Lightning sets new electric motorcycle speed record – again

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Paul Thede, Lightning's high-speed pilot at Bonneville, poses with the 'Flying Banana MKII.'
Paul Thede, Lightning's high-speed pilot at Bonneville, poses with the 'Flying Banana Mk. II.'

Lightning Motorcycles is tearing up the record book.

Not happy with their record-setting 200 mph run on their electric motorcycle last week, they’ve set a new high speed at Bonneville on their battery bike. They’ve got an official 215.907 mph pass now, reaching an actual speed of 218.637 mph.

That’s not enough for them, though. Company CEO Richard Hatfield told Asphalt and Rubber they want to break the 220 mph mark, and he figures they can do it, as long as they see favourable salt conditions at Bonneville. They’ve got until Friday to do it – that’s when the Southern California Timing Associations’ Speed Week winds down.

So, it looks like Chip Yates has his work cut out for him. He says he wants to set a land speed record before he stops his work with battery bikes, but he’s already seen two new records set in the last seven days – he’d better get busy.

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