Sean Collier "project KX500"

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8/9/2016 5:21 PM

Figured I'd post a link to the page for anyone that would like to be attached to this project. Sean has been ridding a worn out bike with minimal maintenance and Oscar is trying to get him on a bike that can give him a better chance at finishing where he's capable. His current bike will be rebuilt and used for practicing, while the new build will be solely for racing.

This "go fund me" page isn't for everyone and I realize that there's a new one out, every time you turn around, but if you are a fan of Sean's for any reason and want to contribute, here's the link-
https://www.gofundme.com/2gujge8k#

If you are not interested or dislike these kind of "go fund me" pages, please refrain from making negative comments. If Sean could afford to do it all on his own, there's no way this would even be considered. This was created by Oscar, who is willing to donate his time/ knowledge for the project, he's just looking for anyone that WANTS to help out.

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8/9/2016 5:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/9/2016 5:48 PM

Looks like an interesting project and they got some great people working on it.

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8/9/2016 5:27 PM

This is not a bash or anything negative. You said it would give him a better chance at finishing where he is capable. What are the events/races?

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much ty. How to spot a paid forum poster/artificial forum traffic producer (see list of actions/phrases below):

Copius pattern amounts of phrases like “Anyone have”..., “Anybody know?”.... and their variations.

Thoughts?
Any help is appreciated!
Thanks in advance!





8/9/2016 7:21 PM

I will help him out...

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Current rides: 2020 CRF450RWE and 2019 TC300
Occasional ride for VMX: 1985 CR500RF
Adventure/Road bike: CRF1000L

8/9/2016 8:18 PM

Cool as hell!!! Love the kx 500

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8/9/2016 8:45 PM

Another idea to help fund this would be a cool T-shirt maybe one of his sponsors could make. After they take their cut from the cost of the shirt/printing they can donate the rest to the bike...

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8/9/2016 8:48 PM

CarlinoJoeVideo wrote:

Another idea to help fund this would be a cool T-shirt maybe one of his sponsors could make. After they take their cut from ...more

X2, something in return.

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8/9/2016 8:57 PM

I enjoy watching Sean ride and liked how honest he is about the industry. I would like to help and it would be nice to know more about what the goal is and what racing your talking about. The t shirt idea is good also! A nice shirt like a vintage tri blend!

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8/10/2016 5:28 AM

CarlinoJoeVideo wrote:

Another idea to help fund this would be a cool T-shirt maybe one of his sponsors could make. After they take their cut from ...more

mxb2 wrote:

X2, something in return.

X3!!

I for sure would love a new shirt with KX500 on it!

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8/10/2016 5:31 AM

CarlinoJoeVideo wrote:

Another idea to help fund this would be a cool T-shirt maybe one of his sponsors could make. After they take their cut from ...more

mxb2 wrote:

X2, something in return.

Frodad78 wrote:

X3!!

I for sure would love a new shirt with KX500 on it!

X4.....PLUS it would give extra exposure to his team and cause. Seems like a win-win.

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8/11/2016 2:06 PM

Who still rides those freaking dinosaurs? Pretty cool cause though and his personality certainly goes a long way! Would love to help out.

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"A link is only as long as your longest strong chain"

8/11/2016 2:18 PM

CarlinoJoeVideo wrote:

Another idea to help fund this would be a cool T-shirt maybe one of his sponsors could make. After they take their cut from ...more

Great idea, but t-shirt sales are a horrible way to raise money. If the shirt if of any decent quality the profit margins are next to nothing.

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8/11/2016 2:36 PM

Sean does know that his name is being used in Oscar Cota's fundraising campaign right?

I know that sounds like a silly question but I can't help noticing that Oscar is raising money on Sean's behalf, and the money raised will be controlled/spent by Oscar himself. Who "tasked" Oscar with this build?
And the new KX500 that Sean will purportedly ride....who will own that, Sean or Oscar?

Does "KX Guru Racing" have a website? Couldn't find one via google.

I'm not trying to bash this endeavor but I need to know where my money is going.

