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Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Record Rides Again

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I brazenly took this article from written by the world famous Royal Enfield Blogger David Blasco.
It is worth subscribing to his blog. He has some of the most interesting articles about RE’s old and new.
I was part of the team Bonneville Team in the first attempt and have never had so much fun in my years with Royal Enfield. This is a great group of “grassroots” racers who exemplify the RE community.

Bonneville Bullet races for world’s fastest Indian Bullet

Speed Record Attempt Royal Enfield

Going racing again is the Bonneville Bullet.

“Dyno Dan” Holmes and the Bonneville Bullet will return to the Salt Flats this week in a second effort to become “the world’s fastest Indian Bullet.”

His DRS Cycle team, based in Indiana, will use a partially streamlined 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet with crankshaft and cams by Hitchcocks Motorcycles and “hope to do 120,” Dan told the Royal Enfield Yahoo Group on Aug. 3. The Bonneville Bullet will compete both on gas and with a nitrous oxide system (NOS), he wrote. It will use a 22-tooth front sprocket.

Dan Holmes, left, with electrical engineer Jim Myers

In 2008 the team set three records with a road racing Bullet it brought along, but the semi-streamlined Bonneville Bullet was sidelined.

“Our nemesis last time with this bike was jetting. We were being cautious not to burn it up and were taking baby steps. Anyone who has jetting experience would understand that going down six jets sizes all at once is reckless! We ran out of time as many remember we were on the starting line with the engine running and they closed the track due to a fatality. In any event we are going back and we will make our best effort,” Dan wrote the Yahoo group.

The AMA Racing BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials are Thursday Aug. 24-29 this year at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Dan provided these details:

“Glen Kyle is our engine builder and Phil Myers is our tuner, Jim Myers has become our sponsor and our electrician, and tuner for the past few weeks…

“Once again we will be accepting donations to our PayPal account if anyone is inclined. We are still a grass roots race team, so thanks in advance!” The PayPal account is [email protected]

When you donate, include your name and address in the space provided for a note to Dan.

We will send a autographed photo of the team members and bike on a 8X10 to all donors. I will need them to include a mailing address of course,” he wrote me.

Aside from money, a volunteer is needed to update the team’s website. If you want to volunteer you can contact Dan at [email protected]

“Many people claim to have the worlds fastest Bullet, but they increase the displacement and so it is a frivolous claim,” Dan wrote. “I am hoping that DRS Cycle will prove to have the worlds fastest (500cc) Indian Bullet!”

Holmes was one of the early Royal Enfield dealers when the brand returned to the U.S. in the mid-1990s. His DRS shop in Indiana marketed a “shift kit” that cured some of the ills of the notorious left-side shift bodge on four-speed Royal Enfield motorcycles then being sold in the United States.

2008 attempt
I have added some pictures from the bike that the Holmes team won their class for 2003 ARMHA racing and earned the right to carry the #1 number plate and some other pictures from the first Bonneville attempt. You can see that Dan and his team are serious about what they do.

2008 Bonneville Bullet Team

Johnny Szoldrak on his way to earning the right to the #1 number plate in the 2003 AHRMA race series. Dan and team really worked hard to win this class

Engine and Nitrous system on the 2008 Bonneville Bullet

Dyno Dan - Bonneville 2008

Enfield in Twighlight