Friday, October 12, 2012
A Ring Tailed Twister
Or , how I twisted the wick on a pitbull. A Big Dog Pitbull that is. So, the pawn shop I work in bought a Big Dog Pit Bull motorcycle. As I'm the only rider in the shop I got to do the honors and give it a test ride. Let me tell ya about this beast. The heart of it is an S&S 107 cubic inch Super Sidewinder motor. It's mated to a 5 speed tranny via a 3 inch open primary drive belt. The frame is a hard tail and has a moderate amount of rake to the front end bringing it to 40 or 42 degrees. It has a very skinny front tire and a very fat rear tire.Which makes handling somewhat poor. It's similar to this only with an orange real fire paint job. Thankfully the high rise apehanger handlebars give plenty of leverage for making turns. I don't know what the horsepower or torque ratings are but they must be in 100 to 110 hp range and 110 to 120 ft lbs. After firing this beast up I did a lap in the parking lot then headed out on the freeway. I rode a couple or three mile to the next exit, just getting a feel for the bike. I took the exit, crossed under the highway and headed up the on ramp to go back to the store. I twisted the wick a little too much in 3rd and the back tire lost traction and made a little smoke. I eased off and entered the traffic flow. Working my way over three lanes, I cracked it open a little and work up to 4th gear and hit 110 then shifted to 5th. This thing shot up to 120 in a heartbeat and the the exit was fast approaching. I made quick work of getting over to the exit lane and slowing down. Hopefully I didn't scare or piss off too many folks. I made the exit, turned under the freeway again and pulled into the parking lot. I stopped in front of the store, pulled hard on the front brake and twisted the wick hard while feathering the clutch. A cloud of smoke poured off the back tire and I eased the clutch out a little as the front brake started giving way to the horsepower and end up doing a rolling burn out. The store and bike owner ran out to see the action with a huge grin on his face. I later thanked him for making my day.