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8/11/2016 2:36 PM

CarlinoJoeVideo wrote:

Another idea to help fund this would be a cool T-shirt maybe one of his sponsors could make. After they take their cut from ...more

Paul333 wrote:

Great idea, but t-shirt sales are a horrible way to raise money. If the shirt if of any decent quality the profit margins are ...more

Dude if you sell a nice quality T-shir with printingt for $20-$25 your still making $10+ per shirt all day long.

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8/11/2016 3:29 PM

Fucking lazy, at least do a Kickstarter and offer people a poster or something.

Someone should tell "KX Guru" that aluminum KX500 conversions have never resulted in a better performing bike.

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8/11/2016 3:34 PM

Aluminum frame conversions Photo

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"A link is only as long as your longest strong chain"

8/11/2016 3:49 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/11/2016 3:50 PM

I'm in if you can provide contributors with tech reports on the mods I could also use on my KX500? maybe monthly subscriptions?

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8/11/2016 3:51 PM

Stuntman949 wrote:

Who still rides those freaking dinosaurs? Pretty cool cause though and his personality certainly goes a long way! Would love ...more

You ride and own one don't you?! Godzilla!
I wouldn't mind one either-also/ or a 85-87 cr500 come to that.
Do you know if it is going to rain this weekend?unsure

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Always was an excellent rider ...... at crashing usually

Moto Aspes, you know you want one

8/11/2016 3:59 PM

Stuntman949 wrote:

Who still rides those freaking dinosaurs? Pretty cool cause though and his personality certainly goes a long way! Would love ...more

a22 wrote:

You ride and own one don't you?! Godzilla!
I wouldn't mind one either-also/ or a 85-87 cr500 come to that.
Do you know if it ...more

Love my Godzilla!! Lol. Rode great yesterday. Not sure if its going to rain this week, but if it does.......

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"A link is only as long as your longest strong chain"

8/11/2016 6:02 PM

Ok, I wish I had all the answers. Honestly, I was just trying to help them out by posting the link. I've known Sean since he was riding 60's. They are my neighbors.... I will try and answer some of the comments/ questions posted on here, but I think Oscar should open an account and help explain things from his view, since he is the one doing the work. Im sure he could probably even get some work out of it, f he's willing to answer some questions, etc.

* Events/ Races that Sean is planning on attending - I know he'd like to race some more of the important Vet races, along with the 2-stroke nationals and of course Mammoth, Etc. (that is a very valid question. Hopefully there will be a full list of what Sean is planning on doing)
* T-Shirts - I do know that there is some sort of apparel plan, but not sure when it's all coming together. (Now would be a good time, but hopefully there will be some clarity on this soon)
* (mx_563) YES, Sean is aware that this "go fund me" account has been started by Oscar. NO WORRIES THERE
* The KX500 - I was told that they already had a bike to build. I didn't ask who owned it, but I beleive Sean or his dad bought it awhile back, but haven't had the funds to do anything with it. That's m understanding... I do not know Oscar, I have never met him or known of him. I just know that he has stepped up to help Sean and lit a fire under the Collier tent. (Maybe he can come on and elaborate on his plans ?)
* Adam43 - I'm not sure how "Kickstarter" works, does that make him "less lazy"? (I assume you're talking about Oscar, since Sean has nothing to do with this gofundme account ?) ALSO, I am sure that the aluminum framed KX500 isn't what Sean would like to ride, that comment as posted by someone else, NOT Oscar)


I'll see what I can do about getting Oscar on here to plead his case and answer any questions for those of you who would like answers to.

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8/11/2016 11:23 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/12/2016 12:57 AM

Hello everyone, this is Oscar Cota of KX Guru Racing. I have been at this site in the past looking for information but never became a member. Earlier tonight I got a phone call informing me about this thread and I though what better time to join VITALMX.

