“Make Motorcycles Great Again” – that should be the battle cry for the American motorcycle industry for 2019 and onward.
We have talked at great length about the various ways that the motorcycle industry in the United States can revamp itself for life in the 21st century, and while there isn’t a single silver bullet to fix motorcycling in the USA, there are several pillars that such a plan can rest upon.
One of those pillars is getting young riders involved on two-wheels, and on the race track there is no better way to do that than with mini-moto racing. It is cheap and approachable…and most importantly, it is fun.
Getting onto a local cart track with a motorcycle can be done for a fraction of the cost of big bikes on proper road race circuits, and your budget is really only constrained by how good you are at hunting for deals on Craigslist.
Though if you really want to go all out, we present to you the Ohvale GP-0. The pinnacle of the sport, the Daytona 190 model from Ohvale will set you back a solid $6,900 MSRP. Other models from Ohvale are also available, with the 110cc version starting at $4,500 MSRP.
That nearly $7k figure though represents the absolute limit of the sport, which makes mini-moto racing much more affordable than even the “budget” classes on proper big bikes, and that is before we even get into consumables like tires and fuel.
For that price tag, the Ohvale GP-0 190 Powered by Daytona brings you a 24hp four-stroke motorcycle with a four-speed gearbox, a steel trellis fame, and a wrist-full of fun.
Tipping the scales at 145 lbs at the curb, the Ohvale GP-0 190 is a complete ripper, but don’t take our word for it. In the video at the top of the story, we can see Josh Herrin decimating the Apex go-kart track in Perris, CA.
As you can see, this isn’t a motorcycle for the casually inclined, it is a full-on race bike designed for shredding go-karts, and it is finally in the United States.
We have seen Ohvales being used abroad (Marc Marquez and Scott Redding supposedly train on them), where the mini-moto racing scene has been helping to fuel a never-ending supply of fast young kids for the higher ranks of motorcycle racing.
So, we are glad to see them finally here on US soil, thanks to the folks at Rise Moto.
If you have ever asked the question “where the next American world champion will come from?” the answer is probably at the kart track…on a bike like the Ohvale.
Hopefully the buzz around this bike will help bring more riders out to the mini-moto tracks, whether it is with a clapped out Honda CRF150 or an Ohvale GP-0, and help grow our sport.
Source: Rise Moto