Royal Enfield shattered a land speed record on the Continental GT 650
Entering the 650cc twins into the market, Royal Enfield has fulfilled a long-standing purpose of enchanting world customers with its cafe-racer Continental GT 650 and the classic-retro Interceptor which were launched at the 2017 EICMA.
Although late to the party, the bikes are yet to reach showroom floors and will be happening after the EICMA show of Milan in November. After having gathered many eye-balls, Royal Enfield has given us yet another convincing with its stunt of registering a land speed record with the Continental GT ridden by an 18-year-old pretty face during the Bonneville Speed Week.
A 1980 Yamaha at 113 mph running on VODKA
A few months back, we brought you a piece of a motorcycle powered by Patron Tequila. It was John Paul DeJoria’s "special" one-off 2008-2009 Arlen Ness and Victory motorcycle that runs on…wait for it… Tequila.
Another distillery owner has gone ahead and broken a world record with his alcohol powered motorcycle, this time, it with the Russian favorites, Vodka. The bike running on this elixir - a custom 1980 Yamaha XS850 and it an impressive 113 mph at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats Motorcycle Speed Trials on August 26.
Indian and the Spirit of Munro missed cracking the 200 mph mark
Driving the Indian “Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout” Lee Muro and the team were attempting to crack the 200mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the Speed Week earlier this month, for the second time.
Unfortunately, mechanical failures threw both the bike and the rider out of the race and left Lee with some pretty bad burns on his leg that were unable to have recovered. The current record by the Spirit of Munro is 191.286 mph recorded at the previous year’s Speed Week.
Kawasaki Team 38 set a new world record for the fastest Ninja H2
Kawasaki took its Team 38 racing team, and the modded Ninja H2 to a place where the automobile is king and speed is the one true god. A piece of land bordered by mountains, and crusted in fine white granules of salt - The Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway.
The team has set a new world record for being the fastest Ninja H2 with the official figure of 209 mph. The record run was a part of the Speed Week from August 11th to the 18th, 2018, the same time where speed junkies from all over the world will land on this 10 mile stretch in the pursuit of holding the title for the fastest man and machine.
At 242 mph, this is the record for the fastest BMW motorcycle
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.
Indian Motorcycle attempting to break the 200 mph barrier
Half a century ago, one man from a small town in New Zealand dreamt of setting a land speed record on a 1920 Indian Scout. In 1962 at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Burt Munro’s dream finally came true at the age of 68 and 184.71 mph. This number was finally crossed by Indian on July 16 at the El Mirage 2017 by none other than Burt’s nephew who drove the 2017 Spirit of Munro Scout at 186.41 mph in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350 cc class. (Since Burt’s record was on an SA 1000cc class, his record still stands unbeaten in that class.)
Driving the Indian “Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout” again, Lee Munro and the team is attempting to crack 200mph next week at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Spirit of Munro Scout bike will undergo small modifications to the intake and fueling while the streamlined body will have minor body adjustments.
Kawasaki’s Team 38 setting up stage to create a new speed record atop the H2
Kawasaki is taking its Team 38 racing team, and the modded Ninja H2 to a place where the automobile is king and speed is the one true god. A piece of land bordered by mountains, and crusted in fine white granules of salt - The Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway.
The team is there to attempt and set a new world record in a category that has been undisclosed. The record run will be a part of the Speed Week from August 11th to the 18th, 2018, the same time where speed junkies from all over the world will land on this 10 mile stretch in the pursuit of holding the title for the fastest man and machine. Kawasaki has released a teaser video of the attempt this year at Bonneville.
The BSF of the Indian army created four stunt riding records in one month
Breaking motorcycle stunt records is nothing new for the Border Security Force (BSF) of the Indian army. Apart from being the country’s first line of defense, they also indulge in some motorcycle trick riding that started way back in 1990. BSF’s ’Janbaz’ was created in 1990, and they are famous for displaying their gravity-defying stunts and breaking their own previous records.
In the month of April 2018 alone, the Janbaz troop set four motorcycle stunt records, all of which were performed on their darling 350 CC Royal Enfield motorcycles-the face of stunt riding for the BSF. The stunts include longest riding on a ladder/pole, longest riding backward, longest riding while standing and carrying troops.
Four female riders will ride around the globe and attempt to break a world record
The 12th edition of the International Female Ride Day (IFRD) is happening on the 12th of next month celebrating female riders all across the world. This is the world’s largest and only women motorcycle rider event which is also synchronized across all borders and all countries.
On the occasion, a group of four female riders from four different nations will be attempting to break a record to be the quickest to travel around the globe on motorcycles. And they have been selected by none other than the record holder himself, Swiss rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita.
This British lad to become the youngest to travel around the globe on a motorcycle
In an attempt to break a Guinness World Record, a British 22-year-old lad, Henry Crew, will travel around the globe on a motorcycle to become the youngest person to do so. His quest will take him 35,000 miles through 35 countries on six continents where he will be raising funds and awareness for the Movember Foundation.
