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XDA Heads to Virginia for the 2022 Bike Bash

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On August 26-28, XDA takes Motorcycle Drag Racing back to Virginia Motorsports Park for the 4th annual Bike Bash.

XDA offers a quality show with over 700 professional, sportsman, and grudge motorcycle drag racers in competition. This season XDA will payout over $500,000 in purse money and a $130,000 contingency fund that spans all classes. This event alone will pay out over $80,000 in cash purse, making it a must-attend event for any east coast drag racing enthusiast.

The event features the Orient Express Pro Street class that run speeds over 230 mph in only 6-seconds! And on Saturday Night, the action will be electric as the fastest grudge racers on the east coast will fly down VMP’s perfectly prepped track. The HTP Performance Afterdark Underground Grudge Program will feature the “Running of the Bulls” Grudge Shootouts and all the Grudge Racing you can handle. Even with the scoreboards off, it’s clear who is fast and who is faux fast. Bring your dollars, because once the action starts, you will be picking lanes and betting on your favorites all night long.

Orient Express Racing Pro Street
The World’s fastest and quickest street tire motorcycles will mobilize once again for the Orient Express Pro Street class. With a track smooth as glass, these 650+ horsepower motorcycles running at speeds over 230mph in the quarter-mile in only 6-seconds will have you saying damn all weekend as their performance numbers will shock you on their DOT tires. You do not want to miss the thrilling racing action served up by these all-stars next weekend.

With only two races left in the season, the pressure will be applied as these pro racers are competing for a championship and a spot to be invited to the 26th annual Haltech World Cup Finals presented by Wiseco at Maryland International Raceway on November 2-6, 2022. Racers will be fighting for a top ten finish in points for the chance to compete in front of 50,000+ fans in November. But of the ten that qualify, only eight will compete in the $5,000 to win Pro Street Shootout sponsored by Platinum General Services. Rodney Williford, Justin Shakir, Greg Wallace, Jason Dunigan, Darion Payne, Gaige Herrera, James Waugh, Curtis Brown, Ryan Hable, and Rickey Wood are currently qualified for WCF. Several racers will be fighting hard to bump into these coveted spots this weekend, and no one will be working harder than Jordan Haase!

Williford is leading the class by one hundred and forty-five points, but after taking a semi-final round loss at the last event, he has opened the gate and let the wolves in. Shakir, Wallace, Dunigan, and Payne all have a chance at the championship title. Williford will have to be at the top of his game next weekend to keep the bloodthirsty at bay.

DME Racing Real Street
The DME Racing 7-second, 190mph Real Street class is designed for street‐legal sportbikes with limited modifications and a hand clutch. Next weekend’s XDA Championship points chase will heat up as Rickey Gadson and Mark Hylton battle to climb to that number one spot that class champion David Stewart is holding on to by only sixty-five points over his competition. Unlike Hylton, Gadson has never held a Real Street championship title, and he will be laser-focused on the win lights next weekend as he looks to put some distance between himself and Hylton and knock Stewart off the top spot. Brittany Bohne had a stellar showing at the last race, and she will be a formidable obstacle in the way of these guys earning points next weekend if they have to line up next to her.

MaxxECU Pro Xtreme
MaxxECU Pro Xtreme features the World’s quickest turbocharged, nitrous injected, or injected nitro drag bikes. This is the quickest and fastest 1/8 mile category in the XDA, and there is nothing better than first to the finish line, heads up racing. John Collins leads the points chase, but the class championship is wide open and still up for grabs for the team working between races to show up and put down the performance numbers for green lights. Procopio was the only rider to lay down a three-second pass at the last event, but next weekend we expect to see these numbers from most of the field as they all have the horsepower under them to produce big numbers. MaxxECU Pro Xtreme is presented by Billy Vose Racing, Fast by Gast, Dunigan Racing, DME Racing, Grothus Dragbikes, Harley Haul, Rob Bush Motorsports, Robinson Industries, Schnitz Racing, Timblin Chassis, and Worldwide Bearings.

HTP Performance Super Stock
The stock wheelbase HTP Performance Super Stock class features strict modification rules, stock wheelbase, stock motor, MR12 spec fuel, no air shifters, no dataloggers, etc. Darion Payne has been the class leader all season but only holds a minuscule six points over the field of 4‐stroke naturally aspirated production machines. Mike Davis is due for a win at this event; he has been runner-up at the last four events, missing wins by mere inches! A rule change between races has been implemented, allowing all liter bikes to go back down to 2″ of ground clearance for all size riders. With this change, class representative Cecil Towner is hoping to see more diversity in the class next weekend.

