About the CSRA

The Classic Superbike Racing Association (also known as CSRA) aims to be one of the larger and most respected racing motorcycle associations.

Close racing, full grids and friendly pits at the best racing circuits in the country offer riders and spectators a memorable taste of racing from the past. Motorcycle racing in any class is immeasurable safer on today’s closed circuits than it was in the past. Racing on closed circuits still lives on and there’s no shortage of brave riders willing to risk it all in their quests for glory.

The CSRA was formed by like-minded potential competitors, who, in the main, had prepared racing bikes for the Annual SA “TT Races”. Our logic was to organise a series of races in SA that would culminate with the TT races each year.

South Africa enjoyed a “heyday” of production bike racing in the 1980’s and the equipment that this was based upon remains reasonably affordable today. There was a “sea change” of superbike specs between the mainly air-cooled bikes of the late 70’s and early 80’s when the oil cooled Suzuki GSXR burst onto the scene around 1985/6. Many of our members run both 750 and 1100 “Gixxers” of this period.

As a result of this phenomenon, and the performance gap it entailed, we have adopted 3 racing categories for the CSRA:

Formula 1 – Bikes from 1984 – 1989

Formula 2 – Bikes from 1975 – 1983

Formula 750 – Bikes up to 1975 and any 750 up to 1989, 2 strokes up to and including 1993.

Should sufficient members come forward wishing to race older machinery this will be accommodated, but with rider safety coming first.

We have tried to be as non-prescriptive as possible with regards to our technical regulations, allowing our members to fettle their machines as best as practical, taking into consideration the age of their machinery, once again safety considerations upper mind.

The Association has embarked upon efforts to try to pass on skills to the next generation of potential bike racers.

Our Constitution

  1. Name and founding principles
    1. The body shall be known as the CLASSIC SUPERBIKE RACING Association, hereinafter called the ‘CSRA’ (deemed as a Recreation Service Club in terms of the relevant legislation)
    2. The principle need for transparency with regards to the funding of the sport, to enable those willing to assist with funding to do so with confidence
    3. The principle need for the sport to deal with the accusation that it is a “white elitist” domain, and to actively pursue methodology that will allow the sport to be deemed socially responsible in the local context
    4. The principle need for a long term view of regulations with regards to constantly aging machinery and providing substantive guidance to members in this respect
    5. The principle need of maintaining classic superbike racing as “safe” as is practical in what is accepted as an inherently dangerous sport
  2. Objectives
    1. The objectives of the club shall include:
      1. To promote and develop the sport of classic superbike racing locally and to take into regards potential international involvement of both competitors and race machinery
      2. To encourage and promote cooperation between the ‘CSRA’, and other motorcycle racing series clubs and any other motor racing related organisations
      3. To seek funds, from whatever source, to allow financial assistance to be routed to the competitors, where necessary, to allow for their active participation on the series
      4. To provide the sport with clear regulations, fair and reasonable enforcement of such, and a practical and swift process to deal with related protests etc.
    2. The property and income of the club shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objectives of the club and no part of that property or income may be paid or otherwise distributed, directly or indirectly, to members, except in good faith in the promotion of those objectives and principles of the ‘CSRA’
  3. Membership
    1. Membership shall be open to all persons active in the sport subscribing to the objectives of the CSRA, whose membership application has been approved by the CSRA management committee and paying the prescribed fee. The CSRA management committee will, from time to time, draft guidelines for membership acceptance based upon the principles of the ‘CSRA’ founding principles. No restrictions shall be imposed on any person by virtue of religious or political beliefs or activities, sex, nationality, race or age.
    2. The club shall provide for various classes of membership including:
      1. Full (Competitors) Voting
      2. Partial (Social/Supporters) Non voting
      3. Life member – Voting
    3. Membership shall cease if a member:
      2. Is suspended or expelled at the discretion of the CSRA management committee
      3. Fails to pay the subscription fee by (30) of days after falling due and is deemed not paid up.
      4. Full membership (Competitors) will only be granted to an individual older than 30 years at the start of the calendar year. (Having turned 30 in the previous year)
  1. Powers of the Management Committee

For the purpose of achieving or furthering the objectives stated in section 2.0, the CSRA management committee shall have the power:

