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Old 04-14-2009   #1
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The Build

Well I spent my weekend working on the race bike. I tried to ride it a little and run through as many heat cycles as I could. I parked it with 45 miles on the odometer and grabbed my drill. If you ever decide to safety wire a motorcycle get a drill press, you will be glad you did. It will pay for itself with the bits you don't break.

I started off slow, rear axel, caliper, front axel, and calipers. You know, everything that didn’t require fairing removal. I was being very careful to torque all the bolts to spec then mark the direction of the hole. It makes things easier at the track. When the holes line up I will know everything is torque correctly.

Jeff shows up during this meticulous process of mine and starts making fun of me. Every time I get done drilling a bolt Jeff cheers me on in his own little sarcastic way.
“I think you should take something off now.”
“No, not yet.”
“Take the tail section off now.”
“No”
“You want me to help?”
“Hell no!”
He started laughing and continued to bug me until it came to the point where I had to start taking the bodywork off. “I can’t believe I doing this to a brand new motorcycle.” The process would have taken a whole lot less time if I weren’t so anal-retentive. I managed to get everything off without scratching anything. Which was surprising because Jeff helped get the side fairings off. He kept poking and laughing at me until I finally got the radiator off. After he was satisfied that my bike was in enough pieces he left for the evening.



I found this magic drill bit that somehow drilled every bolt except the last two because it was too dull break the surface of the bolt. The crazy thing is that it was some cheap generic Craftsman bit. I love my drill press. Other than the drilling one of the hardest things that I had to do was getting the kickstand bracket off. Why on earth does the factory need to put that much lock tight on kickstand bolts? One of them almost had to stayed in there.



That night and the next day I finished all the safety wiring, removed all unneeded brackets, install my exhaust system and started installing the wiring for the Bazzaz system. Notice that I said “started”. Holy crap there are a lot of wires.



I have less than 2 weeks to get her ready to be on the track for her first shake down at Putnam for the Cycle Options tack day. More importantly I have less than 3 weeks before my first race at Nelsons. I sure hope the rest of my parts come in by then. As of right now I may be racing the first race with the stock shock. Come on Penske build that shock fast. Tick-tock.
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Old 04-14-2009   #2
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Re: The Build

This is very cool Rob. Thanks for taking the time to include us in this saga.
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Old 04-14-2009   #3
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Re: The Build

No doubt, it is fun to see the process for those of us who haven't been involved in any kind of racing... like myself. Thanks! Do you have separate race plastics going on it, or are you painting the originals?
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Old 04-14-2009   #4
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I have a full Set of Sharkskinz waiting to be mounted up. I should have them on by this evening then it is off to get painted. The factory fairings are open at the bottom and most race organizations require a belly pan to catch any liquids incase of failure. Somehow people still manage to oil the track down.
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Old 04-14-2009   #5
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Re: The Build

Hey I can come over and keep Jeff occupied. I'll bring my laptop and some eheemm movies to keep him glued.

And a couple red bull to keep his ADD/MRDD in line.

How much in the Suspension work in the suspension you planning?

Probably won't be riding at Putnam, but i'll be up there to help you sort things out.
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Re: The Build

Give me a call if you need help. I'm home this week.

BTW, I'm thinking about riding along to Nelson's for the opening round.
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Re: The Build

Are you going to have enough time to break the motor in before your first race?
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Old 04-14-2009   #8
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Re: The Build

Rob rides slow enough that its not an issue.....
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Old 04-14-2009   #9
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Re: The Build

While you have it so torn down, you should grease the swwingarm bolt, triples, shock pivots, etc...

You doing motor work, too?
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Re: The Build

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I have a full Set of Sharkskinz waiting to be mounted up. I should have them on by this evening then it is off to get painted.
I don't race but shouldn't you take the fairings off after you put them on the bike to get them lined. I have seen them paint race fairings before and they have to take them off the bike to hang them up in the paint booth, unless you just want it painted on one side and maybe get some spray dust on the new bike.
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Old 04-14-2009   #11
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you have to fit them to the bike and drill all the needed holes before they go to paint. ALWAYS fit race bodies before you paint them.
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Re: The Build

Martin should be your umbrella gurl. Just dont get him an outfit that will make his ass look big.
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