Triumph Motorcycles has confirmed it will be heading to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah this month to attempt to break the world motorcycle land speed record.
Triumph has a history of breaking the record, and apart from a brief period of 33 days held the title of the “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” between 1955 and 1970.
The current record was set in 2010 and stands at 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h).
The team will use the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner and have confirmed motorcycle racer and television presenter Guy Martin as the rider.
The machine is powered by two de-stroked and turbocharged 1,485 cc engines from the Rocket III running on methanol and together they produce 1000bhp or 750kW.
It has a projected top speed of 640 km/h.
Guy Martin is well known for his love of speed. He has claimed 15 podium finishes in the Isle of Man, featured in the 2010 Isle of Man documentary “Closer to the Edge” and set the world record for the highest speed on a Wall of Death earlier this year.
He has also set a number of other speed records - fastest hovercraft (2014), fastest speed on a gravity powered snow sled (2014) and fastest speed in a soapbox car which is really a high tech billy cart (2014).
Guy commented: “I can’t wait to take the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner onto the salt at Bonneville for the first time this summer.
“The Triumph engineers have built an amazing machine, giving us the very best chance to beat the two-wheeled land speed record.”
Conditions on the Bonnevile Salt Flats haven’t been favourable over the last few years.
The last attempt at the record was in 2013, but the run was abandoned because of poor conditions.
Triumph had planned to return to the salt flats last year, but a combination of poor conditions and Guy’s injuries from a racing crash caused another delay.
A recent update from the Southern California Timing Association that runs the Speed Week event on the salt flats says the surface is good and the organisers have been able to mark out an 8 - 9 mile long course.
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