For fans of Guy Martin, Triumph motorcycles, and Bonneville Speed Trials, we’re hoping you have the Velocity channel.Tune in or set the DVRs for 10 p.m. ET Thursday, December 8, for the 45-minute special episode “Guy Martin: Fastest Man on Two Wheels.”
The show documents the Isle of Man TT star’s land-speed record attempt at the Bonneville Salt Flats aboard the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner.Triumph’s hopes were to reclaim the record, which stands at 376.363mph (2010, Rock Robinson, Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner), but salt conditions prevented the challenge.Martin did make history after piloting the 1000-horsepower Streamliner to a speed of 274.2 mph in the Division C category (streamlined motorcycle). The Infor Rocket Streamliner became the fastest Triumph ever at Bonneville, breaking Triumph’s 46-year-old record of 245.667 mph posted by Bob Leppan aboard the Gyronaut X-1 (there was also an unofficial record by Leppan of 264 mph).Thursday evening’s “Guy Martin: Fastest Man on Two Wheels” will fully document that pursuit. Expect plenty of excitement conveyed through a thick Lincolnshire accent, and of course tea drinking.[Read our 2010 Interview with Guy Martin while at the Isle of Man TT]
About the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner
Powered by twin turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines that combined produce 1000 horsepower at 9000 rpm, and are contained in a carbon-Kevlar monocoque chassis, the Infor Rocket Streamliner measures 25.5-feet long, 2-feet wide and 3-feet tall.The methanol-fuel guzzling creation was developed by Triumph, Hot Rod Conspiracy and Carpenter Racing, and will be a highlight of “Guy Martin: Fastest Man on Two Wheels.”Triumph looks to reclaim the land-speed record it once held; from 1955 to 1970, Triumph held the title of “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” with the following streamliners: Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek Streamliner and Gyronaut X1, the former achieving a top speed of 245.667 mph.Triumph says the iconic Bonneville name was conceived following Johnny Allen’s land-speed record runs at the Salt Flats in September 1956, when he reached the record-breaking speed of 193.72 mph. The first T120 Bonneville model was unveiled at the Earls Court Bike Show and went on sale in 1959.
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!