For my motorcycle buddies. Old Freebird pic

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  1. Freebird

    Freebird Poking the bears. Advanced User Premium Member

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    A363C031-F774-48CB-9F6F-91CF126309A0.jpeg I came across this blast from my past the other day. I am 14 here sitting on the starting line. I am racing a Suzuki RM 100. 1979 Star City Arkansas.
     
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    chakeubeam To Be Determined... Advanced User MFG/Vendor

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    That’s a code brown if I’ve ever seen one


    For total fairness I’ll have to upload one of my early motocross pics if I can find one


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    Freebird Poking the bears. Advanced User Premium Member

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    Definitely do! Can you say sitting on the starting line with a stomach full of butter flies lol. What you can’t see is I am on my toes cause I can barely reach. Dad bumped me up to the 100 class when most 14 year olds were still riding in the 80cc class. Best thing he could’ve done for me. Getting me on a full size moto x bike that early paid off big time as the next few years passed.
     
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  4. Chris KH2PM

    Chris KH2PM AV8R Beginner User Premium Member

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    Neat, and RM! Around 1982, I had a 2nd-hand RM125X, '81 model, which was the first year for Full Floater and liquid cooling. Back then not many pics were taken, and if I have any they're at my parent's house in with the family slides.
    I started riding when I was about 12 on an XR-75 Honda, probably around 1978.

    I'd love to find an RM of that era that has survived and is still presentable and ridable. But as they were marketed and sold, most were thrashed pretty hard and parted out.
     
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    Freebird Poking the bears. Advanced User Premium Member

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    I had an XR75 also in 1976. My 2nd bike. Next up in 78 was a Yamaha YZ80, first year of the rear mono shock. Bob Hannah era
     
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    OMG, I would have killed for an XR75!!

    I had an SL70 and spent most of my time working on a chronic transmission problem. I could tear that engine down in my sleep I did it so often.

    I finally got it fixed (bent shifting fork) and promptly sold it.

    Haven't had the time to mess with a bike since then. I do regret that though - they are a lot of fun....when they are running.... :)
     
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  7. mbsl500

    mbsl500 Learning to Fly Beginner User

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    Funny you mention Bob Hannah.
    I grew up in Lancaster Ca. Most every weekend a bunch of us would meet up with Bob and all ride our dirt bikes through the canyons to "Bean Canyon" near Rosamond Ca.
    (A lot of YouTube videos of Bean Canyon)

    We had Hodakas, a Yamaha ATI 125 Enduro, Yamaha 125 MX, a BSA 441 and a Husky.
    Malcolm Smith was always there hill climbing.

    Hanna was incredible, even back then. And, a really nice guy.
    Some of the best times of my life.
    That was back in 1968-69.
    I restored that same Hodaka and also a red AT1 125 last year and donated them both to a MC museum in Kansas.
    Would post some pics if I knew how.
     
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    That’s awesome, thanks for sharing!
     
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    fitz4321 Running With Scissors Advanced User Premium Member

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    This was probably about 1989. I’m on an 86 CR 250
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    That’s about the year I switched over to road racing. And being experienced on dirt really makes the transition easier once you get to the limit on pavement.
     
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