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posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 10, 2009

Rollie Free

His first attempt shattered the record with a speed of 148.6mph. Rollie wasn’t satisfied. Convinced his safety leathers were creating unnecessary drag, he stripped down to nothing but a pair of swim trunks and goggles.

That’s Rollie Free breaking the world speed record for motorcycles in 1948.