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  1. KTM will be putting in a factory effort into flat track. Awesome news, just wish there was better racing coverage. http://www.americanflattrack.com/news/view/red-bull-ktm-goes-racing-american-flat-track
  2. Did motor mounting change when H-D introduced Evolution Sportster in 86?
  3. I ride supermoto for some time and this forum was a big help to set it up right, especially the guy from Zucco suspension in Italy gave me great info. 👍 Now, I would like to convert a CRF 450 for flattracking. I would like to set it up like the bikes used for the "superprestigio". With 17 inch rear and 16,5 front rim. I live in Belgium and here is no flattrack. But I made a oval track near my house where I would like to try it and hopefully get other people crazy enough to try it also. Can somebody point me in the right directions for a good setup? Tyres: I will use the Michelin SM rain with low pressures because everyone else is using them on these bikes, so I think it will be a good tyre. Does anyone know the right pressures for my 70kg ? Suspension: Lower and stiffer but how much and how much peload on the springs? Triple clamps setup : I have the Nuovo Faor clamps with adjustable rake and offset, but what would be the best rake and trail? Valving and damping setup: Stiffer and slower but what would be a good shimstack setup for the CRF 450 2007 Showa's?
  4. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 23, 2017) – American Flat Track continues its southeast swing, heading north for the Atlanta Short Track presented by Indian Motorcycle on Saturday, March 25. The best flat track racers in the world will take to the Georgia clay on the 3/8-mile Dixie Speedway in Woodstock in another all-new event. The battle for the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines title resumes at round two between rivals Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) and Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750). Mees fired the first shot at the historic season opener at the Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT presented by Politis & Matovina and goes into the Atlanta Short Track presented by Indian Motorcycle hopeful to carry his winning momentum. If the three-time Grand National Champion can pull off back-to-back victories, he will not only keep his points advantage rolling, he will score his first Short Track win, the final victory he needs to complete the coveted dirt track Grand Slam. “I’m excited to race at a new venue,” said Mees, who gave Indian Motorcycle its first major victory in nearly six decades at Daytona. “I seem to like the unexpected because the team and I can adapt well. I have some laps on the track from last year testing on the Indian so I can at least start with a base line. Winning that opening round was huge for me because I seem to do well once I build momentum and I have never won a race early in the season, let alone round one. I'm looking forward to Atlanta because it's the only short track on the circuit and now with winning the TT it would be nice to complete the Grand Slam with that Short Track win. If it doesn't happen this weekend, it will have to be next year as there is only one Short Track this season.” Smith is also looking forward to Atlanta and the new era of Twins on a Short Track, as the defending champ struggled to find a comfort zone on the 450cc single-cylinder motorcycles used on Short Tracks and TTs in the past. Having scored a runner-up result at the DAYTONA TT on a twin-cylinder machine, the Michigan native was happy to leave Daytona trailing Mees by just five points and looks to close that gap at Dixie Speedway. “I’m looking forward to getting back to winning,” Smith said. “People have always looked at me and said, ‘that Smith guy struggles on the Short Tracks,’ but actually I’ve won on a Short Track before. I’ve just struggled on the 450 Motocross bikes, never liked the feel of them. Now that we’re racing on Twins, I like my odds.” Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) plans to return to action in Atlanta after being sidelined from a Heat race crash at the season opener. Pending medical clearance to resume racing, the return of the 2013 Grand National Champion will give the Indian “Wrecking Crew” a three-rider threat in Georgia. After a rough start at Daytona, Harley-Davidson’s Factory Team will be looking to rebound. Jake Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) had the squad’s best finish, placing fifth in the opener. Johnson is part of a three-rider Factory effort, competing alongside fellow Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) and up-and-coming star Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R). Sitting third in the standings is TT specialist Henry Wiles (No. 17 DOC Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650). Although Wiles is mostly known for his dominance on the TTs, the Michigan-native is no slouch on the Short Tracks, as evidenced by his Grand National Championship Singles title from 2010. With a new team for 2017, Wiles brings a lot of confidence into the new era of American Flat Track and looks to spoil the factory teams’ party. Completing the top-five in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines class are Johnson and Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Rod Lake Kawasaki Ninja 650). AFT Singles Like Mees, Dalton Gauthier (No. 22 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) got his title run in the AFT Singles class off to a good