Triumph riders have always been our best storytellers, and we’ve had the privilege of hearing from many of them. Our motorcycles can take you anywhere, but the experiences that come out of the ride are what make each Triumph special. This is just one of the stories we’ve received.
Tyler Malinky of Lowbrow Customs is very good at the following: building incredibly cool custom motorcycles and going very fast on the Bonneville salt. In 2011, Tyler and his brother Kyle broke multiple land speed records on two custom-built Triumphs. But that was just the beginning. This year, Tyler set his sights on even higher speeds. To get there, he built Double Vision, a Triumph-powered, twin-engine monster with the singular purpose of breaking land speed records. This is his story.
I have raced vintage Triumph motorcycles at Bonneville Speed Week since 2010. Each year I found myself deeper and deeper into thought, planning and action surrounding that one week, focusing on attaining top speed on my home-built machines.
I have admired old drag bikes for a long time and always thought that dual-engine Triumphs of the 1950s through 1970s were some of the coolest things ever built. I started thinking about building a dual-engine Triumph for land speed and jumped into it headfirst, completing most of the bike within only a couple months of the hardest work I had done yet. The bike consists of two 1955 Triumph T110 motors, with plenty of trick speed parts and a stock 4-speed transmission. It features a custom built frame and everything else, from hand-formed aluminum gas and oil tank to the sprockets that link the motors with 530 chain.
I brought the bike out to Speed Week 2012 and rode it for the first time. Prior to the first run, I was anxious to say the least as I had never tested the bike aside from one day at the dyno and had never ridden it, though I was then about to ride it and make it go as fast as possible. The first run was a success in the low 120 mph range, and I completed another 10 or so runs through the week, constantly working out small bugs and adjusting jetting and gearing. After every run, I asked myself the crucial question: “How can I go faster?”
I ended the week with a top speed of 129 mph and set a new record, beating the previous one by a mere ¼ mph, despite some clutch issues. I am currently rebuilding the bike in my garage, tweaking and tuning, with an eye on August 2013 and the pursuit of speed.
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