do you remember?
Posted June 12, 2002 - 10:49 AM
I also used to own a 85 RM250. The things that stand out about that bike most in my mind was how I never could get that darn silencer bracket to stay welded to the frame! So I just put some baleing wire through the bolt hole and around the silencer. My friends always laughed at me when they followed me because it was swinging all around. LOL
Also, I bought the bike for $500 in '89 and 2 weeks after I bought it the rear shock blew out on me. I had to buy a new one for $550. I only owned the thing 2 weeks and I already put more money in aftermarket parts than I paid for the bike!!!! LOL
Posted June 12, 2002 - 02:28 PM
Akront Alloy rims with the mud catching lips. Dayglow orange BOGE rear shocks.
Bultaco, Montesa, Carabella, Harley Davidson and Can Am Motorcross bikes. Penton turning into KTM.
Puch 250 with two carbs, one feeding a rotary valve the other feeding the cyclinder.
The amazing Yankee 500Z built out of 2 Ossa 250 top ends grafted on a handmake crankcase. The first production dirt bike with a hydraulic front disk brake.
Mike LaRocco getting his butt spanked by his Dad at Dutch Sport Park in Bloomingdale, Michigan for not winning the 125 B class.
Lisa Atkins beating everyone in the 125 A class that same weekend.
Anyone else out there older than me????
Posted June 12, 2002 - 02:54 PM
I remember all the things you mentioned in addition to Hodakas, CZ, the first japanese production dirtbike with LTR (75 1/2 RM 125), Marty Tripes, Heikki Mikkola, Roger D. and Jeff Ward on XR75s. I'm 41 and beginning to relive my childhood. How about yourself?
Posted June 12, 2002 - 05:28 PM
My first bike was a Hodaka 100, it ran when we went to pick it up used in Watsonville, the next day it wouldnt start and my dad and I couldnt figure it out,it never ran again, so a month later we went and got a honda XR-75 with an XL-100 engine stuffed into it (a big deal back then)it was fantastic, I learned to ride on that bike, I rode it to death cause we lived in Carmel Valley and I could go out in the morning and take off on the bike and only come back home for more gas, my next bike was a Kawasaki 100 enduro (orange) brand new off the showroom floor at Peninsula Kawasaki, my great grandma bought it for me it was the most fantastic gift I have ever received up until my kids were born, after that my day and I acquired a Rickman framed Zundapp 125 that was a fire breather (back then) we're talkin 1974 here fellas, I was 12 then, the Zundapp was brand new and state of the art, my dad got it from his friend who owed him a big favor, he also owned Taft Harley Davidson at the time (near Bakersfield) and I was THE MAN, nobody in my area had an exotic at the time, and every grown up friend of my dads almost looped the thing trying to ride it! I rode up Carmel Valley Road with my buddies to a Zen buddist paradise called Tassajara every summer, which was only 17 miles up the dirt road from my house at the time, those memories make me teary eyed some times because of how "pure" it was to be a kid back then, I learned how to rebuild a top end on that Zundapp by the time I was 14 just me and my dad "figuring it out", went on to race Monterey County fairgrounds (short track) with that bike, and then on a Taft Harley Davidson prepared "Rapido" 125cc 2 stroke Harley YES 2 stroke Harley! flat tracker that was a bad ass son of a bitch, had a 72 tooth rear sprocket as I recall and was complete with candy apple paint ghost flames, Airhart mechanical disc brake, Akront rims and all, we ran Blendzall as well, (GOD I loved that smell), those were genuinely the best days of my life and I struggle to give my kids the same kind of childhood, but it is so worth it and I am really gratfull to you Freestyle for starting this thread, what great memmories! P.S. I had a Joffa face guard, Preston Petty fenders and linemans boots too! Wow!........Wow! what a good one!
Posted June 12, 2002 - 05:35 PM
Posted June 12, 2002 - 06:28 PM
Posted June 13, 2002 - 09:45 PM
Forgot all about the Hodaka and CZ. Must me the gray hair draining my brain.
