Onboard and inside a 311mph Hayabusa

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You’ve likely seen bad pictures and bad video of “the world’s fastest motorcycle.” It’s not and that speed is unofficial anyways, but it’s still fucking fast. Here’s a first look at onboard video from that record run and a close-up, high-res peak under its fairings. This top shot is available at 3425px wide in the gallery. 1000bhp in specs and details below.

Photos: David Whealon

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The man who built and rode the bike is Bill Warner, a fish farmer and marine biologist from Florida. According to Bill, it wasn’t the speed that was scary, but shedding it. “After the speed happens, is trying to stop the bike. At Loring, there is a mile shutdown to slow the vehicles 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.”

Not to diminish Bill’s achievement, but in the pedantic world of land speed record racing, delineations like these are taken very seriously. The actual fastest motorcycle speed is held by Rocky Robinson at 376mph, but that’s on a streamliner. Bill was competing for the sit-on, non-streamlined record, a record he missed because he didn’t complete a return run for a two-way average. It’s our understanding (and these things get frighteningly anal) that the non-streamliner record remains the 278.6mph Bill did at the Texas Mile last year.

The airforce runway at Loring Maine allows room for a 1.5-mile course. It’s absolutely terrifying that Bill was able to reach this speed in such a short distance.

Wild Brothers Racing 1299cc, turbocharged, Generation 1, Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa
Top Speed: 311.945 mph (501Kph)
Estimated Worth: $160,000
Power: Rated for 1000 hp
Torque: About 490 lbs.-ft.

Type: Liquid-cooled inline-4
Bore x Stroke: 81mm x 63mm
Displacement: 1299cc
Compression: 9.0:1
Redline: 13,000 rpm
Cylinder head: stock
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Cylinder head modifications: Ward Performance
Combustion chamber high temp coated: Swain Tech
Cams: Web Cam, with APE roller chain conversion
Valves: APE, high-temp coated by Swain tech
Cam chain tensioner: Brock’s Performance
Cylinder: Billet, Dart machine
Cylinder bore coatings: Millennium
Pistons: MTC
Rings: MTC
Pins: MTC
Circlips: MTC
Piston coatings: Swain Tech
Crankshaft: Billet, Marine Crankshaft
Connecting rods: Crower
Main bearings: Stock
Big end bearings: Stock
Crankcase: Stock
Crankcase modifications: Harry’s Machine
Oil pan baffle: Brock’s Performance
Transmission: 6-speed constant-mesh
Transmission modifications: R&D
Transmission bearings: Worldwide Bearings
Transmission coatings: Power-Coat
Shift shafts: Brock’s Performance
Clutch: MTC
Clutch type: Wet, multi-stage lockup
Induction: Turbocharging
Turbo system: RCC Turbos
Turbocharger: Garrett
Heat exchanger: RCC Turbos
Ignition: M&W CDI
Spark plugs: NGK
Fuel injectors: (8) 2200cc Injector Dynamics
Fuel pump: Weldon
Fuel: VP M1 Methanol
Sensors: EGT, Zip Sensors
Data acquisition: AiM Sports
Boost controller: NLR
Exhaust: RCC Turbos
Plumbing: XRP
Gaskets: Cometic
Seals: Stock
Oil: Alisyn
Oil Filter: K&P Engineering
Fasteners: Heads Up Performance, ARP
Starter pin set: Brock’s Performance
Battery: Full Spectrum Power

Frame modifications: McIntosh, raked +5 degrees
Subframe: Weimer Welding
Swingarm: McIntosh, 2-5 in. over stock
Wheelbase: 65 in.
Drive chain: Brock’s Performance/EK
Chain lubricant: Alisyn
Sprockets: Vortex
Front wheel: BST ILR carbon fiber, 3.5 in. x 17 in.
Rear wheel: BST ILR carbon fiber, 8.5 in. x 18 in.
Wheel bearings: Worldwide Bearings
Front tire: Continental 120/70×17 Race Attack
Rear tire: Continental 240/40×18 Race Attack Custom
Brake master cylinder: R1
Brake calipers: Stock
Brake lines: Spiegler
Brake pads: Spiegler/Carbone Lorraine
Brake rotors: Spiegler/ABM
Brake fluid: Valvoline Dot 4
Front suspension: Stock 2008 Hayabusa, Öhlins springs
Steering damper: Öhlins
Rear suspension links: Brock’s Performance
Rear shock: Öhlins TTX
Bodywork: Custom by Bill Warner
Fuel tank: Custom, Weimer Welding
Fuel capacity: 3 gallons
Paintwork: Bill Warner
Seat height: 25 in.
Weight: 586 lbs.

