"A simple frame. Direct drive. Wide bars. Tiny tank.The fundamentals of a speedway bike have changed as little as the art of the oval itself.Here are nine bikes from nine decades.Can you spot the changes?
The Anatomy of a Speedway Bike
"Simplicity is extremely difficult to achieve. While the apparent straightforwardness of the oval is one of speedway’s key appeals there are a raft of mechanical subtleties on a speedway bike that help achieve the Zen-
Dirt Quake IV is HERE!
"In case you hadn't noticed, there's a lot to be said for the simple joy of racing a motorbike around an oval dirt track.While the noble sport of speedway may be the root of these things, the shale is home to all manner of machines."
Gallery: The Art of Speedway
"Speedway’s history reaches way back to a time when there were no computers, no electronic timings, no million dollar sponsorship deals and no TV coverage. Still, this stripped down sport of working class heroes produced a noble visual culture. "
"Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. The Adrian Flux FIM British Speedway Grand Prix. The place is packed to the rafters.It’s clear to see that speedway today has a large and loyal following. And why not? What’s not to like? "
Tai Woffinden: Chasing the Dirt
"I got into speedway when I was really young. The thing I enjoy most about the sport is the Adrenaline.I’m riding a 500 cc bike with no brakes and I’m trying to ride the bike as fast as I can. "
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