way out albeit not a cheap one. Well cost wise it was spendy, but easy it was not. Ohlins does not make full forks for the 600 class bikes. This is OK however they are larger in diameter and 15mm shorter than the forks I would be replacing. The larger diameter was just a matter of calling Attack and ordering the correct diameter lower triple for a 2012 GSX-R1000. The spacing and offset was the same as the set I already had. This allowed me to reuse the upper triple and steering stem as well as the wheel, brake rotors and axle. The FGRT forks had the ability to lengthen from a 120mm stroke to 130mm. This would make up for some of the length difference however the gas-charged inserts I had in the stock forks also resulted in a 130mm stroke. So this difference would have to be taken care of with extended fork caps.
Of course I COULD have purchased a set and called it good. However I had no answer that the correct ones even existed. So the most logical solution was of course to make my own. This stretched my skills in terms of duplicating exacting tolerances and both internal and external threads. I am not able to not only match the previous fork length but move it up or down as needed. It ended up being for more work than I expected. However I have the satisfaction of a unique setup and one-off parts wether they actually make me faster or not.
I had an excellent weekend with the AFM and will post a report later. However I made a mistake when I didn’t recognize that I was reeling in the leader of my race. I thought that he was an expert and didn’t go for the pass. By backing off I also got passed back putting me in third. This is a mistake I am not likely to repeat.
Unfortunately I went down in the 750sb race on Sunday. This was my first and became my last race of the day. I hit my head hard in the tumble. However thanks to the gear I was wearing and the watchful eye of the medics and corner workers I survived nearly un-scathed. A big shout out to #BELL #AXO and #Ballistik for taking the brunt of the crash.
After months of waiting I recieved what has to be my favorite thing I have purchased for the bike. The level of detail and thought that went into this master cylinder is phenomenal. I will be posting a detailed review once I get the opportunity to put it to the test at the track. This also won’t be the last thing I order from ISR, absolutely worth the wait.
A dyno session confirmed that the bike is in limp mode pushing approximately 10hp less than it should be levitra 10mg tablets. I have about two weeks to find and fix the problem before round 2.
This weekend was the first time I rote a dirt bike and it was a race no less. Lots of fun was had by all and of course I left battered and bruised but with a smile on my face and a 3rd place trophy!
Intermediate Main Event:
My first heat race which ended rather abruptlyMovie Get Out (2017)Roblox HackBigo Live Beans HackYUGIOH DUEL LINKS HACKPokemon Duel HackRoblox HackPixel Gun 3d HackGrowtopia HackClash Royale Hackmy cafe recipes stories hackMobile Legends HackMobile Strike Hack
Overall I had a great day and I am hooked for sure. I will be back at the ranch and keep working on the details to get faster.
Spent part of the weekend with the AFM crew at the San Francisco International Motorcycle Show. Lots of interest and support and even more people drooling over shiny race bikes.