I got in a couple of practice sessions before the race and found the bike easy to ride, though I was definitely sneaking up on it. While I tend to be a single cylinder guy, if you're going to have two, the 90 degree layout is the way to go. This motor was marvelous--torquey and with a broad power band and smooth. Even though we didn't use tire warmer, the tires seem to grip well immediately. The bike steered very nicely. My main problem was with the brakes. I'm used to grabbing a handful with the vintage drum brakes, and I couldn't seem to retrain myself to use one finger. Therefore I had trouble being smooth on the brakes, especially blipping the throttle on downshifts.
|Bill Murphy photo|
|Bill Murphy photo|
|a new windscreen, repaired fairing, and left clip-on|
|I had to add a silencer for Calabogie which has a strict noise limit|
My first race was the P1 Open and P1 350 qualifying heat. On the warmup lap, I saw one of the silencers falloff the expansion chamber on the bike that Chris Hurst was racing. This is a sort of tribute bike that Allan Lylloff built, and is sort of a replica of the Yamaha that Mike Duff rode at Daytona in 1967. He started with a frame that he believes is RD 56 and installed a hot rodded YR1 350 motor.
|Alan Lyloff's RD56/YR-1|
|I believe this is a Robinson front brake on the Lyloff Yamaha|
|my rudimentary bodywork didn't include repainting the fairing|
Saturday evening was a dinner open to all and, after chatting with Andy, a couple sat down next to me and the woman and I started chatting. It took me a while to realize that I was talking with Kathleen Coburn. I was a big fan of Kathleen and her traveling partner and fellow racer, Toni Sharpless, when they were racing in the AMA Superbike series in the 80's. They both had great style and pluck. Kathleen was road racing for the first time in 25 years and doing it on the first bike that she had road raced, a '82 RD350LC Yamaha.
|Kathleen Coburn's original road racer, an '82 RD 350 LC|
Again, in the P2 LW, my main competitor didn't start, Tim Voyer nursing a very swollen wrist and hand. I led from flag to flag and had the pleasure of a completely unobstructed track to try to make that perfect lap.
So ended three back to back to back weekends, racing in three different organizations with different rules and procedures, traveling 2350 miles, starting 12 races with my Sprint and winning my class in 12 races (four overall 1sts, three O.A 2nds, three O.A 3rds, and two O.A. 4ths), suffering one crash, and having a great time at all three events.
|Kat Collins and Tim Joyce with the outfit|
|A chain drive BMW boxer|
|rocker cover bling|
|a Yamaha 550 Vision; not your typical race bike|