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Vance & Hines 4.60
The popular 1/8th-mile sportsman index category of Vance & Hines 4.60 class is the World’s quickest index class and next weekend that class will be massive with fifty-three riders already on the pre-race roll call list! XDA increases this purse as the entries go up; based on the current pre-entry, a $1,000 bonus will be paid out to the winner. The first 660 feet of the Virginia Motorsports Park will be on fire next weekend as the championship chase comes down to the wire. The top ten riders in points all have a legitimate shot at the championship, but as the field grows, so does the level of competition. Every round won will matter as the points chase typically comes down to the last few rounds of the season.

1 Stop Speed 5.60
Nick Noble will be working hard at the 4th annual Bike Bash to snag the 1 Stop Speed 5.60 championship points lead away from current leader Dustin Lee next weekend. Only four points separate the two from the top spot. The top ten contenders in the class still have a shot at the championship, but it’s not going to be an easy path for many of them. Only one hundred and eighty points separate number ten from number one. Next weekend’s event could shake up the order, giving many racers hope for a championship title at the season’s last event.

Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman
The quickest ET bikes at the track will be showcased in the Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman class next weekend. Jimmie Miller has not taken a win this season in the class, but his steady stream of win lights has earned him a nine-point lead over the class. The chase for the championship is wide-open at this point; with a different winner every event, there is no guessing where the order will shake out by Sunday night. The winner of this thirty-two bike field not only takes home a $2,000 payout but also advances into round five of Pro ET competition for a chance at a second win and a potential $7,000 payout for the weekend.

MPS Racing Pro ET
The MPS Racing Pro ET points leader, Jimmie Miller, is coming off a win and looking to build on that momentum as he leads the point chase by a mere twenty points. There are still a lot of racers that can grab the championship in this class, but they will need to turn on a lot of green lights next weekend to firm up their chances before the season comes to a close next month back at Maryland International Raceway.

Brock’s Performance Street ET
The Brock’s Performance Street ET class is a tight race at the top of the leader board, with only twenty points separating Mark Blake and Derrick Milbourne. But even though they sit at the top, the top twenty racers still have a chance at a 2022 championship. Anyone can win on Sunday! New racers are welcome at all XDA events; come out and learn how to drag race with us next weekend!

The XDA will also hold competition in the Saturday VooDoo Bracket Bash and Friday night Hard Times Parts & Service Gambler’s race giving sportsman racers another $9,300 in payouts to be earned over the weekend.

Load up and head out to Virginia Motorsports Park in one week for an exciting weekend of motorcycle drag racing action. This will be our last time at VMP this season; you don’t want to miss the best motorcycle drag racing show on the east coast. Gates open on Friday at 8am, and the action doesn’t stop until Sunday night!

Visit www.xdaracing.com for event information, class rules, schedule, and more.

About XDA Racing
The Xtreme Dragbike Association (XDA) is an east coast motorcycle drag racing series with 700+ motorcycle racers competing at each event. Every XDA event hosts professional classes, sportsman classes, grudge racing and a vendor midway. Lifestyle activities such as bike shows, bikini contests, DJ and live bands are also held at select events. For more information on the XDA, please visit www.xdaracing.com or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube @xdaracing

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Save the Salt – Bonneville Report

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5-Ball Racing and Bikernet.com set a record with the Salt Shaker, Valerie Thompson (her first) and Barry Wardlaw. Top speed 151.5 in 2006.

Restore Bonneville hopes new data will speed salt flat replenishment

The ongoing pursuit to preserve the Bonneville Salt Flats has scored another victory and SEMA, along with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Utah Geological Survey (UGS), and Intrepid Potash Inc. marked more progress in restoring the area’s precious salt.

A new well installed in the summer of 2021, along with equipment that will collect data on evaporation, will inform the preservation and replenishment of the salt flats as the Restore Bonneville program kicks off.

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Arcimoto Partners With Lightning Motorcycles To Develop Electric Tilting Motorcycle

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Arcimoto and Lightning Motorcycles Begin Development of World’s Fastest Electric Three-Wheel Tilting Motorcycle
Built on the platform of the Lightning LS 218 and outfitted with Arcimoto’s patented tilting trike technology, the new electric bike will look to set the record for fastest three-wheel motorcycle at Bonneville.

from https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210630005368/en/

from https://www.nrtoday.com

Arcimoto, Inc.® makers of fun, affordable, and ultra-efficient electric vehicles for everyday drivers and fleets, today announced a collaboration with Lightning Motorcycles with the goal to develop the fastest tilting three-wheel motorcycle in the world—gas or electric—using its patented Tilting Motor Works TRiO tilting trike technology.

