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    Yes I'd imagine they're still doing the Lap of Legends, you'd have to look at the program guide scheduled to see, but they seem to do that every year, and I do think you have to donate $10 to the AMA museum fund or something... I managed to do it for free a few years ago due to some connections I had. I got to do Barber also due to the same connections.

    & I'm FINALLY getting my GS400 frame titled so I can finally start building my road race bike without stripping down a perfectly good stock GS425!
    I think I'll probably be getting my Rickman CR900 frame titled also, possibly road racer number two, with an 1100cc GS1000 engine!

    If you think that road course is awesome, you should definitely go to Barber vintage Motorsports complex, that course is designed around motorcycles and probably the best in the usa. And the museum is filled with amazing bikes, with about 5x as much bike inventory in the warehouse is not on display, awaiting restoration or in rotation... Mr Barber has probably the best motorcycle collection in the world...

    '77 GS750
    920cc, 4-1, GS1100E swinger, 18"rims, Fox Factory Shox, twinpot dual disc, VM29's, Yoshi cams
    '99 Kawasaki KDX220 rugged terrain ripper
    '74 Rickman VR250MX
    PROJECTS:
    '77 Suzuki PE250 Pure Enduro trail beast, ported, Wiseco, TüBliss, Fox Factory Shox/RaceTech
    '76 Rickman CR GS1000-1120cc roadracer, Yoshi cams&4-1, RF900R fork, Works ProRacers
    '79 GS425 489cc, GR650 cams, GS650 fork, twinpot discs, DID rims, GS1100E swinger, Fox Factory Shox
    '77 GS550 650-740cc susp/brake mods

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    I gotta love my wife. Been married for coming up on 31 yrs. Told her about the vintage days. Conversation went something like this: Thinking about going to this up at Mid-Ohio. "What is it, going to be a lot of people there?" Vintage motorcycles, racing, swap meet, etc. Yeah, thousands of people. "You hate crowds?" Yeah, but I would be able to ride a lap around the track! "Oh nice, by yourself?" No, a parade lap. "So wait, your going to go up there, with all those people, pay extra to ride a parade lap? But you like to ride fast in the corners right?" Yeah, I do. "I don't get it. You hate crowds and riding slow in corners. Why don't you just go to your usual roads and ride fast?"
    Ha ha. She gets me.......
    1983 GS750 E - gone forever
    Yamaha FJ-09 - My retirement Bike (For when I retire)
    1996 Honda XR-600R - a Man's bike
    2007 Suzuki DR 200SE - Oh Yeah
    2005 Yamaha TR125 - Little Man's bike

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    I'll be there Saturday morning. I'm thinking about taking the truck so I can possibly drag something home... Chuck, I know how to find you. Ratatouille, I'll send you a private message with my phone number. Maybe we can meet up. 👍
    My Motorcycles:
    21 Triumph Tiger 900 GT (coming to a town near you)
    16 Yamaha FJR1300 (Probably been to a town near you)
    82 1100e Drag Bike (needs race engine)
    81 1100e Street Bike (with race engine)
    79 1000e (all original)
    82 850g (all original)
    82 750e (parts Bike)
    80 KZ650f (needs restored)

