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is that the only change...is the use of type of tools?.......maybe im missing something in the rule change....let us know....but why is that a problem with BMW..i dont get it...as for batt operated tools go i would think thats the best way to go.....whats so unfair...is it the money to buy new tools?.....i would think the sponsors would pick up on that.....what are we talking 1 k at the most?....couple oil changes in the svc dept would pay for that...as far as 2 weeks go...still have enough time to run pit practice...there must be more to this than is posted....please submit what is missing so if there is a real issue that the people can truly follow up thanks :ricky
 

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I was working in another pit that weekend, and they were certainly doing something right. More pit stops and changing tires (plural) where our team went with the single tire the whole race. Couldn't believe they came in second. What was funny to me, though, was they were in the 750cc class (but I guess the rules allow 1200cc if it's a twin).

You get used to the sounds of the bikes going by, inline 4's having a high-pitched whine and the twins having a loud growl...but the BMW had a very distinctive sound of its own.

We did alright, too. Came in 4th overall, first in class (open).

Hope they do well in Daytona. As was mentioned in the other forum, they may have used Infineon as a practice run, which tells me they should do well (as long as they get to keep their tools).



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They changed the rules two weeks before the race to eliminate hydraulic tools (which SJBMW was using) and to require two stands for the bike if both the wheels are off the ground (SJBMW had custom made one stand to lift the whole bike).

These rule changes make no sense. Battery powered tools can generate a spark that could ignite fuel vapor, and why would they outlaw the kind of stand SJBMW was using? To help Suzuki, plain and simple.
 

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Some pics I posted on Pelican:

There was quite a turnout! There were more BMW guest bikes around the corner than there were in front...






Brian leaving the pit for the first race. "Open Class Twins," I think. He was blitzing by several by the first turn...






The SJBMW K12R Powercup bike:






The R1200S from between Turns 1 & 2:












When Chris was machining off the ignition mount and so forth, he cut down on the surface of the triple clamp that faces the rider and polished it. Looked way better than stock:






The Jardine can didn't do too well the day before. Needs to be mounted with another bracket, I believe Chris said:






Brian was accessible to all; friendly and easy to talk with:

 

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Don't ask. I have no idea.






Acid needs to get one of these engine covers. Notice the quick disconnects hanging for the lines to the calipers. Chris held the caliper in his hand with a few inches of brake line and a matching red fitting. Hooks back up; no bleeding! Acid...






The party begins in Production 750:






Between Turns 2 & 3:
















Two races so far. Two wins. Good work, Chris and Brian!

 

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nice pics!!!....but why is this against bmw?.....are they the only ones to use 2 stands ...and batt tools?......i think maybe you mean that they changed the rules to throw off bmw that had made a special stand just for this race....and when the other teams saw this they bitched...but in the scope of things all are equal....so its back to the track ...as for the tools....i would guess its more safe to have less hose to trip over...and or run over....less clutter in the pits....
 

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Steve_Carlton said:
Don't ask. I have no idea.

French, I think. "Sea Sun" Beyond that, I think you'd have to ask Chris.

Steve, was the K1200R PowerCup there that Saturday? All I saw was the boxer (many times, too).

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Brian leaving the pit for the first race. "Open Class Twins," I think. He was blitzing by several by the first turn...
I believe if they hadn't been using the Saturday event as a "trial/practice run (good strategy, though)", they would have had first place overall as well as the 750 class.

As for the photos...geez. I need to hook up with you at one of these races and video what you do...I may bring my Canon A1 out of retirement.



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Steve, was the K1200R PowerCup there that Saturday? All I saw was the boxer (many times, too).

I believe if they hadn't been using the Saturday event as a "trial/practice run (good strategy, though)", they would have had first place overall as well as the 750 class.

As for the photos...geez. I need to hook up with you at one of these races and video what you do...I may bring my Canon A1 out of retirement.
Thanks, Razel! Take another look; the PowerCup bike is in many of the shots. Brian raced it in Formula Pacific in the afternoon, but only finished 8th or 9th. He was quite tired by that race. Brian thinks he can win on that bike if it can lose a good bit more weight.

Brian won the Production 750 class and took 2nd in the 750 Superbike class. He led all but the first and last lap, and would have won that if he wasn't so beat. It was his last race on Sunday. It was the Endurance race they would have won (they got 2nd) without all the extra practice pit stops (for Daytona).
 

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