A call from team member John Endrizzi to Pat Lehmann of Rochester Harley saved the day. Pat graciously agreed to come in on his day off to establish the baseline jetting using their SuperFlow Dyno.
The following video documents some of the dyno testing. A couple notes about the video; the first thing that you may notice is the ingenious starter system that Joe Taylor came up with. It consists of a snow blower with a go cart wheel attached in place of the rotor. Also noteworthy is that when you see Pat with the welding gloves on, it is because the plug wires kept coming loose from the magneto at RPM. Eventually he was forced to hold them in place during the dyno run. Finding this one issue alone, before making the trip all the way to the salt, was priceless.
So, what was the horsepower? I guess we just don't know. I knew going in that the dyno would probably not pick up a usable trigger from the magneto. The lack of a tachometer on the bike was also an issue. After some initial warm up runs and jet changes, Pat broke out an optical pickup which he set up to run off the engine pulley, but since he had never had occasion to use it before, there was some question as to the readings it produced. The actual readings showed over 120 horsepower at around 4800 RPM - obviously that was incorrect (at no time during the dyno session did the engine reach maximum RPMs). The RPM readings from the optical pickup seemed to be right though.
After the fact I mathematically calculated the RPM from the wheel speed, confirming that the optical pickup was providing accurate data. If the horsepower readings we saw meant anything, my guess is that they were reading double the actual horsepower figure, but since the engine was only taken to about 4800 of what I hoped would be a 7500 RPM top, even that told us very little.
Oh well, perhaps the great white dyno of the Bonneville Salt Flats would provide more conclusive results...