Do you know what these girls do when not kissing execs from Biker’s Choice? You guessed, they ride the salt!
Jim is so proud of the AFT Girls that he sent Cyril Huze this report.
“We started building Kemosabe in Oct. ‘09 as a show bike but also to prove that we can ride what we build Most people don’t realize it has a radiator under the seat. We have high performance cam & piston kits for the VT750. We also had Dave Bozzie port & polish the heads..We decided to build the bike to meet the rules of AMA for the BUB Speed Week.
Jim Guiffra, a world-class custom bike builder and master of metrics, runs down the details of AFT’s cool Honda bobber for us in the 2010 AFT Customs ‘Kemosabe’ build.
Kemosabe was constructed with AMA rules and a trip to BUB speed week in mind. Horsepower on the little 750 was almost doubled thanks to a high performance piston and cam kit. Ported and polished heads by Dave of Bozzie Custom Performance also gave the V-Twin a big boost while a Dyno Jet Kit, K&N Filters and a custom AFT exhaust helped complete the hop-up. BUB has no racing class for overhead cam V-Twins, so they wanted AFT to compete with the inline-fours. This didn’t prevent Jim and the girls from making seven runs down the Salt on Kemosabe. When it was all said and done, Shelby posted a top run at 98.235 mph, Jim pushed it into triple digits at 104.101, while Sukhee beat them all with a day’s best 107.303 mph. More importantly, they left with the thrill of riding on the Salt coursing through their veins.
It’s a little more difficult to build a cool looking bike to meet the rules. 2 of the 8 AFT Girls (Sukhee/Shelby) felt confident enough in their riding ability to also ride the bike at speed. On top of that a film crew was filming us from start to finish for a tv show they are working on. The girls had a blast building the bike & it’s cool for me to see all of their skill levels rising. The bike won it’s class at the L.A. Calendar Show & Rats Hole Sturgis. It took 6th Metric at AMD. Now for Bonneville – We rode the bike part of the way to Bonneville so we could test it a little. The bike made it there & ran 7 times plus practice runs off the track with no problems.
- Shelby 98.15
- Jim 104.14
- Sukhee 107.25.
“Expect four AFT girls on the Salt next year. We’re hooked. We got faster with each run because we learned how to be more aerodynamic with our bodies. We learned ‘how to fly’ as they say. We rode the bike part of the way out and it performed flawlessly. We had a slight issue with the gas cap because it was acting like it was starved for fuel with a full tank at full throttle. It needed a larger vent hole but that was it. We’re going to experiment with some different header designs this winter and different gearing. We should be able to get over 120 mph next year,” Giuffra said.
Mike Chase came out to photograph the girls for some posters & Horst got some good photography as well. Even though 6 of the girls didn’t ride this
year they are extremely proud to see something they created safely compete at Bonneville & win shows. Racing is truly a team endeavor. We’re going to experiment with some different exhaust designs & gearing before next years event.
The fact that many people herald Bonneville’s Salt Flats as sacred ground was not lost on the AFT crew. The Salt has spawned many dreams. It has shattered many, too. But there is a spirit and camaraderie that surrounds the event, a spirit that cast its spell over the AFT crew. Jim already has big plans for their return in 2011.
Bonneville is truly a special place & Sukhee and Shelby would like to thank Linnea at BUB for all her help. Her advice to the girls at sign up was:
” Ass back, tits on the tank, don’t go fast – get a spank”
(she kills me – Shelby).