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aswracing 5th September 2006 12:48

The World's Fastest Buell - 217.9mph
Greetings from my hotel room in Wendover, NV. NRHS is here for the International Motorcycle Speed Trials by Bub. It's an all-motorcycle event on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

I have been pretty quiet lately because for the past several weeks I've been working about 25 hours a day, between my two jobs and getting ready for Bonneville. My main bike, which already held the World's Fastest Buell title with a record speed of 205.642, got set up for nitromethane this year. It's been a hell of a learning curve. I first fired it up on the nitro just over a week ago, and since then I've been trying my damndest to get my arms around the tune and figure out this nitro stuff.

Well, yesterday all the work paid off as we cranked off a pass at 217.9mph!. XLTimbo was again doing the riding duties for us, he's also an XL Forum member. This betters our previous best single pass by about 10mph!

Unfortunately, right after we made our pass, some bad weather moved in, and we were unable to make a backup pass. Since backup passes under AMA rules have to be made the same day, the pass won't count towards a record. Still, it was exciting to crank off that number.

We're in the lead for fastest US V-Twin ($1,000) and we're only 3mph away from being the fastest sit-on motorcycle ($5,000), currently held by a turbocharged Hayabusa. We may just have to tip the jug a bit and go for it, we'll look at a few things and then decide.

My apologies to everyone who's tried to reach me for the past few weeks. I know my PM inbox is full. I just haven't had the bandwidth to do anything else. Please be patient with me for a little while yet, until I get home and on top of things.

I'll post many pics when I get some more time. There's an awful lot of really interesting bikes here, of all brands. Lots and lots of fast Sportsters too.

jwb47 5th September 2006 13:03

congratulations that is very impressive we will all be anxious to hear the final results.

Sportster Girl 5th September 2006 13:05

Fantastic Aaron! Keep us updated :clap

crackers 5th September 2006 13:05

well done
hope the weather clears and you can repeat that performance (x2) to make it official


gwcrim 5th September 2006 13:38

Great job Aaron & Tim!

bplinson 5th September 2006 13:39

Congrats on the run!! Would be cool to take the "sit-on motorcycle" from the Japanese!

Kentucky 5th September 2006 14:30

Go for it and congratulations on the single pass.

Good Luck

Kazoom 5th September 2006 21:26

What a great thing it would be for the Buell guys if you guys could give the Suzuki the boot as the "fastest sit-on motorcycle" The Buell guys could then rub a bit of salt in the Hayabusa guys wounds lol. I will keep my fingers crossed... good luck.:D

GOTWA 5th September 2006 22:28

Out-freakin'-standing! :clap :banana

Keep us posted as you can and tell Tim to be safe but go fast. Really, really fast!!!! :wonderlan

hybriDatsun350 5th September 2006 22:48

Damn!!! That is amazing that you are only 3 mph shy of being the worlds fastest sit-on motorcycle! :banarock Amazing work!

whispanic 5th September 2006 22:58

That would be the ONLY fastest man in the world title I would like to hold!



Matt 5th September 2006 23:04

Going really fast is really long and slow hard work with the trigger on the money gun set on full-auto. Great run! Matt

doc 5th September 2006 23:05

GOOD JOB AARON!!! Here are some results from the website that he linked for yesterday's results: 0604BUB Results
Check out Run 51 and Run 83!!! You guy's are awesome!!:banana :banana :banana :banana :banana

cjburr 5th September 2006 23:40

Super job guys, hope the weather clears for you.

GOTWA 6th September 2006 01:19

Hey Aaron...I heard Bandit of Easy Rider and Bikernet fame is down there on the salt at the same time as you boys. Run into him????

Y2K 6th September 2006 01:36


Originally Posted by GOTWA
Out-freakin'-standing! :clap :banana

Keep us posted as you can and tell Tim to be safe but go fast. Really, really fast!!!! :wonderlan

And how!...go get that busa! :clap

sportysrock 6th September 2006 04:28

Congratulations, that's cool stuff, really cool stuff!

TiBaal89 6th September 2006 04:47

Congrats, thats awesome stuff!

A celebration is in order - stage III XB heads for everyone!!!! :smoke

Roadster_Rider 6th September 2006 05:02


CBAS5 6th September 2006 05:06

I used to wrestle so I can assist your rider in loosing some weight asap for the record. :D

Roadster_Rider 6th September 2006 05:26

Or you could just go with a lighter rider...

maybe, hmm who would do it...

I'll make the sacrafice, I VOLUNTEER :D

No, really, let me ride your 217.9 MPH Buell :D

stevo 6th September 2006 05:37

Top effort guys....

Good teamwork to get a number like that..

and VERY good work Aaron for tunin it..... nitro is a damn sight harder than most people could comprehend..

aswracing 6th September 2006 12:03

Thanks everyone!

Yes, it's been a LOT of hard work, and nitro is some weird stuff. I had one difficult learning curve but I managed to get through it, or hopefully much of it, without hurting the motor. Torched about a dozen spark plugs is all! The stuff tells you when you're going the wrong way.

