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Posted 15 February 2018 - 07:20 AM

I went down a rabbit hole on YouTube (again) this morning and ended up stumbling on some flat track races from the mid 80's which reminded me of the Superbikers race series on Wide World of Sports I watched when I was a kid. This was the predecessor of Supermoto, and honestly I feel like a far superior product to what supermoto morphed into here in the US which for the most part was dirt bikes on street tires riding on pavement tracks or dirt ovals. For those too young to remember, Superbikers were a complete motorcycle event/series including jumps, dirt track and pavement sections and brought all styles of bikes on the same track in the early years before they settled on the specific bikes they used at the end run by the best off road, road and flat track riders of the day.


For whatever reason, probably because I was like 10, I was a huge fan of Danny "Magoo" Chandler. Couldn't tell you anything about him other than he was great at this series, though as a Honda guy I liked Steve Wise as well. A few years ago I took a trip to California with my wife and we drove through the places I remember hearing about as a kid, thinking they were mythical areas: Elsinore, Ensanada, Carlsbad to name a few. Brought back great memories as a kid on my Z50 and later XL80 riding around, acting like I was a real racer.

Do yourself a favor and search the series to check out some awesome racing on very cool machinery; I searchered "Superbikers Wide World of Sports" and came up with a bunch of videos and other stuff related to the events.


Here's a link to sort of an "overview" of the series in '86 but know the earlier 80's races were better when it was a dirt tracker vs. a motocrosser vs. a road racer on a dirt bike:


https://www.youtube....P&v=XgQ3nLqjwAc
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Posted 15 February 2018 - 08:05 AM

Jeff Ward I saw him as a little kid at Spring Creek!!! That makes me want to get a super motto again! But with no dirt its not as much fun!
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Posted 15 February 2018 - 10:23 AM

View PostVrooom, on 15 February 2018 - 08:05 AM, said:

Jeff Ward I saw him as a little kid at Spring Creek!!! That makes me want to get a super motto again! But with no dirt its not as much fun!


is he still racing trophy trucks?
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Posted 15 February 2018 - 11:02 AM

Yup. Loved watching that on the weekends back in the 80s. I remember checking the tv guide each week to see if that would be on.
When supermoto started taking off I was always like "Hey, where's the dirt?"
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