"Motorcycles are in my blood." From the time Jody Perewitz could walk she was riding a motorcycle. And at the age of twenty-nine her need for speed took over and she set out to break a record. It was only a few months ago that the land speed record for an American made motorcycle was 179 miles per hour, set by a man. Jody's father is a renowned motorcycle builder. She and her dad built a bike to try to break that record. And at the salt flats in Bonneville, Utah Jody demolished the previous record.
Jody says, "Umm it's definitely and adrenaline rush, it's holding on with everything you've got, it's staying tucked keeping my elbows in, my knees in, and just being able to twist the throttle and hold on."
Here's the exact motorcycle Jody broke the record on and there's not many places to practice going 200 MPH on so how did she do it? The Biker says, "There isn't any training, there isn't any practice because there actually only five places in the country you can land speed race at and out of those places they only have a couple of places a year."
Jody is now the fastest person on an American made motorcycle and she describes what over two hundred miles per hour looks like on a bike. Perewitz added, "It took me 17 seconds to travel a mile. And it's just you almost have tunnel vision and it's you see a little bit in front on you and that's it And you can't look to the side, you can't take your eyes off in front of you. So honestly I don't know what was to the side of me. I was just so focused on what was in front of me."
After setting a world record the only logical thing to do is of course...break that record, which she will try to do in a few months.