Flat Track Racing: Kawasaki Ninja 650

The unique green machine of Henry Wiles in American Flat Track.

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In spite of the rivalry between Harley-Davidson and Indian, 12 of the 18 machines that lined up for the opening AFT Twins main event in Daytona were powered by Kawasaki’s parallel-twin Ninja 650—the privateer engine of choice.Brian J. Nelson

While much of American Flat Track's limelight is trained on the renewed factory rivalry between Harley-Davidson and Indian, 12 of the 18 machines that lined up for the opening AFT Twins main event in Daytona were powered by Kawasaki's parallel-twin Ninja 650—the privateer engine of choice. Among them was Henry Wiles' unique machine (No. 17), which mimicked the single-cylinder motocrossers that are no longer campaigned in the premier class and which required a different riding style than the more traditional Harley V-twin of Jake Johnson (No. 5). Wiles finished third.

 

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