The Bonneville Team Effort
From Bandit, Bikernet Prez.
... we all looked at each other like someone spilled a bag of cocaine in the middle of the table---HOW THE BONNEVILLE TRIKE WAS BORN
- ...Life is an emotional blender on high here at the Bikernet Headquarters. I escaped one weekend and rode to 14 Palms, California with the good Dr. Hamster one chilly winter morning. We met members of the notorious Chop N Grind Racing team in a dilapidated, sand-blasted Denny’s restaurant on the edge of the desert town. The restaurant specials called for bacon everything: They had bacon malts, bacon burgers, and bacon pancakes. I couldn’t resist.
As I munched bacon-laced pancakes, we shot the shit with the two notorious sun and wind-burnt, desert outlaws. They were a scruffy bunch. Larry P. is now a member of the Hessians MC, while Bob T. lives with his family in a blistering 40-foot container buried in desert sand. He doesn’t like people and surrounds himself with heavy armor. At one point in the conversation, Larry said casually, “I have a Belly Tank. Are you interested?”
I thought for a second, and then responded. “Wish I could, but Belly Tanks are hot rods. I’m in the motorcycle industry for life.”
We continued to discuss Dynas, FXRs, going fast and Bonneville. Then it came to me with a mouthful of bacon pancake dripping melting butter and maple syrup. “Could we build a Can Am, or Campagna-styled trike with the Belly Tank?”
We all looked at each other like someone spilled a bag of cocaine in the middle of the table. We tried to look cool and composed as we thought about it, sipped hot restaurant coffee, and pondered the future of motorcycle racing...
2015-2016 Racing Effort
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