Two new land speed records for lightweight electric motorcycles has been recorded using the 2012 Zero S ZF6 model motorcycle. Brandon Miller broke previously held land speed records for an electric motorcycle at the 2012 Bonneville Shootout at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Northwestern Utah earlier this month by reaching a speed of 101.652 miles per hour over a one mile distance.
The 2012 Bonneville Shootout is one of the world’s premier land speed racing events where only the most dedicated racers come to pit their skills against the ultimate land speed racing challenge. With the help of Zero Motorcycle’s dealer Hollywood Electric, located in Hollywood, Calif., Brandon Miller slightly modified his 2012 Zero S ZF6 to meet the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) requirements for the race. The modifications included new handlebars, steering dampers, a chain guard and an automatic shutoff lanyard.
Brandon Miller conducted a series of runs throughout the four day event with an average 101.652 mph land speed record, certified by both the AMA and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) for modified production motorcycles weighing less than 150 kilograms, averaged over a one mile distance. The effort also secured Miller the FIM record for the kilometer distance at 102.281 mph. The highest speed shown on the timing slip over the course of the four day event was 103.381 mph.
Scot Harden (Vice President of Global Marketing, Zero Motorcycles) says: “Brandon’s accomplishment is a real example of how passionate and dedicated our customers are to Zero Motorcycles and our new technology. We are very proud of what Brandon Miller has achieved and are thrilled that Zero was an integral part of setting a new land speed record for electric motorcycles.”
Brandon Miller says: “I am really happy to be able to show that Zero’s electric bikes are not only reliable and offer high performance, but are also the fastest production bikes on the planet. We are finally to the point where anyone can go out and buy a Zero and go out to the track to set world records… not just commute!”
While faster records have been set with electric motorcycles that fall into a heavier weight class, Miller was riding to break a record set in August by Kevin Clemens. That record, in the World Unfaired Electric Motorcycle under 150 kilograms class, was set at 78.4 mph during the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials.