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It took us a year, but we just got some bitchin' hard-bound, 100 page coffee table books in stock with words by McGoo and photos by Geoff Kowalchuk. They feature a little history lesson on the origins of the event and a butt load of photos from 2017. Check 'em out in the Biltwell online storehere.
I couldn't make it this time, but I hope everyone has some fun. Looks like a hot one (95 degrees) where the track dries out and gets slick, creating possible low-sides. Tire wear will be a huge factor, so look for the veterans to hold back a bit 'til the 5 lap sign. Another problem is with all the liquid cooled bikes now. They'll be blowin' their corks (if they sit on the line too long idling) and spewing during the race too. Tiny radiators for less wind drag, but they don't cool as well either. The older air-cooled motors never had that problem. It should be interesting. I always hate seeing a newby with a good run for the win, get sidelined for a overheating engine or a bald rear tire. Experience is the key - so look for Coolbeth, Smith (and of coarse Mees) . . . but I'll take Ronnie Jones just for the fun of it ! Go Ronnie Go ! Show em' some flashes of brilliance !
Let's see, Hmmmm, if we left at 4am ish Sunday - I'd be there for the race, home by 11pm . . . long day - but it could be done !
Thousands tuned in to our Instagram feed last Sunday and enjoyed a fantastic day spent with artist and friend Darren McKeag. We don't know how Darren was able to produce so much art in single day, but he did it, and he did it well! A million thanks to Darren and his lovely wife Missy for the 24 hours of fun! Please check out Darren's website and get with him for any projects you have in mind. He'll make it happen!
Most of the time, the only occasion this tool is removed my the tool drawer is when there's a problem. Your camshaft, pinion gears, timer gear, breather gear . . . all the marks on the teeth line right up and your cam timing is done correctly? Right? Wrong? The fact is: You most likely have 4 to 5 parts, manufactured by 4 to 5 different manufacturers. A mark could be off a tooth? Throwing everything off . . . Different gear pitches. New parts meshing with used parts. Are your valves really opening and closing at the precise time they should?
This is the best way to do it. Using dial indicators. That needle will indicate movement (what the human eye can't see) You'll know exactly where you're at. Correcting cam timing is done my moving the cam gear on the camshaft (not easy). Also done by changing pinion gears, changing cam gears, moving the cam (+ or -) 1 or 2 teeth . . . or modifying key slots. It's a learning experience every time this tool comes out. Think dammit !