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Old 09-25-2011, 08:57 AM   #601
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Cool Pete,

I use to ride that area too.
A claypit near the south west end of the north/south runway had a good track layout, and on the east side of the east/west runway near Warlock country was a pretty good run through the blackjack oaks and a sandy motocross track.
I'da been on a blue Rickman 125 Six Day back then.
Heh - don't feel bad - I was on a Suzuki TS 50J LOL!!! I've been on that track at the airport - many times. I used to drool over all the "older guys" RM250s and 390s and of course the Elsinores and other "cool fast bikes." Did you happen to know a guy named Scotty Larson? He had a Penton and a Bultaco I believe. I wasn't a huge fan of the guy, but his dad owned WBSR at one point in time...
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:52 PM   #602
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I'm terrible with names, and don't remember Scotty. Do remember Doug Quigley, Brett Peterson, Jimmy Fitzgerald, Mitchell Lowery, Ian Sorrell, and Gary Early.
Got little stories about each of these fine fella's and each one taught me a bit of how to ride by discussions, or by example by attempting to follow them a bit.
Riding for me was for fun and exploring.
Throw a lack of money vs love of riding in the mix and I was forced to compromise with a occasional race now and then to see where I stacked up.

Going back to the airport claypit, late one sunday afternoon, it was just me and little Gary Early riding. He had a brand new CR125M Elsinore and was too short to touch the ground with his feet. I spotted him at one of the sandy berms trying to pick it up and stopped to help him. Gary asked if I'd crank it up for him and I asked if I could ride it. He told me his dad would be mad if he found out, and I understood. If I owned a CR125, I wouldn't have let anyone ride it either.
Picket it up and gave the kick starter a push and it fired off.
Blipped the throttle a couple times and turned it over to him.
I can hear it now.
God it felt good to be astride that little rocket.


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Heh - don't feel bad - I was on a Suzuki TS 50J LOL!!! I've been on that track at the airport - many times. I used to drool over all the "older guys" RM250s and 390s and of course the Elsinores and other "cool fast bikes." Did you happen to know a guy named Scotty Larson? He had a Penton and a Bultaco I believe. I wasn't a huge fan of the guy, but his dad owned WBSR at one point in time...
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:38 PM   #603
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I'm terrible with names, and don't remember Scotty. Do remember Doug Quigley, Brett Peterson, Jimmy Fitzgerald, Mitchell Lowery, Ian Sorrell, and Gary Early.
Tony, I remember some of those guys racing the money class when I was on a minibike, didn't know any of them, just remember the names.
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:13 PM   #604
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Really enjoying the little DR, spent about 6 hours in 2 sessions riding R roads today. Not sure exactly how to describe it, but the bike just seems to "fit". The new tires and near perfect trail conditions probably helped.

Saturday's ride was cut short when the bike started sputtering after every jump or big bump and eventually wouldn't rev past 2500 rpm, I managed to limp home using the choke, seems there was a little sand and gunk in the bowl, all better now.




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Old 09-25-2011, 07:14 PM   #605
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Tony, I remember some of those guys racing the money class when I was on a minibike, didn't know any of them, just remember the names.
Brett, I just KNEW you were a racer at some place in time.

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Old 09-25-2011, 07:26 PM   #606
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Brett, I just KNEW you were a racer at some place in time.



My racing career was only a couple of years, mostly in Jr mini. Sure was fun though.
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:47 AM   #607
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Madhouse New Avitar

Hey man I love that new Avitar... CZs were my ride for three years in the pro class - 69 , 70 ,71... Im much older now so I was really fast back then...

I remember some Sorrels riding...
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:03 PM   #608
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Really enjoying the little DR, spent about 6 hours in 2 sessions riding R roads today. Not sure exactly how to describe it, but the bike just seems to "fit". The new tires and near perfect trail conditions probably helped.

Saturday's ride was cut short when the bike started sputtering after every jump or big bump and eventually wouldn't rev past 2500 rpm, I managed to limp home using the choke, seems there was a little sand and gunk in the bowl, all better now.
Glad yer enjoying yer DR, Barney! I bet that new front end helps a lot. Elden Carl, the "Grand Old Man" of dualsporting, sez the DR350 is the finest DS bike ever made. It's hard for me to argue with his reasons why: air cooling for simplicity/reliability, manageable weight, low maintenance requirements, decent suspension, wide-ratio 6-spd tranny, and a strong aftermarket. Although not a member of the DR350 Cult myself, I can truly say "I get it."

Heading up to Suches GA this weekend. If any of y'all find yerselves in the vicinity, stop in at High Valley and say hello, and drink one of my cold beers. My raggedy old KLR will be hard to miss amongst the sportbikes and supermotos. Kinda like a turd in a punchbowl.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:54 PM   #609
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I'm terrible with names, and don't remember Scotty. Do remember Doug Quigley, Brett Peterson, Jimmy Fitzgerald, Mitchell Lowery, Ian Sorrell, and Gary Early.
Can't say that I do, T. I was just a little snot nose back then. I was lucky I even had a little moto to buzz around on!

