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So here's how she sets.



Trying to mock up the trail tech light. I don't want to cheap out on my lights this time 'round.

How's that phrase go? "I've seen this movie before..."

Important news regarding Buttons!

I've replaced the bars with a nice set of renthals & a decent clutch lever (that actually has the proper bushing in it to fit the perch tightly) & I've got an Xlint right side down pipe coming!!



I'm giving up on chopping the stock pipe anymore, it's just too shaky. It's heavy, double wall (small ID) one of the plugs under the engine blew out, it was welded on three times & I still ran my last two races without a muff. It's time to upgrade some parts that have been made within the last forty years!

Speaking of new shit.

I'm going to try to fab my own carb manifolds. These forty year old boots are fucking me & I don't like that. I've got a backup plan if that goes south. Actually, I've got a backup plan for the backup plan. I just really hope this doesn't go that far south.

I've learned in flat tracking, you need backups for backups. 'Cause if it can possibly go wrong, it will, very badly & twice.

So. If I can pull this off by Thanksgivin' I should be able to make the Nebraska State indoor championship!

Family schedule permitting, of course... Which I REALLY hope it does.

That is all from Coat Hanger Engineering tonight guys *& ladies... *

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oh my god thats sick. more more more. pictures. videos of you rippin it around the streets.

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You're a class act Outlaw Ray. Keep on keepin' on. Would love to build a flat tracker when I can't get in the racing crouch anymore. That Norton was automotive art and your trophy was pretty too.
Don't know why you can't make a living writing. Next exciting episode, please.
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oh my god thats sick. more more more. pictures. videos of you rippin it around the streets.
Thanks Hick. Gonna be a few days. For some odd reason the off season at work is busy, after we had a slow on season. I'm in a motel more than I'm home.

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You're a class act Outlaw Ray. Keep on keepin' on. Would love to build a flat tracker when I can't get in the racing crouch anymore. That Norton was automotive art and your trophy was pretty too.
Don't know why you can't make a living writing. Next exciting episode, please.
Lol, the racing crouch already kills me at 27! The toll my body has taken from seven crashes & an extremely demanding career might have something to do with that. I would like to grow a pair & do some roadracing someday. Learn how to really handle a superbike on the seal.

I should tell ya'll about the time me & another member went railing around the local college for a serious case of hooligan behavior... Low tire pressures, stair cases, football field & seeing how long it took for the local rent-a-cop to find us...

Naw... I don't want to incriminate myself.

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I'm BACK...!

Been a busy beaver today boys & girls.

While back we got the nice new (read: unbent, lol) bars on. Eventually got a (read again: unbent) clutch lever. As often as I crash, I'm really tired of buying bars & grips, etc...



Yes. Those 'grips' are rubber tape. Screw it.

I gutted the factory switch gear to where there's only the kill wire left. Raced the whole series with a headlight switch. Duh.

Then the Xlint pipe came in.



After we'd cut up the stocker we found out it was double walled. Well no fucking wonder it weighed a ton! It did good for my rookie season but it's time was due. The muffler's weld cracked once & after having it welded back on, the damn thing still came off! These old ass singles will vibrate anything in two!

After long discussion in the coat hanger engineering garage (read: drinks lots of whiskey) we figured it'd be better to buy a professionally built pipe versus being a tight ass & trying to bugger weld together what was left of a bunch of cobbled together shit.

Came with a new gasket too. Sweet.

The exhaust pulse from this thing will take your hat off ten feet behind her, it's crazy. You can feel it in your chest. Plus! It's so god forsaken loud I can't hear all the clunkity clunk action inside the engine anymore!

So.

Amongst another dozen things this morning, I picked up the manifold I had a local shop weld up for Buttons.

Got a chunk of 1 5/8ths rad hose & a o-ring (for free!) & headed to Rocks after lunch at the coffee shop with the scooter trash gang...



This is how the big boys do it. Hell yeah! I'm no longer a bottom feeder. I keep telling myself that...

Note there you can also see my new Uni. After some artful application of wonder tape to reduce Button's air filter area at the TT, I found out that the K&N was actually TOO big.

So I got the smallest Uni for the stock carb. Nice piece & a quarter the price... This makes the second poor experience I've had with a K&N after Bonnie so I think I'm going to run uni's on vintage stuff (looks like they'll handle vibration WAY better) & stock kawi filters on late model machines like Fiona.

So.

Without any ether, we shot some Brakekleen in the carb to see if that'd pop her off in the cold weather.

Well I'll be dipped in snuff if she didn't fire second kick! Of course I know the shit has a crazy low flash point but never thought about using it for ether. She didn't try to break my leg this time either!

Had to shoot a little air in the front tire (about 20psi to get out of town on the slab, racing pressures are no bueno on the street, trust me) & time to sneak out of town.

