British manufacturer of iconic motorbikes, Triumph Motorcycles, is busy these days preparing for a stunt to secure for themselves the motorcycle Land Speed World Record. The venue for this event is, of course, the Bonneville Salt Flats where they have already set a speed of 274.2 mph during a practice session.
The motorcycle Triumph is attempting the record in is actually a rocket, the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner, and the guy running it is no other than Guy Martin. The pair will return to the Salt Flats this September to have a real crack at beating the current speed record at the 11-mile course which stands at 376.8mph. For achieving that goal Martin relies on the Infor’s 1,000bhp output and his own balls of steel. At the kind of speeds the Streamliner basically becomes a piloted Cruise missile.
Guy Martin commented: “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.”