Triumph Land Speed Attempt Postponed – Guy Martin Ulster Crash Video
Triumph Motorcycles is postponing its Land Speed Record attempt at Bonneville Speed Trials while its pilot – Isle of Man TT favorite Guy Martin – recovers from injury.The 33-year-old Brit suffered a nasty crash last Thursday during the Dundrod 150 Superbike race at the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix.
Martin wrecked his BMW S1000RR at more than 100mph on the Northern Ireland course – the fastest real road-racing circuit in the world – and sustained a fractured vertebrae, ribs and sternum, and damaged his throttle hand.The Guy Martin Ulster crash occurred at Ireland’s Corner – the same left-hand turn on the 7.4-mile circuit containing 25 corners where Steve Johnson lost his life during the 1992 Ulster Grand Prix. Local reports say that on Tuesday Martin checked himself out of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where he had rods inserted into his back and a pin inserted in his right hand.Due to these injuries, Triumph will postpone its land-speed record attempt with its 1,000-horsepower Rocket Streamliner until 2016. The Bonneville Speed Trials held on Utah’s Salt Flats are scheduled for August 24-27.“We’re obviously concerned with the news that Guy has sustained injuries as a result of his crash in last week’s Dundrod 150 race. While in true form, Guy has signed himself out of hospital this week, we all feel that given his injuries it won’t be possible to complete the required testing prior to attempting to take the record this year.“Guy is a unique talent and having such a pilot for our Rocket motorcycle is absolutely central to our attempt. We wish him a full and speedy recovery and will confirm a new date for our 2016 bid as soon as we can.”Triumph says the 2015 Triumph Rocket Streamliner 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-foot long, 2-foot wide and 3-foot tall. Powered by methanol fuel, the bike is competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!