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Busa road bike storms to 219.5mph record

Published: 27 July 2015

Brit Steve Bland has set the UK’s ‘Fastest Nitrous Motorcycle’ record on his 1400cc Suzuki Hayabusa…which he also rides on the road.

Blasting to a top speed of 219.5mph, from a standing start over one-mile, at the Straightliners event at Elvington airfield, near York, Bland’s normally-aspirated stretched Busa, makes a staggering 550bhp and 400ftlb of torque when the nitrous comes in at full throttle. The previous record of 217mph was set in 2000 by Richard Albans.

Bland says: “My goal is to break the 232mph world record, but also to be the first person in the world to hit a terminal speed of 250mph on a nitrous bike. There’s one more practice session before the world record attempt in August where I intent to run the bike to 235mph, but I’m looking for sponsorship to bring the title home to the UK, so any help would be appreciated.”