Facebook Friends: Lee Pritchard

Update from 04/26/12: Lee Pritchard, aka SmokinZX-14 on the boards and Brock’s Performance Facebook friend, shatters previously conceived notions of the term ‘fast’. They say a picture is worth 1000 words, and his photo of his 8.49@162.60 MPH time ticket, on pump gas with a stock engine and no power adders, leaves us speechless. Great tuning and riding, Lee! – Brock Davidson

 

Bio:

Name: Lee Pritchard

Bike: Kawasaki ZX-14R (2012)

Hometown: Saint Petersburg, Florida

Home Track: Sunshine Speedway and Bradenton Motorsports Park Bradenton, Florida

Age: 56

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 131-132 lbs. most days… geared up 142-143 lbs.

Number of years riding: 42

Lee Pritchard Profile Image

Profession: Auto restorations and motorcycle restorations/repairs

What was your first exposure to motorcycles? At 13 I got my first bike, a 1969 Honda CT 70 mine trail. Flat out it ran 37 MPH with me tucked in.

What was your first exposure to racing? I hate to say it but it was street racing. Street racing was very very big in the early 70s in California. I spent Friday and Saturday nights till 3 or 4 in the AM street racing with friends.

How did you get involved in drag racing? My first trip to Sacramento Drag strip, and I was hooked. I knew this is what I was going to do for the rest of my life.

Lee Pritchard with his Plymouth Belvedere

What year did you start racing or being involved in racing? I started in California street racing with some track racing mixed in. We had moved to Texas in 1973, while I was still street racing I started to get more into going to the drag strip. I won a lot at ET bracket racing and got very heavy in to that. I won some pretty big races in my 1969 Nova pro/super pro car, my 1979 CBX, and my 1981 GS1100.

History of racing bikes and classes: Mostly Bracket racing wheelie bar bikes in the late 70s and 80s, some of the bikes were all-motor bikes and one turbo bike. At the same time I was racing bikes I was also racing Super Pro cars.

Accomplishments: 5-time winner and record holder in N/SSA Southwest Nostalgic Drags. Many show titles for my restoration work and best paint. Cover of American Muscle car, on the cover Mopar Muscle Car Magazine 3 times. Many bracket race wins in both cars and bikes.

Goals: Keep racing till I drop and have the fastest stock-motor bike on pump gas with just simple bolt-ons.

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Lee Pritchard with his ZX-14R

 

Modifications:

Engine: Stock motor

Chassis: Brock’s Performance Fully Adjustable Window Links and Front End Lowering Kit – 65.5” wheelbase

Swingarm: 10” Over Stock

Exhaust: Brock’s Performance Alien Head™ 2

Wheels: Stock wheels

Clutch: Brock’s Performance Clutch Mod Kit

Fuel Injection Control: None

Fuel: 89 Octane Pump Gas

 

Images:

 

 

Best 1/4 mile ET and MPH Performances:

Reaction Time: 0.012

60 ft: 1.329

330 ft: 3.558

1/8 mile: 5.439

1/8 mile MPH: 129.94

1,000 ft: 7.094

1/4 mile: 8.520

1/4 mile MPH: 161.05

Click here to view time ticket for Best ET

Click here to view time ticket for Highest MPH

 

Video:

Above: Lee Pritchard runs 8.52 @ 159 – Stock Motor / 89 Octane Pump Gas