Klock Werks makes 2009 Another Record Year


Team Klock WerksMITCHELL, S.D.— Team Klock Werks set out for their annual trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats for the Bub Motorcycle Speed Trials Event August 30-September 3, and came home with some new records, new personal bests, hundreds of pictures, and new stories to tell.  Racing at the salt flats has become an incredibly special event for this team - that headed to the salt for the first time in 2006 with their Biker Build Off winning “World’s Fastest Bagger”.  Since 2006, when Laura Klock piloted the WFB the team built to a land speed record in her first 2 passes, they've added to the team Laura’s two daughters, Erika and Karlee Cobb, Michelle Mielke (wife of Big Joe Mielke, Klock Werks’ shop manager), and this year, young Ross Tomas, the son of Mike "Kiwi" and Carolyn Tomas, owners of Kiwi Indian Motorcycles, and James Ramsey of James Ramsey Racing.

Team Klock WerksOver the years Team Klock Werks has had many firsts, and has made history. They were the first to win a build off with a bagger, the first to take a bagger to the salt, Laura and the girls became the first mother- daughter-daughter trio in the history of land speed racing to hold records at the same time, Karlee became the youngest ever to set a record on the salt at age 14 in 2008, and Ross became the youngest vintage rider to set a record on the salt at this years’ event, at the age of 15.  As far as they know, Brian and Laura’s wedding may have been the first wedding ceremony held at the Bub event on the salt.  The team designed the innovative, patented, Flare windshield out of a need for stability after racing in 2006 – and it is now their number one selling part.  Once again, the salt has become a special place for this team for many reasons.

The team gave the WFB the year off and Laura decided to ride her new personal ride – a 2008 Victory Vision.  She reached a top speed of 122 mph, but more importantly reported an absolutely stable ride.

Erika, 18 years old and a freshman at Dakota Wesleyan University, rode a 2008 Buell XB9 Firebolt in the P-PP 1000 class.  She destroyed the existing record of 109 and set a new record of 126.383.  Erika raced for the first time in 2007 at the age of 16 and won the Women’s Spirit award that year.  Last year she set her personal best speed so far on a production 1995 Buell S2, going 132 mph.

Team Klock WerksKarlee, 16 and a sophomore at Mitchell High School, rode the 500 cc Buell Blast again this year in the MPS-PG 500 class.  She faced some tough competition and reached a new personal best of 115 mph.  It was a “Blast Shootout” with one other Buell Blast team and the 15-year-old grew immensely as a rider and racer.  

Michelle Mielke rode a different Yamaha this year - a 2002 Warrior.  All week long she had consistent passes in the 140s with a personal best of 144 mph, and ended up setting a record in the M-P-2000 class of 143.154 mph.

Ross Tomas was the newest member to the race team.  He is the son of Mike "Kiwi" Tomas who is the owner of Kiwi Indian Motorcycles which has recently moved the warehouse to Mitchell, SD.  Ross was riding a vintage Indian Bobber and set a record of 98.035 in the M-VF 1650 class.  He had a personal best of 98.443 mph. 

Team Klock WerksJames Ramsey assisted Team Klock Werks on the salt last year with tuning and the data logger they had installed on the WFB.  He loved it so much he came with his own ride this year, traveling with the team.  James brought a 2006 custom V-Rod, 1130cc with a Task Turbo system, ready to race.  His personal best was 161 mph, and he secured a record in the M-BG 1350 class of 159.462 mph.

Team Klock Werks left the WFB on display back at the shop because they sponsored the WFB Traveling Cup Award, along with S&S and ProCharger, hoping to inspire others to come to the Salt Flats and go after Laura’s record.  The winner did not have to set a record – just had to turn in their official timing slip with the contestant’s top speed for a one-way pass.  Four teams arrived to participate in the race for the cup – Chris Rivas of Chris Rivas V-Twin, Kevin Edgmon of High Country Harley Davidson, Thomas T.R. Reiser of T-Man Performance, and Rob Hassey of RacePro, Inc.

Team Klock WerksChris Rivas took the cup with a one way pass of 166.645 mph.  Rivas was riding a 1999 FLTR with a 135 cubic inch motor that was built and tuned at Chris Rivas V-Twin.  Edgmon made a pass at 151.622 on his 2005 FLTRI running a Jim’s 131 with a 5-speed, and T.R. was riding a 2006 FLH 98” with a Pro Charger setup and completed a pass at 158.103.  Hassey crashed on his first pass and was unable to continue racing the rest of the week.

These land speed records are under AMA (American Motorcycle Association) sanctioning and are subject to final verification.  Records on the Bonneville Salt Flats are an average of two passes – one being a qualifying down run and then a return run.  A rider must be at or above the existing record speed to qualify for a return pass.  The Bub Motorcycle Speed Trials are sponsored by AMA so the return pass is made in the opposite direction on the course.  The speed is an average of how fast you pass through a measured mile (which is the middle mile of the course).  There is no separation between male and female or by age.  Bikes are placed in classes based on their frame, fuel and motor size.

Team Klock WerksThis race season is not possible without our sponsors and the entire team including the krew on the salt, team back at the shop, family and friends.  Thanks to all our sponsors - Alpine Star, Z1R, Interstate Batteries, Bel-Ray, Avon Tyres, S&S, Baker Drivetrain, Drag Specialties, Dynatek, DEI, Pingel and Baron Performance. 

Klock Werks continues to lead the industry in the design of after-market kustom parts and accessories for all motorcycles including their line of WFB© (World’s Fastest Bagger) parts specifically designed for touring models.  To see the full spectrum of what Brian Klock and the team at Klock Werks is capable of, please visit www.kustombaggers.com and or www.kustomcycles.com

For bike specifications or more information, please contact Laura Klock (laura [at] kustomcycles [dot] com) or Melissa Waddell (melissa [at] kustomcycles [dot] com) by email or at Klock Werks (605) 996-3700.