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Motorcycle land-speed record holder Bill Warner died yesterday after crashing during an attempt at setting another record. The 44-year-old was clocked at 285 miles per hour on the runway of a former air base in northern Maine, before he lost control of his modified Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle and veered off the runway.

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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.

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Ariel Atom - click above image for hi-res gallery

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Click above to view a high-res gallery of the Reynard Inverter

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Click above to watch the video of a stunting smartabusa

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var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/motorsport/VW_GOLF_with_Hayabusa_Engine_WOW'; The Suzuki Hayabusa is one of the fastest things I have ever seen in motion. A friend riding his was in front of me once at a stop, and the road ahead of him was long, straight, and wide open. The only way to describe how it looked from my car was "Millenium Falcon makes the jump to hyperspace." And to think, his was only mildly tuned.

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