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Ack Attack Streamliner Hits 360.913 mph, Breaks Motorcycle Land Speed Record

By September 29, 2008

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World's fastest motorcycle Denis Manning and Chris Carr's two-wheeled speed record has been broken: on September 26, the Top 1 Ack Attack Streamliner bested the world record by 10 mph with a 360.913 mph run, which took place during the first annual TOP 1 Oil World Land Speed Shootout at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. The event was witnessed by an FIM official, but the record still awaits official FIM ratification.

Just like the World's Fastest Indian, the Ack Attack Streamliner is essentially a motorcycle encased in an aerodynamic shell, with retractable "landing gear" wheels that fold up when it's in motion. The carbon fiber shell and a roll cage hide a chrome-moly frame, within which rests two heavily modified Hayabusa engines, displacing a combined 2.6 liters. Seven inch thick front and nine inch thick rear Mickey Thompson automotive tires lay the power to the ground.

So, if you thought aerial motorcycle acrobatics were scary, consider how good it must have felt for team owner Mike Akatiff, driver Rocky Robinson, and the Ack Attack team when their streamliner rolled to a stop following their record-setting run; it's gotta be an incredible feeling... at least until the next time the record is broken.

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