Wheeler E-Z-Hook Streamliner Bodywork Video
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Sam Wheeler’s Race to 400 video series from Ignition3 continues with Episode 5 – which sees the E-Z-Hook streamliner get a new skin and make its public debut. Having long sported a distinctive lime green livery, the E-Z-Hook changes colors with its new red, white and blue graphics – installed by Arcadia Sign.
The change reflects the Part Unlimited branding, with Wheeler receiving critical financial backing from CEO Fred Fox and several PU suppliers like Vance & Hines, Saddlemen and Drag Specialties – just to name a few. Physical changes beyond the important bold new graphics swap are limited to a new strap over the window, alleviating concerns about the screen rattling loose at the new 400-plus mph limits.
Lack of any significant changes to the shape of the streamliner is a testament to the aerodynamic efficiency of the E-Z-Hook, which was designed by Cal-Tech graduate students 25 years ago. The E-Z-Hook sports a 0.1007 drag coefficient, with its sleek profile – visibly much smaller than its rivals – cutting through the air at maximum efficiency. It’s been the secret to Wheeler’s success against the more powerful competition.
“Out of all the motorcycle streamliners running now,” says Wheeler in the video, “we’re the most aerodynamic and probably the lightest of all of them, and should be the fastest.”
Getting the paint and decals in place, Wheeler paid a call to the Anaheim Parts Unlimited showcase in March. The refurbished streamliner got the attention of the Parts Unlimited crew, including one motorcycling’s coolest kids, Roland Sands, who marveled at Wheeler’s 400 mph dream.
“To see a motorcycle go 400 mph is pretty momentous,” said Sands. “400’s crazy. I can’t even imagine going that fast on a motorcycle. To be 70 years old and still want to go that fast takes some motivation. He’s got a screw loose, I like that.”
The E-Z-Hook now moves on to final testing before heading to Bonneville this summer, where Wheeler will shoot for 400. Watch the Race to 400 Episode 5 embedded below courtesy of Ignition3.
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