Turbo Sportster Land Speed Record Clean Sweep

$1,970 of $3,400 goal

Raised by 25 people in 60 months
Sky Sanders  PHOENIX, AZ

About the bike and I


Hi,


I am just an average guy, a dad, a programmer, and a sportster rider.


I bought a used (abused) Sportster in January of 2011 for very short money. I had never owned or ridden a Harley, I lived in an apartment and had no tools.


The first six months were spent learning enough about the bike to fix all the bad things the previous owner did to it. But nothing very involved because anything I did needed to be done in one session, no place to tear down the bike.


Then I got a loan and bought a garage for the bike. Lucky for me there was a house attached ;-)


I then started doing bad things to it.


I started playing with higher performance engine configurations and installed a used Baker XL6 6 speed transmission I picked up for short money.


I learned how to weld by stretching the swingarm 7" and cutting and stretching the frame 7".  That was a 3 month ordeal to get right.


The plans for going turbo started moving at this time.


I found that I was not satisfied with the suspension, brakes and selection of tires available for the stock sporty so and seeing as how I would be needing a LOT more stopping power very soon...


I built another swingarm to accept a GSXR1000 wheel and transplanted the entire front end from a 2003 GSXR 1300 Hayabusa onto the sporty.


This brought a huge improvement in stability and stopping power. I have taken the bike to 160mph on pavement and it tracked like an arrow, not a hint of wobble.


Then my friend Jason Sarrat of Hellcat Customs and I (mostly Jason) sat down in the garage and designed, built and installed a custom one-off turbocharger system.


The cases were then bored out to accept 1350cc cylinders and an 82" race engine was built using race proven handcrafted hand-me-downs from one of the fastest guys on the salt.


I am still in the process of fine tuning but preliminary results showed 140hp @ 5800 rpm.  I fully expect to bring that number up to 160hp by the time the bike hits the salt.


Those numbers brought the bike out of the cherry picking pretender class into the bring-it-on contender class.


About the mission


The mission is to capture 8 national land speed records riding the turbo sportster and put one more nail in the coffin of the idea that a sportster is something that you grow out of. ;-)


There are 4 classes in both the American Motorcylists Association and the Southern California Timing Association's record books that the turbo stretchster is eligible to attempt.

We have done the math and done the work ... It is more than possible!  The bike has been painstakingly built for speed and it's time to let it stretch it's legs and see what it can do!

The mission will require 2, and possibly 3, trips to the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The first is the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials - August 25-30 2012.

The second is World of Speed 2012 - September 8-11, 2012



That's between 4000 and 6000 miles of towing a trailer with the family car.

Each trip requires substantial entrance fees and class change fees. The cost of attempting all 4 records for the event will cost approximately $1,200 each trip.

There will also be tires, fuel, preparation and contingencies.

Your donation, any donation, can help make this happen.

We dont' have t-shirts or fancy schwag but we will do what we can to make sure everyone can share in the glory!

Everyone gets a photo, win or lose, a keychain made with a link from the bike's chain, and, conditions granting, a small glass vial of salt scraped from the bike after the record run(s).


I would also like to invite you to visit my buddy Jason's donation page and drop a few dollars on him. He is going to do something that hasn't been done before: Set a land speed record on a turbo charged sportster... with a sidecar!   http://www.gofundme.com/hfzsg

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Update 30
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50 months ago
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Ok guys,

I need some mailing addresses for the goodie bags. Email me: sky.sanders@gmail.com

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Update 29
Posted by Sky Sanders
53 months ago
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oh, yeah, in case you are not following on facebook or xlforum:

things did not go as smooth as i had planned and the salt responded brutally to my naivete and hubris.

that said, i did bring home the records in the 1350 APS/PBG class in both events.

thank you for helping make that possible.
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Update 28
Posted by Sky Sanders
53 months ago
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i have not forgotten about you guys - unfortunately i have been down with an ailment that started coming on about a week into the wendover trip and am still fighting it.

i got out of the house last week and took the bike on a 'victory' lap collecting free beers which was a huge mistake and i am paying for it.

not to be alarmed, i am generally ok and will be back up and running soon.

i have the salt, i have the chain and i have a roll of raffle tickets and will get to them all as soon as i can.

thank you again for helping make this possible.
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Update 27
Posted by Sky Sanders
54 months ago
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i am so sorry i have been so quiet. it has been a non stop roller coaster ride.

bike did not cooperate during the first event and only set one record. and i saved the salt off the bike :-) everyone is getting a chain link key chain. woot!

spent the last week in peace going through the bike and i think it is good to go.

World of Speed starts up Saturday morning and I fully expect to be in impound by Saturday afternoon with a strong record qualification.

i owe this all to you. thank you.
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$1,970 of $3,400 goal

Raised by 25 people in 60 months
Created March 20, 2012
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Kurgan
54 months ago
A
$20
AustinXL
54 months ago

Good luck on the next run!!!

C
$20
ChinCactus
54 months ago

Just sold a handlebar on fleabay. Here's a few more bucks. Let's get this done!

LC
$20
Loves Curves
54 months ago

hope its not too late

C
$20
ChinCactus
54 months ago

Give Em Gas Bro!

SM
$20
Sam M
54 months ago

Good luck dude!

SO
$500
Steffen Opel
54 months ago

Sky, this is 'just for the record(s)': I actually owe you a lot more than money can express - good luck with the rides, go get me a great (trophy!) photo please.

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$20
AustinXL
55 months ago

Money's a little tight but I'll give what I can - now go set some records!

LR
$50
Les Roach
55 months ago

Good Luck Sky.

D
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DUKE
55 months ago

HEY GOOD LUCK BY THE WAY THIS IS THE FIRST I HEARD OF IT . HOPE YOU GET WHAT YOU SEEK SOUND'S PRETTY CRAZY TO ME AND I USED TOO THINK I DID SOME CRAZY THING'S NO LONGER WILL I NOW I KNOW DUKE PS. GOD SPEED TO YOU !!!!!!

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