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Cycle News 2016 Issue 34 August 30

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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FEATURE E xactly 60 years ago on September 6, 1956, American rider Johnny Allen set a new two-wheeled World Land Speed Record at 214.17 mph/345.188 kmh on the Bonneville Salt Flats. He was riding the so-called Texas Ceegar streamliner built in Dallas by Stormy Mangham, out of a discarded F-4 Phantom fighter aircraft fuel tank, and powered by an unsupercharged 650cc Triumph Thunderbird twin- cylinder motor tuned by fellow Texan, Jack Wilson. Two years later, the Triumph Bonneville street bike was launched by the British manufacturer in recognition of that achievement, and this has, of course, since become the most iconic model produced by any European manufacturer, ever since production began back in 1959. Now, six decades later, British P92 TRIUMPH INFOR ROCKET STREAMLINER S H O O T I N G F Guy Martin and Triumph are aiming to next month. Have they got a BY ALAN CATHCART PHOTOGRAPHY BY PHIL HAWKINS

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