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Ice Racing on Lake George next weekend, info at;

http://www.electriccityriders.com

Should be pretty cool.

Also, indoor Dirt Shorttrack racing at MototownUSA the following weekend, info at;

http://www.sidewayspromo.com

Should be pretty hot.

In the mean time, we do have ice up here in northern VT if anybody wants to come up. We haven't coordinated any informal racing this season, but if there's interest in getting a bunch of XR100s together, we've got plenty of places to do it, even private ponds...
How about it Yo.


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I live on a lake and have run ice bikes on it in the past, but trying to get other locals interested in setting up an ice bike and running with me has proved fruitless, and I'm not interested in hauling mine all over the place, thus I sold it....


BUT!!! I have been able to interest EVERYBODY in ICE LAWN TRACTOR RACING!! Old lawn tractors can be had dirt cheap, I paid $200 for a good running 10hp Cub Cadet. The hp limit will be 10 hp and they must stay stock except for open exhausts and you can unhook the governor and wind it to infinity and beyond. Rear pulley/belt can and will be changed to attain 25 to 30mph and hardware machine screws will be used in the tires, no Kold-Kutters (we want to keep this cheap). A road course will be plowed/marked and the racing will be done in an informal and friendly manner (yeah, right). The only safety feature that will be required will be some kind of shut-off on the tractor if you fall off (most tractors already have a switch under the seat)so we don't run over some ice fisherman. No monies will be paid or collected so we don't have liability issues. Racing starts next year after the first big freeze which will give everybody plenty of time to get ready. This could be fun.

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I live on a lake and have run ice bikes on it in the past, but trying to get other locals interested in setting up an ice bike and running with me has proved fruitless, and I'm not interested in hauling mine all over the place, thus I sold it....


BUT!!! I have been able to interest EVERYBODY in ICE LAWN TRACTOR RACING!! Old lawn tractors can be had dirt cheap, I paid $200 for a good running 10hp Cub Cadet. The hp limit will be 10 hp and they must stay stock except for open exhausts and you can unhook the governor and wind it to infinity and beyond. Rear pulley/belt can and will be changed to attain 25 to 30mph and hardware machine screws will be used in the tires, no Kold-Kutters (we want to keep this cheap). A road course will be plowed/marked and the racing will be done in an informal and friendly manner (yeah, right). The only safety feature that will be required will be some kind of shut-off on the tractor if you fall off (most tractors already have a switch under the seat)so we don't run over some ice fisherman. No monies will be paid or collected so we don't have liability issues. Racing starts next year after the first big freeze which will give everybody plenty of time to get ready. This could be fun.

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Dougy,
What model Cub did you get?
I've got two of them, a 67 123 (12hp, hydro) and a 76 1450 (14hp, hydro).
Got the 123 from Frank C. Both do regular lawn duty and the 1450 has a plow blade and a 42" snow thrower. I've had to spend a few dollars getting them straightened out but they are like little pieces of heavy equipment, tremendous quality, very heavy duty.

Plus, they have an absolutely fanatical following on the internet. Any part you need, any information you need is out there. Let me know if you need anything. Also there are a ton of guys doing "pulling" and plowing competition with them.

I hear the hot setups for circle racing are various cheapo, front engine, belt drive models. Light weight and like you say, can be geared way up.
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Dougy,
What model Cub did you get?
I've got two of them, a 67 123 (12hp, hydro) and a 76 1450 (14hp, hydro).
Got the 123 from Frank C. Both do regular lawn duty and the 1450 has a plow blade and a 42" snow thrower. I've had to spend a few dollars getting them straightened out but they are like little pieces of heavy equipment, tremendous quality, very heavy duty.

Plus, they have an absolutely fanatical following on the internet. Any part you need, any information you need is out there. Let me know if you need anything. Also there are a ton of guys doing "pulling" and plowing competition with them.

I hear the hot setups for circle racing are various cheapo, front engine, belt drive models. Light weight and like you say, can be geared way up.
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I had to sell my 14hp Kohler powered Ford plow tractor, so my wife would let me bring home another bike. Had a 2 ft smoke stack with a "flapper" on top. Painted about 5 different colors. This thread is bringing tears to my eyes. Ah, the memories. I am truly the biggest white trash piece-o-shit in my entire town.
 

