Bonneville Planning: Confidence Report (1)
Confidence can be a complex equation when so many entirely new scenarios need to be cleared concurrently. We spent the past week evaluating prospects for our speed-run in Bonneville this year. Here are the major milestones that will contribute to ongoing confidence. We'll update regularly...
- Month of July: Final Machining and Fabrication
- Month of August: Final Engines and Tuning
- Month of September: Final Preparation and Travel
- Early October: SCTA World Finals (September 30 - October 3)
- Weather Wildcard: Unknown
For a little insight on each, here's what we're seeing
Machining and Fabrication
The majority of our fabrication (and there's not a lot), lies with Apex CNC who have been invaluable partners throughout the life of this project. We're in the home stretch and only a few items remain. You'll see these updated on our photo gallery as they come in.
Given the strength of past performance and the limited number of parts remaining, we're highly confident we can get through this fundamental milestone.
Final Engines and Tuning
We're in possession of one Motus engine and received word last week that we should expect updates to our current configuration and two new power plants by the end of July. We're locking down August just to be safe. We can't thank our friends at Motus enough for the incredible work they've put into this one-of-a-kind American engine. Tuning will involve incorporating the first-ever super-charger on this setup and integrating a unique electronics integration.
We're highly confident in our partner and our combined ability to get things tuned. But, until we have everything in-house, we'll keep this percentage a down a bit.
Preparing the three bikes for travel, organizing our support crew, and preparing our film crew will all require getting some stars to align. If you're interested in joining us, let us know right away. We'll do our best to keep you informed as final preparations are made.
We're also highly confident in our ability to land these final steps since we have everything already in place, it's just a matter of logistics.
SCTA World Finals
Our overall confidence here is 60% given the ultimate wild-card: the weather. We're watching the SCTA site closely for any updates as they might occur on the ground. Even when we get everything locked in, we're still at the mercy of Mother Nature and the late-season runs run a higher risk of getting rained out. Oddly, the July events were canceled this month, so it may have turned out for the best that we shifted from our August target to October.
More updates to come...!