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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.

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Alan Dyck - Legends of Canadian Motocross

Ross Pederson - Legends of Canadian Motocross
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Those old KX 500`s are legendary, Haystack.
I remember some of the old MX boys, used to trick the engine, (Boyesen racing reeds, port and polish, exhaust, ignition etc ) different sprockets to gear them up, plus a slick tyre and take them to the drag strip where they cleaned up.


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I picked up an old klx 650 it's pretty good for checking cows and getting down the road but it's pretty slow compared to a kx 500

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I had one once many years ago but not any more. they sure were fun though!
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Here`s my old girl.
DRZ 400. Bought new in 2001.
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If I don't get out of this Quadtrac soon, I don't think I'll be fit to ride a motorcycle this spring. It's the first time in five years that I've driven this thing this much on dry ground, and that incessant little track vibration reminds me a little too much of a bulldozer for my finer tastes. The worst part is, unlike one of those jiggling belt machines the ladies used in the 60's, I think this thing is actually growing the love handles that are soon to be resting on my belt, but my but cheeks and thighs are wasting away to nothing, about the last thing I need on these long days. I have trouble enough trying to ride a dirt bike decent, without having to do it on some kind of opposite bend chicken legs while trying to prove to my wife I'm worthy of my flashy new riding gear.

A photographer sent some shots of my oldest running our old 500 at that legends race he won last summer, this is one of them.

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He's not been happy with his form on the bike the last year or two, says he just looks like me out there. I take no offence and just consider it as a complement from another Veteran rider, because he's embarrassed that he won't be able to lap me anymore at the yard track now that I'm on his last 450! Although it could be tough, because he's starting to pick up my tricky old man lines and actually winning a race once in a while again. This is yesterday, sent to me, of him putting his latest 450 though its paces at a practice at one of the provincial tracks. Got to get out there and see some old acquaintances after we get this thing planted and catch a rain.

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Just spent the last week riding this old girl! Had a great time.

Lynas, I think mine is older than yours!
sold new in 1914, & 1914 TT Winner!
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Just spent the last week riding this old girl! Had a great time.

Lynas, I think mine is older than yours!
sold new in 1914, & 1914 TT Winner!
Holy moly!
An impressive and very collectible machine, but it doesn't look real comfortable!
How's your back and legs?

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Holy moly!
An impressive and very collectible machine, but it doesn't look real comfortable!
How's your back and legs?
Back was a little sore before the week began, farming is harder on it than the bikes, legs are no problem, tell me what racing position is comfortable.

This was a HMCCQ Centenary of Veteran Motor Cycle's Rally, held at Peak Crossing Winery!

Another couple pictures of Dad riding my 1915 Ariel.
if you google Holty's photos, there are more rally pictures.

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