I will attempt to answer everything that I read that appeared to be a question or concern to the best of my ability. I completely understand why there are those who would question the validity of this Go Fund Me page so I will do the best I can to set your mind at ease. I would like to also ask that if you don't agree, believe or like what we are doing, please don't feel the need to post hateful negative comments. If you don't agree, that is fine and I respect that however please give the same respect and move on. I will say that some work has already been started. The engine is currently at KX Guru Racing torn open and being inspected. Because this build is very personal to us, KX Guru Racing and its associates are charging Sean ZERO labor and believe me when I say that there are hundreds of man hours that will be involved in putting this project together. This does not include the man hours from years of previous R&D or the man hours behind the computer and the phone putting things in motion. The cost of this project comes in the form of parts and labor services that we don't control like cylinder plating. With that being said we plan on racing more once this project is complete. So lets now address these questions.......

Future Events?

Sean always has plans to race the usual events like Mammoth, Day in the Dirt, MTA Two Stroke Nationals, Etc. If you are asking are going to line up next to Ryan Dungey's 450 at the next National the answer is definitely NO. The AMA did away with 500cc motorcycles at the Nationals after 1993 and to my limited knowledge even changed the rules to exclude the displacement. It would be a dream come true if that were the case to see where a modernized KX500 would stack up against a field of 450's but not likely to happen. We can't begin solid planning until the project reaches a certain stage. We would love to race the KX500 anywhere that the racing organization rules will allow. I have even mentioned the possibility of chasing a Vet title now that Sean is 31. We don't have a date set to unveil this project as it is still in the early stages and we can't yet estimate when it will be complete. Completion will be determined by budget and funding. Once the project begins to take shape and we have a rough estimate of completion we can then begin planning its first event. The current KX500 has done a great job and is holding strong.....unfortunately there is currently only 1 KX500 which has to function as the practice bike, PR photo shoot bike and race bike. Once this project is complete it will become the new Beast and the current bike will become the backup/practice bike. Having 2 KX500's will allow participation in more events. The only future event that I will comment on will be this Saturday when I take Sean to a track with 3 differently tuned and setup KX500's, one of them being mine and my personal CR500AF for testing. The purpose of this test will be for Sean to experience multiple engine and chassis characteristics so he can give us a better idea of how to build his engine and set up his chassis to his style.

T-Shirts?

This is an awesome idea and believe it or not this idea came up within our group recently. I even have an image and layout I have created that we could potentially use. Nothing would excite me more than to have new shirts out there with a KX500 on it. This idea is being pursued and once we are able to find a means for creating these shirts we will begin to distribute. I can't share the image that I've created as it isn't the final revision of what we may or may not use.

Aluminum Frame Bike?

The comment about the AF bike on the Go Fund Me page came from an individual generously offering his services and is not affiliated with KX Guru Racing. The question has come up many times in other forums and discussions regarding "why not an AF"? Simply put......Sean Collier loves the KX500. He loves the old school look, old school feel, the nostalgia and racing history of the bike, and the challenge of racing it against newer technology. We have nothing against AF bikes or their builders, if anything I myself own a CR500AF and have previously mentioned to Sean the possibility of an AF project in the future for him. But for now we will stick to the original chassis.

Do I know Sean?

Sean Collier is a close friend of mine and our relationship extends beyond motorcycles. I have made my profile picture here on VITALMX a picture of me sitting on the #207 KX500 and I could sit here and post pictures of me and Sean all day but I don't feel I need to. This project was initiated a while back when Sean and His dad bought a second KX500 to restore as a back up bike but never got the project started. When I learned of this second KX500 I offered to help Sean rebuild it and it was going to be our long term project with no outside help but then word got around that we were going to build a second bike. This is when our weekend project picked up momentum. We have been encouraged by many organizations to build this bike now so that the public can enjoy more 500cc two stroke racing.

Who is KX Guru Racing?