  1. To purchase, sell, lease or rent club or personal property, providing that this is in accordance with Recreation Services Club rules and regulations.
  2. To borrow, raise or secure the payment of money to secure the payment of performance of any debt, liability, contract or guarantee incurred or to be entered into the club.
  3. To exercise the rights and privileges associated with registration of a Recreation Services Club.
  4. To set membership fees and to invest the monies of the CSRA.
  5. To do all such other things as are incidental or conducive to the objectives and principles of the CSRA.
  6. To arrange for the regulations with regards to Classic Superbike Racing to be agreed and published.
  7. To set standards and maintain discipline within the CSRA, with particular regards to safety and the good name of the CSRA and to publish a related code of conduct.
  8. To control the use of race numbers, the fixing of sponsors decals etc.
  9. Subscriptions
    1. The CSRA shall charge an annual subscription fee to the members, which shall be set by the club management committee.
    2. The annual subscription fee shall be at such a rate as the committee may determine from time to time, subject to confirmation by a general meeting.
    3. Members shall be entitled to voting rights as set out in 3.2 above.
    4. Any person wishing to become a member shall submit an application in a manner dictated by the committee.
    5. Each member’s subscription shall expire on 31 Dec each year, subs will be payable annually in advance.
    6. Any members whose annual subscription is not paid by the due time shall be deemed to be not paid up and loses their voting rights.
  10. Suspension or expulsion of members
    1. Any member of the club who fails to observe the rules of the CSRA and its Code of Conduct, or whose conduct, in the interests of the committee, does not observe the objectives and/or founding principles of the club may be suspended or expelled from membership of the club.
    2. The club must communicate in writing or orally via a management committee member, with a witness present, to the member, notice of the suspension and particulars of the conduct that resulted in the suspension.
    3. A member who is suspended or expelled and wishes to appeal against that suspension or expulsion shall give notice in writing to a management committee member of the CSRA of his or her intention to do so within seven (7) days of notice of the suspension or expulsion.
    4. The appeal must be heard by the management committee of the club and the suspended or expelled member must have the opportunity to put to the committee his/her case. Due to costs, no legal representation will be permitted during disciplinary processes. All decisions of the committee will be by majority.
    5. Any member who is suspended or expelled shall not be entitled to any refund of subscription or membership fees.
  11. Registration of club members
    1. The Secretary, on behalf of the club, must keep and maintain an up to date register of the members of the association, their date of birth, gender, contact details and bike/s description.
      1. The register must be so kept and maintained at the secretaries place of residence, or at such other place as the members at a general meeting decide.
      2. The secretary must cause the name of a person who ceases to be a member to be deleted from the register of members.
  1. CSRA Management Committee (‘MC’)
    1. The ‘MC’ of the club shall be made up of 5 members elected at the Annual General Meeting of the members of the CSRA by secret ballot, to fulfil the roles as set down below or as designated by the Chairman;
      1. Chairman
      2. Technical Adviser
      3. Secretary
      4. Vice Chairman( Treasurer)
      5. MSA/ HMG liaison
    2. Only paid up and life members can be elected to the ‘MC’.
    3. A member of the club executive may lose his seat on the committee for either of the following:
      1. Absence from three or more meetings without leave of absence
      2. Being found to act in a manner not in the best interests of the CSRA
    4. The administration and promotion of the club shall be the responsibility of the ‘MC’.
    5. ‘MC’ terms shall run for a period of 12 months.
    6. The ‘MC’ shall meet on at least four (4) occasions per year
    7. The quorum shall consist of (4),
    8. In the event of any office not being filled or vacated between AGM’s, the ‘MC’ shall have the power to appoint a member to that office at a late date without reference to the members.
  2. Changing the constitution
    1. No alteration, addition or amendment of this constitution shall be made unless and until carried by a resolution at any general meeting called for such a purpose. Alternation, addition of adjustment of the constitution may be made by a majority of at least two thirds (or insert number) of the members present.
    2. Notice of the proposed alternation, addition or amendment shall be given in the invitation to the meeting as proposed above.
