Video: Tim Weig – Supermoto Fast Guy

01/29/2014 @ 4:49 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

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The original premise behind supermoto was to create a sport that could be a melting pot and meeting ground for the hot racers from the  off-road and on-road worlds.

Essentially dirt bikes with street tires, the class is the mixed martial arts of motorcycle racing, and it requires riders to have both good street and dirt skills at their disposal. If you haven’t given it a try, we highly recommend it.

It is a little surprising then that supermoto wasn’t more than just a fad here in the US – the racing is spectacular, in the literal sense of the word. Helping prove that point is this short video by Chrome Capes, which follows SoCal’s resident supermoto fast guy, Tim Weig. We think you will enjoy it. Thanks for the tip Jason!

Source: Chrome Capes

Comment:

  1. ADG says:

    You might want to add that the whole concept was started in the US by Gavin Trippe in ’79 to ’85, and was called “superbikers”. It was covered by ABC “Wide World of Sports”. Kenny Roberts, Jeff Ward, Eddie Lawson, Danny “Magoo” Chandler and many others raced it on either a motocross bike or flattrack based bikes.

  2. ADG says:

    Oh, and I miss my KTM 560 SMR….Really couldn’t bring it here to Panama.

  3. Slangbuster says:

    Absolutely the most fun you can have on two wheels. I’m surprised as well it didn’t catch on here a few years ago. It seemed like a perfect formula for success. (ADG) Thanks for giving kudos to Gavin, he is quite the forward thinker. Get on You Tube and bring up Wide world of Sports Superbikers at Carlsbad Raceway. Thrilling to watch.

  4. paulus says:

    Watch the Euro SM races… sideways action and lots of super-fast guys

  5. small wheel sunday says:

    un like most people i race mini motards fun and powerful and scary in pro class

  6. Greg says:

    Supermoto is huge fun, but considering the abysmal coverage of AMA roadracing over the past few years, it’s hardly a surprise that it hasn’t caught on to a greater degree.

    Fortunately, there are outfits like SoCal Supermoto which are keeping the dream alive and for quite a bargain too!

  7. jeff_williams says:

    I love supermoto. Ridiculous fun and the equipment is cheap. The ingredients make for good racing. It is almost impossible not to ride hooligan on the street though.

  8. ADG says:

    @jeff_williams, Hooliganism….after the spring thaw in Jackson, Wyo the roads still had a little sand on them. Nothing like hitting the twisty s and lighting up the rear tire at 50-60mph feet up and sideways. :)

  9. Tim did a great job on this video and he really is fun to watch race. Great guy too! SM is growing and getting more popular every year! If you have not done the SoCal Supermoto School you have not lived! It is the most fun I have had on a motorcycle in 10 years riding and to beat up a DRZ400 for around $200 all day is a deal!

  10. ADG says:

    @Slangbuster….Carlsbad was THE REAL deal…..not friggin stupid little go-cart tracks.

  11. MeatyBeard says:

    I did my first SoCal Supermoto class with Tim. He was there for his second time and my god was he fast. He was keeping up with the track day regulars that came with their modified KTM, Aprilia, Honda, and Yamaha supermotos and Tim was on a basically stock DRZ400SM school bike. The nicest guy too, can’t say that enough. He brought a huge flat of water to make sure everyone was hydrated and was super friendly, being talkative and supportive with everyone. Genuinely a great person. Go Tim!

  12. Singletrack says:

    I’m actually not surprised Supermoto never took off as a spectator sport, at least in its current forms.

    It’s sort of stuck in the middle, with none of the high speed excitement of road racing or dirt track, and none of the high flying extreme action of motocross.

    It’s its own animal, which is fantastic for participants, but I don’t find it that interesting to watch. The compact go-kart tracks and dense settings currently used keep things safe for the average rider, but not exciting.

    Superbikers was a thrill. 500cc 2-strokes, V-twin dirt trackers and 120 mph+ with big hills was very cool. Sort of like a Grand National Championship, all rolled into one event.

  13. mxs says:

    I love it … but it really does depend where you live (tracks) and what’s your time availability … If either is not good it’s really not that great … the fun factor wears off pretty quickly.

  14. Norm G. says:

    re: “The original premise behind supermoto was to create a sport that could be a melting pot and meeting ground for the hot racers from the off-road and on-road worlds.”

    on paper the calculations jive, and to a certain degree it’s worked in real life, but the “REV limiter” comes back to what it always does… the people.

    re: “It is a little surprising then that supermoto wasn’t more than just a fad here in the US”

    imo it was never promoted properly. I attended some of the rounds during the brief resurgence back in what was it…? 2007…? definitely nothing wrong with the product. t’was good shit and I still believe it holds promise.

    re: “It’s sort of stuck in the middle, with none of the high speed excitement of road racing or dirt track, and none of the high flying extreme action of motocross.”

    it’s kind of a purists activity, but then so is RR, DT, and SX. I think there’s still plenty of action. however, those currently on meds for ADD might not want to apply. UFC it ain’t.

  15. Norm G. says:

    re: “Watch the Euro SM races”

    I do/did. I forget who it was (may have even been Speed?), but they aired a season of S1 and S2. that’s right, I have the recordings.

    but again, we fail to support so in the end, we’ll get nothing and like it.