My 2008 Race season

My 2008 Race season

PostBy: U235a4 On: Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:01 pm

Ok, where do I begin because it started crazy and ended crazy and for those that don't know I run Sport bikes with MARRC, Nesba, Team Promotion, Wera and CCS! Over the winter I was contracted by a friend to rebuild his race bike for our upcoming season, but do to a life changing event for him things moved slowly. It was spring till I got to it and had all the parts and with two weeks till our first race week end I took two weeks off work to do his bike since both of mine was ready. In that two week period something’s came up and we needed more parts but with three days till we would leave the bike was done but things took a turn for the worse. On the night that he came over it was real cold and windy so we had the heat on in the shop (which "WAS" a kerosene heater). We filled his bike with $40 worth of oil, and when he filled it with gas he ran some over didn't think anything about it (happen before) and when we were cleaning it up the fumes caught fire and when it was all said and done the bike was toast but we did manage to get a engulfed bike out of the shop and into the yard. By the time the fire hall showed up we had the bike out. So now we are two days out what to do, well I decided to let my friend use my 2nd race bike for the season since I trust him and he's a good rider. Well the first practice weekend went well and the following weekend was a race weekend and that also went well. During the first race weekend though my buddy was running left over (new) Dunlop D208Gpa race tires and the front tire started to come apart so since I'm sponsored by Bridgestone my friend was able to do some testing of the new BT003 race tires at the track and loved them. The following race weekend during end of May was packed full and by the end of a hot 4 day weekend your shot, but it turn out great. Now do to a cost overrun working on the house the race season come to an end but I continued to do track day and racer practice days thru September. Now we are at September and I was really looking forward to this weekend since it was a buddy of mines first time on the track. I spent most of the day helping him and after lunch I went back out to enjoy the ride, bird’s bugs and wildlife or did I. on the 2nd to last lap of the session at Turn 4 which is a downhill right turn after committing myself knee down around 120mph I caught a deer out of the corner of my eye and knew what was coming but I didn’t know how it was going to end so I pulled down harder to go behind and thought I made it but 2 inches of the rear hoof caught the fork leg and pulled the front out from under the bike. I slid about the length of two telephone poles and hit the air fence but I made it out with minor bruising muscle tears in my shoulder and headache BTW the helmet was toast. Anyways here are a few pictures and the Honda is on the way to recovery for next season which will be a long one since I’m doing beginning to end. For the bike nuts the 04 Kawasaki is super stock legal and the 04 Honda 1000rr is good only for superbike since it has a HRC WSBK spec motor and with 196hp@13,000rpm it’s a hand full.

Toasted R1
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Toasted R1
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Toasted house
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Toasted shed
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Failing Dunlop front side 1
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Failing Dunlop front side 2
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New Bridgestone BT003 front
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New Bridgestone BT003 rear
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The pits during the end of may race weekend
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braking zone of Turn 5
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Entering turn 5
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"Game on" Apex of turn 5 I'm the one in the middle
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Apex of turn 8
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And this is what cause the end of a good year
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Where the hoof caught
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Honda remains
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U235a4
 
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Re: My 2008 Race season

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:16 pm

DANG! I'm glad you came out of both stories with no major injury. Next year.... better luck should come your way. Thanks for sharing the story.
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Re: My 2008 Race season

PostBy: gambler On: Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:59 pm

I had to chuckle at the shed siding. :lol: even though it is not funny. I have seen that many times.

Glad only the bike had major damage.
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Re: My 2008 Race season

PostBy: Cap On: Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:43 pm

Wow, what a story! You'd think the deer would stay away from the noise of the bikes. :?:

I ride everyday. Well almost everyday, now that the weather is cooler. I rode this morning in 28F but only commute 10 miles. But I've been fortunate having never had a deer run out on me.
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Re: My 2008 Race season

PostBy: chemung On: Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:39 pm

Glad to hear no one was badly hurt in all cases. The blistering on that Dunlop looked serious. I never liked Dunlops for my Harley, too soft. Bridgstones are good tires (just my opinion). Are those tires cut specifically for racing? Where do you race?

Did the deer survive the accident? If yes was someone able to shoot it?
chemung