  3. Duties of Management Committee Members
    General responsibilities for each of these positions will be subject to revision from time to time and set down in the committee minutes,
    1. Chairman
      1. Chairs or ‘presides’ at general meetings especially the AGM.
      2. Acts as ambassador for the club, representing the club at external meetings
      3. Sets agenda and controls discussions in club meetings
    2. Vice Chairman (Treasurer)
      1. Assists Chairman with meetings and decisions
      2. Takes place of Chairman if he/she is unable to attend any meeting or appointment
      3. Administers club accounts
    3. Club Secretary
      1. Principal administration officer
      2. Principal administration officer
      3. Writes agendas and minutes in club meetings
      4. Collects members subscriptions
      5. Maintains membership list
    4. MSA / HMG Liaison
      1. Point of reference between Committee and external governing bodies
      2. Acts to ensure that the CSRA and the HMG act in concert when facilitating race /parade meetings
    5. Technical Adviser
      1. Maintains regulations
      2. Acts as first point of contact for all members re technical matters
  1. Notice of meetings
    1. Fourteen (14) days notice shall be given of the annual general meeting by written format to all members.
    2. ourteen (14) days notice shall be given of an extraordinary general meeting by notices displayed at the club in an appropriate place and by written format to all members.
    3. Seven (7) days notice shall be given of a committee meeting in any manner convenient to the committee Unless the meeting constitutes an emergency meeting
  2. Minutes of meetings
    1. The secretary, or in his/her absence, another committee member, shall keep minutes of all general meetings
    2. Minutes of all meetings shall be open to inspection by any member or Motorsport South Africa at a time and place convenient to the secretary.
  3. Voting
    1. Only current paid up members of the CSRA and Life members shall be eligible to vote.
    2. At every general meeting a resolution put to the vote shall be voted on by a show of hands or appropriately supervised secret ballot.
    3. At every general meeting, a resolution put to the vote shall be decided by a numerical majority of eligible voters. Each member has one vote.
  4. Registration as a Motorsports Club
    1. The CSRA shall be registered as a motorsports club with Motorsport South Africa.
    2. In the event of the dissolution of the CSRA, the assets, accounts and records of the society shall be turned over to Motorsport South Africa or at the discretion of Motorsport South Africa turned over to any club of similar objectives to the dissolved club.
    3. The CSRA shall meet the conditions of registration as outlined on the application for registration forms.
    4. The ‘MC’ shall inform the Sports Coordinator at Motorsport South Africa immediately in writing of any liabilities or possible liabilities that it may incur that may in any way become the ultimate responsibility of Motorsport South Africa.
    5. The ‘MC’ is bound by the rules, regulations and code of conduct as outlined by Motorsport South Africa.
  5. Finance
    1. The ‘MC’ shall ensure true accounts are kept of the monies received and expended.
    2. A balance sheet containing a summary of assets and liabilities of the club, together with a statement of income and expenditure for the preceding year shall be made out and submitted to the next annual general meeting.
    3. The authority to access any bank accounts shall rest with at least two (2) club officials.
  6. Income and property
    1. The income and property of the club shall be applied solely towards the promotion of objectives of the club.
    2. No portion of the income or property shall be paid, transferred or distributed directly or indirectly to the members of the club, provided that nothing shall prevent the payment in good faith or remuneration in return for services actually rendered to the CSRA
  7. Inspection of records
    1. Am ‘MC’ member may at any reasonable time inspect without charge, the books, documents, records and securities of the club.
    2. A member may at any reasonable time request to inspect without charge the books, documents, records and securities of the club.
  8. Distribution of surplus property on dissolution of the club
    1. If upon the winding up or dissolution of the Association there remains after satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities any property whatsoever, the same must not be paid to or distributed among the members, or former members. The surplus property must be given or transferred to another association incorporated under the Act which has similar objects and which is not carried out for the purposes of profit or gain to its individual members, and which association shall be determined by resolution of the members


