Sportster Powered Streetluge

Power Street Luge

If any of you read my post on the 2008 Mid Atlantic Motorcycle Show in Timonium, MD then you might remember Roland Morrison and his 1200 Sportster powered Streetluge. Roland and his daughter Jenna are two of five known power streetlugers. Roland is currently looking for a sponsor for the World of Speed event at the Bonnevile Salt Flats in September. He will surely be looking to set another world record at that event. In June Roland broke the world record at 115.13 MPH in the 1/4 mile at the Maryland International Raceway. Yall can catch Roland at the All Harley Drag Racing event at Rockingham, NC in October. He’ll be trying to beat his own record once again!

1200cc Harley Davidson Engine on a skateboard

A Streetluge is like a long skateboard that crazy people lay on and go down steep hills at break neck speeds. A powered streetluge is like an even bigger skateboard with either a jet or conventional engine that propels it even faster with even crazier people on board. Check out this video if you still don’t get I’m talk’n about.

So what kind of person does this? Well here is an RC USA exclusive interview with the speedster.

1. Do you ride a motorcycle?  Yes, my current ride is a 1980 Harley-Davidson® Sturgis in original condition.

2. How did you get into power streetluging?  I have been racing gravity powered Streetluge since 2000.  Intrigued by what others had built (rocket powered and jet powered) and their attempts at reaching the infamous 100mph mark I built a 100cc Powered Streeluge and reached the mark in April 2006 with a run of 103mph.

3. Why did you choose the Harley 1200 engine?  While discussing options like a 125cc or 250cc with a friend he jokingly suggested I pull the motor from a Sportster® I had. To me it wasn’t a joke but a challenge.  The ideal of designing and building a Sportster® Powered Streetluge is the kind of challenge I like.  Plus the Sportster® motor is narrow and easy to work on should you have problems and there is a world of aftermarket parts you can install to gain add power. 

4. What are your goals with this sport?  My goal with the 1200cc has always been to push the record to 150mph on the salt flats.  I figure the others will not be able to beat that or the idea of going 150mph 1.5 inches off the ground will not be some thing they want to attempt.

5. Is the sport dangerous?  Just about any attempt at setting a new land speed record is dangerous.  My argument when it comes to safety is you are putting your life on the line with every attempt so take all the precautions you can.

6. How do you feel about your daughter being involved in the sport?  My daughter Jenna has been racing gravity powered
Streetluges since 2000 also and she is much more conservative then me.  At the Texas Mile event last year I went down the cause with the throttle wide open each time on each ettempt, she make 6 runs and progressed on each to reach 102mph.  If she runs faster then me on the salt flats in September I’ll be the proudest father there.

7. What is that you like about this sport?  The building and the speed.  I have been a speed freak all my life testing everything I’ve had control of from motorcycles to cars to airplanes to Streetluges.  There is nothing like building a vehicle for speed and then seeing what it will do.

8. How do you feel about helmet laws?  I started riding when I was 4 years old and event back then (1964) I had a half helmet strapped to my head.  You would think that being an extreme sports athlete I would be against a helmet law on the other hand I do not see how a helmet law protects others it only protect you.  I believe in should be the choice of the rider.  law or no law you will not see me riding without a helmet simple because a fall at 5mph can end your riding days.

9. How do you feel about loud motorcycle pipes on street legal motorcycles?  It doesn’t take decibels for a bike to sound good and it some cases your not doing the engine any good.
 
10. What would you do if you became the owner of the Harley Davidson® company? Good One.

1. Sponsor the Harley-Davidson® Land Speed Challenge for motorcycles.  A six event series held around the world each year.  1st America East Coast, 2nd Europe, 3rd South Africa, 4th Asia, 5th Australia and the 6th and final event would be held on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
2. Harley-Davidson® has isolated it’s self from the community in several ways.  Each year bring in a different designer to add their flavor to a bike.  This needs to be done as soon as possible because regretfully we will never see a Harley-Davidson® Indian Larry Bobber.
3. Establish the Motorcycle Hall of Fame at the new museum to honor designers, racers, engineers, collectors, promoters and anyone who has had a great impact on the motorcycle world.  The first 100 would be inducted and then 5 each year.  Nominees would be by committee and open to the public with voting to be done by the public.   Our history as motorcycle enthusiast needs to be remembered and honored.
4. Require each Harley-Davidson® dealership to promote three local events each year.  One motorcycle event to promote Harley-Davidson®, one community event to promote community efforts and one charity event to promote community efforts to promote good will.  Money output for the community event would be matched by the corporation and money collected for the charity event would be matched by the corporation.

