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32 riders assemble before the start of the cafe racer sprint.
Runs are made one on one, the winner goes through to the next round.
Which means that some of the better bikes/riders will be eliminated early on.
Back for the next round or already out?
The Krautmotor Kawasaki KH.
Over 120 applicants tried to get one of the 32 places to ride in the Cafe sprint race this year.
The organisers seem to choose a mixed and varried selection to keep the competition interesting.
Each sprint is a one on one knock out run, with the winner going through to the next round.
This Triton was like most knocked out in the first couple of rounds.
Really anything air cooled and below 1000cc for singles, twins and triples.
A bevel drive Ducati 'ticks all the boxes' but unless he's reduced the gearing, they are not always so quick off the line.
Later belt drive Ducatis are lighter and can take the clutch slipping neccessary to get away quickly. This is Janne Kosonen on his self modified 750SS on the way to winning the event. CLICK HERE for a short video. Sorry for the low definition . . .
A Yamaha XS650 cafe rider stops to do a burn out on his way back to the start gate, maybe that will give him a bit more traction on the next run.
This rider might need more help than that. The sprint is very tough on the bikes.
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One of the few lady contestants on her way back to the start.
This Moto Guzzi performed very well during the competition.
Action and drama in both directions, keeps the spectators entertained.
This was luckily already after the event, otherwise the BMW single ran well if a little slow during the sprint.
You have to be cool to enter on this, but it's the fun that counts, and if you don't have another bike, then use what you've got.
Great looking Moto Morini 500 was let down on power against the bigger bikes.
This Laverda rider unfortunately didn't make it any further.
Another try with a bevel Ducati, great to see these bikes being really used and not just collected.
But anything will do even a stripped and tuned Honda XBR500 makes a great fun bike for the sprint.
Or a modern Triumph which should even be more competitive too.
And finally even the competitors get to spectate as the winners are anounced.
Janne Kosonen getting recognition for his achievement and his prizes of course.
Another great looking Triton nearby the start area,
a unit Bonneville in a wideline frame with a very effective looking front disc brake.
Another entrant of the sprint used this more standard Bonneville for his fun.
But this Bonneville engined Italjet Grifon is maybe too rare and valuable to risk in competition.
A very worthy looking Adler racer.
Next to a road standard and beautifully restored Moto Guzzi Falcone.
If a BMW, then an R90S please, here in the classic Daytona orange colouring.
This rare Kawasaki Z750 twin also competted in the sprint, a great looking cafe racer.
One of the many Laverdas that could luckily be found at Glemseck this year keeping a stall holder company.
Great combination, literally- the Kawasaki arrived on the sidecar of the BMW bobber.
Stripped for action,
wide rear tyre,
and who cares about the mis-matching body colours?
A little bit more sedate is this beautifully restored BMW single.
With some great details, like the hand gear change gate.
I wouldn't race it either : )