Ninja 400 Electronics and GP Bodywork Testing at Chuckwalla Raceway
I was out at Chuckwalla this weekend of September 14-15th with Jeremy Toye and a couple friends to do some testing and turn some laps to start getting in shape for the CVMA season, which starts in a couple weeks. It’s been an incredibly busy year and I apologize for not posting much riding and testing stuff this past year. I’ll be catching up on articles and info for you all as I get time this fall.
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I had a few cool things to test out this weekend. First up was two different stand-alone quickshifters for the Ninja 400, the Annitori and the IRC, both of which we sell at Norton Motorsports. Next I would be testing a first revision of my ECU flash built to pair with our Ninja400R Velocity Stacks. I always test any tuning systems on the dyno and on the track before releasing them to customers. I also brought my aRacer RC2 Super ECU and autotuner to test and use as a reference to compare our ECU flash. This system is so awesome, just a step above anything else on the market right now for these Ultra Lightweight bikes. And finally, the thing I’m most excited about, our GP bodywork for the Ninja 400. The Ninja has an amazing engine and great chassis, but I personally can’t stand the bodywork and ergonomics. So I’m on a mission to build a new set of bodywork and ergonomics package for the bike. The whole time I would also be testing the Dunlop MotoAmerica spec slick tires compared to the other options I’d used on the R3 and my current Bridgestone setup. I haven’t really had much time on the Dunlops yet, so this would be a good time to get some back to back time between the two setups.
I actually wasn’t planning on testing the bodywork this weekend, but I was able to just barely get it roughly mounted up, so what the hell, why not. Here I am installing the windscreen super last minute in the morning before riding.I also needed to deliver a Yamaha R3 superbike to one of my friends and customers, Trisin Harris, for his first ride and put some laps on my own R3 superbike to dial in my new Penske shock. Tristin and our friend Alex getting ready, also last minute, of course! Also got to see a few of our Norton Motorsports team riders, Ana Mata and Matt Cavarlez, along with Matt’s wife Sofia. Everyone trying to tough out the heat and get some good laps in before the CVMA race season starts in 2 weeks. And it was HOT! How hot? Here… At least it “feels like 102” LOL.