How do you boost shop inventory when money is tight? For William “Bill” Cottom, a young bike shop owner with a penchant for riding fast but who was short on cash, the solution came naturally: He raced other riders for pink slips and fortunately—for him—he won most of the time! Continue Reading.
Zipper’s Performance will be set up in a NEW location this year for Delmarva Bike Week. Zipper’s booth will be set up at the Ocean City Convention Center, September 17th – 20th.
Talk to Zipper’s about the latest in their engine kit development including Muscle Kits, Zipper’s CNC heads, Red Shift Cams, ThunderMax and more.
Honda’s two-wheel and four-wheel racing roots come together in Project 2&4, a conceptual racer that combines the look and handling of an open-wheel race car with the open feel and high-revving heart of a racing bike.
Project 2&4 is powered by Honda’s RC213V competition motorcycle engine, which we’ve already seen in action in the RC213V-S sport bike. This is a MotoGP motorcycle racing engine that’s been modified to run on public roads. The 2&4’s 999cc, four-stroke V-4 boasts a screaming 14,000rpm redline and makes its peak 212 horsepower (215 PS) at an only slightly less lofty 13,000rpm. The engine’s 87 pound-feet of torque (118 Nm) is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed DCT transmission.
The concept wraps that engine in a lightweight, compact chassis that resembles an open-wheel race car or oversize go-kart. Project 2&4 weighs a scant 893 pounds (405 kg) and has an extremely low center of mass. The overall footprint is 10 feet long (3,040mm) by 6 feet wide (1,820mm), giving the concept a wide, planted look.
One of the most interesting bits of Project 2&4’s design is its “floating seat” cockpit design, which suspends the driver’s seat (the only seat) just inches above the asphalt. This open configuration is designed to combine the feel and freedom of driving a motorcycle with the grip and characteristics of a low-slung race car. More importantly, it looks amazing.
We’ll be taking a closer look at the insane Project 2&4 when it makes an official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show next week.
Seven-time land speed record holder Valerie Thompson became the first female member of the Colorado Mile 200 MPH Club with a top speed pass of 201.2 mph on her Quicksilver Powersports Lubricants/CTEK sponsored BMW. Thompson premiered an Iron Horse Motorcycles prepared motorcycle with an all-new hand built racing engine provided by BMW Motorrad, the first of its kind to see competition in the US.
The Colorado Mile is a new competition for the 2015 land speed racing schedule. The event is held at Front Range Airport in Watkins and is Colorado’s first one-mile speed event.
Thompson made a total of 11 runs on the one-mile course during the two-day speed festival, taking special care to break-in the custom built BMW racing engine and all-new high performance exhaust system. Denver’s high attitude provided its typical challenges thrown at every racing team manager and tuner.
“Valerie is a true champion and fierce competitor, so we decided to provide her with a S 1000 RR Stage 3 HP Race engine, specifically the ‘Power Motor’ variant. This is the first time we have imported a Stage 3 engine to the US from the BMW HP race shop in Munich. Producing 215 hp from 999 cc, it’s the same engine specification BMW Motorrad offers teams participating in the FIM WSBK series,” said Mike Hernandez, Manager BMW Motorrad Parts and Accessories.
“This was our first competition after several months of event cancelations at Bonneville. In addition to the BMW engine, we were testing a new Akrapovic exhaust system and other new equipment,” said Thompson. “The 8300 foot elevation near Denver is much higher than where we normally compete, so we knew optimal performance would be a real challenge. Despite that handicap, we learned a lot and I know the Quicksilver Powersports Lubricants BMW will go much faster at other venues. I’m very excited about our next race on the salt,” said a confident Thompson.
Thompson’s next competition will be the prestigious Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout September 17-21, featuring the world’s fastest streamliners and motorcycles.
For additional information, visit usmileracing.com and landspeedevents.com.
Ed Krawiec leaves the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway as the number-one Pro Stock Motorcycle seed for the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Krawiec has three wins in six final-round appearances in the first 10 races of the season and leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle class by 135 points. For the upcoming six-race Countdown, points for the Top 10 racers will reset with a 10-point interval between each, plus a 20-point bonus for Krawiec as the top seed. The Countdown playoffs begin Sept. 18 at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, N.C., at the zMax Dragway.
“The Screamin’ Eagle team is heading into the Countdown with a lot of confidence and two very fast Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycles,” said Krawiec, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion (2008, 2011 and 2012). “We know what it takes to win this championship, and that’s with consistent performance by both the rider and the motorcycle.”
Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines, the defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, is the third seed for the Countdown. Hines has one win in two final-round appearances this season.
“We are in a great position to start the Countdown,” said Hines, a four-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion (2004-2006, 2014). “The V-Rods are running well and responding to tuning changes, and that’s only going to improve as we head into cooler weather during the Countdown.”
Hines qualified in second position at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, he won in the first round of eliminations on Monday and lost in round two. Krawiec qualified eighth at Indy and also won a single round on Monday.
