Bad For Good Racing
What do you call a guy who runs into burning buildings to save lives,
Drag races a fast ’55 Chevy at the local strip, and sets new
Motorcycle Land Speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats on his
In 2006 Jim returned to World of Speed with a new Notrous tuneup and raised the MPS/F 1350cc Motorcycle Land Speed Record. The previous class record set by Jim Owen in 2003 was 213.491 MPH. Jim raised that record with a two way average Flying Mile speed of 219.555 MPH. His second run of the required two way average was 220.042 MPH which earned Jim the prestigious Fastest Motorcycle of the Meet 2006 Award.
Jim Owen’s motorcycle is a street legal and regularly ridden 2000 Kawasaki ZX-12R, specially modified by Jim Owen to create additional power by injecting a monstrous dose of nitrous oxide. It is also notable that Jim attributes his success at Bonneville to his old school style of doing all modifications and tuning himself. He has perfected his Nitrous Oxide injection system thru painstaking hours of flow testing Nitrous and gasoline jets to find precisely matched sets, and carefully evaluating, polishing and blueprinting each component in the system. In a day and age where it seems so easy to take a motorcycle to an “Expert” and hire the work done, Jim finds his keys to success at this level of performance to be “elbow grease, dirty hands and personal attention to detail”.
All this was accomplished without any sponsorship. Jimmy’s
racing operation goes by the name of “Bad for Good Racing”
taken from a line out of a Meatloaf tune. This is as grassroots as
racing gets. To learn more about World of Speed, visit www.saltflats.com