Going to school
Thomason, who also runs a one-day drag- racing school in conjuction with AHDRA events, opened our one-on-one lesson at Los Angeles County Raceway a month before the Vegas event with this jewel: "Forget everything that you know about drag racing." That was easy, as, well...I didn't really know anything to begin with. We went through the process of the burnout and getting the bike lined up straight down the strip, and then came shocker number one: with the two stage rev limiter, which holds the engine at a pre-set rpm when the clutch is pulled in, I could hold the throttle wide open from the time I staged. That was followed shortly by shocker number two: with the slick and wheelie bar, I wouldn't just let the clutch out when the lights turned, but rather I would slide my fingers right off it! So I hold the throttle wide open, then sidestep the clutch...right. And what's the first-stage rev limiter set at, half of redline? No sir, it's right at peak power, just 1000 rpm below the poor Sportster's 7500 rpm limit.