Decoster.....Any questions?

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8/9/2017 8:25am Edited Date/Time 8/9/2017 7:10pm

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8/9/2017 8:38am
John Banks on Cheney BSA.
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8/9/2017 9:05am
Anybody here ever race in real leather Motocross pants?
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8/9/2017 9:08am
Stoneface wrote:
Anybody here ever race in real leather Motocross pants?
When I first started riding in 89 or so, I started with my dad's Full Bore boots, leather pants, and some pinhole jerseys from the 70's shops that he rode for. Those pants were hot as ---- in the summer. Probably worse in the 70's with a scorching hot air cooled motor underneath...

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8/9/2017 9:10am Edited Date/Time 8/9/2017 9:39am
Stoneface wrote:
Anybody here ever race in real leather Motocross pants?
I still have a pair of the DeCoster replica Hallman leathers that I wore when I was around 14 or 15. I can still remember how hot those things were in the summer!

I also had the replica jersey, Hallman chest protector, Hallman gloves, Barufaldi goggles AND visor, Jofa mouth guard, Yellow Bell helmet and Hi-Point boots. Yes, he was my hero!
8/9/2017 10:37am
I still have some JT Yamaha real leather pants. Pretty good condition.
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8/9/2017 11:18am Edited Date/Time 8/9/2017 11:20am
I know not many Americans raced GP's back then but I see #15 with an American style helmet....is this taken at Carlsbad?

Another question: how many C class racers could jump that gate today?
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8/9/2017 11:18am
Stoneface wrote:
Anybody here ever race in real leather Motocross pants?
Yes, when I started riding in 1976 my first set were real leathers with the hip pads sewn on the outside, with a matching "exposed film" Yamaha jersey, just like bob Hannah's ...
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8/9/2017 11:21am
Stoneface wrote:
Anybody here ever race in real leather Motocross pants?
Still have my first ever pair. Early Seventies vintage.
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8/9/2017 11:24am Edited Date/Time 8/9/2017 11:38am
A Great picture.

14 - Arne Kring or Bengt Aberg? - Other - Gunnar Lindstrom?

15 - Skunk Stripe Helmet - which Yank is that? Lower leg of forks look like Betors - Pomeroy?

29 - Big John Banks. He and Rocket Rex throwing punches after a prang together one year is a bit of a legend.

Decoster never won (the GP) at Carlsbad, I think. I remember a headline in MXA from a later year at Carlsbad with "I am Damned here" attributed to Decoster. To my dim recollection, things always seemed to bite him in the arse there, and Gerrit Wolsink just hammered at Carlsbad.

Raced in real leathers - hell yes! I raced on my big brothers license, and was very underage. Plus, the ACU in Australia fought tooth and nail to slow the progress of nylons. I think I've got a shriveled pair - with my brothers name on them - somewhere in my workshop. I think I still used them when Gaston Rahier came to Australia.
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8/9/2017 11:27am
Stoneface wrote:
Anybody here ever race in real leather Motocross pants?
You bet...my last pair let go around 81. Sewn in pads etc. I should have had them repaired but....

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8/9/2017 11:39am
Yeah 1 question...why you hate on stew all those years for MXDN

Now no one cares if thy go...didn't go unnoticed bro

#nopostdungeyplan
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8/9/2017 11:42am
Yeah 1 question...why you hate on stew all those years for MXDN

Now no one cares if thy go...didn't go unnoticed bro

#nopostdungeyplan
You talkin to me?
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8/9/2017 11:44am
Yes and lace-up lineman boots.

And a helmet with no visior.
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8/9/2017 11:45am
Yeah 1 question...why you hate on stew all those years for MXDN

Now no one cares if thy go...didn't go unnoticed bro

#nopostdungeyplan
Forty wrote:
You talkin to me?
Nope...talkin to decoster
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8/9/2017 12:33pm
Yeah 1 question...why you hate on stew all those years for MXDN

Now no one cares if thy go...didn't go unnoticed bro

#nopostdungeyplan
Forty wrote:
You talkin to me?
Nope...talkin to decoster
I remember a quote by Gibby in racerx a while back. It went something like,,,, 'Don't ask DeCoster a question unless you're ready for a real answer.' I don't know what you think the answer is but, I doubt you will like it in any case.
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8/9/2017 12:46pm
Stoneface wrote:
Anybody here ever race in real leather Motocross pants?
Yep.
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8/9/2017 3:11pm
Forty wrote:
[img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2017/08/09/208993/s1200_149542_decoster_starting_gate_pre_race_favorite_pict0042.jpg[/img] Steve French photo

Steve French photo
RESPECT THE MAN.
That's a classic photo.

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8/9/2017 5:11pm
Still have my first pair too, 1978 vintage.





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ledger
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8/9/2017 5:13pm
Real mx'rs don't use bar pads. On a serious note....Cool pic.
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8/9/2017 7:04pm Edited Date/Time 8/9/2017 7:09pm
Stoneface wrote:
Anybody here ever race in real leather Motocross pants?
Yep. Had a pair of blue/yellow Hallman pants. I always thought the custom black leather Hallman "ABH" pants with the red & yellow stripes that DeCoster wore were the coolest things ever!

Btw...was #14 Bengt Aberg on that line behind Banks on the Husky?
8/9/2017 7:46pm
l started racing in '75 wearing leather pants, switched to nylon pants in '81; it felt like riding naked !
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8/9/2017 8:34pm
My first pants were the Hallman leathers made by the Halversson Brothers. The Rolf Tibblin desert racer model. Next came a set of Lancer leathers. Still have the Halversson pants.
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8/9/2017 9:10pm
Any questions?


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8/10/2017 6:06am Edited Date/Time 8/10/2017 6:06am
Stoneface wrote:
Anybody here ever race in real leather Motocross pants?
Yes. Malcolm Smith 'Gold Medal' leathers.

Purchased at a Hodaka dealership in Pasadena, TX in 1977.



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8/10/2017 6:53pm
Thanks for those links, moto-moto. I was definitely thinking about the blessing of being able to root out some visuals from 1973 in a hurry, instead having to root through the box or two I have of the magazines that meant enough to keep. And there are some photos I didn't see back then. Made me remember the process of seeing stills in the magazines and then the race would be broadcast and brought those images to life, even if we knew how the race came out. Really like seeing Decoster joking with Pomeroy on the line--I thought that was RD's second difficult season in a row, but he's not letting it show.
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8/10/2017 7:20pm
Ever wear leathers? Yes my first MX pants were Hallman leathers. Goatskin. Black. Yellow stripe.

#15 in the pic is Jim Pomeroy.

#1 in that pic is pure classy bad ass. The Man.

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