A Mind Shredder, two Harley-Davidson engines, each stretched out to 107 cubic inches, power this 460 pound Goliath. The thing has already devoured a quarter mile in 8.51 and its teeth haven’t been honed. Does the monster have a seven second future?
Photos: Rick Wood and Bill McReynolds of Tuscon, AZ, brought out this rear-engined Olds powered “scooter” for tests at Vegas. Great potential was shown; Squeaks O’Connor of Anchorage, Alaska towed all the way to Vegas – with 1400 miles of that tow over unpaved roads – it was well worth the run as it netted O’Connor his first National Title; also photos of Joe Shelton, Dan Ravary, Larry Cook running out of the Dan Baisley shop, Jim Bernard on the Ron Teson supercharged Honda…Marion Ownens Harley, Roger McPhail…
1979 Dragbike “Wheels of Fortune” Las Vegas Nationals 2-Page Print Article available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
October 1, 1974, Don Vesco set a new motorcycle Land Speed Record with his twin-engined Yamaha streamliner. After two days of battling demons, the pair of four-cylinder TZ750 road-race motors whisked Vesco through the measured mile at 7:02 p.m. His speed of 281.702 mph bettered the existing record of 265.492 by 16.21 mph. At that velocity he covered the mile in 12.7 seconds.
Speed is becoming one of California’s major exports and here, adding its mite to the gross national product is “The One-Timer,” a dragster built to be sold. Putting it together for customer Ralph Smith of Columbus, Ohio, was almost like old times to Dick Rios, whose drag race experience with similar bikes goes back to the old Santa Ana (Calif.) strip circa 1956…
Road Tests: Z1R Kawasaki 1000 Cafe Spacecraft – in 1978 Kawasaki’s ready for war; Yamaha XS500-E; BMW R80/7; Honda XL350; Features: Werra Fuel Economy Run; Kurt Liebmann – still racing after all these years; First-ever World Roadrace Champ, Steve Baker; Winston World Finals – Top/Fuel “7” second drags at the big “O”; Technical: Cycle Transmission; Kawasaki KZ650 Hop-Up; more
Road Tests: Suzuki GS750; Triple Twin Shootout – Yamaha XS360 vs. Kawasaki KZ400 vs. Honda CJ360; Features: Toy cycles for fun and profit; Anatomy of the Top Fuel Drag Bike; Gear up for Motosplash – the closest thing yet to motorcycling on water; Pocono AMA, AAMRR Road Race Jamboree; Technical: How to build yourself a stormin’ Superglide (or any other big-inch Harley); Two-Stroke Technology; more
Contents: Beat them at their own game – Harley-Davidson’s competition Sprint, the ERS; Draggin’ Dragons – interview with Tom Reiser; Centerfold poster – Harley-Davidson – King of the Drags; Back Cover Photo: Wilmington Delaware police force relies heavily on Harley-Davidson motorcycles; more
…That day another cycle owned by “Frenchy” Joe Le Blanc of Whittier, and tuned by the same inimitable Roy Felkner – it also was equipped with one of Chet Herbert’s cams – went 122.44 mph in a quarter mile, from a rolling start!
Other Article included: Back in Triumph Saddle – Rod Coates – last year’s Daytona Champ
1951 “Frenchy” Joe Le Blanc of Whittier turns 122.44 in quarter mile 1-Page Article available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
Cover: Honda’s ’71 SL350-K1 has lost a lot of weight and gained a lot of performance. It’s also very comfortable to ride and very waterproof; Road Tests: Honda SL350-K1 Motosport; Harley-Davidson Sprint SX350; Triumph Trident 750 5-Speed; Triumph Tiger 650; Features: The Horsepower story – everything you always wanted to know about ponies; Superpower your 650 BSA; The truth about unleaded gas; Girth Control; More Hots for Honda 350s; Competition: Mint 400; Virgin Spring at ATCO; Pepperell Can-Am Motocross in the snow; more
Cover Photo: Scott Barger’s 1425 cc 1992 Suzuki Katana Pro Comp bike.
This book was written with the notion that many people were missing out on the fun of working on and experimenting with their motorcycles. You won’t find a lot of fancy terms or theories that are hard to understand, jst ideas that have worked for myself and some very knowledgeable people in the sport of motorcycle drag racing today. I hope to give something interesting to everyone.
The information in this book should be helpful to those just beginning to ride at the drags as well as those already racing. My goal is to present as much information as possible about the drag racing sport in the shortest amount of time. To some riders this will be common knowleddge, but to others it may be the information needed to allow them to enter the sport. There are so many ideas to pass along to the average rider it really is hard to imagine. So this book, along with your service manual and a lot of patience, should allow you to improve your biking and riding ability. You may be surprised at the performance improvements possible. I will try to cover ways to improve your tuning of engines. Many of the ideas are intended for the track and should never be used on the street. Much of the engine tuning and preparation comes from Scott Barger and Dan Brown of S&K Racing in Dayton, Ohio. Scott’s riding abilities and Dan’s knowledge of racing engines merit them as top contenders in the IDBA Pro Comp class. This class usually sees times in the mid seven second range.