All qualifying races will be held under the General Competition Rules and Standing Supplementary Regulations of the particular race organizer, these regulations, the Supplementary Regulations and Final Instructions issued by the Promoters, and the applicable Recognition Form “A”.


The intention is to establish a racing championship for period qualifying classic racing bikes.

      1. To declare a Classic Superbike Racing Champion in each class catered for.
      2. There will be three classes, i.e.
        Formula 1- bikes up to and including 1989
        Formula 2 – bikes up to and including 1983
        Formula 750 – bikes up to and including 1975 and 2 strokes up to and including 1993
        These will be scored separately to determine a Class Champion in accordance with SSR 82 i).
        A minimum of 5 riders are required per class to declare a class and score points. If there are not sufficient entries in a class the organisers reserve the right to include the riders in the next class.
      3. The SATT in January / February will be part of the SA rider’s championship.
      4. Overseas riders will only score points in the SATT with a TT champ declared after the last TT race. Points will be allocated for each class.
      5. The CSRA champions will be declared after the last CSRA event.
      1. WOMZA and Monocle shall have overriding authority in all aspects of the series.
      2. The SA Classic Superbike Racing Association shall be responsible for the normal administration of the series, subject to the aforementioned.
      1. All bikes must comply with the technical regulations and any amendments thereto.
      2. No modifications or deviations from the above are permitted.
      3. See Technical Specifications.
      1. No riders will be eligible to compete unless they are fully paid up members of the SA Classic Superbike Racing Association.
      2. Any rider wishing to make a “one-off” appearance in any of the race events must apply to SA Classic Superbike Racing Association in writing for permission to race. Such permission may be withheld if, in the opinion of SA Classic Superbike Racing Association, granting it is not in the interests of the series or Motorsport in general. Once off appearances at the last event of the year will be limited to guest riders from overseas unless such competitor is a novice or new competitor preparing for the following season. No points will be scored for the Championship in this instance.
      3. Any rider or entrant found guilty of having brought the series into disrepute may have their membership of the association suspended or even terminated by SA Classic Superbike Racing Association, subject to the competitor’s normal rights of appeal to the committee.
      4. The series will therefore include all riders 30 years old, and older, during the racing season.
      1. The class winner in the series will be the competitor with the greatest number of points scored as at the completion of the last race in the series.
      2. Refer to 2b regarding minimum starters per class.
      3. Winners will be declared for each class after each race is completed.
      4. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each class and will be presented at the official prize giving function after the last race at a prize giving function after the last race of the series.
      5. Should any class not have sufficient entries, the riders entered in that class will score points in the next highest class.
      6. Points will be scored in each of the above classes and depending on the number of entries per race as follows:
        First place 15 points
        Second place 12 points
        Third place 10 points
        Fourth place 8 points
        Fifth place 6 points
        Sixth place 5 points
        Seventh place 4 points
        Eighth place 3 points
        Ninth place 2 points
        Tenth place 1 point
      The Series will commence in January every year with the SATT events at designated venues.
      The balance of events will be advised as soon as the calendar is available.

      To be classified as a starter a competitor must participate in the official timed practice or participate in the race itself.


      The Controllers (SA Classic Superbike Racing Association) reserve the right to run a format consisting of one, or two at any given event if necessary due to circumstances beyond reasonable control.

        1. One race format:
          Shall be a ‘long distance’ race (1 hour/20 laps for example).
          Double points will be scored.
        2. Two race format:
          Shall generally be a minimum race distance as determined by the organisers.
          Unequal length races may also be run, in which case Race 2 will be longer than Race 1 or as determined by the organisers.
      1. Each competitor may only qualify and race one identified bike at each race meeting.
      2. Should a bike be damaged beyond immediate repair during Qualifying or Race 1 the Committee may give permission for a substitute bike to be used.
      3. Should a bike be damaged during qualifying and a qualifying time has been set, the rider may start where he qualified in race 1.
      4. Should a rider not complete the first race for whatever reason, he will start where he qualified in Race 2.
      1. All competitors must ensure that the relevant advertising decals are affixed to the bike in the nominated positions. Clear specifications concerning the positioning of these decals will be issued to each registered competitor not later than two weeks prior to the first race of the season.
      2. Any bike not displaying all the specified decals in the correct positions may be precluded from participation or excluded by the Clerk of the Course, acting on the recommendation of the scrutineering representative of the committee.
      3. Competitors whose personal sponsor/s would be in conflict with the series sponsors and/or sub-sponsors must first obtain the written permission of the committee to affix any such conflicting decals to their bikes.
      4. All riders are to carry the required Series Sponsor stickers on their race bikes for both practice and race day.
      Practice for the series is without restriction.

