With an official two way average of 131.431 m.p.h. and a one way best of 132.444 m.p.h., bike #3500 is the AMA 500cc Partially Streamlined Frame / Production Engine National Record Holder and ....
the World's Fastest Dirt Bike!
Kevin's first run was much faster than the old record of 121ish, but it took us the rest of the event to better what the guys from F2 Racing had run early in the week. By Friday, we were within 0.003 m.p.h. of their 130.674 m.p.h. best average.
Pat and Tara would grab the timeslips and I was doing the math in the van on the way to impound. Double check the long division, swear out loud and then send Kevin back to the pits. It was like failing one pop quiz after another in math class.
Just before noon on Saturday, Kevin ran another qualifing down run. The course was shutting down early, prior to the evening's award banquet, but we had one more chance to return for the record.
Pat and I tried to cool off the bike and let everyone else in line run ahead of us. When it was our turn, Kevin took off down the salt. After listening to a week's worth of what we had been sure were record runs, it didn't sound good.
Turns out, Kevin also had his doubts about the run. He really wound out fourth gear and tried to find new ways to get even smaller on the bike.
After falling short by a few thousandths, we were now three quarters of a mile an hour faster than the F2 Racing bike's average!