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Every year in Japan, the Chirihama Sandflats host an incredible vintage motorcycle race. Riders test their mettle by going full throttle on 70-plus-year-old equipment down a 1/10th mile stretch of beach. The contest is simple: Two bikes line up side by side, the flag girl gives the signal, and the first bike to cross the finish line moves on to the next round.
Meet ‘Esputnik II’: an electric drag racer that doubles up as a canvas for kinetic art. Built with parts from Zero and Suzuki bikes, it was one of the stars of the recent Glemseck 101 racing festival. And it’s the perfect example of the unhinged creativity of Spanish builder Bizarro Corp.
If you’ve ever wanted to own a piece of motorcycling history, this is your chance. This Manx Norton 500 race bike was built by world-renowned Manx expert Fred Walmsley, and it’s the last bike that Barry Sheene piloted to victory. Place your bid in Bonhams' upcoming Autumn Stafford sale next month.
It takes a special cocktail of skill, knowledge and reverence to restore a classic race bike properly—and Union Motorcycle Classics of Idaho have got what it takes. This rare Yamaha TR2B was originally built and raced by Kel Carruthers, and is now back in tip-top condition.
Restored vintage bikes often end up as showpieces—ridden seldom, if at all, for fear that something might break. But if you had a bonafide classic Triumph Trackmaster in your garage, could you really leave it parked? Gareth Howes says “no.” He’s the owner of this 1970 Triumph Trackmaster, and believes bikes should be “ridden, not hidden.” So this fully restored race bike gets regular thrashings from the most stylish man in flat track racing: Dimitri Coste.
Michel Riis is an ex-Yamaha designer and co-founder of the startup electric bike company Switch. He’s just developed this brilliant electric drivetrain kit that can be retrofitted to a regular petrol-powered speedway race bike.