Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Current AMA records held by Team Markertek.com:

Scott Kolb______125cc_____A_AG_______ 125.750____ 2008
(Our 2006 record is bumped up from 119.384)

Scott Kolb ______125cc_____A_AF_______ 124.828____2008

Greg Meola _____125cc_____M_AG______ 115.383_____ 2008

Greg Meola______125cc ____M_AF______ 117.221 ____2008

Django Zaloom ___125cc ____MPS-AG _____126.305____ 2007

Django Zaloom ___125cc_____MPS-AF _____128.955 ____2008

Our intent for 2009 is to pursue the two 125cc records that evade us. 'Partial streamliner special construction' and 'streamliner.' We are modifying our current special construction bike for the 09' effort. It will be stretched 33" to help narrow the frontal area and sport new bodywork to clean up the aerodynamics. We have gone as fast as 131MPH in the current configuration, 3 MPH shy of the current record. The new setup should yield 145MPH. The Honda RS125 motor currently used was built up by Bill Himmelsbach. We have 42 HP, documented on a Dyno-jet dyno. Very reliable in this state of tune.

Design has begun on our Streamliner. Previous posts show the 1:6 scale model. It will make its debut in 2010 at Speed week to receive some shakedown tests to help us prepare for the 'BUBS Speed Trials' two weeks later. The current AMA record is 136, and the FIM record stands at 159 and was set at sea level. This is an important note as the elevation at Bonneville is approximately 4500 feet above sea level. This robs all competitors of power and is why we need a new motor set-up because we will need 50HP at sea level to get our streamliner up to our 175MPH goal.
More on my motor search later.

Streamliner video of 1:6 model

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A 1:6 scale model

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Monday, February 2, 2009

2008 A banner year

Special thanks to our photographer Gregor Halenda for making us look good. Overall a banner year for Team markertek.com Not only did we look sharp, we broke 5 nationalland speed records.
From left to right:
Dan Harper-support crew
Scott Kolb- rider, builder, owner
Annick Magac-support crew
Greg Meola-rider, fabricator
Tom Romano-Lead mechanic, fabricator
Dgango Zaloom-Rider, fabricator
Eric Omland-support crew
Chris bernard-designer, fabricator
Not shown: Mark Braunstein-lead sponsor
Not shown: Chris Cosentino-tuner
Not shown: Gregor Halenda-photographer

Django and Greg secure three records, nice work fellas.

Hurry up and wait, thats racing.

On the starting line waiting....waiting....

Once underway I realize after many attempts we will once again miss out on the 'partially streamlined special constuction' record by 3 MPH. THis record continues to evade me but I will get it in 2009.

Top secret plan being hatched as I type.

Django's ride seizes on course. So we set into replacing the top end. WE do not have a spare cylinder and set Dan and Django on the task that evening, in their hotel room, of etching off the aluminum deposits on the cylinder wall with Muriatic acid. While all of the aluminum comes off we find the Nickasil plating on the cylinder wall has started delaminating looking like bubbles of aluminum foil. We throw it back togethor for a run on the last day only to find no spark. 2 hours of hunting down electrical gremlins and we find a bad condensor. No problem, we pull the condensor of of the special construction bike and he is underway.
As the week roles on we have to really work at it . As greg exited the timed mile and established a new record doing so, the RS's motor siezed. He pulled in the clutch soon enough to avoid disaster. Once in the pits the bike restarts and we hope it was a very light seizure. So we prep the bike for The Partially Streamlined Fuel record, fatten up the jetting, and hope for the best.

The week involves constant tweaking to the bikes, gearing, jetting, and aerodynamic adjustments.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

2008 underway

After experiencing horrific conditons in 07' we return to Bonneville to find perfect Salt! Record will fall.

Prep is underway, we are going after 5 records this year using three different riders. The RS 125 is shown unstreamlined. We did our homework and it pays off as Greg manages to break the two unstreamlined records.

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