Bill Warner, the man who went faster on a conventional motorcycle than anyone else ever did, died last Sunday, July 14th, after a crash in Limestone, Maine.
Other men have gone faster on so-called “streamliner” bikes. Streamliners are ground up customs that look like rocket ships. But Warner rode a heavily modified Suzuki crotch rocket. Out of the dealership his Suzuki Hayabusa made about 160 horsepower. Warner modified his bike to run on methanol, pulled out the cooling system and added a turbo charger. After the modifications, the motorcycle made about 1200 horsepower.
Warner was on the runway at the decommissioned Loring Air Force Base at the Loring Land Speed Event when he went down. He broke the speed record for a conventional motorcycle at the annual event in 2011. That year Warner’s motorcycle hit 311.945 miles per hour on a 1.5 mile course. Afterward he told The Associated Press, “The fun of it was trying to stop that thing.”
Sunday he was trying to accelerate to 300 miles per hour in one mile. He was going about 285 when his bike started pulling to the right. In an obituary on Bangshift.com, Brian Lohnes remembers Warner telling him “You really know you are going fast at 270 and up.”
After his motorcycle went down Warner slid for more than 1,000 feet. He was conscious when help reached him. He died 75 minutes later at a hospitable in Caribou, Maine
Bill Warner was born February 11, 1969 in Little Falls, New York. He studied marine biology at the University of Tampa and supported his need for speed by running a tropical fish business in Wimauma, Florida. He is survived by his parents, a brother and a sister.
Bill Warner was 44. He had extra-large huevos.
Requiscant In Pace.