10/31/09 Last night proved to be a
rough night. I didn't get to play with my web site. I will be working on this
project today as long as the pup does not have another allergic reaction.
10/30/09 I am at work right now, but
I wanted to sneak this in. I have another exclusive premier to post tonight!
10/29/09 No Blog. Sick puppy
to tend too. He's better today.
10/28/09 I finished installing my
240 wheel and kit tonight. My best recommendation to you if you are considering
buying and installing one, let the dealer do the install! You need special tools
to do the job and there is a trick to re-installing the indexed drive shaft.
When I swap the rear tire again, I will video the trick. By the time I figured
it out, I was too agitated to video it this time. Once again, thanks to Ken Ward
at Seminole Power
Sports for the great deal on the tire and wheel he had in stock! If you are looking for something to put on
your V-Max, I would start with them. I went there to pick up the tire and wheel.
It was a huge building with tons of V-Max parts in stock. Need the carbon fiber
scoops and overseas shipping? Ken is the man to contact. It's rare I go out of
my way to rave about a dealer, but sometimes it's deserved. Nuff said.
A sneak peek of the
prototype V-Roomy-DS air intake system that cut nearly 1/10th of a second off
our drag strip time. Produced from sweat equity rather than a "immaculate
design". It took me a month to get this far.
The revolutionary "Plug and Play" unit that controls
the V-Roomy-DS, advances (or retards) the ignition timing, eliminates the top speed
restriction, corrects the stock speed indication, controls the YCC-T and
corrects the fuel injection is real.
It was on the bike when Jay rode it. I am currently testing and tuning
this system. More is sure to follow on this one. I have stumbled across
something I am sure others will want. If I don't make it, some
copy-catter will! I am entertaining a line of "Guru Gear".
10/27/09 Exclusive to
this web site! A snippet of Steve Jassie's interview with the motorcycle racing legend, and my friend,
The full interview will appear in the November 2009 issue
of V-Boost. The quarterly publication of the
V-Max Owners Association.
10/26/09 I have been working on the
new PC for several days now. Loading up new software and the likes. Besides, I
needed a little break in the V-Max activity. I have spent too many late nights
building things for the bike. I have purchased new (and hopefully easier to use)
video edit software. I hope to be back up and running soon!
10/24-25/09 No Blog. Just PC
10/23/09 Upgrading my OS and moving
files to a new blistering fast PC. The site will be under construction for a
10/22/09 I have been going thru the
pictures and video from the last day at the track. I also have some video clips
from the Jay Gleason interview with Steve Jassie for V-Boost magazine. I will
work on it some tonight.
10/21/09 Well, the video seems to
play on my site now. By the way, that is a sweet little Fazer lined up in the
lane next to Jay. Damon Ferraiuolo brought down his beautifully restored bike to
race with Jay. The video's default is resolution is low def, but HD is only a button click away.
As mentioned earlier in my Blog, I am now starting to exhibit more control over
where my videos can appear. You can
to request the permission to embed any of my videos or pictures in your web site
or group. I will post more pictures and the write-up this evening. I may
even show some pictures and dyno results of the experimental V-Room(y) air and
the "Plug and Play" unit I was using. This combo is putting out some
serious horsepower improvements over a stock air box that has the top off. With
some more development and testing, this combo may be a "dream come true"
performance upgrade for the 09 V-Max. The best idea I have had from all the
homework I done on the bike.
Lastly, this is no joke. Anyone at the track get the
name of the photographer/videographer that was snapping all those
pictures and taking video of me working on the bike in the pits? He has
not sent me anything yet. Not often you see a $15k HD video camera at
the track. I am starting to wonder what he was up to.
10/20/09 Let's see how this one
I am still having some growing pains with the
new HD camera software. I have edited a rough clip of the 9.39
run. It is uploading now. I will upload a new one when I get
some better titles done.
10/19/09 Still tired from all the work
I put into the bike. A lot of what I have been doing did not make it into my
Blog. The last week was full of late nights. Sneak attack or product
development, you decide. YCC-T mapping, Top Speed De-limiter, Speed correction,
Fuel correction, and adjustable timing all performed by one "Plug and Play"
unit. Plus a twist on the V-Room(y) air. Things that helped Jay cut 1/10th a
second off his best time. More details will follow. HD Movie sometime tomorrow
The sub fender eliminator allows burnt rubber to cover the rear
Our best time slip yesterday:
I am exhausted. More details later. Today is a work
10/18/09 No Blog. Spent the
day with Jay at the track.
10/17/09 Today Esten is coming over
and we will dyno his bike again after he has done some tweaking to his PCV fuel
curve. If he is happy with it and does not mind, I will post for him. We are
then going to pull his rear wheel and put it on my bike to do some final tuning
for Sunday. I have a slick on my stock rim now. I hope to make a good race fuel
map on the PCV.
I cruised the internet yesterday and saw where some
folks on the west coast think they have some "record setting" bikes
ready for breaking Jay's current best time of 9.51. Best of luck to ya!
10/16/09 Work, no blog.
10/15/09 Yesterday I found something
out. The slow closing of the throttle plates during deceleration may be enhanced
by my prototype speed fooler. When I accelerate the bike on the dyno, the speed
fooler goes into divide by half at 100mph. The bike continues on to 160+ mph
with the speedo indicating half that value (plus some error for the missing
front tire signal and the known stock speed error). I found a difference
in the throttle plate closing speed in proportion to rpm in 4th verses 5th gear,
which made me curious. So, I removed my speed fooler and installed my signal
generator once again. I ran the bike up to top speed in 5th gear. While the bike
ramped back down, I varied the speed signal I was injecting with my signal
generator. I found that if I injected a higher speed, the throttle closed more.
