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Aren’t You a Little Old For This ?

"Holy Crap i'm still 15 years old"

“Holy Crap i’m still 15 years old”

That’s what some guy who came into the shop said after seeing my race bikes.     Maybe he’s right lets’ see i’ve done it for a long time. I’ve turned myself into a human lawn dart more times then I can count. Drove tens of thousand of miles over the years and spent several really large bags of dough in doing so. I must have the lingering effects from a crash 40 years ago where I hit my mellon really hard, I mean real, real hard. And I would gather it ultimately has impaired my ability to think clearly and to age properly.   Or hey, this guy could just be a pompous dick.     Let’s take an in depth look at this. I started riding when I was 9 on a mini trail 50  (that I rode in the basement during the winter when no was at home). I was hooked it’s all I thought about I started skipping lunch 2 day’s a week at school to save my lunch money so I could buy every motorcycle  magazine I could get my hands on. And when the ones that where strictly about dirt bikes started appearing I never heaved them I just put them in a box so I could read them over and over and …  

The KEY TO THE UNIVERSE for a 9 Year Old.

When I was 13 I saw a flyer at the local Honda shop I went to “every Saturday” for a MX race that was coming up I told my old man I really wanted to go and he gave me the green light (game on). So a couple of weeks later when the day came I loaded up my 73 Kawi 100 enduro my helmet with a face shield and a pair of work gloves and we hit the road. The race was at a place called Moto Mecca we drove about two and a half hours to get there and when we got off the interstate I saw the sign  that pointed in the direction we were to go and my heart started racing. I mean holy crap i’ve never been to a race before had no idea what to expect and I got pre race jitters without even knowing about “pre race jitters” looking back I was made for this stuff !   When we saw the entrance sign and pulled in it hit me like fat broad in a buffet. I had only seen real motocross bikes before in magazines Husky’s, Montesa’s Bultaco’s, Cz’s and here they a bunch of them even some Yamaha and Suzuki MX bikes, this was over the top for a young kid.  I can see guy’s riding their bikes at the far end of the pits throwing roosts and popping wheelies it was insane ! And if that wasn’t enough there were guy’s in real race gear. I mean leather pants, boots with buckles on the sides, helmet’s with visors, goggles and mouth guards just like in the articles I read.   I’m about to have a major seizure over this.