Now.

There's no way to ride an open piped single through a nice neighborhood all stealthy like... I've found that moving swiftly is the best bet for not getting caught. High of gear as possible.

Blat blat blat blat blat.

Oh, speaking of gears. We put on the 38 tooth rear for a final of 3.17.

First gear is just stupid, basically useless unless this was a trials bike.

Anyways. I make it out of town safely & proceed to wring her neck!

Hot damn, she's a runnin' now! Unless I was right on top a good rut without any fluff, forth gear & she's still waggin' her tail.

So I'm blasting down the road, WFO in top gear glued to the tank & left hand frozen to the fork. The graders haven't been out in awhile which makes it impossible to pilot anything at this speed in a straight line. Only in fifth will the tail straighten out & by that time I'm just riding a death wobble. Done it enough now I've figured the best course of action is too just stay in the gas. That works a good 90% of the time.

So I'm goin' along & shit!

Someone's dumped a pile of gravel in the road. Well, things got a little shakier for a few feet but all ended well. Good thing is with the deep gearing, top end should only be about 85ish.

Got back to Rock's & celebrated us polishing this death trap into an official flying turd by starting early on the whiskey bottle.

Man I tell ya what, these hippie's know what they're doin'! Whiskey & water tastes just like home brew ice tea, is quite effective on the mental alteration front & the hangover is SO much easier to deal with.

We cranked up the Stones to 'piss of the surrounding five block radius' level. As if I had hadn't already done that with something that sounds like a nitro guzzling potato launcher...

We dropped the front end back down to short tracking ride height & measured the wheelbase with the bigger sprocket...

54 & a quarter!

She aughta handle SWEET on a short track.

Gonna drop the oil after another run tomorrow to double check low end fueling. I only have to worry about that low rev range on a short track.

Duder in my class says if I get a good launch in Lincoln like I do at Jeeps I'll do good. I guess these indoor jobs are so small once everyone is goin' there ain't much passing. Trying said pass usually ends up in a pile up 'cause there ain't nowhere to go.

This should be good!

Nebraska. Look out. Gonna be scooter trash up in there like blow up a junkie's nose!

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great posts mate love the bikes
reminds me of how my dad use to talk about his racing in his hey day on his ajs 7r
no plastic as far as the eye could see just metal and thumping old engines .....glory days...keep it up mega thread
thought you might like old pic to look at from the 50s when was racing with his 7r

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great posts mate love the bikes
reminds me of how my dad use to talk about his racing in his hey day on his ajs 7r
no plastic as far as the eye could see just metal and thumping old engines .....glory days...keep it up mega thread
thought you might like old pic to look at from the 50s when he use to race
Now this is what I'm talkin' 'bout! Anything that hearkens back to the day when men where men, the bikes were fucking dangerous & hell even spectating was dangerous is welcome in this thread!

I'm too young to remember the day when bikes with flexy steel frames, shitty drum brakes, round headlights & kick starters were anything except neglected relics of the past.

This is our history & we need to embrace it. Men like that paved the way for our fine sport & helped create the technical advances that make modern motorcycles so brutally effective & yet docile as a kitten.

This is what I love about vintage racing, in general. You take take your concept of refinement or reliability & toss it clean out the window. Going balls out on a bike that you swear at any given second is going to toss you into the nearest immobile object is an incredible high.

Most of you who aren't use to anything like this are probably wondering what the hell I'm rambling on about. Why I'd be all nostalgic when it comes to vintage machines that compared to anything remotely modern, is slower than smell. I can't put my finger on it, but I suppose it's something about the immaculate insanity that goes along with piloting a death trap on the edge of it's capabilities.

Buttons gets absolutely no mercy when ridden. She gets started & the gas is to the stop, every gear, sideways, sometimes jumped or thrown down & then shut off. Repeat. She takes the beating wonderfully. I really hope I don't wing the rod into orbit or wad her into the grandstand... But. If I do, I was having a ball doing it. No matter the consequences.

I find it hilarious that the oldest, cheapest & weakest bike I've built is BY FAR the funnest damn thing I've ever thrown a leg over!

Thanks man!

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Oh! If by freak chance, anyone spots a TL250 flywheel for sale, I need one bad. It's WAY lighter then the XL350's unit & I need to loose some rotating mass bad. Twenty whole whopping freak points for anyone that gets me a lead on one!

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here is another old pic ....my dad is behind the front row number 47
the funny thing is ive still got that helmet he is wearing ....its like a bowl lined with concrete
mega bike in front row called 'JABS' one with the gurder forks stood for 'Just Another Bloody Special'

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^^Sweet.^^

Not that I necessarily dig on that vintage but it had to take balls of mother fuckin' space metal to pilot such machines at breakneck speeds! Mad respect for dudes like that.

