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27 February 2019

Flying blind at over 300km/h

By Mitchell TulkMitchell Tulk
  • Will the dog be a part of the top speed run? Will the dog be a part of the top speed run?
  • So, that's how Ben knows where he is driving! So, that's how Ben knows where he is driving!

Riding on a crotch rocket can be a terrifying experience, especially on a Kawasaki ZX10R Ninja, which can out-accelerate most sports cars.

Imagine trying to break a land speed record while piloting one and being blind at the same time?

Ben Felten, from Team Blind Speed Kawasaki is the man with balls of steel, who will be defending his title of the 'fastest blind rider on earth' at the Lake Gairdner salt flats in South Australia next week.

Haha, mate I'm just going to send it. Haha, mate I'm just going to send it.

He achieved an average top speed of 272.596km/h (over two runs) at the 2018 World Speed Trails Australia and is looking to go faster this year.

Facing challengers from Europe and America with fully functioning eyes, Ben with the help of his guide, former Grand Prix racer, Kevin Magee aims to push past 325km/h.

That’s enough to frighten anyone in a car, let alone on a glorified pushbike.

Reckon Ben can crack 325km/h? Let us know in the comments.