Spirit maker Ryan Montgomery has successfully made a speed record on a modified 1980 Yamaha XS650 motorcycle with a fuel from Vodka waste products by achieving an average of 113mph ( 181.85kmph) at Bonneville Salt Flats.
Interestingly the bike has been named Sudden Wisdom after the distiller’s rye whiskey brand. As for the fuel, distilling vodka creates a ‘head’ that is too impure to drink and so is separated and makes an efficient ethanol. Ryan produced 40 litre of it.
Despite not knowing the exact process needed for the bike to run on the vodka waste, the 41-year-old spent months mastering the technique with the help of his friends at his makeshift home garage. And Ryan had no previous experience of building a race bike nor had ever raced.
The project was aided by sponsors who contributed $1,000 (around Rs.70000), with the bike modifications costing $5,000 (Rs.3.5 Lakh) in total. The amateur race team entered Sudden Wisdom into the class for 1980 and older 750cc modified bikes with alternate fuel.
Having set the speed record. the achievement was outshined by another entrant only three days later, with the 1974 Honda CB750 bike hitting a whopping 143 mph.
We always stress on don’t drink and drive but here on a lighter note “4 BOTTLE VODKA” are good enough for Sudden Wisdom.