Pete and Laz

Pete and Laz
Yeah, Pete it's rough...but it's a runner.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Vintage Mile at Cal Expo ( Part Two )

A Yamaha single....there were a lot of Yamaha singles and twins..

Came back and added some more bike pics to look at. Just going to say that it was a lot of fun to hang out on the 'inside' of the to see some 'old' friends, and meet some new ones. Who knows maybe next time I might be on the track myself. Been inspired to scratch an itch and get some of my vintage bikes together. It was pretty cool to see Gary, Dimitri, and Julian having a go at the 'Mile' track here at Cal-Expo. 

Might even get back to an unfinished post on some Classic Japanese bikes. Will be posting updates on my various projects stay tuned.

An old Indian


Yamaha that Gary Inman borrowed to race.

A Yamaha single and a Yamaha twin


The other side of those Yamahas

Pit bike

Street bike turned flat tracker


Line up for a race


Dimitri (in white jacket) and Julian ( in black helmet ) in the line up for a track session.

Yamaha V-twin

Another Yamaha V-twin

A very sharp looking Yamaha single


Dimitri Coste's reaction to getting sideways on turn 2 at the Sacramento Mile...wauuuuuuuughhhh!!!

Sideburn editor Gary Inman getting a good start , with a
Triumph rider getting a wheelie behind him.


Pit tractor...

The Yamaha that was loaned to Gary.

Gary's host's pit area...

And more Yamahas

Bikes lining up ...

Sideburn sticker of Guy Martin

Dimitri working on his Triumph TR6

Motocross turned Flattrack bikes.

Harley Davidson XR 750

Yamaha twin



Yamaha twin


Race Fuel

Good luck charm on Julian's 500  Triumph

Dimitri and Julian's Triumphs, and a Yamaha with the Cal-Expo Grandstand in the background

Gary (#74 ) ready to go.

Think we will end this post with a 'Co-Built' sticker spotted on the back of the Deus Ex Machina van...I'm curious to see if the two short video clips that were laboriously uploaded via the phone have really 'taken'. If they worked...I just might get back here and upload some more...

Friday, July 10, 2015

Bought a bike...

a 1986 Honda XR 200R 

A quick little posting before I get around to posting some other pending posts...

Bought a small 'Dual Sport" bike of sorts. Been thinking about getting a newer (for me anyway) off-road machine for awhile. This one caught my eye, especially since it is street legal. I have been toying with the idea of entering the 450 mile desert classic known as L.A-Barstow to Vegas. At one time this was a race, now as I understand it, it is more of a 'tour'...with hotel stops and support vehicles to haul your gear bags. 

Travis Newbold and Mike Ranum, great guys I met at the first DirtQuake US, (Sideburn magazine event held at real race tracks...and a whole lot of fun), did this together last year...and are going to do it again this year. Travis is building a bike for his wife to ride, and a bunch of their friends are going as well. Travis was busy setting records at the Pikes Peak hill climb this year and didn't make it to DirtQuakeUS this time...myself and Mike didn't either...( and I had an entry all set and won't even go into why it didn't happen..suffice it to say I'm really looking forward to this. ) 

I'm going to set up a link to Travis Newbold's blog, so you can go read about his experiences...bitter and sweet, on the mountain. Travis Newbold's blog <------- Click here

and possibly set up a link as well to some info on the L.A-Barstow to Vegas event. LA/Barstow/Vegas 2015 <----------Click here

And speaking of Dirtquake, Dirtquake 4 in the UK is about to check out the Sideburn blog, link over there, in my list of blogs .     Guy Martin is bringing in a "Wall of Death"...sounds like good times.

The XR 200 is home...we survived a 15 mile trip on knobby
tires on the street I have till Thanksgiving weekend in make it desert ready.