Who said there would be no math in the Motorcycle Cannonball? Tonight I tried to figure out a happy medium with a single-speed final drive. Too tall, good for Oklahoma, sucks in Colorado! Too low, dead in the hills! I went from a 3.84 to a 4.38. Not quite a sidecar gear, but close!
I finished the 1915 and it is on the way to the Michael Lichter 'Naked Truth' show at the Legendary Buffalo Chip in Sturgis. It will be on display with 34 other bikes in thew raw from all over the world. When it returns, I will race it at Davenport and then begin the process of tearing it down and painting it for next years Cannonball.
Got the frame back to day from the master Mr. Lange. he had to tweak a few things I was afraid to conquer on my own. Sometimes it is better left to have Yoda lift the X-Wing out of the swamp until you are ready... Everything else is fitting up great and now it will be a bit of a scramble to get it ready for the Naked Truth Show in Sturgis at the Buffalo Chip. Come see it!
We officially threw our proverbial "Hat in the Ring" this weekend.
Part of the official entry into the next Motorcycle Cannonball requires each potential participant to create a short one-two minute film highlighting your build and a bit of background for PR purposes. Team member Cassidy created and edited this film for us and uploaded it to YouTube yesterday.
During the last Cannonball the biggest problem I encountered was days with large hills. The single speed, single cylinder bike didn't lend much to tackling large hills. The only way to adjust gearing is to change out countershaft sprockets or engine sprockets. As it turned out I ended up running the smallest engine sprocket to get the most out of the bike ad it still wasn't enough. The rear clutch hub has a replaceable rear sprocket, unfortunately the only factory rear sprocket is 44 tooth. It turns out the fellows at Competition Distributing made a few 47 and 500 tooth rear sprockets as an afterthought. They never finished them and never went to market. Last week they put a couple on eBay and I was lucky enough to win the pair for $11.00. Today I made them fit, beveled the teeth, indexed them for fit to the hub and stamped them for teeth number, off to the plater tomorrow. Look out Wolf Creek Pass, here I come!
Well... we did it, once again we will throw our hat in the ring and run in next years "Race of the Century" motorcycle Cannonball from Atlantic City NJ. to San Diego, CA. Stay tuned to this blog and visit us on Facebook to keep up on our build progress on the twin. Here are some pics of the 2010 Cannonball we ran the 1914 single in. We can't wait!