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Old 13th July 2018, 10:22 AM
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Default What are the bikes used in Classic road racing?

I don't know much about road racing, but having been to the Skerries races this year, I've decided (again) that old bikes are better than modern bikes. They look better, they sound better, they smell better.

Can anyone give some information on the bikes used in the 'Classic' races? They all look similar, like a Norton Manx. Is that what they are? Or Replicas?

They sound like 4 strokes, so why do they smell like two strokes?

They look like they are able to keep up with modern sportsbikes, which seems strange for such an old design.
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Old 13th July 2018, 10:35 AM
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Default Re: What are the bikes used in Classic road racing?

60's and 70's BSA, Nortons, triumphs and Honda 350,s etc.. Dresda framed, Drixton Hondas etc.. quite fast four strokes mainly
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Old 13th July 2018, 10:37 AM
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Default Re: What are the bikes used in Classic road racing?

And they are NOT able to keep up with modern sportsbikes
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Old 13th July 2018, 11:46 AM
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Default Re: What are the bikes used in Classic road racing?

Originally Posted by green grass
And they are NOT able to keep up with modern sportsbikes

depends on the looper up on it
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Old 13th July 2018, 05:16 PM
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Default Re: What are the bikes used in Classic road racing?

A lot are reproductions
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Old 13th July 2018, 07:17 PM
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Default Re: What are the bikes used in Classic road racing?

AFAIK
2 strokes built up to 1967
4 strokes built up to 1972
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Old 13th July 2018, 10:41 PM
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Default Re: What are the bikes used in Classic road racing?

Mostly Hondas 350/500.the nortons are replicas which are brand new and cost 35000 sterling.most bikes engines run on castrol r which was and old 2 stroke oil,hence the similar smell.the only to strokes running are 250 Suzuki super sixes
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Old 14th July 2018, 11:28 PM
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Default Re: What are the bikes used in Classic road racing?

There's loads of different classes, such as Golden Era Superbikes (1988-2001), Forgotten Era (roughly 73-82), etc, so there's lots of different machines.

The most popular ones seem to ZXR750R, OWO1, RC30, YZF750SP etc.

Look at the entry list for the Classic TT, that's a fairly good indication of the machines in demand.
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