Brian Klock, Founder and President of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, set a new World Land Speed Record while driving a unique trike on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah. Klock is well known for his innovative vehicle parts and motorcycle designs.
The unique three-wheeler was based on a Triumph Rocket III Touring bike, a Carpenter Racing motor kit, and a Motor Trike conversion. This combination was able to achieve a top speed of 136 MPH at the recent speed trials.
Since 2006, the Klock Werks team has set over 20 land speed records. One of their most challenging and publicized victories was in the Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-Off, where they had only 10 days to build a custom bike. After being built, the bike was driven to and displayed at the 66th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - where visitors voted it the best bike at the show. 3D printing with a Fortus 400mc Production System from Stratasys is credited with playing a major role in the successful rapid development of that bike.
Direct digital manufacturing with the Fortus 400mc gave us a major edge in the competition,” says Jesse Hanssen, previously a mechanical engineer at Klock Werks (currently a Product Line Manager at Stratasys). “The [Fortus] FDM system enabled us to build anything we could imagine.
Klock Werks engineers designed the gauge pod, fork tube covers, headlight bezel, floorboard mounts, floorboard undercovers, and wheel spacer cover in SolidWorks. All of these parts were 3D printed in only five days from polycarbonate plastic. The cost of producing the parts with FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printing technology of the Fortus 400mc was less than a quarter of what it would cost to injection mold or cast them.
After winning the competition, the Klock Werks team also raced the bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats, where they set an AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) land speed record. According to Brian Klock:
… [this] proves the durability of polycarbonate parts at 147 MPH. Thanks to our design team and the team at Stratasys.
For more information on Klock Werks, visit www.kustomcycles.com.