MotoAmerica 2017 Non-Spoiler Thread

Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    So the twins are going to be the 650-700cc Japanese twins and the smaller Italian twins up to 850? Just skimming the rules, those are going to be pretty expensive motorcycles to build with all the mods they allow. Plus the bikes are allowed to be pretty light.; 300lbs including all fluids for the Japanese twins and 320lbs for the Ducatis. Sounds like a pretty interesting new class to me. Sort of a builder bike class for privateers, but who knows... We might see Graves 700 Yamahas!
  2. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    I loved the old pro twins class, used to get some super cool hardware show up, one off Harleys, bmws, ducs before they were cool, guzzis, the commonwealth Hondas, and of course, the BRITTEN!!
    Possibly another golden age ahead of us, who knows!!
  3. DogBoy

    DogBoy Not a Gnarly Adventurer

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    I thought the twins class would be closer to a supersport class; suspension, intake and exhaust mods with some different minimum weights to balance the competition. Looks like it will be easy to spend 600 supersport money or more building a Twin under this rule package.
  4. misanthropic

    misanthropic Long timer

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    Outstanding idea! Hope that it's a success. The bikes will be much more interesting than Supersport.
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  5. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Definitely. Ive seen plenty of 4 cylinder racebikes going around the track.
  6. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    The sound will certainly be different in the twins class.
  7. CKutzGO

    CKutzGO Been here awhile

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    why the difference in CC size between italian and jap bikes? different engine configuration and associated power capabilities?

    Also, anyone feelling motivated and want to summarize the mods allowed in each class?
  8. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I think MA said that they wanted to have a class that is relevant to new product segment that seems to be selling these days. All of the Japanese brands offer terrific new twins in the 650-700cc size. Ducati, BMW and Aprilia have twins in the 700-850cc range. They are looking to even them out with weight limits. Not sure that will work, but with all the motor mods, it won't be that hard to pump up the smaller Japanese twins to be a force. Then the chassis for all these bikes are more standard style than supersport. But they seem to allow a lot of creative freedom there too. Sounds like a lot of fun to me... I wonder what they do about fairings???
  9. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Lets see what to call the new twins class ? Hmm , how about going back to the 80's and 90's before the powers that be foolishly dropped the ball and call it Battle of the Twins ?
  10. meatsack

    meatsack Moto-idiot

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    Ahem...
    This provides the manufacturers a showcase for the bikes which are selling. It just so happens many of these are the same motors being used in pro flat track. Win-win.
  11. jwoods986

    jwoods986 Been here awhile

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    Anyone know Hayes' current contract situation, i.e. is it up at the end of this season, next, 2019, etc? I like Hayes, and respect what he's done, but if it's up this season (which would be this weekend), maybe it's time for some younger talent on the top Yamaha, like Gerloff? Of course, if he's under contract past this season, it's a moot point. Discuss.
  12. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    He's definitely past his prime, yet still fast. Or maybe it's the bike he's on. :D

    I think he should hang up his racing suit and coach riders or manage a team (a new team, preferably).

    I, too, would like to see some new blood in the superbike class, as as you mentioned, Gerloff would be a good choice.

    Gagne needs a better bike, too.
  13. ridenm

    ridenm Long timer

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    Looks like he had a single-year contract for 2017.
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  14. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    if that wreck at Road A didn't make him think of retirement nothing will.
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    kenlake Been here awhile

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