Triumph is set to return to the Bonneville salt flats next month as it attempts to set an outright motorcycle land speed world record after a recent successful practice session.
Isle of Man TT star Guy Martin will pilot the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner as he chases the current 376.8 mph (591.91 km/h) record and sets about eclipsing the 274.2 mph (441.28 km/h) top speed he set a couple of weeks ago in the highest speed ever recorded by a Triumph.
While the team behind the ambitious project had the Streamliner ready for a record-breaking run on August 9, it felt after the practice run that the salt conditions weren’t up to the standard needed to set a land speed record. They’ll therefore be heading back in mid-September for the full-blown record attempt.
Commenting about the upcoming attempt, the bike’s designer, Matt Markstaller said “We achieved a great deal during our test week at Bonneville and feel we are in a great position to move ahead with our record attempt. Guy settled into the streamliner very quickly and impressed us with the speed in which he mastered both the motorcycle and riding on the salt.
“While conditions were some of the best I have seen over the last few years, we feel there is still some room for improvement. When chasing a record such as this on two wheels the conditions have to be the very best they can be, to give us the greatest chance of achieving the speeds we require to set a new record. We feel that waiting a few further weeks will provide us with even better conditions and put us in the ideal position to make our record attempt,” said Markstaller.