If You Think You Know How to Ride Motorcycles, Try Flat Track

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If You Think You Know How to Ride Motorcycles, Try Flat Track

I accepted that this would not go well long before I arrived at the track. My only goal was to not break anything. On my body, that is. I triaged the motorcycles as likely casualties. Somehow, the 411-cc Royal Enfield Himalayan and I finished the day with all of our appendages intact.

As an outsider, flat track racing is terrifying. Riders launch their bikes around dirt courses at alarming speeds, throwing their body weight around, sliding rear wheels out as they drag their left foot to stabilize the slide around corners. It’s a manic art. I got to try it firsthand at Royal Enfield’s Slide School, thanks to an invite from the Progressive American Flat Track series.

The end result of my half-day school didn’t much resemble the racing seen by the impressive, professional flat-trackers teaching me. But, it did leave me with ample appreciation for the intense dance the riders do when sliding their motorcycles out of corners.

And it very much is a dance.

For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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