Everybody knows that if you want to mix the adrenaline of a high speed race with the experience of normal traffic, then you should visit Germany’s famous Autobahn – a speed-lover’s paradise where there aren’t any speed limits imposed by the law.
Naturally, in a place like this happen a lot of interesting things, as regardless how fast you drive or ride, you have to keep in mind that there is always someone faster than you… even when you ride with 300 kmph on a motorcycle.
It may be hard to believe, but the whole action was caught on camera so the video bellow could make you change your perspective about what “fast” truly means.
The video shows a very skilled Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R rider that rolls on the Autobahn with 300 kmph when it is passed effortless by what seems to be an Audi RS6.
When it comes to speed, Triumph has a pretty glorious past as it used to hold the title of “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” from 1955 to 1970.
The company is now determined to reclaim this title. Therefore they’ve developed a totally fresh concept that promises to break the actual 376.156 mph land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The team behind this project is made of three men namely Matt Markstaller, Bob Carpenter, and Jason DiSalvo with the latter being the Rocket’s pilot.
The new Castrol Rocket looks more like a fighter jet than a motorcycle and is propelled by two 2,300cc Rocket III engines which deliver a combined output of 1000 hp at 9000 rpm and 500 ft. lbs of torque. The 2013 edition Castrol Rocket features Carbon Kevlar monocoque construction and it is 25.5’ long, 2’ wide and 3’ tall. This rocket on two wheels is powered by methanol fuel and it engines use Castrol 4T 10W40 full synthetic oil.
Talking about the Castrol Rocket, Triumps declared: “The Castrol Rocket is unique in that it’s a 1,000-horsepower motorcycle built like a fighter jet. The project is undergoing testing this week at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah. The goal is an eventual 400-mph-plus record-breaking run. The current American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) motorcycle land speed record is 376.156 mph, set in 2010, by Rocky Robinson with the Ack Attack streamliner.”
The Rocket’s pilot Jason DiSalvo said: “Land speed racing is the purest form of motorsport. It’s about bringing all of your ingenuity, resources and determination together for a constant battle against the elements. The salt surface has little traction. The wind pushes against you from every side. But what’s really special about Bonneville Land Speed Racing is the people. The conditions are so challenging that for the past 100 years, racers with little else in common, have banded together to support and encourage each other to become the world’s fastest.”
Hit the jump for the video, specifications and more pictures.
Due to the increased risks that British Troops take whilst on operations, they find it difficult adjusting to the risk thresholds of normal civilian life, particularly when on the road where they drive faster and more recklessly. In fact they are twice as likely to die on the road as civilians. Consequently, the British Army commissioned Golley Slater to create a campaign in an effort to alter the behaviour of British troops when they return home from active service.
Computer games have their small monsters in the closet, but Hollywood beats them all. There can be no bigger proof than the scene in Mission Impossible 2 in which Ethan Hunt races around on a Triumph and competition soon arrives on a Suzuki.
Bullets, burnouts, jumps, everything was there for a box-office success. You don’t see this being done any more, but you can’t really say you loved it, don’t you?
This ambitious project showed enough interest in order to start being produced so rich adrenaline junkies will get a new toy on their hands. Let’s just hope this won’t be their last because when it comes to outrageous numbers, I don’t know what beats it.
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The Honolulu Police Department responds to a "YouTube" video and warns a speed demon to slow down.
That motorcycle rider is catching more than just the attention the motorcycle community. With speeds topping a hundred miles an hour, police say it creates a dangerous situation for anyone on the road.
It may have started as a rush for a thrill-seeking rider, but the police and even the military are looking into who he is. And riders say they don’t like it because things like this put all bikers in a bad light.
It looks like a scene from a movie or a video game, but it’s real. A motorcycle going well above a hundred miles an hour on the H-3. The rider filmed himself and put it on "YouTube" for the world to see. Local motorcycle riders are outraged.
"A person that does that is not thinking," said Sue Radell, a long-time motorcycle rider who lives in Kaneohe.
"It’s insane," said Mark Hoppis, a rider and a Kailua resident. "It’s not right. It gives every biker a bad name."
Police say behavior like that puts everybody at risk.
"Very dangerous driving," said Lt. John Vines of the Honolulu Police Department. "Motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed. He endangered himself. He endangered traffic."
Continuing this type of behavior will lead to only one outcome.
"He will die and may kill somebody else in the process," said Lt. Vines.
Bikers say dangerous riding defeats the purpose of why they do it.
"Ride to live," said Radell. "Ride so you can ride again. There’s really nothing to prove to yourself or anyone."
On his website, the speeding motorcycle rider indicates he spent time in Iraq. Marine Corps Base Hawaii says it will investigate to see if one of its marines is involved.