Guy Martin and Triumph to Make World Land Speed Record Attempt

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.

 

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber On The Cards

Triumph’s updated Bonneville range, expected to be unveiled later this year for a 2016 release is already expanding. Reports from our sources within the company indicate that Triumph will release a number of retro models based on the new Bonneville, including an updated Scrambler, Cafe Racer as well as a Bobber – a type of motorcycle currently not seen from Triumph in many, many years.

EDIT: – MCN has posted a story on the new Bobber as well along with spy photos, one of which is below. Check out the rest here.

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber On The Cards

For those unfamiliar with the style, bobbers are a style of motorcycle that usually has had the front fender removed, the rear fender “bobbed” (made smaller), and all superfluous parts removed to reduce weight. That generally means no pillion seat and it can also mean that the bike goes without a rear shock (i.e. a hard-tail) – though that seems unlikely in the case of Triumph trying to sell a modern motorcycle.

As we’ve previously reported, the updated Bonneville range will feature a brand new 1,100cc parallel twin engine. Further from that though, it looks like water cooling will be a far bigger feature than previously thought. Early indications had been that the new Bonneville would use only partial water cooling as BMW Motorrad has done with its current generation of boxer engines. Sadly for purists, it would seem that while the new Bonneville’s engine will look authentically “old-school”, a big slab of radiator will sit in front of it to keep it cool. It’s an unfortunate consequence of ever stricter emission laws.

Our sources further suggest that horsepower will jump from the current incarnations 67 hp to about 91 hp with a similar percentage increase in torque. The new Bonneville will likely retain the current 5-speed gearbox but with some modifications. The frame, suspension and brakes are also all completely new – in fact there will be nothing carried over from the current model onto the new Bonneville. ABS, though most certainly not traditional will be standard due to European Union regulations.

2016 Triumph Speed Triple R Spotted

After remaining much the same for the fast few years, Triumph’s flagship motorcycle, the Speed Triple is getting an update for 2016. New spy shots reveal both the standard Speed Triple and the higher specification Speed Triple R undergoing further testing before their official unveiling in November this year.

While still a popular choice, the Speed Triple is under increasing competition from other literbike nakeds such as the new Aprilia Tuono and BMW S1000R. While this updated Speed Triple and Speed Triple R won’t be a radical overhaul, it will get some new technology to keep up with rivals, including traction control, multiple engine modes and for the R version the possibility of active suspension and cornering ABS.

Visually again it’s a case of evolution over revolution, with those controversial headlights being reshaped slightly to a more rounded shape. Other minor amendments include redesigned front cowl, indicators and header pipes. The end of the mufflers also have a new shape.

Overall engine power is expected to remain the same, though with the adjustments being incorporated, power may become more broadly available over the engines range.

2016 Triumph Speed Triple R Spotted 2016 Triumph Speed Triple R Spotted

 

BMW Path 22 Concept Points Way to R nineT Based Scrambler

It’s no secret that BMW Motorrad is working on a upscale rival to the Ducati Scrambler. It’s been mentioned now in several interviews that BMW plans on developing a scrambler style motorcycled based on the R nineT (as well as a cafe racer) and at the Wheels & Waves Festival we’ve seen our strongest clue yet as to what the bike will entail.

The name “Path 22” refers to one of the insider secrets among Europe’s surf spots. This particular stretch of beach is inaccessible to cars, located on the Atlantic coast of southern France, half an hour’s walk through one of Europe’s biggest pine forests. The path leading to this spot bears the number 22.

“The Concept Path 22 is based on the BMW R nineT, which we see as the epitome of a custom bike. It is actually designed to be modified – customised according to individual preferences. The idea of a BMW scrambler is not new to us. Now seemed to be the right time to present our interpretation of this legendary vehicle concept,” says Ola Stenegard, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design.

Leading credence to the fact that this machine is the basis of things to come, the press release states that Roland Sands Design was involved in the concept – something mentioned previously by BMW Motorrad CEO Stephan Schaller.

We’re big fans of the R nineT. It’s a beautiful machine and works brilliantly as a package. But there just seems to be something ‘off’ about the look of this concept. While we don’t have any misapprehension that the scramblers that Ducati and Triumph build are meant to be taken seriously off road, this concept looks too massive to be even considered for such ventures. The tank needs to be reduced in volume by at least half to work as a Scrambler, either in name or in practical application.

Let’s hope BMW won’t take the cheap route with their R nineT based Scrambler and just throw some trails tires and a new exhaust along with a Scrambler badge.

