It was in 1969 that Leo Payne's famous 'Turnip Eater' (said
to be a reference to the American-made machine eating up British-made
brands on the drag strip) set several records, including hitting
a top speed of over 201 mph, en route to an average of 196.512.
His trap speed of 201 made Payne the first rider in history
to push a non-streamliner to over 200 mph.
His bike, which started life a s a 1957 Sportster, was towed
up to 70 mph before he fired it up to begin the run. To save
weight he used a single-speed transmission, which meant he had
to slip the clutch up to about 110 mph. That year he broke the
existing class record by a margin of 43 mph.