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SlingshotSteve

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  1. I've thought about getting another b12 for the road. The drag bike doesnt need its gsxr usd forks. Be good to get a second one and do it up nice, and put the gsxr forks from this on it.
  2. Not sure why I wrote 1.5, it is indeed 2.0. I’ve drag raced on and off for 20 years and it’s always been in bracket classes. Can’t wait for dial in. I think I’ll get another bike for the road too at some point next year.
  3. Some interesting news has came my way. Straightliners, the club I run with, have decided to scrap most of the bracket classes. So the existing 12.1, 11.1, 10.1 classes are now gone, and for next year, we can dial in our own times. At first I wasn’t sure about this, but the more I think about it, the more I like the idea. As I wrote above, I had a very good year in 11.1 but the jump up to 10.1 was a mistake as I was nowhere near the time. With dial in I can start at 11.0, then as I improve I can knock of a 1/10th at a time, and dial in at 10.9, then 10.8 and so on. The eliminations at the end of the day can see me up against any bike in the final. The lights will be staggered so for example if I dial in at 11.0 and my opponent is 9.0, then I set off, he gets a 1.5 second delay and then sets off and we should cross the line very close together. I’m really looking forward to this new format.
  4. I had a chat with my friend who had my arm, he’s had a few runs with it in and he has decided to go back to using a much longer arm. As per our agreement I ended up giving him his money back and I got the arm back today. I still plan to put it back on the road for a little while. But what I will do is use the long arm, and keep the suspension at normal height, as it’s not safe to run it lowered on the road. Realistically I think getting another bike for the road is also a good idea then I can do whatever I want to this bike. The clocks on my bike have been damaged since I got it, they worked but were always wobbling around and were held together with tie wraps. I got hold of a mint set but with a cut loom. So I spent an hour and put my good loom into the good clocks. Best of all, theres only 300 miles difference on the clocks. Next I need to decide what bars to use, the Gsxr clip ons felt good on the strip, but I had run with severely restricted steering lock to stop them hitting the tank and the fairing. I don’t want high up road bars, so might go for a flat bar. I am also thinking that I might remove the S model faring and fit a small nose cone type.
  5. Looking forward to seeing this on the strip mate.
  6. This looks cool, I’ll be keeping an eye on this thread.
  7. At the moment, the swingarm has gone to a mate to test on his bike, he’s given me a fair price for it, but we have a gentleman’s agreement where I can have it back any time for the same money. I’m seriously strapped for cash at the moment, so the best option is to have it both on the road and in 11.1. I was toying with the idea of having it for road and 10.1 .The longer arm actually felt ok on the road, but with the forks dropped through the yokes it was way too low for the road, and too much of a risk of it bottoming out. I had my other drag bandit on the road years ago with a similar lowered front and I had a very scary moment when the down pipes hit the ground out under hard braking. The best option long term will be to get another road bike. Although a busa or gsxr1000 is tempting, it seems an easy way to go fast. I’d much prefer the challenge of making an old skool bike go faster. Back when I used to race in early 2000s, I just wanted once to dip under the 10 and run a high 9. So for now I’ll stick with 11.1 and long term when my money problems are over, I think I’ll get another bandit 12 or Gsxr 1100 and really go for beating my 10.3 time and then eventually a 9.
  8. A very long overdue update, my apologies. Last years racing, first up, its affected us all in various ways, the dreaded covid. The first half of the racing season was cancelled, finally in July we were allowed to race again. Last year I decided to move up a class from 11.1 to 10.1 I bought another bike for the road and decided the bandit would be a drag only machine, and I started to remove anything that would reduce its weight. Off came the lights, indicators, pillion pegs, centre stand, grab rails etc. Unfortunately the jump up to 10.1 proved to be a bad decision. In 10.1 I was up against hayabusas and gsxr1000s. I was way off the times I needed and I got throughly beaten all year long. Despite this, and mainly due to attending every race event, I ended up with enough points to finish 4th overall. As mentioned above by Sam, I fancied some new 1 piece leathers for racing and I had a visit to Padgetts of Batley. It must have been my lucky day as the lady pulled out their very last Belstaff suit, and let me have it for £100, a crazy bargain considering they were once over £600 to buy. Extra bonus that they matched the colours of my bike. Also my wife decided to have a go at racing, and entered her fazer in the 12.1 class and came second. I just need to get her off the Yamaha and onto a Suzuki. This year things didn’t go to plan at all. At the start of the year, my van suffered abs failure which wiped out all my spare money that I had put aside for racing. Then before the drag season started, the Mrs and I decided to take the road bikes out for a ride. After a few months off the bikes over winter she found in spring she was massively struggling to swing her leg over the seat to get on the bike. A trip to a specialist and a x ray revealed she had zero cartilage in both hips and severe arthritis. I made the decision to sit this year out and look after her as it got worse over the months and she ended up in agony 24/7. She has 2 new titanium hips being fitted over December and January. The plan right now is to put all the road parts back on the bike, make it road legal, remove the long arm and go back to standard wheelbase. I will put the bike back on the road, and enter either 11.1 or run what you brung. I’ve bought a spare rear wheel, so I can have one for the road, and another for the strip and then it doesn’t matter if I do burn outs and kill the tyre. So that’s me up to date. For short term I’ll run the bike in road trim, and in the long term I want another drag bike, I’m unsure whether to go down the route of a busa or gsxr1000. Most of all, I’d love to have a gsxr11 or Bandit 12, and beat my best time of 10.3 on my first Bandit that I had over 15 years ago. I have added a photo of how the bike looked at the back of last year when I was racing it.
  9. Anyone know if gsx 1100 ET headers will fit a Bandit 1200? after a pro pipe for my bandit drag project and some gsx ones have popped up for sale
  10. Now the season is over, it’s time to get ready for 2020. First up, a visit to FBM, to get my swingarm extended. Dave did a top job, in a very fast time at a great price. Bow very kindly gave me a Factory advancer, and I also ended up buying a Hagon shock off him as my Suzuki one was on its last legs. Also put my stickers on. Once Christmas is out of the way, I’ll order a long chain and get get back in the garage to do more work on the bike. I’m still trying to find a used pro pipe, so I can get the bike as low as possible, but used ones are hard to find, I’ll give it a few more weeks and if no joy I’ll but a new one.
  11. Last Saturday night was the straightliners presentation evening, got my trophy for 2nd place in 11.1
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