Motorcyclist - - Framed - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY 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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