Today I was lucky enough to be at Jimmy Sones place again. (Baja racer from years ago)He does something with the Malcolm’s Smiths Baja tours and some of the support guys. Sones owns one of the motorcycle exhaust pipe manufacture brands for Goldwings, they were making the shop bigger (just finishing the drywall) while I was there. He worked as a manager for Al Baker's XR's Only back in 85 ~ 86 when Barnum was a mechanic there. He worked with the Malcolm Smith crew at this years, Baja 1000. What a different perspective of how it all went down! Who he though cheated and who he thought didn't. What cheating wasn't really cheating and what was defiantly cheating. I talked to Allen Rice also, he welded one of my stock rims awhile back. Man, the stories of the ratty things that some of the "Guy’s" we think are cool! Man, how they think one is a RAT and does shady business! Jimmy thinks the Honda team was honest winners! He thought they earned it. It was nice to have someone I look up to check out my bike. How difficult it is to sall yourself because it is attached to you product as is if you win or not and how that drives cheating. If you get hurt or plow you machine and are a little guy that could be the end of you. It might look cool from the outside looking in but, it's a major rat race and some steel, cheat, lie what ever to just stay afloat. I have never been one to jump in and get into the mess, been down there many many times but, always on the fringe. Tried it back in 85' and got hurt, but hearing the inside scoop from the guy's in the know, it kinda takes some of the dazzle and shine from some of the guys that live off of these races and makes you think twice about who you have work on your bike. Short cuts, trading parts with customers bikes....on, and on. This isn't much of a post more of a bost about LOL Jimmy Sones is just a cool guy. He took the time to show me the suspension ins and out's and is just a genuine giver! You would think he would acked like a big shot but, stops and helps when he sould be doing something else. I don't know how tall he is but, he is almost as tall as a door jam!