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Performance Tuning

Spring Season Preparation

As I write this, spring is in the air.  Although the nights are still -2 below zero in our neck of the woods, it gets up to a balmy 10 degrees above during the day. So, I figured that it was high time I lifted the snow shovels off my bike and get her ready…

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Tech Question & Answer

Hello John, in previous race prep article you wrote, you mentioned that machining the head on a four stroke engine doesn’t tighten the squish….. – Billy Rae Thank you Billy Rae for writing in. Let me expand a bit. A two stroke piston top is perfectly smooth and of course, an almost perfect circle. Its…

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Tech Question & Answer

We have a few questions we can address this week. John, last fall I did a Turn 2 track day at Calabogie on my Street Triple. During the inspection, I mentioned to you that I found the bike turned too quick, almost “falling in”. You suggested I lower the forks (raise the front) a bit,…

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When is TOO Much Pressure Enough?

Have you ever noticed that some days your sled handles predictably and others it is all over the trail?  Do you have a machine that darts like crazy or does it plow through every corner?  Works great in the morning, but then terrible in the afternoon?  This is not a fact of life; there are…

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Snowmobiler TV Episode: Learning About Suspensions

We are super stoked here at Accelerated Technologies as our video shoot with the crew at STV – Snowmobiler TV is airing this weekend on OLN . Please PVR it (because we know you will be out riding) and check it out. The episode focuses on tuning the new Gen 4 Ski-Doo chassis as well as general set up…

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Do I Really Need Tire Warmers?

If not for racing, what about just for Track Days? Road Racers in the early 90’s had a totally different strategy of competition than they do today.  The bikes lined up on the grid and began racing after the green flag dropped.  The first corner was a balancing act as everyone fought their desire to…

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Off to Daytona

A factory Crew Chief prepares for the Daytona 200.  An introspective. As I write this, I keep glancing at the clock.  My annual flight for Daytona leaves this afternoon to kick off yet another season of road racing across this great country, with occasional gusts south of the border like this one.  In my other…

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‘Twas the Month Before Christmas…

And all through the shop, not a creature was stirring least of all the mop.  The gear was hung right were I left it in hopes that someone else would clean it up, or I finally figured out how to clone myself. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of their…

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