Homemade electric motorcycle sets record

Kevin Clemens, who wrote yesterday’s story on nickel mining in Minnesota and Michigan, is also a bit of a gearhead.

Clemens, an engineer and writer, has also been building an electric motorcycle in his garage in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, with which he recently set a national land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

A caveat – the bike set a record in its weight class, which is under 150 kg. While some streamliner motorcycles can top 300 mph on the flats, Clemens was able to put his Honda in the books with an average speed of only 61 mph.

Still, that’s pretty fast for what is essentially a giant battery on wheels. But is Clemens satisfied?

“I’m already trying to figure out how to go back next year and go faster. 100 mph has a nice sound to it.”

Helmet-cam footage of the record run below.

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