Friday, August 29, 2014

toughest cannonball ever...(only for team 80)

 ready to head east! finally!


that's what we thought...40 miles east from indio. 104 degrees outside. ideal opportunity to get overheated. however, "who hath a good skill, through all waters may wade." as long as with these two guys we'll be okay.


going back to indio, california. not sure if we will be able to get down to daytona beach by the grand start of the race... (of course we will)


Thursday, August 28, 2014

to the very last possible moment...

 the last test ride for #80.


 just checking.


 made it to the top! and they said they can feel the motor.


suddenly the indian running in front of us made a huge noise and then primary chain came off. if it was a primary chain, then it's no problem. it happens. shinya even smiles :)


 "hey niimie! you dorpped something!!"


nothing was wrong with the motor, so it's all good. glad that it didn't happen during the race.


 fixed it and made it stronger.


 back from another test ride. and it's officially done!

choosing tools to bring. looks like we really are heading to daytona beach :D


golden road...

so our 1915 indian motor looks like this again.


niimie finally said "compare to this whole thing i now realized that how easy my everyday work was!" and shinya said "i now admit that we are insane. we're crossing the river and getting to the other side!"


and they finally found that the cam shaft gear was skewed, hitting the flywheel nut and that was making a noise. luckily we have a straight one from our old motor so they replaced that. the reason why it got skewed was because a tiny metal piece was in the cam cover and been bothering the gear little by little.

they were so happy that they solve the problem and it was soooooo lucky that they found it now not during the race.

with a great deal of relief, shinya started painting the toolbox...

"cycle man" on the fender.

フェンダーに"cycle man"

yaaaaay!no wired noise, it sounds gentle yet pretty powerful!


 they worked so hard just because they wanted to ride it...

i could tell that niimie was smiling even from behind :)

regarding the motor, they said they did everything they could. will go for a test ride tomorrow and it will be the last test ride. we are very satisfied and feel fulfilled even before the race.