Saturday, 16 November 2019
Tuners of dirt trackers, road racers and especially motocross bikes work hard to reduce the bike’s weight. Loosing weight is like adding horsepower and improves handling. Pear Shape Pearson went to extremes with his 1947 Harley Davidson “Knucklehead” drag bike. Imagine him is his Kansas City garage back in the 1950’s drilling fins on the engine, perforating the frame, fender, handlebar, even major parts of the forks! But his fuel drag bike set a record in 1955: 126.76 MPH in the quarter mile. There’s a great grouping of trophies to prove the bike’s performance, event photos and an AMA sanction agreement for the April 22, 1956 day at the track. Interestingly, Pearson’s club was named the Chainstretchers Motorcycle Club!