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Old 04-12-2013, 10:39 AM   #76
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Danny convinced me to try to do the foam ourselves. So we bought some foam and made our own "foam cutter".
I love this!

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Old 04-13-2013, 09:43 PM   #77
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I think driving the Suburban at speed was the scariest thing. As a passenger I could tuck into a ball, close my eyes and go to my happy place.

I wish I could chase with you guys again, but doesn't look like I can pull that much time off. I may chase on the bike and Day 1 and meet you guys in BoLA. What say you Capt. Bob?
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:34 PM   #78
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Maybe Allan will post this on the thread?
I just returned home from the top secret desert location where John Jr., Chris and I were testing Honzilla and Lameinator in the sheeeet.... Honzilla started out harsh and hoppy but with some magic tweaking of the Ohlins clickers and some ride time she has smoothed considerably..... She also was pulling over 81 mph until I hit a patch of sand and Chris' Lameinator roost forced me to whoa her down. He reportedly went over 84 mph....... Honzilla was still pulling but I didn't want to bend her beautiful bones before the race.

If you all want to see the video previously mentioned in this thread it is located here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...64474051808614

and i have more vid and pics from our testing coming soon....
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:36 PM   #79
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some pics from Yesterday

So Chris and I met up at his compound near Santa Maria Friday and drove until 3am to Laughlin to hole up for the night. John Jr. was wrenching away until the wee hours of the night to make sure both bikes would be ready for some shake down riding Saturday in the Dez..... We ended up meeting up in Kingman AZ and headed out to find a spot to put some miles on the bikes.

Our purpose was three fold, to get some set up done on the bikes, finish breaking in the LAMEinator and get Chris familiar with riding a vintage bike fast. We know he is speedy on his modern bike but this is a whole different world.

I think the biggest thing with riding these bikes is the level of attention you have to pay to every moment. you cant let inattentiveness allow the bike to get out of sorts. Every second you have to be damping down oscillations and keeping things from getting out of hand. For me this is the challenge of riding a bike like this through the desert. On my modern WR I can let the suspension soak up the terrain and never really have to sweat the small stuff. With Honzilla specifically it is the small stuff that will come back to bite you. Those little rocks that pop the rear up ever so slightly tend to get you out of shape and need instant correction.

Last year we had rear shocks that didn't want to play nice, we found out after the race they would have worked great if we would have had a 500 pound rider...... to say they were a little stiff is an understatement.

Well this year John and John have outdone themselves, the new Ohlins shocks on the rear of Honzilla are worth their weight in gold. After a few trips to the clickers she is working better than can be hoped for. We took some video of our testing and there is a marked difference between what we started with on set up and where we are now.


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Old 04-15-2013, 05:28 AM   #80
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:08 AM   #81
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Looks like Owen could be a contender! Just registered him for Honzilla 888, so that is great news!
Working on registering Danny as crew next
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:20 PM   #82
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Thumb Shirts and Steekers arrived

Shirts and Steekers arrived!! They came out pretty good
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:56 PM   #83
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Owen enters the LAMEco Zone
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:59 PM   #84
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:37 AM   #85
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Good luck guys. Drink some beers for me
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:56 PM   #86
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I love this!

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LAMEco's foam cutter deserves a little explaining. Imagine a 5" long 2x4 with a hack saw blade wrapped around it. Then clamp jumper cables on each end & hook it to a charged car battery. Viola! Your blade just turned cherry red & is in danger of melting. What to do? We need a rheostat. Turn down the amperage. This is where the bucket of salt water came in. Never underestimate LAMEco's abilities of it's resident geek genius's. It almost worked! In actuality there was much yelling, ON ,OFF,ON!!!, etc, etc. Got to say a red hot saw blade goes through foam like shit through a goose.
Copious amounts of adult libations must have been included!
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:19 PM   #87
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SHake Down Video from last weekend

This is THE VIDEO from last weekend. I have to say that blue bike is amazing and Honzilla is much improved. We played with the clickers and really got it dialed. Can't wait for the race to start.

Talk about a small world. Today I was at my favorite local MX store, Zoom Cycle in Santa Clara talking to Dan about the race when the guy next to me introduces himself as Craig and is the owner/rider for the Yamaha IT465 racing against us. Unreal! Funny part is he is still sourcing parts and putting his bike together like we were last year.


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Old 04-21-2013, 12:03 PM   #88
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If it wasn't for bad luck......

Yesterday during some last minute rider/ bike familiarization, the Lameinator shit the bed.




Oil loss killed almost everything inside.


Good news is I have(I guess I should say had) a pristine TT with a nice untouched original engine. So, we are going to reseal, ring and dupont overhaul the TT's engine. Hopefully she will be ready for the race. Looks like we will once again be seating rings on the lakebed.

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Old 04-21-2013, 04:50 PM   #89
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Yesterday during some last minute rider/ bike familiarization, the Lameinator shit the bed.




Oil loss killed almost everything inside.


Good news is I have(I guess I should say had) a pristine TT with a nice untouched original engine. So, we are going to reseal, ring and dupont overhaul the TT's engine. Hopefully she will be ready for the race. Looks like we will once again be seating rings on the lakebed.

-John
The Lameinator will run again & will be at the lake bed come Sunday morn!
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:35 AM   #90
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The Lameinator will run again & will be at the lake bed come Sunday morn!
good thing you have a spare motor!
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