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October 2, 2019

Rookies of 79 is a charity set up to help injured pro flat track racers. They have funds running for a number of riders hurt this season, including Oliver Brindley.

Here's the link - Rookies of 79

Here's what they say...

American Fl...

September 30, 2019

As a fan, and low-level amateur racer, the inherent danger of motorcycles, bike sport and flat track in particular has been like a constant dull ache for the past few months. Since the mid-point of the season it seems like every ot...

September 23, 2019

Congratulations to Briar Bauman for sewing up the 2019 title with one race to go. We interviewed him before the start of the season for Sideburn 36. When I asked, 'I have $1000 to bet on the 2019 AFT championship. Should I put it o...

September 4, 2019

So, it was supposed to be three nationals in three days, but it became four when rain on Saturday night into Sunday waterlogged the track. Fortunately, Monday is the US holiday of Labor Day, so the event was slid back one day. 

Agai...

September 3, 2019

We thought the tyre doping book was closed after Jared Mees was found guilty of having a tyre that Dunlop concluded had been chemically altered, at Atlanta 2018 (see Mees Disqualified post), but it seems at least one rider thought...

September 1, 2019

So, the schedule caught up with me and I couldn't follow every race live. I missed the SacMile, but watched the Peoria TT after racing myself the same day, so I was just observing, not making notes. Briar was on it at Peoria, and t...

August 28, 2019

Sideburn 38 is at the printers now and includes an interview with AFT Pro Twins racer the incredible Ronnie Jones. 

Jones is 59 years old. He won his first AFT Main in 1980, beating Kenny Roberts and the rest at the Houston Ast...

August 11, 2019

It has taken three and a half seasons for the Harley-Davidson XG750R to win a National level flat track race. It finally happened last night, but not in the premier class. In only his second race on the Black Hills H-D (supported b...

August 7, 2019

Less than 40 hours since the Buffalo Chip podium the AFT riders were back in action at the Black Hills Half-Mile, another race that is part of Sturgis Bike Week. 

After the one-line TT of the Buffalo Chip, which I'm indifferent to,...

August 7, 2019

Rob Pearson ended up wrecking his privateer Indian FTR750 at the Black Hills Half-Mile last night. It happened after Jared Mees lost the front end mid-corner halfway through the 25-lap main. Jared and his FTR750 skidded up the trac...

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