Drag bike / land speed : porno thread

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Bloodweiser, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    I remember reading about this back in the day. The reporter/columnist wrote that the rear wheel never really hooked up. The tire made a sort of long weaving line the length of the track. EJ just kept steering and correcting the whole way. From the pic, it looks as if the thing didn't even come off the stand in a straight line. A lot of riders were agast that anybody would do such a thing. I don't recall EJ having any competition back then.
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  2. FloridaSteve

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    From Tony Nicosia's personal photo stash. I've spoken to him a few times. One of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet and still a big Kawasaki fanatic.

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  3. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    keep your eye on the piston :deal

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  4. ADV8

    ADV8 Taumarunui..Darwin..

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  5. earthroamer

    earthroamer Stuck in Pindadesh

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    YIKES!!! Looks like it hit him in the shoulder.
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  6. MeRide

    MeRide Me like bikes!

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    I think the story was that it hit him in the hand. Stuff blows up when its tweaked far out. Can you imagine getting hit in the chest with a piston or a cylinder head? Yeow! Back in the old days stuff blew up a lot due to less technology and more unknowns. Now there are blast blankets mandated in some classes in order to lessen the odds of doom.
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  7. MeRide

    MeRide Me like bikes!

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    I'm just an enthusiastic fan with a passion for the old stuff. Some people say I'm sick. That's why I hang out here in the asylum.

    Let's keep the old stuff alive and share it with those that can appreciate it, young and old.

    BTT!
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  8. Streetfighter1

    Streetfighter1 n00b

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    Here's mine, not exactly old school but it's still got pushrods.
    Top pics it's being fitted for new wheels this year, bottom in action last year with my bud Dr. Joe riding.

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  9. Streetfighter1

    Streetfighter1 n00b

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    And a couple more (not mine) from the T&O drags here in Wichita, Ks.

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  10. MeRide

    MeRide Me like bikes!

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    Mmmmmmm....double engine ironhead bike. Any photos of the other side of this one?
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  11. Granddaddy Joe Smith

    Granddaddy Joe Smith 71 74 & 75 Indy Champion

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  12. revelized

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    I thought this should belong in this post... I worked for cliff for a couple of years and felt he was a very inspirational man. Sadly he lost his life last year at the salt flats doing what he loved. WHAT HE LOVED! may you RIP cliff we will always remember you, and team bozeman will always be in the books!

    BTW streamliner was powered by a banshee motor.

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  13. farmer fred

    farmer fred Banned

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    I did a little article on this machine. The owner hasn't found much history yet, but it's a trip. He took off the bodywork to make it street-able:

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    Here's the body..I think someone added the farkles:

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    The motor is 1,100cc Opel Kadett, gearbox and rear drive are BMW /5.
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  14. jehu

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    Hi. You have a lot of neat stuff here. Don't know how far back you go with your fuel-motorcycle stories. Seems they all start from the late, late '70s. From '65 until about '73-'74 this bike was hard to beat. It held the NHRA and AMDRA speed and ET records. After searching all kinds of files, I never see it anywhere. Talk about the "pioneering" days! There were a whole lot of notables back then, but no mention.

    This "wheelie" pic was taken by a spectator in the stands at an NHRA bike national meet in Bowling Green, KY, in 1971. It was a record meet and I did set the first NHRA speed and ET record on this run, 175 @ 8:74. I know, not very impressive, by today's times! But, 30 years ago, for several years, it was unbeatable, as far as top-speed went. I toured with it, coast to coast and ran a lot of match races and exhibition runs just because it was the fastest of the time.

    It consistently ran over 170 mph in the 8-second zone with two carbureted Triumph fuel motors, high gear only, with a 4 inch wide M&H racing slick. I raced, and beat, the likes of Joe Smith, Ray Price, Sonny Routt, Bonny Truitt, Leo Payne, Dave Campos, Russ Collins, etc. Remember any of those great racers? I and seven other fuel bikers were the first to race at the NHRA Indy Nationals by special invitation from Steve Gibbs to "try out" a bike field. It went over big-time!

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    This bike was featured in so many motorcycle publications (over 70), that it was unreal! I guess that's why I'm a little disappointed that there is no mention of it. Too long ago? I also rode the Manning-Murray streamliner at Bonneville in the early '70s with my Triumphs the first year, and then with Nortons the second year. Vesco had the record at the time (still does...)

    Here is a rundown on the bike's stats and accomplishments:

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    Thanks again for your interest.

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    Boris Murray on the famous Denco Triple-Triple

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    Denco built this triple motor H2-750 top gas bike. Boris Murray rode it and broke Terry Vance's record. Vance held it on a double motor Honda at the time



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  15. jehu

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  16. JR Greenhorn

    JR Greenhorn Been here awhile

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    I got excited when I saw the "Giant Killer" title. You see, when I was a pre-driver's license teenager, my uncle gave me a box of motorcycle magazines from the '70s (trying not to show my age too much in this thread, or lack thereof :shog). Anyway, one rag from about '72-ish had a feature article on "Son of Giant Killer" land speed bike. The article spoke of the the 'original' Giant Killer with its pair of R5 twins (if memory serves), while the Son of Giant Killer paired up a couple of H1 triples. The article did a brief overview of the development of the bike, but somebody had cut out an ad that had the last bit of the article, so to this day I've never gotten to finish it! I think they were converting the troublesome chain coupling to Gilmer belt drives when the page break ended the article for me.


    Now clearly any Giant Killer with a pair of R5 motors wasn't the original "Giant Killer", judging by the date on this magazine page. Still, I thought I'd bring this up here in hopes that one of you gents will recall either of the Giant Killer bikes I read about years ago. Maybe I could do some digging for what I have of the article and scan and upload when I get my other computer going again?




    Beyond the "Son of Giant Killer" article, I remember reading a lot of race report articles describing Leo Payne and his exceptionally-skilled clutch hand. I also remember staring in awe at a close-up photo of somebody's home-built slipper clutch. Very likely one of the first ones on the scene, given the way the magazine had covered it.


    Most of my generation is so into turbos these days (oops, there I go with that age thing again), but reading about these great old bikes when I was younger definately made an impression on me. Boost is all fine and dandy, but there's something very "honest" about the double- and triple-engined bikes, especially the ones free of any bodywork.
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  17. Rob Farmer

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  18. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    Over this side of the pond, at Santa Pod Raceway - Us Kawasaki fans pay homage to Ray Debben for running a NORMALLY ASPIRATED Kawasaki Z (KZ) 1500cc nearest lane, down the 1/4 mile at just over 7.5 secs.... :eek1

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    Thats fast enuff to see off those Busa's with Turbos/Nitrous etc... :evil
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  19. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    right after this bike left my shop, it went to Bonneville and Willie Hodgson,
    (SAN JOSE BMW) set a record with it.
    I was proud to be part of the build team.
    Robert
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  20. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    nuther angle.
    Chris Hodgson has posted much better pics of this in the past.
    Great thread.
    Robert
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