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Michigan’s Motorsports

March 2019

INSIDE:

2019 Season Schedule of Events & Supplemental Rules Best Seat in the House Rubber Tire Revolution Part 3: The Game Changers Off-Road Security Blanket Moto Musings Rider's Corner Division Highlights & Updates

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WHEELIES IN THE SK Y #38 Michael "Mike" Babka Jr., you will be missed!

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2 March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

D-14 Loses 2 of Its Finest in Babka and Smith Charles Alan Smith Sr. (age 53) AUGUST 5, 1965 ~ FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Charles Alan Smith Sr. 53 of Grattan Township, Belding passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids. Charles was born on August 5, 1965 in Grand Rapids, the son of Charles L. and Clara D. (Lovell) Smith. He graduated from Comstock Park High School. In earlier years he was a winning national flat track racer. He was an excellent mechanic and had worked at Harvey Cadillac in Grand Rapids for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his sons and their families. He was a great dad and always willing to help others. Charles will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is loved and survived by his sons; Charles A. ( Brooke) Smith Jr., Justin L. (Chelsee) Smith all of Greenville, his grandchildren; Ryder, Malloree and Paislee, his sisters; Kristi Smith of Rockford, Sue Smith of Ada, several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and close cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved dog Bubba, special Aunt Rosetta and close friend and neighbor; Mel Chitwood.

 Forever Flying High: Flat track & Ice race family will miss you #52 Chuck Smith

Michael "Mike" Babka Jr. (age 62) JULY 28, 1956 - FEBRUARY 23, 2019

Michael Dennis Babka, Jr., age 62, of Comstock Park, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019, after a year-long battle with a brain tumor. He is preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne Hollerbach. Mike is survived by the love of his life of 40 years, Grace DiBenedetto; parents, Mike and Barbara Babka; sister, Bonnie Sawinski; brother, Tim (Tonya) Babka; brother-in-law, David Hollerbach; goddaughter and cousin, Julie (Edward) Burton; nephews, Eric, Nick and Matt (Andrea); niece, Lindsey; grandnephews, Ryder and Knox; grandniece Kendall; many cousins and many friends he considered family. Mike and his lifelong partner Grace owned and operated Mike's Cycle Station for 37 years. His passion for motorcycles began in the mid 70's working as a mechanic for Wilson's Harley Davidson, and raced both flat track and TT, along with ice racing in the pro ranks. He gave up racing in the late 70's in order to open up his own repair shop, and by 1982 he had a successful business on West River Drive in Comstock Park. After a few moves, Mike's Cycle Station settled in its current location on Alpine Avenue. Mike returned to racing in 1989 and for the next few years won many state and national championships. Mike was a long time member of the prestigious Dilly Wacker Motorcycle Club, and he never in 35 years missed the yearly trip up north with them. He made many great memories trail riding with his friends and every year lead a small group to trail ride in the mountains of Colorado. Mike and his family would like to thank all of his caregivers at Spectrum Health and Mary Free Bed for helping him through his last year.


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MARCH 2019 Michigan’s Motorsports

APRIL 2019

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To this Month’s AWESOME CONTRIBUTORS

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Anyone know where I can find me a ground hog?! Brrr! I'm still hanging on tight for this early spring we're supposed to have! Despite the cold, I know so many of you are already geared up to start racing. I can only imagine all the tinkering going on in garages across the Mighty Mitten right now! So far I haven't gotten any emails on incorrect dates on the schedule. THAT's NEVER happened! So just a quick reminder, Chairpersons PLEASE check all info for your Division and kindly email me corrections for the next issue. As you know, now is a good time to make sure your memberships are up-to-date. Sign up now and avoid the extra time doing so while registering at your events. STILL only $15!! Purchase online at AMA-D14.org or at the races. As always, a BIG HUG and THANK YOU to all our contributors. Thank you for giving of your time so generously to write about your division. ‘Til next time ... take care, stay warm, and safe. And as always, enjoy the ride... it all goes by in a blink.

– In order of appearance – Mike's Moto Foto, Kevin Lamber� Jr., Thomas Dunn, Bar� Newman, John Tillman, Kreg Bigelow, Steven Beane, Taylor Car�enter, Roland Canhardly, Molly Kidner, Kyle Hardley, Chum Younglove, and last, but not least ... Amber Willea

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4 March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

Visions by Thomas Dunn, District 14 President

WINTER!

