During the past few weeks, TT legend Guy Martin and the Triumph team have been preparing for the Land Speed Record attempt with the aim of taking the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner up to 400 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
Already the team have established one record – Fastest Triumph Motorcycle – in the course of testing on 9th August, when Guy took the Streamliner up to 274.2 mph.
Weather and course conditions are crucial and despite successful testing, the team felt that the salt surface wasn’t yet capable of supporting the top-speed run. FIM course manager Mike Cook identified the middle of September as being the optimum time for a return to the Flats for the speed record attempt.
Crew Chief and Streamliner designer Matt Markstaller said: “When chasing a record such as this on two wheels the conditions have to be the very best they can be.”
Following on from the testing phase, the team’s first task is to thoroughly clean the Streamliner – a job which takes a full week to complete. Despite only having covered around 20 miles, the salt gets into every component so cleaning is a lengthy process. Next, a full visual and mechanical inspection is carried before oil and filters are changed. Both engines are re-tested on the dyno to ensure they are healthy and delivering enough performance.
While this is being done, a thorough inspection of the monocoque, suspension and drive train is carried out, with each part being checked and lubricated before re-assembly. Next on the list is a tyre change – a process which involves removing 200 screws before the tyre can be changed – and testing and balancing of the wheels (at a special testing facility) before being refitted to the bike.
We’ll keep you updated with more news on the Land Speed Record attempt as soon as it comes in.
The Triumph Infor Rocket features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000 bhp at 9,000 rpm. The motorcycle is 25.5 feet long, 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall. Powered by methanol fuel, the bike is competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.
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