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One-wheeled motorcycle speeds into record book

14 November 2016

Speed records have been set in aircrafts and cars but a new monowheel motorcycle earns its space in the Guinness World Records 2017 by reaching 61mph.

Image courtesy of Guinness World Records

A monowheel motorcycle is basically a large wheel that revolves around a track, inside which the engine and rider sit. Perfect balance and careful control of the throttle is necessary from the driver.

UK Monowheel Team and Kevin Scott recorded a speed of 61.18mph on their monowheel WarHorse at Elvington Airfield in North Yorkshire. 

To achieve the record, the monowheel had to be driven solely on power produced by its engine and the speed had to be timed from a flying start over a distance of no less than 402m.

One major challenge for monowheel riders is avoiding a "gerbil incident" - that is, accidentally looping around with the outer wheel instead of remaining seated at the base of the vehicle.

Previously the fastest monowheel motorcycle reached a speed of 57mph and was achieved by Kerry McLean (USA) – who is considered a pioneer in this vehicle category – at Irwindale Speedway, California, USA, in 2001.

Video courtesy of Guinness World Records

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