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Discussion in 'Racing' started by azcagiva, Jan 27, 2013.
Good stuff John!! Keep the pics coming for those of us living baja vicariously thru you guys!
she's a beauty!
You have outdone yourself. last year that was a sexy old school beast.....now with the new Ohlins shocks and the svelte seat it's even better! Can't wait to G-out those shocks and not get launched to the moon......
Hey HalfFast, I agree your shiner was EPIC, But as your source of DNA, I can tell all readers that your brain has been scrambled for years! Looking forward to being a chase driver & pit slave.
see you in about a week.
OMG EPIC is you posting your very first post in our thread!!!!! and they say you cant teach an old dog new tricks....
I guess now we have to upgrade your status from professional lurker. See you soon Pops!
In classic half-assed fashion, we have ordered steekers and shirts in the nic of time for the race :tb
In looking over Honzilla we noticed that the upper shock studs were bent from last year. So we cut the mounts off and after some work with a grinder and other metal flinging tools, welded them back on straight. We were able to move the mounts up and forward a bit.
Here is an after pic, forgot to get a before.
Should be ready for one last shakedown ride this weekend.
Oh and I think I predicted the shirt deal in one of my first posts.
Nice upgrades John!!! I bet she rides like a "big boned San Felipe philly" now.
Hey Bob, she is much better than last year. I have even taken the scary out of the suburban too.
Every so often I wake up in a cold sweat. Usually its the part of the dream right as the Suburban is rolling into some remote canyon, and I cant get out because all my luggage is on top of me :eek1.
Good to see all the progress, you guys should do great this year. Remember how she used to look?
Let me know if you need any help, I may have that week off.
Maybe Allan will post this on the thread?
Listen Buddy, I was driving & you were never in any danger. That's my story & I'm sticking to it.
I wish I could be there with you guys! Good luck amigos!
I love this!
I think driving the Suburban at speed was the scariest thing. As a passenger I could tuck into a ball, close my eyes and go to my happy place.
I wish I could chase with you guys again, but doesn't look like I can pull that much time off. I may chase on the bike and Day 1 and meet you guys in BoLA. What say you Capt. Bob?
I just returned home from the top secret desert location where John Jr., Chris and I were testing Honzilla and Lameinator in the sheeeet.... Honzilla started out harsh and hoppy but with some magic tweaking of the Ohlins clickers and some ride time she has smoothed considerably..... She also was pulling over 81 mph until I hit a patch of sand and Chris' Lameinator roost forced me to whoa her down. He reportedly went over 84 mph....... Honzilla was still pulling but I didn't want to bend her beautiful bones before the race.
If you all want to see the video previously mentioned in this thread it is located here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200807499491327&l=8831764474051808614
and i have more vid and pics from our testing coming soon....
So Chris and I met up at his compound near Santa Maria Friday and drove until 3am to Laughlin to hole up for the night. John Jr. was wrenching away until the wee hours of the night to make sure both bikes would be ready for some shake down riding Saturday in the Dez..... We ended up meeting up in Kingman AZ and headed out to find a spot to put some miles on the bikes.
Our purpose was three fold, to get some set up done on the bikes, finish breaking in the LAMEinator and get Chris familiar with riding a vintage bike fast. We know he is speedy on his modern bike but this is a whole different world.
I think the biggest thing with riding these bikes is the level of attention you have to pay to every moment. you cant let inattentiveness allow the bike to get out of sorts. Every second you have to be damping down oscillations and keeping things from getting out of hand. For me this is the challenge of riding a bike like this through the desert. On my modern WR I can let the suspension soak up the terrain and never really have to sweat the small stuff. With Honzilla specifically it is the small stuff that will come back to bite you. Those little rocks that pop the rear up ever so slightly tend to get you out of shape and need instant correction.
Last year we had rear shocks that didn't want to play nice, we found out after the race they would have worked great if we would have had a 500 pound rider...... to say they were a little stiff is an understatement.
Well this year John and John have outdone themselves, the new Ohlins shocks on the rear of Honzilla are worth their weight in gold. After a few trips to the clickers she is working better than can be hoped for. We took some video of our testing and there is a marked difference between what we started with on set up and where we are now.