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    Hoofhearted's Sled?

    Going through some older photos I took at Bonneville Salt Flats. This from 2011, looks like a members sledName:  Bonneville '11 013.JPG
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    Yeah! That's me. And in impound! Judging by the shadows it was a down run. Prepping it for the return run the following morning. That was a good year. Ran the gas and fuel record that year. Thanks for posting it.

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    that is priceless
    what is your rigs name ?
    and how chattery is the ride ?does it beat you up every run ?
    some moon eyes on the nose would look really special

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    It got named "Screwball" by a friend when I had the material for the frame cut but not welded. I had it laid out on the garage floor witht he engine behind me and a couple of wheels. I'm laying on the floor like an idiot trying to describe what I was planning. He looked and said it was one screwball idea. No suspension at that time. The sidecar now has a swing arm Depends on the surface as to how rough the ride is. Most of the time its pretty smooth. They drag the salt and get rid of the rough spots (mostly). I had thought of Mooneyes and I wrote to Moon about using the eyes and was asked not to. This short video was a year later. One of the better runs of the week at 129.779. Not too bad for a 540cc pushrod single on gas.
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    I'd like to see more pics without the fairings on. Some close ups too of the motor, drive, steering, controls, etc.

    Years ago I was going to build a street legal kneeler for terrorizing in the canyons. Still think about it occasionally.

    Wasn't it a bit trial and error to set up the alignment right on your sled? I've installed a few side hacks and also have done suspension mods and driveway alignments on "fast" (195mph) cars.

    I've got photos from several years out there, I'll post more if I find them.

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    I'll try and oblige.. Front end is cut down Kawasaki forks. I cut 4" out of the triple trees and cut down the legs. No sliders. The front wheel is a 10" from an old Austin Mini.





    The engine is an early '80s Weslake. Bored out to 540 cc to qualify for the 650 class. Lightened and polished rocker arms otherwise pretty much stock. AMC trans from a Matchless motocross. Norton clutch.



    One of the few shots I have without all of the bodywork on. It was a few years ago. I had a flex problem and welded in the struts to brace it. When I added the struts I had to change the bars as the tech guys thought I'd get my legs trapped if I went upside down.


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    Just to finish this off and get up to date. This was the original set up. The tank is front is an old Manx oil tank I used as a fuel tank.




    It evolved into a blown motor. Went like stink and fried pistons.





    Curiosity has gotten the better of me so this year its getting an older Godden speedway engine. OHC 4 valver. Apart from curiosity the price was too good to pass up. Hope it works as well as it does in my head.


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    Motorcycle guys are truly a different breed of crazy... and I mean that both affectionately and sympathetically.
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    It must be quite a feeling doing 130mph with your butt 2" off the ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodsman View Post
    It must be quite a feeling doing 130mph with your butt 2" off the ground.
    It is a hoot. And this is one of the best views in the world. Almost as good as looking down Bray Hill.

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