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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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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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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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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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Why has only one company successfully entered the MX market since 1985?

June 3rd, 2008 · 2 Comments · Politics of Riding, Technology

To my knowledge only one (1) company has successfully entered the motocross market since 1985 – the small Hillsdale, MI firm of Cobra Motorcycle Mfg. What did Cobra do? They brought innovation to a market the Big Four were ignoring. They met a need. They built good products – right here in the USA. Once […]

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Wearing the Leatt

April 14th, 2008 · Comments Off on Wearing the Leatt · Safety, Technology

As noted the other day, I spent last weekend at the Diamond Don’s Riverport AHRMA national. What a mudfest! I’d like to say that I had a great race and finished in the top three in my class, but that was not to be. I was running well in the first moto of Sportsman 250 […]

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Fairy tales and myths about modern racing

March 16th, 2008 · Comments Off on Fairy tales and myths about modern racing · Industry, Racing, Technology

I just saw a boisterous rebuttal of an earlier article – The Long-term Effects of Production-based Racing – over on the TMSuzuki Yahoo! group. I can’t post it here because I don’t have permission but I hope the author will stop by and do it himself. The author takes great exception to my assertion that […]

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Update on the cone-head helmet liner

March 9th, 2008 · Comments Off on Update on the cone-head helmet liner · Safety, Technology

From Don Morgan, inventor of the cone-head motorcycle helmet liner technology, comes an e-mail update on this interesting approach to helmet safety. According to Don, the response to his appearance on “The New Inventors” (which named the cone-head 2007 Invention of the Year) has been huge, with interest from around the globe. A helmet using […]

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Which helmet is safest?

March 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Safety, Technology

Looking at the new Bell Moto-8 got me to thinking again about the controversial issue of helmets. Mainly because the Moto-8 is at the higher end of the price range for motorcycle helmets, and there is really no objective way of determining if your money is truly buying you more protection. In a non-scientific survey […]

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