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    We'll be in the same row by the trees, buncha friends & friends of friends taking over half of rippers row there by the trees @ edge of barrel races. 20 of us Friday night 30+ for Saturday night, huge party!!!
    My old '62 GMC needs a lot of love right now so I'm pulling the trailer with a silver VW Jetta TDI wagon.
    Kawasaki KDX220R probably with purple tank and graphics, although I might put the black tank and green or white shrouds back on so I don't destroy the sought after purple stuff.
    Red '74 Rickman 250cc for sale, I've got to put some finishing touches on that, output shaft seal on gearbox is leaking significantly! Shift drum detent spring needs shimmed. Hopefully my 1" fork spring preload spacers were good and not too much for off-road, too soft without.
    Black bodywork '07 KTM 200 XC-W also (wifes, she's riding her Triumph Bonneville up Fri night/Sat AM)
    No GS sadly, no Lap of Legends... Probably a good thing as a little bit of liquor and a bald tire Saturday night a few years ago (2018 or '19 AMA VMD?) caused me to overheat a stock GS750 8v engine severely (Delkevic header was cherry red smokin' hot!!! Oops!) and fry the GS's valve stem seals & piston rings at the corner party burnout contest! I still rode it cross country after that but it was using a bit of oil...
    Put the best picks of my 850 pistons, used rings, and freshly honed and resurfaced cylinder on it, lapped valves + new stem seals, and it was the best compression I've had on any stock piston engine to date, 850/1000 cams for the first time on my machines, definitely lost some 7,000-11,000 RPM acceleration but the mid-range torque is very much pleasing!
    Still have a ported head Yoshimura cams and 920cc cylinders/pistons for an ultimate GS750 build...but this 850 top end is quite pleasing!
    I'll build another spare engine with that stuff later & swap this one to a bare titled frame I have & build a budget "Chuck's parts bin" hot rod build & flip to a friend most likely.
    Last edited by Chuck78; 07-21-2021 at 10:56 AM.

    '77 GS750
    920cc, 4-1, GS1100E swinger, 18"rims, Fox Factory Shox, twinpot dual disc, VM29's, Yoshi cams
    '99 Kawasaki KDX220 rugged terrain ripper
    '74 Rickman VR250MX
    PROJECTS:
    '77 Suzuki PE250 Pure Enduro trail beast, ported, Wiseco, TüBliss, Fox Factory Shox/RaceTech
    '76 Rickman CR GS1000-1120cc roadracer, Yoshi cams&4-1, RF900R fork, Works ProRacers
    '79 GS425 489cc, GR650 cams, GS650 fork, twinpot discs, DID rims, GS1100E swinger, Fox Factory Shox
    '77 GS550 650-740cc susp/brake mods

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    I came up early. I figured what's the difference of coming up tonight or tomorrow morning. Plus I'd have a better chance of getting a good spot. I'm camped/parked in the party section of the grounds. However the fellows next to me said that they might get a little loud.. Ha, I've been to popcorn parties louder than them... I did check out the "unsanctioned " Barrel Races. Also the Burnout Contest. Some folks where just melting down their engines... And what a cool moon tonight! One more beer and I'm done. I'm going to sleep under the stars in the bed of my truck... good night 😊
    My Motorcycles:
    21 Triumph Tiger 900 GT (coming to a town near you)
    16 Yamaha FJR1300 (Probably been to a town near you)
    82 1100e Drag Bike (needs race engine)
    81 1100e Street Bike (with race engine)
    79 1000e (all original)
    82 850g (all original)
    82 750e (parts Bike)
    80 KZ650f (needs restored)

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    Sounds awesome. Didn't work out for me getting there this year I guess. The last time I was there we met some folks that had acoustic guitars and they asked us to play something. We did a short set of megadeth. Actually drew a bit of a crowd. That place is one big party. The racing is great too. I'd never seen side car racing before. Blew my mind. Have fun guys.
    1986 yamaha fazer 700 - sold, finally
    2002 bmw r1150gs 1978 gs1000E skunk les pew 1979 gs1000L dragbike
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=I...ature=youtu.be
    82 gs1100L probably the next project
    1980 gs1000G the ugly 1978 gs750E need any parts?
    1978 gs1000E skunk #2 RLAP

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    This sounds like what Brainerd International Raceway was before the fun police got big headed. Sounds like an absolute riot. I'll be retiring in June of 2022. This and Barber sound extremely fun.
    Current Rides: 82 GS1100E, 00 Triumph 955 Speed Triple, 03 Kawasaki ZRX1200, 01 Honda GL1800, '15 Kawasaki 1000 Versys
    Past Rides: 72 Honda SL-125, Kawasaki KE-175, 77 GS750 with total yosh stage 1 kit, 79 GS1000s, 80 GS1000S, 82 GS750e,82 GS1000S, 84 VF500f, 86 FZR600, 95 Triumph Sprint 900,96 Triumph Sprint, 97 Triumph Sprint, 01 Kawasaki ZRX1200, 07 Triumph Tiger 1050, 01 Yam YFZ250F
    Work in progress: 78 GS1000, unknown year GS1100ES

