S1000RR claims another Bonneville record

...all on a bike that was prepared just a week before the event

Posted: 6 September 2012
by Visordown News

LAND speed racer Andy Sills has set another world record at Bonneville Salt Flats on a BMW S1000RR.

Sills recorded a flying mile two-way average speed of 204.784mph, setting a new FIM record in the Partially Streamlined Naturally Aspirated 1000cc class.

The bike Sills set the record on was stock just a week before the event.

“Andy and Erin contacted me about a week before the trials and asked if I could provide them with an S1000 RR for Bonneville,” said Gary Orr, co-owner and general manager of San Diego BMW Motorcycles. “We’ve been successfully prepping race bikes for them for the past several years, so we were happy to help them out again.”

Orr and his mechanics took the production bike and installed a BMW HP Race Powerkit, a LeoVince SBK exhaust pipe, and race body work. In the meantime, Brock’s Performance shipped Orr a suspension lowering kit.

Andy Sills and speedfreak partner Erin Hunter are avid high-speed riders with a combined 17 years of landspeed racing competition. Together, they have earned 19 world and national landspeed records with streamliner motorcycles as well as traditional race bikes. They hold a Guinness World Record for the fastest speed on a motorcycle ridden by two people: 181.426mph, set on a 2011 BMW S1000RR, with Sills riding one way and then Hunter riding the return leg.

At the North West 200 this year, Martin Jessop went through the speedtrap at 208mph on his Ducati 1198 race bike.

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Have you checked your sources because that doesn't seem that fast. I mean 205 mph is fast but for a preped bike and people who know what they are doing it doesn't seem very fast.

I constantly see people claiming the fastest this and world record that and it all turns out to be rubbish.

I thought that the record was broken by BMW themselves in 2010 and then by a bloke on a ZX-10R in 2011. 30 seconds of searching on the internet and it seems the record is 1.5 miles at 206.77mph for a 2 way run. However maybe this isn't a FIM record.

As for 181.426mph for 2 up can I have that World Record? I've just been to pick the girlfriend up from Ljubljana for the weekend and I'm sure we were going faster than that.

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 14:16

Salt flats aren't like asphalt, mate. They steal a good 10-15 miles per hour off your top end.

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 18:40

Its a great "record", but I did a run on 1-wheel with one pillion years ago at the speed 184.897452mph so I think they need to go a little bit faster before they claim this record... ;O)

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 23:27

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