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Old 01-25-2011, 02:35 PM   #61
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As an adult racing I made significant progress in MX after a weekend at Gary Semics school. I understand Ohio is a long ways for you so search one out close to home. No matter what bike you choose attend a good school.
I'm a former MSF instructor...and that is a very good idea...never thought of that. I self taught myself off road skills because I had no other choice.
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:37 PM   #62
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ahrma has races all over.. and lots of series use ahrma rules. i wouldn't limit myself to just one series with your bike choice. you potentially would have to buy another bike to run a different series
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:59 PM   #63
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I'm a former MSF instructor...and that is a very good idea...never thought of that. I self taught myself off road skills because I had no other choice.
I guess I should add I've been racing over 40 years now. MX,HS,roadracing...............everything but ice and hillclimbs. I'm going to do a hillclimb just 'cause. I still learned in spite of that. Fell a few times as well.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:34 PM   #64
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Myself I'd rather have a cool bike, air cooled mid eighties just for the coolness. I was riding 490's when I was a 100 pound 13 year old though, I'd probably kill myself with a 4th gear stand up wheelie through mud puddles now.

Look for a trail oriented bike, Jim. They have better trans ratios and are easier to ride, KDX or an IT in the 250 class would be a great way to get into the game.
I hear ya! IMO, big Maico style radial fins look trick! But man! Water cooled two strokes were such a HUGE step in the right direction! I couldn't go back. . . . Unless it was a '76 Maico 250MX or a '74 Pursang. Weren't '74 open class Pursangs 360's. I mean, there use to be 350 classes back then. At any rate, I think I would take a big bore Pursang and set it up for short track and TT!
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:18 PM   #72
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you should label these pictures so we (noobs) know what the hell they are...
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I wouldn't really mind buying one of these 'exotic' open class dirt bikes. Trouble is...I couldn't afford one already restored.
YZ 490's are very affordable. at the sake of sounding like an elitist its a buyers market.

you can get a ready to ride bike for what the GS crowd would spend on PIAA's without batting an eye. you want to get up in the $2000-$2500 it gets real interesting. you want to go more the world is your oyster.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:31 PM   #74
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you should label these pictures so we (noobs) know what the hell they are...
all the bikes on this page were from my trip to Brad Lackey's Norcal VMX AHRMA event last March. The CCM was Jeff Smiths bike. The Husqvarna is a early 60's Husky thumper. Good luck finding one of those in the US for any amount of money, by the time Husky started importing bikes on any scale the thumper was long gone. the Graham Noyce Honda was made for him for the same event in 2009 when Lackey hosted a US vs Euro thing which I was too stupid to attend. The bike was for sale last year in the $10K range but its the real deal. The event was chock full of CZ's and surprisingly british bikes but in hindsight I guess it was to be expected given the location and event. Hats off to the west coast vmx boys for keeping the flame burning. The Triumph was just someones pride and joy and could probably be had for under $5K if he were to sell it, maybe under $4K? Triumphs/BSA's don't bring a whole lot of love until you get into the 50's. Even them they are under priced mostly in my opinion.
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all the bikes on this page were from my trip to Brad Lackey's Norcal VMX AHRMA event last March.
and I have to add that I was very well taken care of by our fellow advrider skwidd, he really made me feel at home and it was absolutely surreal being in california with Lackey and seeing these machines from all those years ago come to life. I've always felt its a thankless sport but if its in your blood its a worth every drop and fortunately for the buyer in these times a little money will buy a whole lot of bike.
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