There is a terrible slang term for the sporty motorcycles made by Suzuki and Kawasaki favored in Japan. The term “rice rocket” isn’t perhaps the best slang to throw around, but when it comes the motorcycle ridden by Bill Warner, the only term that comes to mind is rocket — a freaking fast turbocharged rocket.
Somehow, the Florida resident had the courage to mount a custom turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle and ratchet it up to a whopping 311 miles per hour. No, no, that’s correct. He went more than 300 MPH while riding a motorcycle at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine.
That speed set a new world record for fastest motorcycle run. It bested the previous record of 278.6 MPH, which Warner himself set last October.
“We became the first motorcycle to go over 300 miles per hour,” Warner told the Bangor Daily News. “The big part of it, after the speed happens, is trying to stop the bike. Here at Loring Air Force Base, there is a mile shutdown to slow the vehicles down and I used every bit of it. The bike was bouncing, hopping, skipping and sliding. Needless to say, I got it stopped safely. It was a little scary.”
A little scary? How about a lot scary. Here’s video of his record-setting run:
And here’s a look at his previous record-setting run in Texas.
You would think a motorcycle traveling at 300 MPH would be a lot more exciting than this on video. Alas, it seems like this is the kind of visceral thing you have to be there to appreciate.
Warner disappears so quickly, but there is a certain suspense waiting for the guy on the walkie talkie to report back how fast he is going. Hint: It’s pretty damn fast.