Even pulling the clutch is going to put reverse power to the chain. The rear wheel will be powering instead of being powered when it is coasting down. Unless you want to eat a chain guard at the end of each run, this must be accounted for. Watch the coast-down on his video. About 1" +/- movement.Drag racers never back off.....
In some cases that is an absolute because of the way that engagement dogs are cut for faster shifts. If those guys ever back off the transmissions basically becomes a Claymore mine.
Give it enough clearance to allow it to move and whip. Use BB's bike as an example.
That one fits a 2.5 x 17 rim. That's pretty fat. The 17" isn't an issue if you can find a suitable rim.So the lightest front drag tire that I could find is a Hoosier at 4 lbs....I really wanted to use these so I could put “Daddy” on the side but in the end went for the MC11’s because I am cheap, I mean frugal. https://www.jegs.com/i/Hoosier/522/18108/10002/-1
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I will let you know. Zeke thought I was crazy when he saw the picture because it looked like the bars were tilted up but then when he sat on it he saw the bars are sitting level. Very close to our sport bikes but dropped down to reduce drag and get under the fairing...Looking good Tex. Just out of idle curiosity, how are the upside down bars more comfortable? I tired several different bars on the Phat Trakka to try to get comfortable and it's all in the wrist angle and bar height. For my shoulders drag bars were the most uncomfortable. Most comfortable were high bars but they were not so good for drag.