"This year's Daytona 200 is shaping up to be deja-vu of the 1994 Indy 500. The American Buells, with engines 339cc over the maximum allowable size for AMA Superbike, will be racing against Japanese bikes that are 300cc below the minimum size for Superbike." from One Man's Opinion: Hardly Legal, Son
Buells are not just air cooled. They have been modified to be oil cooled as well... Cheaters..
Well, the AMA legislated Honda out of flat track with their pro HD rules changes, they let HD run their superbike without homologation, and now these FX rules... gee, wonder why Honda resigned from the AMA boards????
The AMA does some great things for American motorcycing, but they should get the @#[email protected] out of the racing business.
It won't matter the Buell will lose... The Yamaha boys have the machine and the talent...Honda next
Buell will be lucky to complete the race.. Ever heard of the RC51... dude I think it won the WSBK and AMA champsionships with two Americans riding Edwards and Hayden.. Honda built it cause the WSBK rules favored Ducati V-Twins.. i.e they beat Ducati at their own game. At the time inline 4s coulld only be 750cc or less and V-Twins were allowed to be 1000cc.. There ain't no replacement for displacement
Doubt Honda will dust off an aircooled V-Twin just to beat Buell but I am sure they could...I don't understand Americans backing incompetence.. Americans should strive again to be the best not cheat...Oppps I forgot W is in the Whitehouse... scratch that... Enron, Katrina, Iraq., Deficit spending...Gone is the work ethic Clinton talked about "Play be the rules you should be rewarded" ..Replaced with take what you can...
Re: Won't matter. Honda, Yamaha will win in the end.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say all the protesting and quitting various AMA boards, etc.. is going to be all for nothing.
Buell may have been given a very nice hand-out with the rules but it sounds like this is going to be the first race for the XBRR. Brand new bikes & riders who haven't raced them before don't often win their first race unless they are seriously outclassing everyone else.
Daytona may be a huge track which would favor massive horsepower but all it takes is for the Buell to have one issue holding speed on the banking due to tires, suspension, setup, etc.. and that's it, no more chance for a win. Problems that might be sorted out by the middle of the season but could definitely be a factor at the 200.