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)