Sunday, March 31, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Trail RIder Magazine... my nads!

Yours truly  made the pages of the march issue of Trail Rider Magazine for their top pics of the RMEC riders. Check it here:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Pick your class. Not your nose.

The ever persistent winds of change are always among race rule books. intriguing. New possibilities. Tricky wording that needs to be read more than twice. Also the ever persistent winds of shit. The PPIHC has changed much in its 90 years. The same 156 corners. The same glorious course and setting. But in my 5 years on the hill I have seen the last dirt sections get buried like dead Indians of an extinct tribe. With this change births the most exciting 13 miles of tight road race, needle threading,  fast as fuck but technical enough for a 450cc Honda to beat liter bikes and other sport bikes entered in the exihbition class for real road racing. Real road race. Defined humbly by me in this ramble. Ramble of how rule book changes for 2013 have dropped the vintage class. wtf. But, on a brighter note, added a 750 "superbike" class. This should be an interesting class!  I love my little Honda and I am more than eager to dance with her this year (year of double the cost of entry$$$$$$fuck) But... just like a fellow with a good girl sneaking in nudey magazine reading, I find my self reading these rules and giving a good thought to a bigger faster bike, and the zen pleasure of building such a race bike. makes me go booiiinnngg. Such fantasizing of even a side car... why not?
For now I must still dial in the 450 that did such good work it's freshman year. Dial her in for shizzle my nizzle. Word!     

Motorcycle classification. class is in session. study. classy mother fuckers....

Pikes Peak 250 
A. 250 cc 2-stroke & 4-stroke single cylinder or 125 cc two stroke single cylinder or
250 cc twin cylinder 4-stroke.

 Pikes Peak 450
A. 251cc-500cc 2-stroke single cylinder
B. 450cc 4-stroke single cylinder or twin cylinder

 Pikes Peak Heavyweight Supermoto:
A. 501cc-700cc 4-stroke single cylinder, 451 to 799 twin cylinder 4-stroke or 250 cc
2-stroke twin cylinder
B. Only 250cc twin cylinder 2-stroke motorcycles will be allowed to have OVM two
piece handlebars all other motorcycles must have OVM one piece handlebars.

750 Superbike:
A. 251-750cc 2, 3 or 4 cylinder Superbike class; no super charging or turbo charging

 Pikes Peak 1205
A. 751cc – 1205cc 4-stroke twin or triple cylinder. (Must have one piece OVM handle
bars) The motorcycles will be equipped with a production engine and frame. The
motorcycle must have a production appearance. Lights must be removed; original
forks, shocks, brakes and wheels are optional. Modified engine management
systems, intake and exhaust systems are allowed. Entrants shall provide suitable
documentation validating the production design of their entry. All PPIHC safety and
race rules and regulations apply to this class. The Director of Competition/Assistant
Director of Competition will make the final decision of eligibility for any entry.

 Plus the side hack class. Of course their are the wheel chair racing quads.... (two to many wheels), the golf cart side by side yahoos and anything else you can shmooze past the tech inspectors who can and do make up the rules as they please.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Sure do got a purdy poster.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Texas RMEC round 2

The weather here in Denver was shit but like a good hostage; "IT PUTS THE BIKE IN THE VAN OR IT GETS THE HOSE AGAIN!" I obeyed the moto gods, loaded up my 5mm deep well socket with some of Colorado's finest and headed south.
The Texas red dirt was moist and the Honda and I were on a blistering pace. Then I smelt pancakes. This is usually bad during an enduro as it means one of two things; I am way off course and am near a Waffle House (not such a bad thing) or I am losing coolant. I check right boot, it is dry. I check left boot, it is soaked. I finished the test in a ball of pancake (waffles if you prefer) steam. Apparently while trying to pass a slower rider I made some contact and tried to peel off my radiator. The elbow pipe was no longer attached to the radiator so I used some quick aluminum to make a quick fix before the start of the next test. Finished test. Filled radiator back up. Transit to next and final special test. Fill Radiator back up and finished 5th overall out of 20 some AA riders and overalled the A class by almost 5 minutes. Hooray for air cooled Hondas!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The tale of orphan Annie and the hill

This is a story about what i did with my winter time last year and how I won enough purse money to open up my own shop.
Started off with a donated '05 CRF450X jumble. What was left of a bike that had a hard life. Sidestand wore all the way through the swing arm. I exhumed it from the grave and began to perform the necrophilia.

donated CR250 yokes. my ol flattrack suspension. The mag wheels where going to require to much fabricating so I found a sponsor in Warp9 and laced up to some old hubs.

20$ NOS yosh system,  250$ blown up '08 engine (i spent many hours inside this engine) moved the motor mounts for the newer engine keeping crank shaft, counter shaft and rear axle on a dead level plane. No tig welding, oxy/acct torch on the aluminum, try it sometime.

where the magic happens.

ironing for speed.
In early testing I doubled the cost of the project by squeaking two top ends. With extra power comes extra heat. retard me learned to retard ignition.

Luckily I brought ol Molly along for testing and she was happy to put on Annie's shoes for a practice day. With stock motor Molly ran with in three seconds of the fastest time on the bottom section used for qualifying.

The junk yard beauty put my tuning skills to the test. She ran perfect all race week. The race was a good one with moments of ragged edge fear and precise throttle cable stretching. The win was sweet and even more so doing it with Annie. 450 champ and 6th overall motorcycle (with 750 and 1205cc)
Only 121 days until the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb!