Samson Motors eNewsletter 11-4-2010
Our new front end is taking shape, and we are working out the steering for the torsion bar set-up. Cornering looks to be greatly improved, as is suspension and ride quality, but the steering needs some work. We recently had a meeting with Dennis Manning, whose team set the world record for gasoline powered motorcycles at 367mph, only to have it broken just this month. They are dedicated to owning that record, and we are learning some tricks for going fast. Now that we have broken 100mph, we are wondering how fast we can go. Even though we know we will never come close to the motorcycle world record, by racing and pushing the vehicle to the limits, we improve things for everyday operation.
We have been mostly concentrating on growth issues and planning the space for the different businesses involved. It is apparent that we will have some serious production demand, so we have gone from ‘what can we get by with’ and are into ‘how fast can we expand’. The computer simulation flights continue, and call for a steeper and shorter descent on final than most will be used to, but the balance of flight seems very conventional and fun. Take-off is best accomplished with 10 degrees of flaps and a bit of trim, and it just floats up off the runway. After you fly it for a while, you get the trim settings down and flying becomes easy. We have posted a video of one of our flights, which I think you will enjoy watching, and would like to open up a contest soon for others to contribute in the same manner. The contest will be 101 things you can do with a Switchblade, and #83 can be found at: