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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby DazTheCowboy » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:13 pm

FrankW wrote:Curious: What kind of protective suit you'll be wearing as I see a project like this warranting more than just a set of racing leathers... maybe a fire suit over the leathers?

Knowing me, I'd probably try to rig up an onboard fire extinguisher...

BTW: I would be extremely interested to see the progress first hand come this April when I should be there for Newtons.


i'll be getting a custom suit made, it will incorporate nomex, kevlar and kangaroo leather, it will be a one off design and very $$$$$$

and yes your more than welcome to see it, nic reminded me you are apparently staying at mine, does this mean i have to clean again? haha.

no doubt there may be a couple more people by the time it draws closer, i tend to have an open house around newtons time :) i know it's ridiculously expensive for accommodation when your a luger traveling on a budget.
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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby FrankW » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:43 pm

Kangaroo leather? Interesting... what are it's properties compared to standard Bovine and Pig leather?

I'm invited to stay with you? That would be an honor, and would definitely help to curb some of the expenses associated with the trip.

Speaking of kangaroo, I've just got to try some when I get there. I hear that it's a great protein source.
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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby sidecar nic » Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:34 pm

FrankW wrote:Kangaroo leather? Interesting... what are it's properties compared to standard Bovine and Pig leather?

I'm invited to stay with you? That would be an honor, and would definitely help to curb some of the expenses associated with the trip.

Speaking of kangaroo, I've just got to try some when I get there. I hear that it's a great protein source.


Kangaroo leather is much stronger than standard cowhide. Kangaroo skin is generally 0.8mm thick and a lot softer. This gets the same strength/wear resistance as 1.4mm cowhide. This results in a much lighter and more comfortable suit. Many of the specialised motoGP leathers now incorporate kangaroo skin. The other plus is that a kangaroo scrotum can be modified to make a great coin purse :D

I am likely to have an overflow of people at my house around Newtons too and may have to ship people out to friends depending on numbers. This was a contingency plan. Either way, you'll have a roof over your head, airport transfers and a tour guide.
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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby FrankW » Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:45 pm

Now I'm really curious as to how much a set of leathers from Kangaroo would cost. And suggestions as to where I should look?

Oh no worries, as long as I'm not being rained on I'm fine. A toilet and shower are always a big plus. Thank you for your generosity.

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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby DazTheCowboy » Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:29 pm

everyone's always welcome at mine frank..........not sure it's an honor actually i'm sure it's a punishment in some countries hehe.

as for getting leathers contact http://www.finnmoto.com.au/ he makes all mine and does a bloody good job, they are probably the one of most affordable kangaroo leather suites you'd find as well, he'll be doing my 500kph+ fire proof suite.

p.s. tell him the cowboy sent you and he'll look after you dude.
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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby FrankW » Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:11 pm

I am most certainly liking the thought of a kangaroo suit. Thank you for the link and I will most certainly have to keep it in mind for when I finally order my 2012 suit.

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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby Furlong » Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:32 pm

Getting back to jet luge...

Since you were enquiring about Randal Comp 205 trucks Daz, since they are so difficult to get, why not get some clones then?

I saw some Randal Comp 205 clones on some of the Spanish luges in Teolo this past August, and also on the Brazilian luges at Teutonia.

Contact Jan Tarradas (Spain) as he has a set on his luge (I don't think he's the manufacturer) or Jonathan Gralhe (Brazil) from the Rapido e Rasteiro luge team. He makes them himself. Both Spanish and Brazilian trucks are cast and from far, look like a Randal Comp 205....

As for wheels, are you just looking to get free wheels from the major wheel companies (ABEC11, Seismic, Orangatang)? Or much more (like cash)? Shouldn't be too hard to get free wheels for this project.

Also, we all know that the ideal weight distribution for a street luge is 60/40 or 65/35 for optimum handling and stability. But with a jet engine behind your head, won't this make the board rear end heavy and change the weight distribution?

I use kangaroo gloves and they last so much longer than my normal cowhide gloves. You're always tearing holes in normal gloves just from pushing off. Kangaroo leather is so much better. The only reason why my current kangaroo gloves are starting to fail (on the right hand only) is the stitching is coming apart, and the perforated hole is getting larger....had the glove been made without any stitching exposed or perforated holes, they would hold up much longer!

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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby DazTheCowboy » Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:40 am

hey Abdil

yeah i was thinking about that, but i was lucky enough to find enough trucks to use now :) i'm stoked!

yeah with the sponsorship, i have only asked them for product, and nothing more than i need for the board, you'd think it would be a little easier to get than it appears, but apparently not hehe.

with the 60/40 rule that i swear by, don't you worry about that mate ;) i got a few tricks up my sleeve to make things work and remain stable and safe ;) you'll see more of what i mean when i get photos of the construction of the board up on the website.

yeah kangaroo is so awesome, and if you want great wear factor, stingray is also cool for parts like the elbows and butt, it has high slip and low wear, though it is expensive.

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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby DazTheCowboy » Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:59 am

hey guys just letting you know i got some photos up on the website of the board being made, have a look and if you dig it please click the like button at the bottom of the page to help me get the word out there, thanks in advance :)

http://www.jetluge.com.au/blog.html
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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby ChrisMcB » Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:18 am

I'm looking at the group photo, and there is just something different about one of the boards... can't quite put my finger on it.

Are you planning on turning with this thing, or just doing a straight line?
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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby DazTheCowboy » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:22 pm

strait lines all the way chris, never really saw the need to make it turn at 200kph, but if i do see a cute bunny off to the side of the track i may just hook it and see how she handles hehe.
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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby DazTheCowboy » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:21 pm

more photos and latest blog up guys, these are the fun ones as stuff is being made :)

www.jetluge.com.au

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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby FrankW » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:50 pm

If you don't mind my asking: What size channel are you using, and where did you source it?
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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby DazTheCowboy » Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:35 pm

i can't remember the size i've used it for years and the guy knows me where i get it from so he just puts it out for me and i pay for it, i haven't needed to ask for it by size or type for years lol, but it's a T6 channel.

i got the latest pics up on the blog and in the gallery also.

http://www.jetluge.com.au/blog.html

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Re: Jet Powered Luge Downunder

Postby DazTheCowboy » Wed May 30, 2012 5:57 pm

hi guys

for those of you who don't know i have updated the website with a little more info, not to mention the board has progressed along as well.

have a look at the latest on the blog and take a look at the new sections on the website.

http://www.jetluge.com.au/blog.html

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