I'll be 45 this year. Started riding at age 11, racing at age 14 and spent three years riding professionally (Vehicle development) at Honda R&D in Torrance Calf.
This is how I got from Michigan to Huntington Beach CA.
Posted June 13, 2002 - 11:15 AM
Posted June 13, 2002 - 12:12 PM
This thread just won't end. I too started riding at 11 on of all things a Kawasaki Coyote, which was a pull start 3 1/2 horse power minibike. As soon as I got the mini I got a paper route and started buying bigger bikes. Somewhere along the way, 1973 to be exact, I bought a Kawasaki MD90 instead of an XR75. I think this is still my life's biggest regret. I started racing on that Kaw after adding an expansion chamber and Boge shocks, it wasn't pretty, but I'd usually trophy against all the hot little XRs. You obviously took it a bit further, but I bet we had similar amounts of fun.
A couple of other things have come to mind while reading the other posts:
I'm still wearing High Point boots (blue, circa 1985) most comfortable things I own.
Does anyone remember the face fenders? Snap on units for you helmet that were the predecessor to the full coverage dirt bike helmets of today.
To heck with the long forward falling starting gate, anyone remember the big rubberband starting gates? You only jump the start once with those, the pain stays with you for decades.
Bing carbs, bumper racks, Scott face shields, JT racing products, and piles and piles of old Dirt Bike and MXA magazines(where is Super Hunky now a days?). My cousin and I would reread them hour after hour after hour...
Posted June 13, 2002 - 12:44 PM
I lived in town and had no way to transport my bike. I had to PUSH it over 1 mile over city streets to a canal trail. Then I had to ride it illegally to the power line trails. They sucked, but they were all I had. One day an older guy took pity on me and took me with him in his pickup to a real MX track, it was 45 miles away or so. Cedar ridge, or something like that. I was blown away by it. It was sooo cool. You could do jumps where both wheels would leave the ground!
Later I entered my first race, I had no clue what I was doing. I must have been 16. It was a hare scrambles, 4 laps of 22 miles each through nasty mudholes, roots, stream crossings. It would have been hard for me today. Only about 10% of the field finished, if I remember right. I destroyed my knee on the second lap. After 6 weeks in a cast, I was pretty stir crazy. I didn't ride for a while because I was running track. Then the bike was stolen in the middle of the night, I went off to college. I didn't ride again until 97. Now I am living out my second childhood. Unfortunately, some of the spaz is still left. Its still fun!
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Posted June 13, 2002 - 01:39 PM
Thanks for the link, I knew someone would respond. I'd bumped into him on the web a couple of years ago and figured someone on this thread would produce the URL. I bought my dad his book "Monkey Butt" a couple of years ago. Just a bunch of rambling bench racing stuff, but pretty cool none the less.
Posted June 13, 2002 - 02:12 PM
Yes I still own a pair of the blue Apline Star boots. But my new Tech 8's are better.
Still have a Scotts Goggle face mask that clipped to the bottom of the frame. The is before the days of full coverage helments.
Posted June 13, 2002 - 03:14 PM
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Posted June 14, 2002 - 03:52 PM
Posted June 14, 2002 - 04:03 PM
You can use their links to find sites on all kinds of vintage racing iron from Hodakas to Husky, CZ, Rickman, Maico, Yankee, AJS, Bultaco, Ossa, Montesa, etc. You can even buy one if you check the classifieds.
A guy I was somewhat acquainted with in high school, Dave Boydstun, now runs an outfit called AMS Racing in Mesa, Arizona. He's really involved with it from a business perspective. Check them out at: www.amsracing.com/index.html You can find all kinds of vintage races in every part of the country. I'll be spectating at the next big event here in SoCal.
Posted June 14, 2002 - 06:24 PM
Posted June 15, 2002 - 05:19 AM