GOING TO AMERICA
WHAT'S NEXT FOR GUY MARTIN
Guy Martin race fans will have missed his presence at the Isle of Man this season as he took time out to ride the world's toughest cycle race, Tour Divide. 2,700 + miles following a route of the great continental divide from Banff in Canada to Antelope Wells in New Mexico, USA, via the Rockies.
Martin said he wanted to compete in this event before he's too old; he's in his thirty-fifth year. But he's a busy bloke anyway, having just made another four episodes of Speed With Guy Martin for Channel Four. The first episode of which was broadcast on Sunday 4th September. It involved him racing a converted Transit van against top US race cars in the Nevada Open Road Challenge, a closed road time trial.
He was also the pilot of the Triumph in the recent record-breaking run on the Bonneville Salt Flats. He reached a top speed of 274.2mph, making it the fastest Triumph ever. Now they have announced an attempt at the outright motorcycle land speed record later this month. This currently stands at 376.8mph and is held by Rocky Robinson, who captured it with his twin Suzuki engined bike Ack Attack in 2010.
Triumph have a long history of holding 'the fastest' records with their bikes that they captured between 1955 and 1970. Now with their streamliner 'Infor Rocket'. Powered by two Rocket Three engines that are turbocharged and producing a combined 1000bhp at 9000 revs. Dimensionally, it is 25.5 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 3 feet high. In the August runs that produced the Triumph record speed, it's said that Martin got to grips with the controls and balance quickly. No surprise there.
Weather and track conditions at Bonneville are crucial to all record attempts. The team are going for some mid-September dates in the hope they can hit optimal track conditions to put another 100+mph on the previous runs.
16/09/16 - Motorcycle? It's about time they gave this contraption a different name, you could hardly ride it around cadwell
16/09/16 - Guy Martin may give it a go
16/09/16 - Yeah actually, he probably would
16/09/16 - thats a missile not a bike...
16/09/16 - Wondered what had happened to the record attempt
16/09/16 - He did it didn't he,read it somewhere
17/09/16 - That was just the fastest Triumph
16/09/16 - That's not officially a motorcycle! It's rider has no contact with the outside environment, this is in no way a definition of true motorcycling! Please rename it exorcet missile on wheels, that's never a motorcycle! You can't see the motorcyclist!
17/09/16 - Maybe should lose the canopy and fit some ape hangers ah
17/09/16 - Hope the conditions improve for you guys.
17/09/16 - Any bike but triumph
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