Bull Creek resident gets set for Speed Week in pursuit of breaking records

Bull Creek resident Michael Stuart is looking to set an Australian speed record on his motorcycle. Picture: Jon Hewson
Bull Creek resident Michael Stuart is looking to set an Australian speed record on his motorcycle. Picture: Jon Hewson

MICHAEL Stuart is feeling the need for speed.

The Bull Creek resident will travel to Speed Week in Lake Gairdner in South Australia on March 4-8 looking to set an Australian speed record on his Royal Enfield Continental GT 535cc.

The motorcycle fan will look to post the first ever time in the Modified Pushrod Fuel under 650cc category.

Mr Stuart said it was a childhood dream to attempt to break a speed record.

“The opportunity came up after talking to some other people who have gone along to Speed Week before,” he said.

“I’m excited about going over there but also a bit nervous about riding on the salt, I’ve heard it’s like riding on wet grass.”

Mr Stuart said he would have the opportunity to go on separate runs to prove to the organisers that he could ride and then he had four days to see fast he could go.

“There are 9 miles (14.4km) of long, flat terrain to ride on,” he said.

“I’m heading along with Peter Emery, who owns George’s Bikes Shop in Willetton, he is very mechanically minded.

“If we go well then I’d look at competing Bonneville in the United States but we’d need to get more support.

“I think the bike can go about 110 miles (177kmh), I’d be happy if I hit that.”