All good things must come to an end and so did the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials 2017 that came to an epic close having some amazing experiences and great bikes that flew by. The event happened for a week where you were completely disconnected from the outside world with little to no reception on the smart phones and all you had was the brutal weather at the Salt Flats that stretched to 4000 feet. During the event it was extremely hot and windy and you are exposed to all of this. Despite all this, what people look for most is time, and speed.
For most of them who came to the event, it was wanting to hit 200mph mark or the 150mph mark on the flats. For others, it was just for pure fun as they opened their throttle wide to see how much they could clock which was handed to them in a small piece of paper, the rewards of being fast! Age was not a barrier here as people from all walks of life and age groups came with their motorcycles including a 78-year old Sandy Vetter on her Yamaha 350cc two-stroke who managed to touch 100mph.
It was not about age or gender but only what mattered was how fast you could go and that essentially made the event so pure and meaningful. The other thing you need is the guts to gun your bike through the Salt Flats as well. The track is not smooth with compacted, groomed track of salt nine miles in length and the speed was timed between mark 5 and mark 6. The weather changed the way the track was and it required great courage to trust your machine and go wide open and the winds also could come in the way. Nonetheless, it was a special event that ran a full week and came to a poetic conclusion.