One of the commenters on our Ron Wood Flat Tracker post wanted to point out the Moto Carrera company, makers of two stroke street legal dirt track replicas. Like the Ron Wood designs, these are light, powerful, minimal motorcycles that will most likely put a lot of other speedy looking motorcycles to shame.
Most are based on Yamaha R5/RD350/400/RZ350s and have all of the classic dirt track style along with the necessary lighting and equipment to make them street legal. They have the old Yamaha colors, too. Nice!
Don’t scoff at the little 350cc two strokes, these guys crank out 65 rear wheel horsepower as tuned while the entire bike weighs just 270 pounds. If the Yamaha isn’t enough, they also build what they call their Triple Tracker Special, based on the Kawasaki H2 750 which has 105hp on tap at only 300 pounds wet.
The power to weight ratios of these bikes will cause serious stomach upset among the sportbike crowd not to mention the embarrassment of being shown real speed from these little flickable retro racers. You don’t have to be swoopy and plastic covered to go fast.
Moto Carrera will build one of these little bullets for you but this is a low volume operation so be prepared to wait. They also do a lot of repair and restoration work on classic two stroke street bikes. Looks like a very nice operation. Might be worth a visit.
Thanks for the pointer Lawrence!