So you want to race a turbo bike? Let's go for a lap.

So, what’s it like to ride a 400hp Turbo Alcohol Drag Bike? It’s a little hard to do without lots of gesticulation, ring ding noises and ‘Tim the Toolman’ grunting, but I’ll give it a crack. To start with, on this bike, you can’t just throw 400 horses at the start line like a boss and expect things to end well. So we use a sophisticated engine management and boost control system to keep things in some semblance of control, ramping boost from 9psi at the startline, through 11psi to 14psi in first gear then increasing with each gear until we hit a maximum of 20psi at the top of the track.

2, So, what kind of jigger is it ?

In short, the bike is a standard bore and stroke Suzuki GSXR1000 with stronger internals, using a Mitsubishi TD04 turbo modified with a 20G billet impellor wheel, custom alcohol fuel system and a 7” rear slick.

Although not unique, the bike is a little different to other big power sports bike based drag bikes in that it uses a relatively short wheelbase along with a wheelie bar instead of the more common super long swingarms that many others use in order to combat the bike’s tendency to tap the back of the rider’s helmet with the race track.But with a wheelie bar, my bike can’t flip and smash itself into oblivion if I get the clutch or something else wrong. This feature rates fairly highly not only in my book, but my wife, my dog and at least some of my kids would probably agree.

3, Warm it up

Before every pass, I warm the motor right up to 100 degrees C in our pit bay so that after spending the usual waiting time in the staging lanes, we’re still close to target temperature when we get the signal to get ready to go. The clutch I use is called a slider and doesn’t operate like normal. So I need to be towed both to the start line, and back from the finish line. With the bike warmed, we cle