311mph: new motorcycle speed record

Turbo-charged Hayabusa sets the new benchmark

A NEW motorcycle top speed record was set at 311.945mph.

The record was set at the Loring Timing Association's land speed races held at the Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine.

Bill Warner of Wimauma, Florida hit a speed of 311.945 mph on his turbo-charged 1299cc Suzuki. Although faster speeds have been obtained from 'streamliner' motorcycles, where the rider is enclosed in the vehicle, this is the fastest speed obtained on a conventional motorcycle. 

The previous speed record was set at 278.6mph last October by Warner himself. He said his current motorcycle was 'built for speed and that's what it did'. A man of few words, then.

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