Do you remember the Ace Fireball 535, the high performance kit for your Royal Enfield Bullet from Chumma Gee and Tom Lyons? Chumma told me a few months ago about a couple of very interesting projects soon to get under way, and yesterday I had a long telephone conversation with Chumma who filled me in on the latest developments and wow, he's been a busy guy. Project Badger, the bike you see here, is a real test to see just how powerful, durable and reliable a Royal Enfield with the Fireball kit can be. Built to a strict budget, the bike will be ridden to the track, raced on the track and then ridden home. It's built to be both road legal and vintage race legal with its racing debut taking place during Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid Ohio.
The "bulletproof badger," (fast as a bullet, mean as a badger) isn't built to be pretty, though Chumma can certainly build them that way, the Badger is built to be tough and fast. Chumma says the first Fireball engine already has something like 35,000 miles on it, so I guess it's well on its way to proving how reliable it is, but riding to and from the racetrack when you're actually going to race, that's a whole different level or durability. Can they do it? We'll find out in a couple of weeks. If it works, they'll run Mosport up in Canada and the Barber Vintage Festival in Alabama.
There's also a film crew planning what looks like a pretty cool documentary of the whole process collecting funding through Kickstarter. Neat.
Now what was that we've been saying about small displacement singles?
Link: Project Badger
Video trailer for Project Badger below: