Missing Captains - Where Are They Now?

Journeyman28778

"And this one is just right" ~ Goldilocks
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I got to thinking how this place has changed. Not that change is necessarily a bad thing mind you, it's inevitable, but sometimes I miss some of the old crew and wonder where they have gone. Two things got me to thinking about this…

In a recent post a new member responded to someone from the "old school" about riding fast. I just had to laugh, thinking- you have absolutely no idea who you're talking to about speed.

Then, yesterday, I was working on the Roadster and ran into an issue. A quick search here turned up many hits on the topic posted “back in the day” by members I don’t see much here anymore.

1OLBULL
Barbagris
HANSO
Warp9.9
scot in exile
SONNY
STEEL
ROCKET SCIENTIST
CLAVIGER
Paul Bryant
many others……

Some captains still post, but just less often. Some have probably retired, or were banned ;-) and some, I’m afraid may have moved on from this life. Of course this is not a complete list - feel free to add to it, if you’d like….

I’ll close this little reminiscence with a post from 2013 that I read when I first became interested in the Rocket III. I didn’t understand half, or even that much, of what this guy was saying at the time, but it sure peaked my interest in the Rocket and led me to this group. Years later this fellow has helped me many many times.

A dollar to whoever identifies the poster first, or within the first few words…

Hey Royal. ___________ here, I built my own motor with components from other shops/ 11.8:1 compression pistons. 2 mm larger titatium intake valves 443 lift intake 425 exhaust all Carpenter racing components plus his CNC porting. I also added the Rotrex Supercharger and intercooler combination this bike has some pep but can be very dangerous so I detuned her down to around the target of 420 rwhp. Already blew one dyno up so I try to keep a low profile.

Your best bet is to stay NA so you do not have to fart around and worry aboutthe quality of gas at the pumps. Carpenter can give you plenty in the 240 to 270 hp range. The bike will leap out from undeer you so be carfeull. the have broke into the 8s with there 270 hp street machine. The question is how insane are you and is you life insurance up to date. The standard Stage one will pull low 9's and I bet with a good pilot high 8's yet still run on 87 octane pump gas all day long. If I woere to make a suggestion that would be the way I would go. she will pull over 200 mph if you can hold on……

Ok just my opinions and I am no expert. The turbos are to small and spool up to fast. This will screw pistons up that are not made for turbos. Also when you power dropps mine is still climbing. the turbo starts loosing its snoot around 5500 to 6000 I can not tell you when mine looses it because it had so much I had to take boost away My max boost stops a 9000 rpms. That and I wanted to tame it down a bit. I did not know if the tranny could handle 540+ hp helll I grenaded the internal clutch hub and bent the input transmition shaft shifting into fifth gear at 180 mph the torque was trememndess. If you want to freak yourself out have the engine and transmition lock up at 80 to 90 mph and keep it upright. The bike was all over the road and I was searching for a place I could jump the ditch and punch out in a yard if things were not going to fair out well. My suggestion is do not be a idiot like me you can put a turbine engine on a bike but it does not mean you can control it. Yes I was talking to god while this was happening. The only reason I think I lived is he was not ready for my opinion just yet. Or he figured He will wait for me to get a little more awnry and send me to hell to fuc with satian

Believe it or not there is such a thing as to much. I am serious if you went with the stage one Carpenter Silver back and could use all of first gear you are a MAN of MEN. it will leap out from underneath you. Anything else is just pissing money down the drain. Save the cash and do two Rockets then you can decide which bike you want to screw with. No V-maxes or any other sport bike in my area will even play with me anymore. The guy who owned the dyno I blew up will not let me on it anymore. Other Dyno operators are not being friendly either so you will loose a lot of fun. Now if your going to do soem LSR racing well then you just might want to go bonkers. I hope to but might have two more surgeries on top of the 4 I have had. ( Never work in a prison it can get dangerous believe me and not just for the thugs ) If you want to calll and talk about things that can and I have broke doing this insaine stuff go ahead I will PM you my phone number.

Now here is the most reality check that might help you. Bill Warner fastest sit up busa in the world 311+mph standing mile at Lorin Maine. Pulled wheelie at 265 mph at the texas mile slowed down to 235 mph before getting a close look at the track. He has not raced again since. But unlike others he did live so there is a good side to bad things. He broke some ribs punctured a lung broke a anckle. But says the worse is the blunt force trama to the body.

