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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

How fast can a Royal Enfield Bullet named Badger go?

Rider Chris Hook aboard the Badger Corse Royal Enfield.
Builder Leon Stanley didn't feel at liberty to reveal how fast his Royal Enfield Badger ran in the flying mile July 9 at Airborne Park in Wilmington, Ohio. He'd rather we tune in to the upcoming episode of Cafe Racer TV featuring Badger's run.

But, if you are really, really curious whether the Badger — a 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet — did "the Ton," you could just look it up.

The Badger's run is listed in the July 2012 Records for the Ohio Mile conducted by the East Coast Timing Association.

Flying mile events are held at Airborne Park, Wilmington, Ohio. The track at the former airport and Army Air Force airfield is 9,000 feet long but the start and finish lines are just one mile apart. Competitors are timed in a 132-foot trap that ends at the finish line.

The track is at 1,077 feet above sea level.

The airport opened in 1929. During World War II it was used for glider research, training and development. The Air Force finally left in 1971. The airport was used for a time by Airborne Express, which is why it is named Airborne Airpark.

The Badger Corse team and rider Chris Hook competed in the MPS/PG-500/4 class for push rod motorcycles.

Did they do 100 mph (the Ton)? Not quite.

But 98.134 mph was still a class record.

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