Today I take her out again. It was right at freezing, a nice day here this time of year, lol!

So I'm pretty well bundled up, going down the road top speed (no other way to ride a bike like this than WMFO, headshaking & shittin' nervous down both legs) & I decide to head a few miles up the road to my riding buddie's buddie's house.

He used to MX Back in THE day. Back when monster 2 strokes were all the rage, with a powerband an inch wide. They'd tear your arms clean out of your sockets, turn around on their own & run you over just because... Because they were that BADASS.

So I pull up & he comes down from the shop.

'As soon as I heard that thing I just KNEW it had to be you coming up here Ray!'

Hehe! My legend usually precedes me.

We go inside, have some homemade cookies (MMMMM) & a drink. We're chewin' the fat about racing & he tells me to come into his office to see something.

He pulls out a dusty 'ole binder & procedes to tell me about the good 'ole days.

He had a Yamaha big bear



That's a 350CC twin stroker scrambler. Pig heavy & terribly pipey.

& his main buddy had a Beeza 441 Victor.



Even heavier, with less power, but good torque.

He showed me another one of his buddie's Honda CL77.



Now. THAT. THAT is beautiful.

His buddie's was gold. God aweful 60's metal flake bass boat type stuff. You know what I'm talkin' 'bout...

These WERE dirtbikes back then. Suicidal medium weight street machines with high chromed cross braced bars (too injure you even more when you go over them... trust me on that one) absolute crap tires & the damn things headshaked once moving at any speed from what I've been told. The pipes were high & chromed too... (noticing a tread here?) Heavy as a Buick's bumper!

These were MEN. Safety equipment consisted of a open face helmet (Mike's was also gold metal flake!) a unpadded black leather jacket blue jeans & work boots at best!

Of course, machines back then were easily enhanced. Since half the bike was chrome, stripping it off street BS shed pounds like heroine habit. Sticky trials tires (just a hair less aggressive than a knobby) helped some. But they were still heavy, slow, pipey with suspension like wood & brakes that couldn't stop a go cart.

That was right before everything changed....

Motocross up until this point (in America) was dominated by these death traps described above.

In his book there, is a picture of a bunch of dudes blowing through a huge mud bog. Under the picture it says, November 4, 1968.

That was when a bunch of crazy Europeans came to Wichita Ks on their ultra trick, lightweight 2 stroke machines that were actually built to ride dirt. Ride dirt FAST.

He leaned back in his chair & you could see him remembering it all like it yesterday.

Said it had rained the night before so they called that morning expecting the race to be cancelled. The race was still on!

"We never saw anything like it. They were so fast. Maicos, CZs, Huskys, Bultacos. There were a few of us (Americans) in the race & they were getting lapped."

After that. Nothing was the same on dirt.

He poked the page a bit & looks at me.

"That was right before the DT1...."



This is the bike that changed the face of MX for the japs.

A lightweight, 2 stroke 250CC single that was MADE for dirt.

It was light & powerful with good (for the time) suspension & brakes.

The day of heavy streetbikes stripped for off road use (scramblers) was over. Almost overnight.

& this, was the infancy of modern MX as we know it.

He goes on to tell me about his yamaha MX360. How it was too heavy for tight work & later traded for a 250. Then he points at a picture on the wall.

"That's the only picture I have of my MX days. That's a RM370. It just worked for me, it fit right."



Mike has seen it happen. Got a stack of trophies you couldn't haul off with a dumptruck.

I pay VERY close attention to men like this.

Even though he MX'd & I flat track. We both dig on dirt. There's information in his head that isn't on a disk somewhere. I hope I can carry the torch.

Anyways. Enough nostalgia.

He was impressed with Buttons. How she's held up the whole season & how well I've apparently done with the 'ole bucket.

After good & warmed up, I head back to Rock's & start changing the oil.

That's when I notice the pipe is loose on the head... Fuckin' really?

So we take it apart & tweak the half moons in there & bolt it all back together. It's solid for now. Just gonna have to keep an eye on it I suppose.

THEN.

I notice a few slivers of metal by the countershaft sprocket... I peer from the right side of the bike & notice the inside of the chain has been rubbing on the case!

If it ain't one thing, it's another on this damn thing.

The chain is Bonnie's old chain, since I had it hanging on the wall. Being an O-ring chain, it's just as wide as the number 50 non O-ring type I was running before. Apparently, when I did the 520 conversion, the smaller diameter of the new front sprocket has let the chain rub in there. Not cool.

So.

I just got off the horn with DK & have a heavy duty non O-ring 520 (hopefully skinny enough not to rub) headed this way. It should be here Wednesday. Talk about down to the wire!

I'm too close to get fucked yet! No way. I'm leaving Thursday come hell or high water.

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