200 mph wheels?
Noted Johannesburg, South Africa based carbon fibre wheels specialist Blackstone Tek (BST) recently supplied a set of ‘specials’ for Canadian speed freak Cliff Randall’s Muzzy Kawasaki ZX1270, one of two bikes that he’ll be campaigning this summer to be used at ‘The Loring Mile’ in the United States (Maine, New England), and “both are now running on these beautiful (and light) BSTs,” says Cliff.
A centre for record setters and performance enthusiasts, the ECTA (East Coast Timing Association) Loring Mile is a demanding proving ground where only the best engineered and prepared race bikes survive, but where some spectacular times are possible.
Randall’s aim is to mount an assault on the 200-mph mark (322 kph) and described the wheels as “incredible, absolutely incredible. We are so pleased and thankful to BST for coming up with these ‘specials’ for us. Not only do they look amazing, but their light weight, high strength and the low- profile Dunlop Q3s, they allow us to run [60 series on the front, 50s at rear] will definitely give us an edge”.
The wheels are from BST’s new ‘Black Mamba’ range of 7-spokers with interchangeable rear wheel and custom gold tint with gold hubs.
Randall went on to say: “These are one-of-a-kind pieces of art and we really appreciate BST’s help. We’d also like to thank our sponsor Vortex Sprockets for the selection of aluminium sprocket configurations they have provided to run with the BST wheels.”
The ZX-12R has been boosted by the addition of a 1,270cc big bore kit from Muzzy Performance. Much time has been invested in dialling in the Power Commander 3 to properly handle all the modifications, and Randall has shared his fuel maps with over a dozen other owners of ZX-12Rs, which also have had the 1,270cc kit installed. A high flow fuel pump ensures that fuel is always kept up to the injectors. A Muzzy steering damper helps keep the tracking straight and combines with an Ohlins shock and RaceTech modified forks, which have been treated to a gold nitriding to complete the look.