Challenging the motorcycle land speed record Is dangerous business. Even the specialized, streamlined bikes – which hardly resembled motorcycles at all- are incredibly challenging to pilot in the slippery and changeable conditions of the Salt Flats.
Our hats are off to Rocky Robinson, who set the standing world record in 2010. From the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme report:
After a week of efforts, Rocky Robinson from Grass Valley (California) former dirt track and trial competition rider and the team of Mike Akatiff, designer and builder of the Top Oil/Ack Attack streamliner, regained the title as 'the fastest man on two wheels' by setting a new world record at an average speed of 605.697 km/h (376.363 mph* for the measured kilometre and 605.364 km/h (376.156 mph*) for the measured mile.
But check this out - Francois Gissy set a new land speed record on a hydrogen peroxide-powered rocket bike, hitting 163 mph. Watch his record-setting run, right here: