Written by J.C. Current, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com
Apparently, winning the inaugural TTXGP North American Championship – with three victories in four races – was not enough for Lightning Motorcycles. They took their cutting-edge technology with them to the annual Bonneville speed trials outside of Wendover, Utah, and managed to set two world speed records for the electric motorcycle category. The first certification comes from the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM), the worldwide organization responsible for all motorcycle speed records as well as international motorcycle racing. The second was from the US body responsible for the same duties in the United States, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). Both records show that the Lightning electric motorcycle achieved a two way averaged speed of 162 mph (260.71 km/h) on 31 August 2010.
Rider (and noted author of “The Motorcycle Suspension Bible”) Paul Thede was actually riding the same machine that Lightning used to compete in the final round of the TTXGP, held at Virginia International Raceway only two weeks previous. Only gearing changes were made to allow for the higher top speed. The team had made one previous record attempt, but it was only certified by the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA); the speed achieved at that time was 166 mph (267 km/h), so there may be more in store.
Team owner Richard Hatfield stated that the record was set on their very first day on the Salt Flats, so the next few days could bring us another electric motorcycle speed record. Keep your eyes on the All About Bikes website…