"Maybe we’ll be back
next year to try to
join the 200mph
Club with it!

— Alan Cathcart


Five speed set at the BUB Speed Trials


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Piloting a (Hinckley) Triumph Bonneville Thruxton, biking journo Alan Cathcart has set four FIM World Land Speed Records at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA riding in the 1000cc Normally-Aspirated Twin-Cylinder Unstreamlined category. The event was held between 30th August and 3rd September 2009. The records are as follows:


       ●  flying mile at 152.678 mph (245.711 kmh)

       ●  flying kilometre at 152.770 mph (245.859 kmh).


Additionally, Cathcart set new records on another, turbo-charged Triumph Bonneville in the Forced Induction Unstreamlined Twin-cylinder class:


       ●  flying mile of 165.405 mph (266.194 kph)

       ●  flying kilometre of 165.672 mph (266.623 kph).


The flying mile speed is also a new AMA record (subject to ratification).



Cathcart, from Claverdon, Warwickshire said, "We’ve been coming to Bonneville since 2007 in preparation for this, the Bonneville model’s (50th) birthday year. 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."

Both bikes were prepared by Matt Capri, president of South Bay Triumph operating out of Lomita, California, USA.

Added Cathcart, "Matt is a genius when it comes to tuning for the Salt, which is at 4,400 feet in altitude. 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. 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!”.


More info at: www.southbaytriumph.com



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