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MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE / Team Forstall Loring Maine Event 2021
« Last post by Frank06 on July 19, 2021, 04:48:02 AM »
Good seeing you there Dean, nice report!

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MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE / Re: Team Forstall Loring Maine Event 2021
« Last post by Portchop on July 18, 2021, 10:13:17 PM »
Great write up Dean, I had such a great time crewing with you at this event, and congratulations on your stout record!!
« Last post by zrxdean on July 18, 2021, 01:01:42 PM »
Ditto Mark, Bill was with us, like always. RIP
MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE / Team Forstall Loring Maine Event 2021
« Last post by zrxdean on July 18, 2021, 12:45:40 PM »
Hello folks, here’s the Team Forstall report from the Loring Maine Event 2021. Steve Knecum burned all the candles from both ends for a long time to get 3 bikes ready to race. Steve rode the just-built 1349cc Production Busa (current record 211.0 by RansomT at Loring in 2009), Mark DeLuca rode the 1649cc Production ZX14R (current record 217.6), and I was lucky enough to ride a WICKED 1649cc naked NA bike, the Streaker. All conceived by Larry, and built by Steve.

The Streaker burns gasoline, but since Steve already had the AG-1650 records, the bike was entered in AF-1650. The goal for this bike was to top the fastest NA naked speed of 218.2, held by RyanO at Beeville in 2013.

The weather was predicted to be mixed / rainy, with tailwind on Wednesday, shifting to crosswind as the week went on. Racing started at 2pm Wed, and we all made shakedown passes, but the computers were glitchy and we didn’t get our speeds until later. We cooled down the bikes, looked at data, and prepped for full runs. Riding the Streaker is like being launched out of a cannon, the bike is really light and makes a ton of torque, so there is just no way to get to WOT until the middle of third. No boost to turn down on this beast!

The second pass I was a bit more prepared, tried to be smooth, and focused on keeping my helmet on the tank so I could see the dash a little. After shutdown I pull up to Steve on the return road and he is grinning. “Man that thing sounds so f**king awesome coming down the track”  Tom Shaeffer (700+ records) pulled up on his Motus and held up one hand: 2 fingers, then 2 fingers, then 4 fingers!  It went 224!!!  Hell yeah!!!  Steve and I were ecstatic.

Mark went by next, sounding silky smooth, and clipped the PP record too. Steve’s pass was strong but the tuneup needed tweaking, the bike had never been on a dyno. Not bad for the first day.

Thursday was 20 degrees hotter and the tailwind was gone. We tweaked the bikes, and Steve got the 1350 to within a half mph of the record, but the conditions weren’t there. If he could have run with that tuneup on Wed, he would have had it for sure. He will go back in September in the cool air and try again.

We saw a bunch of good folks, including Tim Kelly & Joe Daly, Joe & Donna Timney, Don Haas and Scott Horner (who went 233 on a shakedown on Don’s bike before the trans went) and lots of others. We met Team Keselowski who went an unreal 269 in their unblown nitrous 355ci Cup car.  Good times.

Thanks to Larry for making it all possible, Steve for building the baddest engines on the planet, and the Loring folks for a great event.
« Last post by Portchop on July 17, 2021, 05:01:54 PM »
Bill was a amazing man, I truly believe he kept us all safe this past week, thank you Bill!! God Seed..
« Last post by Landspeed Larry on July 17, 2021, 07:03:23 AM »
Ten years ago this morning Bill Warner fired up his blue bullet and let it warm. Finally ready, the starter signaled track clear and off he went. 22 seconds later the historic "first bike over 300" was heard. A decade later it is still the fastest and still amazing. These achievements are not done alone but Bill was closer to being a one man show than most. He spent months making the body with nothing but jars of resin and sheets of glass mat. No molds just painstaking glue and sand until perfect. He did all the electronics and tuning spending many days learning MoTec from online tutorials. Add assembly, plumbing and painting ($30 of Rustoleum on sale at Home Depot). He wisely chose his friend Steve Knecum to build the engine. It takes someone special to pilot such a machine but that story must wait. Our team had a great meet this week with five records and a new naked all motor record. I hope Dean will post more.  LSL  :tu: :tu:
DRAG RACING / Re: Stack Height?
« Last post by Abusive on July 13, 2021, 01:37:42 PM »
DRAG RACING / Re: Stack Height?
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DRAG RACING / Re: Stack Height?
« Last post by RansomT on July 06, 2021, 11:28:36 AM »
Use the stock clutch without the thick steels or fibers.  No 2 steels together.
BIKE TALK / Re: Gen 3s appear to actually have more hp than gen 2s
« Last post by ADMIN on July 04, 2021, 06:50:56 PM »
That's really smooth!
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