Monday, July 29, 2013

A needed distraction

I did mention this a few months ago but have not posted again being in fear of the universe getting too much of an advance notice of my plans and throwing a wrench in the works.

I'm making a long needed return to the racetrack this weekend at the AHRMA event at New Jersey Motorsports Park.  I'll be riding the Rotacular, something I have not done for almost 5 years.  I don't think I ever raced the bike (Todd Puckett was my rider) with the Ducati head and fuel injection so hopefully it will be a great weekend rolling on the throttle.  Of course there is a strong possibility that it will be a long weekend rebuilding the engine but what the hell.

If anyone is in the area it will be a great time with lots of really cool vintage machinery and a bunch of modern stuff thrown in for good measure.  And the Rotacular.

I've spent a few days looking the bike over from a chassis perspective and everything looks nice and solid.  After getting a couple of new batteries (one for the bike one for the starter) I attempted to start the engine.

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SWEET!!!!  It started on the first try and sounds as mean as ever.  That's 560cc of cylinder firing every other revolution and putting out mid-70s Hp at the rear wheel.  Tomorrow or Wednesday I'll get the bike on Peter's dyno and do a few runs under load to make sure its ready for the track.

Racing happens on Saturday and Sunday from 12-5.  I will be racing in Sound of Singles 1 (my main class) and Sound of Thunder (the twins bump class) both days or until the fuse on my engine runs out.

I'm excited.  Very excited.  And a bit nervous.  And that's good.  Can't wait until the end of the week. Its been a long time since I've been woken up to the sounds of racebikes starting.

Wish me luck!



Chris

5 comments:

  1. Looking forward to circulating with the bike, and maniac, that got us into this mess in the first place. Looks like the RS can run in Sound of Thunder as well.
    scott

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  2. Good Luck! I'll be hitting the crack. . . excuse me track this weekend too!

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  3. Ha! Crack would be a much cheaper habit!

    I'll be pitted in the garage with the Rev-It display and will also be hanging around the NYC Norton garage. Drop by, just not right before a race!

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