start in Daytona, winning on a sensational pass in the final turn heading to the checkered flag. As one of the sport’s top up-and-coming riders, Gauthier looks to carry that momentum into Atlanta. Sitting second in the points is Wyatt Anderson (No. 120 Waters Autobody Racing KTM 450 SX-F) followed by Kolby Carlile (No. 36 K.C. Cycle Honda CRF450R). Rounding out the top five in the AFT Singles standings are Jesse Janisch (No. 132 West Bend Harley Honda CRF450R) and Brit Oliver Brindley (No. 124 Kawasaki UK KX450F). Event Entertainment provided by AFT Events In addition to the action on the racetrack, there are a host of off-track festivities during and leading up to Saturday’s event. Bike nights sponsored by Steel Horse Law will feature display bikes and ticket giveaways throughout the region. On race day, starting at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT), fun for all ages will begin at the Strider Adventure Zone, and there will be live bands and an "Old Time Flat Track Racers Reunion" & Vintage Dirt Tracker Race Bike Exhibit in the vendor area. There will also be BMX exhibitions by the Freestyle Connection BMX Stunt Team taking place throughout the day. Headlining the Atlanta Short Track presented by Indian Motorcycle and serving the Grand Marshall will be motorcycle racing legend David Aldana, heralding the sport’s return to the Peach State for the first time since 1974. Saturday’s on-track action begins with the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines and AFT Singles practice at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT). Opening Ceremonies will commence the evening’s racing activities at 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT). Tickets for the Atlanta Short Track presented by Indian Motorcycle are now on sale and start at just $30. Kids 12 and under are free, and a special military discount of 50% off is also available as a thank to you to our American heroes. Don’t miss the chance to catch the next edition of the Great American battle between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle. To purchase tickets, please visit https://www.showclix.com/event/georgia-short-track. High-definition, live streaming coverage of every minute of the action from the Atlanta Short Track presented by Indian Motorcycle can be viewed on FansChoice.tv at http://www.fanschoice.tv/watch-live/american-flat-track. Television broadcast coverage of every American Flat Track round will air in a series of one-hour primetime telecasts on NBCSN beginning in July. The complete NBCSN schedule will be announced in the near future. Fans can also keep up-to-date with race day action by following American Flat Track on Facebook (American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack). Source: American Flat Track
  5. Hello all, I am planning on purchasing one of my grandpas old bikes from my grandma. the bike in question is a 1982 Honda ft500 with 1291 original miles (my grandpa bought it new) it is missing the carb and a few of the side shields and the air filter box cover. It also may be locked up or just in gear as the rear wheel doesn’t turn but I haven’t tried to shift it at all. No one in the family knows the last time it was ridden and the carb has been off the engine for at least 5 years, leaving the cylinder open. But the bike has been in indoor storage For at least the last 10 years and it does look pretty damn clean. I would like to give my grandma a fair price for it I was thinking somewhere in the 300-500 range as it sits as I see good running ones sell for a little more then 1000. Do you guys think that is a fair deal? Also I would like a kick start on the bike as after some research I hear the electric start gives problems and I was wondering can I just swap a 79-81 Honda xr500 motor into the ft500 frame? Or should I just use the right side crankcase cover and the kickstart parts from a 79-81 xr and leave the ft engine in the ft? Also has anyone personally added a kickstart to their ft? Thank you for your help
  6. Former National #1 Brian Smith is "going home". http://www.americanflattrack.com/news/view/howerton-smith-and-crosley-reunite-2019 Howerton, Smith and Crosley Reunite for 2019 October 24, 2018 The worst kept secret in the AFT Paddock during the latter stages of 2018 is now totally out in the open – and 100% true. Once again, just as in 2016 when they teamed up to win the AFT Twins championship, ‘Flyin’ Bryan Smith and Ricky Howerton have joined Bo LeMastus and Team Crosley for another shot at the title, again on Kawasaki-powered machinery. Of course, if you know anything about Howerton or his history, you know this won’t be just any Kaw-powered Twins racer – just as the machine the team ran in 2016 wasn’t like anything else in the paddock. That bike was both small and light (like Smith), with a frame comprised of small-diameter chrome-moly tubes surrounding an 8-valve vertical twin pumping out just the right amount of tractable horsepower. With all of this surrounded by sleek-but-minimalist bodywork, the entire package conveyed a trickness factor that went all the way to eleven. It was by far the most radical motorcycle on the grid that year. Entire Article at link above. Photo Credit: www.AmericanFlatTrack.com