Barn - I applaud your skills! Swapped out the whole front end from another bike and now look atcha - cruisin an bruisin on the cult bike that fits juuuust right! Right on man - I thought that tweaked OEM front end was gonna be a huge pita - but - apparently not! Shoot even my cam cover gasket is giving me a headache... duh.

Inept - keep on truckin man! Enjoy your time in the sun! Be safe and let us live vicariously with you and your well-fashioned KLR up in GA!
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:30 PM   #610
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Hey man I love that new Avitar... CZs were my ride for three years in the pro class - 69 , 70 ,71... Im much older now so I was really fast back then...

I remember some Sorrels riding...
Yes,,,,, brothers Ian (pronounced Yaaan), Robbie and Mark.
Ian campaigned a 125CC Husqvarna for Greene Mobile Home Parts.
Robbie was sponsored by Sams cycle on various Naguchi Yamaha's,
and Mark prefered to keep it fun and just ride around in the dirt on the trails with me.


Vic, you are a lucky Man.
I dreamed of owning one of the CZ's at Ladd's cycle on Mobile Hwy,,,,,
,,,,,,but never was able to afford one.

Barbers Motorcycle Museum as bunch's of-em and the front one still has the BARUM brand tires on it:

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Got wood?

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Old 09-26-2011, 05:14 PM   #612
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Vic, you are a lucky Man.
I dreamed of owning one of the CZ's at Ladd's cycle on Mobile Hwy,,,,,
,,,,,,but never was able to afford one.

Since this is the old mans thread I will digress....

Yes I was and am a lucky guy. I happened to know a guy in the Coast Guard who got us Two (to become a dealer) in 1968 when the Iron Curtain still blocked Russian exports. Just after we got ours in Mobile they started showing up in the states. Ladd had the dealer ship in Pcola. Skip Cunningham and I use to battle it out in the "Open Money Class" it was called back then. He had an identical 360CZ. We had the "red" tanks like you see three back. The "Coffin" tanks you see in the pic were later years.

Thanks for posting. What memories that bike brings back. I met Roger DeCoster and Heike Mickola, Torsten Hallman and all those late 60 and early 70s guys when I rode the Trans AM in 70. I lost my CZ jersey somewhere in the years. Orange with black and white bars on the sleeves with the great CZ emblem front and rear.

I have converted some of my old 8mm footage of the Trans-am to dvd and will show to anyone interest (hell or not interested). So primative by todays helmet cam standards...

Anyway thank for the jerk down memory lane.
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:34 PM   #613
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Indeed, it is the Old Mans thread, and thanks to Pete for gettin it started.

Here's a little bit better pic of the orange CZ.
Thats a Greeves to the right,,,,and a SC500 on the left. First time I rode with Ben Womble, he was on a SC500.
It had some crazy/weird power delivery.
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Man, I remember those bikes. Grunt!!!!
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Pissed Ya know....

There oughta be a law or sumpthin.

Sigh.

I am the Wing SharePoint Administrator. That means that my job is to mostly sit in my cube, answer the many MANY calls and emails about issues anyone is having about SP, and occasionally go to a desk somewhere on base and figure out the best solution for a unique issue or problem. I hold Tri-annual SharePoint Owner Roundups, keep track of current trends, and train the trainers (the underling SP "Owners".) Life's been OK. The man behind the curtain, if you will.

But Boring - I know.

Now afsoc has this app that has been strapped onto the back of the SP system called the evaluation management system (ems) -programmed by pacaf. So - since i am the sp admin, and this new ems thing resides on sp, it has been pressed on me to "train up" all of these wing personnel - and man o man - there is a ton of them. So far I've had about an 80 student thruput with the classes varying in size from 5 to 20 per shot. Each class requires a computer lab - each student with their own pc parroting what i do. Thats why the sizes are that small...

I have been training a class or two a week, but the new wing CO wanted more. So.., for the last 3 days (and the past 4 or 5 weeks) it has been go-go-go-train-train-train, and talk talk talk talk talk talk -- Yack. ACK! I aint a big GD talker anymore - less of course you gimme a beer or 3! ;-)

Normally - silence has been golden in my little world for quite some time.

DELIVER ME!

>:-|

i was an naval instructor/master training specialist in my other life, but for the last 20 years i have been a cube potatoe, and dammit, all this walking all over hurlburt and teaching classes is starting to wear me down. plus - this whole bit wasn't in my damn job description either.

My legs and feet feel like cement and my voice is worn down after 2 straight days on the podium and tomorrow afternoon I have another day doing the same thing at Eglin AFB. I feel as though I've been fricken conscribed.

Slave instructor - MUSH!

Grrrr. >:-|

My E6-E8 military coworkers "cant" instruct or train, so guess what?

I'M IT.

Just sort of peeved...

Sorry to vent - just feeling sorta ripped off. I am gratefull for the job, but sometimes.....
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