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1953 drag racer dubble trubble

Got a nice link from Dave tonight. Seems there is a historical, or incredibly coincidental element, to Flyrite’s new Norton-powered scooter, “Double Trouble.” In the early 1950’s there was a relatively renowned builder and speed trial fan from SoCal named Bud Hare and he built this bike, dubbed “Dubble Trubble.”

dubble trubble left
1953 motorcyclist magazine

Allegedly, this was the first dual-engined drag bike and was powered by two 40 cubic inch Triumph Thunderbird engines. The bike went through different modifications for a few years. In an early iteration, the head on the front motor was turned around. In later designs, the Triumph gearbox was exchanged for a HD transmission.

The beast ran at 142.38 miles per hour in a quarter mile at the Santa Ana drag strip in exactly ten seconds. It had only two gears, “second and high.”

Thanks for the heads-up, Dave. Can’t wait to see some pix of your next bike.

dubble trubble closeup
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