California Scooter Company will attempt to set the 150cc land speed record on 21 November under the auspices of the Motor Scooter International Land Speed Federation. Sylvain Binau, 22, will pilot California Scooter’s land speed record bike.
California Scooter Company is building a special motorcycle to set the world’s first 150cc land speed record. The land speed record attempt will take place under the auspices of the Motor Scooter International Land Speed Federation (MILSF), the organizing body for motor-scooter-based competition. Sylvain Binau, 22, will pilot California Scooter’s land speed record bike. California Scooter Company motorcycles take their styling cues from the Mustang motorcycle, which was manufactured in Glendale, California, from 1947 to 1962.
The California Scooter land speed record motorcycle will use a custom frame and a modified version of the company’s standard 150cc single-cylinder 4-stroke engine. Additional custom touches include numerous streamlining features, custom paint, significant weight reduction from the bike’s already low 240-lb weight, and a modified rider position to reduce aerodynamic drag. The record attempt will occur in southern California on 21 November 2010 as part of a series of speed trials organized by MILSF (Motor Scooter International Land Speed Federation.)
“We entered this event to boost the public’s awareness of small displacement motorcycle capabilities,” said Steve Seidner, President and CEO of California Scooter Company. “We think these bikes are the wave of the future, and we like doing things with them that people might think a 150cc bike couldn’t do. ]Our bikes get 98 miles per gallon, and we’d like to see the land speed record bike hit at least 98 miles per hour.”
California Scooter Company, based in La Verne, California, manufactures 150cc, street- legal, 50-state compliant motorcycles. California Scooter Company started delivering production motorcycles on a national basis in February 2010, and is in the process of certifying its bikes in Europe, Canada, and Australia.