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Don't Ask

DON'T ASK

By THE STAFF

 

 

 

DON’T ASK

 

GO AHEAD, BUT IF YOUR QUESTION IS STUPID, YOU’VE BEEN WARNED

 

BY RICK SIEMAN

 

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If you choose to email a question to this forum, then you must conduct yourself accordingly. Therefore, the following rules are in order:

1. Do not write your email to me IN CAPS. If you do so, I will print out your question and do terrible things to it.

2. Do not request a personal e-mail response. Since I get thousands of questions each month, trying to answer them all would cut deeply into my leisure time, which I value more than your current state of confusion.

3. Try to spell at least in a semi-correct fashion. If you choose to mangle the English language, expect no mercy from this quarter. You might be mocked severely.

4. Do not ask for me to send you copies of my many manuals and literature. I am not in the library business, nor do I want to spend the bulk of my day at the copy machine just because you're too lazy to ask your dealer,  or look around a bit.

5. Don't bother me with truly stupid questions, like how to get 50 more horsepower for a buck and a half

6. Now that you know the rules, think carefully and have at it!

Oh yes … I’ll leave your e-mail unedited, for what it’s worth.
                                              
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SUBJECT: LETTERS TO SEND TO MAGAZINES AND AN ARTICLE FOR YOUR BLOG? 

Hey, I have been sending this letter out, and I think you guys making articles about the fact that the amateurs aren't shown a true mx test every year, would help. What do you think?

Thanks Chad Harris

The ***** magazine has seemed to open their eyes and buck the trend of 4 strokes rule the world. But we also know much of the funds come from OEM's, so that is understood in this letter, so we assume it will be hard for you to actually pull this off.

 Anyways, we all know that amateur riders are who your magazine sells too.  You write about the pro's, but don't sell magazines to them.  The amateur public are who buys motorcycles,  we also know that most pro's are told what to ride or are given bikes etc.  So the question I have, is since you are focused on the general public and the general public are who the tests are for.  

Can you please start doing a complete 250 shootout?  Not the one off yz vs yzf or the ktm 2 vs 4.  The general public need to know the best 250 out there. We need a yearly test of TM, KTM, YZ, Husky, CRF, YZ250F, KX250F, KTM 250SX-F,  and the RMZ all rolled in one test.  On the "open" bike platform, maybe include off brand big bikes, KTM 300XC's and AF models as well.

We are talking about what the public can buy and what they can race. Just because the Pro's race something, doesn't mean the tests should revolve around that.  This is for the general publics knowledge, so we should
help them. They need to know what bike is the best that is in the class that they can go out buy and race. It seems backwards that the amateurs race one set of rules but you test on a whole different set.

That will be the biggest way to open peoples minds and wallets.  When they read a 250 test and it only has 4 strokes, that is what they assume they want.  Give them the full line of what is out there and what they can ride and compete on in AMA.
Thanks for your time

 

Your open letter to the various magazines will probably go unanswered.  Still, it couldn't hurt. Let's sit back, wait a while, and see what happens.

 

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SUBJECT:  OFF ROAD TRAIL / PLAY BIKE 

Hey Rick

I live in West Central Utah. I am trying to find out some info about the 1993 DR-350 Suzukis as a Play/trail bike ? How does it stack up against the Honda Xr-400 ?  I have been a dirt biker also for 37 years. I currently own a One-owner 1985  Honda Cr-250 ? I have thought about adding a heavy fly wheel/mag cover to help it's low-end, but can't find a source for that year CR-250.  Any info/ help will be greatly appreciated.

George Carter

 

The DR 350 Suzuki is a much better street bike than a dirt bike. The Honda SR 400 is actually a super dirt bike with one minor flaw: that is, when the clutch is abused it goes anyway. If you take the time to put Barnett plates in it, you'll have what I consider a really fine desert bike.

 

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SUBJECT: DIY M/C WORKTABLE

 

Hey Matt,

Over at Offroad.com there's an article by Rick on building a m/c work table:
http://www.off-road.com/dirtbike/feature/do-it-yourself-workbench-tech-build-your-own-bike-work-stand-12189.html

I know I've seen this before somewhere, and there was a schematic with
it. The article needs the schematic but it isn't on the offroad.com
site. Do you know if you guys have that on the SuperHunky site?
Terry Frazier

 

 

Here you go.  The bench really works well.

 

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SUBJECT:  THOUGHTS FROM THE PAST

Dear Mr. Super hunky

I ran across this website and have a few comments.

1.       I was an avid Dirt Bike reader in elementary school and dreamed of owning the 1984 CR80s shown in your full page ads.  This, of course, made me a hated mini bike rider (although you’ll be glad to know I could only afford a JT-1 from Chico).

2.       Modern magazine writers suck.  I miss your articles and the old writing styles.

3.       I have always hated PE175s.

4.       I would like to add a powerband to my current SL70.  Can I add two and make it twice as fast?

Marcus

 

The fact that you read Dirt Bike magazine in those early days could be a sign of brain damage. Go immediately and seek medical help. I tend to agree with you on the modern magazines, as most of them really suck badly. I don't think the old days of our brutal honesty would fly today, which is why you have the emergence of the Internet sites. Why oh why do you hate PE 175s? They were a great little enduro bike and even better in many respects than the IT 175. Regarding the SL 70; it's a wretched little minibike and I don't even think it has a power band to speak of.

