Attempting to set a land speed record on a motorcycle is challenging enough on a firm surface, but doing it on sand is an entirely different ballgame. The risks involved are multiplied on an unpredictable surface that presents more resistance than any rider would like.
Land Speed On Sand
Zef Eisenberg recently set a new land speed world record on the sand. His modified, super-charged motorcycle managed to reach speeds of 200 miles per hour. Pendine Sands, South Wales was the location for this momentous occasion. The natural strip along the beach is unpredictable. The action of the water on the sand over any period is such that you never know what’s going to greet you on arrival. Besides the condition of the surfaces, the ocean drags up all kinds of sea life and debris. Hitting any of these items at that speed can be devastating.
A Risky Affair
Reaching such tremendous speeds on sand is not an easy accomplishment and when you do get there, the risks involved are hair-raising to say the least. Regular means of speed boosting used in normal drag racing conditions are ineffective on sand. Slowing down and stopping becomes the next issue. Pulling on the front brake will send the rider reeling through the air. Crash landing on the tarmac results in the rider sliding away from the collision whereas on sand the rider stays put. The rider is at huge risk of having the cycle land on top of him.
Zef started riding at a young age and was drawn to stunt riding. Over the years he has set many world speed records on a number of weird and wonderful pieces of machinery. He is fearless in his attempts and lays it all on the line. Setting this record a mere two years after a 230 mile per hour bone-crushing crash is proof of that.