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Yamaha / Re: Yamaja IT 250/465 J tail light lens.
« on: May 14, 2015, 09:55:04 PM »
I tried DC but no go. Does an IT490L tail light lens fit? It's different but perhaps the screw pitch is the same.

Yamaha / Yamaja IT 250/465 J tail light lens.
« on: May 14, 2015, 01:30:26 PM »
Can anyone point me in the right direction for one (actually I need two) of these? Even a cloudy second hand one will do for the moment.

General Discussion / Re: The Disease
« on: May 14, 2015, 01:27:21 PM »
Building bikes is my hobby, the pride in the finished product is my joy. Even though I am selling up many of my unfinished and even some complete bikes, I'll still always have a bike in the build process. It's the same as before, just the type of bike has changed from  VMX to flat trackers and roadies. At 65 I'm too old to keep a shitload of projects for a few years time. That time is now.

General Discussion / Re: The Disease
« on: May 14, 2015, 11:44:25 AM »
I am a reformed hoarder Mick. As I get less interested in VMX I become less inclined to build the projects I have hoarded away. I'll stick to my dirt track tackle and slowly sell off most of my VMX projects. I never thought it'd happen but I'm over VMX thanks to the politics and rubbish that goes on. I'm going to Classic Dirt in the hope that I can restore my VMX mojo but sadly, I think the bird has flown.


Maico / Re: mick d doug is looking for info on these frames ?
« on: May 04, 2015, 09:43:54 AM »
I saw the same post that Paul did Mick but Doug sent it to my facebook page as well telling me about being commissioned to restore it. I know nothing more but reckon Marcus would.

Maico / Re: mick d doug is looking for info on these frames ?
« on: May 03, 2015, 09:45:28 PM »
Its a Selbach aftermarket frame. Doug has been commissioned to restore it for a client and would like to know more about them.

We got half way to the Gloucester races and while we stopped for coffee at McDonalds on the M1 I checked the HEAVEN facebook page to find that the weather had forced the cancellation. I feel for the club committee guys who have put so much effort into the organisation of this unique event. I hope they're not too discouraged and can hopefully factor in another meeting there for later in the year.
Instead of the show'n'shine and racing I now get to spend the weekend doing some more renovation work on Casa del Firko.

Maico / Re: 1965 Maico Oval Barrel 360
« on: May 01, 2015, 12:09:29 PM »
Use a square barrel crank Don. I am using a 74mm stroke 350 squarie crank in my own 360 oval barrel project.

I hope it goes ahead, we're loaded up.

Vintage Track / Re: Trip to the USA.
« on: February 13, 2015, 10:22:51 AM »
I agree with Jim, try and get to Dan and Kathy's flat track museum in Fresno Ca. It's only small when compared to big mega millionaire set ups like the Barber museum but it's got a lot of tasty flat trackers and well worth the trip out to Fresno. Dan's wheelchair bound and lately in poor health but is a great bloke and Kathy or one of the volunteers may give you a guided tour.    . Tom White's motocross and flat track museum is worth a visit as well, it's in Villa Park in Orange Co, Ca. It's not open to the public except for special days or events but it's worth a call.

There are usually a lot of Aussies and Kiwis racing at Bonneville, especially in the bike classes. Let's hope it's not rained or washed out. I was hoping to get to Bonneville this year myself but "stuff" has now put my trip back to later in the year.

General Discussion / Re: Thanx.
« on: February 10, 2015, 04:24:50 PM »
Yeah mate, same from me, you've done a brilliant job. It's a crying shame about your apalling politics though.

Introductions / Re: Hi
« on: February 10, 2015, 10:38:48 AM »
Congratulations on getting your sight back. That must have been a buzz none of us could comprehend.

I own bikes ranging from pre 60 through to Evo but my true favourite division is pre 70. Even though I did most of my racing in the 70-78 period, it was the bikes from the pre 70 era that got me interested in the sport in the first place. Once we got into vintage I restricted my racing to pre 70 on my beloved Maico350 Squarie and DT1 from Hell with a bit of pre 75 in the early days but in the latter years I've nurtured a real love of pre 65 and pre 60 era bikes. This year the only bikes coming out of my shed will be my American dirt track framers (my new passion) and my pre 65 250 racers, the Montaco and Ducati 250. The older I get the older my bikes get. I don't race any more because I'm to old, too fat and too arthritic*....not to mention I just don't want to race but I look frorward to offering my bikes to younger enthusiasts and mates to keep the spirit alive.  * Having said that I'm not racing doesn't mean I'm not riding. I'm looking forward to chucking some skids on my dirt track tackle, including my new Shell 750 Yamaha at Broadford over Easter and having a ride on the grass track at CD11.

General Discussion / Re: The future of OzVMX
« on: February 08, 2015, 03:23:50 PM »
I've been the recipient of threatened violence, poisoned hate PM's and other ugly stuff by a couple of seriously sick dickwipes, one bloke in particular actually upset me so badly I went into a pretty nasty depression for a few months. I never publicly let on because I'd been a bit cruel to a couple of punters myself so I figured that maybe karma was coming to get me. To his credit he did later apologise. It was about that time that the deep passion I'd had for this sport since 1986 went down the gurgler. I resigned from the forum, stopped attending the races except for Classic Dirt and sold a couple of bikes. Over the next couple of years I gradually got much of that mojo back but I've never regained the deep passion I once had. Even though I understand where the angst in the Evo Rules debacle was coming from and can see points on both sides of the discussion, what disappointed me was the sheer venom and hate that was showing up on here, a place that should have been a happy, fun environement. I found it all so sad, and still do.

I'd like to see the forum remain for the good reasons it existed in the first place. I'll still drop in from time to time but to be honest I'm not remotely interested in any of the classes after pre 78 (well, perhaps a bit of interest in Evo), and that seems to be the direction the forum's heading. That's progress and I wish those classes the growth they deserve. If I see a post concerning my beloved pre 70, dirt track or something of interest and I feel I've got something to say I'll drop  in but in reality I've found a happier social media place on Facebook.

General Discussion / Re: The future of OzVMX
« on: February 08, 2015, 01:24:53 PM »
I refuse to use my real name. I want to remain anonymous.

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