 

Triumph Announce The New Tiger 800 XRT And XCA

Triumph has announced the final two models of revamped six model Triumph Tiger range with the addition of the 800 XRT and 800 XCA. Each model is fitted with a host of extra equipment with the XRT based upon the road orientated XRX while the XCA builds upon the more dirt focused XCX. Both still use the same 94 hp 800cc triple engine.

The Tiger 800 XRT comes standard with heated rider and passenger seats and heated grips as well as cruise control, an advanced trip computer, adjustable screen and hand guards. Tiger 800 XRT also comes equipped with a larger 650W alternator, meaning that additional equipment can be powered without having an adverse effect on the bike’s electrical system. To further enhance the Tiger 800 XRT’s touring capability LED fog lights are fitted as standard and the bike comes prepared with the standard fitment of pannier rails ready to accept the optional Expedition luggage set.

Triumph is stating that the new Tiger 800 XCA sits atop the model tree and comes with WP suspension front and rear giving greater front and rear wheel travel to tackle tough terrain. Details such as heated grips, heated rider and passenger seats, CNC machined foot rests, a larger 650W alternator to power accessories and LED fog lights as standard complete the XCA’s premium presentation. Finally the XCA is fitted with aluminium pannier rails (which accept the optional Expedition luggage) and 3 auxiliary sockets to complete the adventure offer.

All Triumph Tiger 800’s come with a suite of rider-focused technologies including ride-by-wire throttle, for improved response and rideability, three switchable riding modes and switchable ABS and traction control as standard.

The new Tiger 800 XRT and Tiger XCA come with an unlimited mileage, two-year factory warranty, as do all new Triumph motorcycles.

At this stage, pricing and availability has only been confirmed for Europe and Australia, but expect an announcement on North American sales within the next few days.

 

Pictures Of The All New 2016 Triumph Bonneville Snapped

We’ve previously brought you news that Triumph was hard at work on an all new Bonneville. Since then, some blurry pictures have surfaced of the bike on the Internet but today the boys at Motorcycle.com have published the clearest look yet at Triumph’s most important new model in recent years.

Not only does this picture give us a nice clear look at the new bike, it confirms a lot of what we’ve previously heard about the new machine. Water cooling is definitely in as can be seen from the massive front radiator unit. Upgraded suspension and a modified frame is also clear for all to see.

Also clearly visible are the two front discs up front which will be accompanied by ABS for the first time due to new mandatory European Union regulations. As reported before, the Bonneville will use a partial water cooling system to meet emission regulations – those cooling fins on the engine remain functional and necessary.

Sources have indicated to us that the capacity boost to 1,100cc sees power increase from the Bonneville’s current 67 hp to about 91 hp with a similar percentage increase in torque. Yet, despite the big increase in engine capacity, weight for the new Bonneville will actually decrease slightly. Though there will also be an entirely new transmission for the updated Bonneville, it will remain a 5-speed gearbox to keep it ‘traditional’ which is a bit of a missed opportunity in our opinion.

Click the image below to go to Motorcycle.com’s gallery. Expect an official announcement from Triumph in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Triumph Speed Triple 94 And 94R Announced

Rumored to be coming for a while now, Triumph Motorcycles has today announced that to mark 21 years of producing the Speed Triple it will be releasing two special editions of the venerable roadster – the Speed Triple 94 and Speed Triple 94R. For lovers of supernaked motorcycles, you pretty much have Triumph to thank for creating the segment.

According to Triumph, the Speed 94 and Speed 94R unite both ends of the Speed Triple story, combining the modern Speed Triple engine and chassis package together with stylistic and visual elements of the very first, original Speed Triple 900 from 1994.

Those hoping for some extra oomph or other mechanical changes for the special edition will be disappointed – this is a cosmetic makeover only. And those controversial headlights still remain – no rounded lights for those reminiscing for yesteryear. The paint scheme directly connects to the first Street Triple machines with the special edition available in racing yellow or jet black along with commemorative decals.

The heart of the Speed 94 and Speed 94R remains the same and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The 1050 cc triple retains output of 133 hp and 111 Nm of torque. The 94 is attached to an aluminium trellis frame, single-sided swingarm, fully adjustable 43mm upside-down Showa forks and monoshock, and Brembo radial calipers equipped with Triumph’s anti-lock brake system. The 94R gets uprated brakes and Ohlins both front and rear.

In the UK, both the 94 and 94R will remain the same price as the ‘normal editions’ and hopefully it will be the same for international markets too. Release for the machine will be within the next couple of weeks.