Torque values GSXR

zoran zv30 at
Mon Mar 17 11:44:47 PDT 2008

Wayne is not there any more.he got old and retired :)

Zoran Vujasinovic
Twin Works Factory
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jo Rhett" <jorhett at>
To: "Suzuki SV650 Mailing List" <sv650 at>
Cc: <wmontoya at>
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 11:28 AM
Subject: Re: Torque values GSXR

> On Mar 16, 2008, at 2:38 PM, wmontoya at wrote:
>>    blame who you want for the reasons you want, but it's plainly  
>> FOS for any
>> of you who knew there was a legal issue w/ a particular class & mod  
>> and who
>> didn't act when the time was right (e.g. when '08 rule changes or 650P
>> class rules were being solicited and finalized).
> Wayne, I would to point out something -- nobody understood the rule  
> properly.  Why do I say this?  Because as you know I was at every  
> rules meeting except the first this last year.  I brought up the  
> issue of fork mods several times, and was told that anything which  
> didn't change the fork tubes are allowed. I also talked the issue  
> over with Tech, and confirmed with them that anything which didn't  
> change the fork tubes was acceptable.
> Then I went out and spent $5k purchasing a proddy-legal bike.  One  
> which had suspension changes, but retained the stock fork tubes.  
> Which I can't run.  Because *NOBODY KNEW* that this bike was illegal.
> So yes, I agree with most of your statements.  The rules were written  
> clearly, but nobody understood the significance of them.  I read them  
> carefully and missed that.  So did Kevin, our president.  So did Ed  
> Shaimas, chief tech inspector.  And for evidence we can look at...  
> what, 70-something production class bikes on the grid today that  
> violate this rule?
> In short, what we have is a massive misunderstanding of the rule as  
> written.  This rule has never been enforced (confirmed by Tech).  So  
> the real-life, honest effect of this ruling is a rule change, first  
> published with less than 9 days before the first race.
> I don't have either the time or money to purchase stock fork tubes  
> and upgrade the springs inside them to field this bike within 9  
> days.  It's just not possible.  And it's not fair for you to sit on  
> the sidelines and point fingers and blame all of us for not reading  
> the rulebook more carefully than the sitting board.
> -- 
> Jo Rhett /  velociRaptor Racing
> #553 WERA / AFM

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