Originally Posted by Bloodweiser
Don't worry, I'll convince you that these are awesome.
I'm convinced already. Anyone else? Beuller....Bueller....
Leo Payne desgined the first "fuel" (nitromethane) specific carburetor which S&S Cycle produced in 1968. Leo drag raced and also ran the salt flats. Other great drag bike racers of that time were Joe Smith, TC Christensen, Borris Murry, Marion Owens, Larry Welch, Sonny Routt, Dick Prime, and many more.
Back in the day racers made their bikes from scratch. Very few production parts were made for drag racing. Only a few years later you could build a drag bike from a catalog. But back in the late 1960's and early 1970's those racers were building based on drag strip experimentation and learning along the way. We forget this with today's computer aided design measures. It was so much more challenging then. And they had real disadvantages when it came to technology. For example, traction. Nobody was making wide drag slicks for motorcycles so riders typically smoked the rear tire all the way down the track or got lucky and hooked up along the way netting a quicker ET or higher speed. Somewhere around 1973 or so came the advent of car tire bikes, slipper clutches, wheelie bars, and other things that would take the sport to another level.
Keep in mind that drag bikes are yet another form of the diverse sport of motorcycling! Whether drag racing, land speed record seeking, on the dirt, on the road, the dirt track, the road racing track, etc. its all motorcycling!