Guy Martin and Triumph are bidding to set a new motorcycle world land speed record with their twin Rocket III-engined streamliner later this week. But what’s the record they have to beat and how did it get that high? Here are the 10 preceding land speed record bikes starting, appropriately enough, with the Triumph Bonneville-inspiring 1956 ‘Texas Cee-gar’
2010 Rocky Robinson/’Ack Attack’ – 376.4mph
The current record was set on September 25 2010 at Bonneville by Rocky Robinson. His machine was a purpose-built 20-foot-long streamliner designed and owned by Mike Akatiff. It has a chrome moly tube chassis and is powered by twin turbocharged 1299cc Suzuki Hayabusa motors, putting out a combined 900bhp. The duo first broke the record in 2006 before being usurped by Chris Carr (above) just two days later. Ack Attack reclaimed the record in 2008 before again being overtaken by the BUB Seven the following year. In 2010, however, the record stuck.
Thanks to: http://triumphlandspeed.com/history/ for some of the background information in this article.