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Tech Talk / Re: 1980 RM 400 fouling plugs
« on: June 15, 2024, 03:00:29 pm »
What sort of plugs are you using ? That could be a good starting point to look at.

VMX Sidecars / Re: EML Jumbo 820 watercooled for sale
« on: June 01, 2024, 11:10:01 am »
Hoony , I restored that aircooled beast around 2005. Never liked that handling and concept . Sold it to a racer in Lichtenstein and it is still in use today for pre 85 races . 1000cc and no reed valves. Its nothing or all  ;)

VMX Sidecars / Re: EML Jumbo 820 watercooled for sale
« on: May 31, 2024, 12:56:48 pm »
The good old forum has done it again. The bike and parts have now finally been sold. I knew it would be a hard sell, due to its rarity. Thanks to the forum and its google rating, the ad has been number one for a few years. But finally, out of the blue, the son of a GP rider I used to race against in Europe, e-mailed me and wanted to know if it was still available. We agreed to a fair price including all spares. So glad it is going back to where it came from and its history +glory can now live on. So many times, I was close to take it down to Sims…. instead of handing it to a low baller that would run it into the ground. Facebook, eBay, market place, they just attracted those type of time waisters. Like a few times in the past, the forum was always the best source of advertising and for free. I can now finally close that chapter and move on. Happy days. I will miss that bike in a way, it has taken me to places in the world I would have otherwise never been to. It has opened doors and many friend ships. I got married on it and then later has given the family reasons to travel together in Australia doing the odd race.The fond memories of that endless power and the sound of a Ferrari will stay with me forever. What a privilege it has been.

Tech Talk / Re: NGK B10E & B10ES
« on: April 01, 2024, 02:24:08 pm »
LOL . So true , I got caught up ones to , were a guru claimed the 3 point BERU would give 2% extra. Went back to the good old NGK 9EV. There are many stories about magic boxes and secret exhausts as well   :) Today we can laugh about that , at the time people parted with hard earned cash for nothing  :)

General Discussion / Re: Any old boys still here ?
« on: February 21, 2024, 01:52:12 pm »
Great see you are still around Graeme, still playing with bikes ?

General Discussion / Re: Any old boys still here ?
« on: February 07, 2024, 11:10:06 am »
Interesting observation re scrutineering and sound levels. Some of us may remember times when there were no sound limits and no mufflers on 2 strokes.
We often did our own scrutineering in Victoria for "Chairs" as the solo guys weren't interested in us. Even now scrutineering needs some thought prior to entry.

Raymond Terrace is (was then )a long way away from built up areas.  This clown just wanted to use his authority and new toy . Just to clear it up , two strokes , for strokes or rotary engines use the same unit . I just made that up on day to move the man on LOL.

General Discussion / Re: Any old boys still here ?
« on: February 06, 2024, 03:10:29 pm »

 i didn't know this or i had forgotten (too many beers ago  ::)  )

much simpler and better times indeed back then. and yes  i remember that workshop where Dukey operated out of back then. how did you go at the Oz titles that year ?

that one was probably the only frame he made do you think ?

Hoony , not sure if he made one or two . My frame was blue instead of the orange VMC color. With no time left for jetting we had to run the standard 800 Meter sea level setting from Europe and that was a bit rich . So the starts were miserable and we had to fight our way from the back on the one line narrow track . I think we ended up 5th overall .It was hard work .I then sold the frame for $100 to Steve Truscott and he and his Husband used it for the local 24 hr trails for a few years. I swapped back to EML Jumbo 820 Watercooled next year and it was much more fun . I still have a funny memory of that event at Raymond Terrace . A over eagerly official in a white coat requested us to do a noise test ( in the middle of the bush LOL. I asked him if I could inspect his device . I looked at it closely and handed it back to him , telling him that this was a four stroke device . LOL . He took it and put his toy  back in his car  . LOL

General Discussion / Re: Any old boys still here ?
« on: February 03, 2024, 02:44:02 pm »
Hoony that bike frame was built for me I think it was 1986 (VMC copy with a extension at the head stem that I requested for more stability) . I hand luggaged a complete 540 without a frame from Zurich to Melbourne , after the last race in Spain. Two or three nights of marrying the pieces to the new frame at Wayne Mankins garage in Moorabbin , a spin up and down the bitumen road a couple pics for AMCN   and then off in the HR Holden to Raymond Terrace NSW for the ozzi titles with little sleep. Imagine hand luggaing this today ....Tank , Swingarm Engine , Seat and Radiators.     We still had ashtrays in the plane then and the service with food and beverages was generous. A packet of Winfield Blue was 95 cents and a pot of beer a 1$

General Discussion / Re: Just checking in .....
« on: January 12, 2024, 11:36:40 am »
I find if it is relevant and interesting , people will chime in .

Wanted / Re: RZ 250 shock
« on: December 22, 2023, 02:46:11 pm »
All sorted , I made a new one .

General Discussion / Re: Any old boys still here ?
« on: November 26, 2023, 09:27:40 pm »
A valuable and unique resource.

This forum is likely to die, with the current members.

Funny you say that , yes in the days we tried to be first over the line , now we try to be last over the line.  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Any old boys still here ?
« on: November 26, 2023, 12:37:23 pm »
 :) It could mean many things. Maybe I should have been more specific. My personal conception of the post ,is people that we met around the tracks 75-85. Racers , spectators or officials from that era and are still active on this forum.There were many of them in the early stages of the forum and I sometimes wonder how they are going.

General Discussion / Re: Any old boys still here ?
« on: November 17, 2023, 02:53:15 pm »
yes Walter we raced together a few times in 1983 i swung for Bernard on his WASP Norton 850 a few times in that year and then Grant Dargue on an ex Ian Smith WASP Yamaha 880 twin, i then i raced solo for a few years returning in 1987 to Ride on the KTM540 with Dukey swinging for me but i think you were in Europe then, that was why i got the gig with Dukey. i then started racing Dirt Track and then 5 seasons of Speedway on a Weslake 500 Solo.

I spoke to Dukey a few weeks back he is slowly restoring that VMC/KTM 540.

Yes Hooney 86,87,88 and 89 I raced in europe. Two years on the KTM540 and then on the Jumbo (820 twin watercooled ) I havent seen or heard from Ian smith since 85 . Is he still around?

General Discussion / Re: Any old boys still here ?
« on: November 16, 2023, 03:59:04 pm »
The forum started mid 2007  . By the end of that year there were about 350 members and we all knew each other or have heard of each other from racing .The only one I still know personally is Hoony, I believe. Not many left .

Wanted / RZ 250 shock
« on: October 24, 2023, 03:34:26 pm »
Looking out for a RMZ shock  04-12  . Any condition.   

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