Horsepower Record Meltdown
at 701.32 !
Great Falls, MT man shatters scales with a Suzuki Motorcycle
March 10, 2005
Cecil, Georgia - Arcane Motorsports/NLR
, Hank Booth and operator Christer Johansson, all of Great
Falls, Montana, traveled to Valdosta, Georgia this past weekend
to spin the dyno scales just over 701 horsepower in the first
Dynojet Horsepower Challenge. Booth modified a 1999 Suzuki 1300GSXR
Hayabusa motorcycle to run methanol and a NLR turbocharger to
compete in the inaugural Dynojet Horsepower Challenge. Booth and
his operator also entered the second place winner, another Hayabusa
pushing the scale to 606HP.
Outdoing, and outbuilding other engines that can produce extreme
amounts of horsepower has become essentially a sport in itself.
Booth joined mechanics, builders, and racers from across
and above the nation in becoming 2005 Dynojet plate holders, recognizing
their machines as the most powerful motorcycles on asphalt. Winners
also received Dynatek motorcycle ignitions, SIDI boot certificates,
MOTUL oil and protection chemicals, Vanson leather gloves,
Wiseco pistons and product apparel.
The motorsports industry has typically used dynos to test horsepower.
Dynojet Research, in LasVegas, NV is the worlds leading manufacturer
of dynamometers and the sponsor of this competition. Applications
for Dynojet products include automotive, motorcycle, snowmobile,
as well as stand-alone engines and more.
Other winners in the Import Unlimited class with Booth included;
RCC Turbo/Richard Peppler, of Ontario with 559.02 HP, and
Glen Bertagnoli coming in with a 445.16. A note that all
competitors were using the dominating Hayabusa powerplant as the
framework for bikes.
Revving the scale in other classes were, Kent Stotz with 210.76
on the HRCA, Velocity turbo powered Honda in the Import V-Twin
Cruiser Open class. Super Street Bike Magazine/ Don Smith squeezed
a respectable 118.28HP out of the diminutive in comparison 600cc
The domestic bikes were represented by those from Harley Davidson.
Kevin Kelly, Weston, FL brought in 247.67 in the V-twin Unlimited
category followed immediately behind with Nick Trask, Phoenix,
AZ generating 228.0HP. Brandon Rybicki brought his turbo-powered
Harley V-Rod in at 191.74 with Harry Gunnusen directly behind
him at 138.68 and Gary Salisbury led the older 89-95, Twin Cam
class with 135.81
A Dyno, or Dynamometer is an instrument used to test and record
the power of a rotating object. More precisely, the Dyno is used
to test the power being applied to tires, or engine shafts of
motors, be them steam, electric, nuclear, or more commonly, fossil
fueled engines that power vehicles, such as cars and motorcycles.
Dyno's register the power applied to its testing mechanism as
Horsepower. One Horsepower became a standard of measurement for
the power generated by mechanical means that would equal approximately