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Norton breaks Buell record at Bonneville - August 31, 2010, 11:45 AM

Norton breaks record at Bonneville















By James Capell -
Norton’s 961 Commando SE broke a land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Falts, Utah, USA, yesterday (Monday) by recording an average top speed of 129.191mph.



The bike, officially entered by Norton into the annual BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials was ridden by Alan Cathcart and claimed the record for the 1000cc Production Push-rod class. The previous record was set last year on a Buell reaching 126.398mph.

Cathcart said: “It’s nice to put Norton back in the record books for the first time in so many years. The fact we did it on a box stock bike exactly as delivered to any Norton customer makes it all the sweeter”.

The BUB Trials happen each year in the middle of the Utah Salt Flats. You can ‘Run whatcha brung’ and watch contenders attempt to break World Speed Records.



Norton is there for the rest of the week trying to raise the standards in other classes. To see how the team are doing visit Norton Motorcycles (UK) Ltd: News


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Having the fastest air-cooled, pushrod, two valve per cylinder motorcycle is like having the fastest Model T. That aside, my god is that a good looking bike, with some tasty suspension bits too.
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I have been to Bonneville. It's an amazing place.
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I have been to Bonneville. It's an amazing place.
How do they deal with all the salt on the equipment? I think it would be cool to go but I have visions of all that salt getting into every crack and crevice. (shudder)
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