Xtreme International Ice Racing -- Tampa, Florida -- St. Pete Times Forum -- February 8, 2009
Xtreme International Ice Racing is a Professional Racing tour...ON ICE! Man and machine going from 0-60mph in under 3 seconds! Speedway bikes and quads are modified and compete on an indoor ice arena. There are over 2000 metal studs added to the tires and there are NO BRAKES! It is THE fastest sport on ice. Backed by the AMA with riders from all over the globe. The Speedway Bike is more than just a mountain bike with an engine. It's engine is equivalent to a 1200cc crotch rocket engine in a mountain bike frame, 4-stroke, 4-valve engine that runs on nitro methanol. This allows the engine to run at a higher compression, producing more horsepower. The average car has a maximum 5,000 RPM's where as an ice speedway bike has a maximum 14,000 RPM's. It has 1600 razor-sharp steel studs on its tires added for traction and if that's not enough - there aren't any brakes. Four laps on a speedway bike compares to 10 minutes on a motocross bike. The power (90 horse power at the back wheel) to weight ratio (the bikes weigh only 180 pounds) is something that cannot be explained.Read More
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