Naked Bullet Ready To Shoot For 201 MPH Club

The 8th edition of the Bonneville BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials is only 5 weeks away (August 27th – September 1st, 2011). So, during the coming weeks, between news about Sturgis, I will introduce you to a few riders with their new machines shooting for a national or world land speed record in their category. You heard it many times: if you race in Bonneville one time, you will be back and back and back. Thrill and excitement is highly addictive and Swiss Markus Saegesser, will satisfy his need of speed aboard this new creation called “The Naked Bullet”.

Ambition is to be the first one on a naked V-Twin engine bike (no streamlined body, no fairing) to pass the 201 mph or 323.478 km/h mark! As far as I know, Scott Hornerhe is probably the only man ever achieving a 200+ mph record on a stripped Hayabusa reaching a stunning 210.707 mph or 339.101 km/h in September 2010.
To put all chances on his side, racing ace Markus Saegesser has assembled an international team of specialists for his new record attempts: Remo Bernasconi of Switzerland based Coni’s Custom Chopper Project  is the best address for hard-core rigid-frame custom bikes. He created the rolling chassis that will be powered by an engine from the workbench of German V-Twin engine legend Bernd Kramer, a multiple AHD/Top Gas Super Twins Drag Racing Champion and the Milwaukee Iron Shop Team.

The engine runs up to an estimated 180+ hp out of 2.150 cc. I hear that the bike weight has been dropped to an incredible 119 kg or 229 lbs! “We will prepare for all eventualities” says Markus.”If weight has to be added to help traction, we can do that safely, but we will start with a minimum of weight and a maximum of power“. Starting in the Non-Streamlined class from 2.000 to 3.000 cc he will need every horse he can get, as this is a class that has seen so many strong competitors in the past.

You will be able to follow the progress of each attempt of this bike in Bonneville by going to Naked Bullet(pictures copyright and courtesy Horst Roesler)

12 Responses to “Naked Bullet Ready To Shoot For 201 MPH Club”

  1. 1 Mad River Motor Company Jul 20th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Bill Warner just broke 3 Bills on his bike in Loring Maine last weekend…

  2. 2 Dr Robert Harms Jul 20th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I don’t understand the front part of the frame. Perhaps it is to hold the oil tank ? But, if this is to be a naked bike, the curious ‘downward pointed thingy” doesn’t make sense to me. Certainly if you blow a tire or lose the front wheel you are in deep trouble, but won’t that point dig into the salt (or pavement for that matter) resunting in a massively dangerous end over end flip ?

  3. 3 Jim C Jul 20th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Dr RH looks to me like the frame is some creative ‘non-streamlining’ or something similar. Why else would it follow the front wheel curve??? Still, it’s one handsome bike I’d love to see on a local bike nite : )

  4. 4 Mckinley Motorforza Jul 20th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    The even will be and interesting one. I will surely be following the progress of the Naked Bullet. The motorcycle makes me feel that It will go that far in beating a world record. Well it is just what I feel. Nice post here very interesting.

  5. 5 P.Garvin Jul 21st, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I think his goals are a bit lofty. His exhaust certainly is light weight though…..

  6. 6 Kustoms and Choppers Jul 21st, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I wanna see that thing Run!

  7. 7 S Olmstead Jul 21st, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    My money is on Roger Goldammer!

  8. 8 ray c wheeler Jul 21st, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    See ya on the salt!

    Good luck!

  9. 9 nitrobil Jul 25th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Haven’t been to the Bubs race since 2006 Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah Sept 3-7, 2006
    Fastest American Big Twin Class Money Winner with the Spyke/Moreland machine.
    217.930 Mph

    We still hold 5 SCTA world records with this bike.

    Here is a picture of the bike testing naked.

    See ya on the salt.

  10. 10 nuno maroco Jul 26th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Good luck for the salts, the ergonomie position semms correct.(not an expert).

  11. 11 nuno maroco Jul 26th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    P.S-Power too.

  12. 12 Markus Saegesser Jul 27th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for all the comments. Now the bike is finish & tested and looks like this:

    check my page for further infos:

    See ya on the salt, Markus

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