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I thought it would be interesting to post up some old photos of you with bikes from your past. I'll start off....first is from 1968 then 2006, same exact location.

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A V-Strom 1000??? I thought this was a VERSYS forum!?

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From a guy on a Duc...




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OK guys - here're pictures of an article from Jan 1967 of me and my Triumph dragster, "Wild Thing".
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OK guys - here're pictures of an article from Jan 1967 of me and my Triumph dragster, "Wild Thing".
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Way Cool, can you post the rest of the article? So, compared to the Versys, how comfy was that seat?

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Feedback? You guys are OLD!!

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Way Cool, can you post the rest of the article? So, compared to the Versys, how comfy was that seat?

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How well did those Wal Phillips fuel injectors work, and what cams did you use?

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Got to be honest. Boy do I miss that FZ1!

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How well did those Wal Phillips fuel injectors work, and what cams did you use?
They worked fine, but I was always WFO - so can't tell how they worked at less.

Harmon and Collins roller cams. They had a profile that looked like a table, a BIG table! Power STARTED to come on at 5,000 rpm, but I had to launch at 7,000 so it wouldn't bog. Pulled like mad to 10,000.

Power Sphere 12-1 (or 12.5-1?) pistons.

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Way Cool, can you post the rest of the article? So, compared to the Versys, how comfy was that seat?
Seat was OK, but I ONLY used it for about 10 seconds at a time...!
There was NO WAY you slid forward like on the "V"....

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Way Cool, can you post the rest of the article?
Here's the whole article. I ended up going into the RCAF in '67, so I sold all the stuff, and built a Triton around the engine, but with1 3/16" Amal Monoblock carbs, for a buddy.

In summer '67 I built engine plates to install the engine into an Alf Hagan dragster frame that was set up for a BSA engine, for one last run at the drags (on gas) - a partnership of Lorne (owned the engine), Adams (owned the frame) and me. Guy that owned the frame weighed about 120 pounds (I was 175) and CLAIMED to be experienced, so we planned that he would pilot the rig.

I got it all together the day before the races and we had to find out if it handled safely or not. We went out to an industrial area that had a road built that was about a mile long with street lights but no access except at each end. My plan was to go south at 4,000 rpm, north at 5,000, south at 6,000, etc, till a run at 9,000 or 10,000 to ensure it didn't go squirrelly at some speed. I turned at the end to come back at 7,000 and got to 7 then saw a police car with lights ON at the end by my partners. I 'killed' the engine and coasted to a stop with visions of being "tarred-and-feathered" by the police.

Officer looked at me and said "How many runs do you need?"

I was in shock and asked him to repeat.

Again, he said "How many runs do you need?" so I answered "Two, one south one north to get to 9,000."

His answer "OK, I'll stay here with my lights ON for 2 runs, then you pack up and go home!"

Got both runs done (bike went straight as an arrow!) and next day showed up at the drags.

We went thru tech. inspection and registered Adams as the rider , got the bike prepped, explained how to launch and ride it. He was "OK, I can do that!" so we got him staged.

Lights were coming down, he revved to 7,000, GREEN light, he dropped the clutch and the slick "went up in smoke" (that's how we ran back then) and he LAUNCHED! At least he did for about 50 feet and then his terror caught up with him and he got out of the throttle and 'wobbled' thru the quarter. Lorne was ready to kill him with his bare hands (HE weighed a tough-as-nails 190...) for being chicken.

I tried to register to ride, but the safety committee said I was TOO LATE! Now Lorne was REALLY p*ssed at Adams and it was all I could do to keep him from carrying out his intentions!

So, that was the last time I 'ran a dragster'.

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What a great read! Both the article & your story!!





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They worked fine, but I was always WFO - so can't tell how they worked at less.

Harmon and Collins roller cams. They had a profile that looked like a table, a BIG table! Power STARTED to come on at 5,000 rpm, but I had to launch at 7,000 so it wouldn't bog. Pulled like mad to 10,000.

Power Sphere 12-1 (or 12.5-1?) pistons.

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I've seen the H&C rollers, but never used them. I currently have a Trackmaster set up as a street tracker with a long rod 750 running Megacycle's replica Sifton 460 cams. Has JE pistons and Carrillo rods, extensive head work, and 34 mm Mikunis.

Megacycle wound up with all of the Norris cam masters, and will make them on request.

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Regarding the H&C cams - WAY too extreme, but they DID make power.
After the Triton was finished, another buddy traded a 250 Ducati single (plus $...?) to Lorne for it, finished it to a "show" standard and won MANY best-in-show awards, then sold it. Guy who bought it turned the "Norton" bits into a road-race bike and sold the engine.
It ended up in a CHOPPER fer cryin' out loud!
Last I heard the chopper idiot had turned the pipes TOTALLY blue, and probably wrecked the motor.
But I was training on advanced jets in the RCAF and didn't give a rats *ss!

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