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Old 02-23-2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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Lake Gairdner Salt racing 2013

Well after being rained off for the last 2 years we finally got a run on the salt this year.
I ride an old bevel Ducati based on a 1972 750 GT engine, currently 888cc.
This is my 3rd visit to the Lake and the first year there I managed 143mph, which was the 900cc record, this year the DLRA have dropped the 900cc class. So now I have to compete in the 1000cc class against Jap bikes making twice the hp.
I am not that concerned as my bike is the fastest bevel drive Ducati in the world on salt.
There were some very quick times this year, old mate Stuart Hooper confirmed he has the worlds fastest Velo by running an amazing 166 mph, on his lastest version of the bike, the capacity is now down from 750 cc to 650cc but it now runs a rootes supercharger. That makes the bike the fastest Brit single in history.
The other half of my team is my mate Snowy on his Harley Sportster, it has some nice S&S parts inside it and it ran 161mph this year missing the class record of 164.
Here is a link to some pics of some of the bikes and cars at the event.

http://stevecraven.smugmug.com/Other...8967&k=9Drkd6w

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Old 02-23-2013, 11:41 PM   #2
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Hmmmm. Looks like we were neighbours. Almost next door to you. My mate Mal was running the MV Augusta. What a great week. Nice pics.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:06 AM   #3
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Congrats on your success...

great photos that give the non visitor a good idea of the atmosphere on the salt... tks for sharing.
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:40 AM   #4
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Great effort Ned,

And thanks for sharing the photos, I couldn't go this year, so sat dribbling looking at yours

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Old 02-24-2013, 04:12 AM   #5
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:26 PM   #6
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Fantastic! Thanx for the pix and well done. I work just up the road from the lake, and, sure enough, this year had to work. Bloody! Great stuff from the Velo mob!
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:00 PM   #7
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Happy it went well for you all. I went in 2010 and loved it, tried taking a crew over the last two years but only ever got halfway there and it was called off.

The bastards held it this year on the 25th wedding anniversary, I had no chance of going. Look out next year, 26 means nothing (or so I will tell her).

Interesting it was hot this year, I was expecting that in 2010 so took only t-shirts and nearly froze to death at night. Luckily there was plenty of grog.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:00 PM   #8
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Godsilla just having a look through some of those photos - awesome.

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Old 03-04-2013, 08:50 PM   #9
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5th year in a row, rained out or not that we ride out to see a day of racing.
Departing from Pt Pirie, 4day ride 1500km 90% offroad is our usual long way to get there and back.
Already looking forward to 2014..
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:28 PM   #10
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5th year in a row, rained out or not that we ride out to see a day of racing.
Departing from Pt Pirie, 4day ride 1500km 90% offroad is our usual long way to get there and back.
Already looking forward to 2014..
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Good to hear you made it through the heat of the week, hopefully I'll make it next year,
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:34 PM   #11
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A youtube collage thingo for your viewing pleasure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPR_TPYT8HA
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:01 PM   #12
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Had a chat with Shane Gagan the other night at the pub and he said he got a new record and is off to Bonneyville shortly to race. He is having a fund raiser at the Meadows Footy Club in a few weeks. I can find out the exact details if anyone is interested.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:37 PM   #13
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shit hot..mean machines...

Thanks for sharing photo's/footage, cheers
Can you mod BMW K1 final drives to increase to end??
wouldn't mind a run at this sport..
Who is the sport's governing body??
Links to classes/rules etc??
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:42 PM   #14
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Thanks for sharing photo's/footage, cheers
Can you mod BMW K1 final drives to increase to end??
wouldn't mind a run at this sport..
Who is the sport's govering body??
Different models have different final drive ratios, so there is some scope for alteration, but not sufficient for this sport I strongly suspect. A chain-drive conversion would fix that though.
Come to think of it, it must be do-able though, this year some guy ran a 1981 R100 to 150mph-ish. You will find his name in the photos posted for this years event on the DLRA website.
The DLRA is the governing body, at www.dlra.org.au .
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:04 PM   #15
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This is a problem that Phil, the owner of the Guzzi Daytona pictured earlier, had to overcome, but luckily Guzzi's have a much broader selection of ratios available than BMW has. wheel slip at speed being the main problem, if you gear for you desired top speed without taking this into account, you will fall sort of your goal by the wheel slip amount, this at least allows you to calculate what the slip ratio actually is

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Different models have different final drive ratios, so there is some scope for alteration, but not sufficient for this sport I strongly suspect. A chain-drive conversion would fix that though.
Come to think of it, it must be do-able though, this year some guy ran a 1981 R100 to 150mph-ish. You will find his name in the photos posted for this years event on the DLRA website.
The DLRA is the governing body, at www.dlra.org.au .
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