For the past couple years, Triumph Motorcycles Limited—in conjunction with Hot Rod Conspiracy, Carpenter Racing, and Castrol—has been getting back to their land speed racing heritage by building what essentially is an insanely powerful, modern motorcycle engine powered land speed missile.
Triumph Motorcycles Limited has confirmed this year it will once again seek a run with the Triumph Rocket in the Class-C fuel blown motorcycle category at the world famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in August 2015. Due to inclement weather and persisting environmental conditions in 2014, the team was unable to attempt a land speed run despite being ready and willing.
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Piloting the 1,000 bhp Triumph Rocket streamliner will be Isle of Man TT racer, truck mechanic, and TV presenter Guy Martin. Well known for his love of speed, Guy is relishing the prospect of bringing the land speed record back to Triumph after an absence of 45 years. In previous years, the Triumph Rocket was piloted and tested by AMA Pro Road racer, Jason DiSalvo. Triumph was unavailable for comment as to why Jason has stepped down or why he has been replaced by Guy Martin.
Triumph is no stranger to land speed racing. In fact, the brand owes much of its heritage to this sacred ground in Utah. Triumph has a long legacy of smashing the land speed records 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 new livery and sponsors compared to previous years. The body is a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged methanol fueled Triumph Rocket III engines, which produce a combined 1,000 bhp at 9,000 rpm. The motorcycle is 25.5' long, 2' wide and 3' tall.
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.