Tallahassee Area Riders

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by HTSRocker, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. halmc

    halmc Turkey T*urd

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    How many of you folks have seen Brad Lackey motocross in Tallahassee, replete with his #1 plate?

    How many knew that Tallahassee had one of the best MX tracks in USA?

    How many know who the hell Brad Lackey is?

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    Picture compliments of Billy Stiles, a riding bud of mine.
  2. tenfiddy

    tenfiddy Demotivational Poster Child

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    I remember his name from waaay back but that's it!
  3. halmc

    halmc Turkey T*urd

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    Motocross was the exclusive province of the Europeans. Until Brad Lackey showed up. Never their exclusive territory after that.
  4. waybill

    waybill wayward

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    I was out there a few times ('69-'71)? don't remember seeing Lackey but Gary Bailey put on a good show, think he rode an Ossa, somebody fast did anyway. That was a great track, big cliff on one side and the climb back up the other, made for some big air in the day. It was up northeast somewhere, what road was it?
  5. halmc

    halmc Turkey T*urd

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    Miller Landing on the Phipps property, immediately adjacent to Lake Jackson. Bailey was most likely on a Bultaco. He lived in Tallahassee for a while, not far, as I understand, from Pogey's cycle shop. There were other top MX'rs who rode Mid Lake. I think it closed before 1975, but not sure.

    Bailey ran at least one MX school here in TLH.
  6. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Barry Higgins rode an Ossa around that time. I raced CZs back then and raced against them. I will show old 8mm films of them and Trans AM at the Turkey Trot. Movies od ddDecoster on a CZ.
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    waybill wayward

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    Thanks, I thought it was up Meridian a ways wasn't sure exactly, and vaguely remember Bailey had something going on around town. Don't remember Pogey's tho, but things were a little fuzzy back then. I didn't race but we used to goof around in some of the clay pits, had a Kawasaki Big Horn then got a Yammie RT360 from Hartman's, I think Dusty Miller may have sold it to me. I was gone by the summer of '72, had some great times there tho.

    That name sounds familiar, probably saw you too Vic, I remember those yellow CZ's, and would like seein' those old movies. I'm trying to be back in Colorado in mid Sept/early Oct, but maybe can time the out or back with TT, who knows.
  8. halmc

    halmc Turkey T*urd

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    Wendell Poggie (which I misspelled) was the owner of the Kawasaki, Suzuki, Bultaco and Harley shop(s) for years. He split off Harley when Harley was well into its revival. He later acquired Yamaha and Honda. He sold the business sometime ago and is still very much a motorcycle kinda guy, especially fond of flat tracking.

    Barry Higgins was a top rider, first in MX, then in ISDT. Last saw him (and his dad) racing at vintage MX down in Ocala a few years ago. Lotsa years ago, I was at a race in Waggaman, LA when Higgins "dieseled" the shocks on what I think was a Maico.

    Here's nearly a half hour of MX at Mid Lake MX here in Tallahassee from 1972 or so. EDIT: Some of the video also featured the Cairo, GA, track as well as Valdosta.
  9. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Damn those movies look just like mine!

    When I converted to DVD I copied the whole thing at 1/2 speed. You can almost make out the bikes watching that slow. Still awesome stuff.

    I rode pro motocross in 69 -72 but I don't remember Tally racetracks... but then I don't remember a lot about back then... I do know I raced 50 weekends in 1972 and then I quit - gave sponsored bike back to shop and went back to enduro riding... life was better after that.

    I will be showing old movies at the Trot...yall come on over!
  10. HTSRocker

    HTSRocker odd one

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    If any one from or passing through this area would like to ride along with me to the Turkey Trot, let me know and I'll try and make it interesting.
  11. Bearded Hooligan

    Bearded Hooligan Moto Addict

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    New to the Tallahassee Area, actually in Thomasville, but spent 4 years in Tallahassee in the early 2000's and somewhat familiar with the area. Just bought a new to me 2008 KTM 950 Super Enduro that is being delivered in the next couple of weeks. Looking to ride as much dirt as possible and already have begun exploring some of the dirt roads around the house on a borrowed KLR and on my mountain bike, and occasionally in the wifes civic:evil. Moved from the North GA mountains via Savannah, so I get up to the mountains often. Just wanted to say hey and let me know if anyone is getting out in the dirt. Looks like the weather is getting perfect for riding, where my North GA friends are starting to complain about the cold:lol3. Bike arrives 11/7, been riding along time, mostly dual sport riding, so I wont slow you down if youre worried about that:D
  12. halmc

    halmc Turkey T*urd

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    This thread gets a spurt of activity occasionally, but mostly lies dormant for a month or more at a time.

    The 900,000 acre Apalachicola National Forest provides about as much dual sport riding as one could stand. Probably several hundred miles of good, numbered forest roads plus quite a bit of fire road inspired OHV trails which require a permit.

    The single track OHV trails, however, would not be pleasant on a twin cylinder bike of any description.
  13. tenfiddy

    tenfiddy Demotivational Poster Child

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    I learned to love the OHV trails once I got my 200 exc.. even the BRP is too much bike in there. The rest of the forest has, from my recollection, over 1000 miles of dirt roads and you can connect over to Tates Hell on FH13 really easy. I'd like to get out there an ride before general hunting season starts in a week or less... a number of those guys would just rather run you off the road than spit on ya!
  14. F16Viper68

    F16Viper68 Trapped in the Sandbox!

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    Interesting this thread was bumped back to the top. I was out exploring Apalachicola on my Super Tenere the past two days. It's taking me a while to get comfortable with that 600+ lb beast in the soft sand. It does fine on the main dirt roads but when you start exploring the lesser traveled roads, it becomes interesting.

    As someone mentioned above, hunting season is upon us. They were out there this weekend but I'm not sure if they are actively hunting. It looked like there were running dogs.

    Anyone one know when it's safe to go back out there? :lol3

    Dave...
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    halmc Turkey T*urd

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    Florida hunting seasons w/map of zones are here. ANF is mostly in Zone D, but some in C.

    D general gun begins today, and with several pauses, ends Feb 22.

    March 1 is the end of primitive weapons.

    'Safe' is in the eyes of the beholder. Each of the following were taken w/in two miles of a publically-financed shooting range:

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  16. juliandres

    juliandres Adventurer

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    Hey! Been in tally for the last two years but finally got the right bike for the trails. Picked up an '04 xt 225 this past Sunday. My roommate has an '05 KLR and we hit some dirt roads in Apalachicola but the sun set so we had to leave.

    If anyone is gonna do any trail riding or want to just explore let me know! I'll be exploring all weekend :clap
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    Welcome!
  18. juliandres

    juliandres Adventurer

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    Thanks! Are you gonna be riding this weekend?
  19. F16Viper68

    F16Viper68 Trapped in the Sandbox!

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    Instawinter. :eek1
  20. TxRoadDog

    TxRoadDog Shut up and ride

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    It aint that bad. Saturday was a bit nippy though with the wind.