 

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SUBJECT:  OSSA???

 

Hi there,

I have an old OSSA with a matching engine and frame number but CANNOT find it in ANY of the reference lists on the net. Have contacted a few of these guys and have got nowhere.

Can you help????? 

The Ossa I have LOOKS like a MAR but has a GREEN frame, WHITE fuel tank and Plastics????

The Engine AND Frame numbers are the same ------ B700 111?????

I have been told it may be an early prototype TR 77?? 250cc or 350cc????

Hope you can Help.

Stephen, Greenock, Scotland.

 

We turned to the OSSA specialist of all time, Keith Lynas, and got his thoughts on this unique bike. Here they are:

 

Hi Rick,

  Funny......I have the largest Ossa presence worldwide and no one has yet asked me about this one!!!

 It is a production (not a prototype...the VIN sequence would be very different) 1977 1/2 - 1978 1/2 350cc TR77....also known as a "special green" or "Verde" in Spain, these were sold in the UK, Australia, Spain, and France.....a couple went to Greece too.......none were officially imported to US or Canada (a few gray market units did ultimately come here), approximately 1600 were produced over 2 1/2 years.

 

 As sold it would have had a black frame, and green bodywork and white fenders/mudguards, through the production runs some changes could have occurred but basically it would be like the picture below......I think the one in question has had some paint changes over the 30 + years.

 

Hope this helps clear up some confusion!

Keith

 www.ossaplanet.com

 

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SUBJECT:  MESSAGE FROM SOMEWHERE UP IN IDAHO 

 

Mr. Hunky —

 

Visited your site and, waxing a bit nostalgic this evening, thought I'd write.  Hope this message finds you and yours well, in good spirits and as prosperous as the current economic situation allows you to be.

 

Just wanted to say you were a considerable influence in my largely misguided earlier years.  Like many, I had a fairly pronounced motorcycle Jones in those days, was an avid reader of Dirt Bike and even wrote an article or two for ya'll.  In fact, I've been scrounging around on eBay trying to find the issue (April, '78, '79 or '81 ? ? ?) with a "road test" of the Ferret 450 I wrote.  Naturally, I wasn't together enough to keep a copy over the years.  Know ye a resource for back issues?  As you may (or may not) recall, I'd actually submitted a whole parody issue with Letters, an Editor's column, Tech column, etc.  The "Road Test" was the only part that actually made it onto the hallowed pages and I believe this occured right at one of your tenure junctures.  Anyway, any insight into how I might be able to come across this issue would be most appreciated.

 

I remember when you came to Idaho to cover and race one of Ray Hale's desert events.  That was a big deal for us up here in the sticks!  I haven't talked to Ray in years but understand he still lives in Mountain Home and is doing okay.  The bike scene has changed a lot up here and I'm not always sure for the better.  I don't have a scooter at present, having become more of an outdoor bozo over the last 20 years or so.  Now I mostly follow a pointer up and down big hills so I can shoot behind chukars.  After being continually outsmarted by birds with hazelnut-sized brains, it's probably about time to get back into bikes.

 

I'll leave you with a couple-three attached photos from the old days.  Mostly had Bultacos back then.  The larger image represents one redneck's high water mark.  I wish you all the best and may traction be plentiful wherever you ride.

 

A longtime fan,

Marty Gregory

Boise, Idaho

 

I remember the Mountain Home 100 race that was put on way back then, and it was a truly great event. Thanks for sharing the memories with us.

 

 

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SHAMELESS PLUG:

DIRT BIKE MAGAZINE CD SET

Get the first four years of DIRT BIKE Magazine on discs. Those early copies are getting hard to find and the ones in the first year (1971) are going for big bucks. Here’s what you get:

*   Every issue from June of 1971 through all of 1974. That June ’71 issue was the very first issue. I worked on all of these magazines until that last issue in 1974. You’ll see a big difference in content in that last issue and the ones that preceded it.

*  Every issue has every page included. All the color pages are reproduced in color. You can print out every page if you want to, since the issues were produced in Picasa 3 format.

*  Or you can put it in your computer (or CD/DVD player) and simply enjoy a slideshow of each and every year. There are seven discs included in the package. Each disc contains one-half of a year (six issues) in order. This comes to about 4400 pages total.

Here’s how to work the discs: Pop a disc in your computer and open it. An icon saying PICTURES will appear. Left click it.

Another icon will appear naming the disc (ex: DIRT BIKE 2nd HALF 1974). Left click it. This will bring up a bunch of dates/icons. Left click on the first one.

This will open up Picasa 3 and the first page of the magazine. Go to the bottom of the photo with your cursor and this will reveal the tool bar for Picasa 3. It’s self explanatory. You can make the page bigger or smaller, rotate the page, edit the page in Picasa, advance to the next page, make a slideshow out of the magazine by clicking the arrow in the middle, or simply print the page out by going to the down arrow (far right), click it and follow the directions.

The seven disc set costs $70 plus $5 for priority mail.  So get your very own piece of history.  www.superhunky.com   go the STORE for  details.