      1. No competitor may take part in any practice session, qualifying session, warm-up or race without the official timing transponder mounted in the correct position in his/her bike.
      2. In instances where the organisers have approved the use of an alternative timing system, transponders may not be required.
      All riders are required to attend the riders briefing that is held at each event.
      Failure to attend without requesting permission in advance, will result in the offending competitor/s being penalised 5 grid positions for Race 1.

      1. There shall be one qualifying session at any scheduled race meeting. This duration of the qualifying session shall be at the discretion of the organisers and shall determine the starting grids for the first and second races (where a two race format is run).
      2. Where a two race format is run, any competitor not posting a lap time during qualifying will be placed at the back of the grid for Race 1 and, for Race 2.
      3. Any competitor excluded from qualifying by the Clerk of the Course will be required to start both races from the back of the grid.
      4. An out lap followed by one flying lap, then lining up on the starting grid will be the normal procedure, but will be determined by the Clerk of the Course. Starting method will be determined by the organisers (flag or lights).
      5. Finish will be as per checkered flag.

In order to qualify to race in an event riders must be within 120% of the time posted by the fastest qualifier (This may in exceptional cases be over ridden by the committee on application from the rider in question).

    1. Bumping and/or pushing of other bikes on the circuit is not allowed and any riders found doing this will be penalised by the Clerk of the Course. The Clerk of the Course must consider infringements at previous events which resulted in penalties being imposed, when imposing penalties under this heading.
    2. Any competitor who disadvantages another competitor, even unintentionally which results in the loss of place(s) during a race will, at the discretion of the Clerk of the Course, generally be penalised so as to finish behind the competitor that was disadvantaged. More severe penalties will be applied in the case of repeat offenders.
      1. Incident reports must be in the hands of the clerk of the course within 30 minutes of the finish of the race concerned. However, the clerk of the course may request further incident reports outside of this time limit.
      2. The clerk of the course reserves the right to refuse to accept incident reports for an incident or incidents. In this instance, the competitor will be so informed and has the right of protest.
      3. SA Classic Superbike Racing Association reserves the right to set up a “Driving Standards committee” who would be tasked to investigate any incidents. Any penalties arising from this will, however, be issued by the clerk of the course.
      4. No legal representation is permitted in any disciplinary hearing or inquest.
    1. Numbers will be allocated by the SA Classic Superbike Racing Association and these may not be changed without permission. Numbers 1 – 10 will be reserved for the top 10 from the previous championship.
    2. No competitor may take part in any of the official practice sessions of any race meeting without his or her competition number correctly affixed to his or her bike.
    3. Number formats for each of the classes will be as follows:

Formula 1: Black numbers on a white background.
Formula 2: Blue numbers on a white background.
Formula 750: Red numbers on a white background.

These numbers must be large enough to be recognised by track cameras using number recognition timing facilities.

    1. The appointed Technical Consultant or Consultants will attend all SA Classic Superbike Racing Association events to ensure continuity of all technical aspects.
    2. The Technical Consultant (or his nominated deputy) has the right at all times, in consultation with the Clerk of the Course, to refuse to allow any bike considered not to be race worthy to participate in any practice session and/or qualifying session and/or race.
    3. For the purposes of scrutineering and bike inspection, the T.C. will only operate in the main SA Classic Superbike Racing Association pit area. Any competitor not pitting in this area must make his/her bike available to the T.C. for inspection at least forty-five minutes before the advertised start time of any official qualifying session or race.
    1. The scrutineering representative of the committee, in conjunction with the committee, will carry out all post-qualifying and post-race Technical inspections.
    2. The Technical Consultant, in conjunction with the Clerk of the Course, may designate an area of the pits as an additional ‘Parc Ferme’ for the technical inspections to be carried out. He will be in control of policing this area.

Where a protest based on the technical regulations and specifications is lodged, the protestor must be prepared to submit his bike to the scrutineering representative of the committee for similar technical checks to those outlined in his/her protest to be carried out on his/her own bike and a R 3000 fee which you loose if no fault is found.

    The committee reserve the right to amend, alter or introduce additional regulations if deemed necessary during the course of the championship. Any such amendment, alteration or additional regulation will only come into force once published in an official bulletin. All members will be notified by mail to speed up clarification.
    A scrutineering representative of the committee may be requested to determine the eligibility of each machine before an event. Riders wishing to compete in this series can contact the above committee before the series to clarify and make sure the proposed bike is eligible.
  3. Eligibility of Motorcycles.

