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Entries from June 29th, 2008

NPG, SPEEDTV, RacerX step it up with almost-live coverage of 1st-ever night time AMA MX National

June 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on NPG, SPEEDTV, RacerX step it up with almost-live coverage of 1st-ever night time AMA MX National · Events, Racing

Last nite was a big event in the world of professional motocross. The NPG, RacerX Illustrated, and SPEED TV are really stepping it up. David Clabaugh, owner of Thunder Valley MX, and the NPG put on the first-ever night-time AMA MX National. The lighting was tough on some of the riders, and it wasn’t perfect. […]

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Rick aka Super Hunky Sieman needs our help

June 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Events

This message came via e-mail from my friend Rick Salazar in southern California. With Rick’s permission I reprint it here, in its entirety. There’s some good stuff at the Super Hunky site. I just ordered a copy of “Monkey Butt” and some posters. BTW, I did this post back in May when I first heard […]

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Long Live the two-stroke

June 25th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Industry, Racing, Technology, Two-Stroke

Michael Scott’s “In The Paddock” column in the new Cycle News, (pg 60, July 2, 2008) is all about the two-stroke motorcycle engine, its past, present, and future. Some interesting stuff there. Mostly Scott talks about road racing and the death of the 250 GP class, which DORNA has killed effective 2010. But he also […]

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Big Balls, American style – Motoczysz C1

June 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Big Balls, American style – Motoczysz C1 · Industry, Technology

I’ve been watching a two-hour documentary from Discovery Channel on MotoCzysz (pronounced moto-siz), the 100% American-made, from scratch, MotoGP machine. Yes, you read that right – one dude from Portland, OR (who isn’t even an engineer) decided he could take on the world and build a world-class MotoGP prototype racing machine from scratch. It’s taken […]

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MuddyWatersMX podcast in development

June 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on MuddyWatersMX podcast in development · Events

I’ve begun development of the Muddy Waters MX podcast. I’m planning to do some interviews with interesting folks from the vintage racing scene; “how-to” segments with some of the folks that do cool stuff with their bikes, trailers, and such; interviews with AMA area reps to better understand how we, the riders, make our voice […]

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Back in the saddle with Raph Sheheen

June 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on Back in the saddle with Raph Sheheen · Racing

It was a little disappointing to hear Ralph Sheheen’s voice when I turned on the SPEED TV coverage of the Freestone National tonight. I much prefer Leigh Diffey. Here’s hoping he’s back for the SPEED broadcast of High Point next week.

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Vintage bike show at High Point MX National

June 9th, 2008 · Comments Off on Vintage bike show at High Point MX National · Events

This Saturday is the Parts Unlimited Vintage Bike Show at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, PA. Expect a first-class showing from our East Coast VMX brethren in conjunction with the world-class modern MX racing at the AMA Outdoor National.

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RacerX Motocross Show upstages SpeedTV

June 8th, 2008 · Comments Off on RacerX Motocross Show upstages SpeedTV · Events, Racing

Racer X added Erin Normoyle to the broadcast team this year and already she has distinguished herself as a darn good interviewer. She doesn’t ask nearly as many redundant, pointless questions as SPEED TV’s female pit reporter, she doesn’t mis-state the obvious, and she doesn’t always sound like she’s struggling to read cue cards written […]

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1980s Hometown MX book- Holeshot: How to go fast and win from start to finish

June 6th, 2008 · 17 Comments · Vintage

I was reorganizing all my old motorcycle books and magazines today and came across this old book from one of my hometown racers – Kyle Kilgore. Kyle was a couple of years older than me but his brother Kevin and I were in the same HS class. Other than Gary Bailey and Carl Shipman’s 1974 […]

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Having failed with Ducati, HD now tries to buy MV Agusta

June 5th, 2008 · Comments Off on Having failed with Ducati, HD now tries to buy MV Agusta · Industry

According to this Forbes.com report, Harley-Davidson is in an advanced stage of talks to buy part or all of Italian motorcycle company MV Agusta. Why would HD buy an Italian sportbike company when they already have Buell? Because big companies have to grow sales – year-over-year, quarter-over-quarter – always growing. When sales slow (as they […]

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