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There are not too many things as exciting as ripping around a track on an old bike chasing other old bikes going a little faster than you would normally...

It got a little dusty...first motos were good but they chose not to water the track for the second motos.

 

 

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My 59 yr old shoulders, neck and butt are sore after practicing Sat and racing on Sun, but I bet this guy's ankle is very sore this morning.
After watching the video and having time to think, the right thing for me to have done was to put my bike down and made sure no one else ran into him til he got off the track. There were no flag men close by.

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Cool ! Can almost taste the dust ! See that Can-am Black widow at the start ? Sophiedog what tires do you run?

Man...as a Novice, that was exciting!

Here are some more Canam pics...I was wondering what that twin shock bike was. All I saw at the start was his rear fender. Check out the rear fender mounted shock reservoirs. Check out that v-shaped handlebar crossbar. He's got the front brakes and cable routed to the right side.

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I've been running a Dunlop AT81 on the rear and a Dunlop MX52 on the front of my CR250. I can't say I have any complaints about the tires. I'm thinking about trying the new Dunlop MX3S tires.

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The PO mounted Maxxis Desert ITs on front and rear on my YZ250. They may be durable, but they seem to break loose way too early. Since its a practice bike, I may go with an MX52 on the rear for more durability and either an MX3S or MX52 on the front.

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Dig that stuff ! I almost started out on a 76' 125 like the white one. Both those are very original, That Black Widow put out 36-7ish bhp when at spec. Heard they handle terrible though. They had a Black Widow sticker on them they removed due to "marketing" issues ! :goofy: They were imported through Duluth and the old man worked for Bombardier so I followed them being a resident on the frozen tundra, We don't have Vintage here so I may roll over to Wisco. as they have part of the MW series there. (Better terrain too) Take a look at Pirelli MX-Xtra and mt 16's, I've run both on a "blue groove" track we have here and they both did really well. Maybe IRC Desert out front (Your 480) Grab one of those digital pressure gauges from O'Reilly kinda teardrop shape for 12.00, I found that even 1 lbs. can make all the difference between Grippin' or Slippin'. Remember to stay limber, keep on stretching before and after your rides, really reduces injury. 83's lookin'good btw !

37 minutes ago, Sofiedog said:

Man...as a Novice, that was exciting!

Here are some more Canam pics...I was wondering what that twin shock bike was. All I saw at the start was his rear fender. Check out the rear fender mounted shock reservoirs. Check out that v-shaped handlebar crossbar. He's got the front brakes and cable routed to the right side.

IMG_2523.thumb.jpg.5c0b0be37bacb3728685b575c696c5fb.jpg

IMG_2524.thumb.jpg.131b78247acf1d6ed51fd6ba2e39b81d.jpg

 

I've been running a Dunlop AT81 on the rear and a Dunlop MX52 on the front of my CR250. I can't say I have any complaints about the tires. I'm thinking about trying the new Dunlop MX3S tires.

IMG_2520.thumb.jpg.a5676c738b86ae4a8f8ada04283f5f22.jpg

 

The PO mounted Maxxis Desert ITs on front and rear on my YZ250. They may be durable, but they seem to break loose way too early. Since its a practice bike, I may go with an MX52 on the rear for more durability and either an MX3S or MX52 on the front.

 

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my CR250R...'83 CR480R is air-cooled...there were times I wish I was on the 480...wasn't the '84 CR500 air-cooled, too?

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1 hour ago, Sofiedog said:

Some dang nice Zuks!
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I would have fun on any of these!

Very clean, Those RM's are smooth, rewarded a rider that had good throttle control, Usually had better power spread than the YZ's. Roll on type power which was what Geboers, DeCoster, and Robert liked when those were developed, That's why the 80's Honda's were so dominant, Roger guided the development and he knew smooth tractable power was the key to speed. Specially the open classer's, 450 sucked but was 1st year, Just a mess everywhere, 82' was a big improvement,  83' - BINGO ! Smooth steady power, Great geometry, good components. 84' was same chasis, but overboard on the motor particularly being air cooled, Hence the plastic shrouds, jetting was finicky. 85 - 86 Monsters all the way, more everything, Then 87' 5mm longer stroke, more focus on refinement. That's where I inadvertently came back in, Rode the 83' had to have one, Scored my 1st 87' and went to school. Been smiling ever since.  :ride:

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Dang...those YZs are fast!IMG_2532.thumb.jpg.a9965b9f38637ff81e41d2edd2890ea8.jpgIMG_2533.thumb.jpg.90aab90808d4f611668453cc34b25054.jpg

guy was absolutely flying and got noticed on this recently purchased stock MX. Definitely attracting talented young riders who can stand out in a cool race environment.IMG_2534.thumb.jpg.b27f39d50b04ce99462c4254fea85992.jpg

fine...IMG_2535.thumb.jpg.06dc80003813b95c3f31ae281aa2e7c7.jpgIMG_2536.thumb.jpg.ddc50f7d6e73b141f9ba354356177d3a.jpg

 

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Not as many old Elsies at this raceIMG_2537.jpgIMG_2538.jpg
'80s CRs were well represented by this bunchIMG_2539.jpgIMG_2540.jpgIMG_2541.jpgIMG_2542.jpg

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That #843 is a YZ 250 A, At the time of release you had to apply to purchase one and have a minimum of certain AMA results on your resume'.

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Always wanted an 82' CR 430, Not likely now, Guy on Ebay just bought a 81' Maico 440 twin shocker for 1k, I would have contested him but timing is bad as usual :facepalm: Always thought it'd be cool to collect the technical progression for bikes, 1st cdi production bike, 75' RM 125 - 1st long travel, 75' YZ - 1st single shock, 81' YZ - 1st water cooled, 81 KTM - 1st disc brake etc. Sophie dog - How do you post your pics ? I refuse to use Photobucket anymore.

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I stopped using photobucket a while back. Now, I just insert photos on my iPad using their GUI icon.

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3 hours ago, BigDaddy22 said:

Did you happen to get a shot of the HL500 I see behind the #5 CZ?

This is from a previous race...they do have a thumper class to encourage 4-stroke restoration. Is that a HL500?

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Your conditions look a lot better than what we raced in last Saturday. Some nice looking bikes there. Guess you don't get much mud.

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Nice pics.
Glad you're having fun... This thread has convinced me to stick to my guns and not get rid of my CR125 project.

I forgot. What year is your CR125 project?

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