Inject a lower speed, and it opened more while the bike decelerated. This
function seemed to be tied in with the EXUP valve.
I was a good thing we called off today's test and tune
session. I phoned Jay yesterday to tell him it would be better to wait
for Sunday and found out he was a little under the weather anyway. Hope
he feel's better soon.
10/14/09 Looks like I am going to have
to make it official, I am going to wait until this Sunday to go to Bradenton.
The forecast for tomorrow looks even worse this morning but the forecast for
Sunday is magnificent! The forecast has the temps down in the upper 50's Sunday
morning and some very low humidity. Besides, I need the time with the bike. I
did not get much done with it yesterday. I still need to get the slick mounted
and get the trailer ready.
10/13/09 I will doing a little more
tuning today and I hope to be pull the bike off the dyno and get the drag slick
installed. I also have to re-arranged some of the LMA-3 sensors to look at some
10/12/09 Yesterday was a good day in
the shop. I made a nice PCV map for the current V-Roomy air setup. I am starting
to worry that Thursday will be a rain out. The weather forecast keeps putting
the rain here late Thursday to early Friday as a cold front moves in. We will
10/11/09 No Blog.
10/10/09 I had a little time to work
in the shop today. I cleaned up the plate and stack tubes. Hope to have more
time in the shop tomorrow.
10/09/09 I am starting to field a lot
of calls about "Jay Day". As I mentioned before, it will be delayed until Bike
Week 2010. However, Jay will be running at the
Motorsports Park this coming Thursday, October 15th. If we are rained out,
we will be there Sunday, October 18th. This is a regular "Test and Tune" session
. You will have to pay admission to get in and buy a tech card if you intend to
run on the track. Both lanes will be open so you may have a chance to line up
with a legend! With the record high temps we have forecasted for next week, I
would not expect any 8 second runs but we are still going to have fun trying!
Well, I did a lot of cutting
and made a few more ponies. I have a few more cuts to make to fine tune the
V-Roomy air. I made a few PCV map corrections to the bottom end. It's starting
to look a little better. More this weekend. Today is a work day.
10/08/09 I update the
V-Roomy Testing page and added more frames to the Horsepower GIF animation. I
also added a new Torque animated GIF.
10/07/09 Record high temps
here in Florida yesterday made for a miserable day in the shop. I did
get some dyno work done on the V-Roomy concept. Too late to work on it
and post it.
10/6/09 I did some more testing on the
V-Roomy Air concept. I think I made a nice page you will like
Late start at it today. I hope
to get into the shop this afternoon. It is hot and humid today!
10/5/09 No Blog
10/4/09 I was able to pull the first
dyno run of the V-Roomy Air today. It's making power too low. Tuesday I will
start trimming the stacks down to see what happens. I think about 4 inches will
have to come off. The two charts below are the V-roomy from today and the 189hp
tuning with the stock velocity stacks installed that Jay took down the track for
the 9.51 run.
Although the air fuel ratio was destroyed down low (and I am not going to take
the time to tune it), the AFR was good up top. The bike just lays down beyond
8.2k. I am learning from this!
I was able to get the LM-2
sense transformer installed. I did not take pictures of the installation, but
it's pretty straight forward. Just wire the transformer directly to the
Inductive clamp Molex connector and it works perfectly. Best RPM I have ever
recorded. That being said, I can now post this. I think it's the first time the
Injector Duty Cycle has been recorded and posted for this bike:
There is several things to discern from this one chart. The
measurement is taken from a stock ECU with my prototype speed fooler
installed. I plan on installing a switch to flip between pre and post
fuel injection tuning. This is my first recording, so lets not take this
to heart until I can prove the information is 100% correct. It does seem
to look comparable with the two RPM's I looked at with my oscope
sometime back. First, the max duty cycle seems to be around 62% on this
stock ECU. This seems to agree with the Dynojet PCV software as
the highest I have seen it display has been around that same number.
This will let the NOS, turbo, and super charger folks know how much room
is left on these injectors at this pressure. Second, you can now see the
injector step down before it cuts off. Third, you can see the TPS is
higher exiting the run.
By the way, did I mention how good the RPM recorded with my sensor
I am trying to answer some
e-mails this morning. I will not be able to get to them all this morning. Hope
to be back in the shop this afternoon.
10/3/09 I am making a
page for the
V-Roomy system and it's construction. I spent the whole day turning three of the
down tubes. Lot's of calculations to make tapers and such, followed by lots
of work knob turning. My lathe is an old school manual version. If this thing proves
to work, I will use the router to machine a form and mold one from Carbon Fiber.
If it works real well, I may go into production! Anyway, it was a long day. As I
left from the shop tonight, I took this picture of the full moon over it.
I get an e-mail titled "The
End". It's from Söhnke Nissen of Germany. He sent in a beautiful picture of his
bike a long time back that I ran on the index page for a few days. I open the
e-mail to find this:
His e-mail states that he was hit from the rear and he
was wearing protective gear. Things like this just break my heart. I
wish he lived close, I would already be helping him put it back
together. I put this here to remind us all, things can get serious in a
split second. I have added it to the
page. I hope to add more when this bike is repaired and rolling again.
I will be up in the shop today
working on the V-Roomy air. Maybe today will prove this endeavor to be useful or