The end of banquet season, punctuated by over 400 riders and their families at the District 14 Off Road Series Banquet in Mount Pleasant, capped off our 2018 season. Hare Scrambles Series, Enduro Series, Family Enduro Series and the newest addition to our family, Michigan Sprint Enduro Series, celebrated and crowned its champions. An evening filled with fun, friends and conversations of the season and the outlook for the upcoming season.

The Winter Blahs have truly settled in. Several weeks of extreme cold, heavy snowfalls followed by rain causing flooding, only to repeat has a lot of us feeling down.

AMA CLUB OF THE YEAR!

Lansing Motorcycle Club has the longest running annual Off Road event in the AMA, The Cowbell Classic JACK PINE Enduro! We are honored to announce they were named Club of the Year by the AMA! Congratulations to our D14 Member!

2019

The 2019 District divisional rule changes and schedules are out. You can find them in the February Issue of the DISTRICT 14 NEWS. You can also check our web page, www.ama-d14.org for updates and info of your favorite form of riding/ racing. Both offer contact info for the Divisional Chairpersons and Membership Administrator. Both are great resources for our membership.

DISTRICT 14 NEWS

Even the Ice Racing Division wasn't able to complete several events due to the range of weather. Putting a damper on Owosso Motorsports and Valley Trail Riders organizations.

This paper comes out monthly and is chocked full of great articles, information, and ads for supporters of the District and it's membership. Remember this is YOUR paper and gets it's articles from YOU!

I truly thank them for putting forth the time and effort to help the Ice Division survive!

Take the time to write about your experiences riding, a friends riding , about an event that you were at or upcoming.

Spring, we are told is just around the corner but with the next two week extended weather report I just can't wrap my arms around it yet.

Take pictures (let the paper know who took the pic, who or what the picture is of, and day and date and where it was taken), to add to your article. If it's important to you it's important to us!

Winter blahs make it hard to do the things we need to do to get ready for the upcoming season. Both my Off Road and my Road bikes need my love and care to begin a new season, but sadly they sit out in the cold garage begging to receive the care so they can come out and play. Time to get the parts ordered, time to get moving! Time to put the doldrums of our long winter behind us. A little sunshine is all we need !

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POLITICALLY SPEAKING

We are watching a Senate Bill that will affect our Off Road riders. If you ride any of the thousand of miles of State Designated ORV trails in Michigan, Senate Bill 0031 and 0032 will cost you. As of now you may enjoy parking and unloading your ORV at any number of ORV Trail-heads to go ride the trails and enjoy

We would like to extend our Congratulations to a club that has been around from what seems like the beginning of time. Lansing Motorcycle Club has a rich history in Enduro Racing. They have hosted a National Enduro numerous times, and hoping will again soon. They hosted their 93rd Annual Infamous Jack Pine Enduro this past season and was Named Club of the Year by the AMA. Congratulations Lansing Motorcycle Club! the great Natural Resources of our State. This Bill would require all vehicles to display a Recreational Passport either on the license plate or a sticker in the window to park there.

The District 14 Legislative division was able to defeat this Bill in 2018 but it was reintroduced for the 2019 session and was sent to the Senate Natural Resource Committee.

These Trail-heads were bought and maintained by the fund from the ORV license and permit fees. It is unclear if your ORV would also need to have the Passport.

Take the time to write or call your Senator to let them know the ORV community doesn't want another fee increase that doesn't help their trails!

The fees collected for the Passport DO go back to fund recreation in Michigan but has NO mechanism in the distributions of these fund to come back to the ORV system or Motorized Recreation at all, only going to Non-motorized recreation activities.

To find your Senator and those on the Senate natural Resource Committee visit; http://senate.michigan.gov/ Think Spring! Racing starts this Month! See ya at the races!


BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE

March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 5

Story by Bart Newman Photo by John Tillman

Since the first Supercross race was held at Ford Field I have had the honor to be in charge of gathering up a group of men and women to keep our SX riders safe. My plan was to find a gang of bright, enthusiastic, and focused and adrenalin junkies that would do a great job. I guess two out of three isn’t bad. One of my first thoughts was the D14 Vintage MX group as many were in the age bracket I was looking for, with a passion for the sport and a close proximity to the race itself. I was also contacted by a group of great guys from the Irish Hill track over by Brooklyn MI because some of their members had flagged at the Silverdome races back in the day. Last but not least the Newman boys and our band of misfits buddies. While we may all look the part, the job itself is not all glitz and glamor as many believe is true. We are required to meet with Feld Flagging boss John Tillman, who was new this year and our eye in the sky Phil Penn at 8:30am Saturday morning and practice doesn’t start until 11:45am. John’s goal is to raise up the level of flagging to a professional level just like the riders we protect and he has done a remarkable job this year. John’s pre-race meeting while long and in depth, was funny and educational, even to the grizzly veterans in our group, myself included. John is a Facebook guy and made a post about the group in Minneapolis, being

the best he had worked with this season, challenge accepted. I will put this Michigan crew up against anyone. Flagging spots were handed out, with practice and qualifying first on the agenda. Four hours later with just a couple 20 minute breaks those activities are complete. Dinner time and an hour and a half break was up next. Steve and the Vintage crew brought in a fest for one and all and it was outstanding. John Tillman took me a side and said these guys are dialed in on what to do, I told him "we are the Michigan MX Mafia did you expect anything less?" The night show went by in a blur. Six main events trackside, makes for one action packed night. I know Folkner won the 250’s Eli won the 450’s and whenever Chad Reed passed someone in the crowd exploded. It was cool to see when all the racing was over Reed was on the podium. Beyond that I had to watch the event on Sunday to know the ins and out of the racing.

 Richie Rich and Feld Flag boss bond in the aftermath of the 2019 Detroit Supercross

While the night went off without a flagging hitch there was three guys that got called out by the Feld folks, Al Remick from the Irish Hill gang got an "at a boy" from the dig dugs (track guys) for dodging bikes that ran off course all while keeping the riders and himself safe. Lance Shelton and Mike Poirier for quick action getting their

 The calm before the storm 2019 Detroit SX flag crew flags out by scurrying up the sides of a couple of jumps long before the AMA flag crew saw what was taking place.

Tommy Lee meets "The Man" Roger Decoster who signs Kevin Stone's front fender

John Tillman told me in our meet and greet on Friday that the crew would be turned over to me for the last two main events if things were going well. That must have been because before the second 250

main John pulled me aside and said “your guys got this, call me if you need me.” I am very proud of the work these guys did and so should they and just for the record, "the Detroit flaggers are the best in the business" per Mr. Tillman, but hey, we knew that all along. Thanks for raising the bar gentleman and Miss Sara until next time's Detroit Supercross…


6 March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

2019 District 14 Board of Directors & Division Chairs PRESIDENT Thomas Dunn tdunn976@yahoo.com (517) 896-9757 VICE PRESIDENT Steve Beane motoxgiant@yahoo.com (313) 918-8944 SECRETARY Taylor Carpenter d14secretary@gmail.com (517) 802-9609 TREASURER (no name/phone provided) amad14treasurer@yahoo.com

MEMBERSHIP ADMINISTRATOR Molly Kidner d14membership@gmail.com (231) 670-5450 D14 WEBMASTER Dan Stephens d14webmaster@gmail.com

LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR Rev. Ron Packer d14legislative@gmail.com (269) 548-7348 Dick Bigelow dickbarbbigs@aol.com (586) 677-0456 AMA CONGRESS - OFF ROAD John Zwerican (989) 871-3008 AMA CONGRESS - ROAD Kaye Johnson amakaye165@gmail.com (248) 459-1777 AMA CONGRESS - FLAT TRACK Kevin Lambert JR kevinthegoonlambert@gmail.com (248) 245-9919 RIDER REP - OFF ROAD Kevin Lambert JR kevinthegoonlambert@gmail.com (248) 245-9919

Steve Murray stevemurray15@gmail.com Adam Alexander 989-787-0411

ATV MX CHAIRPERSON Ryan Day dayryan93@yahoo.com (248) 251-3529 POINTS KEEPER Danielle Day (No phone / email provided)

POINTS KEEPER Meagan Green thegreens2626@gmail.com 810-710-7778

HARE SCRAMBLE CHAIR Zack Keizer d14_hs_chair@yahoo.com 616-916-6713 VICE CHAIR Brian Kidner (231) 670-7418

