There's no room in my garage with all the other projects, so I have the Double parked at my buddy's shop. It's only 2 blocks away from my house and it also serves as our local man cave / Friday night drinking establishment. I started the bike a couple weeks ago and someone posted a crappy cell phone video.
Once I had the front engine running, I stalled the rear engine while trying to find neutral...I forgot how it shifts backwards...and then got the rear engine lit again.
I really need to get off my ass and get the decals on it. I'm supposed to show it in early January, at a 2013 racing season kick off party with some sponsors and local racers.
There's a lot of really cool stuff floating around on this website, but this probably tops my personal favorites. Bear, I've heard people talking about this bike in real life, and here I am posting a message to the creator of the legend himself.
I love GDC, and I love that you're still turning wrenches on this beautiful monster.
One of my sponsors, Hose Headquarters, a hydraulic shop, had a shop party last night. I spent the evening discussing the bike and my experiences at Bonneville. It's always good to talk to other enthusiasts to keep motivated. I frequently get asked what goes on the top of the frame? I reply...me!
I'm waiting for a few more sponsor decals but it doesn't look too bad. I've painted the "cockpit" area black and lined the insides of the fairing with reflective heat shield.
I've been invited to be part of a Bonneville display at the World of Wheels car show in Calgary next month. There will be 6 cars and 3 bikes there that run on the salt.
Afterwards, there will still be another 6 months of winter here in Alberta. I will have lots of time before August, so I plan on fabricating a belly pan to seal up the bottom of the bike and a duct to feed lots of air to the oil coolers.
Custom paint is always a matter of personal preference but believe me, this paint job has been the cause of many sleepless nights. I gave my painter the freedom to do as he wished, because that seemed like a good fun idea at the time and I do respect his talents. We had discussed several options, including a modified first gen blue / white theme. I really thought I might have been invited to comment on whatever he had cooked up, but no, it was a complete surprise. Although, I paid him for the body "work" itself, the paint job was a freebie. I was fairly devastated when I first saw it, but managed to smile and be polite. Later at home, I kept thinking that the air brushed panels looked too small and resembled roof shingles. I wrestled with asking him to re-paint the whole thing in a solid color, I'd have paid for it etc., but how can you just shit on an artist's craft? I've known the guy for 15 years, we are in the same vintage bike club, he sponsored the custom lowered gas tank on my race Busa etc. It all becomes very complicated when there are relationships involved.
However, the next time I visited the shop with a friend, I was reminded that I had made it sound alot worse than it actually was...I was still getting over the shock. And again, each time I saw it, I knew it would look better once mounted and the whole package would come together with the race and entry #'s, sponsor decals etc. I think it needs a couple of RCAF roundels to complete the vintage war plane vibe. I tend to just see the whole bike now, some of the details don't bother me as much anymore. It will look just fine covered in salt and speeding along. It has been a hit with anyone who has seen it in person. I'm glad I kept my mouth shut!
The same guy did the paint on my Montesa flat tracker and it looks great. I'm looking forward to racing in a vintage class this summer. This project dragged on for a few years as well, it's good to be working local again and be able to play in my garage every night.
My 350 Jawa and Velorex side car will get restored next...good basic Communist transportation.
Motorcycle: 1985 GSXR 750, 1986 GSXR Limited, GSXR750RK (in restoration mode), 1973 GT-750 (no longer have, looking for another)
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If I didn't know better, I'd think your painter was the same guy who's doing my stuff. Massively talented and has a thing for bikes.
I think you're right about the RCAF roundels... If you put those on, maybe with a slight warp so make it look like the speed has stretched them slightly oval, or not, it would complete the vintage airplane vibe perfectly.
A few pictures from our Bonneville display at the 2013 Calgary World of Wheels that took place a couple weeks ago.
The 1149 car is a modified rear engine roadster that went 254mph last year.
The 373 roadster has an 850hp big block, handling issues kept them at 175, but a new front end should help them reach their 235 goal.
The Rod Shop Belly Tanker has run 160mph with a 286 CID flat head Ford, they are after a 196 record. It was built from the wing tank off a Canadian T-33 Jet Trainer.
The '70 Triumph 650 Bonneville is turbo-charged and has run 125mph, electrical gremlins are getting sorted.
The '53 Studebaker also runs a flat head Ford in a vintage engine class. It has run 156, just a few decimal places off the record. The 156 is impressive when you consider that it only makes 140hp at the rear wheels, the body is slippery. Now that the show is finished, it is getting new Hillborn fuel injection and custom built headers.
The Mormon Missile is powered by an 1800hp Duramax diesel. It has run 350mph at only 60% throttle. The owner lives in Nevada, but the car is maintained and driven by a Calgary diesel specialist.
We had a giant drop cloth with a picture of the starting line on the salt. A couple of other signs added to the realism of the display.
I enjoyed speaking with other enthusiasts all weekend. Most people did not realize that there were this many Bonneville racers in the area. Everyone loves the Double.
Only 152 days until Speed Week!