It is a multinational charity that aims to raise awareness of and money for men’s health founded in 2003. It has funded more than 800 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, men’s health awareness and healthy lifestyles.
Valarie Thomson suffered a crash while attempting to set the motorcycle land-speed record
“America’s Queen of Speed” Valerie Thompson and her All American Team "7" Racing crew traveled 8,500 miles from her hometown in Scottsdale, Arizona, all the way to Southern Australia with the BUB Seven Streamliner to break the all-time land-speed record of 376.363 mph. With conditions all ideal and as anticipated, the team set to reach the 400 mph mark and Valerie took off.
Just when she reached the 4-mile marker, the BUB Seven Streamliner crashed at 299 mph and along with it smashed Valerie’s dreams to break the record. Fortunately, Thompson walked away from the stunning wreck with only minor injuries to her leg.
Valerie Thompson set to beat the motorcycle land-speed record
To be referred to as “America’s Queen of Speed” is a feat that might require a lifetime of sweat and blood. But even after achieving a land-speed record for seven times in her lifetime already, Valerie Thompson doesn’t seem to pull back on the throttle anytime soon. She and her All American Team "7" Racing crew are traveling to Australia to break the all-time land-speed record of 376.363 mph.
The planet’s fastest female motorcycle racer will travel 8,500 miles from her hometown in Scottsdale, Arizona, all the way to Southern Australia with the BUB Seven Streamliner and her crew. They will attempt to break the land-speed record at the World Speed Trials at the 28th Annual Speed Week which is a new motorcycle-only event regulated by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and the AMA.
Ducati is planning a big bash for the 25th anniversary of their Monster
The history of Ducati is driven by a unique engineering talent that has always generated motorcycles of unmistakable design and most profound sporting spirit. The Monster is no different. Which is why Ducati has planned a big bash for its 25th anniversary inviting all monsteristi to a Sunday Ride Classic, 24 March at Le Castellet, France.
The busy program includes many other events celebrating Ducati’s naked machine apart from the special celebratory parade. It will include the original Monster 900 MY1993 displayed at the Ducati Museum, an exhibition of special and custom Monsters and various contests.
A Whiskey to honour the 50th anniversary of Burt Munro’s land-speed record on an Indian
This is good news for ardent fans of Whiskey, just like me. And if you are a motorcycle enthusiast also (why else would you be reading this here?), know that this is the best way you could spend your $184.71 on.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of New Zealand’s Southland legend Burt Munro’s greatest production land-speed record, the New Zealand Whisky Collection, along with John Munro (Burt’s son) have created a batch of limited edition whiskey called the “Spirit of Munro”. (The name was given to Munro’s record-setting motorcycle.)
The ones that made motorcycle headlines in 2017
This is the last working day of 2017. And this is also the last article I will be penning down for the year. So I thought ’why not revisit all that has happened over the past twelve months which has a direct impact on the future of the motorcycle industry?’
Here is a list of every major news and launches that has coursed the path in the industry:
Honda India made a new record by selling 2 million Activas’ in just 7 months!
In 2001, Honda launched the Activa in India which became the country’s first ever four-stroke automatic scooter. Its simplistic design and engine reliability made it an overnight success, which it reaps even today, 17 years after its first launch.
Today, the brand has already rolled out its 17,000,000’th Activa from its plant in Gujarat, making it the first scooter in the country to reach such a milestone. Out of which, a whopping 2 million of them came in the last seven months alone.
Now that is some mind-boggling sales figures that are making Honda the most loved brand when it comes to automatic scooters.
Just how many people can you carry on a motorcycle? 58 says the Indian Army
Formed in 1982, team ’Tornadoes’ of the Indian Army Service Corps (ASC) already holds a total of 19 world and national records and has now added one more jewel to its crown.
Breaking a previous record of 56 men, Tornadoes carried 58 Indian Army personnel on a single 500cc Royal Enfield motorcycle for a total distance of 1200m (0.75 miles) which happened only after three attemps and two falls later.
Honda created history with 100 million Super Cubs out of its factory gates
Serving 100 million happy customers is a well-achieved milestone for any business, and no other manufacturer but Honda could have made it seem this easy. Being the first two-wheeler to cross such a mark is the Japanese Red Wing’s Super Cub that began its life way back in 1958.
Now, the moped is being made at 16 plants spread across 15 countries around the world that serves customers in more than 160 countries. That is some mind-boggling numbers considering the popularity and logistics involved with the Super Cub.
Facts About the Motorcycle Indian Will use to Break Records at Bonneville this Weekend.
There is no apprehension about the fact that Indian Motorcycle doesn’t just make luxury yachts on two wheels. This American dream production house also makes racers, trackers and land-speed record breakers.
Currently, the folks working at Indian are working "after hours" to build the Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout. A motorcycle that is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Burt Munro’s 1000cc class record of 183.59mph on his Indian Scout Streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats.