Remember The Monster? No, not that one. The proper Monster that Steve Burns built
The special that was nuts
It’s 1992 and a new type of special is born. This is Steve Burns’ Monster (pictured here with professional Cumbrian Mart Farsouth up top).
This was when specials building changed from being an exercise in cosmetics to an exploration of the farthest reaches of performance. Burns is an engineering natural who, when he turned to maximising motorycle performance, shaped the way we look at specials.
Serious streetfighters were spawned from the Monster, and a certain production Triumph of 1997 owes much of its sales success to its homage to Burns’ original creation.
The Spondon-framed, Gsx-engined Monster ran a 1498cc MTC block and a Rayjay FF40 turbocharger. It produced [email protected] at 13.5psi of boost and [email protected] running the same pressure. It was top speed tested at 183.5mph (the rider couldn’t hold on at any greater speed). It would easily have cracked the double ton with a fairing. But more than that it was the new template for brute performace.