39-year old Stuart Gunn may be paralysed from the waist down and also blind, but that didn’t stop him setting a new world record and beating Billy Baxter’s 2003 record of 263,9 km/h (164,87mph).
Gunn battled crosswinds at the Elvington Airfield in North Yorkshire, UK to become the fastest blind and disabled biker in the world, after hitting 167.1mph (268,9 km/h) with his Suzuki Hayabusa.
“I hope this proves to people that just because you are blind or have a disability, doesn’t mean it should change or limit your life,” said Gunn, who is from Edinburgh, Scotland,
Eleven year’s ago, Gunn broke his back in two places, shattered several ribs and his shoulder and was paralyzed across the right side of his body, after a van that didn’t respect a stop sign, smashed into him, while he was riding his Kawasaki Ninja.
He fought back, despite seizures linked to the crash later left him blind, and was able to regain some feeling in his right arm and he climbed back on his bike.
Gunn’s father, Geoff, rides alongside his son and uses an intercom system to help him navigate. Stuart said, “He tells me when to start braking and whether I need to steer. He keeps me riding straight.”