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November 2009 Blog Posts (7)

Confessions of a Thumper Rider (Part 2)

As you'll recall from Part 1, I've somehow lost the plot and become a Thumper fanatic. Persevering in the face of reason with a modified SP370 in an attempt to prove to myself and the rest of the world that a four-stroke trailbike is indeed the path to Nirvana, I've face-planted good and hard into the realisation that the concept is good but the mechanism woefully lacking. Or put another way, the SP370 isn't the path to Thumper salvation.

Of course I always knew this. My problem had… Continue

Added by Graeme M on November 30, 2009 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Confessions of a Thumper Rider (Part 1)

These days, I race vintage MX on a small bore 2-stroke - an RM125M. I've also got a 1980 YZ250 under restoration. And I race some modern grasstrack on an 05 YZ125. Before that were a few more bikes like an RM400N and a Husky CR500. All 2-strokes. I like the little zingers especially - light, fast, manoeuverable, and cheap to run. Yep, I like my 2-strokes.

But it wasn't always that way.

Like many I started out on a small bore two-stroke - a GT80MX way back in 1975. But I… Continue

Added by Graeme M on November 26, 2009 at 9:59pm — 5 Comments


Can anyone tell me how to get in touch with Frank Stanborough...email or snail mail address? I share his interest in NSU engines. Thanks, Howard Watts

Added by Howard Watts on November 23, 2009 at 3:20am — 14 Comments

Resto Blues

You know, this restoring old dirtbikes is a helluva fun thing, but man is it expensive!

When I first got into the whole vintage thing, it blew me away as I bought up big on old magazines and assorted memorobilia, snaffled a few basket cases to do up, and attended my first ever vintage MX events.

This is back in 1998 or so, mind you, so I was hardly in the vanguard of the scene. But it was still relatively early in the piece and most people didn't have a clue that there was such… Continue

Added by Graeme M on November 19, 2009 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

Dalby race report 15th Nov 2009

After not seeing sidecar cross for over 20yrs. the small town of Dalby, about 3 hours west of Brisbane, showed plenty of excitement towards the teams when they put on a static display in the local Big W shopping plaza during saturdays peak shopping hours.

Flyers where handed out and the three sidecars on display were the centre on attention as both young and old were keen to find out when they might get to see them in action.

With the local track just 2ks out of town it was a small… Continue

Added by Fletch on November 16, 2009 at 12:54pm — 1 Comment

My Summer projects.

I thought I would test out this blog business by trying to describe what I am hoping to achieve over the off season to prepare for next year.

First on the list is;

CR125M2 - I have two of these one of which I have owned since 1977. It has sat under my Dad's house since 1979 when I parked it there after getting a CR125RZ for that season. Wish I still had that one too. It is in pretty poor condition as it was exposed to the elements all those… Continue

Added by Shaun Gallaway on November 8, 2009 at 1:04pm — 5 Comments


I am working on this gt80a that my friend the original owner has owned since new I am getting close to having everything I need to build it here's a couple shots of now and a few years ago thanks,… Continue

Added by Michael Ryan on November 7, 2009 at 4:25pm — 5 Comments

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