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Folks,

Before the story gets told incorrectly I want to explain it here first. Went to Mosport this past weekend. Friday and Saturday the weather was perfect. Friday at Mosport is a practice day and also a block of time is set aside for the Endurance race. Bob Balla offered me a ride on his srx yamaha in the race. So Bob, Joe Ruth, Rick Snyder and myself had a very respectable showing. BFD graciously agreed to do the scoring.

But that's not the problem. The problem all started when I didn't bother to bring enough gas to the track for the weekend. Friday my bike ran great. I felt like I was back up to speed from before my accident. Saturday I went to the track vendor to buy some gas before my practice sessions. After adding the Canadian gas I went to the track to get a couple of laps in before my heat races. After being so happy with the way the bike ran on Friday the bike ran awful on Saturday. I was convinced the gas was the problem. I drained the carbs and found some small crap in them so I removed both carbs and cleaned them completly. I drained my tank to get rid of the crappy Canadian gas. I also bought some extra gas from Phil Turkington and used that for my heat race. I didn't have any practice sessions left but was sure that I fixed the problem. In my heat race I started from the 11th row but got up to fourth place at the end. Just ahead of Phil Turkington so I was feeling pretty good. But the bike was still running pretty bad. On the long back straight the bike would get to 9k rpm and then just fall flat on it's face. In corners under a little throttle the motor would be breaking up. So back to the pits and remove the carbs once more. cleaned out a little crap but it didn't seem like enough to make a difference. But didn't have a lot of time before my next heat race. This heat race had 54 bikes. Two waves. I couldn't even see the starter from where I was on the grid in the second wave. I just went when everyone else did. I ended up finishing 17th overall, 11th in my class. Which was my bump up class. With a crappy running bike. Back to the pits and a few of us started tearing things apart. Once the carbs were cleaned for the third time to no difference. We started attacking the electrical system since it seemed like one side was running much richer than the other. Rabbie Demetrious loaned me his spare PVL coil to try on the bad side. No difference. We swapped the leads from the stator and moved the plug wires to opposite sides. We expected to see the bad side move to the other side of the motor. But still no difference. By this time there were four people working on this thing coming up with everything from valves being too tight to timing off. After about three hours of screwing with this thing Marty Yannerilla reaches down to the right side carb and asks if these Hondas run better with the choke turned off. Doh! Bike ran like a champ again on Sunday and I take back everything I said about the crappy Canadian gas.

