Superbike speed record shattered

2011-07-20 08:47

Supercars are fun but superbikes are better – right?

Well, if you're one of those who believe chasing velocity records on two-wheels is the highest form of worship at the altar of speed, you’d be thrilled at what Florida's Bill Warner’s managed.

On July 17, 2011, at the decommissioned Loring Air Force base in the state of Maine, Warner beat his personal top-speed superbike run of 447km/h to set the world record for an open cockpit sit-up bike, as opposed to a lay-down rail dragster.


Let the statistical madness of Bill’s beaten record settle in your mind: 447km/h is 17km/h faster than the world record for a production car, held by Bugatti’s Veyron, at 430km/h...

So how fast did Bill manage to go? An absolutely stupefying 502km/h.

Although Bill’s Suzuki Hayabusa’s fairing is a custom-crafted item, the frame’s been left relatively unmodified. The most amazing part of Bill’s bike is undoubtedly its engine.

The 1299cc Suzuki four gains an enormous Garrett turbocharger, boosting power to 480kW. So severe is the boost regime and its cooling requirements that the engine can only run for 25 seconds before the turbo disengages and shuts down. For all intents and purposes then, it’s 0-500km/h in 25 seconds...

Beyond the jet-fighter challenging acceleration, by far the most perilous part of Bill’s record run was slowing down, especially after part of the Hayabusa’s intricate fairing sheared off. "It was a little scary," the 42-year-old said in an epic instance of understatement.

  • Just Saying - 2011-07-20 10:05

    wow, what an amazing video

      Suckerz - 2011-07-20 12:24

      Yup... that was the best runway/overcast sky clip i have seen in a Loooong while!

      Flee - 2011-07-21 08:57

      Yaaa The dude in the orange shirt has a Nice Bumm... LOL..

  • Willie - 2011-07-20 11:46

    Jo! How awesome must that have been! Awesome record!

  • Andre - 2011-07-20 12:12

    I didn't even see a wobble as he shoots past the finish line. Amazing clip.

  • Gary - 2011-07-20 12:38

    what a sh*tty video........

  • Wayne Potgieter - 2011-07-20 12:44

    The best part is at 0:36 when the guy wearing the yellow safety vest pulls off a world class moonwalk!

      Flee - 2011-07-21 08:58

      Ok thanks you just made me go watch it again LMFAO....

  • Fastbowler - 2011-07-20 13:23

    One of the absolute kakkest video clips on anything that I have ever seen.

  • Just Saying - 2011-07-20 14:19

    Why didnt they just have cameras along the way, something to hide? I'm going to try watching the clip with binoculars

  • Graeme S - 2011-07-20 15:16

    I've seen more action in a goldfish bowl. :(

  • PEG - 2011-07-20 16:10

    Erm...the video... what an anticlimax!

  • Grab - 2011-07-20 21:03

    I've seen more action in the underpants of an 80 year old!

      Flee - 2011-07-21 08:59

      ROTF... Hahahaha Doof oops fell of my chair ...

  • slojam - 2011-07-20 21:04

    What an absolute waste of bandwith. I can see bikes shoot off from Zero anywhere here in SA!

  • Leander du Plessis - 2011-07-21 03:57


      Flee - 2011-07-21 09:01

      Thanks but that is his previous record... We wanna see 502 kph

  • bentz5000 - 2011-07-21 09:01

    kaaaaak vid, Please dont post bulldust stuff like this wheels 24

  • colin - 2011-07-21 11:01

    Themost exciting part is the orange road cone.

  • Biker Mouse - 2011-07-21 12:16

    Front wheel bracket courtesy of www.gripabike.co.za

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