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Old 03-20-2010, 10:09 PM
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Default re: 60 MPH...achieveable? Who cares?!? Let blueprint an engine!

Originally Posted by exavid View Post
Bicycles have achieved some pretty impressive speeds, especially drafting. The current record for an upright bicycle drafting at Bonneville is 166.994mph. Admittedly the bike wasn't fighting much air drag but it was on it's own two wheels with a guy pedaling at that speed. The official record for an upright bike pedaled without drafting is 51.29mph. Considering that an athelete can't generate much more than 3/4 hp for a short time it shouldn't be hard for a 2hp engine to exceed 60mph. It will be interesting to see if it can be done on a dragstrip from a standing start.

And as always, logic will prevail...good post exavid!

Based on what I have seen...1/4 mile will be more than enough to wind the little bugger out. My shop is on a dead-end street that is almost exactly 1/4 mile, and DV gets the bike to full speed in a fraction of this distance.