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#868086 01/04/2022 1:32 PM
by Mike Baker
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The roadracing season starts this coming weekend in Daytona. I've not raced here yet so hoping all goes well- have heard plenty of horror stories about vintage bikes that meet their end on the high banks. The 650 is geared tall and jetted up and I'll keep a close eye on the tach and 1 finger on the clutch.
The usual suspects will be there, all good racers and fun to be on the track with.
And a week in Florida after the race with my better half. It's good to be retired.......
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#868746 Jan 11th a 01:12 PM
by Mike Baker
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Daytona didn't disappoint. Pretty good turnout, I think I heard 330 entries. Perfect weather.
Both Bill and Dave Kaufman were no show due to the flurona. That left me, Stan K, Greg T on Triunphs and John R on his fast Norton.
Friday went out for 4 practice sessions. I had put a 20t front sprocket on and left the 46 on the back. Also had jetted up from 180 to 200. First round went easy trying to get the feel of the track. Came in, checked plugs went to 210's. Next time out wicked it up a bit, and went to 220's. Finally went to 230's before I saw a little color on the plugs. At this point I decided to see what the bike would do, held it at 7k all the way around the banking. coming off nascar 1, into the wind, I could hold it almost wide open but off turn 2 with the wind I was at about 2/3 throttle. Conclusion- not enough gear. For similar conditions in the future I think a 21/46 would be about right. In any case, I've never had the triumph run that fast for so long before. If my math is correct, it ran 119mph at 7k. there'd be more if I had the gears, it certainly had power enough to pull taller. All a learning experience.
AFA racing went, I got a great start on Sat only to get into traffic on turn 1 and watch the Norton get around me. And proceed to stretch out his lead. Had a brief challenge from Stan on the triton but was able to get away and open up my lead on him. Greg shredded a belt and barely finished the race.
Sunday, Greg and his new belt got the holeshot, but it wasn't long before John got around him and ran away again. Stan had some sort of trouble on the start and didn't race. I bird dogged Greg for a lap and got a great drive out of the chicane/ bus stop and never looked back. So a couple of second place finishes for my weekend.
Would have been nice to have the Matchless and BSA there, hopefully next time.
Roebling in 5 weeks. Get healthy, y'all.
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