Sunday, January 28, 2007

Smallblock Head Guards

I am making smallblock Guzzi head guards. This was a prototype (It looked good on the computer monitor...) Good lord, but it came out ugly. Time for a redesign.


A big part of racing is promotion. Here's a stack of letters I just sent to potential sponsors.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Couldnt Catch Him- From Last Weekend at Willow.

Lap 1

Lap 2

Lap 3

Lap 4

Lap 5

I just couldn't catch that VF750...ridden by Russ Lomanto, 2005 Vintage Heavyweight class champion.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

January Racing

WSMC Results:
1st Place Vintage Lightweight
2nd Place Vintage Heavyweight

Not a bad way to start off the year...

Friday, January 19, 2007


That's frost! It's cold in L.A.!

Sunday, January 14, 2007


Don't you love it when all your bikes need tires at once? I think I mounted and balanced 7 tires in the past 2 days. Good thing I have a good guard dog to keep tire bandits at bay.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Astralites Done

I finally finished the front Astralite conversion. I think the Dymag was actually lighter. Yeesh.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Battered Bearings

Galled Conrod Bearings

Crank journals look good.

Smallblock Engine Monster

What a world, what a world...I pulled the engine from this little 10k mile V65 apart and found...bad stuff. Conrod bearings on one side show galling and fatigue. Mains look OK. Thrust bearings are shot, especially in the direction that takes up clutch actuation force. There are oiling updates from the factory for these bearings. There is also a oil pressure relief valve update. Perhaps the original system blew off at too low a pressure.This bike also tried to spin the square key slot on the oil pump on the round oil pump key. I can only pray that some hack was in there before and that the factory didnt release all these bikes like this. It seems that Guzzi really screwed the pooch with the smallblocks. Instead of doing the typical Italian 90% engineering job before they kicked the bike out the front door, they only did around a 70% job with the smallblocks. Oh well. With a few updates, the bike will run well and win races. Fader proved that that can be done.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

#1 Plate Pantah gets a front Astralite.

I've been running the same 17x3.0" front Dymag for the past 3 years. AHRMA changed rules to allow 3.5" front wheels, so I'm adding the front Astralite to match the rear.

Monday, January 01, 2007


Another racebike project. This one, a V65(C!) for AHRMA Vintage Superbike Middleweight class for 2007. 35mm Marzocchi forks installed. 17" wheels next...
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