Ross Kiwi Thomas. Youngest Indian Rider On The Salts Of Utah.


He is only 15 1/2 years old… He got his motorcycle endorsement 3 days before Sturgis. For initiation, he rode 500 miles to the Rally. During the event, he learned the skills of swerving and braking on the canyon roads of the Black Hills.

Then roamed 2000 miles more in the plains of South Dakota. And today, front of meΒ  and of his proud parents (of course, you recognized father Mike Thomas and mother Carolyn from Kiwi Indian), his did his first 2 runs on the 3 miles short track. He was piloting the only bike he has ever rode since he was legally authorized to do so. A Kiwi Indian Bobber (47 engine on 38 frame), 88″, 1650cc in the Class Modified Fuel 1650. Proudly, he showed his Bub Speed Trials time slip. 1st run: 84.164. Return. 95.775 mph. And guess what? Tomorrow Monday he will show me a new time sleep with higher numbers. You bet? Kiwi Indian.

46 Responses to “Ross Kiwi Thomas. Youngest Indian Rider On The Salts Of Utah.”

  1. 1 Ross Aug 30th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Hay that’s a good blog on me. Thanks. I’m glad for this opportunity from my parents and the Team at klockwerks.

  2. 2 lenny Aug 30th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    keep up the good work Way-Kool….The new worlds fastest indian….

  3. 3 Doc Robinson Aug 31st, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Go Ross! Onya mate.

  4. 4 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycles Aug 31st, 2009 at 2:18 am

    I am proud of my son experiencing the thrills of motorcycling in its various forms and sticking with it. Our Klockwerks/Kiwi relationship is unique and just the tip of more great things yet to come. It brings the best out of our team. Good on ya Ross and the women of Klockwerks.

  5. 5 Joe Mielke Aug 31st, 2009 at 3:18 am

    We are all so proud of you Ross! It is amazing how much a person can grow with one day of racing on the Salt Flats.


  6. 6 LCFab Aug 31st, 2009 at 4:07 am

    Right on Ross! This kid is the shizzle! gets his liscence at Laura Klocks class, rides 500 miles to sturgis, and when he was there he never sat still, probably another 500 during sturgis, then touring the country side in SD for a month, now the salt flats, all this within about 2 months of recieving a motorcycle liscence! lots of “hardcore” lifelong riders out there with less under their belt, way to go!
    This goes to show what good folks with a good team and good solid equipment are made of!
    Kiwi Mike must be as good with kids as he is with an Indian!

  7. 7 Marilyn Aug 31st, 2009 at 7:17 am

    A new World’s Fastest Indian? I’d say Ross’s accomplishment is more like the World’s Fastest Kiwi – unless his dad plans to take his own turn down the Salt. What do you say, Mike?

  8. 8 Rob Schneider Aug 31st, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Congrats Ross! Great accomplishment. Cheers Mike from your friend Back East.!

  9. 9 Dave Dunn Aug 31st, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Hi Ross Way to go big guy. Show your stuff out there. I am proud of you.

  10. 10 Kevin "TEACH" Baas Aug 31st, 2009 at 8:33 am

    awsome Ross, Good thing I taught you how to ride fast on our trip to Sturgis this year. Now get a Knucklehead and you’ll be able to break 100, right Mike! ..hahaha…

  11. 11 Scott Sjovall Aug 31st, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Congratulations Ross, I can imagine how much fun you’ve had over the last month! What a way to start a riding career.

  12. 12 Adria Aug 31st, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Bitter sweet day yesterday Ross! We hope today will be even better! You better get that 100 or else! πŸ™‚ Good luck everyone!! We’re praying for safety and records! GO GET ‘EM KREW!!!!!

  13. 13 Makel Aug 31st, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Great job Ross! You did exactly what you said you would: set a record at the Bonneville Salt Flats! We are all proud of you buddy. Stay safe and break 100 mph!

  14. 14 Pastor Paul Aug 31st, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Way to go Ross!!!

  15. 15 nick Aug 31st, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Good luck And stay safe
    NYC Choppers

  16. 16 Lonny Aug 31st, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Ross ROCK’s,,,, we passed me with that Bobber on hwy 90 in Spearfish SD and I was doing 72 MPH, He passed me like I was standing still. I guess he was just Testing ?

    Heartland USA

  17. 17 Gina Woods Aug 31st, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Congrats Ross – wish I could be there…missing everyone this year!!

  18. 18 Darin Maltsbeerger Aug 31st, 2009 at 10:14 am

    All of my students here at Mitchell Technical Institute are inspired by you and are awaiting daily updates from the salt. Ride safe and fast……….we are all proud to call you and your family our friends. When you get back, I’ll have you and your Dad come do a guest speaker spot. Enjoy your time on the salt. Break that 100mph barrier!

  19. 19 aft customs Aug 31st, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Cool deal Ross.You’re live’en the life! The girls might run on Bonneville next year so you can give them some tips if we see ya in Vegas. Congrats

  20. 20 Sugar Bear Aug 31st, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Go Ross!!!!! One of the nicest young men I’ve ever met. Of course, you have two classy people showing you the way ( Carolyn and Mike). It was great to meeting you in Sturgis – show’em how to roll on the salt.

  21. 21 Conrad Nicklus Aug 31st, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Congrats Ross

    Keep it up and maybe oneday you will be beating some speed records across the board!!!!!

    Be careful out there and always stay focused.


  22. 22 trish Aug 31st, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    What a fantastic young man! All of the BAKER crew had the pleasure of spending some time with Ross and Kiwi Mike, out in Sturgis. Good to see that Ross will be following in his dad’s footsteps in this industry: he’s a great guy with a lot of potential, and pretty funny too!

    good job Ross!

