Howdy! Am I the only person glad to see the holidays go?
Back on topic: Shifting has become an issue as this thing gets faster. It has a linear style quickshifter on it now, but somewhat sloppy linkage combined with a sensitive pressure sensor is giving me issue under really high load.... like 4th and 5th gear wide open shifts miss more often than not, and the kill time bewtween gears is too long for my liking. The other problem is my feet: with high speed and acceleration going on, sitting as rearward as possible for aero, and me being 6'2", my feet are actually slightly -in front- of my center of balance.... I need to get my feet behind me to actually hold myself on this thing, or I end up pulling on the bars to stay on it. As it turns out, this is as bad an idea in drag/land speed as it is in road racing, and has led to more than one seat-tenting moment.
Solution: Air shifter & swingarm footpegs! I'm keeping the stock linkage/location to keep it 100% streetable, but I am going about 5 over on the arm to help with traction and give me some mounting room (The bike can't be over 60.5" to stay in the M class I race the bike in, so 5.5" is as far as I can go).
Like everything else on this bike, though, no one makes a bolt-on solution that works or is remotely affordable. Big shout out to MedicB for doing some research on this for the forum and posting it, as well as others over the years on other forums... you can buy the air cylinder and solenoid for under 70 bucks for the pair if you know the right part numbers (shops sell the same parts with their own stickers on them for 70-120 bucks EACH). I'm using an old 2lb nitrous bottle regulated down sane pressures, and using the horn as the shift button (kill times and delays run by the MS3Pro). Bracketing was a shit fest, so I made my own that allows it to be bolt on with no frame mods.... and I wanted it to look cool. :)
With any luck, running 2500psi bottle pressure and regulating it down to 160 will give me a lot of consistent shifts without having to refill bottles, and I can still foot/quickshift it with the horn button kill if it fails.
Pictures are a work in progress.... will post the finished pegs/bottle mounting when the right extensions show up.