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Triumph's Struggles With Land Speed Record On TV Tonight

The efforts by Triumph Motorcycles to reclaim the motorcycle land speed record throughout 2016 is brought together in a forty-five minute television show airing tonight on the Velocity network.

Triumph Motorcycles’ endeavors seemed to ride in and out of biker headlines throughout the year. Little did we know a camera crew came along for the journey with all the footage finding its way into Guy Martin’s hit TV show ‘Guy Martin: Fastest Man On Two Wheels’.

The 45-minute special episode will air on the Velocity network Thursday, December 8 at 10:00pm EST (7:00pm PST), giving viewers a chance to see the inside story behind Guy’s fastest challenge yet.

Readers who may’ve missed these attempted moments of glory, the story began with Guy Martin being chosen to pilot the purpose-built 1,000+ HP Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner. The goal was to exceed the current record that stands at 376.363 mph. While testing continued throughout the year with the hopes of a record attempt, course conditions and Martin falling ill all stood in the way of going for a record run. A speed of 274.2 mph was recorded at the iconic Bonneville Salt Flats though, making the streamliner the world’s fastest ever Triumph.

The Triumph Infor Rocket features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction and two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000 bhp at 9,000 rpm. Developed between Triumph, Hot Rod Conspiracy and Carpenter Racing, 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, the streamlined motorcycle category.

Triumph has a history of breaking the land speed record, holding the title of ‘World's Fastest Motorcycle’ from 1955 to 1970. The record-breaking Triumph Streamliners included: Devil's Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek Streamliner and Gyronaut X1, the former achieving a top speed of 245.667 mph. Today's record, held by Rocky Robinson since 2010 riding the Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner, sits at 376.363 mph.

The motorcycle manufacturer is so strongly tied to the area known for land speed records, 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.

All the setbacks and triumphs can be seen in ‘Guy Martin: Fastest Man On Two Wheels’ on the Velocity network Thursday, December 8 at 10:00pm EST.

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