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Tyler Malinky, founder and CEO of Lowbrow Customs, has successfully reclaimed a land speed record on his 1955 Triumph motorcycle. Starting his land speed racing career in 2010, he has set record speeds in five different classes, including the A-VG 750 record back in 2011. “It feels great to set a goal and then accomplish it, especially when that goal is difficult to achieve, such as a land speed record,” said Malinky.
The new record is 124.593 mph on his 1955 Triumph, which was originally only 33 horsepower at the crankshaft. Malinky’s custom-built race bike ‘Poison Ivy’ touts almost double the power and torque of the original. “Going fast is fun no matter what, but taking something slow and making it go faster than it should is what I enjoy,” said Malinky, “especially when I built it in my home garage out of swap meet junk, tubing and sheet metal.” The prior record, just over 1 mph slower, was set at Bonneville Speed Week in 2016 by the Cheetah race team out of Switzerland on a 1950’s Triumph motorcycle with a speed of 123.534 mph. They had increased the record from the 117.108 mph speed set on Poison Ivy by Malinky back in 2011.
“We’ll be back on the Salt in 2018 with Poison Ivy to bump up the speeds on this new gas record and try and take the fuel record as well” said Malinky, not missing a beat, “The real competition is between myself, my bike and the salt flats. The trouble with speed is that once you get going, you always want more.”
The machines pictured are among many already committed for display, but the Museum is looking for additional LSR bikes, riding gear, film footage, models, photos, fine art, stories from tuners and riders and land speed record parts like engines, wheels, frames and more to help tell this exciting story. These items would be on loan for the exhibit, returned afterward.
Bikes recently confirmed for the show include Salt Ghost from Lowbrow Customs, the Rick Vesco Yamaha twin XS650 powered streamliner, Tina, a Vincent single from the Big Sid and Matthew Biberman collection, the World’s Fastest Bagger from Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, the J&P Cycles Streamliner, the Bakker Motorsports Hyabusa sidecar rig, an un-faired pre-unit supercharged Triumph, plus interesting Howard Allen Knuckle and Panhead Harleys. A machine powered by a pre-War Plymouth flathead six-cylinder engine, Monster, and Tramp III from the S&S Cycle Museum are also expected to be part of the exhibit. And there are more land speed record bikes coming on line.
Published on Nov 7, 2014
Welcome to Bonneville Stories. This site features Motorcycle Land Speed Racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. Each story in the channel tells of the personal quests to be the fastest in the world in their class on a motorcycle. Filmed at an all motorcycle event started by land speed legend Denis Manning.
Gray Ghost 2 Project Update:
Readers of IronWorks may recall our coverage of the grassroots land speed record bike campaigned by Jim Fisher, Warner Riley and Mike Witt. The team has gone to Bonneville Salt Flats the last several years, also testing the bike at ECTA trials at Wilmington, Ohio.
As they wrap up prep for the 2014 season, Jim walks us through the changes made to Gray Ghost 2 over the winter, in particular a complete rebuild of the engine and major overhaul of the chassis. Listen in as he starts up the bike – always a pivotal moment after the completion of major mods.
The team sends out special thanks to George Smith, Jeff Bailey of S&S Cycle. As you read this the bike is heading to Woodstock H-D for final tuning by “Dyno” Mike Witt and in less than two weeks it’s to the Ohio Mile in Wilmington, the first event of 2014.