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NJMP AHRMA motorcycle festival

I rode the z1 there. I guess this is the 5th year? I didn’t know what to expect. I heard there was a swap meet. I heard there was racing. I also heard there was maybe camping? To clear things up: there is basically no swap meet. Nesco has a better swap meet. there is […]

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KZs of mid ohio

Prices were all over the place. Total junk barely rolling with half the engine missing, selling for $2000. Nuts. Then there is the super clean 2nd year with the bassani exhaust, the dude said he sold for $3500, but I think he lied to me, he was a dick. Then the dude I bought a […]

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Sweet resto-mod bro

I forget who it was… but someone we know had a funny story. Someone came up to them and was like… sweet resto-mod bro. I think it was Brad. He replied; “uh, my bike is a stock junky cb550″.  Ha. Such a stupid phrase, resto mod. Anyway. Got the z1 back together. No more fuked […]

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Z1 drool

The 73-75 z1 has the coolest color schemes. Droooooolllll… My z1 is a 74, but for some reason the dude I got it from had tank and tail from 75 on it. I’m gonna get my shit repainted back to 74 colors.  So, either: green with yellow stripes or maroon-brown with orange stripes. I can’t […]

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Heli-coil heaven

As seen in previous post, the z1 blew out 4 (non-heli’d) cam cap bolt holes randomly, out of no where after a year of being totally fine. So, I heli-coiled the z1 cam caps fucked threads last night. Went well. Engine is fixed. Really glad I didn’t have to take head off and take to […]

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Z1 cam caps

Jesus fucking Christ. Just when I think the z1 is solid and done, something else breaks. The first gen KZ motor has a weak spot. The caps which hold the camshafts down and in place, have shitty bolt holes. They’re m6 threaded holes in the soft aluminum head. The sequence for removing the cams and […]

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June Thursday

Good weather. Good Ride.

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Catskills weekend

Tom N put together a small weekend trip in the catskill mountains of NY. Camped fri and sat. Started out Friday at Dimmick Inn in Milford PA. Cool 2nd floor drinking area. I drank too much whiskey Friday night and it ruined the first half of my Saturday ugh. We saw some cool cars at […]

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Motorcycle insurance

I don’t think this is a topic anyone has ever talked about on this site. Everything below is super self-explanatory, so, scan as necessary… I always go for the cheapest auto insurance. I have Progressive mc insurance. The maximum number of motorcycles you can have per policy is 4. For the bare minimum coverage of […]

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KZ drool again

Back story: I’ve always liked fast cars. Shit, I worked 2 jobs all summer when I was 18 so I could afford to put an Acura integra motor into a Honda crx. I was a janitor during the day, ha, and worked at a gas station at night. Crx was fast as shit and I […]

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Kawasaki and Eddie Lawson

We know… Kawasaki’s are the fast bikes of the 70s / 80s. Eddie Lawson was the factory Kaw racer of the very early 80s. – Kaw big 4-cyls started out with the z1 (73-75) – z1 became a kz900 (76-77) – kz900 became a kz1000 (77-83?) In early 80s, kawasaki took the J motor kz1000 […]

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Buzby farm MX track

Our good friend Greg Buzby grew up in south NJ on a farm. As a kid him and his older brother had dirt bikes. They made a MX track and enduro trails through the woods on their farm. Growing up on a farm must have been wild. So much open land to rip around on. […]

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Bald eagle dirt bikes again?

Who wants to go to bald eagle state park and ride dirt bike again? Nov 12th or 19th weekend? Which is better? Comment and let me know if you’re into it? Last year was pretty awesome. http://www.chinonthetank.com//11/dirt-bike-weekend-bald-eagle-state-forest/

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Nesco vintage MX track

It’s coming up in 4 weeks.  If you remember a post I made last year, this nesco event was pretty awesome. You get to ride your dirt bike on the race track and it was pretty loose with pretty much no rules. http://www.chinonthetank.com/2015/10/nesco-vintage-dirt-bike-track/ I’m definitely going again this year. A month from now. Who’s coming […]

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Cb450 performance camshaft

Performance camshafts can add different characteristics of power to your engine. Cams with high lift can add mid range punch, while cams with longer duration can add high rpm top end power. Cams with both can really add power but you need to make sure the head can flow properly. It really depends on what […]

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cb650 keihin crs29 carbs

If you have a cb650 (or any jap 4cyl) and you’re looking to splurge close to an extra $1000… This post is for you. 79-80 cb650 actually have pretty good stock-oem carbs IMO: 29mm bore, mechanical slide and accelerator pump. However, if yours are getting shitty and want a nice upgrade, brand new keihin crs29 […]

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Mar Automotive

There are certain things you can do yourself and there are certain things you should leave to the experts with the real tools. I’ve lapped valves before. It’s cool to play around with doing that for fun, but really… let the experts make sure your head is legit. Mar automotive is an engine machine shop […]

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Honda CR500 – 2 stroke

In case you don’t know… These things were pretty fast. Saw this shit on IG and was dying.  I’ll bet that power band hits like a Mac truck.