1956 214mph Triumph Bonneville Streamliner

Normally resident in the National Motorcycle Museum, this pic was taken at Gaydon during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Triumph Bonneville in August 2009. This was the machine that gave the model its name, and it's FF! Driven by Johnny Allen, it broke NSU's world record which had been set in their 500cc head first machine by Wilhelm Herz earlier the same year. Allen set a new record of 214.17 mph (averaged over both directions) in September 1956. Still only 650cc, the pushrod twin ran on methanol and is reputed to have made 80 bhp. More on the NMM's web page about the machine and the record-breaking here:
http://www.nationalmotorcyclemuseum.co.uk/museum/exhibits/Triumph/1956-650cc-Triumph-Streamliner/81/
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Photo: Paul Blezard

1956 214mph Triumph Bonneville Streamliner