  • Adam

    You guys got beat by Jalopnik again!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      We don’t publish boring, substance-free “news” with bad photos and video about topics like a guy failing to set a land speed record. What we do publish is exciting, original stories about motorcycles, which is what this is. I believe we’re first with this material.

      • Adam

        True. Much more comprehensive and entertaining.

        Plus, those guys are fat.

      • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

        It is much more entertaining to read a thought out story here over a headline blurb on Autoblog or Jalopnik. I am not here for headline buzz, I am here for quality writing. And I am still waiting for that.

        • nick2ny

          I’m here for the headline buzz!

          • ontheroad

            I, for one, am here for the subtle mullets and slender jeans.

  • Dan

    Am I reading this right that he went 300mph on an ordinary 120/70/17 front tire? And then hauled it down with (more or less) production brakes?

    I would have thought (a) soft race tires (or anything else made out of rubber for that matter) would be toast long before a full mile at 300mph and (b) no shit it takes a long time to slow a 600lb bike from 300mph using street brakes!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Looks like it. Yikes.

    • Aienan

      To be honest, I’m a little surprised he didn’t toast the pads to the point where they did nothing.

      • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D

        Looks like the fairing on the front tire would deflect a lot of the airflow to cool the brakes, too.

        He’s either dumb, or has balls of steel. I guess both.

        • JT Nesbitt

          I would argue that he is certainly not dumb. Motorcycle racing is awesome, and anyone entering into sanctioned competition deserves the respect reserved for heros. Bil Warner is one of mine.– JT

    • Dan

      Rereading the spec list, what stands out is how little attention was paid to anything besides the mill. CF wheels aside, a lot of the other parts would be at home on a casual trackday setup. Even for the strange priorities of hayabusa riders, a $160,000 bike sporting stockish forks and an eBay-special m/c seems extreme. I wonder if that’s related to the “Bouncing, hopping, skipping and sliding” he’s experiencing?

    • KeithTurk

      Since the front isn’t a drive tire the forces imposed on it are relatively easier on it… all it has to do is haul X amount of weight down from speed (think a BUNCH).

      and it’s also helpful to understand a significant amount of the ballast used for traction is located in the rear end so I’d venture a guess that the Rear brake is more then 30% effective ( which is the normal amount of braking the rear supplies )

  • Coreyvwc

    I’d love to see what this guy could do with a gearing change out on the salt flats.

    Note: I still loathe Hayabusa’s and the people who own them, except this guy.

    • KeithTurk

      it wouldn’t be faster at this point…. Traction is a critical skill in Land speed racing…. once you get over 2 bills the air becomes like Molasses and driving hard through it takes the ability to put your HP to the ground… Small contact spots with heavy weight loads are fairly common…. Salt doesn’t always provide the best coeffiecent of fricton like the Asphalt up in Maine…

  • Jens

    500 km/h is a milestone for this kind of bikes. CONGRATULATIONS! Really impressing!

    It´s always a challenge to brake down from this high speeds when the “tension” in the drivetrain got loose when the throttle got shut.

    Don´t know how high altitude the Loring Maine airfield is, if it´s close to sealevel a setup for Bonneville would require a lot more boost. But the salt is different in many ways.

    Very well done Bill Warner and your Tech´s around! I am impressed.

  • Scott-jay

    Thanks. Beautiful motorcycle/machine.

  • KeithTurk

    Okay let me clear this up…..

    Land Speed Racers decide what’s real and what’s not….. Bill’s one way pass was the requirement of the Loring timing assn. that makes it offical. It’s Real…. the rest of this message is Anal drivel… but true if your interested.

