Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at the Engle Motors BMW & Triumph custom built BMW S1000RR drag bike at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This German superbike was drawing crowds in the parking lot just standing still.
Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles including British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American makes, all on display. Manufacturers represented include Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations, well worn daily riders, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. Also on display were vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and right outside the hangar was a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
The initial BMW S1000RR was made to legalize BMW Motorrad’s entery to the 2009 Superbike World Championship. Already fast, with nearly 180 horsepower from the factory and only about 400 lobs to move, this bike had been modified to be even quicker by Engle Motors with more than 200 horses. On top of the power increase, the swingarm has been stretched, and a strap has been added to the front end to lower it into drag mode. When properly set up, this bike has been shown to be able to run the quarter mile in 9 seconds and change.
For more on what it took to make this sport bike into a dedicated drag racer, visit rider Elyse McKinnon’s McKinnon Motorsports page. For more information on the BMW S1000RR in general visit Wikipedia.