2003 was a busy meet for me as I
had 2 other bikes along to race as well as the turbo S-2. One was a
Derbi 50cc bike for my teenaged son, James to start out on, plus an
special-a 1985 Yamaha
Turbo Seca that fell into several classes with open or
My first runs were marred by
mechanical glitches, a charge tube came loose, and my electric fuel
pump died. With the assistance of fellow Buellers, esp Phillyblast
(David) and Jen who
looked at every fuel pump in Wendover to find me one, we were back
in line. My first full run on the turbo bike was on Sunday. Babying
it netted me a 167 so we were off to impound.
On Monday, the last day to race and a short day at
that, we were back at the starting line. First run netted a 173 MPH,
even though I had to back off the throttle twice as it got real
close to a tank-slapper, but it pulled like a freight train and
crossed the line at 6500 rpm. Good for a new record in MPS 1650 BPF
(old record was 122+).
I changed classes and gas and we were back in line.
I dialed up the steering damper and gave it some more throttle,
staying to the left side of the course away from where the cars run,
and blasted off a 177. 719 run. It ran straight as an arrow and we
saw 6900 across the line still pulling strong.
Back in line for the backup run I was so excited to
run over 175 and get the B license I forgot to run on the left side
and again had the very unsettling experience of dancing bars at
170+. Backed off again twice, and ran a last run of 174.5mph.
If there was more time I would have changed the
front sprocket and run the long course. I really think the S-2 had
enough steam to run into the 180's. Oh well, setting 2 records was
satisfying enough and there is certainly next year.
As for the other bikes, the Derbi only eeked out a 61 mph run. This bike was the only disappointment for the meet,multiple runs and gearing/carb changes never netted any gains. I need a 2 stroke guru for next year. The Seca on the other hand managed record setting runs of 108 and 111MPH for Henrik in the MPS-750 BF class and then ran 125MPH and 123MPH for James to bag the MPS-750 BG record. YEEHAW! Damn proud of that kid!!
Four records on two out of three
bikes was not bad. The two records for my Buell in 2003 were:
MPS 1650 PBF record of 170.264
MPS 1650 PBG record of 176.125
2004 saw us back at the salt with a smaller motor to
run against some different records. I had a 1250 motor with XB Stage
3 heads from Aaron Wilson, with Red Shift cams, an S&S bottom
end, and a new chain/sprocket setup to facilitate changing gearing
at the salt. With the assistance of Terry Parsley as my crew chief
we ran in the MPS 1350 PBF and the M 1350 PBF classes setting a
record in each:
MPS 1350 BPF record of 169.692MPH
M 1350 BPF record of 155.475MPH