Guinness World Records announced the latest new records to be added to its collection of oddities, including a new record-holder for the world’s largest rideable motorcycle.
Italian product designer Fabio Reggiani led a team of eight people for seven months to build his giant motorcycle. The behemoth stands 16 ft. 8.76 in. tall, 394.88 inches long, 98 inches wide and weighs five and a half tons. Oh, and it runs, drawing power from a 5.7L V8 engine claiming 280 hp. Power is delivered through a three-speed transmission (plus reverse). The giant motorcycle can move on two wheels but Reggiani added a pair of training wheels to improve stability (you’d need stilts to put a foot down when you stop!).
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Reggiani’s motorcycle beats the previous record holder, the Monster Cycle built by Gregory Dunham of California. Dunham’s motorcycle is shorter at 11 ft. 3 in. tall, and a measly 243.6 inches long and weighs 6500 pounds. Dunham’s Monster does have a bigger engine, an 8.2L V8.
Other new records added to the 2014 Guinness World Records book run the gamut from simply amazing to just plain bizarre. They include:
- Farthest Distance Skateboarded by a Goat – Happie (USA) – 36 m (118ft) in 25 seconds
- Fastest Crossing of a tightrope by a dog – Ozzy (UK) – 3.5-metre-long rope in 18.22 seconds
- Lowest Limbo Skater – Rohan Kokane (India) – Skated 10 m at height of 25 cm (9.84 in)
- Largest Collection of Star Wars – Steve Sansweet (USA) – amassed an estimated 300,000 unique items
- World’s Smallest Dog – Female Chihuahua called Milly (Puerto Rico) – 9.65 cm (3.8 in) tall
- Fastest 100m in High Heels – Julia Plecher (Germany) – 14.531 sec
- Smallest Car – Austin Coulson (USA) – 63.5 cm, high, 65.41 cm, wide and 126.47 cm long
- World’s Smallest Donkey – KneeHi – 25.25″ tall
- Fastest Human Backbend Walk – Leilani Franco (UK/Philippines) travelled in a backbend position a distance of 20 m (65 ft 7.2 in) in a time of 10.05 sec
But perhaps the most amazing new record is the world’s largest walking robot, a 51 ft. 6.898 in. long, 40 ft. 5.433 in. wide and 26 ft. 10.835 in. tall fire-breathing dragon built by Zollner Elektronik for a play in Germany.
[Source: Guinness World Records]