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I thought it may be polite to unclutter our forum friends threads from our non-motorcycle related nonsense and still maintain a level of humor and stupidity to keep idiots like me interested. I would welcome all forms of nonsense here until such time it becomes a chore or annoyance. So let er rip. Anyone with trivia or recipe for worn tire stew or drain oil soup now is your chance to post your foolishness before I get started.
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I thought this might become a catch all for ideas and nonsense, but even though my inventions and ideas have been recycled and reused and borrowed and perfected I still thought it worthwhile to brag a bit of several of my racing inventions. I raced dead engine start racing many decades ago and devised a method of fast dead engine starts that was flat lethal and nearly foolproof. As a former drag racer I developed good start reflexes that served me well with many race wins, some well earned and some just damn lucky. But a dead engine start needs a bit luck and an advantage and you can make your luck if you can find an advantage. For those not familiar with this type of start, the rider is standing on track next to bike with left hand only on left handlebar grip with feet facing rearward no further back than front axle centerline. When start flag is dropped the riders will quickly mount bike and slap Kickstarter to start motor and shift trans into gear and engage clutch in several quick motions and as you might expect lots and lots of room for mistakes and engine stalls and riders looping out at start or jumping clear off their bikes. I have pictures and memories of these crashfests 30 years later. I invented several modifications and equipped my trusty 1985 CR 250 to rule the race track back in the day. Details to follow as time permits. Trying to find pictures as well. Stay tuned
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If it rolls, burns rubber, flies or shoots, runs on gasoline or gun powder, makes lots of noise, produces recoil or a
rooster tail----it's cool.
But if it uses a ball, a bat, racquet or club, or is played on a court or green by yuppies or liberals----it's a piece of
crap!
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I’ve never seen other riders use my dead engine dirty tricks, and I’m not sure if they would be relevant or useful today with electric start use. One simple easy trick was to make the bike lower and thus easier to swing my short leg over the tall seat was to take several plastic wire ties linked together and loop them through drive sprocket and around rear sub frame while I compressed rear suspension and lowered rear of bike on starting line. This lowered the bike when starting and normal rotation of sprocket cut wire tie and restored normal suspension action after bike powered away from start. It also pissed off my competitors and caused me a few protests. Sore losers!! So my next trick was to ask my wife to casually walk to starting chute after the race was well underway and pick up the bits of wire tie evidence off ground.. thanks babe!! Here hold my trophy will ya?
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I invented several modifications and equipped my trusty 1985 CR 250 to rule the race track back in the day. Details to follow as time permits. Trying to find pictures as well. Stay tuned
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To finish this holeshot madness during my refuse to lose years, the last bit of kick start tricks was used to position kick start lever 15 or 20 degrees from vertical plane. If you look at kickers they retract to a 12:00 position and require a rearward kick. Well if you could stop it at 10:30 it would only require a downstroke and no wasted motion used to start motor and get feet on pegs and move ahead of those poor bastards kicking and cussing and sitting on start line trying to get started and gone. My secret was developed from jamming a stick between air box and rear frame for testing and development and later a small plastic stop arm that folded out on pivot clamp on frame and fell down after kicker moved on downstroke and remained out of sight. Once it was perfected I could jump over lowered bike and catch kicker and start motor and get going quicker than a dog chasing a fast rabbit. Lots of holeshots but I did get some stinkeye dirty looks from my racing buddies...

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If it rolls, burns rubber, flies or shoots, runs on gasoline or gun powder, makes lots of noise, produces recoil or a
rooster tail----it's cool.
But if it uses a ball, a bat, racquet or club, or is played on a court or green by yuppies or liberals----it's a piece of
crap!
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why i like getting the holeshot

while digging through piles of old pictures looking for a few to post here i found this old local ametuer motocross start from the mid 1990s and examination of the mayhem pictured reminded me of why i practiced starts more than any other riding skill. to stay out in front of these guys.
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bit of dirt bike trivia

after searching my photo archives i was able to dig up a few pictures of my 1985 Honda CR250 hare scramble bike mentioned previously. found one taken after a mud race and one in my shop. other pic is a 1982 XR500 for ice racing. circa 1980 something
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in search of a 2 stroke killing 250

i recently posted old 250 honda engine photos on @Rangerman s thread and was reminded the effort and development that went into the original configuration of that engine. i had learned my preference for 4stroke dirt trackers as the smooth power complemented my riding style on my open class bikes and decided to build a 250 4stroke motor to compete in the super competitive 350 class. the 250 was half the power of the 2smokers that ruled the roost. i used a 350 yamaha piston modified to fit honda and cut valve reliefs and dome for 14-1 compression and used huge valves from honda street bike and shortened to fit and reamed guides for larger stems and flowed and ported head. webcam supplied camshaft. flywheel and balancer shafts were removed and plugged and crankshaft was machined to accept suzuki rm125 ignition and honda engine cover was modified to fasten suzuki stator on movable plate for external timing adjustments necessary to get timing set correctly with honda ignition trigger and module and suzuki alternator. the small flywheel rotor was the size of a silver dollar and allowed motor to rev quickly but was tricky to develop. i nearly gave up on the idea,until i finally made a fixture to spin ignition on my lathe until i could make it work with honda trigger and module.ran well on dyno with 38mm carburetor and with 310cc it was only giving up 7hp to the 265cc cheater 250 2strokes most guys were running. thats close enough for me. the stock 350 air cooled stuff was under 30 horsepower and my stock rod 310 cheater motor was just over 36 horsepower but the power hit like a hammer and pulled hard and hooked up anywhere on the track.lack of balancer shafts and flywheel made motor vibrate the bolts out of everything on bike, but sacrifice of reliability pays back in instant violent throttle response like a 2stroke with a long nasty powerband. i built a bike around this motor and named her the snotty bitch from hell. will post race results at a later date
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while digging through piles of old pictures looking for a few to post here i found this old local ametuer motocross start from the mid 1990s and examination of the mayhem pictured reminded me of why i practiced starts more than any other riding skill. to stay out in front of these guys.
I had to chuckle a bit when I saw the guy in the middle of the pack looking like he was launching a rocket ship into space.

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---Past Rides---
(1982 Honda XL250R)
(1980 Yamaha IT 125)
(1971 Penton 125 Six Day)

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after searching my photo archives i was able to dig up a few pictures of my 1985 Honda CR250 hare scramble bike mentioned previously. found one taken after a mud race and one in my shop. other pic is a 1982 XR500 for ice racing. circa 1980 something
I really like that CR500!
Wouldn't it be something if they would reintroduce a popular "retro" dirtbike model like they have done before in the past with street bikes?
I would find it difficult to resist a new production "retro" CR500 2T!


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1991 KTM 300DXC "Running Project"
1993 Kawasaki KDX250
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(1980 Yamaha IT 125)
(1971 Penton 125 Six Day)

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