(At top: Jeff Martin, Jeff Bates and Jarvis Even pose with the motorcycle. Second top: Bates revs the engine.)
(Lander, Wyo.) – The team from Strokers USA in Lander is headed to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah this weekend in attempt break a new motorcycle land-speed record.
Work began in February to build a bike that would break the land speed record for its class. The current record for 1650cc M/PG (Modified chassis/ Push Rod Gas engine) class motorcycle is 169.627 mph, Jeff Martin and Jeff Bates said. The record is recorded by the American Motorcycle Association.
Having ordered custom parts for the motorcycle, including one-off pistons, the team believes they have a chance to beat the record set by the Illinois team last year.
Martin, the owner of Strokers, said the Lander team’s motorcycle has been tested at 175 mph on the equipment in the shop. Bates said the gearing in the bike is rated up to 220 mph.
The Strokers team also includes Jarvis Even and Mike O’Neil of Denver. O’Neil will be the pilot. Together team holds a combined 12 records at the salt flats, but this is the first motorcycle they’re taking that’s been built in Lander
The crew hits the road tomorrow, and racing begins Sunday.