    Marketing Director
    Baker Drivetrain

  23. 23 Troy Aug 31st, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Great job Ross!! Keep up the good work. Praying for your safety. Where is the mohawk helmet? I am sure it has too much drag. πŸ™‚

  24. 24 BREWdude Aug 31st, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Keep us posted Ross! Have fun, go fast!

  25. 25 Jeff Nicklus Aug 31st, 2009 at 5:27 pm


    That is bad ass!

    Ross, go get ’em kid! Stay safe!

    Over & Out,


  26. 26 Aaron Aug 31st, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Right on Ross!! Thats awesome bro!

  27. 27 Aaron Aug 31st, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Thats awesome bro!!!

  28. 28 Chris Callen Aug 31st, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Very proud to know this young man. Even more so now. The next generation is looking brighter all the time.

  29. 29 Tamara Smith, James Gaskets, Inc. Aug 31st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Right on Ross! Way to introduce yourself! Mike and Carolyn, you must be pretty proud. You look like you’re having a blast! We’re all wishing we were there to cheer you on. Be safe and have fun!

  30. 30 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycles Aug 31st, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Thank you all for your positive comments and words of encouragement. Ross is really rocking and litle by little we are getting speeds to creep up. Thanks to Cyril for scouting things out and reporting from out here at Bonne. The conditions are pretty harsh out here yet he continues to have a smile on his face and give everyone on the spot reports. Keep up the great work. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by the Kiwi/Klock camp and to those who have loaned us stuff which we forgot

  31. 31 joe dirt Sep 1st, 2009 at 10:00 am

    good job ross! you on your way to being as cool as your uncle jeff!

  32. 32 John Mitchell Sep 1st, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Magic Ross

    It’s always great to see youngsters coming in to motorsport. The BUB Event is the ultimate for bikes and speed and for all that are interested there’s a great forum at,6685.msg100003.html#msg100003

    If you ever in the UK look us up and we’ll introduce you to the British Classic Scene…..

    Go getum boy………………..


  33. 33 Ronnie Sep 1st, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Good Job Ross! …Keep her steady and hold on tight!
    Congrats to the Kiwi crew for building another superb mechine!

    -Race on

  34. 34 Eric G. Sep 2nd, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Rossco, setting records…wow! I guess it took a little American mixed with some Kiwi to get those birds to fly! Hahaha! Take that old man Mikey…your days are numbered now! Make room for “Kiwi Ross”, or better yet, Ross “Rocket Man” Tomas!
    Seriously Ross, I have enjoyed the last few days as if I were there with you and the Kiwi/Klock krew. The daily updates kept me smiling and I gotta say, you are deserving of all that is happening right now! You rock, Rossco. Proud of ya bro! Can’ wait to ride with ya…
    Keep smilin, and keep flyin…


  35. 35 Dave Paulsen Sep 2nd, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Way to go Ross…save all of those timing slips. Get some more good photos; like bikes at speed. Also good luck at your new school.

  36. 36 Landshark Sep 2nd, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Well, Well, Well!

    Our Little Rosscoe is all growed up!

    Congratulations, Kid! Wish I could have been there this year to watch you do your voodoo!

    Next year, hopefully, we will be back for “The Indian Uprising: Assault on the Salt”!

    Best of luck and safe riding in the future, Ross!

    You done good, Mike and Carolyn!

    Uncle Shark
    Crew Member
    Dreamcatcher Streamliner 1957 S/VG

  37. 37 josh Sep 3rd, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Good Job Lad. Say hey to the family.

  38. 38 rocky Sep 4th, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Nice job, Hated to miss this debut, but economics are what they are.

  39. 39 Clair Sep 4th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Hey, super cool! We can call you the littlest Indian! πŸ˜‰ I’m very proud!

  40. 40 Ross Millar Sep 5th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    its that Kiwi Blood motorbike’s- going fast- engine’s all that stuff that make’s us do what we do and when we do it we want to be the best we can at it good stuff mate
    Kiwi Ross Millar

  41. 41 Ross Tomas Sep 8th, 2009 at 7:46 am

    thanks evryone
    id also like to thank the crazy cool guys in the fab department of kiwi in california
    Travis, Nick, Brandon, and Paul and whoever else is there cause i havent ben there in 3 months, thanks for everything
    the bike ran beautifully
    we poped the heads off and the engine is beautiful
    I was very appy with the way it handled on th salt not all over the place and it wasnt bouncin on the ridgid frame.
    lets keep goin crazy and build a propr bonneville race bike
    we dont need no electronic fuel pump
    what is that guy thnking

  42. 42 PAKA Sep 8th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Way to go Ross!

    The Haases
    Southern California

  43. 43 NBCMike Sep 8th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Congratulations Ross,

    Great accomplishments. Sorry I wasn’t out there with my camera and crew to put you on our TV News.

    NBC MIke

  44. 44 Cousin Anne Sep 8th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Yay, Ross! Good job and congrats! My boys miss you so much. Hope we can all get together soon.

    The Gullos 4

  45. 45 uncle Fletch Sep 9th, 2009 at 3:07 am

    congratulations on getting your license.Its a shame im not over there to see you doing something people can only dream about but I may come over in a couple of years and see how your doing.Live life but take care and enjoy.Congrats Mike and Carolyn….C Ya Uncle Fletch

  46. 46 Dave Terpstra Sep 10th, 2009 at 5:37 am


    It was great to see and visit with you at Davenport (you gotta love Whitey’s). It has been a few years since the road run in New York. I wish you the best in your racing and in South Dakota.

    Kudos to your mom and dad for giving you this oppportunity……..Dave

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