Motorcyclist sets a speed record for riding on the rear wheel while sitting with his feet forwardAugust 18, 2020
He managed to accelerate to 175.418 kilometers per hour
The British 28-year-old stunt rider and stunt rider Johnny Davis, aka Stunter Jonny, has set a new world record for rear-wheel riding. The peculiarity of the stunt was that the pilot was not in the saddle of the bike, but on the fuel tank, and dangled his legs over the steering wheel.
The record was set as part of the Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship at the former Elvington military airfield in North Yorkshire, England. The technique that Davis used came from the world of stunt riding – stunt riding on modified and specially prepared motorcycles. When doing this, the rider sits on the fuel tank with their legs hanging over the handlebars. This changes the distribution of weight on the wheels, which significantly affects the control process. In the stunt, a similar position is used, among other things, for burnouts and wheelies (setting a motorcycle on the rear wheel) at relatively low speeds, but Davis decided to test how fast you can ride while sitting on a fuel tank.
He showed 175.785 kilometers per hour at a distance of at least 200 meters. Rider performed a dangerous stunt on a modified “liter” sport bike Suzuki GSX-R1000 K3 without fairing.
The last record that Enda Wright set in 2008 (173 kilometers per hour) has fallen, but Davis’s achievement has not yet been recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Ryder believes that he can improve his result – he managed to squeeze 196 kilometers per hour on training races, but strong wind prevented him from repeating this during the test attempt.
In August 2017, Briton Ted Brady set the world record for fastest driving in a wheelie while sitting in a “traditional” seat. He showed 350.6 kilometers per hour, improving the previous record by 7 kilometers per hour. An astounding achievement was the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa hyperbike with a modified supercharged engine producing around 540 horsepower.
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