Saturday, July 09, 2011

Thundersport to debut Golden Era Superbikes series in 2012


The Golden Era Superbikes series will herald the return of 750cc superbikes of the 1980s and 1990s to UK racetracks. Yes! Awesome!!!
classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes

Good news for those with fond memories of bikes like the Ducati 851/888, Kawasaki ZXR750/ZX-7R, Yamaha OW 01/YZF750, Honda RC30/RC45 and the Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD. Next year, the UK-based Thundersport plan to introduce the Golden Era Superbikes series, where all these machines, as well as 1000cc twins like the Suzuki TL1000S and Honda VTR1000 will be eligible to participate.

‘They [the bikes mentioned above] were seemingly ridden by a highly talented and committed bunch of axe-wielding maniacs and the racing was simply fantastic. Marco Simoncelli would have looked like a girl scout compared to that lot and the appeal of Superbikes was infectious and spread far beyond motorcycle fans,’ says Dave Stewart, on the Thundersport website. ‘Scott Russell, Giancarlo Fallapa, Yasutomo Nagai, Colin Edwards, Aaron Slight, Carl Fogarty, Anthony Gobert and a host of other riders didn’t complain about a bit of fairing bashing, they actually expected it. And so did the fans,’ he adds.

Stewart intends to keep the rules simple and costs reasonably low by allowing only specific bikes which, according to him, ‘fit the spirit and ethos of the class.’ The list of machines eligible include the Ducati 851 and 888, Kawasaki ZXR750, Yamaha OW01, Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD, Honda RC30, Kawasaki ZX-7R and RR, Yamaha OW 01, YZF750 and OW02 R7, Honda RC45, Ducati 916 and 996, Aprilia RSV1000 Mille, Suzuki TL1000S and TL1000R, Honda VTR1000 and the MV Agusta F4 750. There will be no tuning restrictions but parts (except tyres) will be restricted to those that were available before 2003.

The Golden Era Superbikes series sounds simply awesome to us. We remember watching these bikes on the telly, when growing up, and dreaming about these bikes every minute of the day for many, many years. The bikes, the riders, the atmosphere – for us, it was and continues to be a magical era. For more details on the series, you can send an email to jamiestewart9@googlemail.com


Above, from left: Raymond Roche, who won the 1990 World Superbikes championship aboard a Ducati 851, and Doug Polen, who won the 1991 and 92 WSBK championships on a Ducati 888
classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes classic superbikes

No comments:

Labels

2WD AC Schnitzer AJS Akrapovic all-wheel-drive Alpinestars AMG Aprilia Ariel Audi Avinton Bajaj Barry Sheene Benelli Bianchi Bimota BMW Bosch Brammo Brembo Britten BSA Buell Bultaco Cagiva Campagna Can-Am Carver Casey Stoner Caterham Chinese bikes Classics Concept Bike Confederate CRandS Custom-built Dainese Derbi Diesel Ducati Eddie Lawson EICMA 2008 EICMA 2009 EICMA 2012 EICMA 2013 EICMA 2014 EICMA 2015 EICMA 2016 Electric Ferrari Fischer flying machines Freddie Spencer Giacomo Agostini Gilera Harley-Davidson Helmets Henderson Hero Motocorp Hesketh Honda Horex Husqvarna Hybrid Hyosung Ilmor Indian Intermot 2012 Intermot 2014 Intermot 2016 Interviews Isle of Man TT Jawa Jay Leno Jeremy Burgess Kawasaki Kevin Schwantz KTM Lamborghini Lambretta Laverda Lazareth Lotus Mahindra Malaguti Markus Hofmann McLaren Mercedes-Benz Mick Doohan Midual Millepercento Mission Motors Mondial Morbidelli Morgan Moriwaki Moto Guzzi Moto Morini Moto2 Moto3 MotoCzysz MotoGP MotoGP-2007 MotoGP-2008 MotoGP-2009 MotoGP-2010 Motorcycle Design Motus MTT MV Agusta MZ News Nissan Norton NSU Peraves Petronas Peugeot Photography Piaggio Porsche Quad Renard Renault Riding Impressions Roehr Ronax Ronin Rotary Royal Enfield Scooters Segway Shootouts Short Films Skills Specials stunt riding Supercharged Suter Suzuki Toyota Travel trike Triumph Turbo TVS Two-stroke Ural V10 V12 V4 V6 V8 Valentino Rossi Velocette Vespa Victory Vincent Volkswagen Voxan Vyrus Wakan Wayne Gardner Wayne Rainey Wunderlich Yamaha Yoshimura Zagato