Undoubtedly though, Curtiss' biggest motorcycle success, and fame, happened on a Florida beach in January 1907. Fitting one of his new V-8 engines into one of his frames, he went down to Ormond Beach—one town north of the not-yet-more-famous Daytona Beach—and proceeded to go 137.3 mph on that same hard-packed sand that would, some decades later, birth a whole new world of motorsports in Daytona. For now, though, think what 137 mph meant in 1907. It was unheard of, unimaginable. The biggest locomotives couldn't even go that fast. Nothing could. Most of the bikes of the era still had single-cylinder engines. Yet Curtiss and his own V-8 went 137.3 mph. His brake? A single wedge of angle iron welded to an extension and bolted to a pivot point under his left foot that he could press against the rear tire. That was it. Seriously. This gutsy feat made him the "Fastest Man on Earth," a title he held for 23 years until 1930. In truth, he set three world records that time in Ormond Beach—for outright speed, plus new records for single-cylinder and twin-cylinder machines, all on Curtiss bikes.