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Halifax Woman Breaks World Motorcycle Speed Record

HALIFAX (CBS) -- Jody Perewitz has been around motorcycles her whole life--and now she's the fastest woman in the world on two wheels.

The motorcycles that her father Dave Pereqitz builds are among the most coveted in America. He always dreamed that one of his kids would follow in his footsteps--and Jody has.

Jody Perewitz motorcycle speed record
Jody Perewitz. (WBZ-TV)

"My passion is two wheels," she says. "Anything with two wheels, I'm in love with."

Her passion turned into a quest to become the fastest on two wheels in the country--and at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, she broke the world speed record for a woman in her class, going 207 mph.

Jody Perewitz motorcycle speed record
Jody Perewitz broke the world motorcycle speed record for women in her class at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. (WBZ-TV)

"You almost become in a bubble, and it's you and your machine," Jody said. "I become one with my motorcycle.

At 207 mph, the slightest mistake, a rough shift, or even a change in the wind could be catastrophic.

But Jody doesn't think about it--she's trying to handle the speed, and an 800-pound rocket on two wheels.

Jody Perewitz motorcycle speed record
The custom-built motorcycle Jody used to beat the record. (WBZ-TV)

"It is a beast, it's a big machine," Jody said. "We're getting about 315 horsepower out of it."

Dave says he isn't concerned about his daughter going over 200 mph.

"Jody is so confident, and she's so professional when she's riding her race bike," he said.

At this speed, it takes her about 17 seconds to go one mile. Now, Jody and her father are rebuilding the bike--they want to go even faster next year.

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