Team Klock Werks gets record on trike
Since 2006, Team Klock Werks has accomplished many feats at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
The group, based out of Mitchell, has broken more than 20 land speed records at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials. But this year for the first time, Team Klock Werks joined in a partnership with one of the biggest motorcycle manufacturers in the world — Triumph Motorcycles.
“They go right along with Harley-Davidson and Indian, and it’s a big honor for us to get a call from them,” said Brian Klock, owner and president of Klock Werks in Mitchell.
Klock broke yet another record in August at the event on the Triumph Rocket III Motor Trike, which Triumph Motorcycles partnered in making. Klock was able to achieve the FIM world record on the trike, which Carpenter Racing turned into a 250-horsepower vehicle.
“That horsepower is more than a small car,” Klock said, adding it was the first time he raced a trike. “It sounds like a full-blown hot rod. When we painted the trike, it had such a crazy effect on people.
“It was the first time ever coming back into the pit after the first line that people were watching and fist pumping. I don’t know what the magic was, but there was certainly something about that trike that everybody loved.”
To earn an FIM world record, a driver’s average of two runs must exceed the pace. Klock rode on the 5-mile track and a driver’s speed is tested in the measured mile. Klock reached a speed of 136 mph in the first pass and with that, Klock made the decision to go back in the opposite direction on the track to claim the record.
“I thought it was good enough for the record,” he said, adding Mitchell Technical Institute students helped inspect the trike before the second pass.
Klock recorded a speed of 133 mph on the return trip for a world-record average of 134.5 mph. He added riding on the Salt Flats is like driving on ice.
“If the wind is blowing you across the track, you better just let it,” Klock said.
He said people are trying to be the fastest person at the event, but they’re also willing to help competition out.
“That’s the coolest thing is it’s still very grass roots even though you run into people from all over the world,” he said, adding he’s reached speeds up to 190 mph on the Salt Flats. “There may be a guy that’s competing against me and will borrow me a part if I need it. At the end of the day, we just want to see how fast we can go.
“To get the support of major companies and competition is pretty cool. How often in a football game does the coach from the opposite team come over and give advice on his team’s plays? It’s a different kind of sport.”
Helping with Horsepower
Laura Klock, Brian’s wife, began the Helping with Horsepower Bike Rebuild Program in 2010 and has helped guide youth through an integrated curriculum.
The program provides kids knowledge of teamwork, problem solving and confidence, alongside with transforming a damaged bike into a “beautiful motorcycle.” The kids design the name, paint and choose the components of the bike during the building process.
The very first project was run at the Abbott House in Mitchell. Since then, the Abbott House has helped build a second motorcycle and seven other groups throughout the country have adopted the curriculum with her help.
This year, Laura helped set up the program at Pine Bush High School in New York.
“We have a set of guidelines, meet with them and help get them started,” she said, adding Lloyd’z Motorworkz was the shop partner for the project.
The motorcycle the Pine Bush students designed — which was piloted by Team Klock Werks — set an American Motorcycle Association record at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials in August and the students were able to watch their bike in action. The bike reached a top speed of 172.485 mph.
“The kids were standing on the starting line and I could hear them saying, ‘That’s our bike. We did that,’ ” Brian Klock said. “Everyone was just in awe and couldn’t believe the emotion that was stirred up in these kids.”
Laura drove the first pass but because of a wobbling issue, Brian rode the second. Laura said it was a great way for the kids to see problem solving in an extreme setting.
“It’s overwhelming for me to see their faces and realize it could be a life-changing thing for them,” Laura said.