DIY Harley to attempt 250mph speed record
A speed-obsessed Hells Angel has built a DIY 250mph superbike out of his Harley Davidson, which he hopes will take the British land speed record for two wheels.
He's not really a Hells Angel. And we use 'DIY' very loosely, because although Paul Anderson took on the project himself, he also enlisted the help of aeroplane manufacturer Airbus. As you do.
The bike now has as much to do with a Harley Davidson as Lotus does to the hip hop industry, with a 1.6.litre turbo engine and the ability to hit 100mph in three seconds.
The world land speed record for a motorcycle is 375mph, which is Paul's second target – although he'll build another bike to crack that one.
For now, Paul, from Bradley Stoke near Bristol, is concentrating on getting his Harley V-Rod past the 222mph British record set by Jarrod Frost on a Suzuki Hayabusa.
Paul actually works for Airbus, and built the bike using the company's facilities and with a small team made up of Airbus colleagues; he spent £75,000 of his own cash on the project, however.
He and his team, which they've called Byzantine Racing, will take the bike to a military airfield next spring. Two timed runs will be made, each one kilometre, and the average top speed of the two calculated.