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General Racing Stuff ...
Racing is at the very core of BBM's existence. The name was derived as a name
for our racing team years ago. It seemed an appropriate moniker at the time, struggling
as we were (aren't all racers?) and in fact, is still appropriate today. A worthy
quote from Cagiva's racing boss states " The best way to make a million dollars
in racing is to start with THREE million!!! " Be that as it may, we have continued
to run an in house effort every year as well as support several customer machines
on the track. A fairly new application for our engines is mico sprint car racing.
This first year effort culminated with several wins in 1999 (more details
this will be forth coming…) Check out the BBM downdraft head on the micro sprint
(click on picture). Jay spent a few hours on that one...
BBM has always endeavored to build the ultimate single cylinder
race bike within a given class with whatever resources we had at the time ( see
machines ). I think you will agree that our track record
speaks for itself. Single cylinder racing in the U.S. seems to be a cult following
(or else you wouldn't be reading this). Basically, up until this year there was
only one national championship series where these machines could be run and that
was AHRMA, and that is what we did. We have competed in all of AHRMA's Supermono
or S.O.S. (Sound of Singles) classes since 1995 and won all of them at one time
or the other (some two or three times). The national scene was kinda neat because
we got to compete at almost every major tack in the country. Got to go to exotic
places like Talledega, Alabama and have the locals ask you "Ya'll ain't frum 'round
heer ar yew?" and cultural exchanges like that.
Seriously, we did meet a lot of awesome people and get to see some truly beautiful
places. Grattan, Michigan for one. It's like like they cut out the woods (near a
lake) and then built a nice golf course and then someone said "Nah..., What we need
here is a really cool roadracing track." and then they paved a track through the
rolling hillside with lush green grass and woods surrounding. Jay and Norm put mega-
miles on Norm's van driving from one end of the country to the other (Daytona to
Willow Springs). Wore one van completely out. Had to get another. Its tough on a
vehicle pulling a 26 ft trailer. Not to mention the driver...
In 1999 the grind and expense of the national circuit had taken it's toll on the
"in-house team" which is basically Jay and I (you know, just like "Two Brothers"
racing), so we decided to run in the local regional series in Colorado (MRA). We
did go down to Daytona and win the Supermono II class in 99, but that was it. I
should state for the record however, that Mark Hatten continued on in the AHRMA
circuit in 1999 and nailed down his second championship in the 500cc class. We had
pretty good success in the MRA, mixing it up with a variety of bikes in Light Weight
Superbike and Formula Colorado and came away with the championships there. Norm,
meanwhile has moved back east and is planning to "tie the knot" with a lovely lady
back in Philly, and his racing activities are unclear at the moment.(???) He does
have an ambitious honeymoon planned for this summer which includes riding (motorcycles:),
travel to distant lands and other adventures we will have to wait to find out about...
Which brings us to the present...
This year in 2000 we are planning to run in the MRA again and
possibly do a couple AHRMA nationals. As I write this, Jay is in the shop prepping
the bike for a track day this weekend (4/15/00). Over the winter, he made a new
subframe out out square aluminum extrusion. He milled billet hardpoints and welded
them to the frame so that the subsection can be bolted on and off. This subframe
supports the oil tank, seat, and pipe hanger. Jeff has built a really trick stainless
exhaust pipe which has a new bend and length and hand formed collector all of which
is designed to move the "powerband" up the rev scale. I'll let you know how it works
on the bike. As far as the technical design stuff goes, that's Jay's area and he
is pretty good about answering email about most any technical inquiry. I don't go
down that road too far... Anyway, Jay incorporated a rubber bushing into the subframe
for the pipe hanger as well which should help reduce vibration. Beating back the
vibration from the 680 is a big part of the design game. As a rider, you really
have to learn to relax on the controls to reduce any feedback. Believe me, this
ain't no CBR 600 smoothie. You get used to it after awhile... The engine should
be all fresh. Jay put in a new piston and rings (after machining the valve pockets),
reseated the valves, replaced some gears in the transmission and put in a new crank.
I am not sure where we are now with the cam timing right now. I think he said he
"lowered the deck height" which will affect the cam timing. We usually play with
that quite a bit at the track for each setup. We generally retard in two degree
increments until it "sings on top". Again, I just ride the thing and Jay sets it
up for a given track. I am flying out there tomorrow to help "final" the bike on
Friday and then check it out at Mead (Mountain View) on Saturday. The idea is to
get any bugs out (of the bike and me) before the first race on April 30th. Later...C.W.
Ok, Let's take this stuff to a new page and we'll call it ...
The saga continues ... Countdown to Daytona begins ....
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