When it comes to speed, Triumph has a pretty glorious past as it used to hold the title of “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” from 1955 to 1970.
The company is now determined to reclaim this title. Therefore they’ve developed a totally fresh concept that promises to break the actual 376.156 mph land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The team behind this project is made of three men namely Matt Markstaller, Bob Carpenter, and Jason DiSalvo with the latter being the Rocket’s pilot.
The new Castrol Rocket looks more like a fighter jet than a motorcycle and is propelled by two 2,300cc Rocket III engines which deliver a combined output of 1000 hp at 9000 rpm and 500 ft. lbs of torque. The 2013 edition Castrol Rocket features Carbon Kevlar monocoque construction and it is 25.5’ long, 2’ wide and 3’ tall. This rocket on two wheels is powered by methanol fuel and it engines use Castrol 4T 10W40 full synthetic oil.
Talking about the Castrol Rocket, Triumps declared: “The Castrol Rocket is unique in that it’s a 1,000-horsepower motorcycle built like a fighter jet. The project is undergoing testing this week at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah. The goal is an eventual 400-mph-plus record-breaking run. The current American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) motorcycle land speed record is 376.156 mph, set in 2010, by Rocky Robinson with the Ack Attack streamliner.”
The Rocket’s pilot Jason DiSalvo said: “Land speed racing is the purest form of motorsport. It’s about bringing all of your ingenuity, resources and determination together for a constant battle against the elements. The salt surface has little traction. The wind pushes against you from every side. But what’s really special about Bonneville Land Speed Racing is the people. The conditions are so challenging that for the past 100 years, racers with little else in common, have banded together to support and encourage each other to become the world’s fastest.”
Hit the jump for the video, specifications and more pictures.
Sturgis was a big center of attraction for bikers and motorcycle lovers, as it hosted the 73rd Annual Motorcycle Rally.
As the place was crowded with motorcycles fans, Mustang Motorcycle Products, LLC thought that it is the perfect place to show up their new Signature Series seat.
The Signature Series seat was fitted on a custom motorcycle built by Dave Perewitz.
Talking about their collaboration with Perewitz, Mustang’s Product Manager Matt Kulman said “There is no mistaking a bike built by Perewitz…just as there is no mistaking this seat. Perewitz knows style, Mustang knows comfort and together we make a pretty good team!”
With this occasion, Mustang has also organized a small contest for its fans and the winner will be drawn from the entry box at the end of the Rally. The prize offered by Mustang is either a studded or a standard Journey Bag. The bag was designed with practicality in mind and features three side compartments. It offers a volume of 3,744 cubic inches and measures 18” tall x 14” deep x 20” wide.
It’s Daytona Bike Week in Florida and part of the festivities will be the 2012 Daytona Beach Motorcycle Show where guests will be treated to a plethora of killer bikes, as well as celebrity guests and the presentation of the Ultimate Custom Bike Builder!
One of the more well-known names of the event will be Paul Teutul, Jr., the star of Discovery Channel’s hit series Senior vs Junior American Choppers . He and his cast will be available to sign autographs, and will also be showcasing popular creations such as the “Anti-Venom”, “Jared Allen”, “Black Widow”, “Gears of War”, and “Build-Off Bike”. Their biggest crowd-pleaser, however, will be the unveiling of an all-new custom bike. And if you attend the show on Saturday, March 17, 2012, you will also get the chance to be present during a live filming of an episode of American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior , set to air the following week, on March 26, 2012 at 9 p.m. EST, on the Discovery Channel.
Other well-known builders from across the country will also be present, displaying their custom bikes and hoping to win the top prize and title of Ultimate Custom Bike Builder. Custom bikes will be everywhere and will feature amazing components such as specialty additions of Wii consoles, seats made of alligator skin, custom rims, military bikes made in fallen soldiers’ honors and more, including a builder who created a custom bike dedicated to breast cancer awareness, in cooperation with his local Susan G. Komen foundation.
The Ultimate Custom Bike Builder United States Championship will include an awards ceremony with over $14,000 in available winnings. Both local and contests from across the country will showcase their custom creations, but awards aren’t the only thing keeping the fans there. The Daytona Beach Motorcycle Show will also include gravity-defying performances from the Smage Bros Stunt Show of America’s Got Talent Fame, a vintage motorcycle showcase as part of “A Century of Motorcycling” Presented by Motorcyclist Magazine, and a huge motorcycle marketplace with the latest riding gear, apparel, and accessories.
