We're absolute suckers for speed records of any kind. There's just something about the preparation, devotion and determination that it takes to crank a machine to the upper levels of its limits that scratch all the right itches for us. That's even more true when you throw in the insanity of trying to break the 300-mile-per-hour barrier on a motorcycle.

That's exactly what Bill Warner has been trying to do for the past few years. Last Sunday, he succeeded at Loring Air Force Base during the Loring Timing Association's Land Speed Race.

Last year, Warner cranked his turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa up to 278.6 mph. This year, he beat that record by clipping up to 311.945 mph. Though a few fully enclosed motorcycle streamliners have bested that mark in the past, Warner's Hayabusa is, according to the LTA, the fastest open-cockpit motorcycle ever measured.

Surprisingly enough, Warner said that the most terrifying portion of the ride wasn't the build up to top speed, but the fight to get the bike stopped before he ran out of runway. The rider said that his bike was hopping all over the tarmac and that the experience was "a little scary." Hit the jump to check out both this year and last year's run for yourself.





I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 20 Comments
      jwer
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Watch Bill Warner Become a Tiny Dot"... fixed that for you.
      Mark Boxman
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now...... how about we race this Busa against that Swtitzer GTR? sounds more like a 'fair' race no?
        IOMTT
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mark Boxman
        This thing will probably be done before the GTR gets too much past the 1/2 mile mark!
      Fat Stig
      • 4 Years Ago
      by "see" you mean "watch some guy in an orange shirt talk on a walkie talkie"
      Ducman69
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously, spend fifty bucks and get a helmet camera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7jR4Ggb-yw Not that watching a dot isn't exciting.
      Musouka
      • 4 Years Ago
      Come on! How hard is it to use a helmet-mounted Contour HD video camera to capture the action and engage us viewers? I'm calling shenanigans :p
        erjhe
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Musouka
        Pretty hard when you're doing 300 mph, I think. Seriously, ever so much as stick your hand up in the air while doing 70mph? A simple helmet cam would create a huge amount of resistance that the rider would have to resist at 300 mph.
          ChrisDPrice
          • 4 Years Ago
          @erjhe
          Put it flush in the front fairing. Given the expense of this bike, not unreasonable.
      David
      • 4 Years Ago
      Without those stickers he could have gone faster.
        Matt
        • 4 Years Ago
        @David
        Shows what you know! Each of those stickers adds 5 hp..
      DrWardBondTV
      • 4 Years Ago
      The speed is impressive. But doing it on tires only rated at 150mph is stupid. Only speeds like this should be done at Bonneville, either way a serious case of future road rash that Neosporin can't cure.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 4 Years Ago
        @DrWardBondTV
        Hey Doc, do you always speak out of your ass? ZR tires are rated to AT LEAST 149mph, not to just that. Each tire is independent of the others and have their own manufacturer specified speed rating. The tires he is running on this bike are custom made Conti ContiRaceAttack tires so neither you nor I can even begin to make a guess at what they have been tested to. If here we at Bonneville on these exact same tires then it would be ok?
        Redline
        • 4 Years Ago
        @DrWardBondTV
        Haha a Hayabusa shipping with 150mph tyres! That would be funny seeing as it can run close to 200mph bone stock.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @DrWardBondTV
        [blocked]
      Chris Biggs
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im gonna play devils advocate and say that before it is a record he must do it twice then take the average of both for it to be official.
      • 4 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      mmapying
      • 4 Years Ago
      If your shirt is not tucked in, you are not allowed at the texas mile.
      threefortyduster
      • 4 Years Ago
      They do make camera mounts that bolt right to the fuel tank ring. Hides the camera behind the windshield, one of my acquaintances has one to record him doing stupid stuff on his R6.
    • Load More Comments