Goodspeed500 to hold American races, partners with C&J Racing Frames

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Goodspeed500.jpgRemember Goodspeed500? The gentleman’s parking lot–based urban race series announced itself to much enthusiasm last year but hasn’t yet held a race. It appears that raising the necessary capital to build the race bikes (modern street trackers with classic style), to secure appropriate venues and to find ways to promote itself sufficiently is taking longer than its creators, Dimitri Hettinga and Marcus van den Maagdenberg, initially thought. Now it seems they are fundamentally altering their plans in order to make the series come to fruition.
>Goodspeed_500.jpgThe biggest change is the addition of American races (Dimitri and
Marcus are Dutch). Initially excluded in favor of Europe-only venues,
Goodspeed now sees the country as crucial to its success. This has come
about, in part, because of a partnership with C&J Racing Frames,
which will build the bikes. Developer of the Harley-Davidson XR 750
dirt track racer, C&J is uniquely positioned to construct the
racers, bringing its expertise to optimizing Goodspeed’s design.

Dave Pearce of Tigcraft remains on board as a consultant. It’s
Goodspeed’s intention to sell the road-legal 450cc bikes to the public.
The machines will form a crucial part of the series’ business, think of
them as the ultimate piece of merchandise, a bona fide race bike for
the road. While they will remain flat track inspired, the bikes will be
lighter, more road-ready, use 18” wheels, a saddle-style seat and
feature numerous other differences to give them a unique appeal and
ability.

Should Goodspeed500 come to fruition, and we think it will, it will
herald an entirely new era of motorcycle racing, one that appeals to a
young, urban, creative demographic alienated by most motorcycle makers
and their lame marketing. By locating its races in the centers of key
global cities and making them happening-focused, the traditional
barriers to acceptance in this market — travel and broad appeal — are
removed. Goodspeed isn’t the first company to try and do this, but
unlike Red Bull and its imitators, it realizes exclusivity and a focus
on participation are the key to an event like this moving from
something that’s recognized into something that’s accepted.

Goodspeed is scheduled to hold its first race early next year. We’ll
keep you updated as that date draws nearer, more details emerge and our
entry into the series is confirmed. 

Goodspeed

  • Gary

    Viva Goodspeed!
    I want this to happen so much. Please corporate world, find a few grand down the back of the sofa and bank roll it.

  • contender

    This looks neat, if not a hipster magnet. If their bikes become the new cool maybe people will start laying off of the late seventies UJMs. They’re getting hard to find.

  • Grant Ray

    This will be very special. Let’s be frank and just say that current motorcycle design for the cities is woefully behind the times. Supermotos are fantastic but lack luxury appeal. Yes, Goodspeed tends towards the hipster end of the spectrum, but so what. HD is for aging boomers while the rest of the industry caters the everyman.

    We’ve been aching for the return of small batch lightweight high-powered street bikes that harken back to the days of Rumi, Gilera, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Parilla, N.S.U., Norton, Velocette, Vincent, Ducati, Mondial, Benelli, etc.

  • dimitri

    Thanks Grant Ray,

    Hipsters… if you want to give it a name thats fine with me. Goodspeed is about long term quality. We go for a quality bike, handbuild and reasonably affordable. Yes we do like the good life, good stuff and good food. Goodspeed wants to cater for people that are fed up with bullshit. Less crap and more quality of life.

  • http://www.urbanrider.eu urbanrider

    sounds very interesting. a lot of our customers would be interested in taking part for sure. keep us updated about a london event please!

  • Chris

    I NEED this to happen! I would be the first person in line if this ever comes to NYC. I ride crotch rockets around the city like a motored urban assault bicycle. I do this because I’ve grown up here and I’m as comfortable on two wheels in traffic as I am on my feet in subway rush hour.

    I say I a lot don’t I? That’s because I’m as selfish as any other rider. That’s why we ride. Because we feel better individually when we get rolling. I love it!