Supermotos

Supermotos are bikes used in a branch of motorcycle racing that combines the fast-paced action of motocross with the skill and speed of street/track racing. Normally, Supermotos are ridden on tracks that are about 70% tarmac (like street/track racing) and 30% dirt (like motocross); the sport pushes riders to the limit while testing their ability to control a bike across two totally different genres of racing. Experience is a must, so practice with Supermotos is vital for anyone interested in this category.

History of Supermoto

The Supermoto began in the 1970s when the American Broadcasting Corporation decided to organize a race to find out the best motorcycle rider across the various disciplines in the sport. They came up with the idea of creating an all-round race that included off-road, flat-track and road-racing courses, all in the same lap. Although ABC cancelled the show in 1985, European competitors brought it back with them and the Supermoto championships became a huge craze again.

The bikes, or Supermotos, used in the sport were, normally, 2-stroke machines that were light weight and excellent jumpers. However, with changes in regulations, 4-stroke machines have become the norm. Slick tyres have manually-carved groves to allow quicker take-offs on dirt while the suspension is stiffer than a regular motocross bike. Riders stick to extreme turning angles and as a result, hand guards are usually found on Supermoto bikes.

Supermotos are extremely popular even amongst those who do not compete, but ride them in general. The bikes are extremely versatile & durable, making them a popular choice for weekend racers and enthusiast-groups. However, these bikes, when coming out of the factory, are not street-worthy as they lack headlights, horn, mirrors, taillights and even street-legal tyres. These parts need to be added on before the bikes can be used legally on most streets in the USA and Europe.

If you are someone who needs more than just riding down in style to the local mall, then there is the enticing option of competing in local and national level competitions. Every year, thousands of riders across the globe, begin their season of trotting along various paths to reach venues. Competing in races mostly over weekends, these riders aim to become professional in the sport by winning local tournaments. Most famous motorcycle riders have experienced the Supermoto bike races in their past and many still follow it as an addictive hobby.

What the Supermotos ensure is that you, as the rider, get more out of the race than just jumps on a dirt track, or racing around tarmac. Combining the two forms on local Kart tracks ensures that the races are thrilling, short and extremely fast with a lot of high flying action that sees riders from across the world participate to become the greatest motorcycle rider amongst the formidable Supermotos.

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