Students Staff

04 March 2008

215mph on a motorcycle

Colchester Campus


Sports psychiatrist Dr Murray Griffin will be gaining a unique insight into the world of extreme sports when he attempts to break the land speed record on a motorcycle.

Dr Griffin and his support team will be travelling to the Bonneville salt flats in the US to compete in the annual Bonneville Speed Week in August.

In order to beat the current record in his motorcycle class, Dr Griffin will need to reach average speeds of 215mph over two attempts.

Using a Modified 2003 Nitrous injected Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle, Dr Griffin believes he has a good chance: 'Although this is the first time I have competed at Bonneville, our practice times in training have been very encouraging.'

Dr Griffin is no stranger to speed, having competed on motorcycles for over tens years, he has reached 200mph no less than 5 times previously.

There are a number of conditions that the team, and Dr Griffin, will need to overcome in order to be in with a chance of achieving their optimum speed. The salt flats provide a loose surface which the bike has to move smoothly over, and being over 4,000-feet above sea-level high winds, humidity and temperatures of more than 35C have to be overcome.

Dr Griffin and his team are just one of a handful of teams flying out to the US to attempt the record. As well as needing sponsorship to compete, they will also be raising money for the Riding for the Disabled Association.

To sponsor the team or to add to the charity collection, visit:

For further information please contact the University of Essex Communications Office on 01206 874377 or e-mail

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