Fastest motorcycle land speed records: How fast do you think the first one ever was?


  • The concept of motorcycles was first thought of in 1894, and we reckon that the one thing which was common between the creators back then and today is the 'need for speed'. Beat this, the first land speed record set by a motorcycle was back in 1903. Guess how fast was that? But we'll get to that after we've been through those records set by the likes of Harley-Davidson and others, which stomped their authority with big speed. (Image: Visordown)

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  • Dave Campos’ 1990 Easyriders Harley-Davidson: Campos registered an official top speed of 515.2 kph in 1990 on his motorcycle that was based on a Harley-Davidson! It had two of 1500cc Shovelhead Harley engines. The record was backed by Easyriders magazine which meant that the attempt gathered a large crowd, who helped with the rebuild of the motorcycle after a crash during a test run. The record was held for many years before Ack Attack beat it 2006. (Image: Visordown)

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  • Glenn Curtiss 1907 V8: What is more fascinating than the fact that back in 1907 someone was riding a motorcycle at 218 kph is that the motorcycle used had a 4000cc V8! Glenn Curtiss is the same man who set the record in 1903 on a 1000cc V-Twin motorcycle. His record of 218 kph was faster than the car speed record set in that era. Not just this, it was faster than what aeroplanes did back then. His record was only broken years later in 1930. (Image: Visordown)

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  • Rocky Robinson’s Ack Attack, 2006, 2008 and 2010: Rocky Robinson held the record for fastest motorcycle in 2006, 2008 and 2010 on his machine called the Ack Attack. Under the streamliner, Robinson used two Suzuki Hayabusa engines with turbos, resulting a colossal 1000 bhp! In 2006, the Ack Attack registered 547.2 kph, two years later it did 576 kph and in 2010 it crossed the 600 kph mark. (Image: Visordown)

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  • Ernst Henne’s 1937 BMW Kompressor: This is what brought in the dawn of the small but powerful engines. Henne's achieved 277.8 kph in 1937 on a sub-500cc motorcycle. Well, of course, it was not the regular sub-500cc motorcycles that we're used to. It was a superchared 495cc four-stroke engine. (Image: Visordown)

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  • Glenn Curtiss' 1903 Curtiss Hercules V-twin: And now for the big one. Glenn Curtiss was aviation pioneer who used his own 1000cc V-twin design, under the ‘Hercules’ name. It has been recognised as the world's first motorcycle land speed record doing an average of 102.4 kph, which was blistering fast for those days. (Image: Visordown)

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