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    Storm!!!
    Sorry I missed you, some of my friends said you came by the campsite looking for me...
    Good story, you slept in the bed of your truck? Thursday night to do was very heavy, everything we had out was soaking wet! Not so bad Friday night and Saturday night though...
    I spent a good bit of time at the corner party AKA burnout pit you're out... Lost my voice partially both Friday night and Saturday night due to that perpetual party, and we had some hardcore punk rock bands playing at our campsite spaces, which also got very rowdy!
    Unfortunately I broke my new to me "rebuilt" KDX220R (internal kickstart/clutch area problem). Never trust someone else's rebuild work, I guess! I should have known better based on the guy's terrible wire crimping job installing a tusk dual sport kit to make this crazy 2 stroke street legal...
    Then he told me a KTM shop rebuilt the engine?
    They sure didn't torque the head gasket tight enough! I think they might have lied about putting a Wiseco piston in it also...

    Thanks to some liquid courage saturday, I finally was really getting the hang of ripping around on that '74 Rickman motocrosser, trying to lean it like an ice racer and grabbing a whole handful of throttle doing probably 100 laps on the dirt flat track for the unsanctioned unscored barrel races! Miraculously I only laid it down once, I was worried about the IRC mud knobby up front that I just installed, on hard pack dry clay and ruts, but it did awesome...
    Wow that bike was super fun, a tall modern Enduro bike is relatively scary to slide through corners like that due to the height and wheelbase and fear of high siding! That Rickman frame is really awesome and compact and are great to slide. I was trying to sell it but I might keep it as my vintage days barrel race bike! The most interested buyers I had were Saturday night, and I might have blown that by letting them witness me clamping a bicycle headlight on to go out and blaze around the barrels with dozens of other lunatics! Burning rubber spitting rocks and dirt out of the corners and power sliding into/through the corners on a pristine and rare vintage bike with a "For Sale" sign on it is a bit of a paradox... LoL ��

    '77 GS750
    920cc, 4-1, GS1100E swinger, 18"rims, Fox Factory Shox, twinpot dual disc, VM29's, Yoshi cams
    '99 Kawasaki KDX220 rugged terrain ripper
    '74 Rickman VR250MX
    PROJECTS:
    '77 Suzuki PE250 Pure Enduro trail beast, ported, Wiseco, TüBliss, Fox Factory Shox/RaceTech
    '76 Rickman CR GS1000-1120cc roadracer, Yoshi cams&4-1, RF900R fork, Works ProRacers
    '79 GS425 489cc, GR650 cams, GS650 fork, twinpot discs, DID rims, GS1100E swinger, Fox Factory Shox
    '77 GS550 650-740cc susp/brake mods

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    FYI Norm, with the attendance the event has drawn the past several times, breaking attendance records every single year, "early" means you are there waiting in line at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in order to get in when they open the gate at 5:00PM...
    Or getting in 9:00AM Thursday with a season pass or racing registration or a vendor pass (swap meet spots reserved).
    I was there 9:00AM Thursday to stake out a couple more sites (my brother buys all of our family season passes to the track). My buddies got there Wednesday to volunteer and had a couple sites reserved already.

    '77 GS750
    920cc, 4-1, GS1100E swinger, 18"rims, Fox Factory Shox, twinpot dual disc, VM29's, Yoshi cams
    '99 Kawasaki KDX220 rugged terrain ripper
    '74 Rickman VR250MX
    PROJECTS:
    '77 Suzuki PE250 Pure Enduro trail beast, ported, Wiseco, TüBliss, Fox Factory Shox/RaceTech
    '76 Rickman CR GS1000-1120cc roadracer, Yoshi cams&4-1, RF900R fork, Works ProRacers
    '79 GS425 489cc, GR650 cams, GS650 fork, twinpot discs, DID rims, GS1100E swinger, Fox Factory Shox
    '77 GS550 650-740cc susp/brake mods

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