Nitrous-injected Buell 1125R motorcycle
reaches 148.7mph on frozen lake
7th May 2009
temperatures, extreme bike, extreme speed –
Buell’s resident stunt rider Craig Jones has
just returned from Sweden where he braved subzero
temperatures to set a world first for the fastest
bike on ice.
After a short test period and several practices,
Craig’s modified Buell® 1125R™ sportbike
reached the phenomenal speed of 238Km/h (148.7mph)
on a frozen Lake Dellen, with only a few centimetres
of ice separating him from 1,226 million metres³
of icy water.
With extreme riding conditions comes the need for
extreme equipment, and the bike used for the attempt
boasted some mammoth modifications. Complete with
nitrous oxide injection providing an estimated extra
50bhp, the white Buell® 1125R™ reached top
speed on a 1.1km run. The tyres were specially adapted
with protruding spikes (20mm on rear and 15mm on front)
designed to increase grip on the perilous surface.
Undeterred by the risks associated with the attempt,
Craig said: “I firmly believe that your head
is the biggest limiting factor in pushing to the edge.
The less you think about the risks, the further you
can push yourself. So I kept it simple. I just put
the bike into gear, tucked down and went as fast as
daredevil attitude mirrors that of Buell founder,
Erik Buell whose dream was to build the ultimate American
sport bike. Buell began his career with Harley-Davidson
in 1979 when he joined the Company as a Junior Test
Engineer immediately following his graduation. Since
then he has become a forerunner in motorcycle innovation,
taking sports bikes to the next level.
Visit www.buell.com/extreme to see Craig’s
antics and discover more about Buell.