Another fine 2-wheeled post by Lee Wilcox! Enjoy. -Klockau
If you follow racing of any kind you know that there is plenty of variety. If you have followed motorcycle racing you know that there is intense competition between the brands and that one brand will win for a while then another. There is a form of motorcycle racing that is as old as motorcycles in America. At first motorcycles were used to tow bicycles up to speed on board tracks. As motorcycle speeds increased the bicycles were forgotten. The next step, board track racing of motorcycles was absolute carnage. Because of the carnage, circle track or dirt track racing was developed. This was generally on horse racing tracks and frequently used as an attraction at county fairs. Wide open throttles with triple digit speeds, no front brakes and steering by sliding the rear wheel. This is sane? Compared to board track racing – absolutely yes. One brand has been dominant through most of the history of this sport. At times, it has required favorable rules from the American Motorcyclist Association to retain that dominance. Today, however, with rules favoring other brands and models, Harley Davidson still dominates the flat track. I have found the history interesting and hope you do as well.
The stereotypical Harley rider has become a middle aged professional – typically a lawyer or accountant – wearing expensive leathers and making annual excursions to Sturgis.