Although the speed record at Bonneville for recumbent, fully enclosed streamliner motorcycles is higher, last weekend, at the old Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine, Bill Warner, of Winauma, Florida, aimed his turbo Hayabusa down the 1 1/2 mile runway and ran 311.945 mph, beating his old record of 273.356 mph set last year. He’s done a lot of streamlining on this bike, too, but he’s sitting on it in the conventional racer crouch, not locked inside a tube. The event, now in its 3rd year, was put on by the Loring Timing Association.
A wide, 1 1/2 mile long straight piece of smooth concrete just begs for this sort of “How fast can you go?” meeting and everyone brings their cars, truck, motorcycles and what have you to come up with an answer. Running on concrete has the advantage of traction that Bonneville can’t match which helps a lot when you’re slowing down, too, making high speeds in this relatively short distance possible. This looks like a very popular and growing annual event. Pretty cool.