DIY Harley to attempt speed record

A Hell's Angel who built a DIY superbike capable of hitting speeds of 250mph from his Harley Davidson is looking to break the British land speed record.

Paul Anderson has installed a 1.6 litre turbo engine to his Harley and, with a little help from aeroplane manufacturer Airbus, has managed to assemble a machine capable of hitting 100mph in only three seconds.

However, to break the world land speed record for a bike, which currently stands at 375mph, he's going to have to build another bike. For now, Paul, from Bradley Stoke near Bristol, is content with setting his sights on the British record of 222mph, set by Jarrod Frost on a Suzuki Hayabusa.

Paul, an Airbus worker, has been able to use the firm's facilities to build his contraptions and even enlisted help from his colleagues. Though it's been a hard slog financially, with him having to put in £75,000 of his own money to get the project finished.

He and his team, called Byzantine Racing, plan to go next spring to a military airfield to do the deed. Like with all record attempts, they will do two runs, and record the average top speed of the two.

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