This Superbike Aims to Beat the Speed Record, Reclaim Crown of World's Fastest Production Bike - Maxim

This Superbike Aims to Beat the Speed Record, Reclaim Crown of World's Fastest Production Bike

It will have to catch the incredible Kawasaki H2R to do it.
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There is little that is more wanted than to get back something that's been lost, and that's the feeling at Lightning Motorcycles, where their hot-rod electric superbike lost its land speed record crown to the fire-breathing Kawasaki H2R when the green machine went 218.341 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats to snatch Lightning's 215.960 mph production bike crown.

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The tool to recover the record is the Lightning LS-218. See if you can guess what this particular alphanumeric designation might mean.

The LS-218 is rated at 200 horsepower, which you need to go 200 mph whether it is produced by internal combustion or electrons. The bike rolls on top-quality hardware, such as Brembo brakes, RaceTech fork and Ohlins shock absorber.

A higher-density battery pack than the old bike gives the new record contender its added punch, and a shakedown test at El Mirage, California saw Lightning strike at 211.73 mph.

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When the LS-2?? RR racebike sets its new speed record, the number in its name will change, said Richard Hatfield, Lightning CEO. "Bonneville Speed Week in August is lining up to be a special event. We look forward to working with [rider Jim Hoogerhyde] to replace the '??' with an exciting number for our LS-2?? RR”.

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As a production bike, you can actually buy an LS-218, for $38,888.