a series champion on a crappy bike

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12/8/2010 9:03 AM

who would you say out of all the years, won a series championship on a not so worthy bike.glover on the yz490?

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12/8/2010 9:39 AM

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12/8/2010 9:40 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/8/2010 9:42 AM

Joel Smets on a Husaberg. They may be good now but when he won his titles on them they looked like they were built by John Deere.

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12/8/2010 9:44 AM

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12/8/2010 9:47 AM

I can tell you who almost won it on the Crappiest Bike
MC in 97 From what he and Albee say that 97 RM250 was a roach and in Mcgrath's book he even said he personally took a set of forks off of his old CR250 practice bike and put on his practice RM himself because the Zook was so bad. It's hard to imagine that factory coming back from that to where they are now!

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12/8/2010 9:56 AM

According to JS his kx450s were garbage but by todays standard I wouldn't think it would compare to some past champions' bikes.

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12/8/2010 9:58 AM

ATKpilot99 wrote:

Joel Smets on a Husaberg. They may be good now but when he won his titles on them they looked like they were built by John Deere.

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12/8/2010 10:01 AM

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12/8/2010 10:04 AM

TripleFive wrote:

According to JS his kx450s were garbage but by todays standard I wouldn't think it would compare to some past champions' bikes.

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12/8/2010 10:10 AM

Another "almost champ" on a crappy bike would have been RJ's 82 Yamaha.

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12/8/2010 10:14 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/8/2010 10:19 AM

Mikep147 wrote:

I can tell you who almost won it on the Crappiest Bike
MC in 97 From what he and Albee say that 97 RM250 was a roach and in Mcgrath's book he even said he personally took a set of forks off of his old CR250 practice bike and put on his practice RM himself because the Zook was so bad. It's hard to imagine that factory coming back from that to where they are now!

Nothing wrong with the 97 RMs it was just a case of team Suzuki riders getting spanked by Emig, Henry, Dowd, Lusk etc.

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12/8/2010 10:19 AM

kawboy388 wrote:

Another "almost champ" on a crappy bike would have been RJ's 82 Yamaha.

just champions,,,,for now

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12/8/2010 10:19 AM

kawboy388 wrote:

Another "almost champ" on a crappy bike would have been RJ's 82 Yamaha.

No kidding!

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12/8/2010 10:25 AM

Mikep147 wrote:

I can tell you who almost won it on the Crappiest Bike
MC in 97 From what he and Albee say that 97 RM250 was a roach and in Mcgrath's book he even said he personally took a set of forks off of his old CR250 practice bike and put on his practice RM himself because the Zook was so bad. It's hard to imagine that factory coming back from that to where they are now!

Nutty C wrote:

Nothing wrong with the 97 RMs it was just a case of team Suzuki riders getting spanked by Emig, Henry, Dowd, Lusk etc.

Mc was particular no doubt. Im pretty sure that he wasnt the only one to say that the forks on the bike were garbage though. When you have shitty forks it throws off everything. Mc was making excuses i get no doubt though.

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12/8/2010 10:26 AM

How did Glover hang with Bailey on one of the worst bikes ever?


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12/8/2010 10:32 AM

Wandell wrote:

How did Glover hang with Bailey on one of the worst bikes ever?


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Pure open class skill. Dude was my hero while I was growing up in El Cajon. Got to ride his practice tracks often and see him in action.

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12/8/2010 10:33 AM

Wandell wrote:

How did Glover hang with Bailey on one of the worst bikes ever?


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Even though Broc wasn't the most liked rider the dude had mucho talent and never gave up.

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12/8/2010 10:33 AM

1. MC on the Zook
2. RC on the bucking bronco Honda

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12/8/2010 10:45 AM

The mid 80's HRC Hondas.

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12/8/2010 11:19 AM

Bradshaw on the 91 (or ) 92 YZ125 at the MXdN.

