Luca Colombo sets new speed record on water

Italian daredevil rider Luca Colombo has set the new motorcycle speed record on water; although it didn’t quite go to plan…

Luca Colombo

Luca Colombo has pipped Robbie Mathison for the water speed record by clocking a speed of 64mph, a full 6mph faster than Mathison’s previous record. 

Despite beating the record, things didn’t entirely go to plan, as Colombo’s emergency inflatable system (which is basically a massive sausage) inflated and obscured his view for near enough the entire record-breaking run. When is doubt power out, right?!

Even with this pretty disastrous setback, nothing was getting in Luca’s way, as the vastly experienced rider stayed focused with his eyes on the prize.   

Previously, Luca has set the riding on water distance record by skimming almost five kilometers across Lake Como, on a modified Suzuki RMZ 450. For this attempt, he swapped out the Suzuki for a modified Honda CRF 450R, which has custom hydrofoils and a paddle rear tyre to help propel the bike across the treacherous water. 

Colombo had this to say after achieving the record: “I am really satisfied, I wanted this record and it was very hard to reach even one more single km/h. You never know what’s going to happen every time I place my bike on the water. This year everyone really made a great effort, from Giorgio Lumini and Angelo Pezzano, that have been following me with their great professionalism, to the Red Moto team that supported me in every requests and all the partners that gave their contributions to this challenge, because this record doesn’t belong just to me. Without their support this wouldn’t be impossible. I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart!”

Previous record attempt: https://bit.ly/2YUnxFN

What do you think the next Luca’s next crazy stunt will be? Chuck it in the comments section below. 

2019 CRF450R Specs

Engine Hide

Bore × Stroke (mm)     96.0mm x 62.1mm

Carburation     Fuel injection

Compression Ratio     13.5 : 1

Engine Displacement (cc)     449.7cc

Engine Type (cm³)     Liquid-cooled 4-stroke single cylinder uni-cam

Starter     Self-Starter

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Brakes Front     Single 260mm disk

Brakes Rear     Single 240mm disk

Suspension Front     Showa 49mm USD fork

Suspension Rear     Showa monoshock using Honda Pro-Link

Tyres Front     Dunlop MX3SF

Tyre Size Front     80/100-21-51M

Tyre Size Rear     120/80-19-63M

Tyres Rear     Dunlop MX3S

Wheels Front     Aluminium spoke

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Caster Angle     27.4°

Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)     2,183mm x 827mm x 1,260mm

Frame type     Aluminium twin tube

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)     6.3 litres

Ground Clearance (mm)     328mm

Kerb Weight (kg)     112.3kg

Seat Height (mm)     960mm

Trail (mm)     116mm

Wheelbase (mm)     1,482mm

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Clutch     Wet type multi-plate

Final Drive     Chain

Transmission Type     Constant mesh

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Ignition System     Digital CDI