By John Burns
And speaking of supermoto, around the turn of the century it seemed to be growing in popularity. By 2003, it had evolved into a full-on AMA championship series, drawing unto itself unlikely competitors such as Kevin Schwantz, Jeff Ward, Chris Carr, both Bostroms, Jeremy McGrath… in easy-access venues including downtown Reno and the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. It even spawned at least one full-color glossy magazine. What went wrong, Lord? Oh well. Yamaha made the effort, at least, and herein Minime and Roland Sands sample Damon Bradshaw’s factory YZ426F. Enjoy the tiny photos, embrace change, and ask not for whom the bell tolls.
Moto for the Street Crowd
Torrance, California, August 30, 2000 — Street bikes, like Yamaha’s YZF-R1, for instance, have become too blase’. Purpose built and no rough edges make for a boring ride. Where’s the excitement in that? Whatever happened to the cobbled-together backyard specials that more resembled their owner than a racebike? Aaaah, the good old days.In the late seventies to mid eighties, ABC featured something on Wide World of Sports that would quickly become their most popular show of the period. In a made-for-TV series, called Superbikers, showdowns between the top professional roadrace, dirt track and motocross heroes took place at Southern California’s Carlsbad Raceway on a track made of both twisty
ribbons of asphalt as well as bumpy, jump-filled sections of dirt. The bikes were similar to what you might find in a rural racetrack-blessed town; dirtbikes with lowered suspension running on street tires. Sure, it looks weird, “but you oughtta’ see this thing go, paw. Real fast like. Jimmy’s Gixxer can’t even keep up in them twisty parts. Tee, hee, he.” The American racers, with help from a small overseas contingent, took these bikes to the next …read more