Jared Mees finished second in a thrilling race on the Springfield Mile and in doing so keeps a grip on the season points lead in the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines flat track series. Mees, the defending GNC1 champion, holds a one-point lead with three races left in the season.
“Today I just put my head down on my Harley-Davidson XR750 and gave it all I had,” said Mees who pilots the Rogers Racing Las Vegas H-D/Blue Springs H-D Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle. “We’ve got the points lead and I feel like we’ve been dominant on the half-mile tracks this season, so we’re in a great position for these next two races.”
Mees has accumulated 177 GNC1 points and now leads Springfield winner Bryan Smith by one point. Sammy Halbert is third with 156 points, followed by Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Wrecking Crew rider Kenny Coolbeth Jr., in fourth place with 143 points.
Jake Johnson finished third at Springfield on the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team XR750 motorcycle. Johnson, Mees, Smith and Halbert made up a lead pack that swapped the first position for much of the 25-lap main. Coolbeth, aboard the Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle, caught the leaders in the closing laps after charging up from a back-row starting position. Johnson passed Mees and Smith to take his first lead of the afternoon as the trio charged through the final two turns of the historic Springfield oval, but Smith used the draft provided by Johnson and Mees to slingshot into the lead and win by just 0.026 seconds. Mees nipped Johnson by 0.001 seconds.
“The Factory Harley team worked hard for me and put me on a fast motorcycle today,” said Johnson, a two-time Grand National champion in his second appearance as a replacement rider for injured Harley Factory Team rider Brad Baker. “Running up front and putting the Factory Harley on the Springfield podium is great validation for me. I know I can still race these bikes.”
The Harley-Davidson Wrecking Crew riders return to the track Sept. 19 for the Roar on the Shore at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar.
“One of the most humbling and proud moments as a small business owner is when a customer wants to wear our brand,” stated Laura Klock, Vice President of Klock Werks. “We have some klassic logo favorites, but we’ve also introduced some new designs that represent performance, speed, and customs of all kinds, because we want you to feel proud to represent Klock Werks.”
Klock Werks apparel line offers several styles to choose from including the Klassic Logo t’s, race team inspired “Klock Speed Shop” designs, the new “Retro Flare™” that is a hot-rod inspired pinstripe style that features mention of the patented Flare™ Windshield, and the new Klock Werks Sugar Skull. All apparel is high quality screen printed on the best shirt options, from heavy t-shirts to new softer styles. Also available in the line up is the fan favorite Klassic Logo FlexFit hat.
Klock Werks apparel is available through your Drag Specialties/Parts Unlimited Dealer and also online at kustombaggers.com.
According to Keloland, Flames early Tuesday morning engulfed a popular Sturgis saloon that bills itself as the “world’s largest biker bar.”
The Full Throttle Saloon is a total loss after crews battled the blaze throughout the morning.
Sturgis Assistant Fire Chief Sean Barrows says crews tried to get inside but heat and smoke forced firefighters to battle the blaze from the outside in heavy winds. The building was completely on the ground by 3 a.m.
Barrows says there were no injuries.
The bar on South Dakota Highway 34 has been the subject of a reality television series. Its amenities include zip lines, musical stages and rental cabins.The fire remains under investigation.
The Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG) , parent company to a host of aftermarket industry leading brands, including DragonFire, Küryakyn, Mustang Seats, Performance Machine, Progressive Suspension, Renthal, Roland Sands Design and Vance & Hines, recently relocated headquarters from Irvine, California, to Irving, Texas. Now MAG is staffing up, starting with the addition of a new CFO, Rick Walters.
“I’m pleased to announce that Rick Walters will be joining the MAG leadership team as Chief Financial Officer,” stated MAG President & CEO Andy Graves. “Rick is based at our new MAG headquarters in Irving, and is reporting to me.” Most recently the CFO of the $1 billion auto collision repair company Service King, Walters brings a wealth of financial experience to the MAG role. Prior to Service King, Rick served as a Group CFO at Sun Capital Partners in southern Florida, where he supported multiple portfolio companies, including work in auto supply and electronic components companies, as well as retail (furniture, restaurants, and department stores).
“His breadth of business experience across multiple industries, and businesses faced with diverse challenges, will serve him well at MAG,” noted Graves. “He brings a strong strategic perspective, extensive experience in process and profit improvement, and a passion to drive long-term value creation.”
Walters replaces Bill Himebrook, who has been MAG’s interim CFO since the merger of MAG/Tucker Rocky under the LDI umbrella in May, 2014. “We are grateful to Bill for stepping into this role at such a critical time for our new company,” added Graves. “And thankful for his insights, support and many contributions over the past 16 months. We look forward to continued support and dialog with Bill, as he transitions back into his full-time CFO role at LDI in Indianapolis.”
Originally from Wausau, Wisconsin, Walters has lived and worked across the U.S. He currently lives in McKinney, TX, a northern suburb of Dallas, with his wife and two daughters.