The Motorcycle Land Speed Record - gallery

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  • The Motorcycle Land Speed Record - gallery
    Glen Curtiss aboard his V8-engined machine
    136.36mph in 1907! Not officially recognised but was only beaten in 1930!
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    Joseph Wright and the OEC-Temple
    137.23mph in 1930
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    Ernest Henne and his supercharged BMW
    150.65mph in 1930. Over the next seven years, he would break the record a further six times, leaving it at 170mph in 1937. That would stand for 14 years
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    TARF Nardi Twin-Boom
    Not a motorcycle, but the driver, Piero Taruffi, took the motorcycle LSR in 1936 aboard a Gilera
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    NSU without its streamlining
    WIllhelm Herz first upped the record to 180.29 in 1951 and then 211.4 in 1956, the first post-war record set on American soil
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    Johnny Allen and Stormy Mangham's triumph-engined streamliner
    214.5mph in 1956 but no official record. It did, however, give rise to the immortal Triumph Bonneville
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    Gyronaut X-1
    245.6mph in 1966 using two Triumph twin-cylinder engines. From this point on, two engines would be standard operating procedure
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    Gyronaut X-1
    Driver Bob Leppan second from left
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    Craig Breedlove and the original Spirit of America
    526.27mph but was it a car or was it a bike? The FIA said 'bike' as it had less than four wheels, but it was later classified as a thrust-powered car and fell into its own category
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    Don Vesco's Yamaha-powered streamliner
    251.66mph in 1970, using twin 350cc Yamaha 2-stroke engines
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    The Top Oil Ack Attack
    376.36mph in 2010 using twin Suzuki engines
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    Triumph Rocket 3-powered streamliner
    Twin turbocharged Triumph Rocket 3 engines producing 1000bhp. Can it break the record?
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