So after finally getting my bike back together again, see rebuild thread here Sport Bike Forum
, I headed to Sviestad for my first ride of the bike this season. Some upgrades had been done like a Kit-crank, new pistons, new airboxes and tuned suspension. As usual I was late and started the bike the same morning as I was leaving. It started just fine and ran well, some adjustments to the throttles to have the slides open at the same time had to be done but nothing major. She ran just fine and sounded crisp an nice.
Loaded the bike in the van and off we went. My philosphy is that training is for cowards so I decided that the first shake down of both bike and rider should be a club race. One QP and then a race. As I am known for being fast out of the box it should suit me just fine..
Rolled up at 15:00, Qp started at 16:20. Got tire warmers on the bike and waited for QP to start. I was racing in the 125-400 cc class were they allow single cylinder bikes up to 650 cc as well so it was a very mixed grid. 2 x 250 GP bikes, 2 x 125GP bikes, 2 x Aprilia RS250s, 1 x TZR250 street bike, 4 x KTM/Husaberg motoards, 2 x 650 cc Supermonos.
Only members of the club I race for are eligable to start so riders vary from elite to newcomers.
I rolled out for QP just to find out that my left handlebar moved. Went back to the van and tried to adjust it but we realised that it was the outer front tubes that was rotating in the triple clamps - glad I found out before I got to the first heavy braking...
I was delayed and got only seven laps in and had a "best" time of 1.09, PB is 1.05, and you can tell by the picture I took it easy - but it felt really nice and not as awkward as it usually does.
I stripepd the heads and had a look at both cylinders and heads and it all looked fine. The engine ran just fine and I was happy to see I wasnīt way out on jetting or anything else.
After all classeshad Qīd it started to rain. I got my "new" rain tyres on, manufactured in 2002 and 2003, and waited for the race. I seem to do pretty well in the rain compared to the dry so I was looking forward to racing. I slipped in to my kinky latex suit and rolled out for the two sighting laps, due to changed conditions.
Race and street version of the "same" engine.
It felt great during the sighting laps but the engine was running a bit too cold so I went in to the pits to get that sorted but the tape didnīīt want to stick to the wet radiator. Got some on and had to go out if I didnīt want to start the race from the pit.
I usually do crap starts but this time it was OK. I started in tenth but was sixth out of the first two corners and chasing one of the 125GP bikes. I felt really comfortable and felt like I could catch some of the guys in front and have a decent race. When hitting the straight the engine suddenly went *POP*. Sounded like a big baloon exploding. I had never experienced an engine sound like that so I was puzzled but had to roll in to the pits.
As it was dripping fuel from the fairings I thought it was a broke fuel hose or similar but when we got the fairing off I found this.
The previous owner had put helicoil, or more probably helicoil rip offs, in the cylinders and all the thread just came off on one-two of the bolts so the head blew off. In the picture you can see the top bolts is loose and we didnīt touch it before we took the picture. Never had this problem happen before.
Luckily I have more cylinders and nothing else was dmaged so it will be a fairly quick fix.
Hopefully I will be back in mid june for another race, with a working engine! The engine felt just great before it went pop and I am glad it wasnīt really down to me this time.