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GL1000 Goldwing - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:37 pm
by dontwantapickle
For a long time, I have wondered... how fast can I make a gl1000 go.
So... I built one and took it to the Bonneville Salt Flats to find out.

I just got home from racing my bike in the 2021 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials.
it's the AMA / FIM grand championship event where both National and World records are set.

and... My 76 goldwing just set a AMA National Land Speed record !

I made 7 passes on the world famous race track with my fastest speed being 133.160 mph.
The old record in the class was 127.128 and the new record is 130.629 mph.
I bumped the record up 3 1/2 mph.
:)
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Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 6:05 pm
by 5speed
That is awesome.. congratulations...
um..where is the seat and your build thread? anim-cheers1
ETA..no front brake? How did it stop with just a back brake in terms of handling?

Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 6:36 pm
by dontwantapickle
It's a racing bike , it don't need a seat.

The rear brake is hooked up to the handlebars. Using only rear brake helps to control head shake in a speed wobble.
It's land speed racing ... don't touch the brakes.

Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 8:40 pm
by Oldewing
Huge congrats, NICE work.

Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 9:30 pm
by Track T 2411
Awesome! 1100 frame, swing arm, and final drive. Did you change the transmission gearing to the '83 overdrive?

Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 9:31 pm
by ritalz
WOW Congratulations

Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 9:45 pm
by digger
Wow! What an accomplishment! it looks great and goes fast too. You gotta be really happy with setting a new speed record. Don’t know you personally, but really proud of what you have done. Would love to see more pics of the build.

Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 9:50 pm
by pidjones
Congrats, and thanks for championing the GL1000s (and, of course yours) abilities to the world! BTW, did you do anything special to keep the pads away from the disks when they weren't being used?

Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 10:07 pm
by ericheath
Congrats! Any future ambitions?

Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 12:12 am
by GL1-242
wow very cool.
Congrats.
I would love to come by some day and check it out.

Paul

Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:12 am
by MattMcCoy
Very cool and congratulations. Based on a prior topic about Bonneville, it looks like you made a previous visit out to the salt and were inspired to give it a go yourself this year. What modifications did you make?

Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:32 am
by Jonesz
Very cool. Any more mods in mind? 1 more MPH anim-cheers1

Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:37 am
by Rat
Very nice, congrats on the record

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Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 12:12 pm
by Jonesz
And we need a video with the engine running to hear what she sounds like :-D

Re: GL1000 - Land Speed Racing Record Holder

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 12:52 pm
by 5speed
dontwantapickle wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 6:36 pm It's a racing bike , it don't need a seat.
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The rear brake is hooked up to the handlebars. Using rear brake only helps to control head shake in a speed wobble.
It's land speed racing ... don't touch the brakes.
so there is enough real estate for you to coast to a stop? I assumed :mrgreen: with the streamliners and other classes deploying chutes that the shut down area must be limited.