Fans can begin the tour of custom bikes from the Daytona Beach Motorcycle Show on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 (12 p.m. – 6 p.m.), but can also attend on Thursday, March 15, 2012 (11 am – 7 pm) and Friday, March 16, 2012 (11 am – 7 pm). If you’re only looking to check out some of the amazing bikes in attendance, then these will be the days to avoid the crowds because Saturday, March 17, 2012 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) will more than likely be the busiest day to attend with the live taping of Senior vs Junior American Choppers taking place. The best part about the Daytona Beach Motorcycle Show is that the admission is FREE.
Of course, if you want to show up a little earlier, Daytona Bike week officially began on Friday, March 9, 2012, and ends Sunday, March 18, 2012.
AFT Metric Custom’s newest motorcycle "Kemosabe" built by the AFT Motorsports Models will be premiering at the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show
Sunday July 18th 2010 at the The Queen Mary Park, Long Beach CA.
AFT Custom bikes garnered Best of Show and 1st Place Metric Custom the last 2 years and went on to be featured in the FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars. Official video and press release are well worth checking out after the jump.
A rather quiet and exclusive yacht club in Beirut, Lebanon was recently transformed into a bone breaking area as twenty-five bikers gathered to see who can jump his motorcycle the furthest into the sea and win the $1,000 prize. Not only it is a miracle they all got out of it alive, but the contest even had a winner, Joseph Geaga, who jumped his dirt bike (now a submarine) an impressive 175 feet from the launch ramp. Congrats to him and let’s hope the cash prize is enough for a new bike.
Dave Cook is a custom motorcycle engineer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He runs Cook Custom Choopers and the Rambler is the bike that brought him the highest success in his career. The bike is powered by an air-cooled 550cc four-cylinder engine from International, meaning that V-Twins have gone out of fashion when it comes to high awards.
Kris Krome Customs of Freeland, Michigan won second place with the bike called Re-flex-tion and which was built around a Triumph T120 motor, while third place went to Krugger Speedshop from Belgium. The Overmile bike and its S&S engine made quite an impression as well.
Hit the jump for the press release and picture gallery of the winning bikes.
Former world champion bike builder Stellan Egeland designed and built what he calls The Harrier, an amazing machine that came in second in the European Championship of Custom Bike Building and which will compete at this year’s World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Sturgis.
Being powered by a Boxer twin engine taken straight off a BMW R1200, I guess we can say that this is the best of a Swedish bike (given the builder’s nationality) featuring a German engine so far. We’re expecting this combination to grow into a more and more radical one with each year that passes, although by looking at the bike…
This week, the European capital of fashion, Milan, was the shooting place of the 2009 Harley-Davidson & Playboy pics in the photo gallery. Actually, the two big names have teamed up for a contest addressed to all Italian motorcycle owners being at least 21 years of age. These will have to register at www. anightwith.it and so have the possibility both to win a ride with the Harley-Davidson VRSC and meet Italy’s playmates. June 29 is the big day for the lucky winner, who will also end up in the actual magazine, which isn’t necessarily an advantage.
We know how small the chances are that you actually read this last phrase due to the tempting photo gallery, but we’ll have to say that this is just a preview. Harley and Playboy are capable of much more and we want to see it happen.
Those who have long been planning that one special motorcycle trip might very well start writing a 250 word essay describing their idea of the ultimate on- or off-road riding adventure, route and destination as well as why they’re keen on accomplishing it and on what riding experience they’re relying in order to do so. Yes, you’re supposing well; Buell will select a winner and offer him/her a brand new Ulysses XB12X, parts and accessories and travel money so that the respective essay would become reality. Afterwards, the bike is for the winner to keep.
Conditions required indicate that submitters must be legal U.S. 50-state residents at the time of the entry, at least 18 years of age and poses a valid motorcycle license.
Take your time and plan everything well because submissions are accepted until June 23rd.
Motorcycles will be part of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the first time this year. The event on August 16 will showcase British bikes, including the Legendary Vincent HRD V-Twins nicknamed “Gunga Din” and the John Edgar “Rollie Free” bike.