This Barn-Built Bike Is Going For A Land Speed Record
This bike is the two-wheeled version of Frankenstein’s monster and it’s called the Greasy Gringo. After surviving a fire, it was revived with more new parts than Autozone. And soon, it’s going to rewrite the record books when it goes to the Bonneville Salt Flats to set a land speed record.
The bike’s creator lives in rural Pennsylvania, not far from Philadelphia. It’s there, in his barn, where he’s spent countless hours making this bike from scratch, using WWII-era machinery.
The engine was baptized in fire...literally. A bike shop in Philly burned to the ground, and he bought the engine for next to nothing, a charred lump of metal from which every ancillary bit had melted away. For the engine’s internals, he machined his own parts using some junk yard bits and some new pieces. And then he got creative and started taking pieces from a Ford V8 to fill in the rest.
As Peter Griffin would say, this bike is Gina Gershon beautiful. The handlebars are seriously low to promote a more aerodynamically-friendly riding position. The welds are not exactly works of art. Everything about the bike’s aesthetic screams ugly duckling...except for the fact that it works so beautifully.
The Greasy Gringo is one seriously beautiful bike at heart.
On the bike’s first ever attempt, it set a class record in Ohio. It will go for the all-time Bonneville record for pre-1956 British bikes this August. It’s even garnering its own following in certain parts of Pennsylvania, and some filmmakers are producing a documentary about the build process.
Check out the trailer for it right here, then hit up their site to stay tuned on when it’ll come out.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He’s riding dirty.