World’s Fastest BMW Motorcycle Is the S1000RR

A little over a week ago, a new speed record for motorcycles was set in Uyuni, Bolivia, by racing team Hunter Sills Racing.
BMW S1000RR sets new world speed record in its class 1 photo
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Climbing on the back of a BMW S1000RR motorcycle during the Cook Top of the World Shootout, rider Erin Sills managed to reach a speed of 229.266 mph (368.968 kph).

When the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) will ratify the speed, that would in effect make the S1000RR the holder of a new world record for the 1000cc naturally aspirated 4-cylinder partially streamlined class.

Separately, Hunter Sills Racing rider Trev Richter only reached 200 mph (321 kph) on the back of the same type of motorcycle.

The speed reached by Erin Sills is eight miles per hour faster than the speed attained by her late husband Andy Sills’ on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2013. With the world speed record, the S1000RR also became the world’s fastest BMW motorcycle.

“The team overcame multiple challenges along the way,” said the new record holders, detailing the problems they encountered while trying to make their run (more details about how the entire run went can be found in the official statement attached below).

“The first day of testing for HSR was promising, only to be followed by a major electronic failure impacting the nitrous system and a blown motor on day two of the event.“

The record set in Bolivia is the 37th for the Hunter Sills Racing team which was set up in 2005. Their next run will take place at the Bonneville Salt Flats this fall.

The BMW S1000RR is a bike created by the Germans in 2009 to compete in the Superbike World Championship. One year later, the bike entered commercial production. It is powered by a 999 cc (61.0 cubic inch) inline-4 engine and has proven to be a hit among motorcycle enthusiasts all over the world.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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