Two tracks are usually prepared; a 10 mile long straightaway for speed trials and an oval or circular track for distance runs, which is typically between 10 to 12 miles depending on the salt surface conditions. Eight riders from the Falkner Livingston Team (FL) are on the Speed Week agenda.
“There is a strategy to the long course,” said FL Assistant Team Manager Becca Livingston. “On the course riders have to figure out how to peak their speed during the third, fourth and fifth miles, which are the timed. It means they have to go two miles before they reach maximum speeds.”
Marks and cones indicate the end of the track and the position of timing equipment on the measured mile. The event is organized by The Southern California Timing Association and Bonneville Nationals Inc.
“We are mounting tires, and checking everything,” said Livingston. “The data acquisition on our bikes is a key element on our tuning for the salts. Conditions are so variable it can be 70 degrees in the morning and 110 a few hours later.”
Falkner Livingston is running motorcycles in the 1650cc, 1350cc, 750cc and 650cc. Paul Livingston set the new 750 APS-F Record at El Mirage in May 2006 and a new 1650 P/P Record at El Mirage in July 2006. “We use K&N Engineering Oil and Air Filters on all our motorcycles,” said Livingston. “Salt gets everywhere; it’s similar to table salt, really fine granules. “Salt storms invade our motorcycles, but with K&N no salt whatsoever gets into our engines.”
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