FIRST SPEED RECORD
The motorcycle, without a doubt, has been one of the favorite speed instruments of humans to satisfy that almost uncontrollable desire to feel the adrenaline rush through the body, pretexts to justify going at extreme speeds there are many, but one of the most honorable is to break a speed record, and that is precisely what we will talk about in this note. We will basically talk about the first speed record recorded in history.
We had already talked in more detail about the history of the first invented motorcycle, there is even some controversy about it, but let’s start by saying that the first motorcycle dates from 1867 when Sylvester howard roper invents a steam cylinder engine whose speed was 18 km / h with just 0.5 horsepower. Of course this speed today is far from being a speed record, at least not high speed.
The first record that was managed to beat came 11 years after the birth of this vehicle, thanks to the Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat. It happened in Paris in the year 1898 thanks to a test organized by the specialized publication La France Automobile which consisted of rolling at the highest possible speed for only one kilometer. Chasseloup-Laubat rolled at a speed of 63.13 km / h. This was the first speed record, but it was not achieved by a motorcycle, but by a battery-powered car.
Now, officially speaking of motorcycle speed records, the first unofficial records were set by Glenn curtiss in the beginning of the 20th century in Yonkers (New York) and in Ormond Beach (Florida). But it was Gene Walker who set the first officially recognized speed record by the International Motorcycle Federation in 1920: Walker reached the impressive speed of 104.12 mph (167.57 km / h) on an Indian in Daytona Beach (Florida).
The record was broken throughout the 1930s. In 1937, Ernst Jakob Henne set a record on the A3 motorway in Germany, which lasted for more than a decade – largely due to the outbreak of World War II: Henne reached the 173.68 mph (279.51 km / h) on the saddle of a BMW.
The speeds recorded after that and to this day are exorbitant.
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