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I had to sell my 14hp Kohler powered Ford plow tractor, so my wife would let me bring home another bike. Had a 2 ft smoke stack with a "flapper" on top. Painted about 5 different colors. This thread is bringing tears to my eyes. Ah, the memories. I am truly the biggest white trash piece-o-shit in my entire town.
 

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I think it's the 1015. It has a 5 speed and is belt drive to the rear wheels so I can gear it up. I talked to a kid who was fooling with his 10 horse, and he said he'd geared it too high initially and his Dad clocked him in the high 40's with his pickup, if you can imagine going that fast on some piece of shit lawn tractor.

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I think it's the 1015. It has a 5 speed and is belt drive to the rear wheels so I can gear it up. I talked to a kid who was fooling with his 10 horse, and he said he'd geared it too high initially and his Dad clocked him in the high 40's with his pickup, if you can imagine going that fast on some piece of shit lawn tractor.

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Ok, that's one of the "new" models. Should be good for racing.

I'm into the old stuff...giant cast iron differentials the size of my truck rear end. Industrial hydraulic pumps etc. Freakin things weigh about 1000 lbs. The equivilant tractor new these days will cost about $8,000.

MTD makes all the new model Cubs, the old ones were made by International Harvester. Still, the new cubs are usually a notch or two in quality above the generic tractors. They are usually sold as upscale lawn equipment.

Hydros like mine are no good for racing. Good for mini-tractor pulls but they don't go very fast.
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Ok, that's one of the "new" models. Should be good for racing.

I'm into the old stuff...giant cast iron differentials the size of my truck rear end. Industrial hydraulic pumps etc. Freakin things weigh about 1000 lbs. The equivilant tractor new these days will cost about $8,000.

MTD makes all the new model Cubs, the old ones were made by International Harvester. Still, the new cubs are usually a notch or two in quality above the generic tractors. They are usually sold as upscale lawn equipment.

Hydros like mine are no good for racing. Good for mini-tractor pulls but they don't go very fast.
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i had a 20hp ford hydro at the shelter. revived it. pretty cool machines those hydros.

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i had a 20hp ford hydro at the shelter. revived it. pretty cool machines those hydros.

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I've got an 18 horse Kubota that is probably the best motorized thing I ever bought Diesel 4wd diff lock hydro bucket back hoe york rake mower and its fun to operate. its old& rusty but as long as you take your time there isn't much it can't do

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I've got an 18 horse Kubota that is probably the best motorized thing I ever bought Diesel 4wd diff lock hydro bucket back hoe york rake mower and its fun to operate. its old& rusty but as long as you take your time there isn't much it can't do

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i had a 32 hp kubota at the shelter. rear pto. 2 hydro "docks" for varios things and a 5' mower deck. also had a big john deere, with a 10' woods trimmer and bucket. you could mower the forest with that thing. i used to love flying it over big rocks and shit with the blades spinnin. i had a log spitter for it and a big hole drill.

i love big fat heavy equipment. there were 3 honda civic 1600 types in the woods there. i used to drive it into the wods end shove the cars into the air and hang them in the trees. then push them down. tons of fun.

i miss working there sometimes.

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i had a 32 hp kubota at the shelter. rear pto. 2 hydro "docks" for varios things and a 5' mower deck. also had a big john deere, with a 10' woods trimmer and bucket. you could mower the forest with that thing. i used to love flying it over big rocks and shit with the blades spinnin. i had a log spitter for it and a big hole drill.

i love big fat heavy equipment. there were 3 honda civic 1600 types in the woods there. i used to drive it into the wods end shove the cars into the air and hang them in the trees. then push them down. tons of fun.

i miss working there sometimes.

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Ok, tractors next year. Fine.
Back to the present situation.
I ain't a goin' to Lake George, 'cause I don't feel like putting ice fenders on my clapped out XR100, but we do have a bunch o'dudes planning on riding at the sandbar on Sunday. I'll have both bikes there if any of youse wants to give it a try...

And for those that have an XR100 or the like, you should consider coming to Mototown USA on the 18th for some indoor dirt racing, it'll be a good scene.

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