Because of a resurgence of interest in Bonneville racing and because more machines are built by traditional custom builders who want to taste the Salts, more of these racing motorcycles are shown on the bike show tour before traveling to Utah. Although Mike Beland has a background in motorcycle racing, too busy at his West Palm Beach A1 Cycles shop, he never made it to Bonneville to watch or participate.
2012 will be his first trip with this bike featuring a 140″ Turbo Nitrous engine and conceived to easily reach speeds over 200 mph. Still being tested and prepped, this racer was unveiled in Daytona during Bike Week where it won Best Of Performance Class in the 2012 Ultimate Builder US Championship and a free trip to compete in the Sturgis AMD World Championship Of Bike Building. Then, Mike Beland will take his machine to Bonneville for a bid at a land speed world record. A1 Cycles. To follow… (photos @ Horst Roesler for Cyril Huze)