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New Motorcycle World Speed Record, 367.382 mph 253

An anonymous reader, apparently a member of the BUB racing team, wrote to let us know that on Thursday, their crew set the new ultimate motorcycle world speed record at 367.382 mph with the BUB Seven Streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The Seven is powered by a 3 Liter, turbocharged, 16-valve V4 engine that produces a claimed 500 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque at 8500 rpm. The pilot, Chris Carr, hit 380 mph during the run.
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New Motorcycle World Speed Record, 367.382 mph

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  • by Polarina ( 1389203 ) on Saturday September 26, 2009 @07:50PM (#29551691) Homepage
    367.38200 mph = 591.244017 km/h
  • "Ultimate" (Score:5, Funny)

    by ari_j ( 90255 ) on Saturday September 26, 2009 @08:02PM (#29551775)
    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
    • And I don't think that joke is as funny as you think it is.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

      It refers to a specific SCTA class, and has nothing to do with your grammar pedantry. Good (uninformed) try, though chap!

  • by GameMaster ( 148118 ) on Saturday September 26, 2009 @08:03PM (#29551795)

    What they don't mention in the article is that they strapped the driver dow nto the motorcycle and dropped them both from a really tall building...

    • Funny thing drop it off a building and it wouldn't go this fast. You need downforce and traction. Dude's got balls of Depleted Uranium.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Jawn98685 ( 687784 )
        I doubt that one tenth of one per cent of /. readers would recognize the name, but Chris Carr does indeed have the anatomical qualifications for this gig, having multiple dirt-track motorcycle championships on his resume. And that's "dirt track" as in oval speedway, not that sissy-boy stadium-racing-cum-bump-jumping that has captured the media's attention for the last 25 years. Motorcycle "flat track" racing is the province of what are arguably the bravest racers on two wheels. Pitching the bike sideways an
    • That wouldn't work as well as you think, as the governing body requires you to drive a full mile (really tall building) and you have to return on the same route. Not sure how fast you could get car/bike to go if it had travel straight up for a full mile.

  • by similar_name ( 1164087 ) on Saturday September 26, 2009 @08:10PM (#29551845)
    I need a car analogy before I can understand this.
  • Motorcycle? (Score:5, Informative)

    by siddesu ( 698447 ) on Saturday September 26, 2009 @08:11PM (#29551851)
    As a biker with a long graying beard, lemme point out that whatever that thing on the picture is, it damn sure ain't a motorcycle.
    • I guess they call anything with a motor and two wheels a motorcycle. I'm with you. I was wondering how they strapped the guy on so that he wouldn't fly off. Well, their motorcycle has a fuselage.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      I trim my greying beard from time to time, so it may not be as long as yours. But, I remember all the Harley heads laughing at my bike. "Riceburner" they called it. The only things they had more contempt for were cagers - and it was a close call at that.

      IMHO - this is a bike. A very specialized bike, true, but a bike all the same.

      I never managed to get my KZ900 up to the speed record set by the Z900, but I managed to get to ~180. Not bad, IMO. Maybe there will be a production bike made someday based o

      • by siddesu ( 698447 )

        Well, the KZ900 looks a lot more like a motorcycle than the contraption in TFA. So much so, that only very confused people (such as some Harley heads) will call a KZ900 anything other than a motorcycle, and then for a different reason.

        The TFA vehicle, on the other hand, is as cool as they come, but trying to pass it off as a bike is stretching it a bit, IMHO.

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by jo42 ( 227475 )


        AKA "Paint shaker made from farm machinery".

    • Sadly air-cooled pushrod engines don't do 367 mph. Not even with a chrome sissybar and tassles on the handlebars.
    • Re:Motorcycle? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by dltaylor ( 7510 ) on Saturday September 26, 2009 @10:49PM (#29552849)

      As a motorcyclist with gray in my beard, too, I totally disagree.

      Two wheels, power other than human-generated applied through a wheel to the surface (not jet thrust); that's as much a motorcycle as there is. Sure it's purpose is limited, but that's true for all motorsports-specific bikes.

