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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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I'm Baaaaaack!!!!!!!

I need to update my profile and photo.

I was really active on this site about two years ago. My last posts were about my first experiences club racing in CCS

I campaigned my stock '02 R6 for about 1 and 1/2 seasons, but I got tired of getting my ass kicked by 16y/o kids in the 600 class and old farts in formula 40.

So I read the CCS rule book.

I found that a 1000cc air-cooled 2 valve twin could race with liquid cooled 700cc twins (SV650) and air-cooled push-rod 1200cc twins (BUELL) COOL! I was goin' Harley huntin'

So I sold my R6 and bought a brand new 2004 DUCATI SS1000 DS at Pro-Italia and just left it there. Looking back, I should have just kept the R6 so I could have raced more.

I got with the head mechanic at Pro-Italia, John French, and we agreed to build a relatively dependable race bike. So we went with Carillo steel rods, high-compression pistons, Falco lightened, balanced, polished and knife-edged the crankshaft. The heads were ported by the guy who did Gene Romero's heads, stock valve train and valves, but John changed the cam timing a little bit and put on a black box that re-mapped the stock fuel map (I think)

This whole thing cost about $19K and took 18MONTHS!

I think John gave me a break on his labor costs because he only worked on it when he had spare time. That is probably why it took so long.

So, about 3 months before the bike is finished, I get a letter from CCS. They can't afford to put on any races in California. SH#T!!!

I really didn't want to schlep the 600 mile rount trip to NV or AZ to race a few times a year with CCS.

I finally took delivery and took it to a Calfornia Superbike School class (Level 4) at S.O.W. and a track day at Pahrump.

WOW! did I get my money's worth! It pulls like a BULLDOZER from 4K to 8.5K RPM. I had to short shift to keep from needing to upshift in the middle of a trun. Even with the tall stock gearing.!

OK, so I've got the bitchin' bike but no place to party with it.

I then decided to do something that I had promised myself I would never do.

I decided to race at Willow Springs.

The GOOD NEWS: they have a race the 3rd Sunday of every month and it is less than 2 hours from my house. they also have a formula 50 so I can get my ass kicked by even older farts but I am hoping that there will be fewer of them so all I have to do is finish to get on the podium. I am now 53 years old.

The BAD NEWS: there is a 1/4 mile downhill back straight where the Open Class bikes do a buck 70. Gulp. AND I get no advantage for my bike. I will be racing against RC51'S and 999's

Nonetheless, I took their New Racer School and barely passed. To pass the school, you need to turn a lap under 2:00 I turned a 1:54.8.

The hot shoes do well under 1:30

A lot had to do with the fact that a girl on a R6 passed me during the final qualifying session. She passed me and it occured to me that I should try harder or I was not going to qualify. I started riding harder and after a few laps, I got a good run coming out of turn 9 and passed her when I late breaked going into turn 1.

I started out club racing because I thought it would be like a track day that was always on a weekend.

It has turned out to be much more.

Little did I know that it all started out 38 years ago when someone let me ride their minibike for free.

Next it was a full-sized dirt bike.

Then a street bike.

And then a sportbike.

Before you know it, you are doing the CRACK COCAINE of motorcycling...ROAD RACING!!!!

It is instatntly addictive.

It is very expensive.

It is very dangerous.

but it's legal.

I will probably race this month.

My plan is to stay on the race line and not get killed.

Anything more that that is just gravy.

I will keep you posted....I hope

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Good to have ya back. Good luck with the racing, let us know how it goes!

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 01:36 PM
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No wonder I saw you name in the HW novice times at mylaps dot com...

Bout time you got back into it...

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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God bless you, Hammer for not blabbing the numbers.

I came in last.

But in my defense, most of the bikes were liter size japanese 4cyl.

I did get my bike dynoed. It made 92.6 hp and 69ft/lbs of torque. I am sure that is close to half of my liquid cooled multivalve competitors.

Nonetheless, I had a TON of fun and, if you look and my practice session lap times in the AM on Sunday, I was a lot faster in the morning. In the afternoon my wife said that the announcer told the crowd that the wind was gusting up to 50mph! It felt like a lot more.

Any way, I am all pumped about going back in Feb.

I recommend to ANYONE who wants to watch a whole day of some really exciting road racing for a $10 gate fee to make the drive to Willow Springs for the Sunday races.

Check out the schedule at www.willowspringsraceway.com
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I just might see ya out there in Feb...

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