  7. SPRINGFIELD, IL – May 29, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Hayden Gillim registered a virtuoso performance on Saturday night at the Illinois State Fairgrounds as the AFT Singles headlined the opening half of this Memorial Day weekend’s American Flat Track doubleheader with the Springfield TT. The entire day’s activities served as one extended TT masterclass session from national champion road racer Hayden. The Kentucky native clocked the fastest time in qualifying, won his heat, owned his semi, and then continued his domination right to the checkered flag in the Main Event. In the Main, Hayden won the crucial battle for positioning entering the first turn aboard his No. 95 Cycle World Suzuki RM-Z450 and ripped open an advantage of more than a second before the conclusion of the opening lap. He then proceeded to pad that lead to nearly two seconds over the next few circulations and managed the gap from there for the remainder of the 15-lap contest. While there was little outward drama to his victory, Gillim actually controlled the race from the front despite the added difficulty of a loose front brake lever. The win is Gillim’s second AFT Singles triumph, backing up last year’s victory in the Peoria TT. “Tonight’s been an awesome night,” Gillim said. “My Suzuki 450 was working great all night; I don’t think I touched anything since we pulled it out of the van. I probably should have tightened up the front brake lever… As soon as I went out on track (for the Main), my front brake lever went loose, and it just dropped straight down. I was having to hold it up with my thumb all race. Somehow I was able to manage it although there were a couple of close moments. I don’t know how I was able to do it without these guys passing me.” It’s well known to racing fans that Gillim is closely related to racing royalty. It seems only fitting that Gillim stood atop of the podium for the Springfield TT 15 years after his cousins Nicky, Tommy, and Roger Hayden swept the podium in the historic race, particularly in the wake of Nicky’s tragic passing earlier this week. Gillim dedicated his victory to both Nicky and his late brother Ethan, who passed away in a racing incident in 2007: “Seeing Nicky, Tommy, and Roger put it up on the podium, all three in one night, that’s always made me want to get here and get this win. Team 95… this one is for my little brother, and it’s for Nicky too. This is for them.” Fellow TT ace Jesse Janisch kept Gillim honest throughout the contest aboard the No. 132 West Bend Harley-Davidson-backed Yamaha YZ450F. Janisch lost out in the early shuffle, and by the time he fought his way into second Gillim already boasted a commanding lead. The invisible rubber band connecting the two stretched and contracted lap after lap, but there was just no reeling in Gillim on this night. Runner-up Janisch said, “It was a good ride. I actually had the holeshot, but Hayden had the inside. We all went in there pretty deep, and I ended up going all the way to the top of the track. It was a little bit of a struggle (getting back into second). I could catch Hayden a little and then I’d lose it, catch him and then lose it. It was a seesaw battle, but I never got close enough to even show him a wheel or anything like that.” Viewed from a macro perspective, Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda CRF450R) may have been the biggest winner on the evening. The versatile Carlile continued his season-long run of finishes of seventh or better with a second podium finish in 2017. By finishing third, Carlile overtook Shayna Texter (No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R) for the AFT Singles points lead by a single point (88-87). “I’ve never been in the points lead before, so this is pretty cool,” Carlile said. “That race was long. I kept seeing shadows, and I kept pushing. We do a lot of training down in Kentucky with the Team 95 crew, and if it wasn’t for that, there’s no way I would have been able to stick through that Main. Smart, smooth race the entire way – it was great.” Texter knew she was facing an uphill climb in the Springfield TT, and that proved to be the case. She was unable to advance past the LCQ, and the title fight tightened up considerably as a result. Not only did Carlile surpass her, but the four riders ranked immediately behind her in the AFT Singles championship battle also collected top-10 points hauls in Springfield; 3rd-ranked Brandon Price (No. 92 DPC Racing/Don’s Kawasaki KX450F) finished sixth, 4th-ranked Ben Lowe (No. 20 Bruce Lowe Excavating Honda CRF450R) was eighth, 5th-ranked Cameron Smith (No. 44 Carroll Motor Fuels Honda CRF450R) was fourth, and 6th-ranked Wyatt Anderson (No. 120 Waters Autobody Racing KTM 450 SX-F) was tenth. Fortunately for Texter, she’ll have another go Sunday as she’ll take part in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines class for the Springfield Mile I on the big track where her particular skillset is significantly more proven. Next Up: Tomorrow will see the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines complete the Memorial Day weekend doubleheader with the highly anticipated Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I. Live coverage can be viewed on FansChoice.tv beginning on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT). Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at https://www.springfieldmile.org. Fans can also keep up-to-date with race day action by following American Flat Track on Facebook (American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack). Source: American Flat Track
  8. Hi everyone. I was wondering if any of you changed wheels for Flat Track purposes. Front wheel should be no problem, but I don't know if the swingarm would fit a 19" rim and tire. I own a 2010 DRZ 400 SM running 17" supermoto wheels.
