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Old 12-03-2018, 12:05 PM   #16
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I couldn't agree more, but there are a few folks in the AFM who decided that the correct agenda for the club was to stack the deck in favor of the current crop of 350 prod legal bikes. Not only was 6.1.2B deleted, but the 300WSS class was added. There was also a preiviously allowed interpretation of the rules that a few people used to run singles down into a lightweight twins formula class...a decision was made to disallow that. Admittedly a grey area, but the singles would not have had an advantage over a true formula twin in that class...only over the prod bikes that currently fill it.

Don't get me wrong, I love that the 350 prod bikes have tons of classes to play in, and I think it's a great platform for many racers (myself included). It's just that the decisions made were done to make those bikes competitive in classes that they really have no business being competitive in. If anyone brought true 250sb legal race bikes or built true formula-based lightweight twins, a decent rider on those bikes would decimate the prod bikes and then the folks with the agenda would figure out a way to tighten the rules or change the class structure again.

One of the things I always loved about the AFM was that there was a place for all the unusual/interesting bikes. It's becoming much less so, and I mourn the loss of some of AFM's soul. I still think AFM is an amazing club with great people, but there are definitely some agendas at work that aren't necessarily the best for the club as a whole.

All that said, I don't have a horse in this race since I'm no longer racing.

Originally Posted by ILOAD2 View Post
Every other CLUB racing Organization in the Country has this Rule still written into their class structure.


Im glad someone else took notice.

The rule did only apply to SB NOT superstock Or "production"
The AFM could really pick up a few more bucks from its existing paddock and after 7 rounds of entry that chunk of change could be significant. Just by re inserting this sub text

Last edited by sean931; 12-03-2018 at 07:59 PM.. Reason: Fixed wording for clarity.
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Old 12-04-2018, 08:43 AM   #17
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I would disagree, a member brought back out there TZR 250 superbike legal bike based off a production frame and won the class handily before putting it back in the shed. It was built to the rules of the class which start at the introduction to either Superstock or Superbike.

Formula classes are in existence for unusual/interesting bikes with pretty much anything goes and class being dictated by the engine displacement. Have a one off frame, that would be Formula based bike. Have a frame that was manufactured and distributed for street use available from a dealership world wide, that's a superbike.

Those most basic rules, the introduction to each class explaining where a motorcycle originated from, have not been modified.

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