Yesterday we ran 212 on the qualifying pass and 213 on the backup. Conditions were not as good. Such is Bonneville.

The 'busa boys raised the stakes to 236 at the same time. They had been having handling problems, sounds like they're getting their arms around them.

Not sure what we'll do today, now that we have the record in the books. We could put the bike on gasoline and go for that, or we could raise the nitro percentage and see how fast this thing will go (putting coinsiderably more risk on the motor). Or, we have another race bike sitting here ready to go, a Buell S1 on nitrous with over 170hp on tap. This bike already holds a couple records in the 167mph range that were done on gasoline with no nitrous, and I've never run it on the nitrous, but the math says it should be good for 180 or so. Decisions, decisions. We need to take a closer look at the orange bike to see what shape it's in, if it's hurt at all that will make the decision for us.

There was also some high drama yesterday in the shootout for the World's Fastest Motorcycle. Ack Attack had set the record the day prior at 342. Chris Carr (the flat tracker) riding Denis Manning's streamliner (Denis is "Bub" of pipe making fame, Bub is his nickname and an acronym for "Big Ugly Bastard") qualified at an astounding 354mph, and backed it up for a 350 average. Impressive stuff.

Lots of famous folks here. Jerry Branch has spent a bunch of time in our pit, wow what an interesting guy. I hope I'm in half the shape he's in when I'm 84! Really doubt I'll even make it that far though. Matt Hotch has one hell of an impressive tow rig, let me tell you. Many, many others.
The former champion on display
Tim, Dan, and the S2
One of the biker build-off bikes, it has a 2 stroke rotary valve motor
Matt Hotch's pit cart. He's also been putting around on his build-off custom. It's a Vincent.
Now that's vanity.
The world's fastest motorcycle. This was after the record runs, but these guys were not celebrating. They were hard at work getting ready to defend. I guess they blistered a tire, they had a spare but not the machine needed to mount it, so someone took it to SLC.

aswracing 6th September 2006 12:05
Bub's motor. They cast the block themselves, made the heads, everything. The number I heard is they have 8 million in this streamliner.
A considerably less expensive bike.

Erik Buell gave Timbo a congratulatory call today, which I thought was a pretty classy thing to do. I hear his speed got announced over the PA at Buell, too.

aswracing 6th September 2006 12:20
Bonneville is so beautiful it's hard to describe.
The Ack Attack streamliner. Sorry I don't have a better pic, I just haven't been in the right place at the right time.
A beautiful ironhead.
Our pit.
I love this bike! They're here every year.
The dual engine Vincent streamlliner. You see it all at Bonneville!
A really nice XR1000. This guy owns RR1000 #2 as well (I own #50).
Sportsters everywhere!
Our backup bike. It's done 167 on gasoline and holds a couple records. Now it has nitrous.
This S2 belongs to my good friend Fireman Jim Higgins. Turbo and nitrous on a 1250. Unfortunately it broke a piston on his first pass. That's a LOT of heat.
Terry Parsley's racing Blast
Our good friends Bennett's Performance (Long Beach CA), sporting a new tail section for this year. They've gone 191, on gasoline. It's a fast bike and they are very good tuners.
I love the gas tank they made for it ;)
A very nice bike
And another!

bplinson 6th September 2006 12:55

Love the photos!! Congrates on the awsome run!!

Hey is the XLFORUM.NET I see on the side of the orange bike!! AWESOME!!!

doc 6th September 2006 13:23

Thanks for the photos Aaron!!! And good job to you guys!!! Ya'll really know your stuff!! Keep up the good work and go get that record!!!

gwcrim 6th September 2006 13:38

Great job Team Elves!!! I'm so envious of Timbo. I'd give my left nut to ride one of your bikes. Sure do miss it all.

Do you know how fast that XR1000 went?

Was that Boyd Coddington looking over the Ack streamliner?

Thanks for the great pics.

GOTWA 6th September 2006 13:52

Great stuff Aaron. You guys are doing an awesome job!

Hanoverfiste 6th September 2006 14:23

Great job guys..
Did they have any vintage stuff on display there?

like this

Hard to imagine something that looks so low tech like this doing 200 mph...
and with all the technology that goes into todays rides... all the trial and error.. you folks must have alot of patience!!man what the wind must feel like at 200+ mph

Congrats guys.

aswracing 7th September 2006 05:54

Thanks again everyone!

We had something of an uneventful day today. We tore down the bike in impound to put the 213 record into the books. Then we put it back together, got onto the course late in the day, only to have an issue.

That's more or less the nature of racing though. You have days you can do no wrong, but most days are hard work and little return. I have no complaints, I've been blessed with many successful days, and this is part of the game.

Tomorrow is the last day and we'll probably make one more pass is all. We're extremely happy with the way things went and we exceeded our expectations coming in.