      No way is a supermoto racer as useful a street bike as any of the ones I have at home. The MotoGP and World Superbikes are too small and cramped for a lot of people, and can't even be left unattended without a stand that isn't part of the bike. Drag race and hill climb bikes have wheelbases that are utterly impractical on the street. There are customs that are beautiful sculpture, but uncomfortable, to sit on, yet they have engines driving wheels and CAN be ridden. All of them are motorcycles. Just because the low-drag fairing is closed and the rider/pilot needs assistance getting seated (road racers have to have assistants steady their bikes while mounting, too), doesn't disqualify that as a motorcycle.

      Got watch "World's Fastest Indian" and stop flaunting your narrow, overrated opinion of what constitutes a "motorcycle".

  • Kudos to the driver and the team, but that thing is a motorcycle in spirit only.
    Can the definition of a motorcycle include an enclosed cockpit?

    • I believe our federal government classifies any three-wheeled motorized vehicle capable of traveling over 25mph or so as a "motorcycle". (Those that are limited to 25 are probably just classed as mopeds.)
  • Splat! (Score:3, Funny)

    by qw0ntum ( 831414 ) on Saturday September 26, 2009 @08:27PM (#29551969) Journal
    If the /record/ speed is 367.382mph, but during the run the driver reached 380mph, I could imagine he must have been very uncomfortable smashed against the windshield of his "motorcycle".
    • by selven ( 1556643 )
      Most speed records are done over a short distance, like a kilometer or a mile.
  • The story reminded me the Jato Rocket Car [] urban legend. The speed reached there is even lower than the one that got that motorcycle.
  • by bcrowell ( 177657 ) on Saturday September 26, 2009 @08:36PM (#29552035) Homepage

    IMO the first linked article was not very interesting. To get to the interesting stuff, you have to go to the second linked article, then click through to the links from there. The pictures of how they fabricated the engine block are really cool. I was surprised there wasn't more info about the tires. My understanding was that tires were the main limiting factor in land speed records -- or maybe that's only for cars. Tires tend to fly apart when rotated that fast. I would assume that at these speeds they get incredible gyroscopic stability, so I guess you don't have to worry about tipping over. They have to run the course in both directions without messing with the engine, which apparently is quite a challenge. I wasn't clear on what's involved in turning around to come back. The bike has both brakes and parachutes. Does the driver actually brake and do a steered u-turn at low speed, or do they use parachutes, then pick the thing back up and turn it around by hand?

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      When doing a LSR run at Bonneville you have something like a half hour between runs. They let you refuel and check the vehicle over between runs for safety reasons. If you have a problem and can't make it back to the starting line on time you're toast. You one-way run doesn't count for anything.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by MachDelta ( 704883 )

      They'll probably turn it by hand, most land speed vehicles have a tiny, tiny amount of steering angle to keep a sudden twitch on the driver's part from turning into a two mile long barrel roll.

  • This isn't exactly geek news, but good luck to them.


    Motor Bike [] Feed @ Feed Distiller []

    • There's a fair bit of engineering and machining involved, stuff that no one has ever done really, no different than building a Mars rover, yet you probably wouldn't complain about the rover being mentioned on the front page.

  • Does it get more MPG than the Aptera? [] Can it run on wind power? Electric? Can it run macos? Can it reduce traffic? Pollution? Well, I guess combustion-engine-generated raw power is waaay obsolete. Perhaps for aircraft or boats. If it were a wige [] small craft it would be nice.
  • by turing_m ( 1030530 ) on Saturday September 26, 2009 @11:57PM (#29553249)

    A drag coefficient of 0.08 is amazingly awesome. For example, it's equal third place in the wikipedia concept car drag coefficient list (first is 0.07). And the frontal area is next to nothing, so the CD*A figure is going to be excellent too. Put a 100cc engine in it with appropriately tall gearing and it would most likely get better than 0.5 litres per 100km. Consider that the PAC-II has a Cd of 0.075 and gets 0.017l/100km equivalent. []

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