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The 'Salt Racer' Project

My brother and I are getting an SR500 together from spares to run flat out on the salt surface at Lake Gairdner during the Aussie Speed Week held next in March 2010.

Lake Gairdner is in outback South Australia and the event is run by the Dry Lake Racing Association (DLRA)

http://www.dlra.org.au/index.htm

The track...

The SR is being totally built from the ground up using a mixture of parts that will come together to look a decent machine in the end...well hopefully anyway...heh, heh...

The Saltie has been through several iterations already and it is coming along nicely...parts turn up for it in the mail frequently and the head is off being ported now...

Initial styling idea...SR500 frame, TX500 swingarm, FS1 tank, CB250RS wheels and front end...

Quick change...SR400 frame, SR500 front end, SR400 rear wheel...tracker style seat...

Blanking plate made for the RS front wheel to stop the salt entering..made from the centre of the CB's stainless front disc...

Kei Hin FCR carby, head cleaned up ready for the porting...

Tracker seat cut to widen and lower it onto the SR's frame...

Major change...decided to get rid of the tracker seat and FS1 tank to follow the normal SR style...seat is from Motoco in Japan, lower fairing fitted for streamlining...from AAA in Nippon...E model tank...

More changes...after consultation with those in the know...we have decided to fit the SR with mags...they'll be coated in a corrosion resistant substance prior to leaving...

More of the mags...

Adjustable angle Daytona clip-ons...nicely made and quite solid...comes with indexing marks on the bars to get the angles the same on each one...adjustment to between 9 and 15 degrees drop...

Bars in place on the salt machine...

Steepest angle...perfect angle for what we want to do...steering damper coming up...eh Allister!

One of the two kill switches required on the bike...

Thanks to Dave from WA we have the extra plastic disc bolt cover we needed...thanks mate!

The rear brake is being set-up to be cable operated from the lever on the clip-ons...so a rear mount had to be made and the cables are still to come...

The other side...

In place...might clean it up a little...round off a few corners perhaps...

Oh, and I bought a Honda part for it...heh, heh...at least it was an HRC part! SP1 QA throttle...1/6 turn...

The rear brake cable adjuster has been machined up...brass for the salt...

The rear brake cable end fitting is attached to the cable...once all the fittings have been put in place...

...and the brake cable is attached to the Saltie...

Aircraft parts can always come in handy on a bike...

The front of the cable is fitted into the brake lever on the bars...and the HRC throttle is connected...

The 'Kawasaki' style steering damper has arrived from the US...and the frame mounting lug is attached...more machining to go yet...

The head should hopefully be coming back from the 'porters' soon and the barrel has gone off to Doug for the bore to be sorted...the fun continues...

We also have another sponsor who's stepped in to assist in the form of Gazi Suspension from QLD...thanks very much guys!

Gazi Hyper X shocks on the bike...good looking units!

Adjustable length, compression and re-bound damping and collar adjustable spring pre-load...altogether nice shocks!

Another sponsor has decided to join in. Bill from People & Spaces here in the ACT. Bill's a landscape gardener and he's volunteered some hard earned cash to help out. Thanks mate!

Bill and his brother Wayne and their sons will also be coming along to the lake to be our pit-crew...

The head has returned from the 'porters' complete with valves, and the barrel has been bored to suit the new piston...now the real 'fun' begins...

Oil pump seals replaced and the pump generally checked over...I love these engines!

Hmm, now off to Pingel in the US for a fuel tap for the machine.

De Bortolis Wines have agreed to sponsor the Saltie! Terrific! Thanks very much for the support.

We look forward to taking a few bottles of their fine wine along to the event!

The new fuel tap has arrived!

The steering damper in place...might have to change the front pivot point...never a dull moment!

Today another milestone has been reached...the engine is now basically 'sorted' regarding the cam timing; piston to head and valve clearances are all verified and all seems well with the World...heh, heh...well for now anyway. Dyno'ing will tell the story!

Now to get some Moly for the cam lobes so I don't unduly stress them or the rockers on first start-up and then it will be locked up and placed in the frame...then the electrical wiring begins.

Meantime the gearing is coming from Queensland and the ignition parts from OS...Marcus has given me a good deal on two CDIs. Thanks Marcus...we'll try hard to thoroughly test 'em out in the heat for you...

Some more TIG welding is required for the fairing brackets and more machining for me to do yet. Tyres may well be sorted this week as well. Avons?

The Saltie continues to be 'on track' for Gairdner!

