Off topic from the thread, but cool, and late congrats on the C'shipl!! I've raced a few WERA & CCS in the last 15 years, nothing recent. Never ran a full season, just picked races here & there. What region did you race? Ever ridden JenningsGP?WOW, a Brain Teaser! I am sure this post WILL be edited!
197? HD Z90
1987 HD 883 Sportster
1992 HD Softail Custom
1995 HD 883 Sportster
19?? Yamaha RD350
20?? Buell S1 Lightning
19?? Kawasaki EX500/Ninja 500 X3! (2 race bikes, 1 daily driver)
20?? Kawasaki Ninja600
201? Yamaha FZ1 Bumblebee!
201? Yamaha WR250F? Supermoto/Dual sport
2019 Indian FTR1200S
2023 Yamaha TW200 (on order, FEB delivery supposedly)
I loved them all with the exception of the 1992 HD Softail. The most uncomfortable, unreliable, unruly bike I have owned. I bought it from peer pressure (HERE'S YOUR SIGN!)
The most practical bike.......The Kawasaki EX500/Ninja 500R. I won an Amateur regional WERA Roadracing Championship (1999?) on a highly modified one, and drove to work on one for a couple years. Easy to work on and almost bulletproof!
The one I want back.....201? Yamaha FZ1 Bumblebee! I took it on a "trackday" after I was done roadracing the EX500. It was in Grattan, MI. I was just playing, having fun and the transponder said I cut my best racing time by a lot without almost crapping my leathers at every turn and only shifting 2-3 times on a lap!
Hopefully my soon to be here TW200 will make the best bike list!
I raced mostly eastern midwest. Grattan,Mi, Gingerman,Mi, Indianapolis Raceway park, IN, Putnam Park, IN, Nelson Ledges, OH. Lightweight Twins, and Clubman classes. Clubman was a really cool class, unlimited single cyl, up to 600CC twins. Modify what you want.I had a Honda F2 front end and a ZX6 swingarm on the EX500 so I could get good rubber.Off topic from the thread, but cool, and late congrats on the C'shipl!! I've raced a few WERA & CCS in the last 15 years, nothing recent. Never ran a few season, just picked races here & there. What region did you race? Ever ridden JenningsGP?
Thank you, it took me 3 years to gather all the pieces for it (pre internet) and another two to metal finish everything and build it. This was an eBay pic right before I sold it 20 years later. Great running bike, gave me very little trouble over the yearsThat's a beautiful knucklehead. . . .
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Very cool!! Heard of all those tracks but haven't ridden any. Too far North. I've ridden Jennings (home track), Roebling Road, Lil Talladega, and Road Atlanta.I raced mostly eastern midwest. Grattan,Mi, Gingerman,Mi, Indianapolis Raceway park, IN, Putnam Park, IN, Nelson Ledges, OH. Lightweight Twins, and Clubman classes. Clubman was a really cool class, unlimited single cyl, up to 600CC twins. Modify what you want.I had a Honda F2 front end and a ZX6 swingarm on the EX500 so I could get good rubber.
Most interesting event was at Indianapolis Raceway Park. I finished second or third?? in a "Solo 20" race (20 laps with multiple class bikes) Roger Lee Hayden?? (one of the Hayden kids after Nicky) won it on a 125 GP bike. During the awards I was obviously "starstruck" until I met him. He was a Punk Ass 14 year old kid! lol Super fast kid, I never seen him on the track.
Funniest story (there are plenty!) was my first race, called the "squid race". I came in After the race and an older guy pitted next to me helping his son walked over to talk. Here is his quote....."So, are you a Motorcycle Mechanic?" I said no, a Machinist......"You will be" was his reply!
Never heard of the Jenning GP, where is it at? After WERA (North Central??) made me put on the "White plate" (expert) I realized I was out of my league. Way too aggressive for me. What Class do you race? I wanted to 600 SS but those guys were nuts!
Sorry so long, should have PM'd!
How did you like your Buell? I enjoyed mine, but it was VERY HARD to sell when it came time. The HD guys hated it because it looked like a "crotchrocket" and the sportbike guys hated it because it was a HD Engine! lol Wish I would have kept it.There have been a few! I’ll try to list them chronologically. Some I still have.
1969 Honda Z50 Mini Trail
1984 Kawasaki Gpz900R
1986 HD XL883
1998 Suzuki Bandit GSF1200S
1977 Suzuki GS550
1996 Ducati 900SS-CR
1986 Yamaha SRX250
1989 Honda CB-1
1996 Honda CBR900RR
1996 Buell S2 Thunderbolt
1998 Triumph Thunderbird Sport
1989 Yamaha TW200
1984 Suzuki FA50
2002 Moto Guzzi V11 California Stone
2011 Yamaha TTR230
1966 Honda CT90 Trail
2019 TrailMaster MB200 (minibike)
They’ve all been fun!
Ah yes, Buell -- the unlovable, bastard child ;-) Haha.How did you like your Buell? I enjoyed mine, but it was VERY HARD to sell when it came time. The HD guys hated it because it looked like a "crotchrocket" and the sportbike guys hated it because it was a HD Engine! lol Wish I would have kept it.
That's a seriously impressive amount of work, considering where you are & how difficult it is to find parts. Wow!never owned a modern bike, always loved bikes, my father would have never bought me and my brother any motorcycle.
always loved building things, i think i enjoy the time spent in the garage wrenching way more than actually riding the bikes
first bike is 1980 Yamaha rd400g got it on 2013 took 8 years to complete, finally finished it on 2021 this is my "daily" rider (only if its sunny outside) this bike was the one that started the whole restoration journey.... this rd's where police bikes back in the day.
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second bike 1972 Honda cb750k2 bought on the pandemic on 2020, in really bad state, they are extremely rare here in Colombia, made it functional, still restoring it and riding.
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third bike 1987 honda tr200 fatcat got it on 2021, completed it in 3 months and this is probably the one that gets ridden the most on my dad's farm, (here i started searching for either a TW or another FATCAT)
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on 2022 i got a basket case 1993 ducati 907ie this has been a pain in the butt to get parts for, i probably have 80% of the bike, right now sits in pieces, but have to finish it.
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and last but not least: this Saturday my 1990 TW200 got delivered, i only know of two others in the entire country since Yamaha never imported them to Colombia had been looking for one since 2021, its a mess but will make it rise form the ashes.
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this is the thread on the tw restoration i just started
1990 COLOMBIAN TW200 restoration projectI'm starting a new thread; the older thread was about getting the bike, https://www.tw200forum.com/threads/new-to-me-tw200-1990.73312/#post-1135364 I want this one to be about the entire process of this restoration, I have a lot of questions and hopefully this group’s experience can help me...www.tw200forum.com