Featured Land Speed Racing 2023

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  1. speedrattle

    speedrattle Senior Member

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    2023.

    just got things going for my land speed attempt in limestone, maine, usa.

    i race a 1965 triumph 650 there in modified production. currently the fastest triumph 650 ever, anywhere, without a fairing, on a production frame, and on non-nitromethane.

    135-plus mph.

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    anyway, thats not very fast for maine. my neighbor in the pits runs 219 on his ZX14 ninja, and he worries about all the oil i leak out.

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    still, there's nobody faster in this class, ever, anywhere.

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    my target is 140 mph. if i can do that, my machine will be the fastest gasoline-powered, production framed triumph 650 that has ever been, period, since 1959.

    but its way hard to get that last 4.5 mph.

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    there are some hot BSAs coming in this year. the A65s dominated the modified production class until me and another guy brought in the bonnevilles, but they may catch up.

    stay tuned.
     
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  2. FellZebra

    FellZebra Noble Member

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    That’s impressive
    And wishing you all the best in your attempt to hit the 140
     
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  3. speedrattle

    speedrattle Senior Member

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    thank you. not just me. the two sons have records in the pure production 250 OHC class, on a bone stock 250 ninja. 109 mph.

    they may run the 650, too, if i cant get my messed up hip joints to work right.
     
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  4. darkman

    darkman Crème de la Crème

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    Looking good for another attempt :)
     
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  5. Wire-Wheels

    Wire-Wheels Elite Member

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    GO FOR IT ! I wish I could be out there with you:D. Young at heart, but too old for that kind of stuff anymore. ...J.D.
     
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  6. Eldon

    Eldon Elite Member

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    All in the head.... oh wait .... until the aches and pains start.

    Bust ACL, AC separation, multiple broken ribs all catch up with you one day and sometimes all at once.
     
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  7. speedrattle

    speedrattle Senior Member

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    i knew a guy who ran a supercharged 1971 T120 at 150mph. he was 84.
     
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  8. Wire-Wheels

    Wire-Wheels Elite Member

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    Well, I'm 77. I worked in various mechanical trades all my life. Started working on cars when I was about 12. Never had a desk job. Unfortunately, it takes it's toll on the body. But always was attracted to land speed racing. Never had the chance to do it. Too many responsibilities. ...J.D.
     
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  9. DaveQ

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    Good Luck.
     
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  10. speedrattle

    speedrattle Senior Member

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    we'll see what we can do. i tried VP Q16 oxygenated fule last year. still qualifies as gasoline because theres no nitrous and no nitromethane. didnt help any. tried to pull gearing for 139, and the machine just couldnt do it. so this time im returning to the gearing that got me 135 and ill see what i can get out of it.

    the main issue is getting out of the wind. theres no fairing or aerodynamic aids of any kind in this class, and it all boils down to what i do with design and folding myself up. the rules will allow a front fender and wheel discs, but id prefer not to use them.

    ive lost ten pounds to try to get closer to the tank, and im looking to lose ten more. im 67 years old and it takes some doing to fold up as tight as i need. i overstretched a while back and ive been limping now for two months.
     
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  11. DaveQ

    DaveQ Well-Known Member

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    Fascinating stuff.
    Is it an average time of a two way run and how long is the course?

    Dave
     
  12. DaveQ

    DaveQ Well-Known Member

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    Fascinating stuff. :)
    Is it an average time of a two way run and how long is the course?

    Dave
     
  13. Pegscraper

    Pegscraper Elite Member

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    Wow, what a great challenge!:grinning: Good luck with your progress and keep us posted!
     
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  14. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    I will definitely "stay tuned", @speedrattle! I just clicked the "Watch Thread" button. Good luck and I'm looking forward eager to your updates.
     
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  15. speedrattle

    speedrattle Senior Member

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    its one direction, on a B52 runway, 12,800 feet long. longest paved course in the world. it was a secondary destination for the american space shuttle- they landed one there once. that would have been something to see.

    setting it up for two ways would mean doubling the lights and starting boxes, and theres not a lot on money to do that in LSR unless big-name record-seeking teams come and donate a lot of bucks. so instead of a timed mile, there's a 132-foot section between the lights where you're timed at the end of one mile, and then another at the end of the mile point five.

    running one direction is both good and bad. it means that if you have a tailwind, then the gods of speed will smile on you. but if theres a headwind, there's nothing anybody can do about it. when i ran my machine three years ago, i blew it up at 131, and had to park it while the kids ran our other bike, a little ninja 250, in production. then for the next three days there was a 12 mph tail wind-- i was crying-- i could have flown down that course. but the kids all came home with records.

    even though its not as long as the courses on the various salt flats, loring is where the fastest sit-down motorcycle ever built set the record. 311 mph:

     
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  16. Wire-Wheels

    Wire-Wheels Elite Member

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    I can sympathize there. I went off a roof onto the concrete back in 2005. My hip has never been the same. It limits the amount of time I can spend on a bike. Some of my younger riding friends do not get it yet. You work with what you have left after 50 yrs. of working for a living. ...J.D.
     
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  17. DaveQ

    DaveQ Well-Known Member

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    Read up a bit on Loring AFB. That’s quite a place in its own right too. Lots of history.

    So when will the your run take place? Sometime during the summer months? Hope you get a fair wind for it. :)

    Dave
     
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  18. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    WOW! 311 mph? I can't even imagine that. I've only gone 111 a few times and it's inconceivable to me to go 200 mph faster! Loved watching the YouTube video. Now I'm curious about this record setting ride and will have to do a bit of research.
     
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  19. speedrattle

    speedrattle Senior Member

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    july sometime. ive bought the motel rooms and think no more about it.

    looking over the bikes tomorrow . . .
     
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  20. speedrattle

    speedrattle Senior Member

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    agh

    concrete will kill you. roofers die young doing that shit.

    age is inevitable
     
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