Byron crew launch a-salt on 100cc motorcycle speed barrier
JUST how fast can a 100cc motorbike go? Byron Bay's AAA Racing Land Speed Team is edging closer to the definitive answer.
Its members have just returned from the Australian Speed Week at Lake Gairdner in South Australia with two Australian records.
Out there on the salt flat, where all speed and distance records are kept in old-school imperial measure, they hit 94.8mph in the partial streamlined class and 93.5 in the non-streamlined class.
The team members - brothers Jean Paul and Mitch Affleck and their father Warren - now have plans to go for the American record when they hit the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah next year.
"It's an amazing feeling to just go as fast as you can go with no cats or dogs or cars or cops around," Jean Paul said.
"We go for three miles before we hit the measured mile mark, and then we go flat-out for two miles.
"How you hold your body can have a big effect on the speed, so you have to pull your head down and pull your knees and elbows in.
"Those yoga classes I took in Byron really helped me to get into the right shape."
The team was also assisted by PR manager Joanne Fysh, Paul Mcleod, who did the electrics and the oil and drove the chase car, and team machinist Bert Bowen.
They will spend the next 15 months working on the motor and expect to be hitting 100mph on the American salt flats.