Tuesday, March 23, 2010

World's Fastest Woman (on a motorcycle)

Her name is Leslie Poterfield, and she is officially the Fastest Woman in the World on a Motorcycle.

Porterfield rode her 2002, 2000cc Turbo-charged Suzuki Hayabusa to a new record speed of 232.522 mph. She set the record at the BUB Speed Trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The folks at the Guinness Book of World Records say that's cool with them.

The previous record was set by motocross rider and stunt woman, Marcia Holley (pictured above). Holley’s record of 229.361 was set with a single engine streamliner Kawasaki motorcycle in 1978.

This is Porterfield without all her riding gear and leathers. Seeing her, immediately evokes images, of the Airbourne song: 'Blonde, Bad & Beautiful'! She's all that!

Here's a quote from Leslie I lifted from a local website.

“I couldn’t believe it when they called,” says Porterfield from her busy Dallas, Texas motorcycle dealership. “It’s takes awhile after filing the paper work with the FIM (International Federation of Motorcycling) to get the record certificate, and then with Guinness – this has been going on for a while and when they called I was just thrilled.”

Here she is working on her bike and getting ready for her next goal. Leslie wants to be the fastest person in the world on a motorcycle.

Porterfield is heading to El Mirage, California in May 2010 and then she's off to the Utah Salt Flats in August in hopes of setting a new world record.

Leslie owns a bike dealership in Texas called High Five Cycles. She sells used bikes and has a full service shop and parts department.

Here's her record setting run (as well as an interview and more background on Leslie).

Ace ♠

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