Jody Perewitz: First woman to run 200+ mph on an American V-twin


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With no prior experience on the famous Bonneville Salt Flats, Team J'Witz and throttle master Jody Perewitz stunned enthusiasts and teams from around the globe at the 2011 BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials.

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2011 Jody and Team J'witz set a land speed record of 188.911 mph. Previously at the Loring Timing Association event in Maine, Jody made another world record pass at 164 mph. Changes to the motorcycle were made before they set out to Bonneville, these included mounting a partial streamline body. This body allowed Jody and the motorcycle to be more aerodynamic with subsequent increases in speed.

This was only one of two goals set out by Team J'Witz. They wanted to set a land speed record as well as go over 200 mph. Land speed records are not separated by male and female. Motorcycles are built for certain classes regardless of the gender of the rider. Wednesday Sept. 1, Jody took her bike to the next goal. She made a pass at 203.111 mph. This speed made Jody the first woman in history to go over 200 mph on an American V-twin.

The event brought together the fledgling Team J'Witz and more than 300 other racers from around the world to ride the salt, share the love of speed and enjoy the camaraderie of land speed racing.

The ground-up custom built by Team J'Witz is constructed around a Daytec chassis using Performance Machine wheels and brakes. The American V-twin is a 100 c.i. Jim's Twin Cam assembled at R&R Cycle using a set of their custom machined heads and was fine tuned by Dan Thayer. Other components that make up this record breaking motorcycle is a ProCharger, Daytona Twin Tec ignition system, Baker 5-speed transmission and a kick-ass Perewitz/PPG paint job.

The course at Bonneville is 5.5 miles in length. Riders have 2.5 miles to get up to speed, then the AMA clocks your speed for a mile and you have 1.5 miles to slow down. On Jody's 200 mph run she entered the mile going 199 mph and exited the mile at 205 mph. The 203.111 mph is the average speed in the mile. Jody and her machine were going 200+ mph for more than a mile.

American pride drives the J’Witz team and the machine was built with American power and products throughout. Given the level of sophistication and competition, Jody’s success is a tribute to American ingenuity, quality and can-do attitude. The Perewitz/Cycle Fabrications business has been based on American motorcycles for almost 40 years. Team J'Witz will be racing at one more event this year in Maine on September 17 and 18.

Be sure to follow Jody and her Team J'Witz on Facebook,

posted by Dennis Johnson

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