Motorcycle racing, it has to be said, is as old as motorcycles themselves. There is something about getting on a bike that naturally unleashes the primitive urge in us to go rushing head-on into the wind. Though, motorcycle racing is old, it is not homogenous. Various types of races exist out there, many of which are defined either by the type of motorcycle or by the type of race itself.
They first type of motorcycle race that’s popular among enthusiasts is speedway racing. Again, it all boils down to the thrill of having the wind zoom past one’s head while rushing along at an unbelievable speed.
Speedway racing takes place on a dirt track and is carried out using motorcycles that have single gears. What’s more, speedway racing motorcycles do not actually have brakes, with the result that many a video of this type of contest have lit up YouTube.
Motocross racing is, without doubt, one of the most popular types of motorcycle racing that exists out there. Motocross racing takes place on a wide variety of tracks, ranging from grass to mud and sand. The only rule is that these tracks need to be non-tarmac.
Motocross racing tends to be rather spectacular, which accounts for the popularity. Most tracks have jumps that allow riders to momentarily get airborne. The video above is an example of a motocross race. As you can imagine, falls also tend to be rather spectacular, which further accounts for the popularity of motocross racing; at least on YouTube.
Enduro racing is, it has to be said, not for the fainthearted. The primary aim in this regard is to test the endurance of the riders. Enduro racing is often carried out off-road, in the real sense. Bikers ride through forests or other natural tracks, with the track being divided into various slots, each of which is assigned a target time. Enduro racing can last up to 5 hours and can be set over several days.
Track racing takes place around an oval track and comes in a wide range of formats. Track racing can be indoor, on grass, on ice or on a board track.
Drag racing is one of the most popular types of motorcycle racing, at least on YouTube. That’s hardly surprising, considering that with this form of racing, bikers tend to fall unceremoniously off their rides at an amazing frequency.
Drag racing involves two bikers lining up and speeding off the start line at top speed. The track itself is straight, with the rider who manages to get to the finish line first becoming the winner. Drag racing is usually done using normal motorcycles, although a number of bikes have been specifically designed for the sport.
Sidecars may no longer be a thing in the world of biking, but they still have their place in motorcycle racing. Indeed, sidecar racing has evolved, from the use of solo motorcycles that were fitted with sidecars, to the use of purpose build sidecars.
One of the things that make motorcycles so popular is their ability to be modified to one’s whims. It’s not surprising, therefore, that most of the popular modifications involve boosting a bike’s power. Superbike racing uses modified production line bikes and comes in a number of categories. The only rule is that the bike needs to maintain exactly the same profile as the production line bike. The only modifications are, therefore, to the mechanical elements of the bike.
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