Seeks 300 m.p.h. With Motorcycle Powered By Auto Engine (Jul, 1935)

Seeks 300 m.p.h. With Motorcycle Powered By Auto Engine
THREATENING to smash all existing motorcycle speed records, Fred Luther, Los Angeles racer, has just completed assembling an unique motorcycle which he claims will exceed 300 m. p. h. Powered by a six-cylinder Plymouth automobile engine with fan end generator removed, his special racing job is now undergoing a series of speed tests on the Pacific Coast. The 1,500-pound machine has a wheelbase of 85 inches and an over-all length of 115 inches. The frame is a standard one which has been lengthened and reinforced with steel tubing. Luther steers his motorcycle through two large sprockets connected by a 3/4-inch chain. The steel plates, mounted in front of the rear wheel, act as brakes when lowered.

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  1. Stannous says: May 23, 20069:29 am

    He never made it to 300 mph. He got 140 in one direction and to 180 going back in the timed measured mile but broke a gear and was stuck in 2nd gear at 180mph! He never tried again but felt that the bike could have made it to 300mph.
    It also turned out that the $10,000 prize hee was trying for was a hoax!

    Read the story and see the bike today here:
    http://www.allpar.com/h…

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