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Entries from July 14th, 2008

CanAm MX3

July 14th, 2008 · Comments Off on CanAm MX3 · Two-Stroke, Vintage

This article went up on the Canadian Design Resource blog today. It’s a little historical retrospective on the 1977 Can-Am MX3 250. The article notes the passing of Can-Am, as Bombardier moved away from recreational vehicles to transit equipment and later into aircraft manufacturing. In 1983, Bombardier licensed the brand and outsourced development and production […]

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Algal biodiesel reduces 150 million year oil cycle to three days

July 14th, 2008 · Comments Off on Algal biodiesel reduces 150 million year oil cycle to three days · Technology

It takes approximately 150 million years for organic matter to become oil that we pump out of the ground. We all know the ramifications of this – finite oil supplies, ever-growing demand for a limited resource, economic upheaval as supplies dwindle in our energy-hungry world. We also know the basics of renewable energy – government […]

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Long live the two-stroke Part Deaux: FUD in the marketplace

July 12th, 2008 · Comments Off on Long live the two-stroke Part Deaux: FUD in the marketplace · Industry, Politics of Riding, Technology, Two-Stroke

Editor’s note: You may want to read Long live the two-stroke: Part 1 and FIM to put 2-strokes on even footing in 2010 for more background. Recently a vintage racing/CZ friend posted the following query here: Hey Terry, Correct me if I’m wrong because I’m not totally sure, but hasn’t Calif banned 2 stroke sales […]

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Updates to MuddyWatersMX.net

July 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on Updates to MuddyWatersMX.net · Events

I’ve been working on some updates to the site, in an effort to make it friendlier for readers. I’ve got more to do, but the changes I made this round are: Consolidated “Comment” links – There is only one comment link now, and it always goes to the same place. The old way had two […]

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Davey Coombs takes on the future of outdoor MX

July 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on Davey Coombs takes on the future of outdoor MX · Events, Industry, Racing

RacerX Illustrated founder, 2nd-generation motocross promoter, track owner, prolific media entrepreneur, and all-round good guy Davey Coombs just announced in Racerhead #28 that he is stepping down from the day-to-day operations of his RacerX empire to focus on the future of outdoor MX and the pro motocross Nationals. In less than a year we’ve gone […]

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HD to acquire MV Agusta

July 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on HD to acquire MV Agusta · Industry

Back in early June I posted this note on the talks between H-D and MV Agusta. According to this AMA press release the two groups have signed a definitive agreement worth approximately $109 million US. The agreement gives H-D 100% of MV Agusta. This is not Harley’s first foray into Italian motorcycles. Most of us […]

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Exercise and sleep critical to brain health

July 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on Exercise and sleep critical to brain health · Fitness and Health

My Chicago-based friend (and high-powered consultant to captains of industry) Jim McGee recently reviewed the book Brain Rules by John Medina. It’s worth reading Jim’s review here. You wouldn’t normally see a post like this on a motorcycle blog, but one of my main interests is the fitness and health of the aging athlete (and […]

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FIM to put two-strokes on even footing in 2010

July 10th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Industry, Racing, Technology, Two-Stroke

According to this Dec 21, 2007 press release (pdf) from the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme, the Permanent Bureau has decreed the following: 2) Motocross Classes: as of 2010, single cylinder engines will be used in MX1 and MX2 and multicylinder in MX3, whether 2 or 4-stroke (open concept). The cubic capacity will be 250cc in […]

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AMA approves sale to Daytona Motorsports Group

July 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on AMA approves sale to Daytona Motorsports Group · Industry, Politics of Riding, Racing

Here’s the press release from the AMA regarding final approval of the Pro Racing/DMG deal. I’m sure the road race community is up in arms over this, and I feel for them. The changes underway there have created a lot of friction with the riders, factories, and race track owners. There’s a lot of bluster […]

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Surface Guard tape

July 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on Surface Guard tape · Technology, Vintage

Here’s an interesting product I came across recently from ISC Racers Tape — Surface Guard Tape. According to the company it’s “a bullet-proof, 8 mil clear, urethane paint protection tape. You cannot puncture this tape with a pen.” It has a semi-permanent adhesive and protects against UV, extreme temperatures, and automotive solvents. I’ve been using […]

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