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Last weekend, I dropped the Double off at "Bentley's", my paint & body guy. I fired it up in the trailer for the Harley leather crowd.

The tail section's bottom needs to be extended @4" to meet up with the rear belly pan. The two will be secured with more Dzus fasteners.

The belly pan complicates the rear stand. Because we can't simply lift from the bottom of the foot pegs like before, there were extensions added to the stand, in order to fit around the width of the tail.
Its almost become a 3 person circus act to start this thing.
I'm giving serious thought to a couple of 12 volt actuators (slow!), or a pair of air jacks (expensive!) bolted to the frame on either side for the battery box. The controls could be mounted on the external starting battery.
I usually ask the Starter Official to let me know when the vehicle on the course ahead of me reaches the 2 mile marker, then we have lots of time to raise the back of the bike, start the front engine, put it in gear, bump the rear engine, find neutral, lower the bike and still have a minute to sweat on the start line before the course is clear for my run.
 

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Wow, that is a lot of busywork just before you take a run. I am imagining what would run through your head as the pilot. The routine can get your mind settled just before its show time. Then out of nowhere, suddenly you are focused and the moment has come. And you will execute that perfect run.

Thanks for the update. This bike is a very cool result of years of work and thought. Good luck on your next run.
 

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This is long over due for an update...Bentley, my painter, repaired the trailer tip over damage and modified the tail section. I asked him to dial it back a little and just paint the bike a solid "Viper Blue"...he still needed to do his artsy hippy thing, and there are a few sparkly sound waves...it looks awesome in the sun.

We took it to the World Finals last October, salt conditions were really encouraging, I was feeling confident about testing it with the belly pan and lowered tail section...we got through Tech, and then the sky opened up...we waited a couple days for the course to dry out and then got another storm.

My local Chev dealer lent me a loaded zero mile Duramax Silverado to demo on our trip. The couple that own my local supporting Suzuki dealer flew down to join us. Friends and family had also helped me return to Bonneville...point being, I had to make the best of it...we visited little museums, we went in search of local Mexican food, we worked inside the trailer, while waiting for the rain to stop. It didn't, we never made a single pass...and returned home.
 

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The bike developed a miss and appeared to be hitting the rev limiter very early. This gave us something to troubleshoot while we were hiding from the rain during the Word Finals last year. It also identified that I needed spare ignition parts, so I have collected extra pick ups, coils, wires and a complete Dyna 2000, just to sit it a box in the race trailer...in case we need it.
Also the body was sitting outside, when we were in the trailer last, and the wind knocked it over, smashing the wind screen. Zero Gravity made me a couple more.
My buddy Carl found the source of the miss...the tachs and the data acquisition both require tach signals from the ignition boxes but had a fault in the wiring.

I've kept busy with a few other projects but decided it was time to jump back on the Double. I have a list of minor repairs and maintenance. I pulled the body and wheels off. I've inspected the coupler and checked the valve clearances. I moved the upper shock mounts, to give me a little more ground clearance, which in turn affected the swing arm angle, the shifter to belly pan clearance, the shifter linkage geometry and the rear stand...but it's all sorted now.

I've always thought the Double needed red valve covers, they were off anyway, so I got them powder coated "Viper Red". I looked through my Oiler parts stash and found a couple sets of new valve cover bolts, that a member here had made.

Cleaning up the carbs is next. I bought a small soda vapor blasting cabinet just for this job.

The plan is to go back down again for this year's World Finals, Oct. 1st-4th...I'm fully prepared for shit weather or salt, but you can't run, if you're not there.
 

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Another over due update.
As we were literally loading the trailer last October for the World Finals, hours away from heading down, it rained at Bonneville and the event was scrubbed. I picked up my demo truck on a Friday and returned it Monday morning, I didn't even get to enjoy it.
Another year of work and preparation with little to show for it.
I had the opportunity to show the bike a couple of times and then I just left it in the trailer, at a storage yard, figuring it would be ok for the winter.
 

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In February, I figured it was time to jump back in on the Double.
I thought we should take a look at improving the suspension. A couple techs at my supporting Suzuki dealer had recently attended Race Tech School, and were eager to work on the bike, so I made plans to drop it off for a few months.
I was alarmed to see that my new zero mile tires had shattered from the cold, while the bike was in the trailer, we had a period of -45c temperatures...apparently Dunlop doesn't recommend using these tires below zero Celsius...an expensive lesson learned there, although I've never had the problem before.
Apparently it's a thing...the Chev dealer that sponsors me, said that they don't ship Corvettes in the cold anymore either.
 

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I've kept the bike as low as possible but there wasn't enough travel for the forks to work correctly.
I had some threaded adaptors made to allow us to drop the forks an inch.
The forks are off an '05 Honda 600RR, they were rebuilt with Race Tech Gold Valves.
Race Tech had custom built the rear shocks several years ago, they were freshened up with heavier springs and new low friction seals.
I'm looking forward to riding it with a suspension that works properly.
 

