Dirt Bike History 101

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by kittycactus, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    And with the recent 88,000 acre land grab by the USMC in Johnson Valley, there are only one or two more nails and so cal desert racing's coffin will be permanently sealed :cry
  2. crtahoe

    crtahoe Been here awhile

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    It's sad how much was lost. Unfortunately the motorcycle riding public never quite organized effectively as a political force.
  3. Max L

    Max L Duct Tape

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    Sierra Club or not still lucky to be here now, the best of the best.

    I mean you can get almost any part, ship anything, 100's of bike sites and, 100's of schools.

    land grab work both ways. Yea I miss the old days of some what free run. Though I fully understand the reason we should set aside places,

    thank Lord for Teddy R ("Rough Rider's") and others for our early land grabs in this Country's History.

    Good Job so far ...
  4. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    The Johnson Valley deal isn't a set aside, it's just gone, for military use only. Supposedly a portion of it is supposed to be shared use, but I will take odds that the first time the Marines use it they will lose a few live rounds and "oops, sorry, not safe for the public" and we will never see it again. And as far as the off roading public organizing, I doubt you could do anything. The USMC will politely listen to your arguments and then when the time comes they tell you to GTFO, and thats it.

    There were dozens of meetings, plans drawn and redrawn, agreements so everyone seemed happy, and then in the end the Marines and one of the local politicians did a secret deal and bam, that was it. Complete bullshit.
  5. R80st

    R80st Been here awhile

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  6. OLD GREEN

    OLD GREEN Been here awhile

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    1978 DT400

    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.:lol3

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    It was pretty fun to jump on it and tear up the old dirt roads almost thirty years later.
  7. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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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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  8. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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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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  9. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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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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  10. Grizzlyman

    Grizzlyman Been here awhile

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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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  11. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    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.":wink:
  12. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Been here awhile

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    Looks like an RH67, is that correct SB?
  13. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    Got to admire a fellow DKW rider...

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    And who didn't have a Preston Petty plastic fender back in the 70's?
  14. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    Yeah, a RH67, the twin pipe. Preston says the bike was such a POS he gave up his ride on it!
  15. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    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!
  16. Twotaildog

    Twotaildog Old Poop

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    I had one :clap
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    Thumpermeister roost maker

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    Great period pic.
  18. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...those who couldn't afford one... :D

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  19. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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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"...
  20. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    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.