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Fun facts about the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe drag bike


AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Russ Collins created the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe drag bike in 1973.

Here are a few facts about the awe-inspiring machine.

  1. The monstrous three-engine Honda was probably the most famous drag bike of the 1970s, being featured in numerous motorcycle and drag racing publications.
  2. The bike featured three nitro-burning CB750 engines mounted in tandem.
  3. Collins named the revolutionary drag bike after the famous Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad line of the late 1800s. That railroad was a pioneer in freight transportation. It ceased operations in 1996.
  4. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe set numerous records. Collins rode it to the first seven-second quarter-mile (7.80 seconds at 179 mph) turned on a motorcycle in Ontario, Calif., in 1973.
  5. The bike became the first Top Fuel motorcycle powered by a Japanese engine to hold an National Hot Rod Association national record.
  6. It was the first motorcycle to win the NHRA’s “Best Engineered Car” award.
  7. The bike was so powerful that it was difficult to control.
  8. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe was destroyed in a horrendous accident in Akron, Ohio, in 1976. The crash landed Collins in the hospital, and while recuperating he dreamed up his next monster creation: The Sorcerer, powered by a pair of 1,000cc Honda Four engines.