The world’s fastest bike

Here's Bill Warner's bike, after his 2011 speed record.
Here's Bill Warner's bike, after his 2011 speed record.
Here’s Bill Warner’s bike, after his 2011 speed record.

On Sunday morning, while you were sleeping in, a turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa set a new motorcycle speed record, at 311 mph.

Bill Warner of Wimauma, Fla., set the new record at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine, as part of the Loring Timing Association’s Land Speed Race. He also held the previous land speed record on his turbocharged Suzuki, at 273 mph. Obviously, this is a man who likes to travel fast.

Warner said it wasn’t too intimidating to ride at 300 mph, but slowing the bike down to a stop was a little hairy, although he obviously survived just fine.

This isn’t technically the fastest two-wheeled record to date – streamliner motorcycles, with the rider completely enclosed in a cockpit, hold that title – but Warner appears to hold the record for a conventional machine.

Check out the video of Warner’s record-setting takeoff below.


  1. I think the point is that he’s sitting on the bike, not in it.

    Also note – although it’s a pretty hi-tech machine, the body-work actually looks like something somebody would put together back in the 60s or 70s for Bonneville… at least it does to me.

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