Saturday, February 14, 2015

Team Farfle's new race bike! Completely factory, for now...

On the list of things to do:

17" wheel conversion, including a wider rear wheel for a 160 profile rear tire.

High power charge contactor bypass battery pack tap for fast charging.

ATF cooled motor.

Twin size 4 controllers for 880 phase amps.

The bike will also be going on a bit of a diet before it goes onto the track.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

A new chapter for Farfle racing.

Apologies for the cliché title, but Farfle racing has been on the back burner for awhile. Our fearless rider/programmer Chase is finishing up his ECE degree at OSU, And I have moved down to California to work for Farasis Energy inc who manufactures the cells used in Zero's motorcycles among others.

As for the motorcycle, Mk 4.5 has been sold to a friend of the team, and preparations for a new bike are underway. A super modified 2015 Zero DS supermoto, and a one of a kind 400hp carbon fiber AWD track car will be wearing Team Farfle stickers next year, so who knows where that will land us.

Signing off with some pictures,
~ Jackson

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mk. 4.5 spun up its motor for the first time in months with only minor modifications to the wiring harness. Electric vehicles are awesome.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Off-season update

Hello everyone, an update has been a long time coming. Sadly Mk.4's battery died over the winter. This was a somewhat planned event though, as the RC lipo cells we were using live hard and fast, and we were able to get more then three years of lifespan out of them, from Mk.2 thru Mk.4.

For some good news, A good friend of the team has donated battery packs to us, and we have been hard at work designing a new frame around these new batteries. We are calling this frame Mk 4.5, as it re-uses alot of parts from Mk.4. The swingarm, motor, fork, wheelset and controller are moving over, and a new frame and Britten V1000 inspired linkage rear shock are in progress right now.

Here are some images of the progress to date.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

End of Season Track Day

The last day of riding season had to come around sometime. We were fortunate to have such a great final day at MACtrack! Jackson was able to borrow a pair of leathers and ride Mk. 4 on the track for the first time. We also had the chance to get some very useful information on the tires we should be using. The Dunlop racing slicks we had been using were just too hard of a compound for our lightweight bike to keep warm, so we experimented with a set of DOT approved tires and a pair of rain tires (donated by one of the awesome supermoto guys we've gotten to know this year!). The rain tires ended up being the best gripping tire we have ever used, and made a significant improvement in the bike's ability to handle cornering at high speeds. Learning all of this before the end of the season will be critical for the upcoming "build season" for the next race bike (more details to come).