The Guinness World Book of Records has recently registered a new jump record set by Ryan Capes, who obtained a 290ft leap on his Kawasaki KX500. This means he had to push his dirt bike to a top speed of 100 mph (a real challenge, no doubt about it) before leaving the dirt ramp at the Jeremy McGraths ranch outside San Diego.
This achievement makes Capes the closest motorcycle jumper ever to reach the 300-foot mark and only if we consider the fact that he even thought at pulling a trick we can understand this rider’s true value. But knowing that he was only 25 feet or so off the ground at 100 mph, we can also understand why he reconsidered.
Although the event took place last month, the sponsor Monster Energy has only recently revealed the footage of the American’s successful world record attempt.
United Kingdom TV show Record Breakers can brag about some of the most impressive world record attempts ever to end up on the TV screen, including the 13 people motorcycle wheelie attempt, which they consider successful even though the rider managed to keep that front wheel up for…half of second? See the video after the jump.
People would go to any lengths to turn their dreams into reality and one such person is base-jumper Bernie Williams, who on November 28, 2009 set a first world record by flying his motorcycle from a hot air balloon in Chesaning, Michigan.
Coming down from 5000 feet relying only on the parachute and on his steady hand on the throttle, the ambitious man has shown that it is well worth waiting…20 years (in this case) for whatever makes you happy. The video is attached after the jump.
At last year’s end, the world had witnessed the first ever Harley successful backflip achieved on a modified XR1200 by our favorite Australians. While that premier was already impressive, the Aussies are now exploiting the bike’s full stunting potential and have recently established an unofficial world record for the world’s longest Harley jump, 157.6 feet. Also, they got their hands on a HD Sportster 883 and started looping it around in the globe of death, so it’s one crazy idea after the other in the minds of those who have turned the XR1200 into a record-breaking machine. Videos are attached after the jump.
House of Thunder is a German custom motorcycle builder that brags to have built the world’s most expensive motorcycle. In fact, the bike is a customized Harley-Davidson Rocker, which sells together with a 45metre transoceanic yacht built by Sunrise Yachts. The package also includes a rescue-boat and two jet skis if that’s a relief when you’re a billionaire willing to spend 22.66 million U.S. dollars on toys.
The Harley-Davidson Rocker turned into the most expensive motorcycle ever features a cleaned-up frame, hand-fashioned fenders and fuel tank as well as foldable handlebar to ease entrance in the garage on the boat. The paintjob matches that of the boat.
Eric Vauth of House of Thunder: “We still will build our normal custom bikes for our customers, but this is a completely new market and we always welcome new impulses for markets yet unexplored.”
Nobody has ever before attempted to backflip a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and when the idea finally struck, it did in two different heads, that of Kain Saul in Australia and Chuck Carothers in Prague. They both recently performed their backflips on Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles, meaning that both deserve our recognition and appreciation, despite the fact that the XR1200 used by Kain was specially-prepped for the job while Chuck’s much more rigid XR1200 threw him to the ground. See both videos after the jump.
The fastest production motorcycle in the world, Asphaltfigters Stormbringer, comes from Germany and can accelerate from 0 to 300 km/h in only 13.9 seconds. And yes, it’s street legal!
Powered by an inline-four with 16 valves, the thing benefits of no less than 220 hp. Furthermore, at speeds in excess of 180 km/h, the engine can develop as much as 280 hp thanks to the performance admission system, which ‘pushes’ air directly into the engine above that speed. This function is limited to high speeds only because of traction problems and it only kicks in for short periods of time. It sounds suicidal to us, but the company will produce this in a limited series at their plant in Aalen, Germany.
Each Asphaltfighters Stormbringer has a starting price of €57.500 ($86,117), weighs 195 kg with a tank full of gas and comes with a color-matched protection suit with carbon fiber parts and a helmet made of Kevlar. The suspension, riding position and all the commands are modified in each case according to the dimensions and weight of the pilot.
The Germans say it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h in 6.5 seconds and from 0 to 300 km/h in 13.9 seconds, while the top speed exceeds 320 km/h. The Bikerbox engine revs to as much as 13.700 rpm, maximum power being delivered at 13.500 rpm.
Jake Semtex is a British stuntman who on April 17, 1999 gained itself a place in the Guinness World Book of Records after he achieved the longest motorcycle head-on ramp jump – 50.6 ft – at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire, UK. His record still hold on today.
Daredevil Ryan Capes flew his Kawasaki dirt bike for 300ft during the Street Vibrations event at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada and so managed to set a new world record that would make Evil Knievel damn proud.
The BUB Seven gained the title of World’s Fastest Motorcycle after being piloted to the incredible speed of 367.382mph by Chris Carr at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah last week. They’ve just released the video from the memorable event, so check it out after the jump.