Following all of the changes in the world of motorcycle racing is very difficult unless you're deep into the sport, but a tip from one of our readers with this bit of news, caught my eye. Triumph will be sponsoring a flat track team on the AMA Grand National circuit in 2012. Some Triumph flat trackers have been out there doing their best, but without factory backing, it's a struggle. With factory support, the Triumph flag may be able to show up at all of the events.
When I took a look at the photos of the Triumph racers, they looked great, in fact, they look a lot like some of the Triumph street trackers we've seen on The Kneeslider, from Mule Motorcycles and others. The Triumphs seem to adapt well to a flat track stance. Not only will the Harleys get some extra competition, Triumph may gain some new followers who like the street track/flat track look.
Now if Triumph takes it one logical step further and modifies the Bonneville platform and puts a street tracker in the showroom, they might have a winner. Very cool.
Thanks for the tip, Pat!
UPDATE: Thanks to a comment below from Bob who points to the Bonneville Performance site that shows the same frame and setup as used on the racers in a street tracker you can buy from their company. 1200cc 104 rear wheel HP 91 ft. lbs. torque @ 4700 rpm. Wet weight, 351 pounds! Looks good and the specs sound like a fun street machine.
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