Friday Forum Foraging: Land Speed Sidecar Streamliner

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

You didn't know you wanted a land speed racer, until now.

One of the many uses of this space is to highlight odd, strange, or interesting motorcycles that are for sale on the internet – or even to highlight clever for-sale posts of otherwise ordinary motorcycles. Today, I think we've definitely achieved our goals for Friday Forum Foraging. This land speed racer was originally built in New Zealand, where it took multiple top-speed records. It was brought to the US in 2013, where it currently holds a speed record of 188.6 mph. All this from a 1,000cc four-cylinder engine plucked off a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 (granted, with a couple of modifications). Not bad, eh?

The time has come for the seller to see it go to a new home, and hence it is for sale on Bring A Trailer. Better still, it's for sale with no reserve. So, the highest bidder is going to take it. Will that be you? As usual, the full text of the auction is pasted down below. If you're interested in placing a bid, or even just seeing a lot more photos of the streamliner, you'll have to go to Bring A Trailer to see it all.

Land Speed Sidecar Streamliner

This sidecar streamliner was initially constructed in New Zealand by the Flying Kiwi team. It set several International Motorcycle Federation speed records on its native soil before being purchased by Craig Anderson and moved United States, where it set an American Motorcyclist Association speed record at Bonneville in 2013, achieving a speed of 188.6 miles per hour. The rig’s composite body is finished in orange and it is powered by a 1.0-liter inline-four sourced from a Suzuki GSX-R 1000. Equipment includes a roll cage, a fire suppression system, and a parachute. This streamliner land-speed sidecar rig was acquired by the seller in 2021 and is now offered at no reserve in Oklahoma with a bill of sale.

The streamliner was built in New Zealand between 2001 and 2005 and modifications after Craig Anderson’s 2013 purchase included installing a fire suppression system, adding fire bulkheads, and adding a tinted canopy. The composite bodywork is finished in orange with black #2720 livery as well as the AMA class designation SCS/1000, in which it still holds a US national record.

The cockpit is accessed via a removable canopy and contains a single seating area with a multi-point harness.

Steering is controlled via a handlebar situated between dual fire-suppression control buttons, and hand controls for the throttle were installed by Anderson. A dash with a digital display and toggle switches is mounted above the handlebar.

The liquid-cooled 1.0L DOHC inline-four originally powered a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R. The engine was factory rated at 178 horsepower and 87 lb-ft of torque and is equipped with electronic fuel injection and an electric starter. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a five-speed gearbox. The seller notes that the rig has spent time on display and should be serviced before use as a race vehicle.

The rig is equipped with a parachute system.

There is no chassis number, and the vehicle will be sold on a bill of sale.

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Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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  • CaptTurbo CaptTurbo on Oct 28, 2023

    Very inspirational!

  • SRMark SRMark on Oct 28, 2023

    I took a look to see what the top speed of a 2006 gsxr1000 was. 178mph. That looks like a lot of work for ten mph. But it is a very interesting looking vehicle.

    And yes, I realize that you have to make two passes and it’s a lot harder to do than one would think.

    • Greg Ess Greg Ess on Oct 31, 2023

      And 178 on a stock GSXR and 178 mph on a GSXR SIDECAR are two very different things. =8-o