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Thread: Speed Week 2018 - Lake Gairdner

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    Speed Week 2018 - Lake Gairdner

    The DLRA Speed Week 2018 is nearly here again, I can't believe it was 12 months ago that I attended my first one.

    Those following the story last year would understand that I was always going to be going back, 198.238mph (319kmh) was cruelly close enough to 200mph and I couldn't leave it there.

    So the last 9 months I have been building another bike to take to the salt. Bigger supercharger, longer, lower, forged pistons and rods, intercooler, bigger fuel system (injectors, pump and regulator) and a pile of data logging to keep track of pressures, temperatures and everything the engine is doing.

    Output was way more horsepower than the previous bike and nearly 30% more torque. It was becoming quite a beast. Last week tuning on the dyno the dash "lit up" with error lights as the ECU dropped communication. Followed Kawasaki's diagnosis, checked resistance on the 2 pins at the ECU (passed), checked the continuity of the loom (passed) next step is replace the ECU. Contacted Kawasaki Australia who don't keep one in stock, "3 weeks from Japan" was the answer. UUGGHHH racing is 2 weeks away and they won't ship any faster. We share the same ECU with Europe and the UK. Rang Kawasaki UK (no stock) and Kawasaki Europe just sent me back to Kawasaki Australia.

    I'm devastated at this point, looked like I wasn't racing this year. Then hit on the idea of taking last years bike instead so the last week has been full of near all nighters to get it ready along with Paula taking more load at the Snobbery to give me extra run-around time (bless her).

    Last night I fired it up for the first time. It was sweet to hear it run again. It's not finished yet but I can at least see that it's going to make it.

    What's different to last year?
    I've moved the intercooler across, lowered the suspension, changed the sub-frame, changed to a billet rear hub (3 teeth lower gearing) and added a custom alloy tank. I'm also running different tyres and taking a second set of something else to try.

    I'm optimistic that the aero and gearing changes are enough to find roughly 10% more speed (but who really knows till you do it!).
    The record was reset last year to 203mph (327kmh) so I'm on target to nudge that hopefully.

    Zed and I head off to speed week next Thursday 8th March and return on Monday 19th so there will be no roasting for that week and a half but Paula will still be shipping green orders.

    I'll post up a pic when it's finished.
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    Certainly sounds awesome!
    I love the morning dawn drive to the lake. So cool and still. The sound of a wailing engine echoing off the distant hills. The engine fighting with traction as it pushes into the solid wall that is air at 200mph.
    Gives me chills.

    The old '76 landrover and i wont be making the watchers list this year.
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    Another week of eating, breathing, and living salt. Enjoy! *ZOOM* *ZOOM* *ZOOM*


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    Good luck Andy hope it goes well.

    if you can post up some pictures and details of the new bike be interested to see the new beast
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    Good luck!
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    Speed Week 2018 - Lake Gairdner

    Maybe you could add some coffee to the bike as ballast, and sell them as Andyís limited edition worlds fastest coffee!
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    Good luck Andy, enjoyed your stories greatly from last year!

    Cheers
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    Good luck. The 200 is definitely going to be done this year.
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    Another week of eating, breathing, and living salt. Enjoy! *ZOOM* *ZOOM* *ZOOM*
    Yeah, literally eating and breathing salt, flies and red dust but ohhh... the speed. Gotta love that bit!
    Quote Originally Posted by Jackster View Post
    I love the morning dawn drive to the lake. So cool and still. The sound of a wailing engine echoing off the distant hills. The engine fighting with traction as it pushes into the solid wall that is air at 200mph. Gives me chills.
    ...the same chills I got reading that.

    The old '76 landrover and i wont be making the watchers list this year.
    Sad. You will have to book next year instead.

    This year is going to be nuts. Not only is Target 550 (yes, that's MPH) heading downunder for the a run on the good salt, we have the worlds fastest woman on a motorcycle hoping to reset her own world record and a pile of really fast things coming from all over the planet as well as the locals with the worlds fastest taxi and worlds fastest commodore. Should be a great week.
    After Speedweek is a 3 day FIM meeting for motorcycle world records on the flying kilometre and flying mile (in both directions). I didn't enter that one (too expensive and too complicated a process) but Zed and I are hoping to see a couple of days of action before the long haul back to the roaster.
    if you can post up some pictures and details of the new bike be interested to see the new beast
    Here are a few pictures from tonight. Safety wiring all done, regulation chain-guard on and then had a quick blat up and down the street to make sure clutch, brakes and clearances (under power and under brakes) were all okay.

