So...figured I'd post a little mini update from the salt adventures. I am working on a better put together little 'short story', but a brief summary won't kill the mood, methinks.
We took three bikes to two, back-to-back events out on the salt. The SCTA (southern california timing association) put on Speed Week in early/mid-August, and the AMA/FIM put on Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, usually reffered to as 'BUBs'. I was mainly there to crew and do data/tuning on the other two bikes (both are turbo-Harley Dynas, one with a partially streamlined body and the other nekkid), but I did get a chance to run the 10R at both events as well.
Speedweek was pretty much a disaster as far as track conditions were concerned. It was either wet and slushy, or super bumpy with soft/deep ruts all over the courses. I had to do several license control passes as a rookie, and that combined with really long wait times ate up most of my time. Even with the limited seat time and flat-out scary conditions, I managed to get up to my B-license with a couple of 177mph passes. The body-on dyna bike was the fastest sit-down bike of the event with a 212mph, so that was a small plus, but we couldn't back the run up the next day in the deteriorating conditions.... the cars out there were absolutely destroying an already bad track. Both harley exhaust systems broke as well (not my work, thankfully), so that ended the event for us. Still, it felt good to just make it out of that event without crashing. It was obscenely difficult, and utterly humbling.
BUB's happened after a week break, and they managed to get the course mostly fixed... and there are no cars at BUBS! The whole event was much smaller, but immensely more enjoyable. All kinds of cool shit was out there... too much to put here. But the all-bike event just has that brotherly vibe that made it really enjoyable. There we set 3 AMA records, one for each bike. The body bike had hurt the turbo, but still managed to limp out a 222mph average run on the short course. The nekkid bike put up a average 175mph new record (one pass the wastegate clip rattled loose, so we had a 160ish pass averaged with a 180ish pass where it was kinda working), but the exhaust fell the rest of the way apart and we couldn't bump it higher. I stripped ALL the faring off the 'ol ZX so that I could run it in an 'Open Class' (meaning NO streamlining, and they consider any stock bodywork to be at least partial streamlining) in the 1000cc blown fuel. I put up a 178 up/down on a 162 record... my first AMA record.
Those passes where all I had time to do, and I never ran it any higher than wastegate pressure (just under 7psi). Honestly, I only ever got the bike WOT once for about 3 seconds on the last pass, otherwise it was always a part throttle spin fest (180mph exit speeds with 200ish mph rear wheel speeds). Without fairing on it that was a really motherfucker to do, but I think it had a high 180/low 190 in it like that if I could have got some more seat time and a little better track.... but I didn't want to mess up what I had right then, heheh. That, and my ass was BEAT! I need to get back into shape!
Anyway, it was a killer experience... and I'll be doing it again next year. I don't think this ZX will be going back out to the salt, but it will be haunting pavement venues when I get the time/funds. In the mean time, I have a few exhaust systems to build... and I going to make my own frame/chassis for a salt-only ZX powered abomination.... it's going to be a riot!