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Friday, July 13, 2012

Royal Enfield Badger racer back at track in run for record

The Royal Enfield Badger took on the Flying Mile.
A Royal Enfield cafe racer, then a flat track racer, the Royal Enfield Bullet known as the Badger  is now shooting for land speed records.

Badger 3.0, as builder Leon Stanley calls, it has been reconfigured as a speed trials bike, with the goal of racing it to a class speed record with the East Coast Timing Association.

Stanley writes the amusing story of the Badger's Flying Mile attempt the weekend of July 7-8 in Ohio on the Badger Corse  blog.

But he doesn't reveal how fast Badger went, or whether it set any records. That's because the attempt was captured for an upcoming episode of Cafe Racer TV.  It wouldn't do to give away the ending.

Team Badger originally hoped to race a Royal Enfield motorcycle the way it was done in the old days: after first riding the motorcycle to the track. Because of the commitment to TV, this time Badger got to the track in the back of a pickup truck.

Rider Chris Hook encountered brutal temperatures the first day, well over 100 degrees. Luckily Team Badger had mid-80s on Sunday.

We'll have to wait for the television program to learn how well Badger ran. But you can follow updates on Badger Corse.

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