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Discussion in 'AFT American Flat Track Racing' started by se7en10, Dec 26, 2018.
Do American Flat Track's rules changes go too far to help Indian's rivals? - RevZilla
This is going to be one interesting season,......Indian will lose,.......YEAH RIGHT!!!,........Indian will do nothing,......YEAH RIGHT!!!
I'm out of my element here, but this reminds me of the revolutionary cat-ketch sailboats Garry Hoyt invented/designed, which were so fast they were either handicapped so severely they weren't competitive or got banned altogether from ocean racing -- I don't remember which.
Evidently the FTR750, purpose-built for ATR, is a significant step forward in the evolution of that genre of motorcycles. Polaris chose to spend the money to build a bike with a needle-thin focus. Harley, maker of more models and variations and subsets than all the fleas of all the camels in Egypt, had been coasting fat and happy in a racing class that (correct me if I'm wrong) had gotten stale from lack of excitement, using a modified street bike. Along comes evolution -- Australopithecus robustus meets homo erectus -- and AFT changes the rules to benefit what evolution has just passed by. Hmm.
But there is another side here, per the article. The Powers That Be want AFT to be accessible to the common man and for him to have a chance of success within it, and not be crushingly dominated by one (or more) deep-pockets manufacturers. From that angle, some leveling of the playing field seems like a worthy goal. Seems to me much of the issue comes down to what AFT is to be.
I can't begin to opine about the technical aspects of "how much is too much," but it seems that if AFT is to be an everybody-and-anybody participation class, some offset to Polaris' depth of pockets is appropriate.
It's Richard Petty and the Plymouth Superbird all over again.
Sorry, didn't see it in this section.
No worries. It's still worth grousing about.
To appropriate Thumper's comment, "Bump."
I didn't even know FTR was still a thing...I mean I knew...but I didn't know anyone that actually paid attention to it or the races. Indian has brought new blood and fans to the sport and AFT and others saw that as a good thing. They were willing to let the rules bend to make it happen. I don't see they had real choice unless they wanted to continue to limp along at their current pace.
More interest equals more fans and corporate sponsorship which means more money which means more investment in new bikes and technology which means more fans which means more money...
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