Set by Erin Still and the Hunter Sills Racing (HSR) team

In a huge salute to all women riders across the globe, Erin Sills with her team TOP 1 Oil and Hunter Sills Racing (HSR) broke a land-speed record for the World’s Fastest BMW Motorcycle previously held by none other than Erin Still’s late husband, Andy Sills, who set the record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2013.

Setting a new FIM world record of 229.266 mph, Erin Stills rode on a near-production BMW S1000 RR with aerodynamic aids and engine mods, but still a naturally aspirated machine at the ‘Cook Top of the World Shootout’. She overshot her late husband’s record by eight miles per hour.

At 242 mph, this is the record for the fastest BMW motorcycle Exterior
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Just a few days ago we brought you a story of Indian Motorcycles attempting to crack the 200mph barrier next week at the Bonneville Salt Flats driving the Indian “Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout” by Lee Munro.

What we have here is an even more inspiring story of the wife making use of the same motor her husband broke the 200 mph barrier half a decade ago. Riding under the 1000cc naturally aspirated 4-cylinder partially streamlined class, this 229 mph is the team’s 37th World or National record who’ve been land speed racing since 2005.

At 242 mph, this is the record for the fastest BMW motorcycle Exterior
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Erin and her team traveled from the U.S. to Uyuni, Bolivia, only to have the container shipment facing delays that forced the team to officiate this record in just two and a half days from the original allotted six days. Major electronic failure, a blown motor, freezing cold temperatures and harsh winds later, the team was up-and-running the morning of the final day.

At 242 mph, this is the record for the fastest BMW motorcycle Exterior
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At 242 mph, this is the record for the fastest BMW motorcycle Exterior
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At 242 mph, this is the record for the fastest BMW motorcycle Exterior
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At 242 mph, this is the record for the fastest BMW motorcycle Exterior
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On the first day, however, Sills made a 242 mph pass on the first run. But unfortunately, this could not be officiated as a record since the bike couldn’t make the second return pass as it suffered electrical issues. Eventually, the team managed to record a 229 mph speed both ways to officially set a new world record (pending FIM ratification).

The team is already a member of the SCTA Bonneville 200mph Club, the SCTA El Mirage 200mph Club, the BUB 201mph Club, and the Mojave Mile 200mph Club. They will next race the Bonneville Salt Flats this Fall along with the Indian “Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout”.


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