How I Got Started Racing at
Well that's a convoluted trail. I purchased my
first Buell in the
summer of 1995, a bright fire-engine-red S-2 Thunderbolt. And
because of this bike I met many varied and far flung friends. Among
them were Jim Bantz, Henrik Bo Pedersen, and Court Canfield. In 2000, I got
wind that these fellows were going to be part of a team that was
taking a Buell to the Bonneville Salt Flats and volunteered my services.
To say that year was a success would be an understatement.
The next year was bigger and better with the addition of a bunch of
Buellers running in the 130
MPH Club. I brought my S-2 and both Henrik and I were successful
in getting into the Club. This taste of what it was like to
actually race on the salt was addictive and it was downhill from
Originally I only intended to take the next step and
run in the 150 MPH Club, but after checking the record book I saw
that the speed needed to get a record was just over the 150 mark.
The detail that sealed the deal was that a bunch of Team Elves
sponsors agreed to give anyone entering for a class record
significant discounts on parts and labor, plus Team Elves would pay
the entry fees. The decision was made to run in the MPS 1650 PG
class in 2002.
The engine was done by Nallin Racing in
Shreveport, Louisiana. An 88" big bore kit with Nallin Heads, Red
Shift cams, Mikuni carb, roller rockers, and a Baker 6-speed were
all added to the Buell S-2. To aid in aerodynamics, a set of Airtech bodywork was added and painted a
candy-apple tangerine. The last detail was an exhaust system to
match the engine and Aaron Wilson volunteered his services to not only
build a stepped exhaust system but dyno-tune the bike afterwards to
eke out every last ounce of HP.
That year saw the meet we
had all planned on going to in September rained out. The next event
was the SCTA World Finals in October, so I loaded up the bike and
headed to Wendover, praying for good weather. By this time
the record in the MPS-1650 PG class had been upped to 167+ mph.
Enduring long lines in staging and 4 hour waits netted us an average
of 2 runs per day. We ended up running a best of 166+ and did not
get a record, but the experience of running the Buell wide open for
miles was exhilarating to say the least. I could not have done this
meet without the assistance of fellow Bueller, Jim Witt. He was the
driver of the retrieval truck, pit crew, and all around gofer for
A big thanks to Jim.
Sitting in a restaurant
after racing, eating dinner with some friends, hatched the seeds for
what class to look to for next year. Seems that sitting on the shelf
at the shop in Longmont, Colorado was an Aerocharger turbo setup off
of an S-2. A deal was struck and after some wrenching I was the
owner of a turbocharged Buell S-2. So in 2003 we were set to run in
the MPS 1650 PBF and PBG classes. With the assistance of Terry
Parsley and dyno services donated by Vallejo
HD/Buell, not to mention hours of dyno tuning by Brian
Nallin, we had a 180 HP Buell ready to rock and roll at Bonneville.