“From the moment I met Richard Hatfield and saw the Lightning for myself at Bonneville, I knew there was the potential to create an electric trike unlike anything in the history of motorcycles, ” said Bob Mighell, Arcimoto’s Chief Tilting Officer, who himself broke the land-speed record for 3-wheeled motorcycles at the 2013 Motorcycle Speed Trials held at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. “This will be the first time we outfit an electric bike with the TRiO kit, and it certainly won’t be the last, as we drive toward a sustainable future faster than ever before.”

The Lightning SuperBike set a record as the world’s fastest production motorcycle, electric or otherwise, with the SCTA official World Record of 215.960 mph and a best timed run of 218.637 mph at Bonneville during Speedweek in 2011. The record-setting run was powered entirely by solar energy at an estimated cost of only 8 cents.

“As the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance electric motorcycles, we are excited to bring our technology and know-how to the collaboration with Arcimoto for the three-wheel market. The convergence of our proprietary technology, the market adoption of EVs, and the widely recognized environmental benefits of clean energy propulsion make this an excellent and exciting time to bring these vehicles to the mass market,” said Richard Hatfield, Founder and CEO of Lightning Motorcycles. “Our vision is to see Lightning’s electric motorcycles provide performance-oriented and environmentally conscious transportation, as well as adrenaline inducing fun, for both new and experienced riders all over the world. This collaboration amplifies our vision. It’s an honor to build the first electric bike outfitted with the TRiO alongside ‘Bonneville Bob Mighell,’ who has proven throughout his career that trikes can, and should, fly.”

Arcimoto’s Tilting Motor Works TRiO is the leading tilting three-wheel conversion kit for touring motorcycles. TRiO allows the rider to lean naturally, maintaining performance and the thrill of the ride while increasing safety, stability, and confidence. TRiO kits can be augmented with the TiltLock leveling system, allowing the bike to stand up by itself while stopped at lights or in traffic.

“This collaboration is something that could only happen between two legendary speed demons of Bonneville,” said Mark Frohnmayer, Arcimoto Founder and CEO. “While Plaid-level performance has never been a part of the Arcimoto narrative, proving our tilting trike technology beyond ludicrous speed will give us, and our customers, added comfort that our future micromobility solutions are stable under the most demanding conditions. Further this first adaptation of the TRiO for an electric motorcycle is in full alignment with Arcimoto’s mission to catalyze sustainable, emissions-free mobility.”

The prototype collaboration trike is anticipated to be unveiled at the “FUV and Friends Summer Showcase” to take place at the Portland International Raceway on July 26. To request a ticket, send an email to summershowcase@arcimoto.com. Pricing and availability of the TRiO Kit for the Lightning LS 218 will be announced at a later date.

by Shivani Kumaresan from https://www.benzinga.com

Arcimoto Inc announced a partnership with Lightning Motorcycles to develop the fastest tilting three-wheel motorcycle in the world. Arcimoto will use its patented Tilting Motor Works TRiO tilting trike technology.

TRiO allows the rider to lean naturally, maintaining performance and the thrill of the ride while increasing safety, stability, and confidence.

The prototype collaboration trike is expected to be unveiled at the ‘FUV and Friends Summer Showcase’ to take place at the Portland International Raceway on July 26.

“From the moment I met Richard Hatfield and saw the Lightning for myself at Bonneville, I knew there was the potential to create an electric trike unlike anything in the history of motorcycles,” said Bob Mighell, Arcimoto’s Chief Tilting Officer.

Arcimoto known for its light electric vehicles acquired Tilting Motor Works in January 2021. Tilting Motor Works is the creator of the TriO three-wheel conversion kit for touring motorcycles.

Bob Mighell, founder and CEO of Tilting Motor Works broke the land-speed record for 3-wheeled motorcycles at the 2013 Motorcycle Speed Trials held at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Arcimoto already has a range of light electric vehicles that serve as emergency vehicles, delivery vehicles and just plain fun vehicles. These make the most of smaller, lighter vehicles to cut through traffic to get to an emergency site on time or make sure a pizza stays hot.

Arcimoto’s Deliverator and Rapid Responder vehicles support two occupants, sitting one behind the other. The Deliverator three-wheeler has a top speed of 75 mph (roughly 120 km/h) and sports a 102 mile (about 164 km) city range. Built on the modular Arcimoto Platform, the Deliverator offers 20+ cubic feet of cargo space (0.56 m2), and size that allows three vehicles to be parked in a single space.

These are not the only light electric vehicles the company is manufacturing. The company showed off its latest prototype in late 2020, which is a three-wheeler called the Roadster. It is a roofless three-wheeler with a chopped-down windshield, more like the kind of trikes riders currently use for personal mobility.

WMC Electric Motorcycle Aims At New Speed Record

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

WMC Electric Motorcycle Has Big Hole in It, Only Way to Set New Speed Record.

There’s a good chance the name White Motorcycle Concepts (WMC) doesn’t ring any bells. Don’t worry, that will probably change as soon as next year, provided the company achieves its goal of setting a land speed record for electric motorcycles.

WMC is a British engineering company set up not long ago by British Formula One engineer Rob White. Its goal is to advance the adoption of electric drivetrains in the motorcycle industry not by coming up with some incredible battery or electric motor but by devising new aerodynamic tech that should better use the available power.

The tech in question, called V-Air, was inspired by the cars taking part in Formula 1 or Le Mans. It consists of a large duct at the center of the bike, in essence, a big hole running through it, designed to force air through the two-wheeler and not around it. This, says WMC, reduces aerodynamic resistance by as much as 70 percent compared to an unnamed “market-leading high performance road bike.”

V-Air is backed in the demonstrator motorcycle, called WMC250EV and unveiled on Wednesday, June 23, by a motor driving the front wheel and coupled to a regenerative braking system. There’s an additional final drive system on the bike, one that, according to the company, will not only boost power and enhance efficiency but could also be easily adapted for existing motorcycles.

The demonstrator will be put through its paces starting later this year, with White himself planning to mount the bike and race it around. The highpoint in the development of the V-Air is a run planned for next year on the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, the largest of its kind in the world.

White believes his run should set the Motorcycle Electric Semi Streamliner British Record by taking the WMC250EV to over 250 mph (402 kph), which would be well above the 228 mph (367 kph) set by Max Biaggi on the Voxan Wattman last year.

British engineers will try to break the 376.3mph motorcycle record in a 30-ft-long vehicle

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by Ian Randall from https://www.dailymail.co.uk

Guy Martin will attempt to break the 376.3 mph motorcycle speed record in a 30-ft-long vehicle incorporating a Rolls Royce engine used in helicopters

  • British engineer and ex-bike racer Alex Macfadzean, 77, and his team designed the new ‘streamliner’ bike
  • Racer turned TV presenter Guy Martin will make the record-breaking attempt in Bolivia next year
  • Britain last held the motorcycle land-speed record in 1937 after Eric Fernihough broke 169.72 mph
  • But Italy’s Piero Taruffi took the title by an extra 3.31mph in the October of 1937 and the title has changed hands amongst Germans, Italians and Americans since

A 30ft-long vehicle sporting a Rolls Royce engine normally used in helicopters will attempt to reclaim the motorcycle land speed record for Britain.

Engineer and ex-racer Alex Macfadzean, 77, and his team designed the ‘streamliner’ bike which will make its record attempt next year at the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia.

Behind the wheel will be motorcycle racer turned TV presenter Guy Martin, who will attempt to beat the current record of 376.3mph and cross the 400mph threshold.

To try to advance the record, Mr Martin will run the new streamliner on a mile-long course twice in opposite directions, as per official land-speed record rules.

The bike’s 1,200 shaft horsepower Rolls Royce engine is the same found within the Westland Lynx helicopter once employed by the British Army and the Royal Navy.

The first official motorcycle land-speed record was set in 1920 by the American racer Gene Walker 103.5mph, building on unofficial efforts dating back to 1903.

Britain last held the record for six months in 1937 after Eric Fernihough broke 169.72mph on his Brough Superior-JAP.

But Italy’s Piero Taruffi took the title by an extra 3.31mph in the October of 1937.

The title has changed hands amongst Germans, Italians and Americans ever since.

At present, the motorcycle land-speed record is held by American racer Rocky Robinson, who claimed his title at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in 2010.

‘It is a great target and just one of those things I have to do,’ Mr Macfadzean told the Telegraph.

‘I was asked recently where the line was between commitment and obsession.

‘I laughed, because I couldn’t say.

‘I guess I have always been too obsessed to have noticed.’

Mr Macfadzean has worked with engine builders for Formula One and Moto GP racing, and designed the vehicle that broke the 200 mph threshold in the British motorcycle land-speed record back in 1991.

A decade later, he also aided US driver Don Vesco who set a four-wheeled speed record of 458.4mph in the ‘Turbinator’ — a car which, like Mr Macfadzean’s streamliner bike, was also equipped with a helicopter engine under the hood.

For their streamliner — which began construction in 2008, and is still being refined — Mr Macfadzean acquired a Westland Lynx engine from military surplus.

Before Mr Martin takes his shot at breaking the motorcycle land-speed record, the new streamliner will first be assessed both on the road and in a wind tunnel in order to refine its aerodynamic design, which was inspired by RAF Tornado aircraft.

Following this, the bike will undergo relatively ‘low-speed’ tests at 200mph on a former RAF airfield.

Mr Martin is no stranger to record-breaking rides.

In 2016, he reached 274.2 mph on a specially-designed Triumph — the highest speed ever achieved by the British motorcycle manufacturer.