RIDER REPS - MX Dew Millhisler bowtech22@gmail.com

POINTS KEEPER Mark Becker sarge184@aol.com (248) 672-1224

ENDURO CHAIR Mike Maurer mikemaurer250@gmail.com (517) 763-9406

RIDER REPS Taylor Carpenter carpentertaylor63@gmail.com (517) 802-9609

POINTS KEEPER Martin Ryerson martinryerson@aol.com 231-830-6767

Doug Zydbeck dzybek@yahoo.com 419-367-3868

RIDER REPS A/AA CLASS Vic Flegel pencilcraft@pencilcraft.com (989) 506-1487

Ryan Frost frost105@yahoo.com 231-798-5880

B CLASS Fred Kraemer fredjkraemer@gmail.com C, 60+ & WOMEN'S CLASSES Tina Flegel / (989) 875-8186 tina@d14enduro.org

FLAT TRACK/TT CHAIRPERSON Courtney Cooklin courtney cooklin@gmail.com 810-837-2740 VICE CHAIR Meagan Green thegreens2626@gmail.com 810-710-7778

ATV HARE (XC) SCRAMBLES CHAIR Jason Cottrell (616) 502-6197 VICE CHAIR Taylor Ellis (no phone / email provided) RIDER REP Jeff Gramzow jngramzow@gmail.com (586) 201-6163 Chad Meyer cmeyer478@yahoo.com (734) 927-4543 Sarah Meyer smeyer450@yahoo.com (734) 927-4544

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HILL CLIMB CHAIRPERSON John Radke radman4790@gmail.com (616) 308-9544 VICE CHAIR Eric Briggs (no phone / email provided) POINTS KEEPER Brix McFee brixmcfee@chartermi.net (616) 847-6265

ICE RACE CHAIRPERSON To Be Determined

MX CHAIRPERSON Kreg Bigelow kregbigelow@yahoo.com (810) 965-8764 VICE CHAIR - VINTAGE MX Steve Baginski bagsmx194@gmail.com (586) 321-5680 POINTS KEEPER Terri Sweet d14pointskeeper@gmail.com (517) 719-6264 RIDER REP Kirk Newman kirk.newman@yahoo.com 616-901-9207 ROAD CHAIRPERSON Terri Sweet d14roadchair@gmail.com (517) 719-6264


March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 7

MOTOCROSS NEWS Submitted by Kreg Bigelow, MX Chairman

Hello to all,

2019 DIRECTORY

CHARTER CLUBS & PROMOTERS PLEASE NOTE: The phone number listed for your organization is the number that was supplied as the primary contact on your application

Bent Wheels CC .................586-854-1372 Big Air MX ....................... 231-578-3828 Brain Dead Racing ........... 734-735-3717 Bulldog Riders MC ............ 810-919-9821 Cadillac MC ....................... 231-775-7014 Dutch Sport Park .............. 574-292-3195 Flint MC ........................... 810-422-4383 Goshen IronHorsemen ...... 57-582-2299 Grattan Raceway .............. 616-691-7271 Hill & Gulley Riders ........ 780-261-3433 JB MX Motors Park .......... 419-212-0838 Lansing MC ...................... 231-590-4242 Lucky Thumb MC ............ 810-404-2895 MI Offroad Events ........... 517-896-9757 MI Sprint Enduro .............. 517-581-2488 Muddobber MC ............... 765-998-2236

Muskegon MC ................... 231-286-5614 Owosso Motorsports ....... 810-690-5781 Plymouth Blackhawks ..... 574-904-3006 Polka Dots MC ................ 989-832-8284 Port Huron MC ................ 810-499-4760 Portland Trail Riders ......... 571-376-1437 Red Bud MX ................... 269-695-6405 Riders MC ........................ 260-249-0312 Toledo Trail Riders ............ 419-392-7117 Treaty City MC ................. 937-459-8005 Twin Bay Trail Riders ..... 231-5645-7905 Twisted MX ....................... 734-752-1134 Valley Motocross .............. 517-869-7815 Valley Trail Riders ........... 989-528-3365

