Monday, April 25, 2011

2011 AMRA Race

Remember the Endurance race I talked about in this post? It was this past weekend and holy crap it was a hoot and a half.

Same photographer
Same nasty watermark
This year I was able to race on the unbelievably capable Kawasaki. Sporting front disc brakes and deliciously stiff chassis, I felt like a machine on this machine. Last year's Honda XR was a blast, but on this thing I felt like I could actually win something!

Here's some sick footage of me carving it up!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Buttoned up

So I got everything put back together, ready to go for a test ride.

Put my gear on, start it up, let it warm up while I check everywhere for leaks, everything's good, jump on, click into first, and pull away. I'm thinking "Awwwwwww yea! Nailed it!"

But then I give it a bit more throttle and the whole thing bogs out and dies. I'm scared now. What'd I break, or what did I forget to put back?

Broke nothing, but I did forget to turn the fuel valve on. :D Bike runs like a dream!

Now might be a good time for a wash.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Everything's apart

Work continues on the CBR900RR transmission.

I got everything apart yesterday and had a chance to examine and compare the wear between old and new parts. It became very clear why the transmission popped out of second all the time. I guess this is all common for CBR900RR's of this era, and I believe you can buy "race" transmissions with custom shift drums and undercut gears. I don't have that much steeze, so I'll be replacing all of these with used parts.

Damage to the shift drum. When your foot moves the shift lever, this drum rotates and the shift forks follow in those grooves. The little peak there has some damage - likely caused by the shift fork slamming into it after 2nd gear popped out.

 Here's a picture of the dogs on second gear. Sorry the picture is so awful. I was taking it apart to do a side-by side, and I ran into about a dozen circlips and decided it wasn't worth my effort.

Either way, there's a raised portion in the middle of the photo. It should be perfectly square, but it's rounded off. That's why it would pop out of second.

And here's the shift fork. This damage probably happened first. It's about 3mm too thin, when means it would push the second gear cogs about 3mm short of full engagement. A few poor shifts and the dogs get a tiny bit rounded and it's all downhill from there.

Monday, April 18, 2011

My 1992 Honda CBR900RR

Last winter I purchased a 1992 Honda CBR900RR for close to nothing. It was purchased to be a beater bike that I could thrash and not feel too badly about. Turns out I still feel bad. Probably comes from being a child in a poor family - waste is for losers.

Anyways, since the day I bought it the transmission has been a little notchy. Second gear would very occasionally pop back into neutral, which is a pain in the butt as second is probably the most versatile gear on the bike. So last fall I picked up a complete used transmission for around the cost of the 2nd gear cog itself. After a long winter of waiting, I'm finally getting the chance to install it.

My super delicious workspace. Gotta move garbage and recycling bins out of the way everytime I need to work on something. That bike looks wrong without the engine.
Lifting this 150lb sonofbitch onto the workbench was one hell of a feat.

Can you believe that little guy there is responsible for 120horsepower?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My travelling companion

Since I was going to be solo on my 11hr drive home from Squamish, I took the ski box off the roof of the car and put it inside. Reduced drag, better fuel economy! I think it looked funny from the outside, too.

My and the Ski box had some good times on this drive!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Which way to the beach?

So me and my bros skied up to Callaghan Lake (OMG GOOGLE MAPS LINK CHECK OUT THIS SICK SATTELITE IMAGE LOL)

We're like, chillin' out and stuff, when some babes come up and ask "Which way to the beach?"

Being the outstanding gentlemen that we are, we pointed them in the correct direction. Aaron also mentioned a beach ball they could use.

Me - Aaron - Matt

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Done school?

I sometimes question what the hell I'm doing with my life, and whether or not I will "make it".

Recent article by a friend has definitely eased my concerns. Check it out;

"The world seems to tell you that a higher education produces a level of security that protects you from certain situations more than someone with less education. I’m not disagreeing with that, but I do believe the entire concept needs to be reeled in a little bit and thought of rationally."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Free running

My new obsession! Watch this slick video, and wish that you were Jackie Chan!

And is it just me, or does their training facility look like a CounterStrike gungame map?

Sunday, April 3, 2011


It's been a long time since I've posted because I've been busy travelling like MAD.

Cross-country National Championships in Canmore
Squamish is beautiful, but I hate rain soooo much
Biathlon National Championships in Charlo, New Brunswick
and just finished;
Biathlon North American Continental Championships in Whistler, British Columbia.

Now I'm chillin' in Squamish, British Columbia. Intensely vivid place. Everything is green and lush. But it likes to rain cats and dogs every single damn day, so there's no way I'd want to live here full time. I love my sunshine.

Anyways, some peeps were done with their race season weeks ago with National Championships, but I can't stop there. Next up is a 30km loppet, and a mountain bike race. Call the "Pole 'n' Pedal", it's a combo event. Can't wait. Insanely stoked. It will be my first mountain bike race, my first mountain bike ride of the year, and my first time riding someone else's bike. Gnarles Charles.