Some of you may look at the Desmosedici RR and get all weak in the knees, wondering how you can sell your first born to buy that street legal racer, but some of us look at bikes a little differently. Ron Wood builds flat track motorcycles designed to race on rutted and rippled dirt tracks at very high speeds. Ron also builds what, to my mind, is one of the simplest, cleanest and most strikingly beautiful motorcycles anywhere. Unfortunately, what Ron doesn’t do is build them for the street.
There is at least one example I found in an old issue of Motorcyclist of a street legal Ron Wood flat tracker, it was a one off built by Dale Lineaweaver of Lineaweaver Racing. It was based on the twinshock frame and looks just perfect. The frame weighs 21 pounds! The entire bike weighs in wet at 251 pounds! The 600cc Rotax single cylinder engine, a specialty of Ron Wood is set up for bump starts and when you consider the race tuned Rotax in a 251 pound motorcycle, … sign me up!!
But I can’t sign up because no one is building these for the street and I can only wonder why. If there is an almost instant sell out of $65,000 MotoGP replicas that don’t begin to perform like a race bike until you get them up to super legal speeds, surely there is a market for someone to build a beauty like these flat trackers that can perform brilliantly and powerfully in the speed ranges we see every day.
I’ve mentioned the Storz XR1200 dirt track style Sportster kits which look really nice but when compared against these Ron Wood racers, the Sportsters seem enormous, even though they are lighter than stock.
As we consider the retro looks of the Triumph Scrambler or the old dirt track look of the Storz XR, wouldn’t these Ron Wood designs fit in perfectly?
Photo of Lineaweaver bike below:
The Kneeslider: Storz XR1200