Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Salt Shakers: Dispatches From the BUB Bonneville Speed Trials, September 1, 2010

The racers churned up the salt on Tuesday, completing 351 runs that resulted in 50 AMA records (pending confirmation by officials) and numerous FIM records. Racing continues on Wednesday, but wind conditions have kept the streamliners from running today. “But the regular bikes are okay to run,” said Denis Manning.

Some notable records and speeds include a sidecar from Switzerland that was clocked at 172 mph for an FIM record, and a BSA 500cc single registering 103 mph through the lights, also a record.

Recent Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee Larry Coleman piloted his sidecar to an AMA record of 170.350 mph, and the electric-powered motorcycle class isn’t short of drama, either. Mike Czysz ran out of gearing before completing a full circuit on the 5-mile short course, clocking 151 mph. “He’s putting more gearing on it,” said Manning.

Meanwhile Paul Tede broke the existing 102 mph electric-bike record, posting a speed of 162 mph. These guys give new meaning to the phrase “assault and battery.”

“The whole Klock family is here, too,” said Manning. “I think everybody in that family has a record now.” Dain Gingerelli

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