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Isle of Man bikers break land-speed record

Article posted: 16/08/2012 16:44:40
Isle of Man bikers break land-speed recordIsle of Man bikers break land-speed record

The biker who smashed the land-speed record for a modified 500cc machine said the experience on the Utah salt flats had been incredible.

Richard Barks of the Lonan Gentlemen's Fellowship exceeded the old record set in 1973 by more than 10mph, recording an average speed of 188.730mph over two runs.

The previous record had stood at 176mph.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Barks said: "To reach 191mph on the second run out here is tremendous.

"It's a bit like racing on a beach with a set of racing slicks on. It has been an incredible experience."

Project manager Suzy Starlite celebrated the success on Facebook, congratulating her team.

The feat was achieved by the team during Bonneville Speed Week on a specially modified 500cc bike, which was built on the Isle of Man.

With one record under their belt, the team are considering attempting another, according to Mr Bark.

Posted by Paul Searle

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