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Triumph Happy With Practice Run at Bonneville Yielding 274 MPH

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As we discussed in our preview, Triumph is at the Bonneville Salt Flats for Speed Week with Guy Martin at the controls. In a practice run early in the week, Triumph has already eclipsed its personal company record, and appears on track to tackle the outright motorcycle speed record.

With a practice run on Tuesday morning yielding 274 mph, Triumph is approximately 100 mph short of the record, but apparently on target with its early week goals. Rider Guy Martin had the following comment:

“I got the hang of steering the thing pretty quickly, then it was a case of building up speed. Wind is the big thing out here, so it’s not a case of just jumping in and twisting the throttle. We chipped away and early on Tuesday morning we did 274.2 mph, making it the fastest ever Triumph. Everyone was dead happy, but that’s just one step to where we want to be. The current record is 376.36 mph, so a way to go yet.”

MD will report back after the Bonneville event ends. Stay tuned.


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26 Comments

  1. Sam says:

    If ya squint your eyes it does sorta kinda looks like the Spyder or the Slingshot:) Maybe there will be a street legal version:)

  2. skortch says:

    Will there be a street legal version? Slap a plate on it, some LED lights…

  3. Sam says:

    Not impressed. I think my 2012 Triumph Rocket 3 Roadster would easily do that on the Interstate if I ‘ducked’ down behind the little fly screen. Well, it feels like it would anyway ūüôā

  4. Starmag says:

    Guy Martin, maximum guts, maximum accent.

  5. Bob says:

    As debuts go, that one was a lot more impressive than an Indian flatracker being ridden off the stage. Keep up the good work, Triumph, and best of luck!

  6. spokes says:

    first time at the salt and he’s already a member of the 200 MPH club!

  7. mickey says:

    When you think about it, right now they are just going over 50 mph faster than Dovisioso’s GP Ducati and Pedrosa’s GP Honda.

    • redbirds says:

      Yeah, but right now they’re simply testing the waters like kids at a new swimming hole. They are being cautious, studying the performance of the machine at lower speeds. If you wreck this bike you don’t get a scooter ride back to the pits for your backup.

    • Curly says:

      But then Dovi doesn’t have to race his bike at 4,200 ft. on a bed of salt.

      • mickey says:

        He also doesnt have a 5 mile long runway to build up speed and slow down, he has to get it done between corners

        I think it shows how incredibly fast MotoGP machines really are, they are like LSR machines that actually handle

    • Tom R says:

      “Just”?

      • mickey says:

        Tom… comparatively speaking…since MotoGP bikes don’t have twin supercharged motors putting out 1000 hp being faster by only 51 mph qualifies as “just” for me

      • Dirck Edge says:

        Your implication is correct. 51mph added to such speeds requires MASSIVE increases in power and/or aerodynamics. The faster you go, the more effort required for a given speed differential (the term exponential comes to mind).

        • Scotty says:

          I think to double the speed you hit 4 times the wind resistance at any given base speed. So you need a lot more power as you say. After all, its possible to lap the TT course at 100mph with a 32hp bike….but we aint seeing 500mph average laps these days……with 5 times the power.

          This testing is the equivalent of Usain Bolt strolling up and down behind the blocks.

  8. redbirds says:

    With twin Rocket Three turbo motors and around 1000HP the “bike” should have the capability of breaking the record. I hope they do it. Choosing an Isle of Man veteran like Martin is a good start.

  9. mickey says:

    One would think there would be somewhere to pick up a few mph, but 102 mph yet to go? They are limited at this point by aeronautics and wind cutting ability since the design of the shell is set. So it must come from either horsepower or traction. Best of luck to them.

    • Scotty says:

      Just sensibly building up to it Mickey. I’d think the machine can easily take the record, but like Guy says, its not just a case of twisting the throttle. I read the book on the current LSR holder ThrustSSC and they built up slowly to the record runs. In fact IIRC the last 2 runs the car ever did were the record runs – its never run again. And in total I think it had less than 50 runs all up.

  10. SeTh says:

    I bet a naked version would be more fun.

  11. Jdilpkle says:

    I have yet to see that style motorcycle at the cafe. Maybe I missed it. I’d love to hear Guy on the radio talikng to the pits during a run – “What’d he say???”