To answer this let me explain who I am. My roots began during the early to late 1990's when Team Green ruled the deserts and MX tracks with the KX500. I grew up and worked alongside racers such as Larry Roeseler, Ty Davis, Danny Hamel, Ted Hunnicutt, Paul Krause, etc. To this day I own a KX500 that we built here at KX Guru Racing. I was still riding KX500's when everyone was laughing while they were paying $10,000 for their new 4 stroke. The technology on my KX500 was the result of the R&D conducted by the moderator of the kxriders.com site and by Mike Weir the owner of KX Guru Racing and the moderator of kxguru.com. The reason you could not find KX Guru Racing on Google is because the website domain is kxguru.com. If you follow the link below it will take you to the thread involving Sean's build. Just a few minutes ago we changed the site header name to KX Guru Racing to alleviate the confusion. Everyone involved with KX Guru Racing have been the only ones conducting any kind of R&D on the KX500 since the Team Green days which is why Sean chose us for his build. We have developed many upgraded systems for the KX500. For example, Destry Abbott's recent KX500 project has our 2 piece clutch cover. We gave him the prototype clutch cover that accepts a KX450 clutch cover. Here is the link for Sean's build and we also have a thread going on kxriders.com. http://www.oem-cycle.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=1170

Will these modifications be disclosed and available?

YES!! One of the motivators for getting funding and for trying to get supporters within the industry was to begin developing much needed upgrades to the KX500 for the KX500 enthusiast and to help add to the momentum that two strokes are currently experiencing. The modifications will be made available to view on kxguru.com as we document all our builds fully. For those who can't perform these mods themselves we will be offering these services for a price. We have already created and sold dozens of our 2 piece clutch covers and our buyers love them.

I hope I was able to shed some light on this project and I hope that I have provided you all with some reassurance that our intentions are good and in the interest of helping the popularity of the 2 stroke continue to grow. Below is my direct email if anyone has further questions, concerns or ideas. I also ask a favor of everyone reading this post.......if you come across any other threads here or in any other forum that need this topic clarified as well, please post a link to this thread there so that I don't have to continue explaining this in other areas. In closing you will notice that the profile picture of the Go Fund Me page is a picture of my 9 month old daughter.....well here below is a shot of Sean and me holding my daughter at this years Mammoth Mountain Motocross.....so yes, I do know Sean Collier. LOL Have a good day everyone.

EMAIL:

projectkx500@gmail.com



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8/12/2016 2:17 AM

This is awesome!! Collier's KX5 and the fasthouse gear is the coolest looking stuff around! Old or new!

Cant wait to see how this build unfolds.

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8/12/2016 7:30 AM

Oscar, thanks for the clarification.
I can't wait to see Sean tearing up some dirt and giving the fans a thrill on this beautiful bike.
Not to mention what I hope to see him do to the competition...
Then again that might be a little self serving....
But I can live with that :-)

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8/12/2016 8:08 AM

USMC 500 wrote:

Hello everyone, this is Oscar Cota of KX Guru Racing. I have been at this site in the past looking for information but never ...more

Sounds like a great project! I want to do a K5 build. What are you guys doing for vibration? I have a stock 04 yz250 that would be amazing if it had a kx motor that had vibration issues fixed in it. Here's some pics of my built 04 yz345 spent a good chunk and unfortunately the motor doesn't run up top at
all. The chassis/suspension is amazing though. I am excited to see what you guys do with the kx!
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8/12/2016 8:23 AM

I love this place...first hand info, right there.
Excellent write up, Oscar! I'll be sending a little something for the effort.

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8/12/2016 9:02 AM

I'm in for a couple of those shirts. I am blown away by Sean's skill on that old school beast! (Almost) makes me want to build up another 500.

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8/12/2016 9:11 AM

Thanks for all the info Oscar. Sounds like an awesome project. I'm down to support it!

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8/12/2016 9:16 AM

I have never seen a KX500 engine that didn't vibrate some.
However, we will be balancing Sean's engine for the RPM range that the engine will spend the majority of time in.
Also, correct installation of the engine, shimming, ect, will further help to reduce vibrations.
Then there are other bar mount and bar tricks that can help as well :-)

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8/12/2016 9:24 AM

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8/12/2016 10:47 AM

Cool. Thanks for clarifying. Didn't mean to be such a debbie-downer. Gotta be careful these days. Not everyone out there in internet land is legit so I feel like a little background info is a good thing.

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