WELL? did it run OK?? WE NEED TO KNOW!!!! LOL!
took it out yesterday with my friend ghettoracer helmed with the video camera. after a few short runs, my throttle stuck open and i lost control of the bike (the flange on the grips i put on the magura throttle was pressed against the throttle and didn't spring back). wheelie'd and dragged my ass under the rear end of a parked car. no damage to the car and only got a busted spoke and scratched rim. i got away with skinned shins and a bruised ego
got back on the bike, kicked the forks straight and we proceeded to film some 65 k'ish runs except...i found out when i got back that the camera was set on very low resolution. i have to say, in 1st and 2nd gear, the bike is a coiled death machine ready to spring. i have the HV160 set on Low (2) start-up but looks like i'll have to lower that to 1. starting in 6th feels a lot more comfortable to both ghettoracer and myself.
later in the day we went to go meet up with a an old motorcycle racing buddy (he's 64 now but in his younger days he's done 8min long 335kph speed runs and even survived a 240kph highway accident). i lead the way with ghettoracer in tow on his 50cc scooter. on the way, there was this long line of cars stopped at a traffic light, so i decided to cross the double-yellow. at the light there happened to be a cop so i immediately starting cranking the pedals. he didn't give me a second look however...g was following me and was stopped by the cop. ended up just giving him a stern warning. we met our friend at the mrt station (he was on a scooter as well). he proceeded to cut through the front of the station when lo and behold there was a different cop which pulled him over now (and didn't give me a second look). my friend knew the precinct chief so he just let him off with a smile and a wave.
on the way back home, i heard a snap and lost traction to the drive--wasn't sure what broke at the time. pedalled the bike home and became a lot more familiar with the alfine shifter
at home, i took the drive apart and found out that the 12mm gearbox-to-dual freewheel shaft had totally snapped around the region i cut a groove for the circlip. sooo...it looks like i will need to upgrade the gearbox and shaft. the rear wheel had also shifted...so look like i still need to make the torque blocks for the dropout.
all-in-all, we had a blast. tons of interest from random street people. haven't nearly tested the limits of this bike and i'm sure many other things will break but it will eventually improve in reliability incrementally. to me, the joy is in the journey
the video was such poor quality i decided not to post it. sorry for the delay guys--it will be forthcoming.