Pull a 209mph wheelie

World record- holder Roth­well is king of one-wheeled speed

Motorcycle News (UK) - - How The Hell -

“Based on an air­field, the course is a mile long, and in the last part of the mile is a mea­sured kilo­me­tre com­plete with tim­ing lights. You need to be pulling a wheelie when you en­ter this kilo­me­tre and hold the front wheel in the air over the whole dis­tance with your speed mea­sured when you break the tim­ing lights.

“My bike is a 540bhp turbo Suzuki Hayabusa with a Dy­mag car­bon front wheel and a small GSX-R1000 top fair­ing. I’ve done pre­vi­ous at­tempts with­out a fair­ing but you get ter­ri­ble dou­ble vi­sion due to the wind­blast.

“The wheelie part is quite easy, I lift the front in sixth gear at about 160mph by just giv­ing it a squirt of throt­tle. You need to get the front just hov­er­ing above the ground as that means you can keep ac­cel­er­at­ing; if it gets too high you need to back off and you can’t build speed. It’s a fine bal­anc­ing act. If there is a bit of side wind you can use your body to coun­ter­act it. The ma­jor worry is when you land it as at 200mph the front wants to go into a mas­sive tank slap­per. My record is 209.82mph, but I reckon 220mph is pos­si­ble.”

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