While at first glance, the vehicle may not appear to be a motorcycle, it is. Reaching record speeds on land requires a custom design and streamlined body. Those attempting to break world land speed records are pushing the machine and themselves to the maximum. While determination and guts are a requirement, the machinery plays a phenomenal part in the achievement.
50 Years On
More than 50 years after the development of the first fully streamlined motorcycle, USA’s Rocky Robinson has attempted to break the world land speed record. His attempts proved fruitful on 25 September 2010. He reached the unbelievable speed of 376.363 miles per hour. Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah in the USA was the location for the phenomenal achievement. The attempt in 2010 was the third successful one from Robinson within a four-year span. His initial record-breaking speed smashed a record speed that had stood for 16 years.
Visually, the machine doesn’t resemble a motorcycle in the least. The carbon-fibre outer shell protects the cycle inside. The bullet shape is streamlined and offers little resistance against the run. twin Suzuki Hayabusa in-line four-cylinder engines power the cycle with the addition of a turbocharger. This lightweight, speed demon is the design of avid motorcycle rider, Mike Akatiff. The cycle has been ridden by four riders since its first creation in 2001. The machine is a speed beast that is ready to hit any speed records out of the park, with the right rider in the driver’s seat. Robinson has earned this seat of glory.
Rocky Robinson has the guts, determination and fearless nature that allows him to defy odds and forge his name out in history. He has broken the land speed record in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and he will certainly be on the move to do so again.