Tilting Motor Works CEO Bob Mighell Puts 3-Wheeled Motorcycle Conversion to the Ultimate Test at Bonneville Salt Flats
Tilting Motor Works, Inc. announced today that its founder and CEO, Bob Mighell, broke the land speed record for 3-wheeled motorcycles by more than 10 mph at the annual Motorcycle Speed Trials held at Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah on August 26-30. Mighell rode a modified Yamaha V-Max 1197cc motorcycle equipped with a V-4 engine and a proprietary Tilting Motor Works (TMW) two-wheeled tilting front end to a new record of 132.342 mph over one mile with a flying start.
Conditions were difficult with temperatures brushing 100 degrees, variable crosswinds up to 17 mph, and a sudden thunderstorm that drowned the course under 4 inches of water and cancelled the second day of racing. The racing surface, natural bright white salt that bakes in the sun, remained damp and loose on following days.
“Anything can happen at those speeds,” said Mighell, “and every motorcyclist knows how dangerous crosswinds and rough surfaces can be. The salt was all damp and loose and pitted, so it was ideal for putting our trike solution to the test. And it couldn’t have been a more stable ride. In the end we were constrained only by the performance of the motorcycle itself.”
Mighell, a lifelong powersports enthusiast who first rode a motorcycle across the country at the age of 19 to attend the mechanical engineering program at Dartmouth, is the inventor of an aftermarket “reverse trike” conversion that replaces a motorcycle’s front forks and front wheel with two wheels in the front. The wheels are connected in a patented leaning linkage that preserves the full leaning capabilities of the original motorcycle while improving stability, traction and braking. TMW begins accepting pre-orders for the trike conversion this fall.
The previous record in the “cyclecar” classification was 121.649 mph, set in 2011 by Lehman Trikes. “We’re already planning to bring a faster motorcycle next year,” said Mighell.
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