The tracker is a type of motorcycle preparation in vogue but however less common on the roads or on social networks than bobbers , cafe racers or scramblers .
The tracker, or also called flat tracker , dirt tracker is a type of motorcycle from competition . This motorcycle was developed to compete in American flat track racing , which is held on an oval-shaped dirt track.
The technical particularities of this bike are to have large wheels , a large handlebar , a small thin tank , a specific rear hull .
We are going to see how the tracker appeared in the universe of customization, then see in detail the list of the specificities of the trackers, the different types of trackers and a selection of trackers that we particularly appreciate.
Since the 1930s, races called "Track racing" have been practiced in the United States. These are races on an oval dirt track .
In this category, there are "Flat track racing". It is a competition a little different from "Speedway racing" because the motorcycles are equipped with only a rear brake . It changes the way you take turns.
Flat track tours range in length from 1/4 mile (400 meters) to 1 mile (1600 meters).
Video of a Flat Track race in 1971:
Since the 1950s, Indian and Harley-Davidson have been actively competing in this discipline, as have foreign manufacturers such as Honda, Kawasaki and Triumph.
In the 1970s, Harley-Davidson launched the XR750 , the most successful AMA (American Flat Track) competition motorcycle in this discipline:
With the rise in popularity of modified motorcycles, many enthusiasts have chosen to prepare their motorcycles the Dirt Track style.
Today, the enthusiasm for this sport and this segment has increased considerably. Not only Triumph , Ducati , Harley and the Indians take part in the races, but also Royal Enfield which takes part recently. The brand even opened a flat track education program , and sponsored riders like Shayna Texter , the first woman to win an American professional flat track race.
And now some of those motorcycle manufacturers and others are offering flat track style motorcycles. We will see it in detail later.
FLAT TRACK TYPES:
DIRT TRACKER / FLAT TRACKER - THE COMPETITION ONE
A flat tracker is a racing motorcycle. The first flat trackers were converted road bikes. A flat tracker is designed to compete in American flat track races, which are held on an oval-shaped dirt track. The track is flat, there are no obstacles other than other runners. Drivers glide through corners and sprint down the straights.
The competition dirt tracker does not have front lights and brakes. The engines are also prepared for the race.
THE STREET TRACKER
So-called " street tracker " motorcycles are inspired by flat tracker racing (or dirt tracker, as they are also called).
Unlike racing motorcycles, a street tracker is equipped with a front brake and lights to make it usable on the road.
It is a civilized version of a flat tracker .
In terms of style, we separate street trackers into 2 categories:
The classic tracker is a tracker based on a fairly old motorcycle and which takes up the aesthetic codes of the old competition flat trackers.
Here is a model made on a YAMAHA XS500 base by Hambrese :
The headlight plate has an LED strip acting as a daytime running light and the lenticular projector is installed below. It's beautiful and it's approved!
We often find the same type of installation on many prepared 50cc supermotard type as well as on the recent FB Mondial Flat Track 125 .
Another solution can be considered for a street tracker: the flagship headlight with integrated LED optics. Here is a realization of the French craftsman CreativGarage :
HULL AND SADDLE
The tracker saddle is very specific. This is a single-seater saddle placed on a shell. The shell can be plastic, fiber or aluminum. The hull has wide "hips" and the shape looks (a bit) like a duckbill. It protects the pilot from earth projections.
We offer custom-made aluminum plates as part of a tracker preparation.
The tracker handlebar is special, it is wider and higher than a scrambler handlebar.
Here is an 80 cm tracker handlebar .
The tracker's exhaust is generally made up of a 2-in-1 collector (or more depending on the number of cylinders) which passes under the engine and is finished by a megaphone or disc type silencer inclined upwards or in high passage.
Here is an example of a Harley XR750 with a SUPERTRAPPDISC type exhaust.
The style is close to the previous one and the execution is perfect. We like the big modifications on the frame to achieve this result. The integration of the front lights in the plate and at the rear, of the rear light at the level of the loop also make this flat track one of the most successful that exists.
Here is a demonstration video of this little monster on the track:
FB WORLD FLAT TRACK
FB MONDIAL is a brand with a marked style. Their Flat Track 125 proposal is proof of that.
This model has a very modern, even futuristic style that contrasts squarely with the Flat Tracker 125 from Mash.
It respects the aesthetic codes of trackers by bringing their own style.
We like the integration of the front lights below the numbered plate.
It is available from €4485.
FANTIC CABALLERO FLAT TRACK 125 AND 500
Fantic has a market position very close to FB Mondial . However, his style is less divisive. The pencil stroke is softer.
This Fantic Cabellero Flat Tracker 125 uses some tracker codes but that's it. We forget the specific rear shell to make way for a duo saddle but which has a specific shape. At the front, no plate, Fantic installed a traditional LED headlight.
It is offered at 5190€.
In 500cc version:
You can play the 7 differences game for your the difference! Yes indeed, there is the 500 logo on the gray radiator guard.
It is marketed at the price of 6790€ for the 500cc model.
Indian has a great history in Flat Track competition. In 2017, they presented a superb Flat Track concept from which this FTR 1200 derives.
Unfortunately, the style of the motorcycle has changed a bit to be closer to the roadster.
We can therefore call it roadster-tracker given these inspirations from the past.
It's a good motorcycle that was appreciated by the testers.
It can also be a perfect base for advanced Tracker preparation.
The FTR 1200 is sold from 14690€.
We have seen in detail the peculiarities of a tracker. Planned for racing, trackers now travel our roads with an atypical style that characterizes them (Headlight plate, hull and special saddle, handlebars, exhaust...).
Do you like this style of preparation? Tell us in the comments.
You are now ready to build your own or opt for a new model.