Vintage Dirt Racing on a 350 Honda Twin

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  1. LC Garage

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    To the best of my knowledge, CR250 Elsinore forks and front wheel, but there are subtle differences in the fork caps that make me think the fork legs on this particular bike might be MT250 or? They are 35 mm and have the fork spring caps held in by circlips, instead of the threaded caps. Generally these forks are used with 72 SL350 triple clamps (35 mm also) but when we recently assembled the bike we had several mismatched sets and the triple clamp on it now was off a parts bike of unknown origin. :D
  2. drdubb

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    Thanks...I've got a 71 with smaller forks, but I also have some mr250 legs and a set of clamps from a 72 along with an mr250 wheel. I've been thinking about sending those forks off for some improvements and then mount them up.

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    It makes my heart throb!:clap
  4. LC Garage

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    One of the inmates here Konflict Motorsports did the front forks for Oregon Coasts SL350 and I've talked to him about revalving or modifying mine, sounded like he could help. He also is the one that got the special rear springs wound for this bike. :D
  5. LC Garage

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    Mr Fast, you should here it, sounds GREAT! Running it a little every night trying to break in before this Sunday's vintage mx. Tonight will be getting the semi final jetting done, hoping it races as good as it sounds! :wink:

    PS; Congrats on the great rides and finishes by the Lameco team in the MK1, you guys were amazing, well done! :clap
  6. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    Good luck brother Rick!! Have fun!
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    Thanks! :D
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    Good luck this weekend. :thumb
  9. LC Garage

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    Thanks Ladybug! :D
  10. LC Garage

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    Over the last few nights we've pretty much finished the project, at least for now! :lol3

    A couple nights ago, was still working on the clutch and found out the clutch side cover gasket was wrong;

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    No time to try and order one, what shall I do? Cut and splice might work?

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    Yep, that'l work with a lot of sealer just for good measure!

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    The splice was at the top of the cover, or I wouldn't have tried this. Sprayed it with copper coat on both sides, plus clear silicone in key areas, bolted it on and let it dry overnight before filling with oil. No leaks so far. Whew.

    Steel Stampede / AHRMA is requesting mufflers for this event, not required but desirable. Since we don't have any for this bike, decided to whip up some downturns and at least divert the sound into the ground and make it a little quieter.

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    Last night was it, get it finished! We rejetted the carbs, changed the clutch cable and numerous other little tasks. Here Randy is removing the seat to get better access to the carbs.

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    Back up and in the shop at 5 AM, welded up the bike stand, finished loading and headed to work. As soon as I can make a break for the door, we're headed to Crooked River and the Steel Stampede!

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    http://steelstampede.wordpress.com/
  11. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    That thing looks awesome, bummed I'm going to miss you race it! Kick some ass! :freaky
  12. LC Garage

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    We had a great weekend, we arrived in Crooked River early Friday evening, set up camp and then did some socializing. Here is a view of the camp area from the top of the race track;

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    Walking the track with my best buddy;

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    Met up with VME Prez Dave Armstrong and got a cool VME sticker for the back fender;

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    Speaking of Dave, he won his first moto on Sunday, not sure how his second moto went, but he was grinning big time after his win! :D

    On Saturday, it was all about trials. Here is a shot of one of the most talented riders I've seen, riding a home made Hodaka trials bike. In this shot, crew chief Randy is in the foreground filming. We called this rider "the tie guy", the tie would be dorky, if he wasn't such a great rider; :lol3

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    Tom Street riding the trial on his 1947 rigid frame Indian. The number one indicates he is riding only the toughest sections;

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    Here is Randy with some of the T98 pit chicks, they were pretty impressed with the trials riding;

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    Speaking of pit chicks, here is the whole group with crew chief and rider;

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    And a shot with the guys, especially the two great nephews;

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    Pre race bike prep, note use of precision tools;

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    As for the racing, well...it was a mixed bag. The chassis was slightly better than I'd hoped, but the jetting was wayyyy off. I had ordered jets from a local cafe racer shop and bought what they had, but the range of jets we were able to get weren't small enough for the altitude (2700 feet), we ended up with the smallest jets we had (160), dropped the needle in the slide and it ran kind of ok in some places but would not launch out of the gate or accelerate out of the corners. I had two of the worst starts of my whole career, but was able to catch the pack and pick off a few riders by diving deeper into the corners and then holding on until the motor would come back to life on the exit. Sometimes it would just spit and sputter and they would go right back by. Argh!

    As usual, the Sportsman 500 class was a double gate start and in the first moto, I wheelied big time on the start (not enough power to spin the back tire) and as I caught up to the back of the pack there was a huge crash with a couple of bikes cart wheeling off each side. That area was a yellow flag the rest of the race and we continued on. On about the third lap at the one big jump, an expert on a 360 CZ was passing me from right to left, caught a rock with his back tire and became airborne directly in front of me, and slamming into the rider on my left. It was surreal, just an explosion of dust, bikes and riders and then gone to my left. Weird.

    Second moto we had made a few little adjustments and hoped for a better start, but it was actually worse. The bike was actually dying on me and I just nursed it into the first turn, got it going and started passing a few back markers. Ended up passing maybe five bikes and was feelign ok, on the second to last lap came off the big jump and on landing must have jarred the points or wiring on one cylinder, because I was suddenly riding a single cylinder bike. Grrr. Took the white flag at half speed and decided to just gut it out and finish, then a few corners later it started running on two cylinders again until the checkers. :eek1

    Other than the way the bikes was running, it was a fabulous weekend with great friends and family, I even had moment with Dick Mann (my all time favorite hero). Got to spend some time with Tom Street, Tom and I are old friends and raced togethers as dirt track novice pros in 1973, Tom rode a 350 twin for Powrol and I rode another 350 twin for Woodland Honda. Here I am with Tom, after the races;

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    On the way home we stopped at Tom's and picked up two more SL350's and headed home. The ride home was eventful, at one point I had to turn around and jack knifed the trailer and bent the motor home's rear bumper and then coming off Mt Hood we blew one of the rear duals! :huh

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    Home at last! Luckily we had Monday off to unpack, clean up and regroup. Whew! Next up is to decide what our next race is and begin prepping. Among other things we'll be getting in a supply of jets and needles for any situation, as well as a thorough check of the electrical system.

    Last but not least, weighed the bike just as it was when unloaded, did't wash it and with about a gallon of gas. Weight was 283 lbs. In 2011 when we unloaded from Chehalis in the same condition it weighed 297, so we've made some good progress on the weight. I think we can still take another five pounds off with a little more work.:lol3
  13. darmst6829

    darmst6829 Been here awhile

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    Awesome Rick!

    Slabbing it home on I 5 I'll give you a call!
  16. LC Garage

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    10-4 :ear
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  18. niggles

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    Sorry to hear about Reese good thoughts for him and and a speedy recovery. I also raced CRR had a great time on my BSA B44 not good on posting Pics.Great turnout and very competitive racing
  19. LC Garage

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    Yes, hope Reese is ok, thought I saw him walking later in the day but may have been mistaken. There were two pretty serious crashes in our 1st moto alone. wow. :eek1
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    A racer went down in front of me in the 500cc classic expert in the left hand turn going to the finish line but it was because he lost the front, braking hard for the turn.