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Offline txfatboy

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Nitro Harleys full time with NHRA
« on: February 13, 2017, 02:05:11 am »
Hell yeah! I was watching the Winternationals today and much to my surprise, they announced that the Nitro Harley class is going to run with the NHRA tour. They have been run as an exhibition class before but never really seen any air time. Yes, I know they are Harleys, but only in name, much like a Pro Stock bike or car really has nothing to do with a production piece.
These monsters run fuel injected 95% Nitromethane, 2 cylinders, 2-speed trans, make about 1000 HP and run about 230-240 MPH!!!!  I realize the "Top Fuel" bikes like Larry the Spiderman McBride's are quicker and faster. I'm just glad there is something like this being aired.... And wow, are those things nuts... :great: 
« Last Edit: February 13, 2017, 04:40:42 am by txfatboy, Reason: demands from the cheap seats »
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Re: Nitro Harleys full time with NHRA
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2017, 03:54:42 am »
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Re: Nitro Harleys full time with NHRA
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2017, 11:27:19 am »
It makes me angry that they don't have a "Top Fuel motorcycle class" rather than just Harleys. There are top fuel Kawasaki's out there that will run those times and faster, and many turbo charged inline 4 cylinder bikes that run way faster also. I am even mad because NHRA gives the Harleys an advantage in the Pro Stock M/C division as well. They are allowed 160 cubic inch (2,620cc) engine capacity  but the 4 cylinder Suzuki's and Kawasaki's are only allowed 107 cubic inch engine (1,750cc). Why that is allowed is beyond me. Suzuki and Kawasaki used to dominate Pro Stock motorcycle. So rather than making Harley step up their game they changed the rules. Now the Suzuki's and Kawasaki's are relegated to being also rans. And you wonder why I'm not a Harley fan. Very irritating. 
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Re: Nitro Harleys full time with NHRA
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2017, 01:57:03 am »
Jim, I totally understand where you are coming from. I was lucky enough to see Elmer Trett in Houston (Baytown) on his old blue bike. He had a radical new aero-bodied TF bike that looked wicked at the time, but now would be considered normal. He was having problems launching the bike and pulled out ole reliable to run the event..... and won. The modern TF bike is an awesome sight. I was working for TV at a national event in Houston and saw Larry McBride run the first 5 second pass on 2 wheels ever. He carried the front tire the entire pass and it smoked when it touched down past the finish line. It was amazing to witness.
I don't agree with the way NHRA runs the show some times, but I AM glad that they have added the Top Fuel Harleys. If for nothing else, they put on a show. They remind me of the Gassers and Fuel Alterds  from the 60's. A little crazy, a little unpredictable, and a lot of fun to watch. I would definitely rather have this than nothing at all.
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Re: Nitro Harleys full time with NHRA
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2017, 02:48:36 am »
txfatboy,
  I got to see Elmer run his top fuel Kawasaki at Ennis many years ago. I still have the pictures around here somewhere.
There is something very cool about a blower mounted on a backwards facing motorcycle cylinder. And when he cracked the
throttle on that thing in the pits when he was warming it up it made your skin vibrate.
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