DON'T SAY WE DIDN'T WARN YOU
By THE STAFF
DON’T ASK AUG 2011
DON’T SAY WE DIDN’T WARN YOU
BY THE STAFF
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.
SUBJECT: KAWASAKI KDX FAN
My name is Ryan Koch. Im 17 years old and my dad and i really admire you from monkey butt, to the bagging on the garbage of a bike called a fourstroke, and Obama. I love that you are one of the few people that hate these new four strokes. They are crap. You see a two year old bike that is either blown up or has already had a top end done. I'm one of a few that rides a great bike. My dad has a kdx 200 and i have a kdx 220r, they are in my opinion the greatest bikes ever made. Tons of power and never need a thing. I will continue to read on your website and thought i might send you some enduro pics from southern cal. This is real riding, not riding some blacked out deegan, mulisha, skull bike, hitting ramps and wearing stupid ass looking gear with energy drink logos plastered on them. Seeing helmetless, thuggish punks on their rattling CRF'S closing our riding areas makes me sick. And keeping talking bad about Barry "LETME BE CLEAR"obama. Ryan.
The KDX bikes have always been favorites of mine. I have a 1990 200 and a 1997 220. When I lived in Baja for 15 years, I had another 1990 200 that I rode for almost a dozen years without any major problems. In fact, I always went up two teeth on the countershaft sprocket and the bike would pull the tall gearing without any problem whatsoever. I'm glad you guys have seen the light about the new four stroke hand grenades. It makes owning and riding a new bike horribly expensive. I'm glad you like the political stuff we put in our website. It's very important and I'm encouraged to see that a young person like yourself is interested in it.
SUBJECT: STILL RIDING AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
Dude you Rock after all these years!!!!! You are the original and the man. I so enjoyed reading D.B. all of those years – I still have the 1st edition June 1970 Shootout 250 CZ– 250 Maico – 250 Husky --- you made my dreams soar man – now I’m 54 - still riding - - 525 KTM (Penton!!)) Countless Husky’s Honda’s Yamaha’s KTM’s through the years Love it Man
Thanks Again!! I’d like to stay in touch!!!
Juneau, AK 99801
Thanks for the great e-mail Dave. Yep, I'm still riding and even racing the vintage events at age 71. So keep it up and hang on to that first edition of Dirt Bike. It's worth something like $300 right now and will only go up in value.
SUBJECT: CLEANING A CARB PROPERLY
Dear Mr.Hunky kind sir,
Or may I call you Super. I've heard that the best way to clean a carburetor is to boil it in water. What do you think?
By the big rock
I wouldn't boil the carb in water as a high temperature may hurt the rubber and plastic parts in the carburetor itself. I usually clean the carb with contact spray, or just soak it in carb cleaner for a few hours. When it's all done, I might even wash it out with warm soapy water and then rinse it.
Dearest Rick (and Mrs Rick)
I can't tell you how glad I am to be writing to you. I started buying Dirt Bike after I got out of the Navy in 1984 and soon became a big fan. You and the gang really had a lot of fun and it showed in what you wrote. In fact I believe I still have most of those magazines.
Anyway, I was thinking about you and decided to look you up on the net. Unfortunately, one of the first links stated that you had been diagnosed with prostate cancer for the second time and it was dated 2008!
After some more searching I found SuperHunky.com, so guess you're ok. Whew!
After seeing a few of your medical problems on another site, I couldn't help but wonder, "What about his back?" That's because I remember a column detailing your wreck at the LA Coliseum. I also remember how you became a big advocate of full face helmets afterwards, which made me go out and buy one. Now every time I see it, I think of that column.
In case you're interested, I've had a couple of dirtbikes since that time. I had a 1982 KTM 504 MXC (the west coast version) with a title so I registered it for the street. What a hoot! It's a long story, but I traded it in on a 1985 Vmax.
My other dirtbike was a 1975 Penton Jackpiner - the first year with the long travel suspension and also titled. I bought it in a used car lot, of all places. After it seized while a friend was riding it, I decided to rebuild it from the engine up. I didn't have any instructions so I organized everything so I could clean it and rebuild it. One day I came home and found that my step-father had put everything in a box for me. Great. At least I still have all the parts. A few years ago I went to the exhibit, "The Art of the Motorcycle" and saw a 76 Jackpiner, which brought back all kinds of memories and emotions.
But enough of me. I hope you and your back doing well. I'll be looking forward to reading more of your website with hopes of reading about your latest adventures.
Yes, I went through a rough period there for a few years. But after radiation treatment all the cancer seems to have gone away, so knock on wood. Still riding and have firmly embraced the vintage events. Yep, I recall breaking my back at the Super Bowl practice session in 1979. But the doctor at the hospital told me that strong spinal erector muscles kept me from getting paralyzed, so all those years of weightlifting sort of paid off. I raced seven months later and the back has given me no problems since that point. Thanks for your great e-mail.
SUPER SHAMELESS PLUG
They’re finally here. Brad Lackey printed up a bunch of Super HunkyT-shirts and they’re available now. Sizes are M – L – XL and XXL. If you don’t know what those letters mean, you’re too stupid to have one of these Collector’s Items. White shirts only (so far) and the cost is $20, including postage in the US. Contact Rick for any questions, or to just bench race.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPER HUNKY SWEAT SHIRTS
Sweat-shirts are available now. Sizes are XL and XXL only. If you don’t know what those letters mean, you’re too stupid to have one of these collector’s Items. Shirts are white, with two-colors, the logo in blue and the image in black. They’re heavy duty with a crew neck and the quality is high, as it should be, because Brad Lackey made them. Cost is $30, including postage in the US. Contact Rick at: email@example.com