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Streamliner becomes Triumph's fastest ever motorcycle on its way to land speed record attempt

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The successful attempt at the Triumph speed record was specifically planned
The successful attempt at the Triumph speed record was specifically planned
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The successful attempt at the Triumph speed record was specifically planned

The Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner has become the fastest ever Triumph motorcycle, reaching a speed 274.2 mph (441.1 km/h) on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, US. Piloted by Guy Martin, the streamliner topped the previous Triumph record of 245.667 mph (395.4 km/h) in preparation for a tilt at the motorcycle land speed record.

The official Triumph record of 245.667 mph was set by Bob Leppan in the Gyronaut X-1 in 1966, but the recent Streamliner run is said to have topped the firm's unofficial record of 264 mph, also set by Leppan in the Gyronaut X-1 in 1970. It was unofficial because only one run was recorded, whereas official records require two runs to be made within 2 hours.

The 274.2 mph (441.1 km/h) speed was achieved on Monday (August 8), the final day of the team's land speed practice week. The run was the first of the day at 8.30 am and conditions are said to have been near perfect.

Triumph says a steady start allowed Martin to push on to the new record speed, before coming to a controlled stop just after the two-mile mark near the team's base.

The 25.5 x 2 x 3-ft (7.8 x 0.6 x 0.8-m) vehicle has two methanol-powered turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines, which produce a combined 1,000 bhp (746 kW) at 9,000 rpm. Martin is now looking to surpass the 376.363-mph (605.698-km/h) record set by Rocky Robinson riding the Top Oil-Ack Attack Streamliner in 2010.

The Triumph team has now packed up for the time being, with the Streamliner returning to its home in Portland, Oregon, where it will stripped down and checked thoroughly. The team will then reconvene in Bonneville on August 22 for a full attempt at the world land speed record, assuming the condition of the salt flats has not deteriorated.

Source: Triumph

4 comments
mhpr262
Who really cares about landspeed records anymore these days, especially when they were achieved by a machine that does not even remotely have anything to do with a street legal bike? Triumph would do better to invest the funds for this folly in the development of a practical electric road bike.
nigeatsolarbusiness
no youtube video? im dying!
Nik
Boys toys?
VincentBrennan
mhpr62 I CARE!!. I always care when the species we happen to be part of goes looking to expand on what we have done.
Indycars have nothing remotely like a street car nor does a NASCAR Cup car for that matter so why is it important here. This is the EDGE. This is where men go when they want to find out what is possible. I road raced for 10 years and NOTHING I did had anything to do with practical or even comfortable.
Some of us are SICK of having electric this and electric that shoved down our throats. It has got to that in this net magazine there can not be a single gas powered article with someone with the bug has to whine about it not being electric. I WANT to hear an ICE scream it's guts out. I WANT to shift. This attempt probably COULD have been done with electric motors but how boring that would be......whoosh.......no thanks.
We are far from a PRACTICAL electric bike or car when distance and freedom of special chargers are not involved. Commuters? Sure. Short haul ? Yup. Drive/ride into the middle of no where and expect to get out. NO WAY!
Triumph is doing very well right now. Electric bikes are doing great for 17 miles up Pikes Peak but they can not do two laps of the Isle of Man where Triumph spends a lot of money every year trying to beat the best of the rest.
Sport bikes might actually become the first half practical place for electric bikes but Bonneville? Please get over your self trying to tell Triumph how to spend their money. Practically EVERY major motorcycle company has chased the Land Speed Record at some time. Do you suppose there is a reason for that?