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12/8/2010 11:52 AM

Howerton's Husky might fit the bill. He went to the line for the last race with a bent countershaft. And I'm not talking the countershaft sprocket either. You spin the rear wheel and the sprocket is walking up, down, back and forth. Can't imagine anyone heading to the line these days with such a major issue. Honda had amazing works equipment in the open class back then. Husky wasn't much more than a few trick bits on theirs.

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Kent couldn't even get decent grips, shaved these down with a razor blade till they felt just right.

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He saw these pegs on Mikkola's bike and asked his mechanic why he couldn't get the good stuff here in the states. So, they came up missing. LOL

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Couldn't keep a chain on it so they had 530 series chain and sprockets made up for it along with a ProFab chromoly arm. This is the bike that made Fox Air Shox famous though, what better way to display your product than on the Championship winning bike?

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Kent today with his unrestored time capsule.

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12/8/2010 12:12 PM

Billy Jack wrote:

The mid 80's HRC Hondas.

Cocain is a hell of a drug!blink

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12/8/2010 12:18 PM

the first motocross champions bike was the worst!

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12/8/2010 12:33 PM

Didn't Hannah claim his his YZ Yamaha 250cc was 30lbs heavier tub od schit compared to Howerton's trick RH Suzuki 250cc?

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12/8/2010 12:36 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/8/2010 12:37 PM

robkinuk wrote:

Didn't Hannah claim his his YZ Yamaha 250cc was 30lbs heavier tub od schit compared to Howerton's trick RH Suzuki 250cc?

Yeah that was in in 81 or so and Hannah didn't win a title on it. And I believe he did call the bike a tub of shit , lol .

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12/8/2010 12:47 PM

ATKpilot99 wrote:

Joel Smets on a Husaberg. They may be good now but when he won his titles on them they looked like they were built by John Deere.

SMETS nearley won on a VERTIMATTI

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12/8/2010 1:24 PM

Who ever one a title with those old bikes that ran the exhaust under the chassis!

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12/8/2010 1:27 PM

Wandell wrote:

How did Glover hang with Bailey on one of the worst bikes ever?


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Me thinks that was a bit more YZ-M than we realize...

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12/8/2010 1:38 PM

Mikep147 wrote:

I can tell you who almost won it on the Crappiest Bike
MC in 97 From what he and Albee say that 97 RM250 was a roach and in Mcgrath's book he even said he personally took a set of forks off of his old CR250 practice bike and put on his practice RM himself because the Zook was so bad. It's hard to imagine that factory coming back from that to where they are now!

Nutty C wrote:

Nothing wrong with the 97 RMs it was just a case of team Suzuki riders getting spanked by Emig, Henry, Dowd, Lusk etc.

I hope you aren't serious, I mean i am a huge fan of Emig and Henry but come on MC won 15 out of 16 races in 96 on the Honda and won 2 in 97 on the Zook then made the switch to Yamaha in 98 and i'd say done a tad bit better I think we all would agree on that!

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12/8/2010 1:42 PM

Mikep147 wrote:

I can tell you who almost won it on the Crappiest Bike
MC in 97 From what he and Albee say that 97 RM250 was a roach and in Mcgrath's book he even said he personally took a set of forks off of his old CR250 practice bike and put on his practice RM himself because the Zook was so bad. It's hard to imagine that factory coming back from that to where they are now!

Nutty C wrote:

Nothing wrong with the 97 RMs it was just a case of team Suzuki riders getting spanked by Emig, Henry, Dowd, Lusk etc.

Mikep147 wrote:

I hope you aren't serious, I mean i am a huge fan of Emig and Henry but come on MC won 15 out of 16 races in 96 on the Honda and won 2 in 97 on the Zook then made the switch to Yamaha in 98 and i'd say done a tad bit better I think we all would agree on that!

Emig was fortunate in SX that season but hey he took advantage of the situation. There were plenty of other riders who could have stepped up to the plate and didn't.

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