5. Establish a global racing effort/presents to promote racing and Harley-Davidson®.
6. Demand that every Harley-Davidson® dealership have at least on spot of grease or oil on the floor at all times and one poster on the wall that does not have the HD logo.

Planning a Trip to Western Connecticut

Labor Day weekend is coming! I’m going to visit my long lost best friend from college who lives in the Danbury area. In addition to catching up on old times with my bud I’m doing some preride recon for our HOG Fall 2008 peeper trip. I hope everyone knows what a peeper is. I know Joker, Ann, Big D, Crusty, Rippin Kitten and Doorman will all know.

In addition to the AAA map and my trusty HOG Touring Handbook I am using the following resources:

Ride Connecticut Offical Motorcycle Map: How cool is this? Connecticut has an Offical Motorcycle Map! And it’s FREE! Visit www.ride4ever.org if you want to get this FREE map of suggested motorcycle routes in Connecticut. Or call 1-800-872-7433.

Ride Connecticut Official Motorcycle Map

Moto Maps Connecticut & Rhode Island: If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know I like these little handy dandy maps of scenic day rides published by the New Hampshire based Moto Maps. There is a 129 mile 4 hour loop covering western Connecticut that will provide the basis for the scenic portion of my HOG Fall Peeper trip in October. Youcan purchase Moto-maps through my online store at www.Shop.RoadCaptainUSA.com or Click here for more information on this Moto Map.

Moto Map CT

Motorcycle Journeys Through New England: Whitehorse Press publishes a series of motorcycle touring books. Obviously this is the New England book. It has three loops in the Berkshires. I think I will combine the Southern Berkshire loop with the Moto Map route. Click here for more information on this book.

Motorcycle Journeys Through New England

Click here for information on other touring books available through the RC USA Amazon book store.

Blue Job Chrome Polish vs Mother’s Chrome Polish

Harley Davidson Highway Peg Mounting Kit for Dyna part# 49019-5

Blue Job truly is an amazing product! It is not your avaerage chrome polish; it is a deoxidizing agent. It reverses the affects of oxidation!

My buddy Diesel offered to give me the chrome highway peg mounting plates from his Dyna Street Bob. My Dyna Low Rider came with black mounting plates and he no longer needed his chrome ones since he installed the Kuryakyn Forward Controls. We all know bikers cherish chrome, especially free chrome!


Diana bought her new Super Glide before Diesel got the chrome goodies to me. The Super Glide did not come with the highway pegs, so I called Diesel and told him I needed the whole highway peg mount and not just the mounting plates. He said no problem and brought them to our next HOG meeting where he sheepishly gave them to me… “I tried to polish them up” he said. They were spotted with rust like oxidation and weren’t the best looking pieces of chrome. Not a big deal, this is still $150 Highway Peg Mounting System for free from a good friend and I was appreciative. Harley Davidson Part# 49019-5

I thought this situation would make a great head to head comparison of regular chrome polish to Blue Job. First I got my old bottle of Mother’s Chrome Polish out and applied it to one of the highway peg mounts with a clean cloth, let it dry and then polished. Now I had a fine shiney but rusted highway peg mount. The rust pits were still there! The chrome was shiney but still rusty too.

Blue Job and Blue Job Pipe Wipes

Next I added a little water to the small container of Blue Job Super Concentrated Powder. This is the left over powder from my previous test where I removed melted plastic from my exhaust pipe. I coated the other highway peg mount with the paste, let it dry and polished. Most of the rust came off. I applied more Blue Job. I wrapped the special Blue Job Pipe Wipe around a piece of pine wood. Then I rubbed the mounting plate as hard as I could using the cloth covered piece of wood. Most of the rust was gone. Now it just had fine micro rust. I remembered this is a chemical reaction on a molecular level and brute force may not be the answer. I applied the wet paste and didn’t let it dry. I massaged the wet paste into the chrome to release the oxygen. I rubbed and I rubbed and like magic the rust pits were gone! Now Diana has a shiney pair chrome highway peg mounts! Thank you Diesel! Thank you Blue Job!

A little Blue Job is great, a lot of Blue Job is even better.

The Harley Davidson Highway Peg Mounting Kit part# 49019-5 for FXD and FXDC models came with my motorcycle as standard equipment. I reccomend the product if you don’t have it on your Dyna. The few minutes that I am able to stretch my legs and change leg position makes riding alot more comfortable.  I would hate not to have them.

Diesel reccomends the Dyna Kuryakyn Forward Controls which he was able to install himself. The Kuryakyn kit saved him a bundle over the Harley Davidson conversion which is not a do-it-yourself installation.