Some machining has been done for parts of the fairing attachments...welding of the brackets at the end of this week.

Tyres are on back order...always the way...coils arrived today.

More progress; the Saltie is now on it's wheels...and looking OK.

The engine is in and wired up, fairing is mounted and shortened to suit our knees...all is looking OK.

Now for the exhaust and the re-sealing of the forks...and some minor frame mods too...:)

We'd like to welcome a new sponsor as well...the Aust SR500 Club! Excellent! Thanks for your support all of you...very much appreciated.

Much has happend...firstly the engine has run! Big milestone...started first kick...here it is in one of my road SRs...very nice engine it is too! Done 180km so far...strong power using the VM38 on my roadie! Not mechanically noisy either.

The carby and tacho are now properly fitted and some other stuff like lockwiring of fasteners etc. has been done...more to come!

The exhaust system has arrived from Rod Tingate and wow what a system! A megga reminiscent of the original G50 Matchless! Adjustable length as well...with a section of straight pipe to try as well...just in case...

This has gotta sound good! Very loud, but good!

The fuel has now arrived as well and is nicely tucked away!

The tank, seat, fairing and guard have gone off for painting today as well...the lower fairing has been kept back until modification after the dyno runs are completed...the megga will intrude on the back end somewhat...fingers crossed all will be ready for the ACT Classic Bike Rally on the Aus Day weekend...it will go on show there...together with the DCM and perhaps one of my smaller machines...the Rally theme this year is 'Sound of Singles' very fitting!

The large megga also means that the kickstart possibly won't fit either...a set of car driven rollers are also underway!

Did I mention that this wasn't a cheap undertaking!!!  Heh, heh...

The engne has been out again...304kms in the last two days...runs well!

Meanwhile the Saltie waits patiently for it's 'heart' to return...after a minor 'catastrophe"!!!

The paint colours have now been settled on...wait and see...

The bike has finally been on the dyno at Cafe Racer at Wattle Flat!

Once Carl got it jetted it our engine made good power and reached the top end (at least on the dyno) that we had hoped for...loud machine! Vibrations go right through your insides when you stand behind her!

The bodywork has returned...excellent job! I'd recommend Skittles anytime!

Pics a bit later...heh, heh...

Have to shorten the fuel tap OFF cable to suit the Saltie...

Now to get to Melbourne to get Rod Tingate to weld on the megga attaching brackets and then we're away...

Our class at the Salt is MPS/F 500cc...modified bike, partial streamlining, fuel class (for unapproved petrols) and 500cc...fuel has too much O2...

The link to the current entry list is below:

http://www.dlra.org.au/2010.htm

Scroll down the page to see it...we're number 831, 832...3 SRs entered this year!!!

21 Feb - The fuel tap is sorted now and all is looking good on the salt despite what looked bad on the weather radar today! The DLRA have officially pronounced the event as ON! The countdown begins in earnest!

I am going to try and arrange a venue to actually test ride the bike out before we head over...as opposed to running it on the dyno...will be pretty well at the last minute though...fingers crossed...

26 Feb - Rod has attached the megga properly and made me a new front fairing bracket...mine was too light! Heh, heh...hard to shake old habits! All the sponsor's decals are now attached so all is in readiness...shake-down/test run to come...

The DLRA have now changed their 2010 track layout as well...3 tracks now...I took the liberty of copying their pics to better illustrate the changes...thanks guys...here they are...

Pits area for 2010...

or...follow this link to have a look on the DLRA site:

http://www.dlra.org.au/track.htm#

1 Mar  - Still small jobs being undertaken on the bike...small fibreglass repair and we are still waiting for  40T rear sprocket to turn up!

Shake-down run on Thursday...all should be fine there...

Leaving for the Salt on the same day...

3 Mar - Go to this link for pictures of the completed Saltie...nice big pics for a change...heh, heh..

http://www.sr500forum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=51&start=90

We're off tomorrow and we'll get there on Saturday all being well. Ready for the first runs on Monday!

If you're going we'll see you there...come up and say hello!

15 Mar - We're back from the Salt...excellent time and we nearly reached our target speed...detailed article to follow shortly...for a few big pics of the bike on the Salt look here:

http://www.sr500forum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2576&start=20

The Ross Racing pits at Lake Gairdner...

 

Enjoy!

SR

 

SPONSOR LIST:

  • Dave from Perth!...thanks mate!

 

  • Skittles Kustomz here in the ACT...for the great paint job...