I know, it’s not even February yet. But, the coming season is shaping up to be so full of track day opportunity that I don’t think I’ll be able to take in all of the events that I’d like to. We’ve had great news up here in the Great White North; with a new track just outside of Ottawa, Ontarioopening up in August. Calabogie Motorsports Park is another incredible track designed by Alan Wilson – noted of his designs for Barber Motorsports Park, BeaveRun Motorsports Park, Carolina Motorsports Park and Mont Tremblant. Check out the on-board video on the Calabogie site. We’ve received word of two dates in early August for a total of 4 days of motorcycle events so far. As I understand it, we’ll have VIRGIN PAVEMENT. And speaking of Mt.Tremblant, the DOCC has announced an event at this facility and it’d going to be a riot riding on this track again after 23 years.
So, from my perspective, I’m trying to juggle all of the Mosport events listed on Ontario Track Days with the Mt.Tremblant event, the VRRA Vintage Festival, the Mid-Ohio vintage event and 7 days at Grattan. Then there's the Canadian Thunder Series... As it is, I’m going to have to burn some airline points to fly from Grand Rapids back to Ottawa on Sunday night and borrow a bike (hint, hint…) to make the inaugural Calabogie event on Monday. Then fly back to Grand Rapids Monday night to pick up all of my gear and drive home.
Rumors and allegations abound – Fran McDermott's talking about having two TTs on the track this year, one based on the virgin chassis and bodywork that’s been sitting in the shop since the days of Confederation and the old war horse (but this time with a real clutch). The new one will sport a motor based on a modern 750 and built by Bruce at BCM. His brother Gerry’s putting together a Sport-based bevel racer that should be interesting. Gareth Wilson unveiled the Original Loud Bike, raised from the ashes (literally) at the SuperShow in Toronto Canada this month. Amazing what he’s been able to do when you look at the crash photos. And speaking with an Ontario DOCC member who wishes to remain anonymous (thus maintaining the element of surprise for Mosport in May), I learned that we’ll see another TT on the track up here this season.
Looks like it will shape up as a very nice piece – with rev 1.0 staying with the Allazurra bits for this year. Not shown in the photo are Goldline calipers, and the TT bodywork. For ’06, rev 2.0 will have a Paso-based 750 engine, which like the early Sport, seems to be almost a drop-in. I’ve always wondered about the swing arm pivot and it turns out that they are plugged and can bored for the 15mm pin. There is a split pin pressed in through the case into the plug. He (The Anonymous One) drilled that out first the plunged into the plug with a 1 inch end mill. Flipped over the case and pressed out the plug. With that motor, the bike will see a switch to a nice pair of 41.7 M1R's forks, and a set of black two-piston Brembo's from an 851 and Verlicchi aluminum swing arm.
My disease is progressing nicely with the Buell up on eBay. I'm off for a visit with Guy to talk about cams....