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Old 07-24-2009, 12:14 AM   #16
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not in 'the era' but...

here's a link to some snaps of us racing vintage here in the North Eastern US. I have some stuff from 09 (Oz & US) but have yet to upload them...

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Old 07-24-2009, 06:24 AM   #17
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Always loved the old GP bikes from the days of my youth. No way I could ever afford one, so instead I built me a replica of one





Donor bike was a 1976 Honda CB400F.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:28 AM   #18
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My inspiration to build the replica:





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Old 07-25-2009, 11:31 AM   #19
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I love bikes from this era, there was some serious innovation going on and real blood and guts riding.

A few I've taken over the past year.




















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Old 07-25-2009, 07:06 PM   #20
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Good place for a sidebar...not a hijack:

Ago's '74 win at Daytona has to be considered one of the most impressive of all time! It was his first major race on the bike, after having spent nearly all of his career on the four-stroke MV. It was his first trip to Daytona...and it was the first major outing for the Yamaha TZ 700.

Roberts, Nixon, Sheene, Duhamel, Baumann, Smart, Castro, Romero, etc. were all there. Wish a film, video of the event was available.

And...none cooler than Ago! A journalist from that era told me that he traveled with his own entourage from Italy...including a massuese! (sp?)

Best ever...is arguable. Coolest of all time? Hands down!
I don't know the bike's pedigree, but a small indie shop down in Melbourne has among other things a TZ 700, or did last time I stopped by about a year ago. It was up on a lift with all the plastics stripped off. Lots of other exotic race bikes collected there, too. Wish I had taken my camera - I was drooling over some of the stuff in there.
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:44 PM   #21
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:10 PM   #22
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Ya want photos of vintage roadracers?

I got yer vintage roadracers right here--83 web pages of 'em...

http://forums.autosport.com/index.php?showtopic=91269
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:16 AM   #23
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Good place for a sidebar...not a hijack:

Ago's '74 win at Daytona has to be considered one of the most impressive of all time! ...

Roberts, Nixon, Sheene, Duhamel, Baumann, Smart, Castro, Romero, etc. were all there. Wish a film, video of the event was available.
It was Nixon's race to lose, and he did. Remember, it was his first race for Suzuki, and all the Suzuki brass were there. Nixon had made all his pit stops and Ago still had to make his last one. Nixon saw Ago just ahead of him, and thought how cool it would be to pass him before he (Ago) pitted. Think about it-- Nixon was going to lap Ago even though he (Nixon) had made one more pit stop than Ago.

Not to be-- in a clear case of ego overcoming discretion he "made the biggest mistake of my life", went to full combat velocity and wicked it up just a little too soon and crashed. Back in the pits, Irv Kanemoto was in tears.

The June (iirc) Cycle magazine report of the race is about as good as motorcycle race reporting gets.
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:20 AM   #24
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[CENTER] All respect to Ago

But Gary Nixon had him whipped and handed the '74 200 to him on a platter
The Full Read

Maybe I should read the whole thread before responding to a post

Thanks for posting that Jinx- and nice to know my memory isn't totally shot
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:20 AM   #25
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in a clear case of ego overcoming discretion he "made the biggest mistake of my life", went to full combat velocity and wicked it up just a little too soon and crashed. Back in the pits, Irv Kanemoto was in tears.
As Max Biaggi (quoting Barry Sheene and others) said on the podium at yesterdays WSB round..."to finish first you must first finish"!

Eddie Lawson said that once or twice as well, and there is no better example of that approach then "Steady Eddie"!
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:52 AM   #26
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Here's a few pics I had laying around of some racers. To me, there is no cooler expression of the spirit of the motorcycle than a bike built solely for racing.











Got a few more I'll throw on here in a little while.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:54 PM   #27
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As Max Biaggi (quoting Barry Sheene and others) said on the podium at yesterdays WSB round..."to finish first you must first finish"!

Eddie Lawson said that once or twice as well, and there is no better example of that approach then "Steady Eddie"!
My photos from the Saltzburgring, Austria, 1986.
In Lawson's case, shouldn't that be, "To finish first, you must first start"?

Remember why his title-deciding protest of Wes Cooley's Suzuki was thrown out?
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:07 PM   #28
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How about some vintage race engines? And you don't even have to click through more than one page!

http://lump-proof.com/CLASSIC/CRAFT/larry/index.html

http://www.iom1960.com/photo/genson-...n-machine.html
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:07 PM   #29
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My '74 TZ250, in 1974



And riding Mitsuo Itoh's Ilse of Mann winning Suzuki RM63(?)67(?) 50cc 12 speed twin for a TV commercial back in 1971 on a service road at Indian Dunes.





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Old 07-29-2009, 02:15 PM   #30
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Once again, V-rider...you had the life! What a great job!

As a video producer, I know how long shooting days, both photo and video/film can be, so I'm sure there were some downers. But still...such an experience! And kudos for saving the evidence!
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