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Is the First Five-Second Motorcycle Finished?

Published on December 12, 2011 by   ·   3 Comments

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Has Top Fuel dragbike legend Larry “Spiderman” McBride’s iconic, world record-holding motorcycle made its final pass down the quarter-mile?

McBride plans to retire his legendary race bike when his longer and more modern motorcycle debuts in 2012. The new machine will be over a foot longer than McBride’s existing ride, at 18.8 feet.

“We are very close to completing the new bike,” McBride said.  “We are waiting to get the new carbon fiber bodywork.”

However, the ten-time champion says he won’t rush the new bike out.

“I expect to race the old bike again,” said McBride, who won the 2011 Manufacturers Cup Finals.  “We have a proven motorcycle and we will not race the new one until it can run the number.”

McBride’s current motorcycle was the first to break into the five second zone in 1999 at an NHRA national event at Houston Raceway Park.  McBride first started competing on the legendary machine in 1994, and with it,  recorded the current world record at 5.79.  The motorcycle has been as quick as 5.74 unofficially.

“My old bike means a lot to me. Eventually it will end up in a museum or in the front of my shop,” McBride said.

In the meantime McBride is happy to report that longtime sponsors Pingel, Red Line Oil, Trim-Tex Drywall Products and Drag Specialties have already committed to supporting the world’s quickest motorcycle drag racer in 2012.

For more visit the Pingel website and the Trim-Tex website.

McBride thanked; Pingel Enterprise, Drag Specialties-Parts Unlimited, Red Line Synthetic Oil Corporation, K&N Air Filters and Web-Cam as well as his other sponsors.

Trim-Tex Drywall Products, Vance & Hines Motorsports, PR Factory Store, Muzzys Performance, Ferrea Valves, Kibblewhite, Precision Machine, World Wide Bearings, Vanson Leathers, Performance Machine, Belt Drives Ltd, Street & Competition, Simpson Race Products, Nitrous Express, APE, EK Chain, Arias Pistons, R/D Spring Corp, Autolite, MSD, Protect ALL, Whipple Industries, Cometic Gaskets, B&J Transmission, Carolina Cycle, L.A. Sleeve, PJ1, Mickey Thompson Tires, Valco, Goodridge, Carlisle Belts and Gates Belts.

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Readers Comments (3)

  1. Joe Knox says:

    Larry is such a great competitor and fan favorite. We enjoy talking with him at the track. So glad all of his sponsors are onboard for 2012. Can’t wait to see you again, Best of luck in 2012

  2. J Graham says:

    Cant wait to see it Larry, I’ll be looking out for you next year.

  3. Dave Viola says:

    Larry is the best top fuel pilot in the world..




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