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Entries from January 27th, 2008

Ground control

January 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on Ground control · Uncategorized

I didn’t really start this site to write about specific races or do race reports, but I watched the last two SX races – Anaheim II and San Francisco – and noticed something. Anaheim II was the retro night, with a track modeled after the ’86 track where Bailey and Johnson battled. The track was […]

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Project Big-bore lives

January 14th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Two-Stroke, Vintage, Workbench

Got a call from old-school CZ builder Gary Davis today. A little over a year ago I visited Gary up at his home/shop in North Carolina. I left him several boxes that constituted my CZ380 motor. Back in the day Gary was known for his over-bored, reed-valved CZ motors and his inverted stinger expansion chambers. […]

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Rebuilding the Honda SL70

January 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Rebuilding the Honda SL70 · Vintage, Workbench

The first motorcycle I ever bought with my own money was a red 1972 Honda SL70. The picture is my younger brother David jumping the bike across the football field at Moore Jr. High when we were kids. Can you imagine trying that now? I think I sold the bike to David, but I can’t […]

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I gotta go back to work

January 7th, 2008 · Comments Off on I gotta go back to work · Uncategorized

Man, it’s Sunday night and tomorrow I have to go back to work. I haven’t had two weeks off in years. Now I know why. It’s too damn hard to get back to work! But it’s been a great two weeks. Christmas was great, and I spent the extra time getting my little Suzuki TM100 […]

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It’s a drain hole, Dummy

January 5th, 2008 · Comments Off on It’s a drain hole, Dummy · Two-Stroke, Vintage, Workbench

Turns out the hole in the bottom of the TM motor is supposed to be there. It’s a drain hole of some sort. Right there in the bottom of the motor. Whod’a thunk? Glad to hear that. Now it’s off to the post office.

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There’s a hole in my bucket

January 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Two-Stroke, Vintage, Workbench

I had a bit of a disappointment tonight as I was cleaning up the little Suzuki motor to ship off to the engine builder. Upon turning it upside down to clean the gunk I discovered a hole along the centerline of the engine cases. “Uh oh, this can’t be good.” It’s an odd little hole, […]

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Customized dual sport trailer

January 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on Customized dual sport trailer · Workbench

Here’s another very nice example of a rider-modified trailer. This one by the owner of the DualSport.info web site. It’s a little Wells Cargo flat nose, looks to be about a 6’x10′ or maybe 6’x12′, he doesn’t say. He started out to make it camping trailer because he didn’t even own a bike when he […]

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Buzzy for President

January 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on Buzzy for President · Vintage

Starting now, the campaign to elect Buzzy for President.

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Dakar rally canceled for terrorist threat

January 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics of Riding

One of the great things about motorcycling, whether it be off-road or on, is that you can forget about the world around you and just focus on the terrain, the ride, the wind, and the experience. It’s like the rest of the world just doesn’t exist when you’re out there riding. Sadly, the rest of […]

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Getting un-Kreemed

January 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Getting un-Kreemed · Vintage, Workbench

I have a very nice, low-hour 1974 Yamaha TY250 trials bike. I bought it last year and it’s in good shape but has two issues I need to fix – it leaks oil from the bottom of the motor somewhere, and the fuel tank is full of crap that keeps clogging the petcock. We’re going […]

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