December 08, 2014

Komiyama Daiki

I participated in endurance race in Tsukuba as the pit crew member
Thank you for support this year for one year.

Travis Newbold

I have done a fair share of desert races. I have also ridden many a gnarly duel sport rides. But I have never partaken in an organized duel sport ride until this years 31st running of the LA Barstow to Vegas. Two days, 500 miles and some 600 riders. It was dusty. I started the build of my XS650 specially for this event two months ago and I had my doubts about getting it to the finish. I bought the bike as an ugly old cafe race/ chopper with an extended swing arm, super low clubemans and a big end bearing knock despite the 2000$ worth of receipts of engine work. I paid 200$, replaced the crank with a spare lying around in my "rape room". I rigged on an '84 XR500 front end salvaged from "#project retard", An XR250 sub frame and of course the daunting mounting of a '91 YZ125 swinging arm and mono shock. Despite fettling the shims in the shock 3 times and creating the most stiff spring I could it is still under sprung and blows through the damping like a bullet through a brain. 
The chassis did very good however. As long as I didn't charge big whoops and g-outs. I was bewildered buy the amount of big money desert racing machismo wantabees with support rigs and satellite communication and navigation. I had a flask, a film canister of Colorado's finest and a roll chart. Learning how to use the roll chart was fun. So was passing KTMs one after another being piloted by over weight stock brokers wearing "adventure" jackets that cost twice as much as my bike. Things were going great on the first day until internal engine noise suddenly became very apparently external. I removed the clutch cover, entailing removing kicker, foot peg, and brake pedal to discover the clutch spring bolt had pulled its post clean off of the clutch hub. Removed the little fucker, little bit of JB weld, quick aluminum and some oil resistant medical tape on the case cover and back at it. Day two was going great as well until this time a clutch spring bolt backed out. Same fix, One mile later and one snapped off the post again. This time leaving a hole big enough in the case to see the bastard of a shitfuck clutch spring bolt. By this time the sweep riders (not much help they were) had passed me. I had also lost my wing man earlier when I had to take an emergency trail side shit. I spent a good two hours in a wash alone a long way from any roads wondering why I forgot my map and if the JB weld would get me out of there. It got me close when another one snapped off. Again; remove cover, remove aluminum chunks and patch cover back up. With three of the six clutch springs remaining Loc Dog thought it wise to take the interstate the remaining 80 miles into vegas.
Beer was drank, fun was had with Co-Built Geoff and the crazy Bixby scooter trash guys and I look forward to next year. The End.

November 29, 2014

October 27, 2014

Martin Hovin

It gets dark 7 pm in Norway these days.
These guys deliver 4200lm each.

Komiyama Daiki

I borrowed a couple of riders from my friend's Team GreenEagie and entered an endurance road race.

Even though we didn't have much time to practice and the bike we were riding wasn't really suited to the event, both our time result and ranking were better than we expected, so it was a pretty fun race.

This is the last road race I'll be participating in this year, but in November, I'll be going to an endurance race in Tsukuba as a member of the pit crew for Team GreenEagie.

Thanks for your support!

October 20, 2014

Martin Hovin

My 2015 Ktm 250 exc-f six days. 
I'm attending the 4 rounds in the FIM extreme-enduro cup in 2015.
England, Portugal, Sweden and Romania
Looking forward to it.

October 10, 2014

Team Winks

Hey FTWCo,
Thanks for posting the pics. Really glad you liked them.
Simone just got back from a couple of days at Phillip Island GP circuit. Unfortunately I was stuck in the office.
All went well, a few things we've tried have paid off. Others not so. Especially the quickshitter currently on the bike, it's going in the bin!

Thanks again for your support. Please find attached some hi-res photos purchased from SD Pics for you guys.