1973 THE REAL DEAL.

So we found a spot to park I climbed into the bed of the truck and untied my bike and rolled it down the plank we brought. There were people all around us unloading their stuff, wrenching on their bikes or shooting the shit with their buddies. It was like I just landed on Planet Ultra Cool and immediately thought to myself  “you are my people” take me to your leader ! So the fellow next to us pointed to a long line that guy’s were standing in and told me that’s the line for sign up and I needed to get over there. So I took my wallet with a fresh $10.00 bill in it and headed over to stand with the “other” racers. When I got back to the truck I told the old man I was # 57 and had to put it on the front of the bike. So he said he had a handle on this. He went over to the concession stand and got a paper plate and like lot’s of guy’s back in the day he alway’s had a pen or two in his shirt pocket so he drew a 57 on it with his pen and some how got the plate mounted to the headlight and it worked pretty well. They called for the first practice I got in line with about 200 guy’s waiting to go out in the next practice session. Guy’s would look over and give me the once over and I would wave at them like a drunk shriner, and to my surprise nobody waved back.   The rest of the day was a blur i’d like to tell you about how I did and stuff but this is all I can remember.   It was the beginning of a thousand beginnings. I left that place changed forever.    I raced into my early twenties and made a ton of friends, I laughed a couple of thousand times and crashed every so often. Hell I even won some of races along the way it was a very, very good time to be young. But the realities of life caught up with me.  I was just starting my journey career wise to find my place in the world. I ended up moving away for work and moved a bunch more for the next 10 years. Everywhere I went I took that box with all my old MXA’s, Dirt Bike, Popular Cycling and Modern Cycle magazines from 15 years earlier to every new place I called home. I just couldn’t shake off  “the best time of my life” and racing was a huge part of my young past.   74-440   Things change but an old friend is an old friend ! When I hit 40 I saw a 73 Maico online for sale and bought it for no real reason except it really struck a chord in me. I discovered guy’s were racing these type bikes and I got into the vintage stuff.  It was surreal as it was pretty much where I left off when I stopped. Like my first time at Moto Mecca I was floored when I went to my first vintage race and saw probably 400+ bikes and everyone was super cool it was like a crusty old bike lovefest. I mean my head was spinning  the sights, the sounds and even the smell. Yep as a kid I ran “Castrol R” oil in my bikes and when you fired them up it was like perfume was coming out of your exhaust. It was the best smelling 2 stroke oil ever made and having it waft thru the air that day made the experience about 32:1 better ! I’ve been back racing for over a decade now and it’s as good as it was when I first started for sure. If I never got that first Z50 or threw away my dirt bike magazines a long time ago I would have missed grabbing the brass ring twice. I figure for every dollar spent i’ve gotten a hundred back in the value of the friendships, the experiences, and happiness. An added bonus is I try to stay in shape to be able to do better racing so that’s just one of the extra’s.   So who was right me or the P.D. ?   Well i’ll let you be the judge. Right now i’m focusing on Unadilla it’s coming up in about 5 weeks I have a load of parts coming in so I can get my bikes ready. I will also need to set time aside for some testing and tuning so I have a good idea how everything is running and then just start counting down the day’s to the best race of the year. Also we got to do the event awards last year for our new friends the Robinson’s and possibly may be doing them again as well which is pretty cool. I don’t think i’ll ever get to old to be happy.   UNADILLA 2013-2

It’s a Maico ease up.

We are going to be hammering on our site soon ( well the chick, lady, person ) who writes the code crap is. We will be focusing on our branded apparel line that you can tweek. It will make more sense in the next couple of weeks stay tuned.         OK … The supercross season is almost over Stewarts on fire and Villipoto is riding fast and smart (which is how you win championships). Dungey is struggling even after getting his first win of the year and same goes for Roczen. Tomac then Big “Chad” Stud aka C. Reed got hurt early on as well as Wil Hahn and Adam C. two of the most recent. Also everyone likes to remember their period of racing as the toughest group and to a degree I guess you could pick moments and certain icons but right now I cannot remeber such a deep pool of talent.  Also everyone is in insane shape being a talented rider is more than half the battle but it makes a huge difference to be in world class shape. And you have to have a coach a trainer or a really bossy Mom to excel.   Bullet Proof Bikes (no one is racing a Maico BECAUSE …)           It’s amazing to think how dependable the new bikes are 98 % of the time. Think of this, both Carmichael, Stewart had several perfect seasons between them not a flat or broken chain let alone motor problems this is unreal. It sure wasn’t like this when I was a kid. I remember  alway’s wrenching on it to stay ahead of something breaking or falling off, cracking or my favorite “not starting” at the race but magically starting when I got home.    Getting in SHAPE … You dream of riding “really well’ at 50 but when it comes to training it’s like “WHAT the HELL”

The "PITS" only in racing could it be a good term.

“The PITS” only in racing could it be a good term.

A backed halved 82 RM125 that's insane looking !

A backed halved 82 RM125 are you a good fit or do you need a Vespa ?

What "works" best for you ?

What “works” best for you ?

