Gavin Trippe is at it again. Gavin is the man behind Supermoto and prior to that, played a huge role in AMA Superbike and Motocross racing as well as promoting racing in many other venues. Recently he had the idea of converting a 450cc 4 stroke single cylinder dirt bike into a road racer. Using a standard Honda CRF450X frame, sub-frame and swingarm, without any cutting or welding, Gavin, along with Troy Lee came up with a road racer.
They enlisted Roland Sands into the team to do the design and fabrication work and to do some track testing on the Streets of Willow and everything worked. They’ve also built a Kawasaki and a Yamaha. They introduced the bikes at Laguna Seca and found a great deal of interest.
The whole idea here is to create a race series where the entry costs are limited and the design is set enough that someone couldn’t easily buy his way to a win. The 450cc single lets racers start out at a more manageable level instead of trying to jump into 4 cylinder 600s at the start.
This is a pretty interesting project very much worth watching. If you think you would like to get involved or you want to follow the project, they’ve set up a web site to keep everyone up to date.
Thanks for the tip, Hugo!