It has to be in the running for the coolest QuadRacer we've ever tested. And it's in the back of my truck, right now. I just came back from the photo studio where I shot the Trinity Racing Suzuki LTR516 that will be featured in an upcoming issue of Dirt Wheels. It's one of those machines that you can't stop looking at. Nearly every single piece of it has been replaced, bored out, powder-coated or just polished. "We have about three weeks of work in it, with several people on the job." says Fred at Trinity. "I don't know how may hours that is. I don't want to know."
The centerpiece of it all is the 516cc motor, which is bored and stroked. Trinity makes the cylinder and has it plated, installs an entirely new crank, reworks the head and comes up one of the most powerful LTR450s ever. Except it's not an LTR450 any more. How much power does it make? We're going to save that information for later. Trinity has a web camera in its dyno room that can be accessed through www.trintiyracing.com
. We plan on making the official dyno run of the machine an event that can be watched. Once we decide on a date and a time, we'll post that information.
The concept of having a live web cam in a dyno room is interesting. Trinity has another one in the shop area where heads are being ground and a CNC machine is spitting out parts. You can actually aim the camera from your computer at home. It's cool, but it's a little weird. While I was touring the shop, I could see the camera moving around. I think my wife was checking up on me.
Whenever I get a chance to wander around in an active machine shop, I enjoy myself. It's kind of like watching that Science Channel program "How It's Made," only being there. Trinity makes almost all its parts right there in Ontario. The end cap for most other exhaust pipes is stamped out at some facility in Asia. Trinity makes each one out of billet. It doesn't seem terribly time effective, but a big piece of aluminum the size of a dog's head goes into the machine and all the parts that don't look like an end cap are chipped away. The advantage is that they aren't stuck trying to design each new quad pipe around an existing piece--they have total freedom to make the pipe without constraints.
The Dirt Wheels 516 project will be on-going for a few more weeks. Before we can flog it, it's going on a tour where it will be displayed at a number of events, including Laguna Seca in Northern California and Sand Fest.in Oregon. If you're at either event, it will be under the Suzuki tent. Check it out.--Ron