Triumph bikes set land speed records

Bonneville sets two records at namesake course

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Sep. 24, 2009
A Triumph rider set four FIM land speed records at the 2009 BUB Bonneville Speed Trials.

British racing journalist Alan Cathcart set two FIM world records in the 1,000cc normally-aspirated Twin-cylinder unstreamlined class on a street-legal Triumph Thruxton. Prepped by South Bay Triumph owner Matt Capri of Lomita, Calif., the Thruxton set a mark of 152.678 mph on the flying mile and 152.770 mph on the flying kilometer two-way runs. Cathcart also set an unofficial one-way speed record of 153.150 mph on the Thruxton.

Riding a turbocharged Triumph Bonneville, also prepared by Capri, Cathcart set two more FIM world records in the 1,000cc forced induction Twin-cylinder unstreamlined class, averaging 165.405 mph for the flying mile and 165.672 mph for the flying kilometer. On a one-way speed run, the Bonneville recorded a speed of 171.624 mph. The records come on the Triumph Bonneville’s 50th anniversary, on its namesake race course.

Matt Capri (left) behind the turbocharged record-setting Bonneville and Alan Cathcart with the record-setting Thruxton.

“We’ve been coming to Bonneville since 2007 in preparation for this, the Bonneville model’s 50th birthday year,” says Cathcart. “Breaking the 150 mph barrier with the standard bike was always our main objective, and when the FIM established the new Twin-Cylinder category for Speed Records, it was great that we could claim official World Records by doing so. Matt Capri is a genius when it comes to tuning bikes for the Salt, at 4,400 feet in altitude. This street-legal Triumph Thruxton was recorded at 153.150 mph on a single run at the Bonneville Speed Trials.To set two more World marks with the Turbo, which he’s developed almost as an afterthought and has spent very little time on, is just the icing on the cake. For sure this is a 180 mph-plus motorcycle with more development in its present naked guise, and with a fairing it’ll go much faster. Maybe we’ll be back next year to try to join the 200 MPH Club with it!”

The original Triumph Bonneville was released in 1959 to recognize land speed records set at the Bonneville Salt Flats by Johnny Allen.

“Triumph Motorcycles wants to congratulate Alan and Matt for their success in setting five new land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats,” says Jim Callahan, North American marketing manager for Triumph Motorcycles. “Setting the records during the Triumph Bonneville’s 50th Anniversary is amazing, and something that will be remembered for quite some time.”