Record-setting 1955 BMW R50 Sidecar Rig at Bonneville: The Great White Dyno

| 10/12/2011 2:28:29 PM

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Brooks Motor Works Bonneville Crew 
The Brooks Motor Works crew with their record-setting 1955 BMW R50 sidecar rig at Bonneville Salt Flats, 2011, where they set a new record of 94.333mph in the Vintage Sidecar Gas 500cc class. 

At Brooks Motor Works our motto is, “The Past is not what it used to be.” But what do we mean by that? 

The perspective of history can give us a different perception of events passed. Our beloved BMW motorcycles are an appropriate example. Once shiny new cherished possessions, they became with the passage of years and miles just another old motorcycle. More years pass and they become 'interesting old bikes' but slow and outdated, morphing in more recent times into 'Vintage and collectible classics' and once again becoming cherished possessions. 

I refurbish BMW's, repair BMW's, and restore them to their former glory. But why stop there? They can be made much better than new in so many ways and still retain the exact same appearance externally. A vintage BMW that accelerates harder, stops better, has better road holding, 12-volt electronic digitally controlled ignition and 150-watt alternator to power real lights AND an electric vest to keep you warm on those brisk fall and spring rides! And the only external indicator that all these attributes are hidden inside waiting for you is the 12-volt battery. What's NOT to like?! So what has this got to do with racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats? A Lot! 

1955 BMW R50 Sidecar Rig at Bonneville 

We use our Bonneville excursions to test a host of improvements to all aspects of our machines that they can be shown to be reliable and rideable. The Bonneville Salt Flat is known as the Great White Dyno; and serves well as our engine proving grounds and for the bikes in general, as well. And in August 2011, they did quite well indeed!