Avon Tyres has helped to set the new British Absolute Motorcycle Speed Record.
Mike Grainger and his team from GT Motorcycles in Plymouth are regular record-breakers, having taken the title back in 1996 on a turbo-charged Kawasaki ZZ-R1100. For this latest attempt, a Suzuki GSX1300R, fitted with a turbo and boasting more than 500bhp at the rear wheel, was used.
To harness this awesome power, the bike was fitted with Avon’s Storm 2 Ultra tyres for the record attempt.
The attempt took place at the Elvington Airfield in North Yorkshire and two runs were made within the allotted hour. The highest recorded speed was an incredible 249.1mph, while the average of the two runs was 229mph – a new British record.
Mike said, “Many people say ‘the older I get, the faster I was,’ but I’m trying things the other way around! At 61, I’m showing no signs of slowing down! The bike itself is a 2000 model machine but refined for this sort of work with only minor modifications, apart from the turbo and with virtually stock chassis, brakes and geometry. The Avon Storm 2 Ultras were a good choice for this record attempt, although as you can imagine, no motorcycle tyre is really homologated for this sort of speed, but we put our trust in this UK-designed and manufactured rubber.
“People ask me how it feels to go that fast,” he added. “It’s not the sensation of speed, but the feeling of the acceleration that is awesome – the front wheel is hardly ever on the ground in the first few gears as you accelerate hard. I’m pleased with this new record, but I may come back again with Avon Tyres and go faster, should anyone else beat this record.”
Avon’s record-breaking Storm 2 Ultras are sports-touring tyres, ideally suited to today’s modern hyperbikes, such as the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa and the Kawasaki ZZR1400.
Avon motorcycle tyres are the only road tyres designed and manufactured in the UK and they have a tyre to suit every motorcycle, from Distanzia tyres for the popular Adventure bike class to the latest 3D Ultra family for full-on sportsbikes.