1992 A Guide to Motorcycle Drag Racing by Mike Nelson – First Edition Book available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
Years of experience in building Bonneville bikes has culminated in this simple, sanitary, supercharged speedster. Don Sliger is something of an unusual motorcyclist in a number of ways. In the first place, he is a sculptor by occupation which means he really makes his living at it, rather than just pursuing it as a hobby. His hobby is motorcycles, but here again his interest is specialized enough to be different. Sliger limits his motorcycling activities to building and running special machines on the Salt Flats at Bonneville, where the object is to go as fast as possible.
…at the end of a warm, breezy evening of hot eliminations it was Joe Smith who came out on top in the American Hot Rod Association’s Fuel and Gas Motorcycle Championships at Beeline Dragway near Scottsdale, AZ… Photos: Boris Murray prepares to dispose of Jon Kulp in 1st round fuel eliminations; Gary Davis burst through a burning wooden barrier at 50 mph; Top riders are now using lead weights to hold down their front ends; Joe Smith checks just about every system on hi Harley fueler between rounds; Run what ya brung was the rule of the day; Tony Nicosia was in the tens with his new 750 Kawasaki.
Feature: Why Hop Up? – is it worth the time and expense?; Technical: Go Fast to Order – that’s R.C. Engineering’s formula; Amal Carb Rebuild; Present Shock – Konis for your bike; Porting and Polishing for power; Lake Injectors; Compleat Guid to Pistons; Facts about spark plugs; Weber Carburetion for Superbikes; All about Carb Jetting and Tuning; Bike Hopups: More RPM for Sportsters; More Hots for Honda 350s; Hot Camming The Honda 750 Four; Super Cube Harley Street Racer; 650 Yamaha Express; 450 Honda Turn On; 400 Suzuki Hopup; 750 Honda Supertune; Superpower for 650 BSAs; more
Cover Story: Boris Murray – by virtue of his unreal quarter-mile blasts into the 170 mile-per-hour bracket, he’s motorcycle drag racing’s first Superstar; Features: Speedway – the brand new forty year old sport; On Any Sunday; Beech Bend Nationals Record Meet; C.A.M.A. Rally, Vintage 1971; AFM Road Racing; Chopper Drags – California Style; Technical: Racing Frame Construction; Fuel Injection; Plasma-Cote; Build a Ten Second Street Honda; Bikes: Quarter Mile Chopper; The Harley Stomper; Stroker; Pressurized Sportster; Excelsior Auto Cycle; more
Cover Story: Harley-Davidson SS-350 Road Test – not one of the most exciting bikes we’ve ever tested but it’s reliable, durable and certainly good looking this year; More Road Tests: 650 Benelli Tornado 5-Speed; 250 Kawasaki Enduro F11; 750 BMW R75/5; 350 Bultaco Pursang; 250 Bultaco Astro; Features: Bultaco takes on the world; 650 Express – dynamite Yamaha supertune; 1000 JAP Brough Superior; Draggin’ lady – Joyce Smalley; more
Cover Story: Pro Stock Drag Racing Champ Bob Carpenter – Sheik of Shriek; Test: Yamaha XS500; Features: Specialist II; D&K Engineering’s newest pro stock and pro comp drag frames; Stunning BSA Rocket III; Race Prepping Yamaha Road Racers; Super ‘Zuki; Two Kaw for Top Fuel; Tech: Illumination Trouble Shooting; Drouin Superchargr installation; more
Road Tests: Norton P-11, Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCH, BSA Victor, Triumph Daytona, CZ Moto-Cross, Suzuki X-6, Honda 450, Yamaha YM1, Triumph Mountain Cub; Features: Metro Cycle Association; Vincent Black Shadow; Drag Bike – how to build one without stripping your bank account; Scrambler Kit; Competition: TT Racing – the guts and gore of the wildest two wheel sport; Hopetown Scrambles; Editorial – Congressman Boff’s Cement Suit – how Big Brother protects you from yourself; more
Cover Story: Indus Arthur – our lovely motorcyclist never wanted to be an actress. Indus began motorcycling almost two years ago, first as a passenger and then later on her own motorcycle, a Yamaha 125; Contents: Dragging for the beginner – if you ever wanted to get started in drag racing and didn’t know how, this is the article for you; BMW R50 Road Test; Honda Kickstarter Overhaul; Bridgestone 175 Road Test; Hillclimb Action; Viewfinders Movie Club; Sparkplug technical Article; Grand Prix at Riverside; Dragster with a difference; Indoor Short Track; Cams; Cherry Creek Hare and Hound; Chevy Dragster; Movie Stuntman; Miss Modern Cycle; Bud Ekins tells how to ride the desert; Calico Ghost Town; more