Out Those Handlebars!
Since I started racing
early in the merging ATV classes, and had a decent
racing reputation, I was contacted by a small American
company that were starting a small racing team called
"Team Tiger". I received this photo with
an attached letter asking if I was interested in riding
the prototype and trying out for their forming race
team. Tiger was in the process producing a "race-ready",
250cc Rotax powered, three wheeler to compete against
Team Honda and Team Kawasaki in the national racing
circuit. I rode one of the prototypes and was very
impressed with the power it had but I was not a fan
of having to use a twist throttle. I never owned a
MX bike so using a twist was not an option in my mind.
Tigers were always very fast on the TT tracks, but
were noticeably nose-heavy when jumped. Combine this
bad handling attribute with an awkward twist throttle,
(for me at least) I decided that a Tiger and I were
not a good mix.
ATV's Race ATV Prototype with 250cc Rotax motor,
radiator, F/R disk brakes, twist throttle and I
believe a 38mm carb.