Apologies for not updating the Blog since the end of the 2012 Racing Season. A lot has happened since then, so I will try and catch things up to speed in a few posts. After these posts, I will try to keep the updates more regular as a lot is happening.
BOSTON MOTO BUILD - SEPT 2012:
I had been working with "Scottie Ducati" from Boston Moto in Massachusetts with engine components and advice for their team to build a pair of NC428V Spec engines, along with various other chassis and engine updates. During the last couple of years of working together over e-mail and telephone, a good relationship was building. After trying to explain all of the little idiosyncrasies and "Gotchas" that assembling these engines would have, it was decided that a better approach would be to fly me out there and build the engines alongside them.
So, with careful planning and coordination, we tried to have all the parts, tools and various supplies waiting for my arrival. Once I hit the ground in Massechusetts, an engine building marathon like no other ensued. I was tasked with building two engines side-by-side, and assist in getting the bikes running and on the race track in one week. This was an incredibly tall order as it normally takes 3 to 5 weeks of solid work to build just one engine/bike. But, to attempt two? That would take some serious Teamwork.
Long story short, we managed to get both engines completed and both bikes running, but it was so late the night before the trackday, we decided not to risk things. I stayed behind with the bikes while the rest of the Team had to go to the track as they were running the trackday. This gave me an extra day with the bikes on the dyno to make sure everything was running fine. That was definitely one of the most intense builds I have ever accomplished.
WINTER 2012 - RACE BIKE OVERHAULS:
After Dave Moss's second consecutive Championship win, he felt it was time to tear down his Chassis completely and go through every part. Also, we planned to go through the engine looking for every last bit of power. In 2012, Dave had a few challenges that made him realize it wouldn't be easy. But, former G-Force 450cc Class Champion Mark Elrod would be returning to racing this season as well. Dave knew that it was going to be a tough season, so he wanted the bike to be perfect.
In addition to Dave Moss's bike, Mark Elrod's 428cc bike was also getting rebuilt from the ground up. Most of the clean-up and modifications were done to the bike during the rebuild of the 450cc bike that was featured in Cycle World Magazine (discussed in an earlier post). So, both bikes were being rebuilt side-by-side at G-Force over the Winter. It was a regular Assembly Line of Honda NC-30s & NC-35s scattered amongst the G-Force workshop.
By the end of the Winter-Build, Dave Moss's and Mark Elrod's G-Force Engine Development NC428V engines were producing almost identical power at an astounding 83.7 Horsepower. Each power band was slightly different due to different exhaust pipes and some other small subtleties.
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