It could come as a result of age, size or even ability, but one thing is certain in our sport. For those who start racing as children and continue with dirt track racing, at some point you are going to have to move to a bigger bike.
Friday, 12 June 2015 11:50 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog
For those unaware, I will give you the Coles Notes version of the difference between DTX and ‘framer’ flat track bikes. A DTX machine is a motocross motorcycle that has been turned into a flat tracker via suspension changes and the addition of 19-inch wheels and tires, whereas a framer utilizes a purpose-built racing frame fitted with a motor, wheels, tank, etc.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:19 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog
Most fans (and likely most racers) are a little naïve as to what it takes to put on a race. The average fan shows up about half an hour before race time, while many racers get to the track just in time to sign in, unpack the trailer and head out for practice. Few, if any, give any thought to the dedicated group that has been there hours—and in some cases even days—before them.
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:49 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog
Over the years, there have been many great road racers that have got their racing careers started, or at the very least moving swiftly, by racing flat track. A few of the more recent are the legendary Hayden brothers and Jason DiSalvo. The Canadian flat track scene has seen a reversal of this trend in the past month, however, as four former and current pro road racers have shown up to have some fun in the dirt.
Friday, 05 September 2014 11:20 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog
Canada has Victoria Day, and the following weekend, the US has Memorial Day. One perk that the US has over us is that Memorial Day weekend also happens to coincide with the running of the legendary Springfield Mile at the fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. Since the majority of the flat trackers here in the great white north will never get the opportunity to run the mile, I talked to a couple of Canucks who recently did and got their take on what it is like to go 135 mph on a flat track bike.
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 10:42 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog
Italian motorcycle brand Zaeta, ‘the motorcycle of urban rebels’, will be racing in Canadian flat track events this year. Motorsports Canada Ltd., the exclusive North American distributor for Zaeta, made the announcement recently at a Flat Track Canada social event held at Town Moto in Toronto. They have inked former CMA champion Braden Vallee to a deal to ride the Zaeta 530 DT for the 2014 race season.
Friday, 25 April 2014 15:06 Published in Reports, Results & Points
The Canadian flat track scene has produced some great racers over the years, and that can most likely be attributed to some fantastic bar banging battles that occur every weekend during the summer. Despite the great racing offered here however, there has always been the appeal for our riders to head stateside to try their luck. Whether it is for a race or two or for a whole season and whether your goal is to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Chris Carr or to obtain the status of grizzled veteran John Parker (who seems to be the unofficial mayor of the TT in Medina, NY), Canadians still want to head south to race.
Monday, 21 April 2014 14:10 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog
To the untrained observer, most tracks that hold flat track races may appear to be very similar. This is to say that they are all somewhat oval, and they all have four turns. While the size difference between certain tracks should be obvious to most, other characteristics such as track surface may be harder to spot from your seat in the bleachers on a Saturday night.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:43 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog
We have been approached twice in the last year by 'Phantom Sponsors' and, I’ll be honest, I just don’t get it. For those who are unaware, my family is made up of racing enthusiasts with a son who is lucky enough to live his dream of racing flat track. As we are also very much a middle-class family, Braden couldn’t race without the generous support of great sponsors.
Thursday, 13 February 2014 13:34 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog
One of the problems that has always faced flat track racers is tires, or to be more precise, the lack thereof. With flat track tires being such a specialty item, you just can’t go to your local Yamaha or Honda dealer and order a set. In fact you will likely find that most dealers will be confused as to what you are actually after. There is a Maxxis warehouse in Brampton, ON, but despite numerous phone calls and emails, nobody has ever got back to me about my tire requests.
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 15:41 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog