Woo hoo...this new Production Singles class looks quite interesting. Wonder if they'll allow the KTM LC4 Supermoto to run as well? Same motor as the Duke, and somewhat less weight, though the Duke has by far the edge in suspension and braking. I'm not so sure the Blast (slow & soft) or Bimmer (HEAVY!) will be particularly competitive though, especially since the stock carb must be used. At any rate, it should be interesting...
The starting bike has to be intended for the street (so no LC4 Supermoto) and using origional wheels (so no motarding-out road going DP bikes), and no major engine modifications, so the Duke will rule that class: nothing else on the street in this class comes close to the power and handling of the Duke.
the whole team obsolete debacle is what happens when a bunch of guys interested in running old bikes and having fun doing it get infiltrated by someone with too much money and no sense of humor. we ran wera meets back in the 80's, team obsolete didn't show up much there, but we did not relish the thought of high buck machines gridding with our shade tree specials. i watched them really foul the ahrma scene up, some guys that ran with us in wera went to ahrma meets also, so i know a bit of the history of these guys. not real sportsman-like, overall. kind of like "joe backyard" up against h**** or d***** factory, except that there are 200 joe backyards and 1 BIG money-runner. and BIG money wants the rules his way, because he is BIG money. we retired, would love to get back in it, though, perhaps it may come to be again. love to field the big norton and the little ducati again.
It's seriously down on displacement, but would the Aprilia RS50 (two-stroke; street-legal) qualify? I couldn't find a cylinder configuration on Aprilia USA's page, but I assumed it was a single. It wouldn't have the power of the Duke, but at 169 lbs and with sport-oriented frame and suspension, I figure it would handle beautifully.
Is indeed a streetbike- lights, turnsignals, horn, etc. It's also lighter than the Duke.
An MuZ, carefully jetted, with an aftermarket exhaust, would be quite competitive against the KTM's, especially when you factor in reliability. Sure, the KTM is strong if you tear it down after each weekend, but this is going to be about club racers without a lot of resources. I hope it sells a lot of MuZ's.
Just got off the phone with an AHRMA trustee with the LC4 question...he was intrigued.Bottom line is its a new class to keep the Muz's alive and they want as much participation as possible so they are open to ideas.Go to the AHRMA website,find the email address of the roadrace rules committee guys and send one of them a query of any possibles you may have...they will give yiu a ruling and may even modify rules if necessary.The one thing they will stick to...must be a production stret legal bike.
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