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Old 02-14-2014, 01:21 AM   #2986
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This particular bike has been around for as long as I've been riding. It's owned by the father of some of my good riding buddies. It used to seem so big when I was struggling to flat foot it on my 1984 RM80 back in the day.



It was pretty fun to jump on it and tear up the old dirt roads almost thirty years later.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:11 AM   #2987
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This is a picture of a Yamaha 125 tank that I bought on Ebay, just because I like the look of it. You just know some kid had the time of his life on it.



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Old 02-19-2014, 11:01 AM   #2988
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Today is the 73rd birthday of my buddy Preston Petty. He is in my mind the most interesting man in the world, and a true bad ass. Happy Birthday Preston!













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Old 02-19-2014, 11:09 AM   #2989
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Oops! Forgot one of my favorite Preston Petty pics:

When Preston was a works Suzuki rider developing the scooter that later became the bike Robert & De Coster made famous.

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Old 02-19-2014, 12:25 PM   #2990
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This is a picture of a Yamaha 125 tank that I bought on Ebay, just because I like the look of it. You just know some kid had the time of his life on it.



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I was that kid! Oh how I remember that tank. This is a pic of me on my 76 YZ12. This was around 1979-1980.
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:19 PM   #2991
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I was that kid! Oh how I remember that tank. This is a pic of me on my 76 YZ12. This was around 1979-1980.
Well Grizz, all I can say is I hope seeing it here brought back some good memories. It hangs in my basement shop and every time I see it I smile and imagine being in the "Bad Boy Club."
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:45 PM   #2992
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Oops! Forgot one of my favorite Preston Petty pics:

When Preston was a works Suzuki rider developing the scooter that later became the bike Robert & De Coster made famous.

Looks like an RH67, is that correct SB?
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:10 PM   #2993
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Got to admire a fellow DKW rider...



And who didn't have a Preston Petty plastic fender back in the 70's?
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:42 PM   #2994
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Looks like an RH67, is that correct SB?
Yeah, a RH67, the twin pipe. Preston says the bike was such a POS he gave up his ride on it!
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Got to admire a fellow DKW rider...



And who didn't have a Preston Petty plastic fender back in the 70's?
Preston also went to 3 ISDTs on Sachs, he and Ted Lapidakis (Sachs/DKW distributor) were good friends. Preston was also was the first to put a disc brake on a motocross bike, and his not so famous anti-dive front ends. He's an awesome, awesome guy, still has a "thou scale" stuffed in his coverall top pocket at all times!
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:21 AM   #2996
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And who didn't have a Preston Petty plastic fender back in the 70's?
I had one
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:14 AM   #2997
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:08 AM   #2998
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...And who didn't have a Preston Petty plastic fender back in the 70's?
...those who couldn't afford one...

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Preston also went to 3 ISDTs on Sachs, he and Ted Lapidakis (Sachs/DKW distributor) were good friends.
I think he and Steve Hurd were on Puchs for the '71 ISDT.

PP was quite the engineer and invented a lot of innovative products for motorcycles. Seems like he'd be quite the guy to talk about the "old days"...
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I think he and Steve Hurd were on Puchs for the '71 ISDT.

PP was quite the engineer and invented a lot of innovative products for motorcycles. Seems like he'd be quite the guy to talk about the "old days"...
OK, I didn't know that he or Steve Hurd ever rode Puchs, but a little research shows that apparently all 4 American riders on the Vase B team were on Puchs. All of them "retired" aka DNF. The Trophy Team were all on Pentons and the Vase A team were all on Huskys.

We sold Puchs at EC Birt's Precision Cycles. They were real a POS, although there were some fairly fast sponsored riders who on occasion would do fairly well on them.

Preston said that he personally machined the dies for molding the fenders.
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