We were so busy working for most of the day that I took very few pictures, but here they are ...
Ack attack wants the world's fastest title back, after they lost it yesterday to Bub's. But infortunately for them, they never got a pass in today. The winds were above the safe-for-streamliners threshold. They waited patiently at the zsero mile though, and I snapped this pic late in the day when we went down there for our pass.
This is the Easy Hook streamliner of Sam Wheeler. He's the other "big gun" going for the overall motorcycle record. Sam is doing it with a fraction of the power of the Ack Attack or Bub's though. Anyway, Sam showed up today, made a pass at 355mph which is the world's fastest ever recorded time for a motorcycle, but he blew a tire on that pass and put the liner on it's side as you can see. Those speeds are really tough on tires. Sam's streamliner was a Cal Tech research project, it's so slippery that he goes those speeds on a single 1350cc turbocharged motor. Ack has a pair of turbo'ed Hatabusa motors making in excess of 900hp and Bub of course has his own custom V4 which is turbocharged and I'm sure also making a mountain of power.
This is one of Brian Klock's (Klockwerks) creations, called the "Root Buell". I took a little more usual interest in this one than most because I built the motor. It's an 88 incher. I was talking with him about it, and he said he put it on the dyno, ran it to only 5000rpm, and it made 108hp, so he was happy with that and rolled it off. Sheesh. That motor ought to be power peaking at about 7000rpm according to my calculator.
A close up of the motor

SportsterBart 7th September 2006 07:00

Fantastic job guys! Bravo! :banana


cadiero 7th September 2006 15:09

I love the pictures Aaron. They are so cool! Makes me want to take a trip down there someday. Maybe I can find a class to compete in even. That really sounds like a lot of fun.

SportsterSpive 7th September 2006 22:13

Congrats Aaron and Timbo!

I've been pulling for you guys and posted on BadWeb and on our Cafe and local lists on your progress.

I traded voicemails with Timbo yesterday and he basically filled me in on what Aaron has already posted. Hopefully he passed on my congrats to you as well Aaron.

Timbo wanted me to sa hi to everyone and he appreciates all of the support and even if they don't break any more records, it has been a sucessful event!

Good luck guys!


TiBaal89 7th September 2006 23:11


Originally Posted by cadiero
I love the pictures Aaron. They are so cool! Makes me want to take a trip down there someday. Maybe I can find a class to compete in even. That really sounds like a lot of fun.

You and me both!

Let's do it... it'd be like a super fun reunion! :laugh :smoke :D ;)

cadiero 8th September 2006 00:06

Hey Mike count me in on the reunion thing! I didn't even think of that. That would be really cool if we could get forum members down there to cheer NHRS on. :clap

aswracing 9th September 2006 21:23

Okay, last report ...

We made a last pass but the same thing that bit us the day before happened again. I think we've got a handle on it though, and nothing's hurt, so it's not a big deal. Another nitro learning curve thing, that's all I want to say. I'm doing some dyno time over the weekend, testing a fix, and plan to be out there next week for World of Speed.

Some final pictures:
Team NRHS. L to R: Jon, Timbo, myself, and Dan
A pretty bike, IMO. It's getting a bit battle weary, due for a complete teardown and restoration, hopefully after this season.
One of the many customs on display, this one was a bit different. Close up of the motor
A Panhead loaded for bear. There were a group of HA's here, this guy was with them. I'm thinking he's a real rider.
Ack and EZ-Hook. Ack took a couple shots at getting the record back on the last day but had issues and turned out
Lots of interviewing going on for various TV specials. The Buell Brothers team got some attention.
Another shot of Sam's bike. This thing is so meticulously prepared you just can't believe it. Totally detailed and show quality (at least until it gets put on it's side). I understand Sam completely disassembles and rebuilds it every year.
One of several electric bikes. On the left is a big bank of batteries. Eliminates the need for a stand I guess.
A nice Norton
Memories of my youth, when Hodakas were commonplace. They're almost forgotten anymore.
It's kinda messy but it starts and runs. This is Fritz Klott's pit bike.

Pulchritude 9th September 2006 22:30

That is CRAZY fast! Congrats on the record!

XLTimbo 10th September 2006 01:05

Hey Guys!
Thanks for all the accolades. It was one heckuva week, and we are very happy with the results.

Aaron's ability to build and tune never ceases to AMAZE me. He is the BEST! To do what he has done over the years...consistently getting world record results again and again...with different bikes, motors and fuels is nothing short of astonishing.

Nitromethane is not trivial, and once again Aaron nailed it!

Aaron, Jon and Dan worked their butts off, prior to, and at this event to make it all happen. They are great guys be around and race with. I count myself lucky, and thanks again for having the confidence in me to deliver the goods on all your hard work!


Narley 10th September 2006 01:33

Aaron ,Jon and Dan(plus sue for probably have a lot to do with it behind the scenes) WAY TO GO!
I will make that trip once...its looks so inspiring.
Can you explain just how hard it is to ride...from start and the hook and on to keeping it straight and so on.

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