The secrets of a speedway motorcycle
The secrets of a speedway motorcycle

We recently immersed ourselves in the world of Ice Racing, that spectacular version on ice of the Dirt Track. Today, to continue playing some of the styles of motorcycling that are not so popular in our country, we will get into squarely in the fundamentals that are set up on a speedway bike, in everything that the mechanics look for just before the race, but, yes, without neglecting the entertainment.

In principle the Speedway is one of the most basic specialties of the competition, at least as far as the complexity of its machines is concerned. Obviously here there is not a single trace of electronics, control units or power maps but it is based on pure gas control. The machines used at the Speedway Grand Prix are simple and are manufactured by the Czech company Jawa - which also manufactures them for Ice Racing -, they mount an engine single cylinder 500cc four stroke powered by methanol, they do not have any type of brake and the whole machine should never weigh less than 80kg. It certainly looks interesting. But with such "simplicity", what is it that differentiates a good set-up from a not so good one?

As in any race not so much the theoretical performance but the comfort of the rider that he carries it, that is, making the motorcycle as he likes to carry it. For this they can resort to various basic settings: length between axles, crown size, carburetor, clutch, handlebar and footrest, as explained by one of the television commentators with the current world champion's motorcycle in front.

Knowing how they work, it is only fair to indulge in a bit of Speedway in its purest form. What you will see next is the summary of one of the most important events on the Speedway calendar. During the English summer it is celebrated in Cardiff a true motor festival. Its Grand Prize is an attraction, a magnet for lovers of two wheels who do not hesitate to pay tickets close to 50 euros to fill the stadium to the flag.

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