    It’s the same single pass requirement as the East Coast Timing assn, and the Southern California Timing assn. The Texas Mile also times on a single pass. ( where he went 278 one way )…

    If you want your record recognized by the FIM. (some asshat in France who runs an organization that has Little or no time for shit heads that run for top speeds….) then you play by their rules…. Honestly Bub and the SCTA as well as USFRA run two way pass’s on the salt to set and establish records in their own books…. ( the Southern California timing assn keeps book for themselfs and the USFRA ) Bub keeps their own book and often invites folks to pay the 6-10k to have the french show up and drink beer… ( actually the French guys name is Charlie and he’s Very cool )….

    So basically it’s all very confusing and totally a worthless exercise…. but nobody in the world can correctly state that they are faster on a sit on motorcycle then Bill Warner….

    Keith Turk
    Race Director/co-owner ECTA
    member of 6 200mph clubs

  • KeithTurk

    By the way… as a side note… Hyabusa’s are just motorcycles… guys like Bill and his engine builder Steve Knecum breath this life into them that is truly incredible… the Movie “Worlds fastest Indian” has brough lots of folks out to try this sport… both on the air strips and the salt… and we’re welcoming the influx… however there are damn few folks that are as dedicated as Bill and Steve… Scott Guthrie and others… when you peel back the layers of this onion… they guys are the hard core center… Simply awesome people….

    I want to include that my real love is for guys that don’t run the huge numbers but toil in the 100mph range with small bore bikes and deep seated passions for incremental gains that wouldn’t impress most but please them to no end….

    • JT Nesbitt

      Just so everybody knows who this guy is- Keith Turk is the fastest man on earth, by that I mean that he holds more records over 200mph, in more landspeed venues, than anyone else. He also happens to be a close friend of mine and one of the most interesting people I have ever met. I went to his Landspeed event at Maxton, hosted by the ECTA last month, and the story is forthcoming. Wes and his broken arm have slowed things down a bit. Sorry Keith. Your story is coming soon. This would be a good time for HFL readers to chat with a bonafide expert. Anyone interested in actually getting off their butts and racing their motorcycles? Well ladies- here he is, MR. Landspeed Racing- Any questions for him? — JT

      • Peter88

        I thought what Roland Sands did with that faired Victory was cool. Is this sort of stuff going on all over the country or in select locations? All I need is a good web site where I can find out what’s going on in my area.

        • KeithTurk

          Roland was a lot of fun…. he came in like most other well balanced racers and expected this stuff to be easy ….obviously it wasn’t quite as easy as he expected…. 180′s on a Vtwin is sporty…. so my hat’s off to him and his Crew…..

          • KeithTurk

            Look into http://www.landracing.com basically there are events on both coasts and in Texas right now and I’m trying to bring an event to Ohio right now…. if you can find a copy of last months Hot Rod Magazine you can see an article I wrote for our top speed challange…. it’s also pretty good at talking about this type event

      • HammSammich

        Thanks to Mr. Turk for your participation in the comments here and to JT for drawing attention to your experience. I really appreciate the comments section where I get to converse with experts in the motorcycle/motorsports world doing things that I would never be willing/able to do. I’m sure I’m not the only one here who would like to hear more about your landspeed racing exploits.


        • KeithTurk

          So YOUR the infamous HammSammich…. I’m always telling folks …..”That’s as fucked up as 14 mo fo’s eating a HammSammich “….. Life is Goooood….

          My exploits are mostly in my Camaro which was on Loan to HotRod Magazine for the last 8 yrs or so…. my racing partner works there and builds our engines…. The Camaro has been 261.602mph with a stock crate motor and a tick of Nitrous…. but honestly that’s another thread….. this one here is to congratulate one of our friends on kicking some Serious ass up in Maine…

  • gofaster

    I was there! Article would have been better written by someone with a little LSR knowledge. It is offical for the Loring Timing Assoc. This bike is in APS BF 1350 class…or special construction (frame) partially streamlined blown fuel with a 1350cc limit. It pulled clean with no stuttering at all and people crewing for him let out some exhilaration went he hit 5th gear with no issues… the rest is history!
    Someone jibberjabbering in staging said he turned down the amount of boost because of the front rising during shifts… judging by that photo at speed the front looks light in anycase something he may want to address if he doesn’t retire from LSR racing. Just saying.. want to see the rubber side stay down!