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Eunice's Recent Race Results against Ricky Gadson: pretty outstanding!

"My first AMA event placed me as being the First Female to Qualify in AMA Pro Street with a 7sec pass and in the top 13.  I did not make any rounds that weekend so not much more to report other than that. But my results from this past weekend's AMA event were rather outstanding for a Rookie not to mention a Female Rookie... being that I took out Ricky Gadson in the finals in the AMA Pro Street B Class to take the Win."

- Eunice Parrish, April 2009

picured top: Ricky giving props to Eunice; mid: Ricky and Eunice on track; bottom: winners circle including Eunice's daughters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dream Ryder: A dream set in motion
By Eunice Parrish and Dan McCarten*
 

On August 24th, 2008 Eunice Parrish became the first female Prostreet Motorcycle Drag Racer to run in the 7’s making her currently the World’s Quickest Female on a Prostreet Bike.

At Byron Dragway during a 2Wheelspeed event she recorded a 7.99 @ 175 mph! No wheelie bar, slick, slider, or 2 step here. To date she has recorded dozens of runs in the seven second zone, so she is no fluke or flash in the pan. This woman is on a mission, one no other woman has accomplished yet – to be a Prostreet Champion. She’s not just another pretty face in leathers, this women knows how to get dirty and has put an incredible amount of her own time, money, and effort into building to where she is now. Oh, and she’s not done, not even close. 

From Road to Drag Racing 

Eunice has been riding motorcycles since she was 5 yrs old and just recently quit Road Racing to do Drag Racing. Up until the end of 2006 she played around with drag racing for fun on her stock CBR929 foot shifting, getting 10.2's and 10.3's. 

In October of 2006, Eunice purchased her first Hayabusa that was pretty much already set up for drag racing. It was lowered a little, stretched, had an air shifter, stock clutch and motor with a small dry shot of nitrous and a Power Commander map from RCC Turbo. 

The first day she was in low 10's...

the second day she was in high 9's...

Third day she was in mid 9's… 

Fourth track day she was getting 9.2's, ALL with NO spray. This closed out her 2006 Busa experience.

Over the winter with some helpful advice from Lonnie Angel - she made some of her own modifications to change the bike from being set up for a 220lb rider to a 135lb rider. She changed out the rear sprocket, put on adjustable lowering links to lower the chassis a bit more, shortened up the wheelbase from 74' to 66' by putting on a shorter swingarm, had the forks cut to 1.5” of travel and put on an Ohlins Rear shock and HyperPro steering damper. Also, a Boost By Smiths Launch and Shift Light Indicator, Canadian Mike's Billet Slave cover, and new EBC brake pads. When the 2007 season was ready to start she also had new Ultra Soft Shinko Tires put on. 

Dialed In

In the beginning of the 2007 season a tranny problem, causing the bike to pop in and out of 2-3 gear, kept her from bettering ET’s. Once this was fixed she started spraying with a small progressive shot and ran 8.8's all day, still with stock motor and stock clutch. Shortly after this she was told she needed to get a lock up put on to better her short times. With the help of Nemesio Beltran, they installed a single stage lock up and set it up to feather the clutch just a hair off the line to loose the bog. Nemesio had it set up so she could just dump the clutch and go. After a few short test and tune days they got it dialed in and was getting 8.7's and 8.6's. 

Before she moved to the Chicago area, Eunice ended the 2007 season in Michigan at Ubly Dragstrip with 4 Wins in their Outlaw Street Drags Heads-up Class and 1 Runner Up finish. Eunice’s 2007 season in Illinois consisted of more test and tune events at Byron Dragway, Great Lakes Dragaway, and US131. She also entered a few Street ET Bracket events which was hard to do because they were still in the stages of setting up the new lockup and her times were hard to predict. However at Great Lakes Dragaway in WI, she did manage to take several Runner Up finishes where she bracket raced against anything from cars to sleds. At the Bellman Oil Drag Event in Osceola, IN she took semi final finish against ALL Turbo Busa's in their Heads-up Grudge Match. 

With the help of sponsorship from RCC Turbo her 2008 season plan was to go with their Ultra Turbo and change some other chassis setups to make it more along the lines of a true Pro Street drag bike and to see 7's. Richard Peppler @ RCC Turbo did all the motor work, tuning, wiring, and part of the chassis changes such as cutting the seat rails and installing a new Catalyst tank and tail section along with a custom RCC sub-frame. Nemesio and Eunice swapped out the front wheel for a 16”, installed the Machine Works Racing offset triple trees and clip-ons, a Scotts Steering Damper, a Canadian Mike Swingarm, along with the Tiger Racing Chain Guard and license plate holder. They also moved the battery to the front of the bike using the Gatlin Racing Battery Tray. 

Eunice’s first day at the track on the new RCC Turbo Build was at the Suzukihayabusa.org Event at US131 where she was the 2nd Quickest Bike out of 30 with an ET of 8.03 @ 187mph. With her 2008 Season underway, they were chasing down some wheelie problems. One of which was the cause for a wipeout at Byron Dragway at the end of May that left her with a broken finger. This kept her out of the season for 2 months waiting for it to heal after surgery. Not long after getting back into the game, Eunice Parrish became the First Female to run 7’s on a Pro Street Bike at a 2WheelSpeed Event at Byron Dragway. Eunice topped her career best of 7.78 at US131 Martin, MI during the Bellman’s Bike Mania Event in September, with a 7.77 @ 187 mph at Byron Dragway in mid October during a test and tune event. They have been pleased with the performance and results from the short season they had to work with and look for even better ET’s to come in 2009. 

Plans for the 2009 season include some additional chassis changes to help keep the front of the bike down to allow them to add more boost to their tune which should result in lower ET’s. Watch for Eunice to be racing at the following tracks in 2009: Byron Dragway (2WheelSpeed Series), Great Lakes Dragaway (Motorcycle Kings Day & TrueStreet Series), US131 (Bellman Oil’s Battle of the Bikes and Bike Mania), Milan Dragway (Friday Night Headsup), and Grand Bend Motorplex (Fastest Streetbike Shootout). She hopes to add some of the AMA Prostreet Events and Female Race Wars to her schedule as well.

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Official Dream Ryder web site: www.dreamryder.org

All pictures provided courtesy of DreamRyder.org

*Article republished with permission; adapted by Helmet Hair magazine.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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