Added reply in a thread Area riders you thought would be factory stars. 10/3/2020 7:46 AM

There were these two 2 NY kids (brothers) that would show up at NESC races and just tool on the 85 experts around 93...Umhoffer? Years later the Verackas reminded me of them, but even faster.

Added reply in a thread C class Vs B class 5/18/2020 5:04 PM

But don’t the fast guys just point out of C? Or do things work differently nowadays? Open C was absolute carnage back in the day. You’d see an XR250 and a 76 CR125 dicing for 30th.

Added reply in a thread Champion on worst bike 5/7/2020 9:00 AM

At least Broc had works bikes in 81 and 83 (power valve, more trick suspension on the 83 than the production 84 and 85 bikes). The 85 production 490 vs the trickest open class RC? If you ever rode a YZ490 (and my experience is limited to 2 laps when ... more »

Added reply in a thread 1992 Supercross protest from Yamaha against Honda-92' CR250 swingarm 4/28/2020 5:30 AM

Didn't Honda bitch about Bradshaw's WR500 bc it was running a YZ250 swingarm? Seems like Honda and Yamaha had some on and off beef over the years. I believe Kenny Clark told them at the start of '86 something along the lines of 'you won't be shit without ... more »

Added reply in a thread Post those roadies 4/27/2020 11:45 AM

2014 Specialized Roubaix SL-4 w a few minor upgrades. Bought new and put a couple of thousand miles a year on it. Saving my pennies for Titanium, a Moots or similar.
Added reply in a thread Would you buy one of these? 4/25/2020 3:35 PM

My first street bike was a Yamaha FZR400, similar HP. I used to buy tires from a road racer I knew and everyone would be like damn dude when they saw my tires, thinking I was riding like a madman on the street. It was gutless below 9000 rpm, pulled hard ... more »

Added reply in a thread Bilstein Set to Enter the Motorcycle Suspension Business 4/15/2020 5:11 PM

Bilstein is extremely reputable in the automotive world. I have put Bilstein shocks / struts on VW GTIs, a BMW M3 (a 1995 I put 170k on), a vintage Porsche 911 etc. only once did one leak or fail, and Bilstein replaced it free of charge. Like many manufacturers, ... more »

Added reply in a thread KX, CR, RM, SX, FC, YZ 4/5/2020 3:57 PM

YZ almost certainly is just a slight tweak to the Jones’ modified DT ‘A to Z’ and not actually “Y Zinger, a bike that came over a half decade after the first production YZs

Added reply in a thread All Time Best Wrench? 4/4/2020 6:54 AM

He’s the guy who made Emig’s YZ125 fast IIRC

Added reply in a thread RJ tests positive 3/30/2020 5:09 PM

One of my hero’s. El Covid Zone just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Glad to hear he’s alright.

Added reply in a thread Least safe helmets? 3/29/2020 9:38 AM

It's been over 25 years since I raced, my last dirt helmets were Shoei VFX. I still have one somewhere. I remember seeing kids lined up with those Bieffes..at least they were SNELL90 IIRC. Remember the really shitty Bieffe's you'd see in the magazines ... more »

Added reply in a thread Acromioclavicular seperation how many of you have had this?/New helmet question (page 2, bottom.) 3/21/2020 3:41 PM

Got hit by a car while bicycling 13 years ago at age 29, grade 2 AC separation and some other stuff. Rest, PT and was fine eventually. Honestly it was probably a full year before it felt “right” but no surgery was required. Good luck!

Added reply in a thread Massachusetts teenagers fined $750 for riding on their own property 3/11/2020 10:35 AM

Many great memories of Freetown, Myles Standish, and yup, I rode those Assonet pits too. Rocky Woods in Dighton too. Small world!

Added reply in a thread Massachusetts teenagers fined $750 for riding on their own property 3/11/2020 8:27 AM

Damn I grew up in southeastern Mass and 30 years ago you could ride from my yard for miles, either woods behind my house (hosted a NETRA event in the 80s), the high tension lines in either direction (Roger from Bettencourt’s used to run rides right by ... more »

Started new thread 1984 Mini Shootout from Dirt Bike Aug 84 issue 12/15/2019 9:22 AM

I’m sure a bunch of you rode these bikes... https://davestestsandarticles.weebly.com/uploads/4/8/4/5/4845046/dbikeaug84_80cc_shootout.pdf Enjoy

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Added reply in a thread The Peak of Moto 11/27/2019 8:30 AM

Seems like there were a lot more places to ride, never mind race, in the 70s to early 80s. Add in the economy of the time (wasn’t there a recession in 81 or 82?) plus diminishing places to ride (housing developments, fear of liability lawsuits, protected ... more »

Added reply in a thread 86-96 Team YZ "125" 11/27/2019 8:20 AM

The issue with the bad years of the 86-93 YZ125 has to do with mismatched ignition, power valve, and pipe. Any good engine builder can mix and match parts and fix the ports as needed. The bigger problem is the awful shifting.

Added reply in a thread RM80 identification 11/8/2019 7:12 PM

84 or 85, which were the same aside from BNG if my memory is correct. 1986 was all new (shroud aside).

Added reply in a thread Bikes You Wish You Never Sold 4/29/2019 10:09 AM

From 1990 RM80 to 1991 YZ125 when I was 14. Guess which was faster?

Added reply in a thread Just picked her up! Pretty excited to get working on it. 1/19/2019 8:36 AM

Holy crap stock bars! Good bike, first 125 I ever rode. Did not like the forks (found them very harsh for a 14 year old weighing 120 lbs) or the refusal to shift at times (usually 2nd to 3rd @ WOT). I foolishly shortened the stock silencer and it screwed ... more »