Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field - Home of the Chicago Cubs

Monday, June 25, 2012

It's Alive!

Yup, breathed life into the "field find" tonight. There was alot of smoke and debris flying, but it sounded and felt pretty strong. I think it's the first time it's ran in over 4 years? Got a few things to check off of the list before it sees daylight, like bleed the front brakes, change the front rocker o-rings, etc... It's a big relief to see it get to this point.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Wiring still sucks worse...

Ran all new oil lines on the field find tonight. Sounds easy enough, huh? Usually, you have a supply, return, vent, and a filter somewhere in the mix. On an old shovel, you have all of those, they're in retarded, difficult places (had to remove the rear wheel to get to most of them), you have to supply the primary with a T off of the oil bag vent line that runs to the case (that's how it's drawn in 2 different manuals), the primary has a return back to the case, a seperate case vent line that's supposed to hook up with the breather for filtered air (F that), and you gotta make sure nothing is gunna rub or drag. It's like eating ribs... don't even bother cleaning up, or even using a rag, or napkin, until you're completely done. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Curt's bday last sunday

Got my custom, the shovel and my dad's heritage out last weekend with my dad and my buddy Argo. Took the long way around everywhere we went because it was so nice. Hope everyone out there with a bike is taking advantage of the sweet ass weather we've been having lately!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Tedious Shit...

Pretty much had to wire this bike from scratch. Adapted late model hand controls to old stuff. Finished it tonight. We have spark! woo hoo! 
- front and rear blinkers
- front and rear fender running lights
- fog lamps
- 2 hidden switches
- brake sensors on front and rear brakes
- horn
- stock electronic ignition with module
All buttons, switches and lights function as they should!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

K.C.I.R. - R.I.P.

The top video was my second run. It was early in the night, the track wasn't tacky yet, and my rear tire was still at 25 psi. I completely broke loose off the line, but it sounds cool!

The second video was my last run. 12.4 at 107 mph. Track was super tacky and 18 psi in the rear. I know what to expect now and I know what I will do differently next time. A big thanks to my uncle Craig for recording these with his cell phone! Gotta love technology.

I've been wanting to take my custom out to KCIR ever since I finished it, but hadn't gotten around to it. All of the talk around town in the Summer of 2011 was about how "the man" was going to shut the track down. My bike is well broken in now and I had to act in case "the man" prevailed. I made it out there in the fall of 2011. I had never run a vehicle of any kind down an official drag strip, but figured I would give it hell and hope for the best. I told everyone that I would be happy if the bike ran in the 13's and would be really stoked with a 12. My first pass, out of 6, clocked in at a 12.2 at 108 mph. After that, I thought for sure I would hit an 11 before the end of the night. After experimenting with tire pressure, launch rpm, different lanes, 4th and 5th gear, not knowing how the track reacts later in the night, and just flat out rider error, I was unable to top my first run, aww daaang! Overall, the bike ran great, nothing broke, and I didn't die. I'm sooo stoked that I got to run down the same track as guys like Big Daddy Don Garlits, John Force and Evil Kenevil. Built in 1967, KCIR was officially shut down in November 2011.