  9. American Honda, Richie Morris Racing Partner for American Flat Track February 13, 2019 Posted on behalf of American Honda Motor Co. and Richie Morris Racing DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 13, 2019) – More than 25 years after earning the most recent of its five AMA Grand National Championships, American Honda Motor Co. is returning to flat track racing for the 2019 season, this time through support team Richie Morris Racing and top-level rider Mikey Rush. The team will campaign American Flat Track’s AFT Singles Championship aboard the 2019 CRF450R. The arrangement will have the Torrance, California-based company providing support to the veteran RMR team, which scored 15 podium finishes during the last two seasons in AFT competition as well as earning a second and a third overall in the AFT Singles championship in 2018 and 2017, respectively. Like RMR, 31-year-old Mikey Rush is an accomplished veteran, a two-time Daytona winner with more than a decade of professional experience in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles divisions under his belt. Hailing from San Jose, California, Rush is a top-level competitor who rode a G&G-sponsored twin last year until being called to fill in for a top factory twins effort. “Teaming with Richie Morris Racing and American Honda is an amazing opportunity for me.” said Rush. “I’m very much looking forward to the 2019 season. Given the RMR team’s solid performances over the years, along with the amazing support and expertise Honda offers, we’re looking to be serious contenders for the AFT Singles championship.” Additional RMR Honda riders are expected to be announced prior to the start of the 2019 season. “The most appropriate word we could use from a team perspective is honored,” said Richie Morris, team owner of RMR. “To have one of the world’s leading engineering and racing companies partner with RMR in its return to American Flat Track after 30-some years speaks volumes about our team and the series. With a highly competitive motorcycle, our core team returning in James Hart and Shane Hill, and a proven and winning rider in Mikey Rush, it is no secret our goals are set on wins and championships. It would be an understatement to say the entire RMR team is excited about 2019 and beyond.” “Thanks to the past success of AMA Grand National Champions Bubba Shobert and Ricky Graham, flat track has long held a special place in the hearts of everyone at American Honda, so it's exciting to be involved in the sport once again,” said Brandon Wilson, Manager of Advertising & Motorcycle Sports at American Honda. “American Flat Track has made impressive strides over the past couple of years, and Richie Morris Racing has established itself as a professional operation with which we're proud to be associated. We look forward to a successful season with Mikey Rush aboard the CRF450R.” About RMR: RMR is a professional motorcycle race team. Having competed at the highest level in different genres of motorcycle racing, RMR has won four national championships in AMA Pro Road Racing. The team has scored numerous wins and podium finishes with many different professional riders. We believe in building a solid platform to win races and championships. In doing so, our mission is to deliver value to our riders and partners. About American Honda Motor Co.: American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and Side-by-Sides in the U.S. American Honda’s Motorcycle Division conducts the sales, marketing and operational activities for these products through independent authorized Honda retail dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to powersports.honda.com. http://www.americanflattrack.com/news/view/american-honda-richie-morris-racing-partner-american-flat-track
  10. March 12, 2019 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2019) – The wait is over. American Flat Track is set to kick off the 2019 season under the lights at Daytona International Speedway for the third annual DAYTONA TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys this Thursday, March 14. The Bigger, Better, Faster circuit has been completely redesigned under the expert guidance of some of the sport’s leading legends. The new layout features a higher-speed section utilizing the fabled Speedway’s start-finish straightaway on the banked tri-oval asphalt, along with wide-open corners in the dirt that should maximize passing opportunities along the way. The focus will shift from the track to the racers navigating it come Thursday evening. No rider has shone brighter under the spotlight than two-time defending AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750). Mees has established himself as a dominant force, both in the DAYTONA TT -- where he comes in with two consecutive victories -- and the series at large, where he’s won two straight crowns on the strength of a combined 20 victories. During that two-year span, Mees demonstrated such devastating form that he regularly relegated the rest of the world’s best dirt track racers to a squabble over second. Mees will be backed by a new-look Indian Wrecking Crew as the brothers Bauman, Briar Bauman (No. 14 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750), and Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750), have been signed up to flank him on the second and third works Indians in 2019. Of course, there will once again be a deep pack of privateer Indians coming off a season in which the manufacturer garnered all but one Main Event victory. Headlining that group is 2018 AFT Twins runner-up Henry Wiles (No. 17 Bandit Industries/DPC Racing Racing/Wilco Racing Indian FTR750). Wiles proved to be an all-around title threat last season, but he is still at his most dangerous on the TTs, where he’s logged an astonishing 19 career victories. In last year’s DAYTONA TT, Wiles leveraged that trademark TT genius to round out the podium, and he could be poised to fare even better this time around.... Additional Photo: Image & Article Credit: americanflattrack.com Rest of article available at: http://www.americanflattrack.com/news/view/american-flat-track-gears-hugely-anticipated-daytona-tt-season-opener Dan
  11. Does anyone have the actual mounted and aired up width of a Maxxis DT-1 130-19 flat track tire on a 3.00-19 rim? Or a different flat track tire of the same size would also be helpful. Can't find measurements on this size combo.
