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News Guy Martin and Triumph to Make World Land Speed Record Attempt

Discussion in 'Motorcycling News' started by NetriderBot, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. Obviously not content with the speeds reached at the Isle of Man TT, beloved racer and motorcycle personality Guy Martin will attempt to break the motorcycle land speed record at the salt flats of Bonneville, USA next month. The current record stands at 605.698 kph which is nearly double the top speed Martin reaches at the Isle of Man TT.

    Guy Martin will be piloting (riding?) the 1,000 bhp Triumph Rocket Streamliner in his attempt to bring the record back to the United Kingdom after a 45 year absence. It is not expected Guy Martin will be able to assist the English cricket team in bringing the Ashes back any time soon, however.

    Triumph has a long legacy of claiming 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 of that period were Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek Streamliner and Gyronaut X1, the former achieving a top speed of 395.28 km/h. Today’s bar, held by Rocky Robinson since 2010 riding the Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner, sits at 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 1,000 bhp at 9,000 rpm. The motorcycle is 25.5′ long, 2′ wide and 3′ 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 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in mid-July, the record attempt will take place 24-27 August, 2015.


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  2. shiny!
    one of these has 4 wheels, one has 2... not too hard to tell which..
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  3. As I noted elsewhere, I wish them luck, Bonneville is notoriously tough on newcomers. This record had been resolutely difficult to budge: since Don Vesco broke the magic 300 miles per hour barrier 40 years ago it had only been raised by 76 miles per hour..
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  4. What a great guy he is, and of course insanely talented and brave!
  5. Speed Week has been cancelled this year due to the salt being too wet :(
  6. Actually this year and last year because the salt is too thin! Could be a while until its thick enough again!

    Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week axed

    Dont we have some salt flats here is Australia? Maybe we should get them run hear in the interim!
  7. Lake Eyre?
  8. That bike looks like a jet fighter without wings!
  9. #10 cjvfr, Aug 14, 2015
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    Might be still a bit soft, it has had floods for a couple of years and according to the Lake Eyre yacht club there is still water in the southern areas.

    It was where Donald Campbell did some of his speed attempts but he also had problems with rain events causing cancellation and lower speeds than he wished on some attempts.
  10. Just read that Triumph has pulled the plug on this year's attempt. It seems that Guy Martin checked himself out of hospital and wanted to go on, despite broken vertebrae and sternum, but Triumph were not prepared to allow him to put himself at risk without adequate preparation and testing. They'll be back next year.
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