November 21, 2019

It's a given that all UK Flat Tracker Racers owe a debt of gratitude to Anthony Brown for organising races under the DTRA umbrella for us and for keeping the scene gradually growing.

Since the early days of the club he has always co...

November 8, 2019

If the update I received this morning is accurate, a big box of top ends, reed valves, and new custom expansion chambers will be on my porch today. It’s Thursday, Nov 7, and the season opener for Salem indoor Flat Track is Saturday...

April 26, 2019

A couple of years ago I decided it might be a good idea to build a bike specifically for flat track/Dirt Quake type events. I'd competed at four Dirt Quakes, three on my old Triumph chop, but I fancied something a bit more suitable...

January 22, 2019


Now then, I do know this bike. The description, taken from eBay, tallies with my own thoughts on the bike, when it comes to reliability. When I've seen this bike at races it's not one of those where the owner is in a ma...

January 21, 2019

I’ve never run from the police. I’ve never been arrested. I’m a lucky guy because I’ve put myself in situations that could’ve, and in some instances, very well should’ve earned me a seat in the back of a squad car. I’d be a liar if...

January 15, 2019

I was delighted to be asked to be involved with Brat Style's Okie Dokie Race and even more pleased to be offered a bike to race. 

I have a ton of photos to share, and will, but for now, watch the official video.

January 12, 2019

I’ve mentioned the 'arms race' that’s in full effect for the Salem Indoor Vintage 250 class this season, and I’ve also referenced that dude who showed up on his Astro from California and gave us all someone to chase for the night....

November 23, 2018

Bike build stories abound, alas, not in my personal history. Mine isn’t even one of fabrication (well, a little), radical style altercation, or ingenious “Frankenstein” parting from other bikes or manufacturers. It was a pretty str...

November 3, 2018

Photo: BMR / Ian Bush

The years of hard slog put in by Peter Boast with Short Track UK, Anthony Brown with the DTRA and of course Sideburn have raised the profile and popularity of Flat Track racing to such an extent that as we...

September 2, 2018

The desire to rush to get reports onto the blog has left me, but the want to share photos and a few details is still there, so for instant gratification, there is the @sideburnmag instagram feed (which also runs along the bottom of...

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