Professional racing in the parking garages of Europe, well, semi professional, perhaps, but interesting for sure. The website conjures the image of an elite yet friendly way to compete and blow off a bit of steam, a “gentleman’s racing” series or perhaps a Fight Club on bikes. Their code of conduct, however, lays out rules which seem to keep everyone in line which is a good thing. This seems somewhat rowdy, but civilized.
Racing a purpose built bike, the Goodspeed 500, which is a single cylinder, 450cc 4 stroke and looking like a street tracker of sorts, the idea is to run heat races in parking garages, all very supervised and closed to regular traffic. If you saw the most recent Fast and Furious movie where the racers drifted around parking garages in Japan I think you get the idea.
The bike itself is rather interesting.
The first 20 Goodspeed bikes will be built solely for the event. Racing can only be done on a Goodspeed 500 motorcycle. Every rider will be able to buy the Goodspeed bike or rent one from the organisation.
The bike will become commercially available when the international rollout of the event has been completed.
Their idea is to develop the ultimate city bike. Full specs are available on their website as well as everything you need to apply for membership in their club.
I’m not sure whether this is for real or a bit tongue in cheek but whatever the case it sounds like a hoot. Evidently, there is a write up in PB magazine which I haven’t yet seen. Hmm …, I think I need to look into this a bit more.
Thanks for the tip, Chris!
Link: Goodspeed 500