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Monday, August 25, 2008

Royal Enfield takes on Bonneville


Setting land speed records (in its class) on the Bonneville Salt Flats is the goal of the Bonneville Bullet, created by Dan Holmes, a pioneering figure in the recent history of Royal Enfield in the United States.

Holmes' DRS dealership in Goshen, Ind., popularized the Indian made Enfields in the late '90s, providing the troubleshooting information those early machines needed. Forced into early retirement by health problems, Dan has moved on, with support from Classic Motorworks, the Classic Motorcycle Association and others to transform the Bullet from slowpoke to rocket ship.

Holmes and his team will attempt to break BUB and Southern California Timing Association land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah between Aug. 31 and October, 2008.

A previous visit to the Salt Flats in 2002 provided valuable information about the challenges of competing in such an alien place, far from support equipment. Among other tidbits of advice from that trip: don't forget to apply sunscreen to the underside of your nose.

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