Ever wonder where all of those Feuling W3 engines have gone? I don’t think very many were produced before Jim Feuling passed away and you seldom see them anywhere. Cory Ness used one to build a custom bike a couple of years ago but other than that they just disappeared in shops here and there. I heard of one in the possession of a law firm connected to the Fueling estate, not sure if they still have it, but that’s about it.
So it was pretty cool to see one turn up in a bike being built for Bonneville by a pretty well known Harley Davidson builder in Europe, Ruedi Steck of Switzerland. In its present configuration the W3 displaces 2458cc with almost 150 horsepower. Reudi is one of two racers, the other is his friend, Markus Saegesser, who is running a 230 horsepower turbo V-Twin.
From what I could gather on the Castrol Power 1 Tour web site, Ruedi and Markus, were inspired by Burt Munro’s run on the salt flats and decided it was time to do something like that themselves. So they made plans to build a couple of bikes and try to set a couple of speed records. They picked up the sponsorship of Castrol which is running a Power Tour across Europe to build a bit of publicity for their effort after which they’ll fly over here and see how fast they can go.
Whether they set any records or not, it’s always nice to see someone taking a shot at it and it’s especially nice to see a W3 running in anger instead of cruising around in some show bike. Good Luck guys!
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