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Something to learn from 4 failed land speed attempts

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This Custom Land-Speed Bike Build Failed 4 Times: Here’s What We Can Learn

You’re going to fail a lot when you try something new, but keep going.
by Janaki Jitchotvisut from https://www.rideapart.com

Have you ever had a project not go exactly like you planned? If you noticed that I didn’t say “project bike” there, that word choice was intentional—because maybe you’re just at the beginning of thinking about your first project bike. However, as a person who has worked on many a passion project prior to ever even thinking about a project bike, I’m here to tell you that some of that precious knowledge you’ve already gained completely carries over into project bike territory.

In this video, YouTuber SuperFastMatt takes us on a detailed breakdown of how he tried to build a custom land speed record attempt motorcycle four separate times—and how (and why) he failed. His analysis is unsparing, hilarious, and incredibly relatable—even if you’ve never personally tried to build a custom land speed record attempt motorcycle of your own.

Why? Probably because, at their heart, most projects—be they bikes or other things—share a number of traits in common. As he spells out toward the beginning of the vehicle, all projects require some mixture of time, money, space, and motivation to complete things—from your individual sub-tasks, all the way up to full project completion.

Most people don’t have unlimited supplies of any (or all) of these things—but if you have motivation, you can usually find creative ways to bend the other three parts to your will. The problems usually happen when motivation runs out. A setback may only seem tiny to an outsider, but if it feels utterly soul-crushing to you, then you may set something aside for weeks, months—or even years until you’re ready to deal with it again.

This video is particularly great because it works on multiple levels. On the one hand, you’re getting a blow-by-blow synopsis of what was clearly years of Matt’s attempts at getting this particular build off the ground—or, at least, more quickly across the ground than was probably advisable for this vehicle. On the other, you’re getting a close-up look at the inner workings of one curious, mechanically-minded person’s thought process in working through failure—which could, ultimately, help you work through your own failures.

The fact is, most of us have to keep trying, falling down, getting back up again, and learning from our mistakes when we attempt new things. Very few people are automatically good at just about anything. Most of us just have to keep trying, keep learning, and keep improving. That stubbornness may not seem like a good thing, but it is. Then again, so is learning to recognize when it’s time to light something on fire and shove it into the sea. Cheers.

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Nitro Top Fuel Harley Party Returns to Cecil County

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event: AHDRA Mid-Atlantic Nitro Showdown presented by Zipper’s Performance Products
when: October 7-9, 2022
where: Cecil County Dragway, Rising Sun, Maryland, USA

Anyone who attended last year’s AHDRA All-American motorcycle drag racing series stop at Cecil County Dragway knows that this is one explosive motorsports event. Nothing beats the violent thrust of a big Top Fuel nitro V-Twin engine, and this is the time and place to see these incredible motorcycles, the burly men who ride them, and the biker lifestyle that surrounds them.

Last year’s winner Tracy Kile and his Bad Apple Racing teammates Dr. Jimmy “Mack” McMillan and Frank “Brother” Capone headline a field that includes 2020 AHDRA champ Rich Vreeland, NHRA record holder Bob Malloy, Billy “Jack” Jackson, country gentleman Ziggy Schwartz and more.

Veteran racer Larry “Grey Ghost” Stanley will be honored at this event for his dedication to Nitro Harley racing.

Hawaya Racing Nitro Funnybike champion Michael Balch will be taking on all comers in the high gear-only class, while the Hawaya Racing Pro Fuel carbureted class will see it’s usual slew of competitors. Milan winner Phil Lower, Rocky Jackson, Jim Martin, and Sam White are just some of the racers expected to attend, and Bad Apple’s Mary Dangrow will make her nitro debut.

Gasoline can be just as exciting as nitro, especially when burned in no-bar, street tire bikes. Charging Charley Douglass took the Milan Dragway GMS Racing Engines Xtreme Outlaw win in an all-turbo final, and expect that kind of action again at Cecil County. If we’re lucky, the seldom seen nitrous badass Mike Motto will make this one.

Super popular Baggers are expected in force, including Jason Broski and his all-motor Horsepower Inc. Pro Outlaw Bagger Milan winner, and Super Stock and V-Twin Powersports Hot Rod Baggers

Pro classes MTC Pro Comp Outlaw, Zippers Performance Pro Modified, and Pingel Modified will see V-Twins stretching their connecting rods to the max, including riders John Price, George Futch, Kimberly DeShields, Gary Douglass, Shayne Pendergrast and more.

Sportsman classes are the backbone of every drag racing organization, and AHDRA welcomes gobs of them. Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson Super Gas 9.90, Universal Fleet & Tire 10.90, 11:50 index, Super Pro 10.30, and Eliminator will all throw down. Racers Brad Cronenberger, Chris Phipps, Cody Rozeski, John Terry, Clayton Danford, Heather Van Fleet and many more will be cutting lights and taking stripes.

Dreaming of drag racing your own American made V-Twin for the first time? Then Trophy class is for you! Put on your appropriate safety gear and get prepared to stage your beast!

