Back to business

The holidays are over thankfully. Taxes paid, bills in order. Crunch time, spring is right around corner and this thing needs to be road worthy. I feel pretty inadequate when I compare my progress on this project to some of my internet buddies who are working on similar toys.
I've still not decided on what tires to run on the duc. The last time that I was in the tire market I was buying Michelin Pilot Powers. The seemed to last OK (3000 miles with the last 500 having a crap feel to them). They got warm and sticky pretty quickly. But the problem is that Michelin cost me and my friends a F1 race in 2005 at Indy. We sat in the stands in turn 1 while all the Michelin shod machines did their parade lap and then pulled into the pits, leaving only four Bridgestone runners on the starting grid. We were besides ourselves with anguish as Schumi and Barichello paraded around our circuit. The drinks flowed and we made the best of it, but we cursed the french under our breath and the pain inflicted by their treachery still stings.
Bike tires have come a long way since those days. What do you guys run?
  • tires not made in france
  • reroute/re-bleed clutch line
  • install replacement coil bracket
  • rear hugger
  • front fairing
  • sort headlight
  • rear shock swap
  • title and license
Good times!

Holding pattern

I'm waiting out the cold weather in the mid-south. While the weather is not very conducive for motorcycle riding I still see the odd bike on the road from time to time. Who are these dudes? I spend time in my garage doing my jail house workout routine and checking off items on the punch list so that the bike is ready to ride once the weather warms up and is consistently above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
I turned up some nice little sub frame plugs on the lathe at work last week. They give the sub frame a nice finish and were a good distraction from my real work at the job.

Exhaust bracket redux...

I have never been satisfied with my bracket.
I'm going for a lighter version but still in stainless.
I used my buddy Mike's knockout tool to get these holes cut. It went like a hot knife through butter!

Too bad Nicky won't be there to school them...

Tickets and schedule:

Even though Nicky won't be there because of wrist surgery, American Brad "The Bullet" Baker will be there to keep it real.

Just a reminder...

...for my British pals who like to "take the piss" from Americans for not liking roads with bends (I mean turns).

  • Marc Marquez was not the first rookie world champion in GP.
  • "King" Kenny Roberts was the first rookie to take the GP World Championship in his rookie season.
  • Kenny Roberts beat England's finest, Barry Sheene for that championship. 
  • Sheene was the last Brit to take the championship.
  • No Brit has won a world championship in GP since Sheene.

My chassis is complete

I installed the final part and completed the chassis tonight. I can take the chassis off the punch list. This steering damper is just the stock unit but should do. I'm not wild about the Sachs rear shock that I've got and am looking for a replacement unit. To that end I have several spare parts for sale on ebay.
Over the weekend while the clocks on the Duc took a dump. The tachometer needle fell off! Luckily it was a pretty easy chore to open up the instrument cluster and reattach the tacho needle. For a little bit there I was sure that I was screwed!