Triumph Looks to Regain Title of World’s Fastest Motorcycle


Published on August 1st, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Triumph Looks to Regain Title of World’s Fastest Motorcycle


As Guy Martin and Triumph Motorcycles continue preparations to reclaim the FIM world land speed record, past achievements are saluted with the Triumph Bonneville T214 Special Edition. This bike commemorates Johnny Allen and his record-breaking run of 214.40 mph piloting the Triumph-powered Texas Ceegar streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1956.

The Texas Ceegar was a Triumph Thunderbird 650cc-powered, methanol-fuelled streamlined motorcycle. It was conceived and built by airline pilot J.H. “Stormy” Mangham and Fort Worth Triumph dealer, tuner and 2001 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Inductee Jack Wilson. Johnny Allen had six world speed records in various classes and distances before capturing the outright motorcycle land speed record.


Paying homage to the Texas Ceegar, the 865cc parallel twin Bonneville T214, is based on a Bonneville T100 and features many unique attributes. A hand painted Caspian Blue and Pure White color scheme is complimented with red and white checker detailing, mimicking that of the Texas Ceegar. Black rims, handlebars and rear suspension springs, paired with red seat stitching add to the authentic appeal. A re-profiled rear mudguard and deep bowl headlight gives this special edition a one-of-a-kind look. The Bonneville T214 has a limited production run of 1,000 units with each bike individually numbered.

While the Bonneville T214 is a salute to the past, Triumph is also looking towards the future. Its modern streamliner, the Triumph Rocket, is built with one goal in mind; to capture the land speed record and reclaim the title of world’s fastest motorcycle. Guy Martin will be piloting the dual Triumph Rocket III engine-powered streamliner, hoping to surpass the current record of 376.363 mph. The record run is scheduled for later this summer at the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah. Follow the progress of the world land speed record attempt at


Triumph Bonneville T214 Special Edition Highlights:

  • Individually numbered 1,000 unit production
  • Special paint scheme using the distinct colors of the Texas Ceegar
  • Tank badge celebrating Johnny Allen’s 1956 land speed record
  • Smaller deep bowl headlight
  • Black rims, handlebars and rear suspension springs
  • Red seat stitching
  • Re-profiled rear mudguard

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