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Triumph pick right guy for speed record

MotorbikesBy Finn Gillespie
Guy Martin
Guy Martin

Triumph will team up with the maddest man on two wheels for an attempt to regain the motorcycle land speed record at the salt flats of Bonneville, USA.

Piloting the purpose-built 1,000bhp Triumph Rocket Streamliner, will be Isle of Man TT racer, truck mechanic and TV presenter Guy Martin.

Guy is relishing the prospect of bringing the land speed record back to Triumph after an absence of 45 years.

The current record stands at 376.363 mph, but the Triumph team is aiming to surpass that over the measured mile next month.

Triumph has a long legacy of smashing the land speed record and held the title of ‘World’s Fastest Motorcycle’ from 1955 to 1970 with the exception of a brief 33-day period.

The record-breaking Triumph Streamliners which included: Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek Streamliner and Gyronaut X1, the former achieving a top speed of 245.667 mph (395.28 km/h). Today’s bar, held by Rocky Robinson since 2010 riding the Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner, sits at 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h).

The 2015 Triumph Rocket Streamliner features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000bhp at 9,000rpm. The motorcycle is 25.5 feet long, two feet wide and three feet tall. Powered by methanol fuel, the bike is competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.

The iconic Bonneville name was conceived following Johnny Allen’s land-speed record runs at the Salt Flats in September 1955, when he reached the record breaking speed of 193.72 mph. The first T120 Bonneville model was unveiled at the Earls Court Bike Show and went on sale in 1959.

With final testing scheduled in mid-July, the record attempt will take place from August 32 to 27.

*To follow the progress of the world land speed record attempt, visit Triumph.co.uk