  12. 2018 American Flat Track Schedule (from http://www.americanflattrack.com/ ) March 15 Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at DAYTONA Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, FL ------------------------ April 07 Harley-Davidson Atlanta Short Track presented by Hellbender Harley-Davidson Dixie Speedway – Woodstock, GA ------------------------ April 28 Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at Texas HM presented by Al Lamb's Honda Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, TX ------------------------ May 05 Calistoga Half-Mile presented by Cycle Gear Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA ------------------------ May 12 Law Tigers Arizona Mile presented by Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Turf Paradise – Phoenix, AZ ------------------------ May 19 Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile presented by Cycle Gear Cal Expo Fair – Sacramento, CA ------------------------ May 26 Springfield TT Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, IL ------------------------ May 27 Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, IL ------------------------ June 02 Indian Motorcycle Red Mile The Red Mile – Lexington, KY ------------------------ June 16 OKC Mile Remington Park – Oklahoma City, OK ------------------------ June 30 Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile Allen County Fairgrounds – Lima, OH ------------------------ July 07 Harley-Davidson New York Short Track Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY ------------------------ August 05 Buffalo Chip TT Buffalo Chip – Sturgis, SD ------------------------ August 07 Black Hills Half-Mile Black Hills Speedway – Rapid City, SD ------------------------ August 18 Peoria TT Peoria Race Park – Peoria, IL ------------------------ September 01 Springfield ST Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, IL ------------------------ September 02 Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile II Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, IL ------------------------ September 08 Harley-Davidson Williams Grove Half-Mile Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA ------------------------ September 29 Indian Motorcycle Minnesota Mile Canterbury Park – Minneapolis, MN ------------------------ October 06 Meadowlands Mile Meadowlands – East Rutherford, NJ ------------------------
  13. DAYTONA BEACH, FL – March 14, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – After much anticipation, the time has finally arrived for American Flat Track to launch into a new era for Pro Flat Track. On March 16, the 2017 season kicks off with the Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT presented by Politis & Matovina on an all-new purpose built TT track inside the famous tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway. Taking center stage in the season’s debut is the newly reborn rivalry between two American heavyweights – Harley-Davidson vs. Indian Motorcycle. Harley-Davidson’s factory three of Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Jake Johnson and Brandon Robinson will go up against Indian Motorcycle’s three-rider “Wrecking Crew” to launch their campaign amongst the best flat track racers in the world for the Grand National Championship in the newly restructured premier AFT Twins class. The season-opener also marks the first time in 20 years that twins will race a TT (Tourist Trophy) event, which incorpates a jump and right-hand turn on a .6-mile layout. For the first time in four years, defending Grand National Champion Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) and rival Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) will line up on similar machinery. Smith is looking to get his title defense off to a good start and score his first TT win. On the flipside, Mees is looking for some redemption and to take that number one plate back in 2017. Both riders are looking to take home Indian’s first win on the Scout FTR750 as well as Smith’s teammate Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) who makes the move from Harley-Davidson to the Indian factory squad in 2017. Last year’s third-place finisher in the point standings, Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Team XG750R), is looking for his first TT win, which would be the perfect way to start his campaign for his first ever Grand National Championship. While Robinson searches for his first, teammates Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Team XG750R) and Coolbeth (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Team XG750R) are looking to get back to their Grand National Championship form and take home the first win on Harley-Davidson’s new-age flat tracker – the XG750R. There are some fast wildcards in the mix that could steal the factory riders’ thunder – Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07), TT specialist Henry Wiles on the No. 17 Kawasaki Ninja 650 and 2016 GNC2 Champion (now AFT Singles) Ryan Wells on the No. 94 BriggsAuto.com Kawasaki Ninja 650. AFT Singles The 2016 GNC2 runner-up Dalton Gauthier (No. 22 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) looks to take home the crown in the all-new AFT Singles class in 2017. Tristan Avery (No. 16 Ron Ayers Honda CRF450R) and Kolby Carlile (No. 36 K.C. Cycle Honda CRF450R), a couple other riders in the mix in 2016, are also looking for their first professional title. Daytona Beach-based Richie Morris Racing will field the No., 52 Honda for Shayna Texter. Bringing some international flavor to the AFT Singles class is 2016 Spanish Flat Track Champion Ferran Cardus (No. 377 Neumaticos Hermanos Rojas/Moto Grau Honda CRF450R) and runner up Franc Serra (No. 318 Honda Alonso Racing Team/Bell Honda CRF450R). The Spaniards will make their debut in the American Flat Track series under the lights in Daytona as a reward for their results in the inaugural season of the RFME Copa de Flat Track Championship last year. Also making the trek across the pond is British Flat Track racer Oliver Brindley on the No. 124 Kawasaki UK KX450F. The season opener will host a variety of entertainment spectacles, including the luxurious Ace Cafe Fan Zone with vintage and modern motorcycle displays, and live music from the new-age honky-tonk band Giddy Up Go. Also, motorcycle racing legend Jay Springsteen will headline American Flat Track’s inaugural Daytona event as Grand Marshal. All of the racing action begins with the AFT Twins and AFT Singles practice sessions at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) with Opening Ceremonies commencing at 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT). Live coverage of the Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT presented by Politis & Matovina can be viewed on FansChoice.tv. Tickets for the DAYTONA TT are now on sale and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Fans can also keep up-to-date with race day action by following American Flat Track on Facebook (American Flat Tack), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack). Source: American Flat Track
  14. Hello all. My name is Chad and I am entering the wonderful world of Royal Enfield very soon. About me: I have always been a vintage Japanese guy (mostly Honda) which was a great fit for me and my BUILD team I mentor. BUILD is a program based here in Milwaukee that matches up teams of high school students with mentors in a bike build-off. In prior years BUILD focused on AHRMA type racing, but made the switch to AMA flat track racing two years ago. In prior years, we had used small twin Honda’s as our platform, but this year, we’ve partnered up with RE and every team is getting a 2017 or 2018 RE 500 to convert into a flat track racer. Now me, being the competitive person that I am, want to give my team every advantage that I can so that come race day, we are in front. That is why I am coming to you guys, I am looking for tips and tricks to make these things go faster. We cannot open up the motor (stock bore and stock cam) but we can build a custom exhaust and are getting a power commander for the ECU. My question is, does anybody know if any bigger injectors we can toss in the bike exist? Maybe off of a 650? What are some good websites for aftermarket parts? Has anyone every done a front end swap on one of these? I am absolutely green with RE bikes so teach me all you know.
  15. Starting a thread to see if anyone out there has insights into wheel size selection for the standard Motocross Bike 250/450 DTX Class. It's becoming more and more popular lately go run DTX whether on actual DTX setups or even knobby class. I'm running into tons of people that are starting out because it's kinda hip and it gives an IN to racing to what many people feel that missed out on the motocross years. Also, the costs are much less then MX so MXrs are crossing over and new riders are going right in because used cheaper bikes can have good racing on tracks less then the mile. Personally, I love sliding sideways at speed and the TT is my favorite race in all of dirt riding. That being said, there's some legit setup questions especially about wheels since it's the first conversion before doing full setups with suspension. I rode a top racer's setup with 2.75" front and 3.0" rear on a 1/4 mile DT and it felt like turning a FatBoy, it stuck to the track, but wow did it turn stiff. Things that are stated from the DTX wheel builders: 19 inch are standard, local tracks often let Sumo wheels with FT tires, but AFT requires 19". AFT limits wheel size to 19 x 3.5 in maximum. No specified minimum width. All around track size suggestion is: 19" x 2.15" to 2.50" for front || 19" x 2.75" for rear Standard Flat Track Tires are 130/80-19 Front and 140/80-19 Rear On shorter tracks, thinner wheels give the tire more roundness allowing for better maneuvering while on longer tracks the wider wheel make for a more flatter tire giving more contact area for acceleration, but hinders cornering. Where things are silly on paper. The various DTX tire makers give what they say are the recommended/minimum wheel widths. It seems people don't exactly follow them. for example Shinko says min wheel width for the 130/80/19 is 3.0 and the 140/80/19 is 3.5 . I see people run them on wheels not that wide at all. for other brands: Add in here, gearing, i run my standard 13/50 MX gearing, i 4th gear on the 1/4 mile. I don't have the greatest pull on the straightaway but it is great in corners. On the TT couse, stock gearing feels perfect. I have not put my aggressive coupler on the bike yet, i'm waiting to get things setup and tweaked right before throwing a different power setting. I'm running a stock 2019 RM-Z450 for what it's worth. What are people running and or opinions on wheel widths for different track sizes? What sprocket sizes are people running on different tracks? BTW to ask, any chance of mods putting in a Flat Track/TT category since tons are running over to the sport and thy're all thumpers?