And the coolest thing that has happened at AHDRA in 2022? That would be the return of Junior Dragbikes!

Download the “Cecil Dragway” App from either the Apple or Android App Store and follow each round live. Your friends and family can follow your progress through each round.

Test and Tune from 6:00-10:00 pm on Friday, gates open at 10:00am. Qualifying begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, raceday opening ceremonies at 11:00 am Sunday. Admission is $25 for a day, $45 for a 2 day pass, or $55 for all 3 days

Bill and Chrissy Rowe look forward to welcoming the AHDRA family to one of their most popular stops on the calendar—Cecil County Dragway. Do not miss this event!

The AHDRA website is at http://raceahdra.com/

For more information, email AHDRA’s Bill Rowe at bcrowe92891@gmail.com

AHDRA is owned by Pulse Marketing, the motorsports promotion company run by veteran drag racer Rowe and his family.

AHDRA thanks Cox Double Eagle Harley-Davidson, Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson, Gainesville Harley-Davidson , MTC Engineering , Hawaya Racing, Pingel Enterprise, GMS Racing Engines, Zippers Performance, Horsepower Inc., Vanson Leathers , Universal Fleet & Tire, IHDRA, V-Twin Powersports, Daryl Coffin Motorsports, All-Harley World Shootout, Axtell Cylinders and Racers For Christ.

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for September 2022

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Industry & Legislative Motorcycle News from USA and the world
Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

THE AIM / NCOM MOTORCYCLE E-NEWS SERVICE is brought to you by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM).

In the News this Month:

  • QEII RIP
  • NEW STUDY REVEALS SELF-DRIVING CARS ARE NOT SAFE FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
  • SELF-DRIVING CARS ARE COMING, SOONER THAN LATER
  • CALIFORNIA VOTES TO BAN NEW GAS CAR SALES BY 2035
  • NOTEWORTHY TOO: MAJOR HEATWAVE IN CHINA DISRUPTS SUPPLY CHAIN
  • TEN ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES DUE FROM HONDA BY 2025
  • ILLINOIS ANNOUNCES ROUND TWO OF ITS EV REBATE PROGRAM, INCLUDING BIKES
  • BIG BROTHER MAY PUT AN END TO SPEEDING IN NEW YORK
  • ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULATED NATIONS SET TO BAN ALL MOTORCYCLES

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NHDRO Fall Nationals Coming to Fabulous Norwalk

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NHDRO motorcycle drag racing series pre-race advance report
event: NHDRO’s Midwest Fall Nationalspresented by Liguori Drag Racing
when: September 16-18, 2022
where: Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio, USA

NHDRO’s season of threepeats reaches its end as the Midwest’s largest motorcycle drag racing series gathers on September 16-18 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, for the Midwest Fall Nationals presented by Liguori Drag Racing.

This will be the final event of a 2022 NHDRO season that saw three race days at each and every event, maximizing racer paybacks for their travel dollar in a time of high expenses for all travellers.

That means that champions will be crowned in all classes, and with two full points races on Saturday and Sunday—anything can happen.

Defending Schnitz Racing Top Gas champ Jeremy Teasley has a 23 point lead over Jeremy England with Bradley Shellhaas another 92 back.

The defending champ is also in the lead in M2.Shocks 8.70 Quick Street, as Marty White has a commanding 76 markers on Jaden Hall, with Rashad Rowe tucked in close another 6 back.

White is also the defending Kevin Dennis Insurance Street ET champ, and is 40 points ahead of England in that class. Norwalk superstar Kevin Adams is only 10 points further back of England.

England is second in MPS Pro ET, 50 points behind Tom Klemme and 10 ahead of Tom’s brother Joe. Ceslie Shellhaas is only 10 points behind Joe and 20 ahead of Greg Mallett as this class is TIGHT!

David Beshara leads the MTC Super Comp 8.90 index championship by 25 points over Joe Klemme with Rylan Rowe another 62 points back.

Drew Nearhoof has a 61 point lead over Jim “Just a Swangin’” Swanger in Advanced Sleeve Dirty 30 9.30 index with England another 38 back.

You could say that VooDoo Grudge crowns champions every 7 seconds, and grudge racers will get their chance to win their high dollar crowns in sessions on all three days.

Friday night is Shootout time, with Schnitz Racing Top Gas Shootout, Road Course Shootout, Delay Box Shootout, No-Box Shootout, and the Shop Wars Shootout with Maximum Street Performance (MSP), Jeremy Teasley Racing (JTR), Port-Tech and more.

Summit Motorsports Park is the perfect, park-like setting for the last high-horsepower, high-stakes NHDRO family reunion of 2022. Brian and Niki Welch look forward to welcoming everyone to Norwalk and you will NOT want to miss itI

NHDRO thanks M2.Shocks , Kevin Dennis Insurance , MPS Racing , Liguori Drag Racing , Schnitz Racing , Voodoo Custom Motorcycle Components , Vanson Leathers , BB Racing , MTC Engineering , Advanced Sleeve , Rock Auto, High Risk Motorsports , Page Racing and APE.

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