Progress, albeit slowly…….

We are in the process of reassembling the turbo bike chassis and engine. Fred got the main section of the bottom end together last week and once on its wheels, required a complete overhaul of the front brakes.  Brakes at Bonneville are an option in our classes, but make loading and unloading much less exciting. …

Work Continues………

  Well here’s another fine mess I’ve gotten into, eh Stanley?  We were invited to the Mama Tried Show in Milwaukee Wisconsin the weekend of February 15 – 17.  And since it is one of the top shows in the country we had to go. Getting the bike in the venue, three stories up was…

Here we go again! Bonneville 2019

Well folks here it is February 2019 and we are in the midst of getting ready for another go at the big white dynomometer otherwise known as Bonneville.  I have been conspicuous by my absence and apologize. It has been busy!  Originally we were only going to take the red turbo Ducati, but after talking…

Bonneville Event!

Join us! Black Earth Library Bonneville and Beyond: Meet WI’s champion motorcycle speed racers Sunday April 29 – 2:00 pm Great day for a ride, a stop at the motorcycle museum and to join us for this panel discussion of area champion motorcycle racers and hear about their careers and record-breaking races, moderated by Peter…

Shop news

A very busy winter with the addition of Patrick Zeigel to the crew.  Patrick is from the Sun Prairie area and has made numerous trips to Bonneville and holds two land speed records. His varied abilities will be put to the test in the many different projects happening this winter. A vintage triumph specialist in…

The Aftermath

We had a big “Thank you” party at the shop on Sunday November 12.  It was great to hand out the gifts to the sponsors and regale them with tales of derring-do.  Over 70 people made their way here and partook of Glass Nickel Pizza, Jacci Ilmenan’s chicken wings and chocolate chip cookies and Bob…

August 31, 2017 It’s Now or Never

Thursday August 31, 2017 It was now or never.  Our 6 a.m. start was the usual, and today was accompanied by all the luggage as we were to leave right from the salt and head home. The final day dawned a bit hazy, evidently from the wildfires out west. The first run started with a…

August 30, 2017 Racing against time

Wednesday August 30, 2017 Six a.m. and here we go again. On the salt, the turbo was left in the trailer and down the salt we went to staging. We had a chance to get hooked back up with the Swiss team and Hiro Koiso. The Swiss had put their motor back together the night…

August 29, 2017 Try and Try again

Tuesday August 29 Six a.m. comes pretty early when sleep doesn’t come easily.  Too much on the line, not enough time to make runs to get things sorted out.  Waiting four years and meeting with the frustrations and delays tends to keep one a bit more tightly wound up. A midnight screaming fire alarm doesn’t…

August 28, 2017 Back again!

Monday August 28, 2017 Meeting at the vehicles at 6 a.m. would give us an extra hour to deal with the incredibly slow pace of making the hopefully speedy runs. Getting back to the trailer, the unloading process began.  Out came two motors, pit bike, coolers, stands and the injected bike.  Checking to be certain…