Thursday, August 28, 2014

Today in motorcycle history, August 28, 1978


   On August 28, 1978, Don Vesco averaged an insane 318.598 mph on his streamliner,  Lightning Bolt. The 21-foot streamliner featured dual 1016cc turbocharged Kawasaki KZ1000 engines. After failing for weeks to reach speed in the Lightning Bolt, Vesco salvaged some high speed gears and clutch parts from World War II airplanes at neighboring Wendover Airforce Base, and then pushed the streamliner to two record-breaking runs within four days, first to 315.441 mph and then to the 318.598 mph.

  Today in motorcycle history proudly supports the National Association for Bikers with a Disability (NABD).