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Losing It

Maybe the rhetorical starting point here should be "Can you lose it if you never had it to begin with" but I think we'll just pass that one over.

What I'm talking about here is the 'other' side of vintage racing. I've rarely heard it said, so maybe it's just me. But I reckon there are others in the same boat.

Back in my youth I was a pretty hard core bike rider - street, dirt, racing etc. I was probably of average to above average ability depending on the discipline,… Continue

Added by Graeme M on January 30, 2010 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

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

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

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