Ryan Suchanek set out this past weekend to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest wheelie on ice. Ryan, a stunt rider whose stunt career and life nearly came to an end in 2007, has not let tragedy slow him down. Suchanek was riding his motorcycle home from his day job when he came around a blind corner a mile from his house. As he rounded the corner, Suchanek crashed head-on into a car in his lane. A month later, he woke up in the hospital without his leg from the knee down, with no memory of the crash.
To get ready for this event Ryan spent the last two weeks heavily testing speed wheelies. Ryan first broke the record at 95mph, so when he broke it last year at 108.5 mph he had a considerable jump in mph. He had to make sure he was ready to try and break a big number like 108.5 mph.
On February 1st on Lake Koshkonong in Fort Atkinson, equipped with our powerful Brock’s Performance Alien Head™ Exhaust System, Ryan broke the record running 109.5 on one wheel.
Here is how the weekend went down in Ryan’s own words:
“This year I wanted to extract more power from the bike since it helped so well on my last record run. I added the Brock’s Alien Head exhaust with a Power Commander and switched to VP race fuel 108 and the bike really came alive.”
“After testing I download the data from my GPS tracking device and found that my bike was pulling just over 1G force! So the bike was running good, however once we were there I felt like the bike was running lean due to the cold weather. And unfortunately I couldn’t find a dyno to tune the bike in 0 degree temps.”
“The day of the event was a struggle, it was snowing heavily and the bike was sucking snow through the air filter and icing it up. My front tire started throwing studs into my radiator, 6 studs flew out from the triple digit speed set downs and the those 6 studs resulted in 6 holes in my radiator so I was limping that along through the day by putting antifreeze in the cooling system every couple runs. I am happy that I was able to overcome these obstacles and beat my record once again. I now have three speed records for the fastest wheelie on ice. However I’m far from done, I am going to do a tear down and try and break 120 mph.”
Brock Davidson had this to say about Suchanek’s World Record, “Ryan approached us just a few short weeks ago looking to uncover some extra horsepower from his 2004 ZX-10R for this World Record attempt. I was immediately interested and knew that Brock’s Performance could help him out with his needs. As if 100+ mph wheelies aren’t impressive enough by themselves, Ryan does it in freezing conditions on ICE! We would like to congratulate Ryan on his amazing accomplishment and we look forward to his future attempts.”
|Ryan is well equipped with our Alien Head™ Exhaust System
The Alien Head™ Exhaust System combines our legendary race-proven performance with the distinctive look and sound of our Alien Head™ muffler and has become a favorite with custom builders to showcase more of today’s big tire/custom swingarms. Manufactured to stringent specifications, Brock personally designed and hand-tuned the Alien Head™ Full Exhaust System to find the ideal balance of performance and attitude.
Photos by Mike Nightengale, MGNphoto.com