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I'm registered for Speed Week, Aug.8th-14th
The SCTA is confident that they can put on an event, and still practice social distancing.
I'm waiting to see if the border is going to open...that's another variable that I can't control, just like the rain, wind, salt condition etc.
So I've spent the last month getting the bike ready to go through tech inspection, doing maintenance on the trailer etc.
I ran both engines earlier this week and they sound great.
I'll be ready, the bike's ready...I'm somewhat doubtful that I'll be able to cross into the U.S, I think the border will stay closed to non-essential travel for quite some time.
The trailer is packed.
 

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I work at an Iron Mine on Bafffin Island.
I've worked in the Middle East and Africa...the Arctic just seemed like another big adventure.
I love it, it's a challenging environment. I work on generators...big ones in the Power Plant as well as smaller mobile units scattered across the tundra.
I leave tomorrow for 28 days...I'll be home again on Aug. 5th...if the border opens, we'll leave the next day for Bonneville.
 

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Scott, the double is looking awesome! What a beautiful sight it is to see. I'm glad to see that you've got another shot at Speed Week this year! I'll be keeping an eye out for an update.

I've got a group of buddies who usually do a 4 or 5 day trip through the Kootenays and over to AB every year. I take my 85 GSXR. What's a few thousand KM's on a sport bike, lol. I was hoping to see the bikes at the museum on one of our next trips but last year was a wash because of health problems and this year is a wash because of Covid. Hopefully next year.

Take it easy.
 

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Hope it comes together for you Scott!! We need us some Canadian mojo down here!! So, a few years back on the downwind leg of a month long ride I happened to be coming through Bonneville during Speed Week. I had some flexibility and all my camping gear on board so I decided to take the opportunity to check it out. Unfortunately i was turned around a few miles into the flats by officials... Sadness!! What's the protocol / procedure / inside hack to attend if you're just a spectator? Stay safe and warm up there! - Mike
 

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I work at an Iron Mine on Bafffin Island.
I've worked in the Middle East and Africa...the Arctic just seemed like another big adventure.
I love it, it's a challenging environment. I work on generators...big ones in the Power Plant as well as smaller mobile units scattered across the tundra.
I leave tomorrow for 28 days...I'll be home again on Aug. 5th...if the border opens, we'll leave the next day for Bonneville.
Bike is looking seriously bad-ass. What are you aiming for for an average speed this time around? For the record, you've got waaaaaay bigger balls than me. I don't think I'd enjoy a top speed run even on a stock bike anymore.

I worked a project for the Katavik school board hitting all the Inuit villages along the Hudon's bay (below the circle but still) and each village has the big diesel generating stations. The adventure was very-much anticipated but I'll admit that after a week, I seriously could NOT wait to be back in civilization. At least as a contractor, I was allowed to bring a bunch of beer with me, which is a big contraband no-no in all Inuit villages.

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It's a different world for sure up north in the styx. Some things puzzled me though.

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And out of political correctness, you have bilingual shampoo options in the hotel rooms?

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But what blew me away most was the COST of everything, which has to be shipped or flown-in (thousands of KMs from roads). $22.95 for a box of dry pasta? I remember a 12 pack of coke cans was $26

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Wow, great thread. Awesome machine.
So, Just how fast has this bike gone so far?
And no, I'm not going to say I've been anywhere near that fast LOL
I've actually never made a full pass on it.
Early testing showed lots of potential, I ran a couple of 206-207mph runs with a stubby drag fairing at partial throttle...at only 7 grand, the engines will pull to 11,500rpm.
It has no problem spinning the tire at 200+
I've spent several years trying to improve the aerodynamics, traction, power, data acquisition etc...we're challenged by the salt conditions, wind, rain and now the pandemic.
I wish it was as simple as just pinning the throttle...
 

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Hope it comes together for you Scott!! We need us some Canadian mojo down here!! So, a few years back on the downwind leg of a month long ride I happened to be coming through Bonneville during Speed Week. I had some flexibility and all my camping gear on board so I decided to take the opportunity to check it out. Unfortunately i was turned around a few miles into the flats by officials... Sadness!! What's the protocol / procedure / inside hack to attend if you're just a spectator? Stay safe and warm up there! - Mike
If there's an SCTA event on...it's just a matter of paying $20/day or $50/week as a spectator.
If it's a private meet, sometimes it's just that.
The BLM control access.
A couple months a go, some kids were driving around the salt in the dark and plowed into a ****...it was a bad scene.
 

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I have pretty realistic goals for this year.
I just want to get through Tech Inspection, make some noise at the start line, go make a few shake down passes and have fun.
If it's happy at 150, then we'll try 175...and so on.
So much is dependant on the weather...any more than a few mph cross wind just pushes the bike over and it stops being fun right away.
I'm hoping the changes we made to the tail section and the addition of the full belly pan help stability...there's only one way to find out.
 

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It was definitely foreseeable, the U.S. / Canada border will stay closed to non-essential traffic for at least another month...I just cancelled my Speed Week entry, I needed to give the SCTA a heads up.
As disappointing as it is, these are only first world problems.
The World Finals are Sept.29th-Oct.2nd, I'll book my vacation for then. It's highly unlikely things will change by then, and that event rains out more often then not, but I need to keep the dream alive.
...And that is how a project like this, drags on for years. It's an expensive lawn ornament.
 
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