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Craig,
Boy that sounded frustrating!!! BUT....... Pretty darn Funny<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Craig,
Boy that sounded frustrating!!! BUT....... Pretty darn Funny<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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I guess I must come forward and match Craig's honesty with a story of my own lapse.
This was my first time at Mosport and boy did I have a eye opening first day of practices trying to remember where the track went. The sidecar was running well and I've never been WFO in top gear before on it so this was really a wild experience, even though I couldn't match the usual suspects at the front. At the end of the last practice I picked up a vibration in the motor at Moss corner, enough to shake the entire rig. Went easy up the back staight, headed for the pits but it cleared up before we commited to come in so I kept going but didn't make another complete lap. Bad shudder in the motor with crappy idle.
In the pits I check valve clearance, timing, fuel supply, spark and it's all there. Still shuddering, but in the group of people standing around sharing my confusion was some Canadien who barely spoke english that pulled a carb vacuum gauge out of his car that stood 3 feet tall at least and looked just like a hookah. Turned out all the full throttle time yanked a cable way out of adjustment. Problem solved...?
First practice Saturday morning after a couple of laps it starts to cut out again but so I pull in but just as a guess turn up the fuel pressure regulator and problem solved! We start the heat race and it's going well but about halfway through the motor dies at Moss corner again.
Getting towed in behind the crash truck sucks.
More work in the pits leads me to believe the pressure regulator crapped out and is blocking fuel supply. Nobody has a spare. As I'm getting directions to the car parts store in town the guy asked if I put gas in it. Doh! is right. Never used so much fuel before! Had a lot of fun in the race. Got asked ALOT if I had a full tank the rest of the day.
Craig and I swore to never tell the others secret. I feel relieved now coming out in the open
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I guess I must come forward and match Craig's honesty with a story of my own lapse.
This was my first time at Mosport and boy did I have a eye opening first day of practices trying to remember where the track went. The sidecar was running well and I've never been WFO in top gear before on it so this was really a wild experience, even though I couldn't match the usual suspects at the front. At the end of the last practice I picked up a vibration in the motor at Moss corner, enough to shake the entire rig. Went easy up the back staight, headed for the pits but it cleared up before we commited to come in so I kept going but didn't make another complete lap. Bad shudder in the motor with crappy idle.
In the pits I check valve clearance, timing, fuel supply, spark and it's all there. Still shuddering, but in the group of people standing around sharing my confusion was some Canadien who barely spoke english that pulled a carb vacuum gauge out of his car that stood 3 feet tall at least and looked just like a hookah. Turned out all the full throttle time yanked a cable way out of adjustment. Problem solved...?
First practice Saturday morning after a couple of laps it starts to cut out again but so I pull in but just as a guess turn up the fuel pressure regulator and problem solved! We start the heat race and it's going well but about halfway through the motor dies at Moss corner again.
Getting towed in behind the crash truck sucks.
More work in the pits leads me to believe the pressure regulator crapped out and is blocking fuel supply. Nobody has a spare. As I'm getting directions to the car parts store in town the guy asked if I put gas in it. Doh! is right. Never used so much fuel before! Had a lot of fun in the race. Got asked ALOT if I had a full tank the rest of the day.
Craig and I swore to never tell the others secret. I feel relieved now coming out in the open
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OK. I can tell you about the dick border guard. I pull up to the booth last night. I had to open my door since I'm a motorcycle racer and can't afford to get my power windows fixed. All my money goes to my motorcycle habit. First thing he asks is, "why I didn't open my window?" Like I just broke the first rule of border invasion. Then I hand him my Sheriff's ID and my official stamped seal birth certificate. I have both of these in my van at all times because of one other trip north of the border when I was told that I needed to carry these with me at all times by the previous overzealous border guard I delt with. So this bozo asks me for my driver's license. I responded quite nicely that a driver's license only proves that I can drive, it dosen't prove my citizenship. That was a quote from the last border guard. I was waiting several years to use that. At that point he told me that unless I produced my driver's license I could be ticketed for driving without a license and how would I like that. Whatever. So then I get the normal questions about the contents of my van. You could see his eyes light up when I told him I was at a motorcycle race in Canada. At that point he wants the keys to my van so he can check the contents of the back. After checking the contents and handing me my keys back I asked him if he had relocked my doors like he had found them. And Doug Donelan was right behind me in the line and goes through without any problems. Maybe I need to get a CBGB's T-shirt like Doug's. No terrorist would wear one of those.
 

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OK. I can tell you about the dick border guard. I pull up to the booth last night. I had to open my door since I'm a motorcycle racer and can't afford to get my power windows fixed. All my money goes to my motorcycle habit. First thing he asks is, "why I didn't open my window?" Like I just broke the first rule of border invasion. Then I hand him my Sheriff's ID and my official stamped seal birth certificate. I have both of these in my van at all times because of one other trip north of the border when I was told that I needed to carry these with me at all times by the previous overzealous border guard I delt with. So this bozo asks me for my driver's license. I responded quite nicely that a driver's license only proves that I can drive, it dosen't prove my citizenship. That was a quote from the last border guard. I was waiting several years to use that. At that point he told me that unless I produced my driver's license I could be ticketed for driving without a license and how would I like that. Whatever. So then I get the normal questions about the contents of my van. You could see his eyes light up when I told him I was at a motorcycle race in Canada. At that point he wants the keys to my van so he can check the contents of the back. After checking the contents and handing me my keys back I asked him if he had relocked my doors like he had found them. And Doug Donelan was right behind me in the line and goes through without any problems. Maybe I need to get a CBGB's T-shirt like Doug's. No terrorist would wear one of those.
 

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Tex was there with his new bride. Think he'd introduce her to any of us racers? Hell no.

Maybe he's smarter than he looks.

But I don't know how he did in his races.
 

