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Another one of my favorites.

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Sure would like to be there right about now.
Spring time is a long way off.
And winter really has not started yet.


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Sign me up.
I'll take one...
Maybe two?

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If only we were living in the 90's again...
Long live the big bore 2T's!


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A look at a few favorites from my December 1978 Dirt Bike magazine.
Something for the Rangerman to enjoy while the snow is flying here in Pa.
 

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"Something for the Rangerman to enjoy while the snow is flying here in Pa."

Thanks augie,
This is just what the dirtbike doctor ordered!:)
Anything to help out a friend with cabin fever.
(by the way if it makes you feel any better we are getting the freezing rain here...)

The article about the KTM 400 MC 5.
Yes! big bore 2T's, bring em' back!
Marty Moates piloting...
Excellent!
Yes, I remember.
Do you recollect the dual win at Carlsbad?
Of course you do!
June 22nd 1980.
American soil.
European dominance at the USGP's. (so what's new?)
Wildcard kid.
Unknown local, unlikely candidate.
Privateer.
500cc's of raw 2T power! Yamaha.
Two wins.
Unbelievable but true!

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As far as the Honda XL is concerned.
I am sure that you can verify this with your experience.
I never understood the reasoning behind the dual head pipes?
The article states that it is primarily for being able to mount out of the way of the large diameter front wheel?
Really?
That's it?
I thought that it would be for a reason much more technical than that.
What says augie on this matter?

I posted this once before a while ago but it sure is a real nifty video showing the versatility and practicality of a dual purpose small bore "thumper" and it's ability to accomplish pretty much near everything! (within reason)

1991 Honda XR250L



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Ha! Love the Honda propaganda commercial. A close up camera view would show a pro Honda team rider gritting his teeth hoping to finish that commercial before he wrecked himself and had that heavy beast crush him :rolleyes: last part of video shows rider pulling bars back to simulate power wheelie. Still decent bikes to plonk around on. I loved my XR 200 for plonking around at low speeds when following little kids around while teaching them to ride. The old XL 125 and XL 175s and 185 were all treasured for their reliability and fun factor. I would still enjoy riding any of the old Honda thumpers. I'm still working on my old XR restoration projects while the snow is falling here. Progress is slow, but this old dog is slow as well. We just keep plugging along like an old Honda... .
 

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I came across this interesting video recently.
Reminds me of my '71.
Wow!
What really stands out is the large finned cylinder head.
Radical air cooling at its best.
Vintage, it doesn't get much better than a restored Penton!

1974 Penton Six-Days 125



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Winter has not been too harsh here.
That is good.
Not much snow either.
That is good too.

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But since the woods trails are closed for the season I have been riding the farmlands.

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And the ditches.
Anything to get out and ride a bit.
No matter how cold.

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It is a very barren time of year.
Always is.
Makes spring that much more valuable.
Much more appreciated.


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Snow.
What else needs to be said.
Maybe , winter?
Still not harsh so no complaints.
Plus I am able to get out and ride a bit.
Like today.

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Took a bit to get the old machine to come to life.
The cold combined with the damp, well...
Makes it hard to start a fire.

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Plenty of farm lands to ride.
They all start to look the same after awhile.
This is the midwest USA after all.

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This '92 still is enjoyable to ride though.
Good to keep it active.
Especially in these long months of inactivity.
Does good as an anecdote for cabin fever.

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Next time I will have to take the '91 DXC for a spin.
Waiting for spring so the woods riding can begin again.
Till then.

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Midwest USA

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From a past excursion aboard the XRL.
Wintertime needless to say.
I always find these pioneer cabins very interesting.
They can be found sporadically up and down the various routes that I traverse.
What interests me so much about these is all the varied stories that they could tell pertaining to the people who once lived in them and worked around them.
Same place.
Different time.


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Same cabin.
Different bike.

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HVAC blower switch called it quits the other day in my Econoline.
So since I had the day off from work and the temperature was a bit (just a bit) tolerable today,
(needless to say) I used this as an opportunity to make a quick run to the auto parts store to pick up the parts that I needed to get some much needed heat back in the Ford as we still have some really cold mornings left here in the midwest USA.

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The "mighty KLR"!

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Blustery, wet and a tad bit chilly...
Perfect day for a motorcycle ride!
Come to think of it, any day is a good day to ride a motorcycle!


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Just rig up another piece of exhaust pipe so it passes through the cab and next to the drivers seat ;)
 

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"Just rig up another piece of exhaust pipe so it passes through the cab and next to the drivers seat"

Now that sounds to me like good ol' Aussie ingenuity!
Why didn't I think of that DW?
Seriously though, the old VW Beetle that our family had back in the late 60's
did not have a heater per se.
It was sort of like you just suggested DW?

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If I remember correctly none of us liked the Bug very much in the wintertime...


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I did my apprenticeship at a European car specialist. Main vehicles I worked on were bmw, Mercedes and VW. Beetle's and splitty's and t3's I skinned me teeth on. Absolute easiest vehicles to work on.
Most of those duct type heaters never really worked that well. 95% of them were disconnected on the ones I worked on.
Enough of my dribble.

Keep them pics and ride reports coming!
 

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+2 on VW air cooled heater operation. Poor beetle owners got screwed on the cold weather heat but those little bugs could pass a snow plow on a snow covered roadway but couldn't see a damn thing ahead of them because of non-existent defroster operation. The micro bus and Van's were even worse. It was always common to see VW drivers bundled up in artic weather gear during winter months here in northeast. Poor bastards.
 
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