Yesterday I had a very pleasant surprise while I was overhauling one of the cutterbars on the discbine. I had noticed the bike trailer still sitting in the house yard in the morning, and after peeking in the shop door noticed that my oldest son's KX 450 was still sitting on the stand needing some minor repairs. I hadn't realized that my old backup bike, an original KX 500, 2 stroke was missing and my son and his buddy had hauled it off to a special event. That was until I got a text saying " I just won the 500 class"
Most 500's are detuned to make them easier and more fun to ride, which seemed to be happening to mine a lot with different guest riders. My diabolical plan to do everything opposite to it to make it too intimidating to ride, aside from the longest and most robust springs I could stuff into those tiny old forks to keep the rider alive, has generally worked well to get people to put it back on the stand and not wear the poor old thing out. By chance this accidentally paid off.
The former historical Austin Sand track here in Manitoba had been recommissioned around and about it's present golf course for the "MX Legends and Golf" special event. Two multi time former Canadian National riders, Ross "Rollerball" Pederson, and Al "Too Trick" Dyck were flown in to compete in the 500 2 stroke class. Most of the field were using the venerable 500 2 stroke engines shoehorned into modern aluminum framed motocross bikes.
The boy and the old original bike won both 20 minute, plus two lap motos handily, relegating the former champs to also rans for just one day. A day 19 years later on and at the same track he first competed on as a kid, when he crawled under my new car crying and proceeded to kick the **** out of the trunk pan and exclaimed "I can't do it dad, you ride it", after crashing his 125 in the first turn twice.
It sounds like they all had a great time.
Alan Dyck - Legends of Canadian Motocross
Ross Pederson - Legends of Canadian Motocross