Sunday, January 11, 2009

Trillium Muir, the fastest woman in the world…


Trillium Muir, the lady who hit 239.36mph (382.98km/h) on her Turbo Hayabusa...

Pics: Trillium Muir

Last year, we spoke to Leslie Porterfield, who hit an impressive top speed of 234.197mph (374.72km/h) on her Hayabusa, at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials in the US. And while that’s a commendable achievement, it isn’t apparently enough for ‘The World’s Fastest Woman on a Motorcycle’ title. That’s because a Canadian rider – Trillium Muir – has gone even faster.

Twenty-eight years old and based in Sudbury, Ontario, Trillium has done an ECTA-certified 239.36mph (382.98km/h) on her Hayabusa, at Maxton, and that makes her the fastest woman in the world on two wheels. We wanted to know more about her, so we sent her a list of questions and here’s what she had to say:

On how she got into motorcycling

I have been riding for only four years. The first bike I rode was a 1977 Honda 500, around the yard. My brother John ran beside me yelling instructions on how to shift and stop…

On how she got into the motorcycle land speed racing scene

In September 2006, I went to watch a land speed event at Maxton NC. And at that meet I went from a being a spectator to becoming the first woman ever to go 200mph at that particular venue. Not bad for a girl, eh?!

On her 239mph Hayabusa

I rode our 2003 Suzuki Hayabusa that has a GT35R turbo from RCC turbos. The bike is also fitted with an Aims data logger, JE Pistons, Crower rods, MTC lock-up clutch, Elka shock, custom-built swingarm, RCC back cut transmission and much more. The motor and the turbocharger were built by RCC. I do most of our clutch work and have the patience for wiring. Anything that needs to be done, I can do it, and have.

On her favourite riders

I follow drag racing and some of my favourite riders are Angelle Sampey and the Gadsons.

On riding on the street

I ride my 2008 Blue/Gold Suzuki Hayabusa on the street. We have some really strict laws in Canada, so I try not to get too carried away. And the potholes are so big, I could get lost in them…

On how she prepares for the race

Everything a person does is 80% mental. I have a 20 hour drive to Maxton from Canada, so by the time I get to the track my mind is made up that I am going fast. There is no time to get scared when riding that fast, just hang on!

On how people react to her being the fastest woman in the world

Most men are really impressed and are very encouraging. I usually get, ‘Wow a little woman like you can handle a bike with that much horsepower!’ Most women are also very supportive and proud. But I do notice the odd bit of jealously from other female riders. My mother had the best reaction ever – ‘You go girl!’

On future plans

I have so many plans for next year – finish building my house, and go 250+mph. And I want to get really good at drag racing.

On some of her all-time favourites

Bike: Suzuki Hayabusa (of course…)
Car: Any older corvette
Book: Long Way Round
Racing heroine/hero: Danica Patrick, Bill Warner
Food: Greek
Drink: Anything fruity
Music: Nickelback, Rob Zombie
Movie: Tombstone
Holiday destination: Cayo Coco, Cuba


We wish Trillium all the very best for the future and hope she just keeps going faster and faster...!
Pic: Cliff

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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

cool article, Canadians rock

GSX-Wiz said...

Hmmm... who doesn't like a fast woman...? :-) But what about the men? You guys never do anything on the MEN who ride their bikes fast!

Hazel Jain said...

383km/h! That's just pure nuts. Muir has more 'balls' than most men I know. And I love the fact that your readers - most of whom would be men I presume - would have a hard time dealing with this. Anything you men can do, we women can do better. Now deal with it! ;-)

Anonymous said...

What's the big deal? I'm sure I cud do 239mph if I had turbo 'Busa. Heck, most people cud. All you need is about 250 horsepower, a road that's long enough and no cops. Boom, you got 239mph.

Jason said...

People can say what they want but a lady who can do 239 MPH on her Hayabusa deserves respect. Way to go Trilly!!!

Mockery said...

GSX-Wiz: "who doesn't like fast women?"
...Indiana Jones, that's who!

Big Dog 1 said...

239mph is big, big speed. Hats off to Ms Muir. You keep riding, and to hell with cynics.

motosiklet said...

Very nice

Pulsurge said...

Well after reading this am still sticking to Leslie's wallpaper on my mobile phone ;)

Anonymous said...

239 is no joke! There are only a small handfull of people that can even say they've gone that fast on a motorcycle. Trill is one of them. Good luck in the coming race season.

cheers
Commuta_Busa

Anonymous said...

actually to run that speed, 250 hp wont do it on bike. most of these bikes in that range are in 400-600, but most can put 600 to ground without spinning. and this is in standing mile..not few mile run. what she does is impressive for sure. and yes alot of it is bike, but gotta give her credit, it didnt get there all by itself.

Anonymous said...

You're gorgeous and I believe you on the star site btw

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you, Trillium! I love how you took your title right back from Leslie Porterfield. I actually live here in North Dallas and I know of Leslie Porterfield. Rumor has it, her head swelled a bit during the very short time that she held the title of Fastest Woman on Two Wheels. I think it's awesome how you took it right back. You Rock, Trillium!

David said...

In early February of 2010, while I was in Sudbury Ontario, I was able to connect with Trillium and Jody... a GREAT couple... and, Greek food was on me at Tony V's place.... we talked land speed racing and how we got involved, a LSR project that I also help out on who may be interested in talking to Trillium and Jody about having their help, what we do for employment, families and such.

I do know that as a person from the west coast, I do have to, at some time, go to an ECTA event.... especially since I started my racing life drag and Bonneville Land Speed racing....

So, yeah, like your mom said, and from a dad who would dearly love to tell his daughters and granddaughter the same thing:
"YOU GO GIRL!"

I hope we can all go for dinner again sometime!

Davd P. Green
Life Member Bonneville 200MPH Club

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any information about a girl called Jo Stevenson in the UK who has just done 243.5mph

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