When Chris Lynn gets ready to race, he just lies down on his motorcycle.
Lynn, 28, is a drag racer and holder of two International Drag Bike Association records. He advises stretching out as flat as you can when on a powerful Fuel Drag bike, with just the top of your helmet showing above the bars, and hanging on for the quarter-mile ride.
The Fuelers are almost four-wheelers, since most have tiny, wheeled outriggers behind the rear tire to steady them in the surge off the line. "Yes, some people do fall off," says the Forestville rider. "It's quite a jolt even with the special saddle."
Lynn set his records last year at Capital Raceway, Crofton. His fastest dash was at 146 mph on a turbo-charged 950 cc (56 cubic inches) Kawasaki. Another area rider, Roy Thacker of Woodbridge, set a record in winning the national Top Fuel title at 175.4 mph steering a larger, supercharged machine using nitro fuel.
"My bike used ordinary racing fuel at $5 a gallon," says Lynn. "Nitro now costs $1,800 for a 55-gallon drum, or $33 a gallon. One dash could cost you $100."
Lynn, a manager at Beltway Performance, is perparing a new Kawasaki for this season. It has normal carburetion, a 1,170 cc. (71 cubic inches) engine, and five gears. He's aiming for the national championship meet at the Crofton strip next month.
"There are 200-300 active drag bikers in this area," says Lynn. "It's not the cheapest way to go motorcycle racing. Engines sometimes cost more than an entire motocross bike." Lynn quit that sport for the expensive 10-second sprints. "I just like all that horsepower in a drag bike," he explains.