    Bike all finished now (front guard is wet paint) only thing left is a trip to the dyno to make sure it runs okay at full noise, can't do full noise anywhere on a road, they don't make them long or flat enough to do what this bike can do.

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    Zed and I have just arrived in Port Augusta with bike, camp gear and tons of tools, tyres and fuel on-board after a long drive from home.

    Tonight we get some luxury accommodation in the caravan park (even get a shower in the morning!) before a week in a tent on red dirt.

    Tomorrow morning we drive 7 hours of outback corrugations in the Snobs van to get to the lake then have a week odd of going too fast.

    We have zero connectivity from tomorrow for the week, no phone, no internet so if you email and I don't answer I'm not being rude, I'm totally off-line. Monday is a public holiday but after that, Paula will ship green bean orders and and "ready to freight now"roasted bean orders.

    I'll post up some stories and pictures when we get back to civilisation.
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    All the best with your quest Andy. "Get your motor running ..."

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    Exciting, isn't it...

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    Fun times ahead!


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    All the best Andy. Hope you hit the mark your after. Would love to be there to witness it instead will hit the cruise control on the western highway and daydream about salt flats
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    Speed Week 2018 - Lake Gairdner

    There is still little news out of Lake Gairdner except that Valerie Thompson from the US has already done 328 mph on a streamliner bike.

    The following guy has posted quite a few pics on his Facebook page but unfortunately cannot pick out our Andy.

    https://www.facebook.com/walt.radobi...2923891&type=3
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    Big week. Best pass 212.867mph (340.5kmh) Red Hat and reset the Australian record twice. Had a ball and looking forward to going even faster next year. Just hit bitumen for the first time in 8 days, will take a couple of days to get home.
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    WooHoo! Congrats! Busted it up! *ZOOM* *ZOOM* *ZOOM* indeed!


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    Wow. Amazing speed Andy. Would be ridiculous just tying to hold on at that speed!! Well done.
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    Great stuff The Freeman Team...
    Or rather - Team Freeman.

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    Congrats Andy

    I had the impression you would nail 300+ this time, but 340+ is streets ahead of that. Amazing effort. Have a safe trip back to base.

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    Amazing effort! Congratulations.

    Safe trip home
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    Done and dusted for another year, great effort Andy and co, congratulations.

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    Wwwwow... that's some insane speeds Andy... massive congrats, well done mate! Now zoom on down to get to MICE this weekend ay ;D

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    Andy, maybe after MICE is over and you have caught up with real life you could write a paragraph or two just to let us mere mortals know what the experience is like of taking a bike up to 340kmh on salt? Even for those of us who think a CT110 is brisk it would be a great read just the whoa to go of a pass, little alone the weeks behind it of work.
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    Even the CT110 postie bikes are fast out there.
    https://m.facebook.com/POST100/

    They were wanting 120mph on the worlds fastest postie bike
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    Jackster - colour me impressed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 338 View Post
    Andy, maybe after MICE is over and you have caught up with real life
    As you can guess, been a little insane around here. Only just got off the roaster near 8pm so won't be tonight but I'll certainly post up some waffle and pictures when the (red) dust settles (and I've at least washed the bike!).


    (...and MICE has become a little disinteresting with no public entry most days and only a Saturday for public. It's a very different show to what it used to be. This will be the first one ever that we haven't exhibited at)
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    Congrats Andy, thatís just fantastic!!

    Cheers

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    Okay, so near 10pm and I'm just fining my feet. 2 days of roast catch-up and email and I've not even opened the snail-mail pile. It's interesting to see what I actually do in a normal week without noticing!

    Zed and I headed off from home Thursday night after work and school. I was running a little late as the courier that was meant to deliver the race fuel had instead delivered it to wrong depot, a 2 hours drive away so I jumped in the car and went an got it (4 hour round trip, grrrr).

