Classic motorcycle racing is a popular sport with various racing classes, attracting many participants and spectators. Enthusiasts restore vintage motorcycles, paying homage to past stars. The grassroots approach resonates with many, but a shortage of high-performance parts limits competition. Some racers make their own parts, and spectators enjoy seeing bikes up close.
Classic motorcycle racing has become a popular spectator sport and occurs in a wide range of racing classes. From vintage motocross and road racing to flat track and hill climbing, classic motorcycle racing attracts large numbers of participants and spectators. Many attendees get dilapidated vintage motorcycles for a fraction of the cost of a new machine and restore the motorcycle to look like one of their childhood hero’s paint schemes. Paying homage to past stars, classic motorcycle events bring the early days of motorcycle racing back to life for enthusiasts and competitors alike. Most competitors race at reduced speed and effort to avoid damaging the classic bikes; however, in events such as mountaineering, it remains an extreme sport.
Many of the early motorcycle racing teams were financed by the owners of the machines with factory support limited in most cases to discounts on spare parts. This grassroots approach to competition resonates in the hearts of many classic motorcycle enthusiasts who appreciate this sporty approach to racing. By purchasing old retired racing motorcycles and customizing street ridden veterans to look like bikes of yesteryear, classic motorcycle racing clubs have grown in popularity and occasionally host races at some of the real venues and tracks made famous by the pioneers of fun on two wheels.
One area of difficulty when it comes to racing classic motorcycles is the shortage of high-performance parts. Aftermarket manufacturers rarely stock new performance parts for classic motorcycles and many have long since discarded the molds and machinery needed to produce new parts. Some of the extreme lovers of classic motorcycle racing have started reproducing some of the most frequent competition parts and motorcycle parts for the riders to buy spare parts for broken parts. This shortage of spare parts is the main reason behind the reduced level of competition among many of the riders.
Like the original racers of these modified classics, the racers and owners of the machines are making their own race parts in their home shops. Ingenuity and a love of classic motorcycle racing is driving some of the vintage racing teams to engage in manufacturing hard to find parts to avoid having to scrap their broken vintage riders. Spectators of classic motorcycling events enjoy visiting the pits and seeing bikes from their past up close and personal at many of the events.