If you have a problem stain on chrome, you need Blue Job! Melted plastic, shoe rubber, rust and even the exhaust pipe blues can be removed with Blue Job. It will take a little elbow grease, but it will work! Blue Job can be purchased from J&P Cycles, click the below advertisement to get yours.

Free Catalogs at www.jpcycles.com

Skirting the Rain… Argh!

The Captain and Diana

In typical summer fashion, thundershowers pop up unexpectedly and often.  This can dramatically change the color of a ride instantly.  Over the past few weeks we have run into quite a number of these situations, and come through no worse for the wear.

1)  Ladies of Harley Dinner Ride (Sat, July 26)  It was bright and sunny as we readied our bikes, but only moments later at the ride meet-up location we were informed that a “severe weather watch” was in effect for the afternoon.  By the time we arrived at our second pick-up spot, it was quite overcast and beginning to look nasty.  A little over halfway to our destination (Waterman’s Restaurant in Rock Hall, MD), our lead RC pulled over so that everyone could put on rain gear.  Although it was only spitting at that point, it was a safe place for more than a dozen bikes to pull over…and it couldn’t hurt to be prepared for what was about to befall us.

As we passed a street sign that read “Rock Hall — 7 miles” the sky was growing quite ominous.  The sprinkles had actually let up, but then we began to see bolts of lightning just ahead.  We managed to park the bikes and get ourselves under Waterman’s tent at the dockside restaurant just before the sky completely opened up and began to dump buckets of rain all around us.  The stormy surf was coming up from beneath us, and gusting winds blew a loose tent flap furiously as we ordered our food. The flap was waving wildly in the wind and rain was coming into the tent until Jay ran out to his bike in the pouring rain to get a bungee cord to fix it. We were starting to think we would have to spend the night in Rock Hall. By the time our group finished eating and Karen tallied up the bill, the sun was shining brightly.  We enjoyed a pleasant ride home.

Flapping tent

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The 3rd Annual Rally for RAACE August 17, 2008

All the people

Did you know that 2 out of 10 children are sexually abused before the age of 18? I bet you didn’t think the number was that high. What if it was 1 out of 50 or 1 out of 100? That would still be too much! The RAACE Foundation is focused on public awareness of this epidemic because it will not stop until we talk about it openly. If we don’t talk about it, children won’t come forward and predators will continue to commit these foul criminal acts. The child predators are counting on us not talking about this and keeping it hush hush.

Ken Smith founded RAACE in 2004 to bring this problem to the forefront of society. He needed a vehicle that would attract both children and adults. Since the Smith family was heavily involved in sprint car racing the connection to motorsports was made and TEAM RAACE was formed. 

One of the events that RAACE conducts annually is the Rally for RAACE which is a 46 mile police escorted motorcycle ride with live bands, vendors, family entertainment and of course food. I was joined by Gary and Gladys from my HOG chapter. They brought along their friend Chris who rides a customized Honda VTX. The four of us left Newark, DE on Sunday morning and rode straight down Route 273 to Route 1 to Jones Junction in Bel Air, MD. Jones Junction is a multi brand auto park and it took us an hour to get there. Traffic cops were waving bikes into the parking lot. Bikers from the Rugged Cross MC and US Military Vets MC were directing traffic inside the parking lot. A heavy metal band called Sir Psycho was playing. There were about 300 hundred bikes there and about a hundred more came in after us. The ride was very nice except for it being an open event. One can easily get sandwiched between a newbie and a jerk in an event like this, but what can you do? It’s a 1st rate super event for a good cause! This was the best most organized event I have attended so far.

Well enough with the jibber jabber, I know you want pictures. Here are the pictures from Jones Junction…

Gary, Gladys and JayGaryDirectling traffic into Jones JunctionGuardian Angels very involvedHundreds of bikesLots of activityBoss Hoss TrikePatriot Guard RiderChris’s custom VTX

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Bon Voyage… have a safe trip to Milwaukee for the Harley Davidson 105th anniversary

Harley Logo 

Hundreds, even thousands, of you will be embarking on an extensive motorcycle trip to Milwaukee for the Harley Davidson 105th Anniversary Celebration.  Unfortunately I will not be able to make the trip myself, but I send my wishes to you all for a safe trip.

Feel free to check out my previous posts on Packing for a Motorcycle Trip and Travel Tips & Words of Wisdom if you have not previously done so.  Since for many this will be the longest trip you have ever taken, I would also suggest that you check out these tips from the Iron Butt Association to help you prepare for an enjoyable and successful journey.

Take lots of pics, and be sure to share your stories when you return!!!  😀

Milwaukee MAD MAP