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Been meaning to become more active on this forum for a while. But been super busy trying to build some bikes - specifically Flat Track and Desert Sleds. Wondering if anyone else has been becoming more interested in these types of bikes and/or races them?
Would love to hear some stories, see some builds and generally hear opinions (which I know this forum is NOT lacking in ;-)
 

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Hi, I've been interested in flat track for a while too. There's a track near me( Parris Race track in Riverside, CA) and I have a few old bikes that I think would be fun to do that way. Mainly because I got them at garage sale or Craigslist, and the fees to register them put them off the budget. As a race bike they need less parts and the left overs can be sold off to offset the cost? Also trying my hand at vintage (old guy) racing is on my bucket list. I've seen some nice CB/CL 450 flat track bikes and I have a CB500t that I'm thinking of building into a flat track bike. I may start a thread on it soon.
 

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oldhondacafe I have started racing vintage class here in New Mexico - decent track at SMRI and a few of us are really getting into it. I stripped down my 1975 BMW R75/6 into a pretty quick little road racer.
I acquired a 1975 Aermacchi SX250 that is a perfect desert sled or flat track 2 stroke canvas. I'll keep this thread active with updates and pics.

My BMW Road racer
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Flat track is nice, you can do that anywhere you can find a horse track to tear up, what's not to like about a motorcycle with little to no brakes that you slide around corners!
Desert I don't have but we do get snow and the lakes freeze over at least once a year, different type of desert :cool: is like a really cold wet slippery desert.
 

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Dunno if mine really counts, but the picture is in the desert AND its been ridden on an indoor flat track, so the inspiration (if not function) is there. It actually did ok in both cases.




The fenders and crash bars are there for ice track riding.
 

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sebwiers Wow, thats a pretty wild ride! I totally dig the Mad Max vibe. Definitely a certain kind of Desert Sled.
 

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That looks totally safe :D
header pipes straddling the front shock, do you find they work any better that way?
probably melts the snow off pretty good eh
 

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That looks totally safe :D
header pipes straddling the front shock, do you find they work any better that way?
probably melts the snow off pretty good eh
Shock doesn't seem to have any heat related problems. I had my concerns so asked some pros, they said not to worry. Not like I had other options.

The real danger is the lines to the oil cooler which run under the shock - I melted one on my first long road trip. To much shit packed in to little space down there.

Claude Fiore did basically the same thing back in the '80s, complete with oil lines touching the headers.
 

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Been meaning to become more active on this forum for a while. But been super busy trying to build some bikes - specifically Flat Track and Desert Sleds. Wondering if anyone else has been becoming more interested in these types of bikes and/or races them?
Would love to hear some stories, see some builds and generally hear opinions (which I know this forum is NOT lacking in ;-)
Not sure you want to hear this opinion, but..... had a look at your web site and would suggest you change the photo you have under Custom Retro Builds.
 

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Hey Cyborg. Yeah, haven't had time to get that page up. That's a quick picture from a bunch we snapped from the coffee shop buildout we did. The grinding wheel cutting square tubing for a table doesn't sell the "bike build" aspect?? Lol.
 

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Hey Cyborg. Yeah, haven't had time to get that page up. That's a quick picture from a bunch we snapped from the coffee shop buildout we did. The grinding wheel cutting square tubing for a table doesn't sell the "bike build" aspect?? Lol.
Not trying to be a dick... it comes naturally. The welding in the photo, although not related to M/C, doesn’t really do a good job of selling the skills required to build bikes. Might have been done by someone just throwing together a display stand, but better to have a photo showing a decent bead. Maybe I’m being picky, but reasonably sure I’m not the only dick that would notice..... then again maybe I am.
 

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Here's another question I for vintage desert sled guys and gals. I am currently building a desert racer sorta Baja style from a 1975 Aermacchi SX250. Wondering what everyones thought on seats is. I really don't like the old Baja racer style seat. I know it was padded up for comfort, but I find them very ugly.

What would be a good desert seat setup? This one being the standard setup.
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But I like this Flat Track setup
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I would be inclined to just remove the chicken strap seeing as you are never going to carry a passenger and just ride it. Oh wait, thats not your ride.
Do you need much for brakes in the desert? If it's anything like when I ride sand pits I don't seem to use them much except the rear.

Flat track you don't slide forward and backwards as much as on motocross or enduro bikes where you need to go down steep hills occasionally, so if you ride mostly flat land a flat track bike would be awesome, otherwise you will probably get better use out of the traditional long padded saddle.


... a seat is kind of a useless feature anyway, unless your legs get tired,
if the bike was low enough between your legs that it didn't ever smash your nuts you could ride better without one.
 

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You have any rock to ride down there? Might want to go for a 21" front wheel if it doesn't already have one.
Anything taller then your front axle requires some technique to get over unless you are airborne at the time.

lol was just looking at Albuquerque pictures and realized I been there
 

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Lots of rock, mostly sand and loose dirt. I agree on the useless-ness of the seat overall. Just thinking about long desert rides and needing to sit a bit. I much prefer the flat track seat setup. I am thinking something in between. Thanks for the feedback TrialsRider!
 

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Post action pictures when you have them :cool: it doesn't have to be full on crusty demons, is just nice to see what other people are riding.
 
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