extending the art of performance
Engine development is a continuum in the art of performance... An engine is the sum of it's parts and systems that must work in synchronization and balance. An optimum balance of speed, power and reliability is the core requirement of any competitive engine. At a certain threshold, power gains from cylinder head work, displacement increases and/or forced induction - puts greater demands on all the other systems. It's here that we look to restore and/or optimize that balance to appropriate levels for the given application, while further enhancing performance and service life. Our experience spans over three decades and our results are a matter of record - We produce and deliver some of the most competitive and reliable engine work available, anywhere.
what it takes
There is seldom any "free lunch" in performance work, gains in one area will generally take from another, again balance is key. After determining the strength and weakness in all systems, a balanced plan for both performance and reliability is developed. The work is focused on maximizing performance and minimizing losses (or eliminating when possible) in order to produce the best possible results for any application. This is achieved through many hours of data collection, analysis, inspection, measuring, weighing, calculating, testing and so on. We employ many processes, practices and techniques that serve to provide a solid foundation to help engines tolerate mass power increases. Much of that work is specifically aimed at optimizing efficiency and reliability; which often helps to free-up power that's already there and helps take better advantage of the performance specific work. The higher the intended performance level, the more balanced the package must be and the more extensive the preparation and counter-measures become.
commitment and mindset
There are no secret formulas or easy paths to a truly competitive engine, it's simply a lot of hard work, both intellectually and physically. Great engines require great effort and commitment; putting forth the necessary time and energy, while applying every bit of knowledge, experience and skill to every project. Engaging engine development at any meaningful level, is a commitment to an educational process in perpetuity. It requires staying on top of the latest and most relevant developments, trends and techniques at the upper echelons of racing. Part of this continuing education is also developing and mastering the necessary skills to apply that knowledge. An engine developer is "always on", the discipline permeates conscious and subconscious thought long after the tools are put away and well before the workday starts. Every engine must be better than the last, engine development is never finished or finalized, there is always forward thinking, improvement and innovation.
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Patrick, Thank you for the fastest and most reliable engines in 250P!
We just ran the bike on the dyno, the engine makes "beaucoup" power! That's why we love you Pat, you're the man, I mean you are THE man. Thanks for always doing such a good job.
If the motor hasn't been apart in a couple years you should have it freshened up. There are a few people that can do that for you but I'd recommend Patrick Ho. He does high quality work.
Patrick has built a few motors for me and they all have been super strong and reliable.
To all of you 250 riders that do not know Patrick, he is my engine builder and did all the modifications on my EX250, front bracket, short shifter movement, suspension and other small changes that help me feel more comfortable on the bike. Teaming with him got me the results that you all are witnessing on the race track.
Damn, Patrick... You build some F@*#-ing sweet motors!
Patrick - I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know the bike is running great. This past weekend went really well too and saw me running up front in the pro classes.
Hey Pat, did I tell you about the 954? I took it out for a test ride and the front wheel came right up between 30-40 mph... in 4th gear! The thing makes stupid power! It actually scares him (the customer) a little, which I guess is a good thing:)