On the Ragged Edge – Jody Perewitz First Woman to Break 200 MPH Speed Barrier On an American V Twin
You’ve never run on the Bonneville Salt Flats before. You’ve never gone over 200 mph on a motorcycle before. So what do you do? You take care of both those items on your bucket list at the same time, at least you do if you’re Jody Perewitz.
Perewitz and her Team J’Witz took on the 2011 BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials and covered those bucket list items with style.
Jody and Team J’witz, led by her famous dad custom motorcycle builder, Dave Perewitz, set a land speed record of 188.911 mph. Shortly before the team took on a Loring Timing Association event in Maine, and Jody made another world record pass at 164 mph. The team made changes to the motorcycle before their trip to Bonneville which included mounting a partial streamliner body which ultimately allowed Jody and her bike to be more aerodynamic.
They wanted to set a land speed record – and go over 200 mph. Motorcycles are built for certain classes regardless of the gender of the rider, and on Sept. 1, Jody took her bike to the next goal as she made a pass at 203.111 mph.
That snot-jostling run made Jody the first woman in history to go over 200 mph on an American V-twin motorcycle.
The ground-up custom built by Team J’Witz was based on a Daytec chassis which used Performance Machine wheels and brakes. The American V-twin powerplant in question is a 100 c.i. Jim’s Twin Cam assembled at R&R Cycle using a set of their custom machined heads. The motor was tuned by Dan Thayer. To make sure the fuel was torched at the properly furious rate, the bike featured a ProCharger, Daytona Twin Tec ignition system and a Baker 5-speed transmission.
The course at Bonneville is 5.5 miles long, and riders have 2.5 miles to get up to their top speed. The AMA officially clocks speeds for one mile which leaves riders with 1.5 miles to slow down.
On the 200 mph run, Jody entered the mile trap at 199 mph and exited at a startling 205 mph.
The 203.11 mph figure is was the average speed for the mile course.
It helps that dad’s Perewitz Cycle Fabrication business has been creating custom American motorcycles for nearly 40 years, so they know a thing or two about getting the most juice possible from American Iron.
Team J’Witz will compete at one more event this year, in Maine, on September 17 and 18.
Follow Jody Perewitz’ exploits (and those of her Team J’Witz) on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamjwitz.