A Shrunken YZ250 for the Track: This guy races motorcycles on tracks… go-kart tracks, that is. The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stevelot, Belgium, or Spa as locals and regulars refer to it, is a just over 7-kilometer (4.35 mile) Grand Prix track that will let you run the tight and swoopy inner go-kart track for just €50 a day on a bike. So yeah, why not?
The tight bends of the go-kart track make bigger bikes feel a bit cumbersome and well, slower. Twenty years ago Bongaerts built, raced, and even won a local championship riding a home-built bike with a Minarelli 70cc engine on the tiny tracks. He graduated to supermotos, but decided they were too big and heavy to really have fun.…
Green Meanies: Where Did Kawasaki Racing Green Come From?
The Daytona 200 is one of my favorite races of the year. This year I was perusing some historic photos of the race when I came across one from 1969. It’s a faded photo from Kawasaki showing five race bikes and riders trimmed in green and white. Of course they’re Kawasaki racers, they’re in green.
Seeing that green brought back memories of my dad taking me to school in the 1980s on the back of his green KZ440, and my own old Ninja 500. It’s the same color as many of the new Kawasakis you’ll find on a showroom floor, whether those are dirt bikes, Jet Skis, or even electric bicycles. But that 1969 photo shows the first time that Kawasakis were painted in their now-famous color.…
Speed Read, February 19, 2023
For some people, it’s about building the fastest machine possible. For others, it’s all about style. For virtually every bike we feature here, it’s a combination lying somewhere in the middle.
This week’s Speed Read features three wildly different motorcycles, all walking different lines between style and speed. We’ve got a stretched out Honda Ruckus from Australia, a Suzuki café racer from Portugal, an absolute weapon of a vintage-styled Baja desert racer from Italy, and lastly, a new documentary focusing on that lovely thing at the center of it all—speed.
Honda Ruckus by Ellaspede Not all scooters are created equal. The Honda Ruckus continues to prove this with every incredible custom built on the platform; the tubular steel frame just begs for alteration.…
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