New bike, no blues
randygrein at comcast.net
Mon Aug 18 20:54:14 PDT 2008
Thanks KC! The subframe worked great on the Superbike - when it ran. I
could actually feel the weight reduction even with my ham fists!
Unfortunately it's not legal in WMRRA for Supersport and (as it's a
1st gen model) doesn't fit the new bike. I'll order another one if I
ever step out of Supersport; that stock subframe is HEAVY!
However I have high hopes for the BRG fairing stay - looks like it
will fit fine with just a bit of trimming on the nose of the frame. I
didn't have time to do that last weekend and had to go with my steel
one. It got the job done but just doesn't look as nice.
I was over at Zlocks yesterday and Dale noticed that the 2nd gen comes
with a 1/5 turn throttle - you probably already noticed that, but it's
strange. Is Suzuki watching you? (grin)
Randy Grein, WMRRA #41
On Aug 18, 2008, at 8:30 AM, KC Gager wrote:
> Great to hear Randy You've had a hard time of it.
> How did the BRG Sub frame work out?
> KC Gager
> BRG Racing Products
> "We Have Sickness For Quickness"
> KC at brgracing.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Randy Grein [mailto:randygrein at comcast.net]
> Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2008 10:19 AM
> To: undisclosed-recipients:
> Subject: New bike, no blues
> It's Alive! It's Alive!
> Those who have been following the saga of Randy's messed up racebike
> the past couple years will have an inkling of how great this is.
> Hopefully it's all behind me now. With big assistance from Zoran, Dan
> Zlock, Brett Prindle of Motobits and my endurance partner Damon Monwai
> I was able to transform a pile of parts friday afternoon into a
> functioning racebike by Sunday. The crappy silver paint job didn't
> matter, the mistake in rearset mounts didn't matter - not even the
> inconsistent tach reading could get me down. Nothing mattered but that
> sweet Zlock prepared motor and the surprise that comes when the your
> suspension settings are pretty much on after much guessing.
> I won't detail all the stuff - a missed TPS plug, the aforementioned
> rearset snafu, the thousand and one parts that developed legs between
> teardown and assembly in a garage far too cluttered - let's just say
> it's racing as usual. I missed Saturday's practice but the tight
> schedule and usual accidents meant rescheduling 650 SS twins, so I got
> my 3 full races. I got up at 6 to make the final fairing brackets and
> change tires before hitting registration and tech - all done before
> the riders meeting for the first time in years. A good sign.
> First practice showed that Brent was correct about the footpegs being
> too high. I could barely move around on the bike during practice, but
> I was able to quickly get from medium slow to somewhere in the
> ballpark in a few laps. I was gratified that 1:40s came quickly and
> were passed, eventually settling in the low 1:39 range. Not bad for
> practice when I'm this rusty. I came in early to switch the pegs
> around and check on my son who has also had a run of bad luck with his
> vintage bike. We had just enough time to switch them around before the
> first race, 650 SS Twins.
> Naturally I'm gridded 3rd row (not raced the class all year) but I
> generally get good starts and 2nd row conveniently gridded to one
> side, giving me a clean shot. When the light went out I got the
> holeshot, moving past the entire 2nd row before the clutch was all the
> way out; a competitor later said my front wheel was a foot off the
> ground when I passed. I got lucky with a few passes around turn 1, and
> entered turn 3 in third. That didn't last long and I settled in to a
> close 5th place, concentrating on hanging on to the fast guys for the
> first few laps. I was mostly successful until the red flag came out at
> the end of the 3rd lap. 6th was nowhere in sight when I pulled over at
> the busstop to chat with the other guys.
> The restart didn't go so well. Officials had wanted to grid the
> restart by place instead of the original grid, but couldn't make it
> happen. (Good thing too - good idea, but flat against the rulebook.)
> So back to the third row I go. I tried to warn the guys in front that
> I was likely to come through again, but the starter misinterpreted it
> as a joke and didn't relay as requested. That's what I get for a
> reputation as a joker! This time the start didn't go as well - my hole
> in the 2nd row closed up enough to make blasting through dangerous, an
> attempt to back off and pass outside in turn 1 was balked, and just
> about everyone passed by the outside on turn 2. I got stuck behind
> some slower riders and spent the next 2 laps trying to get by a pack
> of 4 who seemed to miraculously anticipate my every move. The
> frustration was intense but I wasn't about to punt myself AND another
> rider off making a hairball pass for what I figured was 10th place,
> and I watched the fast group disappear into the distance.
> Finally an anger-fueled outside pass in 8-9 broke the group apart and
> I put my head down to get some serious laps in, dropping from
> frustrated 1:43s to 1:37s. Nobody was in sight ahead, I quickly left
> the crew behind and circulated by my lonesome with only my lap timer
> and an awesome new bike for entertainment. After the race I tried to
> check my finish, but someone had apparently absconded with the sheet.
> I was not to discover my 4th place finish until Monday. I did, however
> discover my left knee and thigh and right hip were sore already.
> Apparently nothing quite substitutes for hanging off a motorcycle.
> The next two classes, Lightweight Superbike and middleweight GP Twins
> were similar without the blockage problems. A faster group of riders
> turning 1:35 or faster checked out leaving me to circulate on my own,
> contemplating lines and the mistakes not racing much for a few years
> cause. I slowed by a second in LW superbike trying too hard (for 8th)
> and got it back in Middleweight GP for 7th, but was pretty wiped out
> by the end of the day. The next couple of days I spent figuring out
> what to do next race; there's 2 seconds a lap just in riding smoother
> and easier - and I'll never last a 6 hour burning energy at that pace.
> Best part was that I had not a bit of problem with the bike all day.
> Big thanks to Zoran for help with the pipe and shock work, Dan Zlock
> (yes, THAT Zlock) for the killer motor, my wife Lauri for buying me a
> new bike, my son Justin for helping in the pits when he was having
> such a crap day, Brent Prindle of MotoBits for better rearsets and
> some clever ideas for fairing mounts. Also can't forget the other
> sponsors - Lockhart Philips, Riders for Health and Performance
> Coatings. It's great to be back!
> Randy Grein, WMRRA #41
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