The objective of the class is to preserve and represent the past of superbike racing.

To achieve this, the following applies:

      1. Bikes must be of period origin, within the designated classes and/or faithful replicas of the original.
      2. The engine and frame must be of the period in which the bike was manufactured, eg. 1981 Suzuki engine type in 1981 Suzuki frame. Engines derived from the original may be used except the cooling method must remain the same i.e. if the original was air-cooled it must remain so.
      3. Specialist Chassis like Harris, Spondon etc. as well as factory frames eg. Suzuki XR 69 may be used on agreement from the committee.
      4. The bike must have the same fuel delivery system as the original. Carbs and fuel injection must remain as originally supplied.
      5. The general appearance of the engine must remain the same.
      6. Chain and sprockets are free.
      7. Exhaust systems are open.

For each class eligibility will be as follows:

Formula 1: All models freely marketed in SA until December 1989.
Formula 2: All models freely marketed in SA until December 1983.
Formula 750: All models freely marketed in SA until December 1975 and 2 strokes up to and including 1993.


NOTE: the term “initially OEM supplied” will be read as any component from any motorcycle commercially marketed and freely available in South Africa.

    1. ENGINES
      1. Of Period and exactly as initially OEM supplied.
      2. Capacity unlimited.
      3. Any internal modifications are allowed.
      4. Excluded are nitrous, turbochargers and superchargers.
      5. Gearboxes are open as long as OEM supplied for that make of engine.
      6. Carburetors and jetting are free.
      7. Ignition timing is free.
      8. Valve timing (degreeing of the cams are allowed).
      9. Cams may be changed for aftermarket items.
      1. Any calipers may be used.
      2. Brake pads and friction material are free.
      3. Any master cylinder may be used.
      4. Disks are free.
      5. Adaptor plates and spacers of sound, safe design and manufacture can be used to mount alternate calipers on the original mounting points.
      6. Aftermarket braided brake hoses may be used.
    3. RIMS
      1. Open.
    4. TYRES
      1. There are no restrictions on tyres
    5. FORKS
      1. Upside down forks are not permitted.
      2. Any forks may be used as initially OEM supplied.
      3. Internal fork components can be changed or modified.
      4. Any triple clamps for the forks may be used and may be modified.
      1. Rear shock absorber units are free to be replaced with aftermarket items.
      2. The shock absorber mountings on the frame and the swing arm may be moved.
      3. The linkages may be modified to suit a replacement shock absorber.
      4. OEM twin shock machines are to remain in that configuration.
      5. OEM mono shock machines are to remain in that configuration.
      1. Bodywork may be replaced with aftermarket racing kits but must have the same silhouette as the original.
      2. Material of manufacture is free.
    8. SWING ARM
      1. As initially OEM supplied. Can be replaced with an after market unit.
      2. Can be lightened or strengthened and superfluous brackets removed.
      3. Frame geometry may be altered.
      1. Original starting equipment may be removed on proven safety grounds.
      2. The charging system may be disconnected and removed or gutted.
      3. Ignition system is open – aftermarket coils, pickups & CDI’s may be used. OEM CDI boxes may be modified.
    10. FRAME
      1. Frame may be braced and gusseted.
      2. Frame geometry may be altered.
    11. FUEL AND OIL
      1. Only pump fuel in open supply in a near location to the circuit may be used.
      2. The scrutineering representative of the committee may at any time during a race meeting, in consultation with the committee, drain all the fuel from a competitor’s bike and replace it with controlled fuel.
      3. At coastal events the use of octane boosters is permitted.

It is the rider’s responsibility to notify the technical committee of any modifications made to his/her motorcycle which involve changes to the frame, swing arm and suspension, wheels and brakes, and engine, and to ensure that the changes are within the regulations.

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If you are new to racing motorcycles, you have come to the right place to find out more and enjoy the thrill of racing classic superbikes, either as a rider or a spectator.

You can join as a full racing member, or as a non-riding member. If you are interested in starting racing with the CSRA, the Regulations page will give you useful information regarding technical regulations, details about forthcoming events and entries.

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