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 376.363 mph (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 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 1,000 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.