    It was great to start driving though. Snobs van all packed, a weeks food, drinks, water (100 litres), fuel drums (bike 80 litres and van 40 litres), camping gear, tools, race bike, tyres and spares. It was a good load and the van was humming down the highway. Between Zed and I we drove for about 6 hours and slept in a rest area somewhere near Keith in South Australia.

    Next day we headed for Port Augusta via Birdswood Museum (great place) where we saw lots of great toys, many bikes I had owned over the years and even a Bugatti Veyron (which is one of the world's best supercars yet the H2R in our van can smoke in on a drag strip!)

    A great nights sleep in the caravan park then head out to the salt. Iron Knob is a little north west of Port Augusta and the last bit of bitumen and phone signal.

    At Iron Knob we used 100m of duct tape to seal the van...

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    Then we headed down the red dirt road for hours. It was easier this year than last, we know it's a long drive and it's far easier knowing a few landmarks to reassure yourself that you are still heading the right direction. One of those landmarks is the submarine at Mt Ive station.

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    An hour or so later we get to the lakeside camp ground and setup our accommodation. Two camp stretcher-tents are up in seconds, and our "ensuite" shower in a bucket with a rechargeable pump and a solar-shower bag to warm the water each day for a shower at night. Luxury! Not quite 5 star but felt like it at the end of each long day.

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    Sunrise on the lake next morning is special.. really special.

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    Nerves and butterflies, "Lets go RACING" I shout to Zed as we tear towards the pits.

    This being a coffee website I guess I should post my "coffee station".
    Aeropress, camp stove, kettle and coffeesnobs Harrar ready to go in the van.

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    "no, we don't want to make you a coffee, we are here to race" - said to 100's of people who walked up to the van in the hope of us punching-out latte's in the morning.

    The bike performed great all week.
    The record in my category (supercharged or turbo, under 1000cc running petroleum) was 202.9mph

    Day 1:
    195mph "shake down" pass to make sure that the geometry changes I made worked.
    207mph - reset the record!

    Day 2:
    Up at 5:30am and head to the lake. Move mats (hour) then line-up to race.
    202mph - not bad, big crosswind made me zig-zag to keep on course.
    Afternoon was volunteering on the start-line for 1/2 a day. All teams give 1/2 a day to run the meeting.

    Day 3:
    Up at 5:30 am again, move mats, get on the lake at 7:30am
    8:30am - 205mph - heading in the right direction again. Still huge wheelspin so make another change.
    1:30pm - 206mph - shred a tyre (bugga) so change wheels and line-up again.
    5:30pm - on the start line, suited-up, ready to go and the car in front breaks on the track and it's end of racing for the day (annoyed, ride back to the pits)

    Day 4:
    Make some changes and line-up for an afternoon pass.
    212.867mph (340kmh)
    We did that into a 5mph headwind and had peaks on the GPS of closer to 350kmh and a wheel speed of over 400kmh!!!!

    While not official (until the club certifies the times of our run against others in the same bracket) I'm pretty sure that gives us the Australian record
    ## Edit May 2018 -- It is the official Australian MPS-BG1000 record. Seriously cool news!!! ##


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    This is the tyre that we ran the 212mph pass on. Blisters from wheelspin and while still looking like new, it's R.I.P. now. The other tyre we killed on the 206mph run and it's even worse.

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    ..and this is the chain after a week at the salt. A whole can of chain lube was used on it during the week with the last application just prior to the run yet it looked like this today.

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    Riding the bike is nothing else. Wheel-spinning, shaking, vibrating monster that is batting the wind and track surface.
    Very small movements at speed to correct is all you need and you tuck-in watching 1/4mile markers whiz by once every 4 seconds with the 4th one being a mile marker with a number on it. It's surprisingly hard to count to 5 while you hold the bike pinned throttle but alas, that's where the race ends and you have to think about washing off speed in the next mile before turning out and heading off-track so the next competitor can run.

    Zed and I had an awesome boys week away, great food, people, racing and plenty of things learnt too. We were designing changes to the bike on the drive home, can't wait to go back and do it again. Zed is going to build a smaller bike and enter too next year, he can run in the mornings and I'll run in the afternoons and we can pit-crew for each other. A true Father/Son team!

    Salt racing is a blast to see, it's even better to compete in and totally surreal to be the fastest person ever in your category!

