Dirt Bike History 101

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

  1. Sal Paradise

    Sal Paradise Dharma Bum

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    I remember hearing some discussion about a debate going on back in the day related to full face helmets. Similar to the loud pipes save lives kinda debate.
    What was the argument? Were there guys who disliked the full face setup? I still have a Bell open face that I like to wear if I'm not following any open bikes!! :lol3
  2. Solaros1

    Solaros1 Long timer

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    The first series Bell Stars had a fairly small eye hole - I still have mine and the view was somewhat restricted compared to an open face helmet. A buddy of mine had bought one after breaking his nose after a hard landing after a jump. At his first motocross race at Franklin, GA after getting the new helmet he was third going into the first turn and was clipped from behind. He went down in front of the other 35-40 bikes in the field and one of them ran over his head as he looked back over his shoulder. The knobbie track up over the front and top of his fresh white Bell Star was enough to convince the rest of us to go buy one ourselves.
  3. Sal Paradise

    Sal Paradise Dharma Bum

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    Ya I understand that, I almost always ride with a full face. If you were on a grass track by yourself open face is fine, but otherwise...
  4. TREE

    TREE Interloper

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  5. Sal Paradise

    Sal Paradise Dharma Bum

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    Hey thanks for fixing my photo!!:D

    What program did you use??
  6. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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    a hippie!!

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  7. Sal Paradise

    Sal Paradise Dharma Bum

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    He was totally a hippie! In another photo he had purple sunglasses! Compared to what he looks like today (clean cut) thats hilarious! :lol3
  8. TREE

    TREE Interloper

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    Hi OAS !

    ....... all I use is the prgm that came with my Canon scanner, ArcSoft Photostudio.
    Mostly it is just colour correcting and sometimes density also.
    Quite simple if you know which of the six colours you need to get rid of.......
    I did it for a few yrs as a profession so I have an edge. :lol3
  9. deerslayR

    deerslayR Spodely Adventurer

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    ............Started on a rotary valve 175cc Kawasaki F7. 1972.

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    Rode it to college classes/work during the week and rode ECEA enduros on the weekends.
    Trials universal tires REALLY suck in Jersey sand and mud. :eek1

    The following year I "upgraded" to a Yamaha DT3 (250).

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    Faster and better handling. :clap

    The last bike used in my first enduro life was a 1976 MR250 Honda with
    real Metzeler MC Knobbies and aftermarket Boge/Mulholland shocks.

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    By then I had a van and a trailer to haul the bike to the fun.

    Does anyone remember the T shirts that stated:

    "We Don't Care How The Hell They Do It In California"

    Had a lot of ignorant fun in the day. Glad I survived. :lol3
  10. Sal Paradise

    Sal Paradise Dharma Bum

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    Sick, I tried the program my Nikon came with and it did a little bit. But your program is the hot tip!
  11. Sal Paradise

    Sal Paradise Dharma Bum

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    Reminds me of a John Lydon (Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten) quote, "I don't give a fuck what you think, I know what I think and thats what matters to me."


    :lol3
  12. Lil Earle

    Lil Earle Sweatin, not scared

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    I remember running in the under 16 class. It was a class of kids too old to race mini bikes and too young to be turned loose with the big guys. I had a 1973 Yamaha LT3 MX. We had a Suzuki dealer in town who had a son about my age. He always had the best suzki available to him. I raced him in the mini bikes for aout two years. He had one of those Bonanza mini bikes with the Hodaka engine on it. I had a Yamaha Mini Enduro that my dad had put a 80cc top end on and had done some porting work to it. On a smooth track I couldn't get him but throw in some bumps and I had him. I was 15 and lined up with my new 100 mx. I looked to my left and there he was on a TM400 one of those yellow ones. They shot the rubberband and he led all the way to the first corner. As I rounded the first corner you could see where he went off into the woods. I never saw him again until I was on my way to second heat. He was standing there crying and his dad was holding the bike yelling at him. He didn't run in the second heat. That was the last time I raced him. I turned sixteen and went into the 125 class. He went on to the 250's
  13. nachtflug

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    your input to this thread is invaluable. it really is a window into a very special time (1970ish give and take a few) and place (California).

    great stuff. I'm sure you know, Thorwaldson died road racing a few years back. I remarked at the time that checking out at his age (63?) while racing and obviously never stopped racing, wasn't all that bad of a deal considering how many people for so many reasons have to throw in the towel so much earlier. but it still sucks.

    I met John Desoto at Mid Ohio VintageDays MX this past summer. He was really great and really appreciated that people were interested in him. He was like you knew him your whole life he was so cool about it.

    I have in a scrap book when I used to cut magazines up another Suzuki ad with John DeSoto and his brother(?) posing and wheelieing away from a starting line on TM400's.

    you catch it at the right angle the 71 has some pretty sweet lines.

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    I'm not a big fan of the AMA but the Motocross America exhibit at the HQ in Ohio which if it hasn't ended is ending very soon, is stunning. Top shelf. Could not have been better. The book is worth whatever you pay for it. $40?

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    Brad Lackeys World Champ Suzuki with Simons forks.

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    good stuff. I never knew what a Steens Hodaka really was all about but I remember them in magazines and seeing guys wearing the jersey's.
  17. nachtflug

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    don't see a whole lot of these around. :D

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  18. El Hombre

    El Hombre Banned

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    A jimbo bike!

    Those S&W shocks were made by Monroe, yeah, the car shock people. Same shock you bought for the Buick. Friend used to work for Tim Witham. He told me.
  19. Sal Paradise

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    I love the old gear. Its too bad the plastic boots didn't work cause they were neat looking. Scott is bringing them back, the Genius boot. They run 5 or 6 hundred bucks though!
  20. Sal Paradise

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    S&W's work great for being car shocks. I run new Progressives which are basically the same. I gues they figured out how to make them last, I've never blown a pair out and they usually take a good beating! :lol3

    P.S. Did anyone else see what looks like a huge flatspot in the rear rim of the Optaco??