You might be in that certain spot in your life where you’ve got the time and resources to go riding more than you have in years. And your thinking  “i’m going to kick everyones ass” in the +45 +5o class i’ve got a  killer new old bike that some egomaniac knob in Socal built for me. Baldy promised that I would win every race I entered by 2-3 laps all I had to do was a point and shoot and the bike would do the rest.  Note to self: “listening to some egomaniac jackass from Socal makes me a … yep !   So tubby you decided to buy a modern bike to practice on so you can hone your crusty skills and be able to out ride every old guy in your class.  Why not your preparing for the “BIG” win and as the saying goes “to the victor goes the spoils”. So here comes your long awaited moto chance for fame and fortune via a 30 Y/O bike (hot damn !) and best of all you’ll get to kiss the trophy girl ( yeah like some young big boobed girl is gonna be stoked to smack lips with you ). Even if they had trophy a girl at the old dude races most likely she would be some hot chicks grandma at best. File this under  “do the math dumbass”.   So are you READY to give exercise a workout ?   OK so every journey starts with the first step and that step is a plan. Think of it this way it’s not running a marathon it’s concentrating on just running from one block to the next and then just a little farther each time. And when I say a little farther I mean just that a couple of extra steps each day is how this works and keeps you motivated without pushing you to hard to fast . For me riding is one of the reasons I train, there are others but it’s like creative visualization I do specific exercises that I can actually place myself mentally on the bike and make workout’s that much more relevant plus I don’t want to look really old in my obit photo.   So it’s less than 2 months to Unadilla my Tillman-Alcorn built super vintage Maico 440 is ready to go. And I just realized that after my big crash a while back (haven’t ridden the 490 since) the front right tube is bent, bummer. I called Gary from SOCAL Maico to tighten me up on a straight tube and 82 lower triple clamp (hot setup) I haven’t heard back from him he’s really old and not only forgot we spoke he probably is trying to remember what a Maico is. I’m going to work on my 77/aw400 and focus on the classes I think I ride better in (cherry pick) and that would be the “old guy hope no one shows up Vintage and Post Vintage classes” and if someone does show up hey move back to the beginner class like my buddy JD ( have a little shame dude). The day’s of whine and roses.     All Right !  time for a little bit of our latest crap.     OK so here’s what’s been going on…   It’s March 1,2014 i’m at the shop after a long week just getting ready to start beating on my race bikes. The first pile on deck is my 78/490 i’ve had it for 2 years and it only has 2 races on it so everything is fresh but I want to dial in the suspension better. I just received my new Falcon shocks this week and are getting ready to put them on. My buddy Robin who owns Falcon shocks swears they will only gently shake my giblets in the roughest conditions, bravo Robin !.     My man friend Lou is building me some super trick 84 yz 490 forks that he does some cheater thing to and he swears it will make me at least “20” seconds a lap faster. ” WOW”   I think he’s making it up but WTF I don’t smoke or gamble so I have to spend my money for no reason on something I guess.  

My buddy Robin who owns Falcon Shocks sent over from the UK these insane piggybacks for us to test.

So let’s see I have the suspension on this one, my 74.5 440 Maico that Mike Tillman (Bike Builder to the Stars) and his buddy Mark Alcorn a crazy machinist fabricator built for me is almost ready to go ( but not into 1st gear  though ! ) .   Everything Mike and Mark did is insane ( you can check down on this page and see the bike). Next my other 74.5/440 has more cracks in the frame then AHRMA has old fat people so it’s going to get stripped down on the upside I have a fresh bottom end ( crap I just remembered the same guy did this one as well the one that won’t shift, crap-crap.)  And lastly my 77 AW 400 which needs a new topend and some other love offerings to be ready to go. By the sound of the clock I just spent about another 1k +++ USD. Damn it I always figured as I got older the bikes would last longer, and cost less since they are being raced less “file this under keep dreaming”.

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ! Sunset Ridge MX

   Like everyone else I keep myself pumped about racing by talking to my race buddies and watching the Supercross series. It’s been amazing to say the least new and old winners back on top of the box last years # 2 guy Dungey just of the pace by a hair on bringing home his first win of the year. So this year it’s not just Villopoto and Dungey hammering it out for wins you have Stewart with 2, Reed back after a rough patch with 2 and Roczen knocking down 2.

Oh and on the knocking down part I did a T shirt dedicated to the Brothers Grim of motocross Mr 800 and Mr 801.

These guy's put a lot of love into being tools

These guy’s put a lot of love into being tools

Keep an eye on our “shop” section we are going to be loading it up with some very cool designs for sale. And you can always use our online designer to create whatever you want. Think of it as BYOB (BE YOUR OWN BRAND).