    Counting down the days already, 1 year less a week or so.

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    Thanks for sharing Andy! I was thinking the salt would be tough on the running gear and the picture of the chain proves it.

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    Wonderful stuff Andy and Zed...

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    Great stuff Andy. *ZOOM* *ZOOM* *ZOOM* indeed! Reading/hearing about your lake time makes me flash on Shotts and Dykehead - Another Quiet Sunday.

    I must admit when I saw the Coffee Station shot my first thought was: Now where did I put that high octane....?


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    Amazing story Andy, thanks for sharing. The first day run must have been a great confidence boost. Totally awesome result to set the record, even better as a father son team. Your prior experience shows in the duct tape. Is the start line some way back from the flying mile to allow a gentler start so you don't break through the salt? What are the mats referred to, start line mats?

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    I was thinking the salt would be tough on the running gear and the picture of the chain proves it.
    Luckily, most of the bike is alloy, titanium and stainless.

    The chain and the brake-disks are about the only steel items and yeah, they get ugly really FAST.
    That chain looks much like a 100 year old one washed-up on the beach not one with 200km on it.

    Is the start line some way back from the flying mile to allow a gentler start so you don't break through the salt?
    Yeah, that's how it works. The startline is "mile zero", then there is a 1 mile marker and the first of the timing beams starts on the 2 mile. Miles 3,4,5 all have timing beams (Tag Heuer timing this year!) and then the 6,7,8,9 mile are for slowing down. typically you can pull the bike up in 1/2 a mile although due to the high speed I was buttoning-off after the 5 mile and rolling off on the smooth track before tipping out at about 5.75 miles and heading for the return road. That bit in the middle has 5mm bumps (created by wind) which weren't much fun on a stiff suspension bike at 200kmh so I was washing off speed on the track to about 120/140kmh before heading out.


    What are the mats referred to, start line mats?
    The club puts down industrial mats on the entry to the lake to protect the surface from the 100's of vehicles that are on and off the lake each day. For 51 weeks of the year it's an offence to drive on the National Park lake, for Speedweek the club gets the privilege and looks after it.

    The plastic mats would be 2m x 1m and weigh about 25kg each, more when they have salt on top. These are laid in two wheel tracks for 200-300 meters out on the lake. There would be 600 odd mats and every morning the first 30-40 club members to get to the lake help move the wheel tracks across. Heavy trucks and lots of traffic cause ruts to crack the surface underneath and it deteriorates fast. By laying fresh tracks onto the lake each morning most of the surface stays good.
    Of course, after the first rain it would all fix itself but we need to keep the lake looking good till then.
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    Great expedition Andy and congrats in anticipation of being granted the Aussie speed record. I couldn't help thinking that this must cost a pretty penny to satisfy your adrenaline habit: travel expenses, entry costs, bike work and repairs and much more I'm sure. You mentioned taking 80 litres of bike fuel. I'm assuming that isn't your standard gasoline. Rocket fuel perhaps?

    PS Speaking of rocket fuel, I'm into the last of my Yemen stash this week (bought 2014 and still fantastic). I know things are pretty grim in Yemen these days but are there any beans making their way to our shores?

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    Yemen? Off-topic for this thread but nup, none this year (no port to ship from and no flights into the area!). Hopefully they sort out the trouble soon.

    Pretty Penny? It would cost a lot if I added it up so I never do that. This is my superannuation or the kids inheritance, better off spending it now going fast than spending it on adult nappies later. Besides, we only race once a year so on average it's not "that" expensive.

    Fuel? We took 40 litres of race fuel, C10 which is like unleaded 98 pump fuel but 104 octane accurate. We also took 40 litres of MS109 which is oxygenated race fuel and puts us into another category, we didn't enter that class but took it with us in case we needed a "plan B". It's slightly higher octane but gets its real gains from the oxygen. I expect we would have got that record too if we ran the second fuel. Both fuels are about $12/lt and we'll sell the unopened drums of MS109 soon (anyone got a lawn mower they want to get fast?).
    We used about 22 litres of C10 for the 6 passes, 3.5 litres per run, about 2km per litre on average so not very many stars on a fuel economy scale sticker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Yemen? Pretty Penny? Fuel?
    Ta. I think I may have the lawnmower for your MS109

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