Even though it never really went away, it is finally getting some good coverage and interest going again.
So, maybe it will never quite be like the above pic ever again, but we are workin on it!
Lots of flat track goin on all over the country. Good shit, more and more people are pickin it up and tryin it. I'm super excited by it. It's my favorite type of motorcycle racing. Next weekend is the AMA final in Vegas on Friday on a short track indoors! Should be KILLER!!! Its at The Orleans Hotel, Nothing like watching the pros race on a short track, its like a fist fight in a phone booth, exact opposite of the Mile and Half Mile that are amazing as well.
Then on saturday is the
With even more flat track that will be brodcast on NBC and in conjuction with Roland Sands Design we have:
It should be an AMAZING weekend of racing!!!
In the spirit of what has inspired all of this I dug out a bunch of random vintage flat track pics for you all as well. Enjoy!
We have the 4 bolter attached to the '56 KH Im working on,
He sets 'em up to check for vacuum first.
That's what the engine does. When running the intake passage is pulling a vacuum. Lets check that. It should hold up to 15lbs of mercury, if you are lucky. This one nothing leaks like a sieve.
Turns out the threaded insert was loose, like super loose. Gotta drill out the pin and seal with JB weld then re-drill and machine a new pin from scratch.
The next probem is the brass plumber seals, I should have annealed them to soften them up but we red some PEEK seals from Enfield Racing. PEEK is a crazy high temp plastic that works killer. Sealed right up. As you can see in this pic, it was holding about 12-13 lbs of mercury when I took the pic. It should be a great improvement.
That brings me to this...
I am also building a few 45 race motors. Not WR's, but using a bunch of tricks to get reliable power out of a 45. No, they wont be FAST, but way faster than stock. I'll get to that soon.
Above is the Mikuni on Rolands 45. Works GREAT on there. BUT when I raced it at Sturgis, I kicked the carb off TWICE while on the track. LAME.
So why couldn't I weld a damn flange onto the carb body?
As you can see above, I bored an old adapter out so its a tight slip fit on the mikuni.
Then took the carb apart and we will weld the damn flange into the carb.
Yes, I know that's not the same carb on that bike. This is the one for this bike.
I'll be doing the same thing to Roland's when I go down there and steal the carb and manifold off the bike .
1. You cant kick it off.
2. It's going to seal much better than the hose clamped hose.
3. It's going to tuck it in way better between the cylinders so its not going to stick out as far.
You might say that that 36mm carb is too big for a 45, yet I beg to differ.
With all I'm doing to the motors, I hope its almost too small.
I'm going to do more looking through this scrap book. It's pretty damn cool that I post this on my Instagram and Facebook and a few people chime in who knew these racers. One who was heavily influenced by them. So much neat stuff out there. Just have to keep looking. Coz odds are if this pic exists that bike might be around as well!