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Peter and Janine of Harrison BILLET are proud to sponsor the 'Angelic Bulldog Team and Project', with ensuring their 400 mph Land Speed Record Attempt by a Motorbike has the ultimate brakes - Harrison BILLET motorcycle brake.
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John Williamson headed RMD-Distribution in Reading, England. He tested the high performance Harley after-market products he distributed on his own-build drag bike, and probably knows more about what makes a Supertwin run faster than anyone else in the UK. His skill as a motor builder and tuner resulted in him winning the Supertwins Top Fuel Championship 2000.
His team, RMD Racing, also fielded bikes in Modified and Street classes, regularly taking Championships. Hazel Wiliamson won the Modified Championship 1999, and Dave Barts won Street Class from 1991 to 1999.
What better way to test our performance brakes, than on very different bikes in the same extreme conditions. Congratulations team, and thanks.
Rocket Man Brown
see also: BBC
Richard 'Rocketman' Brown built a 6000 brake horse-powered two-wheeler to assault the World Motorcycle Land Speed Record of 332mph. The 'Gillette Mach 3 Challenger' is towed by a land vehicle to 60mph, before the stabilisers are retracted, and it stays upright on it's own wheels.
Looking more like a missile than a bike, it has the power of about
ten Formula One racing cars. In September 2000 he took the rocket bike
to the Bonneville Salt Flats, and let loose.
Although this was well in excess of the record, he couldn't complete a second pass, required within two hours, to qualify for the record itself. One problem of speed record attempts such as Richard Brown's, is slowing the vehicle, as there's no engine brake.
For the first passes, Richards parachute deployment made the vehicle dangerously unstable, as it spun behind the craft, dragging it from side to side. Unable to cure the problem completely, and passing each run faster and faster, Richard is heard to ask his 'flight engineer' "What do I do if the parachute doesn't work?" The answer, without reservation: "Use the brakes."* Brakes made by Harrison Billet.
Whatever your speed, when your life depends on them, be sure your brakes are up to what you demand of them, and that they still have something to spare. Like an extra 300mph of stopping power, for example.
Thanks Richard, for your courage and inspiration, and for taking our brakes where few mortals would dare.
*The Mission Rocketman. BBC Documentary. See this if you can!
BRIAN JOHNSON piloted one of the fastest drag bikes in the world. He started in 1976 on a 750 Honda, and moved through Pro Stock to set the first 8 second pass in Europe. He went on to win three 'No1' plates in Pro Stock before moving to Top Fuel.
Brian has won races and set records all over Europe, and held 'No1' plate in the USA. His bike is now running 1/4 mile passes at over 234 miles per hour. He used four of our 6-piston calipers to stop. That's confidence.