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Bonneville 2012 Effort


Hang on! We're taking two bikes, maybe three to Bonneville for the Bub's 2012 International Speed Trials. We got our asses handed to us in 2010, but we learned a few new ropes and rules, and we're headed back with a vengeance.


The 124-Inch 5-Ball Raycer

Our Bonneville dedicated 5-Ball Raycer is powered by a Randy Torgeson- prepared, high-performance, 124-inch turbocharged twin cam engine. Our power booster is an Aerocharger Series 66, built by TurboDoc in Salt Lake City, Utah. It?s a variable vane exhaust-driven turbo that feeds air, passing through the inner-cooler/ice chest, and the air plenum, into a 62mm HPI throttle body, a polished intake manifold, and a set of free breathing Stage 5 R&R Cycle Billet heads. R&R rollers open the high flow valves, S&S .640 lift gear-driven cams and finally out to the salt through a one-off Tedder-built exhaust system.

Rick Tedder out of Salem, Oregon is modifying and building a one-off frame that was conceived and engineered by Jim Bartlett in Beaverton, Oregon. We will be prepared and eligible to enter one or all of the following classes. Ya never know what might happen.
3000 cc  A-PBG record 146.246
3000 cc A-PBF open
3000 cc APS-PBG record 167.069
3000 cc APS-PBF open

We're after red hats and a membership in the 200 mph club

Flat Out Flip Flat Out

1940 45 Flathead Bonne Belle

We are working with Lee Clemens of Departure Bike Works, our engine builder, and Paughco on an all-new Bonne Belle Chassis. This 45 flathead will have a K-model top end, a 5-speed transmission, classic Performance Machine wheels and brakes, and a Spitfire slim as silk fuel container.

The Bonne Belle will be ridden by Australian award winning tattoo artist, Nicole Brosing. This woman welds, wrenches, and is brilliant. Let's see if she can ride on the salt.

This bike will be capable of competing in the following classes, some of which we haven't figured out yet. We're not sure if we?ll get cut some slack for running a flathead, so we reached out to Drew Gatewood, a AMA, Bub official:

The AMA class(es) your machine would fit into are as follows.
Plus, the same engine classes with APS

There is currently no allowance for larger displacement with a flathead engine according to the AMA supplemental rules (e.g.- 750 flathead in the 500 classes).
--Drew Gatewood

It's going to be tough on the 45. We need that puppy to beat 150 mph records. We're sure to stumble into a surprise or two as the year unfolds. You'll see it all come together on Bikernet.

Flat Out


What the Hell is 5-Ball Racing?

The Story Goes Back About 50 Years

By K. “Bandit” Ball , Photos by you name it, Markus Cuff, Chris Callen, Scooter Grubb and…
It all started when my mother ran over my metal- flaked Honda 55 Super Cub with a single shotgun pipe. She stormed into our tiny stucco house in Long Beach and announced, “Get that damn thing out from under my car.”
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5-Ball Racing 2012: Chapter 11 the Finale

The Final Test on the Salt

By Bandit with photos by Bandit, Lee Clemens, Scooter Grubb, and the Sheriff
This year has been a blur, and it’s not over. The pitfalls started when my motor wasn’t going to arrive until after Sturgis. Then my painter, Jim Murillo passed away unexpectedly, and the pressure mounted.
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The Shrinking Salt Speedway

Take Action To Save The Famous Bonneville Salt Flats

By “LandSpeed” Louise Ann Noeth
Land Speed Louise takes us behind the scenes it the battle to keep the Bonneville Salt Flats alive.
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5-Ball Racing 2012: Chapter 10, Bonne Belle

Final Engine and Chassis Assembly

By Bandit with photos by Sin Wu
It's all sorta touchy between deciding on a compression ratio and final fitment without the engine in hand.
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5-Ball Racing Chapter 9: 124-Twin Cam Build

The Turbo-Charged Driveline

By Ray C. Wheeler
Finally, with less than 40 days to go, we start the 124-inch turbo-charged Twin Cam build. It's close, but we need to catch up with the articles.
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5-Ball Racing Chapter 8: Bonne Belle off to Paint

Final Adjustment and Manufacturing before the Powderman Takes Control

By Bandit, with photos by Sin Wu
We are down to the bottom line. Bonneville is less than two months away, and it's time for Powder and final assembly.
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The Bob George Streamliner Legacy

From the RB Racing Archives

By Ben Behn of RB Racing
Bob George had vision and created the streamliner that held the motorcycle world land speed record for 16 years--321.5 mph. Like so many artists he struggled between his creative drive and business realities.
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5-Ball Racing 2012: Chapter 7 The Street Dyna

Hot Rod 97-Inch Street Bike for Ray C. Wheeler Nearly Completed

By Bandit, Brad Beach, and Ray C. Wheeler
Installing a RevTech 97-inch top end upgrade, Crane Cams, Fueling Lifters, and the newest EFI throttle body on the planet.
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