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Monday, August 1, 2011

The world's longest motorbike

A Lincolnshire plumber has built the world's longest motorbike - which is an incredible 72ft (22m) long.

Colin Furze, 31, spent a month building the 25-seater bike, which is as long as a tennis court, in his mum's back garden.

He used one-and-a-half 125cc mopeds which he extended using an aluminium frame and drove the bike on the runway at Saltby Airfield in Grantham.

He managed to get the bike, which is worth around £3,000, up to 35mph, but found it almost impossible to steer.

"When I first got on it I thought it would never work and at a slow speed it's almost impossible to keep upright," said Mr Furze, from Stamford.

"But once you get going it becomes a bit easier, although it is a real strain on your arms as it has such heavy steering.

"It is very difficult to handle and it would be hard to ride on the roads as you need about six widths of road to turn. I think it is really built for Roman roads."

To make it into the record books, Mr Furze had to drive the bike 100 metres, but amazingly he managed to ride more than a mile.

He will now send the video along with signed witness statements to Guinness World of Records, so they can verify it.

According to Guinness World of Records the previous longest motorbike in the world was 14 metres.

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