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Tex was there with his new bride. Think he'd introduce her to any of us racers? Hell no.

Maybe he's smarter than he looks.

But I don't know how he did in his races.
 

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Sounds like you guys had mostly a good time.
Wish I could have been there.

I woulda seen the choke before Marty :)
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Sounds like you guys had mostly a good time.
Wish I could have been there.

I woulda seen the choke before Marty :)
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dit was a good weekend,amazing track,weather was good. i'll give my border report. i rode up with BFD, if you havent met him he is somewhat quiet, when he speaks i usually lean in to listen cause its bound to be fairly intelligent....... until we got to the border. guard checks our papers and now its time for the quiz. is this your truck? yes. so- you do brick,block and stone? yes. tell me, what is the best brick bond pattern? daaaaaaaa for a walk, herringbone is good. right then bill erupts laughing-loud. i figure i said something dum, the guard stares at him so i yell why is that so f**kin funny- he says i dont know it just is and keeps laughing. i turn back and the guard cracked a smile and said have a nice night. hmmm herringbone not funny joe ruth uscra#788
 

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dit was a good weekend,amazing track,weather was good. i'll give my border report. i rode up with BFD, if you havent met him he is somewhat quiet, when he speaks i usually lean in to listen cause its bound to be fairly intelligent....... until we got to the border. guard checks our papers and now its time for the quiz. is this your truck? yes. so- you do brick,block and stone? yes. tell me, what is the best brick bond pattern? daaaaaaaa for a walk, herringbone is good. right then bill erupts laughing-loud. i figure i said something dum, the guard stares at him so i yell why is that so f**kin funny- he says i dont know it just is and keeps laughing. i turn back and the guard cracked a smile and said have a nice night. hmmm herringbone not funny joe ruth uscra#788
 

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Hey guys, it was a great weekend and using lots of gas is the norm at Mosport. Kinda catches you off guard, don't realize you running top gear, wfo on 4/5ths of the track. The head wind coming up the back straight can knock the hell out of your top end speed and really burn fuel too!
Now for pictures, here's a couple of links to the VRRA website with amatuer pics, don't know if there's any of you guys but it's all I could find.
http://www.vrra.ca/board/viewtopic.php?t=4660
http://www.vrra.ca/board/viewtopic.php?t=4680
I go by the handle BANDIT and my number is 999, I ride a P2 Honda 350, this was my bike before going off at the top of 5. The last picture is the reason my bike ran crappy on one cylinder, wasn't bad gas, wasn't choke, it was a piece of gravel jammed into my main jet. Finally figured it out and ran my last race on Sunday. Bikes scraped up a bit and I'm turning purple in a couple of places, but hey, I'd do it again tomorrow!





If tomorrow really is the first day of the rest of my life....does that mean all the shit I do today can't be held against me?

Edited by - BANDIT on Aug 23 2006 10:51:45 PM
 

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Hey guys, it was a great weekend and using lots of gas is the norm at Mosport. Kinda catches you off guard, don't realize you running top gear, wfo on 4/5ths of the track. The head wind coming up the back straight can knock the hell out of your top end speed and really burn fuel too!
Now for pictures, here's a couple of links to the VRRA website with amatuer pics, don't know if there's any of you guys but it's all I could find.
http://www.vrra.ca/board/viewtopic.php?t=4660
http://www.vrra.ca/board/viewtopic.php?t=4680
I go by the handle BANDIT and my number is 999, I ride a P2 Honda 350, this was my bike before going off at the top of 5. The last picture is the reason my bike ran crappy on one cylinder, wasn't bad gas, wasn't choke, it was a piece of gravel jammed into my main jet. Finally figured it out and ran my last race on Sunday. Bikes scraped up a bit and I'm turning purple in a couple of places, but hey, I'd do it again tomorrow!





If tomorrow really is the first day of the rest of my life....does that mean all the shit I do today can't be held against me?

Edited by - BANDIT on Aug 23 2006 10:51:45 PM
 

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Hehehe...cool, never seen a piece of garbage stuck in a main jet like that. Gotta lean that cylinder out some :), lucky you didn't toast something.
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