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Old 04-26-2013, 08:07 AM   #496
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Bike is looking great and I am glad the weather has been good. It is supposed to be beautiful the next couple of days. It is gorgeous right now here, 30-40 north of you.

This time of year we often get that morning gloom, overcast, heavy dew but it usually burns off by 10 or 11 o'clock.

Keep us posted on how it runs and handles. Sure looks good.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:22 PM   #497
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Well, it's bad news for the CB. It ran great on an 80 mile test ride through the SoCal back roads (great roads, btw) and got 32 mpg, which isn't great, but with the extra fuel packs it's good enough for Mexico.

Firing the bike up before tech inspection on Saturday, it made a pretty aweful noise, kind of like a ducati clutch. So we pulled the clutch cover in the parking lot of the hotel and discovered that the actuator lever was dragging on the clutch basket sometimes depending on the pull on the clutch, so we fixed it and pulled it back together.

Sunday, it ran perfectly on the first special stage. It was a few miles of soft sandy trails followed by a long run on dry lakebed. The bike handled better than a 400# bike ought to in sand, and really really well on the lake bed.

Two miles into the first transit the motor locked up on the highway, and that was the end of the riding. We tried to fix it on the side of the road, but couldn't get anywhere, so trailered it to the first day's finish at Bay of LA and worked on it all night. We freed the motor up enough that we could disassemble the top end, and it all looked ok By about 1:30 am we had pulled the top end, unstuck the rings (so we though), put it back together and fired it up.

The next morning we got up for the start and after getting ready to go, took the bike for a quick test ride before starting the special. It made it about 100 feet and locked up solid again. Allan and I spent the morning tearing the motor down again, and it turned out that the third con rod had come apart and the crank bearings had seized. There was no way for us to fix that, so that was the end of the race.

We stashed the bike in a storage yard in Loreto and drove with the race to support Oregoncoast in his Subaru.

I was pretty gutted by the whole thing for the last couple of days, but when the bike gets back in a couple of weeks I'll tear into the motor and see what happened.

No pictures yet, I have some video of the first stage that I'll put up when I get to a decent internet connection, and Allan will have some pictures when he finishes driving home; it's now vacation time, so that will be at a much slower pace than the drive down.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:28 PM   #498
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Well, it's bad news for the CB. It ran great on an 80 mile test ride through the SoCal back roads (great roads, btw) and got 32 mpg, which isn't great, but with the extra fuel packs it's good enough for Mexico.

Firing the bike up before tech inspection on Saturday, it made a pretty aweful noise, kind of like a ducati clutch. So we pulled the clutch cover in the parking lot of the hotel and discovered that the actuator lever was dragging on the clutch basket sometimes depending on the pull on the clutch, so we fixed it and pulled it back together.

Sunday, it ran perfectly on the first special stage. It was a few miles of soft sandy trails followed by a long run on dry lakebed. The bike handled better than a 400# bike ought to in sand, and really really well on the lake bed.

Two miles into the first transit the motor locked up on the highway, and that was the end of the riding. We tried to fix it on the side of the road, but couldn't get anywhere, so trailered it to the first day's finish at Bay of LA and worked on it all night. We freed the motor up enough that we could disassemble the top end, and it all looked ok By about 1:30 am we had pulled the top end, unstuck the rings (so we though), put it back together and fired it up.

The next morning we got up for the start and after getting ready to go, took the bike for a quick test ride before starting the special. It made it about 100 feet and locked up solid again. Allan and I spent the morning tearing the motor down again, and it turned out that the third con rod had come apart and the crank bearings had seized. There was no way for us to fix that, so that was the end of the race.

We stashed the bike in a storage yard in Loreto and drove with the race to support Oregoncoast in his Subaru.

I was pretty gutted by the whole thing for the last couple of days, but when the bike gets back in a couple of weeks I'll tear into the motor and see what happened.

No pictures yet, I have some video of the first stage that I'll put up when I get to a decent internet connection, and Allan will have some pictures when he finishes driving home; it's now vacation time, so that will be at a much slower pace than the drive down.
When we heard the news Jani was almost in tears and we were both pretty upset. Bummer! No matter what, you did build an amazing machine and it proved itself at the D100 and apparently at Laguna Salada. Engines do fail, it just happens.

Anyway, the main thing is you are all safe, nothing else really matters all that much. See you soon and enjoy your vacation, there is always another race!
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:09 AM   #499
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Bummer dude. Come home safe and we'll fix it.
I bet that first special was worth the price of admission.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:39 AM   #500
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Awe, sorry to hear that Luke.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:54 AM   #501
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Bummed to read about the news. The bike can be fixed and luckily you did not get hurt when things went south, could have been a lot worse.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:05 AM   #502
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That stinks Luke. Good for you for trying to fix last minute, some things you just need to throw in the towel and enjoy the rest of your vacation and support your buddies.

I'm sure you will be back in action soon.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:29 AM   #503
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Luke, like the other have said bummer about the bike but glad you didn't crash. I was super disappointed when I saw the bike wasn't moving and I kept thinking you would pull out of it. I was even more disappointed when I discovered the bike was out of the race. I'm sure no where near as disapppointed as you were though.

It completed the Desert 100 and got started on the M1K which is great on it's own. You built an amazing machine.

Enjoy your vacation.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:51 AM   #504
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Thanks for sharing Luke, congratulations for running your custom built bike in Mexico! Just making it down there, and finishing the first special was quite an accomplishment. Sounds like quite and adventure!
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:56 AM   #505
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I must ask, didn't you have a spare motor I case of this? I thought I remembered reading about you building a backup engine. Not that it changes much, or that you'd have had the time to swap it in to finish, I was just curious about that detail. Next time you race this bike it's goi got do some serious damage to the competition instead of to itself.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:53 PM   #506
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Looking forward to that race footage after some much deserved vacation time
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:09 PM   #507
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Just read the thread today, thanks for taking all the extra time to post, a helluva story, hopin' for the best for you and your guys on this project and the ones sure to come....
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:06 AM   #508
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Luke, amazing effort for the last few months and the days in Mexico. You pulled off quite the feat with that bike. Bummer what happened. Better to have tried and failed, than to have never tried. There's always next year.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:08 AM   #509
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bugger, i'm sure you'll smash them next time.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:09 PM   #510
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Luke's Return...

I'm happy to report that Luke (and all our other Outta Sight friends) made it home safe and sound!

Friday night Luke pulled in;



Time to unload;





Checking out the cool onboard refueling system, Luke reports that it worked great;



Ok, time for Luke to get on here and start sharing some of those stories!

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