Triumph had been a big name in AMA Flat Track Racing, winning two Flat Track grand nationals in the sixties and one in the seventies. But by 1974 it was all over, with the last sponsored riders being Mike Kiddand John Hateley. This was partly down to rule changes introduced by the AMA, which in simple terms made production bikes such as the Triumph less competitive against purpose built machines. Regardless the writing was on the wall for Triumph and by the mid seventies the company was in deep financial trouble and out of racing.
In 2005 Bill Gately of Port Orange, Florida based Bonneville Performancereturned Triumph to the sport after a thirty-one year absence, but not in an official capacity until 2012 when the team received official backing from Triumph. In the meantime to help fund the team Bill started building ‘Turn Key’ Street Trackers, a road version of the teams track bike. So far Bonneville Performancehave produced nine of these machines, selling them to customers from Europe, the US and the Pan Pacific. Number nine is currently under construction and will be up for sale in a Manhattan Triumph dealership.
If you want to feel and look like Gene Romero, Gary Nixonor perhaps the 21 year old Mikey Martinthe new guy on the Triumph riders list of fame, you can haveyour very own Flack Track bike. The Bonneville Performance‘Turn Key’ Street Trackers comes in three versions. There is the 995cc Street Tracker (pictured) producing 101 HP (at the wheel) 87 ft. lbs. @ 4700 rpm. The 1100cc version producing 90hp (at the wheel) 76 ft. lbs. @ 4700rpm and finally the 1200cc version producing 104 HP (at the wheel) HP 91 ft. lbs. torque @ 4700 rpm. All of which will set you back a cool $26, 500.00 U.S dollars each!- Each machine can be custom tailored to it’s owner with a variety of build specs.
Bill Gately,the man behind the Street Tracker 995 and the Bonneville Performance Triumph factory sponsored AMA Pro Flat Track racing team
‘I have been around as an aftermarket performance business for the new Triumph twins since November 2001. I started with the Mikuni 42 mm flat slide carburetor kit, then the first 904 cc kits, and a performance head and by late 2004 the first Grand National series Triumph powered flat track race bike since the late 70’s. I have always been a performance oriented business and have based all of my engine kits, suspension changes and my mono-shock chassis on our racing experience since we entered the AMA Pro Racing Grand National Series in 2005. My family goes back to the Triumph brand in the late 60’s and early 70’s when it was our choice for a street bike and the power plant for our Rickman framed flat track bike – that is also still raced today’
The future is to hope for a better economy that allows us to grow with it. Our bikes are unique, hand built – our engine designs are race bred and the very best performance possible from the Triumph platform. We will continue to offer our crate engines, engine kits, carburetor kits, suspension, braking and our chassis to all who want performance on the street and the track. Our street trackers are all built to the customer’s specifications – there are 4 performance engine kits to choose from, the colors, controls and electrics are also choices made by the customer.