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

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.

SPECIFICATIONS, PARTS AND SUPPLIERS
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.

ENGINE
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
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 CDI
Spark plugs: NGK
ECU: MoTeC
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 Engineering
Fasteners: Heads Up Performance, ARP
Starter pin set: Brock's Performance
Battery: Full Spectrum Power

CHASSIS
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 120/70x17 Race Attack
Rear tire: Continental 240/40x18 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.

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