Johnny Haulass Drag T you can customize this T with your name

Damn Cool T … damn cool !

I will be discussing some pre season work out and diet stuff i’ve been working on real soon. I mean you just bought a new 8k CRFYZFRMZ 450 and your belly is almost touching the seat and after almost passing out trying to kickstart it (3 kicks you fat bastard) you instantly want to trade in on a KTM just for the button even if you lose a grand or two. Hey what the hell we’re getting older but still love riding/racing there’s no sense in holding back on the experience because your in crappy shape.

We are killing it printing  “CUSTOM HOODIES ”  we print right over the zipper it’s really cool.  Send us your art and we’ll make you one ( for $$$ ) we ain’t Santa you know.

WHY YOUR AT IT BUY THIS HOODIE TOO !!!

EXACTLY ! JUST LIKE THE SHIRT SAY’S

Here’s some of the stuff we’ve been slamming vinyl on.

Renegades “lil” dude trailer

    Renegade Racing Fuel dropped of the first of several trucks and trailers we are working on for them. Toby and his crew are based out of Bowling Green Ky and are the fuel of choice for Team Rockstar KTM -Stewart Suzuki – GEICO Honda. 

Not too shabby !

Two Old Hippies kicked my Ass (I’m not as tough as I used to be). Two Old Hippies a very cool clothing / lifestyle store in Nashville that we do some screenprinting for mentioned to us they were going to get a box truck and make a mobile store out of it.  I said ” hey I can help you find a truck ” and build and interior and wrap it and … and I talk too much .

Turn the "SN"  into "CR" and you'll know how we felt when this was over !

Turn the “SN” into “CR” and you’ll know how we felt when this was over !

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Tinker and Trixie stopped by to “bust our” oops applaud our great work

beginning of the end

 

Here’s some spy photos of the ULTIMATE 50+ Vintage Maico being built by Mike Tillman and Mark Alcorn. Lot’s of cool – cool – cool stuff . Mike  has built Lackey’s vintage CZ’s for years and say’s his secret is he builds each bike in a candle lit workshop while wearing only a thong with “Alex Morehose’s” picture pinned to it.  WOW dude !      Here’s one of our new projects 15 of these trucks and 6 semi trailers to wrap as of last count we have a bunch left to do. Purity Dairies are a huge company who provide a lot of folks with a good job in Nashville and several other states.  Next time you pass thru Tennessee try some and tell the locals Billy Sheppard is your buddy. BBQ anyone ?  Jim N Nicks a great place to make a pig of yourself,  really I mean it … really.   RC Components is a “GREAT” company Rick Ball the owner is a true American success story. Not only is it cool wrapping his trucks but the guy makes an “insane” fish taco ! RC Little stuff We’ve done 2 semis and this trailer for Holley a guy named Ellis who is a designer there is dreaming of kicking my ass right now, right Ellis ? _0000390   We just did 5 of these trailers for NFI. NFI Can’t forget this …   Jim N Nick had an idea for their new trailer they asked me what I thought,   I said “looks Kosher to me”. Mobile Kitchen Window SideHere’s what they gave us to start with. First we stripped this unit down and threw on the new wrap. Then we started fab’n in the metal work.

The "D" stands for DEEEEEP fried.

The “D” stands for DEEEEEP fried death !!!

   It’s 102 degrees outside and i’m building the awning. This is what happens when you dream about playing drums for Whitesnake and don’t go to college.

INSTALL AWNING

                And ended up with this, better than a pig in a poke

                                    (whatever the hell that means).SHACK O MX GRAPHICS ? Yep we do them,   this is my buddy Reid’s kid ( he’s like elf size ) with a custom Jake’s kit.KXF 250 JG REIDS KID-2 We wrapped this guitar for Prince ( yes that Prince ) the guy wanted a really good deal. I want to become so rich that I feel good about being a tight ass. PRINCE -2PRINCE GUITAR

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