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Mon Oct 8 10:48:36 PDT 2007
looks like I am not only old fart having fun :)
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Randy Grein" <randygrein at comcast.net>
To: "SV List" <SV650 at micapeak.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2007 11:25 PM
Subject: race results
> It's been a long time coming, but I finally got out on the track this
> weekend on the SV! My wife has been more than patient with the effort
> (and money) it's taken to get it running as a superbike. A few highlights
> from the weekend at Pacific Wetway - er, Raceway....
> Out in 1st practice trying to handle all the new power and see what it
> did to the new front end - and if the changes in the rear were right. And
> I noticed the clutch was slipping - a lot, like every time I'd crank the
> throttle open. Check the adjustment, go out again, no change. Check with
> Dan Zlock (Yes, that Zlock), put in a spare clutchpack and some heavier
> Barnett springs he just happened to find. Problem solved.
> Out in the 2nd vintage practice in the rain, sorting things out and
> seeing how fast I could go on our CB160. Oops - not quite that fast in 5!
> Tucked the front just over the crest with a knee down and couldn't come
> close to saving it. Bike flipped from one side to the other in the
> gravel, I was surfing on my butt trying to avoid the flippie bike thing.
> Someone has pictures, I 'm dying to see them. I felt a bit better when I
> noticed a light sheen of oil on the track, nice to know how fast is too
> fast, and there's a reason (besides stupidity) for a crash. Total
> damage - windscreen, clipon bar, and clutch perch. A few hours cleanup
> and we were ready to go.
> Middleweight GP twins. The frustration of realizing it was later than I
> thought while changing from rains to slicks and missing the start. Not as
> bad as my buddy Gus Denzler who tore the knobs off a set of rains in the
> same race; he got to race but also got to pay for new tires. My son
> worked like a champ with me to get things ready, and I would have missed
> the next race without his help. And that's AFTER his bike went T.U.
> Lightweight superbike. The realization that a big storm is coming in a
> half hour - just in time for the start and I get to change tires AGAIN.
> Some quick work and we were ready for what proved to be a torrential
> downpour, but not the worst of the weekend. I've never hydroplaned on a
> bike before (even slicks at over 150 mph!) but this was a new level of
> uncomfortable. The only option was discretion - let the nice racer by and
> follow behind, maybe I'll pick up something. Something turned out to be
> 3rd place and finishing in one piece, as well as purse money.
> Formula 160. A friend sold his class champion last month and I just
> couldn't resist. Only problem is that Tom is about 6'4" and skinny, so he
> pushed the seat WAY back. A lackluster 6th in the dry convinced me to
> move it forward so I could sit down. That and another bout of rain were
> just what the doctor ordered, and I walked away with the 2nd heat win for
> a 2nd for the day. I used yesterday's crash to good effect, knowing
> exactly how much push the front end would take in the rain. I pushed the
> front (and rear) quite a bit but never had a moment. Several riders were
> convinced another crash was 'just a matter of time'....
> Formula Thunder - Thunder was the only thing missing! The rain started
> hard enough to scare off a fair part of the grid (or maybe it was crash
> damage). I came up from a 2nd row grid to 3rd place in the first corner
> and held it the entire race. The rain swamped the track everywhere; the
> leaders clearly agreed to not push it to hard and had fun dicing in the
> corners and easing up on the ugly sections. If anything the front
> straight was worse than every at the beginning, and then went downhill.
> Somewhere around lap 6-7 a rider went down in turn 1 - normally a full
> throttle 180+ almost noncorner. His tires were overwhelmed despite a very
> cautious pace when the rain suddenly became a torrent. Gusty winds and
> solid walls of water hit, lakes appeared on the pavement and a river ran
> through it. Officials threw the red flag, and rightly so. It was fun, but
> I mean really - 4th gear was too fast in those conditions!
> I'd like to thank Lockhart Phillips, my wife for supporting my habit, my
> son for wrenching effectively (while learning how!), Riders for Health,
> and a big thanks to Dan and Dale Zlock for putting my bike back together
> and giving me enough education to keep from blowing it up (again). I'd
> also like to thank Bridgestone for making a great vintage tire, and
> Pirelli for building the most kick-ass rain tires!
> Randy Grein, Master CNE, CCNA
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