Reaching an average two-way speed of 196.117mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats last Saturday, the BMW S1000RR now holds the land speed record for 1,000cc production motorcycles. Amazingly, the record was set not only on a bone stock motorcycle, but it’s actually San Diego BMW’s demonstrator.
Riding the S1000RR, Andy Sills reached a top speed of 196.416mph on his first run and 195.819 on his return, setting the 196.117mph average. The previous Bonneville record stood at 192mph, although it’s unclear which bike that belongs to. Andy’s only modifications were taping over the lights and removing the mirrors and license plate bracket.
England’s Performance Bikes magazine just took a slightly modified S1000RR to 202mph, but that run and others like it at non-sanctioned events are unofficial as they’re unratified by the FIM or AMA. Racing on the salt is an entirely different challenge as the granular surface not only makes finding traction a challenge, but creates drag too.