Gosh great job ! Brings back memories.
I owned and raced all manner of RM's during '70's -80's as well.
did you bite it already lol ?
Bruised my ribs along my back, sneezing is too much fun, being allergy season is even better. My leg is black and blue from knee to anles and both my big toes are black and blue.
After 2 mad rush days of getting the 370 together and all the little adjustments and torques done I found that you couldn't get it to shift past 2nd gear...very disappointing. So I take the bike to the race to show it off anyway and the guys decide to do track side surgery on it but still a no go as impressive as that was...would only go into 1 after that:grin2: So I guess it's internal and I'll have to get the cases split and have a look inside.
My friend decides I should ride the race school but can't get his old YZ250 started so he lends me his 2011 KTM 250. Long story short, WAAAAYYYYY to much bike for a noob. The track was like a mini supercross course, big jumps(to me), tabletops and whoops. Very different from a vintage course which is a hare scramble, more road course with some smaller obstacles. Keep in mind I have never been into motocross, the last dirt bike I owned was probably 1980 and I didn't ride it much.
On the second leg of 10 we were practicing starts, I thought I did really well on the first few. Then in my excitement I accidentally started in first gear, gave it more throttle and less clutch...and immediately went skyward and looped it straight onto my back, landing on the starting gate. Thankfully I was smart enough to buy the best Leatt body armour I could find, I initially thought I broke my back, once I caught my breath and had some time to move about it seemed painful but OK to continue.
3 legs later we get to the whoops section, a 180 degree corner immediately followed by 4 seemingly huge whoops. I remember hitting some of these when I was younger and was a bit nervous about them. After a couple of miserable attempts I decide to do as the instructor said and gave the bike a healthy dose of throttle in 2nd leaned back and let the suspension do the work. All seemed well till the 3rd whoop when the impact and my body positioning caused me to pin the throttle and you guessed it, loop the bike, this time at a decent rate of speed. From my injuries I'm guessing that my toes, then knees and finally face (wear helmets kids) impacted the last whoop. This is where I ended my day. On a bright note the instructor said it looked pretty spectacular.
Welcome to motocross, next race in 21 days assuming my ribs let me go. Most of the swelling and bruising took till Monday night to really come out. I'm on some good anti inflammatories till then.
My wife got some good pics, I'll just post my favorite.