Spring is right around the corner and that means racing! We can all hope the weather cooperates. There seems to be some frustration/confusion regarding the 2019 Minor Release Waiver. This is to clarify procedures. AMA has a new insurance carrier as we have been told. We also have the great opportunity to now complete the Annual Minor Release Waiver online at http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Story/competition-annual-minor-liability-release. If any of you receive calls regarding this form please direct the parents to go to the above link and complete the online format as it is much easier and quicker then completing a hard copy at the track. The online link helps get the card to them in about a 2 week window. Mailing in the form takes 5-6 weeks to receive a card. If your facility does not use AMA insurance please check with your insurance company as to their requirements. When the minor and a parent come to signup to register to race nothing changes. Ask to see their AMA and D14 cards and have them complete a Minor Release Waiver just like last year. You can also offer them a blank form to take home to complete for the next race. DO NOT TURN ANYONE AWAY. Signup procedures are the same. If a notarized form for responsibility is presented please make a copy. Again, NOTHING changes. If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to give myself a call (810-9658764) or call I will be glad to help you. Best Regards, Kreg

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If your Charter is not listed, you will need to submit a Charter Application and $25 Charter Fee. If your application is currently pending, your listing will appear once your status has cleared. If you believe this information to be incorrect, please verify your status with the D14 Secretary, TAYLOR CARPENTER at 517-802-9609 or via email D14Secretary@ama-d14.org. Thank You!

directe All D14 membership, address changes, card replacements, missed newspapers and other membership related issues to the

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8 March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

MARCH 2019 – by Steven Beane

• It’s mid-March and the snow is hanging tough … that means it’s the perfect time to get your suspension done or your motor freshened up. Don’t sleep on the season – the first D14 and FES enduros are only a month away. • The supercross season has passed the half way point, and the probable outcome is becoming clearer. Cooper Webb has cured his early inconsistency issues and locked down five wins. Eli Tomac is the only other multi-time winner, but his bike or his head keep him off the box on a regular basis. Ken Roczen is the fastest guy not to have won a race yet, but Marvin Musquin (also shut-out at this point) leads him in the points. Meanwhile round 1 winner Barcia knocked his head and is sitting out a couple rounds. • Not strictly bike related, but fabulous news for racers nevertheless – Ford just announced two new motors, a ten-speed transmission, and available AWD on the 2020 Transit. Maybe even more exciting is a race-hauler special featuring a second row bench seat with a cargo bay behind. Look for a lot more of these vans at tracks in the near future. • Rumors are starting to build that Honda is planning to bump the displacement on the Africa Twin to better compete in the Uber-Adventure market against BMW’s GS and the big KTM. • Jefferey Herlings’ broken foot, and an uncertain timeline to return to action, mean that Tony Cairoli may be able to match Stefan Evarts’ 10 World Title mark. Cairoli started

the MXGP season off with a convincing 1-1 victory in Argentina. • The brochures TM sent us clearly show fuel-injected two strokes, but don’t look for them in the US anytime before the fall. • There is still time to get hooked up with a club to help layout or staff a hare scrambles or enduro AND qualify for worker points. Don’t let that be the only reason you help out – at some point you should get involved simply for the good of the sports we all love. • It looks like the Beta demo tour might miss us on its first swing through the country, but we’re working to have them to a D14 venue on the way back through. • Sherco riders Wade Young and Mario Roman finished second and third to KTM’s Cody Webb at the RevLimiter hard enduro held recently in Texas. Race footage confirmed that trials skills are a prerequisite to top finishes in the growing sport. • Mike Alessi is contracted to race motocross in Canada with the GDR (Gopher Dunes Racing) Honda team, but he showed up at the Atlanta supercross to bolster the MotoConcepts Racing effort. Alessi handily made the main event despite not having raced in stadiums for two years. Teammate Justin Brayton appreciated the support after losing both Malcolm Stewart (femur) and Vince Friese (ACL) to mid-season injuries. • I need your help – the Beta dealer that offers the most demo rides on a 2019 300RR before April 30 will win a riding trip with team consultant Rodney Smith, and I really want that trip! Shoot me an email on the afterhourscycle.com site and we’ll get you on Beta’s most popular 2T. • Forget NASA, I have proof that aliens exist, and if you watch the indoor trials championships on YouTube I’m sure you will agree. Toni Bou (and whomever manages to make it to the final on any particular night) are simply phenomenal to watch, and are the reason I keep telling my son to concentrate on ‘skill before speed’. The action is breathtaking, and certainly worth a watch. _____________________________________________________________ At PlusOnePerformance, we’re dedicated to making your ride better. Whether you’re a new rider or a grizzled veteran, we can help set you up with a bike, suspension, or parts to make 2019 your best riding season yet. Catch us at afterhourscycle.com or on the trail.