Serious you line up against a busa with a stage 1 beast. your off he hits his speed limiter at 186 mph you then smile and shift into fith gear. I ask you do you realy need any more then that? !/4 mile well thats different but if your not going to spend the mponey to lengthen the bike you will still be pulling the wheels up at the finish line which means you will be letting off the throttle. if you want any more then that one might think your crazy.
If so I have some ideas for you but will not be responsible for the funeral.

So in short I went over board but I had the blower first which was great, the only reason I added to it was because I knew I would not get the money back out of it if I tried to sell it. If Carpenter had their stuff out first thats where I would have went. With Na and no spray you do not have to worry about detonation and who are you going to find to make the next set of stronger head bolts that might hold the head down? Which is where I am at right now OEM studs are not the strongest and I got into soem cheap gas from a station and it detonated quicker then stink on crap. at 40 mph so I was not even getting on it. I think it was the summer/winter mix change or the cheap basturds ran out of premium and sunstituted 89 octane in the tank. I have figured out ways around it now but the fact is with NA you just don't have to worry unless you spray NOS.

Here is my Number I am happy to help anyone I can. the only thing I will not answer is anything about the new Triumph streamliner it is deamed Classified.

XXX-XXX-XXXX
I retire at 10 pm central time during the work week.
 

Mighty Mouse

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Bones, The OutlawJW, Triumphil and Tomcat were a few of the more colorful characters I miss back 10 years or so. I know Bones passed away in a traffic collision (Not 100% sure) The Outlaw is still kicking, but Tomcat and TriumphPhil I don't know where they went. This is back in the day if you pissed one of them off they would message you and ask for your address. If you were dumb enough to give it to them they would board a plane fly down to kick your ass then buy you a beer afterwards.😆:thumbsup:
 

ruzzle

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Blasted Bones (Andy) was forever trying to find the limits of adhesion and eventually did so on his Yammie R1... sadly there was a tree in the way.

Tomcat Trevor moved holus-bolus to the western state of Oz and lost contact with the rest of us who are mainly east-coasters. Think he mated up with some Rocketeers over there, but it was a while back.

Triumph Phil spent most of his forum time here and elsewhere trying to get himself banned and eventually did. Controversial fella, to say the least.

Oh yeah... Journeyman's quote was from Warpo. Where's my dollar?


See? There is some point in being the oldest fart on here.....
 

ruzzle

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Oh... and Hanso threw his Rocket away on the (vast) Hay Plains and nearly threw himself away in the process. Bike was scrapped, he bought a Tiger, took up bows-n-arrers for fun, and we haven't heard from him since.

Me? I'm still here. Despite Harry's comparison to Methuselath. Stiff cheese.
 

ruzzle

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What happened to Juggernaut / Bishop?
Now THAT'S going back! Marcus was one of the three people who took over the dot.com site many moons ago from the original founder. He is/was an I.T. guru and the only one who could "do" things with the forum technicalities.

He got involved with domestic problems years ago, lost a lot of interest in that forum, and became very difficult to contact when troubles arose. Last we heard he was off into the wilderness somewhere with some - hippies??? - protesting about things like oil pipelines across reservations....

After the Russian hackers invaded that forum, and following on from all the years of controversy surrounding the Politics and Religion section, the remaining owners Owl and Flydive had had enough and bailed. Shawn came along and took over the site and more or less amalgamated it with this one.

All historical enquiries answered cheerfully...... Methuselath speaks..... 👨‍🎓
 

Journeyman28778

"And this one is just right" ~ Goldilocks
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Old Fort, NC 28762 USA
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2020 3R , '11 Rocket III Roadster
Blasted Bones (Andy) was forever trying to find the limits of adhesion and eventually did so on his Yammie R1... sadly there was a tree in the way.

Tomcat Trevor moved holus-bolus to the western state of Oz and lost contact with the rest of us who are mainly east-coasters. Think he mated up with some Rocketeers over there, but it was a while back.

Triumph Phil spent most of his forum time here and elsewhere trying to get himself banned and eventually did. Controversial fella, to say the least.

Oh yeah... Journeyman's quote was from Warpo. Where's my dollar?


See? There is some point in being the oldest fart on here.....
You, sir, are the winner! I'd prefer to buy you a beer when we visit your fine country sometime soon, I hope. I can send you the $1.00 U.S., but I'm afraid that lately it's worth far less than the postage.
 
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