October 06, 2014

Nick Weimer

Been a busy, busy, year. Had my rotax apart about 12 times, and destroyed a triumph motor. With some last minute wrenching and late nights in the garage we luckily did not miss a race. When parts did not arrive soon enough I borrowed a two hot rod triumphs from Hugh Mackie of 6th street specials in nyc and rode them against modern 450s , did quite well and had a ton of fun. Made a lot of podiums this year and hope to get more as the season continues. The day after the Brooklyn invitational there will be a big vintage national flattrack at Oakland Valley speedway, you should stop by. Its about and hour and 20 from the city.
Thanks for everything this year,
 Nick Weimer 495

Gary Inman

The fourth round of the DTRA series was held on the Friday night of Sideburn's Dirt Quake event at King's Lynn.
I'm one of the organisers of Dirt Quake, and subsequently had so much to do that I didn't think much about the racing and, until I checked, had no idea where I finished in the finals. 
It was a great atmosphere. Dirt Quake attracts racers from all over the world. Riders we'd never seen before entered the DTRA just so they could be part of the Dirt Quake event. We had racers from France, Italy, Australia, USA and Switzerland just on the Friday night, with more nations added the next day - Netherlands and Belgium.
Guy Martin also raced on the Friday night on his 450 DTX bike. 
I made both mains and had a 7th and an 8th. Nothing special as I'd been on the podium (with an admittedly smaller entry) the race before. Still, it was a lot of fun.
Round five took the championship to the big track at Amman Valley, Wales. The only half-mile on the UK calendar. Due to work I'd missed the last two visits to the track. Before that it had been soaked and I hated it. 
This area of Wales is notoriously wet, and a scorching, sunburnt morning gave way to a wet, sludgy afternoon. In the dry I had a second in my heat race, but I hate racing on waterlogged tracks. I have no MX background and too much mechanical sympathy mixed with not quite enough balls-to-the-wall skill/bravery. After getting through a year's worth of tear-offs in three laps, I put up my visor and proceeded to race as fast as I could while my eyeballs got gritblasted. Fuck this!
My bike felt the same way and started misfiring. I made both finals, again, but pulled out of one. I race for fun and this wasn't. By the end of the day, my bike looks like it had spent an afternoon in the back of a cement mixer.
Next race, the last of the 2014 season, is coming up on September 21st. I'm praying for sun.
Thanks FTWCo. Keep doing what you do.
Gary Inman
Dirt Track Riders Association, UK


DTRA National Dirt Track Championships Round 6

Rye House Speedway provided an excellent venue for the last weekend of dirt track action of the 2014 calendar. A well-attended Saturday practice helped riders set up for a day of fantastic racing on Sunday across all classes. The morning meeting included the Rookies, Minibikes, Vintage and Youth classes with the Pro, Restricted and Thunderbikes racing in the afternoon.

The whole 2014 Pro Championship boiled down to the last final of the last round. It was set to be an epic race with twins Tim and Tom Neave joint first in the championship ahead of Aidan Collins (the defending number 1 plate holder) sitting in third position. Any one of those riders was in contention for the overall 2014 win. With team mate Oliver Brindley out with a broken hand it was left to Alan Birtwistle to try his best to represent the Kawasaki team and Peter Boast was also looking to move up the leader board for Suzuki. Also looking strong in the heats on the day were Darren Trapmore and Richard Mason.

It was Aiden Collins who got the hole shot with Birtwistle close behind followed by Tim Neave. Tom Neave got a bad start from the front row and was left with a lot of work to do. As Tom moved through the pack Alan Birtwistle and Tim Neave were putting increasing pressure on the leader Aidan Collins who was controlling the race well from the front.

With two laps to go the order at the front was still Collins, Birtwistle, then Tim and Tom Neave. 

With the yellow and black last lap flag in sight Collins and Birtwistle fought over the same spot of the track and managed to come to a complete stop in a three bike crash also involving Tom Neave. Catastrophically, Tom Neave was left with a bike he could not restart. Tim managed to avoid the incident and rode into the lead. Birtwistle held his second place and Richard Mason made a last lap move on Peter Boast for third place. Collins who managed an incredible remount managed an admirable fifth place. Unfortunately this was not quite enough for him to regain his number one plate.

The results-
Tim Neave
Alan Birtwistle
Richard Mason
Peter Boast
Aiden Collins
Darren Trapmore
David Homan
Mark Richardson
George Pickering
Derek Brindley
Vince Hurst
Tom Neave