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Going for an electric speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats

Published September 17, 2012 10:38 am

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Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats is a place where records are made and broken — and the man who calls himself "The Electric Cowboy" just broke one that any enviromentally friendly gearhead will appreciate.

Brandon Nozaki Miller is on the Salt Flats, attempting to set a new speed record for electric motorcycles. As of Sunday, Miller proclaimed on his fund-raising website, he hit the record with a speed of 98.87 mph.

"I wanna break 100 so bad I can taste it! Or maybe that's just the salt on my lips... ;)," the California-based Miller posted after Sunday's run.

Miller is riding a 2012 Zero S ZF6, a production model slightly modified. Miller intends to use the bike's factory settings on the first few runs, then modify the controller software settings "to see how much power and speed I can really get out of the bike."