PART 3 - GO FAST & TURN LEFT
Bikes (the reason we're here)
#703 Hugh Mackie
#23 Fumihisa Matsueda
#278 Greaser Mike
I compete in the vintage classes but there are many race classes to suit whatever engine size and style you're into.
My first flat tracker was a Yamaha SR 500 with a stock frame and all the non-race items (lights, turn signals etc) stripped off. A race exhaust was fitted as was a fiberglass tail and dunlop flat track tires.
The number plates are from Tuff Plates
The entire bike cost me about $1000 bucks! That's pretty cheap compared to other types of motorcycle racing. Spending as little as possible is ideal when it's a bike you (as an amature) are going to dump quite a few times.
My second race bike was this Yamaha SR 500 wheelie machine. The engine sits in a Starracer (the company started after Trackmaster closed shop) dirt track frame. Other tasty bits are the Bultaco Fork with Excell Quick change Wheels, Jemco Exhaust, racing carburetor, high compression motor with megacycle race cam.
Before even considering what is in the motor, the dramatic weight loss from the stock frame and wheels is enormous. Also, with the quick change wheels I bought a bunch of front and rear sprockets. Every track is different and there is a serious advantage to being able to switch out gears in only a few minutes.
My Champion Framed Triumph 500 flat tracker. This is the bike I currently race. The bike has an ARD puck magneto, Megacycle cams, high compression pistons, black diamond valves, balanced and lightened crank, Marzochi fork with Ron Wood trees, etc etc etc . The Champion frame is so light and the bike handles incredibly in the corners.