By James “Hollywood” Macecari
Ok not to be a killjoy. I personally don’t consider the tron bikes to be a real motorcycle. Yes, they are cool looking machines and kick out some speed. But where is the wind blowing in your face or having to look down at the ground knowing that one wrong move can send ya into the next life?
What happened to real motorcycles being used to set land speed records? For example. Burt Munro on his home built Indian Scout? Burt was the one they nicknamed ” The worlds fastest Indian”. His record for S-AF 1000cc class @ 184.087 mph in 1967 still stands to this very day. What do you think? Do you consider the tron bike an actual motorcycle?
New Zealander Burt Munro was a motorcycle land-speed record-holder of the 1960s. One of his dreams was to run his homebuilt 1920 Indian Scout motorcycle, dubbed the Munro Special, on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. He saved for years in spite of limited means to make the trip to America. He finally came over on a shoestring budget in 1962. Munro was 63 at the time with a bad heart, yet he still managed to overcome numerous obstacles to set world records, even as a muffler was burning the flesh on his leg. In 1967, Munro coaxed his beloved streamlined Indian to 183.58 mph. That set a record in the category of “streamlined motorcycles under 1,000cc.” To qualify, he made a one-way run of 190.07 mph, the fastest ever officially recorded speed on an Indian.
Source Fox News
Valerie Thompson is already the fastest woman on two wheels, but now she wants to be the fastest human, period.
“America’s Queen of Speed” is in Australia where she and her crew are shaking down their streamlined motorcycle ahead of an world record attempt this weekend..
Thompson was the first woman to ride over 300 mph and has claimed several records during her career.
The Scottsdale resident set the female mark with her “Bub 7” motorcycle in 2016 when she hit 304.263 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and will be aiming for the overall record of 376.363 mph at the Lake Gairdner World Speed Trials.
Her needle-nosed, carbon-fiber two-wheeler is powered by a 500 hp turbocharged V4 engine and boasts a barely there drag coefficient of .08. She sits in it like a car, but it only rides on two wheels. Three parachutes help bring it back down from the ludicrous speeds that it’s capable of.
“My strategy is confidence,” Thompson told Fox 10 Phoenix before she left for Australia.
From the looks of this POV video from her 304 mph, she’ll need it.
It only took 28 seconds for six-time land speed record holder and one of the world’s fastest BMW motorcycle racers, “Motorcycle Speed Queen” – Valerie Thompson, to shatter the East Coast Timing Association’s one-mile record in the MPS/Modified Class during the recent Ohio Mile competition. Thompson piloted her BMW S 1000 RR to 208.71 mph, easily breaking the former record of 205 mph. Thompson’s new record also qualified her for membership in the exclusive ECTA 200 MPH Club while claiming bragging rights as the fastest RR in the MPS/F-1000 Class.
“Going into this event, my confidence was very high. I had just completed the California Superbike School held in Birmingham, the best motorcycle racing course school in the US. We made a few modifications to my DoubleR by adding new HP Race Parts provided by BMW Motorrad USA, Akrapovic exhaust systems and additional horsepower with Magic Bullet Advance Fuel Treatment. The wonderful folks at NorthStar Battery also helped us with special delivery of their excellent batteries, which was a great help,” said team owner and rider Thompson. “It is a great honor and achievement to be the newest member of the ECTA’s 200 MPH Club, especially since I am only the 3rd female of less than 100 members. I’ll be wearing my ECTA 200 MPH Club lifetime member shirt proudly,” added a smiling Thompson.
The ECTA hosts four speed trial events at the Airborne Park facility in Wilmington Ohio each year. Prior to moving to the Airborne Park location in 2012, the ECTA held the competition in Maxton North Carolina from 1995 through 2011 and was named the Maxton Mile.
Thompson and her BMW team now turn their sights on setting new land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the August speed trials. For details, visit ValerieThompsonRacing.com.
More About Valerie
Valerie is a six-time land speed record holder and owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team who has also competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association and National Hot Rod Association drag racing series. She set a personal best top speed of 212 mph on her CTEK sponsored BMW S 1000 RR during the March 2013 Texas Mile competition. Thompson is an official member of the BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH Club, ECTA 200 MPH Club, Texas Mile 200 MPH Club and the Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club.
East Coast Timing Association Background
Two Bonneville racers, Tom Sarda and John Beckett, formed the East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) with the goal of providing members a safe racing venue to run speed trials in the Eastern half of the United States. The ECTA is now the principal sanctioning organization for Land Speed Racing in the Eastern US. Four times a year, scores of car and motorcycle racers from around the world gather at Airborne Airpark in Wilmington, Ohio, to speed down the Ohio Mile racecourse. Vehicles range from production cars and motorcycles – basically off the showroom floor – to exotic, purpose-built racers. The ECTA is a membership organization; you must be a member to participate in ECTA events as a rider or driver. Spectators are welcome at all ECTA events.
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March 15th on Motorcycle Madhouse. Hollywood and Doublebarrel discuss issues affecting motorcycle clubs and in the second segment we have an interview with Chuck “BBA” Jines. A hard Riding Scooter Tramp that criss crosses the United States while living off the grid
March 22nd on Motorcycle Madhouse Good Time Charlie of Biker Inner Circle & Debate between James” Hollywood”Macecari” and Sheriff Dale J Schmidt of Dodge County on the Lomira Outlaws M/C Profiling
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