Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Innisfail, Alberta
Motorcycle: Vintage and New
Re: Twin Engine GSXR Land Speed Racer
The front engine now has a first gen oil pan to match the one on the rear. Thanks Mario!
This allowed us to raise the oil lines, the lines might have been dragging in soft salt before, stressing the oil cooler and resulting in leaks.
Now the lowest point are the drain plugs, if I start dragging those, we have real problems...
The Double was not ready for the World Finals in early October, I actually just picked it up last Saturday.
It's still not 100% finished, there is some more airbrushing to get done at a later date. I also picked up an old Dale Walker electric shifter years ago off ebay and decided at the last minute, that it needed to be put to use. It's mounted, but Richard needs to machine up a shift rod for it.
I had given the painter some freedom with the paint job and it took a while for it to grow on me. The long fairing always gave an aircraft vibe so that inspired the paint scheme. Our race bikes have always been Viper Blue. Where the silver meets the blue, will get airbrushed to look like torn sheet metal. Then I can put the sponsor and entry / class decals on it.
Much of it has been rewired and replumbed, it is ready to pass tech inspection. The carbs have been synched...you can't tune the rear engine without the front engine running...Richard was glad when that was finished.
I always said if the bike wasn't ready for this year, then the worse case scenario would be that we were in really good shape for Speed Week 2013.
Our vintage bike club hosts a very large swap meet twice a year. I spent last Sunday displaying the Double for the very first time. Other than Bonneville, it's never been out in public as it's usually disassembled. I always enjoy speaking with other bike enthusiasts and the bike recieved lots of attention.
I had hoped to be able to fire it up and run it across the parking lot into the arena, but it's very much winter here and it took 3 of us to unload it in the snow.