about time that the rules committee made the class safe and legal. i'm still waiting for them to stop kissing cosmos ass and let in other 80cc bikes that haven't been sold by cosmo exclusively! how about a uscra 80gp rather than the cosmo cup!
i know i am a left leaning pinko but "can't we just get along?" (rodney king). there are actual people behind these commities and above mentioned business who many of us like. i don't think anyone in the club let alone "50cc" racers would have minded someone taking say an rs125 and sleaving it down to an 80 to make it eligable. though i hope the class won't have the "gp" suffix unless all the other period 1 requirements are met. i doubt that lack of saftey wire on ruhoos was part of a "vast right wing conspiracy"(hillary). more likely a grandfathered oversite to allow a lot of people to run in a really fun class. more safety is good but it would take a really bad rider to make the class anything less than safe. the ruhoos have diluted the "50" class to the point where even bove could win the classic 50 championship last year (a true "gp" class). can you believe that? but he's a good guy so it's o.k. maybe JB has been making a killer 80 this year with safety wire and everything to kick ass this year against the ruhoo freight train. let's be nice...i love you all.
Mary's Supervintage 50 will be running a full season next year with the new frame. She won her first time out on it the end of last year. She doesn't beat any of the hot kitted 75-80cc bikes...but in the open field there are usually on about three bikes ahead of her at the finish out of all four classes. All of which are typically "Cosmo" class bikes. Hiroshi has been giving her some trouble on his "modern" class 50R. No real plans to hop it up anymore at present...although she is only running 72cc...and the class allows about 81cc for four strokes....which would be good for another pony. Hiroshi and George's 50R's are 75cc versions...quite fast with four valves and all.
Can't believe more people haven't built Honda 72cc based supervintage bikes....with a total $1500 investment any rider 160lbs or less could be running with the fast guys. Also...why no one has built an XR75 based machine I don't know...with their better engine and a five speed they should go real good. I have a frame and engine here I'll put together someday. We do have a five speed in the works for Mary's bike but not sure if we'll get to it this year. It would be a big help on that little engine.
As for Cosmo...don't know Joe at all other than seeing him at the track. I like his door prizes and he's a good sponsor of the club...and we need those.
Dude, I started to build a XR75 racer, but it's over my head. I don't have the fabrication skills to make a complete racebike like that. Just getting that XR75 engine I had into a XL70 frame was beyond my skills.
It would've been cool, though. I had a front end from a RD200 that would've been perfect for it.
I remember when you had the XR parts for sale. Technically a person could shove in some XR80 parts and be legal, with the right massaging a person could have a pretty quick little bike. With the five speed and probably 10-11 hp on tap, a 130 lb bike and light rider could do some impressive times with a bike like that...probably run with a lot of the 200 gp guys.