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Knee-high land-speed record device

Wed, 28 Jul 2010

This mad looking motorcycle is a land speed record device that never turned a wheel in anger.

It was built by the infamous Dave Manning in 1968 using a discarded drop tank from a Korean fighter plane.

Manning built a space-frame chassis inside the tiny teardrop and also managed to find room for a Suzuki T500 twin cylinder two-stroke motor. And a rider. The bike and rider (Don Blessing) never made it to the salt at Bonneville because heavy rains that year made the surface unusable.

A blessing in disguise, indeed.

By mark forsyth

See also: Suzuki GSX-R day at Snetterton, MotoGP racer. 200mph. Sulby Straight, Suzuki GSX-R1000 Assembly [video].