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Non-Moto / Dirt Bike and Dirt Wheels
« on: September 22, 2011, 08:30:11 AM »
Was at the news stand recently and two magazine covers (side by side!) grabbed my attention,first Dirt Bike magazine with an article about how 2Ts are once again dominating offroad events and second an ATV comparison in Dirt Wheels.
 In the first article most of the racers interviewed state that they are glad to be back on a 2T - I guess 30lbs of extra 4T flab just doesn't cut it any more.Nick Fahringer in particular comments about how on his first time out on a Husaberg 300 he wins the event overall.In the ATV comparison the editors are amazed that a 25 year old Suzuki LT500 can still blow the doors off it's modern 4T equivalent.Maybe,just maybe,the winds of change are a blowing. ::)

General Two Stroke Talk / Husqvarna CR65
« on: September 11, 2011, 07:37:16 AM »

General Two Stroke Talk / "I will win on my KTM"
« on: August 13, 2011, 08:07:18 PM »
I was down in the mancave trying to find something (futile task) when I came across a January 2003 issue of Transworld Motocross.On the front cover is Jeremy McGrath holding a pumpkin orange SX250 and the caption reads "I will win on my KTM".Now every time I stumble across this magazine I wonder,if Jeremy had not hurt himself,could he have won? I personally think that at that stage of his career he probably still had the drive and ambition to pull it off and put KTM on the podium.So what do you think - could Jeremy McGrath have won on the KTM? 

Open Forum / YZ 490 Go Cart
« on: June 21, 2011, 09:48:35 PM »
Looks like it would be fun to drive!

Go-Kart Burnout Yamaha YZ 490 engine

Open Forum / Curiousity got the better of the cat.
« on: June 07, 2011, 08:37:51 AM »
The western world has been flooded with a plethora of Chinese product and,being curious by nature,I had to see what it was all about.

In the first instance I was dumb enough to offer to re-engine a friend's two blown YZ 250fs.We installed Lifan 200 4Ts and the project turned out really well. The Lifans were well made and there is just something about riding an underpowered bike with stellar handling,brakes and suspension.

In the second adventure,I purchased a Chinese 4T 250 motocross.I got the bike for peanuts as it had electrical issues and the plan was to turn it into a trail building mule.You couldn't work on the bike because if you took something apart it would go "sproung" and it took three arms to force everything back into position to reattach the part. The suspension was so bad that when I arrived at the trail head I had to take a nap for 1/2 an hour to recover from the beating I took.I did,however,resell the contraption for twice what I bought it for.

In the third case,and by now I should have known better,I bought a Chinese chainsaw on sale at the local big box hardware store.I thought for $99 I was willing to take another chance (I'm a sucker for punishment).The saw displaced 35cc and it takes more effort to start it then my 100cc Dolmar.Saws are one thing you can't go cheap on.

The latest statistic I read is that Chinese manufacturers control 60% of the small bore entry level market here in North America. ;D   

Open Forum / Transgressions and yet more transgressions.
« on: May 19, 2011, 10:40:33 AM »
First Woods and now Schwarzenegger.........

I think all of us have at some point,myself included, employed weight training as part of our motocross/offroad training regiment.If there is anyone who has come to symbolize "moving metal" it would have to be Arnold Schwarzenegger and no doubt  forum members have heard about his romp in the hay.Here's a guy with a career/fame that would be like winning a lottery *2,a beautiful wife and four kids and the respect of people all around the globe.So I have to ask "Just what the @$#%& were you thinking Arnold?".  8)

Open Forum / Scammers,Scammers and Flim Flammers!
« on: May 19, 2011, 07:58:10 AM »
It seems every time I try to sell something over the Internet lately,somebody is trying to rip me off.The method of choice seems to be a variation of the "Nigerian" scam,you know where the scammer sends you more then what you asked for,says "so sorry" that the secretary made a mistake,keep an extra $200 and just send the balance back.

Usually the English is bad,multiple Internet Cafe addresses,all little things to tip me off that I'm dealing with a scammer.

"I'm going to purchase the motorcycle for my Uncle who is employed as a researcher in Antartica","My brother is in Japan with the earthquake relief effort" and "I'm going to have you ship it to England" are some of the more notable lines I've read.Ya right and Bob's my uncle!

A new variation is supplying a PayPal address for instant payment,seems the scammers have found a flaw in that method of exchange.

I've tried,when they get really bad, to "Scam the Scammers".Almost had a crook Western Union me $263.83 for NSF cheque insurance.Anybody else had similar experiences? :-X

Open Forum / Lost a dear friend
« on: May 03, 2011, 08:51:57 AM »
Rufus,my giant white Emden goose had a jammer yesterday and keeled over right in front of me.He was a devoted and loyal friend to the end and I will miss him dearly.

Rufus came into my life 4 and 1/2 years ago by way of a co worker and the proposition was simple,either I take him or my co worker's father was going to eat Rufus.The goose came with three sidekicks,two hideously obese domestic Mallards and one Indian Runner who was a feathered copy of Charles Manson.

Moe the Indian Runner was a psychotic individual who had the nasty habit of chasing away Curly the Mallard's ducklings so that she would come back into heat and he could jump her bones again.The ducklings would die without their mother's care and it was through this tragedy that I gained a little more insight into the human condition.

One morning I entered the barn to find Rufus had grabbed Moe by the scruff of the neck and was twirling him around like a rag doll.I guess that big white goose had had enough of the duck's transgressions and was teaching him a thing or two.Rufus raised those ducklings himself and it was quite a sight to see him walk those tiny ducklings to the creek every morning.

I saw qualities of selflessness and loyalty in Rufus that we normally only ascribe to humanity and indeed he has treated me better then most of my other friends.Rufus leaves behind a wife Petunia and a nest full of goose eggs.Farewell and happy duck ponds my friend! :D

General Two Stroke Talk / Rumours,Rumours!
« on: April 25, 2011, 04:23:20 PM »
Latest issue of Dirt Bike magazine has an excellent article on the history of the Honda CR250R and guess what? Rumours of a new CR250R! (Don't kill the messenger  :-X).

Non-Moto / Suzuki 500 Quadzilla
« on: March 27, 2011, 04:15:29 PM »
I've heard of these but never actually seen one.

                                  ;D ;D

Open Forum / We all need to dream
« on: March 20, 2011, 10:37:36 AM »

Open Forum / An Old Article with a New Slant.
« on: February 27, 2011, 06:56:32 PM »
Fascinating reading.The article states,among other things,that Yamaha's choice of a 1000cc 4T powerplant for their snowmobile was a cost cutting measure:

Photos & Videos / Wheelman Bushpig
« on: February 13, 2011, 01:55:22 PM »
Strange contraption out of Australia : Experience of Original Australian Wheelman Bushpig .

Rumor has it that Ford has been approached to campaign one of these in the GNCC's.

General Two Stroke Talk / Feedback on the new Husaberg twostroke.
« on: November 17, 2010, 04:58:19 PM »
Interesting letter in the "Readers Write" section of the latest Dirt Bike magazine.A guy in Sweden has switched back to a new Husaberg twostroke. I'm not going to reprint the entire article (can't type fast enough) but I'll quote some of the more interesting parts:

                "I was fairly certain it would feel lighter and more nimble then a four stroke,
                 but I had no idea how much! It was faster the first time.and the smile
                 factor is just incredible! The weight difference may just be 24 pounds
                 on paper, but it feels like a million pounds in the woods. No arm pump
                 and my race results are all ready improving... If anyone thought the
                 two stroke was dead, think again."

Maybe the "Tide" is starting to turn?

P.S. I can't wait!

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