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General Discussion / Re: Resto Expo 2018
« on: March 24, 2018, 12:10:24 PM »
Hi Kenneth,
                 Could you post a list of the expo bike catagories and what bikes took the placings.

Will do shortly Moto

General Discussion / Re: Resto Expo 2018
« on: March 22, 2018, 05:55:54 AM »

General Discussion / Resto Expo 2018
« on: March 22, 2018, 05:50:50 AM »
A few of the great shots taken at this year's Resto Expo - A huge thanks to Mark from All Action Images and to all who came out and supported the event.

Competition / Heaven VMX goes Pre-95
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:39:33 AM »
Now that Pre-95 is an official class in the MoMs, for 2018 Heaven VMX has adopted the class. Anyone out there with a Pre-95 bike who is keen for some good old fashioned dirt bike racing the club's first event is on over the weekend of April 7&8 on a fast and flowing easy Grass Track at Caloola about 15 minutes drive from Bathurst. The entryform will go live on the club site this week.

Got my ticket, really looking forward to my first visit to BBB and to this event

General Discussion / Re: Chinese are coming along
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:33:33 AM »
The Indians & Chinese can build good quality stuff ,
but only it seems if they are partnered with a decent company from outside.
Iphones are made in china, BMW & VW etc. have factories in china, all these products are made well

but when they do there own stuff they cant resist copying something else , then cutting corners and using the cheapest/nastiest materials.
this is the difference between the early Japanese bikes and these Chinese bikes.
early Japanese bikes may have been a copy of something else but they soon developed there own designs , and kept improving the quality.
so far the Chinese don't seem capable of doing this, they just want to compete on price alone

This is true. The main difference between the Japanese and the Chinese at a similar period in their manufacturing history is cultural. Post WW2 the Japanese adopted the Deming Method to rebuild their manufacturing economy which focused on quality and reduced costs through efficiency where as the Chinese are still very influenced by a deep seated belief that cutting corners to minimise costs is good business, despite the effect on quality or the fact the product has drifted away from the agreed design brief. If there is not a quality focused organisation in charge of the cheap labour to curb this belief and keep the quality standards up the Chinese default to this way of doing business.

General Discussion / Re: What ever happened to event promotions?
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:20:21 AM »
i think with using facebook they believe they have informed the majority and that it will filter down the line
This is an interesting point. This year's Expo due to other commitments I was struggling to keep up with the prep work. I had every intention of advertising here but never got to it on my list. I guess I did subconsciously think the word would get around.

Introductions / Re: Greetings from Canada
« on: February 03, 2018, 06:58:48 PM »
Welcome Nick, yes good old dirt bike fun ;D Hope you enjoy the forum

General Discussion / Re: Vintage Adventure Touring
« on: October 22, 2017, 08:03:35 AM »
Sounds like a plan

It's on again! Bigger and better than before, the ultimate weekend away for enthusiasts of old dirt bikes.
Running over the weekend of 9,10 & 11, March 2018 so book your holidays now so you don't miss out.
Massive Show n Shine for Restorers and Collectors of Pre-95 dirt bikes and older. This year we had over 200. Judged by a panel of 6 learned judges 17 Classes to enter with Trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each class.
2 x Euro Style Grass Tracks open Saturday & Sunday for more riding that your old bodies can handle.
Riverside camping on lush green grass that grows right to the banks of the Mighty Hawkesbury River.
Live Rock n Roll Band Saturday night in the HQ Marquee.
Great Home Cooked style food on offer and much more.
If you are a fan of old dirt bikes, this is a Dream Weekend to put on your calendar.
Event location: 312 River Rd Lower Portland NSW 2756

General Discussion / Re: Better than Tattslotto
« on: October 20, 2017, 04:05:18 PM »
Just bought 4 x tickets Geoff. 1 in 250 chance to win it. I like those odds ;D
Cheers Mate

Competition / Re: Farleigh Castle
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:51:30 AM »
Just arrived back from the trip yesterday. Man what a trip and better than I had hoped. Just such a blast riding and racing the Farleigh track and getting to know the Aussie team and supporters and all the extremely generous and helpful Poms. Great report Brad and your results reflect what I witnessed as a beautifully executed race weekend despite some set backs. Well done mate, I was proud to race in the same team as you. All riders in the Team gave it their all and each of us have our own dramas and highlights. The highlight rides were James Deakin, Craig Ando, Kirk Hutton, Geoff Ballard and of course BvB. I'd like to make a special mention of John Kittle. What a stand up guy he showed himself to be. He went to Farleigh as a team member and BvB was our reserve. While John says he wasn't riding at his best due to recovering from a broken collarbone, he was still riding very well and had every right to keep his place in the team. It was a class act how he put his team and his friendship first and offered to give up his place for Brad. JK has to be admired for such a selfless decision.

I second Brad's comments on how rough the track was. I've done a lot of Motocross racing on many different tracks and have never seen anything like it. I always shake my head when riders complain about rough tracks in Australia because as far as I am concerned rough tracks are an integral part of the challenge of real Motocross and we just need to ride to the conditions. That's why long travel suspension has developed on our bikes. This trip to Farleigh reinforced my viewpoint as there are very few more legitimate authentic natural terrain motocross tracks around the world than Farleigh Castle. With an average 2.40 to 3 minute lap of Farleigh throwing all sorts of challenges at you. Long sloppy and shaded ruts that changed every lap. Deep sharp edged potholes full of slippery rocks, long extremely bumpy uphills and downhills and of course the famous steps. I have to admit though, I was not at all prepared for how rough it actually was and as it got rougher my bike felt more and more badly prepared for the conditions. It was a little damp early Saturday but the day was sunny and it dried through the day getting faster and rougher and rougher. By the last of my 4 Saturday motos it was just crazy trying to accelerate up and down the hills. Think of the absolute roughest acceleration bumps you have experienced coming out of a corner, the line you do everything to avoid, then imagine it like that all across the track all the way up and down the hills. Then on Sunday, you turn up to the track to find out overnight it had received over an hours solid rain! I can tell you when I found that out, I thought to myself, holy crap this is simply going to be a battle to survive each lap, and I was right. All those sharp edged bumps were now sloppy with virtually no traction. It was carnage, with bikes strewn all over the track. As difficult as it was as part of such a great Aussie team it was an amazing experience to race the track all those World Champs and GP stars of the past had raced.

Anyway Rosco Holden did it! He organised, coordinated and managed the whole effort and it was exactly what I thought it would be, a VMX Trip of a lifetime. Fantastic memories I'll take to my grave.

General Discussion / 13 New Forum Members in September - Good to see
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:10:53 AM »
Beginning to see a steady increase in new members and daily visits to the forum. Great to see. Last month in addition to a few more Aussies we picked up a few new members from the UK, one from Canada, one from NZ and a few from the US as well. Welcome all and enjoy the forum.

General Discussion / Re: National License
« on: September 13, 2017, 02:58:01 PM »
Helped a guy renew his license. Took our combined efforts 4 times to finally get it through.  :-\

Competition / Re: 2017 VMX & Vets State of Origin
« on: September 05, 2017, 04:29:50 PM »
This event is looking to really be gaining some traction. It was awesome last year on a very vintage friendly track and this year the Victorians and Queenslanders seem to be rallying troupes to try and knock NSW off. I like their optimism ;D

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