Monday, March 21, 2011

RD400 Race

Old photo of my father on his RD400 Race Bike.

New Addition To the Stable. RD400

This came up on E-bay local to me. My old man used to race one so I had been casually looking for a long time. Pulled the trigger this morning. We'll see how she looks when I pick her up.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

FZR600 Motor Build

So after 3 solid days of wrenching she's back together with a nice undercut gearbox and fresh cylinder head. I had to hand lap some of the valve shims to get them all within spec. The best part of cylinder head work is drinking beer. I just need a link for the cam chain and I can put it back in the chassis. Then it's just a matter of bolting all the bits back on the bike and ride it. Fuck Yeah.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dress Well

FZR600 Hyperco Spring

Finally got my new spring in. With the 3 lined up you can see the difference in heights. I don't know how people can run the FZR spring (Orange) in place of the R6 spring (Red). There would be far too much preload, and compressing the spring enough to get it on the shock is next to impossible because of the 700+lb spring rate. The hyperco spring (Blue) is the proper rate for the FZR and proper size for the R6 Shock. Should have just done it right the first time.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Polka Dots FTW

FZR600 Gearbox

Things never go as planned. I pulled the motor Saturday in an effort to put in the race prepped gear set and things quickly went pear shaped. I thought I'd be able to simply split the case, leave the crank, pistons, head, timing chain, etc. in tact, and swap out the gear stacks. How wrong I was. To split the case you have to get to two bolts located between pistons 2 and 3, which means everything had to come apart. Shit engineering from a service standpoint, but I'm sure it's cheap to put it together at the factory which is why it's done. The fact that this will be a wicked machine when it's finished is keeping me going.

Bimota 500

From the W.O.W Museum, Nelson NZ.


Mission From God

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