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« Reply #165 on: Mar 7th, 2005, 12:35am »

Well oljack I raced motocross for a while in the 125 novice class in Kansas and Missouri. At the time when I was in high school I could not afford to race every weekend and transportation to the races was spotty at best. Growing up on the edge of suburbia out here I could ride every day after school. Most of my friends had dirt bikes and raced because it was the only thing to do out here. I have not been on my KTM for over a year now as my son has taken interst in the sport of paintball and drags me along as a target grin Mostly I ride for fun. The bikes are so much better now than they used to be with wider power bands and long travel suspension. Too bad two strokes are one step away fom becoming a thing of the past. Sounds like you knew all the right people!
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« Reply #166 on: Mar 7th, 2005, 12:54am »

That area was a hot bed for Yamaha and every six months when we opened the list for local support riders, the Missouri/Kansas area was prevalent in sending in their letters for support, which consisted of a new model and $500.00 in parts every 6 months at mfg's cost for a year and then had to turn the bike back into the dealer after their time was up or buy it at cost. A lot of good pros came out of Missouri too.

Yamaha did this for hundreds of local riders (non pro) for test reasons. After we picked the riders, the rider would go to his closest Yamaha dealer and pick up a brand new bike. This was always done immediately upon release of the new models. Parts came from us in Buena Park as he needed them. The only requirement was that they race at least once a week and do a race report, which primarily consisted of questions about wear and tear, failures and breakdowns.

This was all budgeted by the Engineering Department out of Japan because they wanted to take this early information from the riders and literally fix problems with new parts before anymore of that particular model were shipped to dealers.

They would literally go through the crates and replace parts before anymore of the bikes went out because of facts from local riders (support riders) on premature breakdowns. Everything had to be done so fast because the bikes were already being distributed but yet the support riders only had so much time to destroy it while riding it in order to know what was going to fail -and when the failure took place based on the number of motos in that timeframe.

Yamaha couldn't use the factory bikes for this information because they weren't stock and besides tremendously maintained, which Yamaha knows is not typical of their average buyer.

End result is that they were more concerned then most ever knew. The Japanese don't do lemons, instead they go out of their way to make sure, which they did by spending tons of money on freebies to support riders in order to get that information early for new YZ buyers.

Certainly they used it for an advertising gig too, but the program was designed for the druther.

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« Reply #167 on: Mar 7th, 2005, 01:25am »

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Definitely lacking the Vesco gas tank and the Preston Petty fenders. LOL

Boy, is it ever geeky looking now. LOL, LOL

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« Reply #168 on: Mar 7th, 2005, 11:02pm »

Super rats were wheelie monsters. Hey, I bet if you put some greys on super rats thay would change their whole attitude. Might even put a smile on their face. Yes oljack, Yamaha and Penton sold a lot of bikes out my way. I'm starting to feel old crash wounds from my youth these days.
Nightwalker...you too!? We should go rent On Any Sunday and hoist a few brews. Malcom Smith was my hero back then, so fast and smooth.
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« Reply #169 on: Mar 8th, 2005, 7:28pm »

Bummer. MSR has such good equipment. I take a different view of it now.
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« Reply #170 on: Mar 10th, 2005, 1:55pm »

on Mar 8th, 2005, 7:28pm, backlit wrote:
Bummer. MSR has such good equipment. I take a different view of it now.


Malcolm hasn't owned Malcolm Smith Racing for around 12 - 13 years Backlit.

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« Reply #171 on: Mar 10th, 2005, 7:01pm »

Where the heck have I been? huh Oh well, he's still a hero of mine!
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« Reply #172 on: Mar 10th, 2005, 8:48pm »

on Mar 10th, 2005, 7:01pm, backlit wrote:
Where the heck have I been? huh Oh well, he's still a hero of mine!


And, I checked today and Tom White did not succumb to the same antics. Almost though.

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« Reply #173 on: Mar 10th, 2005, 10:51pm »

My goal was never to be the best, just to have a dam*n good time and go fast cool

And now for that promissed picture of my newest monster...

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LOL! waddaya expect...I'm poorer and older now. Although in my defense.....it now has extra footpegs, a travel trunk, and new windshield and fancier mirrors (just got all this in the last month). Oh yeah, and I added running\fog lights. When I strike it richer...I'll get a real cruiser undecided
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« Reply #174 on: Mar 10th, 2005, 11:07pm »

That's a sensible bike! I like it.

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« Reply #175 on: Mar 10th, 2005, 11:17pm »

Certainly economical. That's the only way to go these days with gas prices.

Here's my next one, which was also my last one.
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« Reply #176 on: Mar 10th, 2005, 11:49pm »

Economical...Yup! It costs a whopping $1.48 (litteraly) to fill her up. Not a bad price for 140 miles @ 40-45mph.
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« Reply #177 on: Mar 11th, 2005, 12:01am »

on Mar 10th, 2005, 11:49pm, NightWalker wrote:
Economical...Yup! It costs a whopping $1.48 (litteraly) to fill her up. Not a bad price for 140 miles @ 40-45mph.


Just as long as you can keep the clowns from funning into you. I use to tell my new customers who just got their first street bike - it's all about paying attention 2000% of the time and anticipating everyone making a stupid move that could cost you.

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« Reply #178 on: Mar 11th, 2005, 12:14am »

Hj is right , very practicle NightWalker. Alot of people own those around where I live. Lots of fun and catching on fast.
Oljack do you have a death wish? Is that a GSXR? Oooooh boy! That is a serious need for speed lady! shocked
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« Reply #179 on: Mar 11th, 2005, 12:53am »

It's just a mini version (50cc) of this one which is a 600cc (very large) SilverWing by honda. This is my next target bike\scooter. Why at that size engine it's still called a scooter...I don't know, but it's a huge scooter (more like a GoldWing bike if you ask me.

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