  16. Photo Credit: AmericanFlattrack.com https://www.americanflattrack.com/events/default/view/daytona-tt-2018 Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at DAYTONA You can watch it live via FansChoice Streaming service --> https://www.fanschoice.tv/ Or a 'Produced/Edited Playback' on NBCSN Sunday March 25th @ 2PM (EST) or Wednesday March 28th @ 4PM (EST). Doesn't say (or, at least I haven't seen) when the actual live streaming coverage will begin . . . but, the on-track action begins at 2PM (EST) with 'Hooligan' Heat races followed by Twins and Singles practice and qualifying to follow. Detailed schedule is here: https://www.americanflattrack.com/events/default/view/daytona-tt-2018#detailedWeekendSchedule Last year's track was, um (well), interesting/different. I personally didn't like it (as a spectator) . . . but, we'll see what they've come up with this year. My personal opinion is that a Mile or the Springfield short track would be better season openers . . . but, that's just me. 🙂 Dan
  17. Pretty cool seeing Jeff Ward coming out of retirement, even if it's for selected flat track races.
  18. My GOODNESS - that's a beautiful bike!! March 11, 2019 By Mitch Boehm, Editorial Director In part I of a three-part series, Yamaha and AFT pull the wraps off Yamaha's new-generation dirt track racer, which will debut this Thursday under the Estenson Racing banner at the 2019 DAYTONA TT. It’s rare when an Original Equipment Manufacturer builds a motorcycle or powerplant intended specifically for Grand National Championship flat track competition. In fact, it’s only happened a handful of times in the last half century. Harley-Davidson did it in 1970 with the original XR750. Yamaha followed suit in the ’70s with its Roberts-era XS750 vertical twins and, later, its XV750 V-twin project. Honda built and raced the ultra-successful RS750 in the middle 1980s. Indian revolutionized the status quo in 2017 with its FTR750. And Milwaukee introduced its production-based XG750R as the ostensible replacement for the XR at about the same time. History likes nothing better than to repeat itself, of course, and so it is this year with Yamaha’s new MT-07 DT factory flat track racer, which will hit the track in anger for the first time at the Daytona TT on March 14, 2019 under the Estenson Racing banner and carrying riders JD Beach, Jake Johnson and Kolby Carlile. Like Yamaha’s previous factory-backed dirt track efforts, the successful one supporting Kenny Roberts on XS750s in the ’70s and the ill-fated venture featuring Mike Kidd and Jimmy Filice on XV750s in the early ’80s, the DT project is much more skunk works than corporate. “Yamaha has a storied history in American dirt track racing,” says Yamaha Racing boss Keith McCarty, who began his career at Yamaha as a race mechanic 42 years ago, “and for many years the race team was quite successful. Until the FZ-07 [now called the MT-07] appeared we didn’t really have a production engine that could compete in the modern AFT Twins class. But with the FZ’s debut we suddenly did – and that got me thinking about a racing machine that was a bit different than what was being built and raced in the AFT national series.” . . . . Photo & Article Credit: americanflattrack.com Read the entire article at: http://www.americanflattrack.com/news/view/aft-development-series-part-i-yamaha-mt-07-dt Dan
  19. im looking for a rev limiter for a 1979 honda xr500r . any help appreciated ............. steve
  20. Wow, if you missed it, you missed some excellent racing! Three-Wide, Four-Wide, Slingshot passes . . . Bryan Smith Scores Seventh Straight Win At The Sacramento Mile - Shayna Texter grabs second win in two weeks! American Flat Track results article "SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 20, 2017) – The massive crowd of American Flat Track fans who flooded the Cal Expo Fairgrounds for the Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile presented by Cycle Gear witnessed both a rider and a manufacturer in action at the height of their powers. Once again, Bryan Smith demonstrated his mastery of the Mile with a tactically brilliant victory aboard his No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750. . . . . Texter Scores Second Straight AFT Singles Win While it took Richie Morris Racing's Shayna Texter almost four seasons to claim her seventh career AFT Singles victory, it took just an additional week to earn her eighth. Texter won out in a thrilling battle that saw her and Tristan Avery (No. 16 Ron Ayers Honda CRF450R) run down early leader Kevin Stollings (No. 99 Ben Evans Honda CRF450R), who had built a sizable early advantage. Once together on track, the three traded haymakers, including a memorable sequence in which Texter split her rivals as they momentarily ran three abreast before she emerged from third in first with just two laps remaining . . . ." (photo credits: AmericanFlatTrack.com & related Facebook account) HB
