7 months ago


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And they go as good as

And they go as good as they look. They tell us that the lap times are comparable with modern superbikes. Jaco has managed a two minute flat at Redstar. AJ Venter pulled 1.59 on a similar machine… that’s good enough for a fourth place in the ZX10 cup. On 30 year old motorcycles. Sadly for them on the day of testing the weather came in and Redstar made the call to cancel practice. We got there really early to get started and the guys were at least lucky enough to get in an hour of riding… These old bike sound amazing – and it was so cool to watch them out there. One and then 2: “The plan was to only build one bike – but a visit from the UK’s Don Hill, who was also instrumental in developing the bikes led to two. The plan was to take part in the world championship classic endurance race – but that has been postponed. Hopefully it will happen later this year. If a guy comes to race from abroad, they can use one of our bikes. When we go there – then they supply us with a similar bike” says Jaco. But we are going to race them locally in the local CSRA. About CSRA South Africa enjoyed a “heyday” of production bike racing in the 1980’s and the equipment that this was based upon remains reasonably affordable today. There was a “sea change” of superbike specs between the mainly air-cooled bikes of the late 70’s and early 80’s when the oil cooled Suzuki GSXR burst onto the scene around 1985/6. Many of our members run both 750 and 1100 “Gixxers” of this period. As a result of this phenomenon, and the performance gap it entailed, we have adopted 2 racing categories for the CSRA: Formula 1 – Bikes from 1984 – 1989 Formula 2 – Bikes from 1975 – 1983 Close racing, full grids and friendly pits at the best racing circuits in the country offer riders and spectators a memorable taste of racing from the past. Motorcycle racing in any class is immeasurable safer on today’s closed circuits than it was in the past. Racing on closed circuits still lives on and there’s no shortage of brave riders willing to risk it all in their quests for glory. The CSRA was formed by like-minded potential competitors, who, in the main, prepared racing bikes for the Annual SA “TT Races”. The logic was to organise a series of races in SA that would culminate with the TT races each year. Should sufficient members come forward wishing to race older machinery this will be accommodated, but with rider safety coming first. They have tried to be as non-prescriptive as possible with regards to the technical regulations, allowing members to fettle their machines as best as practical, taking into consideration the age of their machinery, once again safety considerations upper mind. The Association has embarked upon efforts to try to pass on skills to the next generation of potential bike racers, partnering with SA tracks with education initiatives involving youngsters from townships, where they would not generally have such opportunities. Sponsorship efforts linked to this project are on-going. More info –