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Entries from October 31st, 2008

Old school pitbike races – Honda SL70 and XR75

October 31st, 2008 · Comments Off on Old school pitbike races – Honda SL70 and XR75 · Events, Racing, Vintage

Recently my old school friend Ronnie Welch sent me a bunch of pictures from TVRC’s annual “King of the Ant Hill” race in Texas. If you were under the misguided belief that pitbike races were some new phenomenon, well, let me assure you that the only thing truly new in dirt biking is the backflip. […]

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MediaZone closes Moto channel

October 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on MediaZone closes Moto channel · Events, Industry, Racing

Last week I got email notification that MediaZone is closing their Moto Channel. This is a big disappointment to me, as I just signed up for a 1-year subscription when I watched the MXdN on live video. MediaZone will refund my subscription fee on a pro-rated basis, but the money isn’t really the problem. I’m […]

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New Ham KJ4HFJ

October 17th, 2008 · Comments Off on New Ham KJ4HFJ · Uncategorized

I got my call sign assignment from the FCC yesterday — KJ4HFJ. That seems a little unwieldy to me, but maybe I’ll get used to it. Kilo-Juliette-4-Hotel-Foxtrot-Juliette. For $12 I can get a vanity call sign (a bit like vanity license plates.) I might do that and get something I can remember like K4TWF — […]

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Blast it all!

October 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on Blast it all! · Workbench

One of the tools I’ve always wanted is a blaster for cleaning metal. A blast cabinet would be nice, for doing small parts in an enclosed area. But I wanted a bigger unit that would also let me work on frames and bigger pieces. A couple of years ago I bought a 60-gallon, two-cylinder, 12 […]

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MX Sports announces changes for 2009

October 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on MX Sports announces changes for 2009 · Racing

The press conference this morning revealed the big changes coming for the 2009 season. 2009 is the first year that MX Sports will own the series. The big hitters are: New class names — 250 and 450. Imagine that. Somebody actually listens to Jody Weisel. Tracks — all the same tracks as 2008. Races — […]

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I qualified for my Ham radio license today

October 11th, 2008 · Comments Off on I qualified for my Ham radio license today · Safety

This is not really about motorcycling, except that I got the idea to do this from a post on the Wild Goose Moto Guzzi discussion board. I’ve been thinking about some way to have communications on my street bike for a while. Emergency communications mainly but, ultimately, I want to be able to do bike-to-bike […]

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MX SPorts press conference Saturday

October 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on MX SPorts press conference Saturday · Events, Racing

In today’s Racerhead column Davey Combs announced a press conference to be held tomorrow morning at the MGM Grand Hotel. Coombs will announce some of MX Sports’ plans for the 2009 Pro MX season. There have been a lot of discomfiting rumors flying about. Many sound far-fetched, to me. But you never know. Hopefully we’ll […]

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Monster Mountain MX Park for sale

October 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Industry, Racing

The following was posted on RacerX today: Monster Mountain MX Park, one of the premier facilities in the Southeast, is for sale. Built into the beautiful rolling hills of Central Alabama by MX legend Mark Barnett and Glen Bates, the facility offers MX, Lighted SX, GP, Pit Bike, and seven miles of trails spread over […]

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Vintage tall tales from Dirt Bike legend Super Hunky

October 8th, 2008 · Comments Off on Vintage tall tales from Dirt Bike legend Super Hunky · Profiles in Riding, Vintage

Here’s a great MX story by Rick Sieman, aka Super Hunky, rider, racer, and former editor of Dirt Bike Magazine. Hunky has been everywhere, done everything, and has more stories than any 10 normal people. He’s an undisputed icon in the dirt bike world. My friend and fellow Weedie Bill Ramsey, owner of Motorcycle Accessory […]

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The right broadcast model for motocross

October 5th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Industry, Racing

Last weekend I got up early (too early, it turns out) to watch the MXdN live video feed via MediaZone. I really enjoyed it — well worth the $24.99 I paid for a year’s subscription that also buys me full coverage of the 2009 GP season and access to the archives for 2005–2008. If you […]

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