PATIENCE, PERSISTENCE and a wickedly powerful Victory Motorcycles Freedom engine helped Gregor Moe set a new national speed run record of 165.8 mph on a Victory Motorcycle Sept. 3 at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Moe ran a timed mile at 166.004 mph on the Victory Kingpin, then backed it up with a run at 165.6 mph, giving him the average of 165.8 mph that goes into the American Motorcyclist Association record books for the 2000-M-AG class. The class includes bikes of up to 2000cc with modified frames that are gas-powered but do not use turbochargers or superchargers. The previous class record of 163 mph had stood since 1973.
“It’s a good feeling and it’s good to get it done. It’s been a long time coming and it’s a lot of work,” said Moe, who is from Buffalo, Minn. “This was my third time at Bonneville. I went out in ‘04 to the first BUB event with a buddy and ran my 2003 Victory Vegas at about 119 mph in the ‘Run What You Brung’ class. That was the fastest Victory pass for a number of years.”
In 2008 he returned to Bonneville with his record-setting Kingpin, but broke a piston while building up speed for the timed mile. The engine was rebuilt at Lloydz Motorworkz, the Pine Bush, N.Y., Victory performance shop by Lloyd Greer and Adam Torchio.
The Victory Freedom engine has a modified displacement of 110-cubic inch engine and a Lloydz cam package, intake and fuel mapping.
“Adam built a different pipe for it, too, a 2-into-1 that wouldn’t interfere with my feet,” Moe said. “I installed some rear set-type pegs to get my feet back and get me lower.”
Moe ran the bike at the Maxton Mile earlier this year and attained a speed of 159.7 mph.
“Maxton was our shake-down to make sure the bike works,” Moe said. “Of course, the driver’s got to get familiar with the machine to make it go, and we made several passes there and it got better every pass. It ran well at Maxton so there was no reason to make any changes for Bonneville.”