  21. DAYTONA BEACH, FL – November 18, 2019- (Motor Sports NewsWire) – American Flat Track has announced its 18-event schedule for the 2020 season, which once again features coast-to-coast action and launches anew at legendary Daytona International Speedway on March 14 with a Saturday of Speed: an epic season opener DAYTONA 200 & DAYTONA TT Doubleheader. It all finishes next fall with the Meadowlands Mile* finale at the most spectacular venue of the season: Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, N.J. There are two fan favorite events returning to the schedule and one event revamped for a thrilling new experience. The returning venues is the Half-Mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. and the famed OKC Mile. Additionally, the fastest Mile in the world – the Springfield Mile – will run back-to-back as a doubleheader, making for a Labor Day weekend event unlike any other. “AFT is coming off the back of a record-breaking season and we have planned the 2020 schedule to push things to the next level and return to the best tracks in the country,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. ”We are delighted to be restoring the series to OKC and Charlotte and to amplify the thrilling action of Springfield Mile with a fall doubleheader.” Tickets for the first-ever doubleheader – DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT – at the legendary Daytona International Speedway are on sale now. Watch both historic motorcycle racing events during Bike Week at DAYTONA for just $35 when you purchase an advance General Admission ticket online. Get yours at tickets.americanflattrack.com. Final 2020 American Flat Track Schedule: *Subject to final confirmation About American Flat Track: American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN. Source: American Flat Track
  22. Hey, recently bought an ex AMA flat track bike. Looking to convert it back to an max bike. Anyone looking to trade suspension/wheel set ups? Located in mass but will ship. Bike is an 06.
  23. Personally I really do not follow flat track racing, recently and by accident my DVR picked up and recorded a couple races - so I watched them. Wasn't expecting much but was totally blown away by how well it was covered! They had excellent "on bike" footage during the races, plus Jason Weigandt - Ralph Sheheen and Heather DeBeaux really did an excellent job of announcing the races and something that I find so refreshing is that whenever they interview a rider you do not get a sponsor commercial! Nope, instead you get real answers to real questions ~ incredible! Not that they don't occasionally plug a sponsor but for the most part they understand that most people can read a jersey while getting interviewed. Definitely something that the current generation of Motocross and Supercross riders need to learn. Seriously guys, I do not follow Flat Track but hopefully my DVR will, it's really worth watching. FWIW I think the Singles provide better racing than the twins.
  24. DAYTONA BEACH, FL – April 15, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Motorsports legend Travis Pastrana will attempt to add a Progressive American Flat Track victory to his slam-dunk Hall of Fame résumé. Along with his numerous national titles, Pastrana has earned an astonishing 11 X Games gold medals — nine on two wheels and two on four. He’s set to race the Atlanta Super TT in AFT Singles competition aboard the #199 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F on Saturday, May 1, at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Atlanta Super TT marks Progressive AFT’s debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Atlanta Super TT takes the basic formula of a traditional dirt track TT, which generally includes one right-hand turn and a jump, and kicks it up a notch. The track will feature the inclusion of an extended pavement section that will allow racers to do battle on the famed quad-oval’s start/finish straight. TTs are known as the great equalizer of the flat track circuit – requiring a true command of the motorcycle, beyond the traditional dirt oval. This challenge has been accepted by many well-known guest riders from other disciplines, including Pastrana’s buddy and two-time Buffalo Chip TT-winner Ryan Sipes. The 2018 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year, Pastrana first became known to the world as a prodigious motocross ace. He was then the leading force in establishing freestyle motocross as a mainstream sensation, pioneering his hit adrenaline-fueling exhibition Nitro Circus. Pastrana most recently etched his name into the record books with his tribute to the original daredevil, Evel Knievel, by successfully completing all three of his famous jumps – a leap over 52 cars, 16 bus and the iconic fountain at Caesars Palace – all on an Indian Motorcycle FTR750. Pastrana cemented his claim as an all-purpose motorsports icon by also excelling in four-wheeled competition; he secured four consecutive Rally America titles while also running up front in NASCAR, Global Rallycross and Sports Car Racing competition. Tickets for the Yamaha Atlanta Super TT on Saturday, May 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway are available for purchase now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3327. For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com
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