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March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 9

RIDER'S FLAT TRACK CORNER Story by Kevin Lambert Jr. | Photo by Mike Barton

TIDBITS from Taylor by Taylor Carpenter, D14 Secretary

Before we get into the swing of race season, except for Ice of course, please renew your AMA and D14 memberships BEFORE start of season in just a few weeks. Riders, when you get your new D14 card please take a picture of it, this will be accepted as proof of current membership. Once again, the $6 replacement fee has gone away, if you need a new card please contact Molly Kidner, the Membership Admin. AMA has a newly designed app available in both the app store and Google store, I’ve downloaded it and simply put, I don’t have to keep track of my membership card at the race.

 Barber, Williams, Smith and Knapp at the starting line

HALF MILES: WHO WANTS TO STEP UP? Make no mistake the half mile scene in Michigan is officially dead. After a few attempts between a new promoter and the flat track division a compromise for a points paying race was not reached; neither party is to blame. However, one party has a very successful track record when it comes to half miles, drawing riders from all over the region and filling up the stands. Many people blame a wide variety of things on the lack of half miles; poor racer conduct, money, the economy, no tracks, organizers, poor track prep, John Debats (yes someone said that to me!). Some of

these are valid... and some are pretty far fetched. The one thing that is a for sure is we have no points paying half miles at all... ZERO! Meanwhile, due south, east and west, these AMA sanctioned promotions are alive and flourishing! The AMA even uses these two organizations (B.O.S.S. and SNR) as an advancement system for racers because local organizers do not submit results to AMA. Something the above two promotions have in common is that their premier events are half miles and they have a

bunch of them! Fortunately for us..we have one of the B.O.S.S. promoters as a D14 charter. It my be wise for all of us to lend an open ear to how this organization was abel to take a crap program and turn it into a legitimate AFT recognized stepping stone into the pro ranks! It is very obvious that the "this is how we have always done it" mentality is getting us no where but down. The big question is who is willing to step up and make the necessary changes to get things back on track here in Michigan and turn us back into a flat track racing powerhouse!

I have extra papers from 2018 and before, if you would like another copy please let me know. If you have questions, comments, concerns, please contact your divisional officers before contacting D14 Board of Directors. Charters and promoters if you haven’t turned in your contact form you received in your annual meeting packet please do so! If you have membership applications please note that there is no $6 replacement card fee, please use them and let me know if you need more. Email me please! Chairs if rules and contact information is not correct, I need to know ASAP, I have the master copy for the district records and AMA. Later TM


10 March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

2019 AMA D14 EVENTS Be sure to check back next month for possible updates to this schedule as late changes and corrections due occur after the initial posting. Any changes will be noted in RED.

ATV MX CHAIRPERSON .................... Ryan Day  = MI State Championship Race

ATV XC CHAIRPERSON .................. Jason Cottrell VICE CHAIR ................................ Taylor Ellis

APRIL

28

Plymouth Black Hawks .... Culver, IN

JUNE 09

Bent Wheels CC ................... Rose City

16

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

JULY

14

T-Time Acres ...................................... ???

AUGUST

APRIL

18

20

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

21

 Valley MX ........................... Stanton

SEPTEMBER

27

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

28

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

MAY

18

 Polka Dots ........................ Midland

JUNE

01

Grattan MX .............................. Belding

02

Grattan MX .............................. Belding

08

 Big Air ................................ Newago Big Air .................................. Newago

09

18

T-Time Acres ...................................... ??? Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

ENDURO / FES

FLAT TRACK CHAIRPERSON ........... Courtney Cooklin VICE CHAIR ....................... Meagan Green

MAY 04

ST ........................ Owosso MS / Helvie

05

TT ........................ Owosso MS / Helvie

18

ST ........................ I96 Speedway / Dice

19

ST (Rain) ........... I96 Speedway / Dice

JUNE 01

ST ........................ I96 Speedway / Dice

02

ST (Rain) ........... I96 Speedway / Dice

08

ST .................................. Polka Dots MC

09

ST .................................. Polka Dots MC

15

ST ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

16

TT ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

22

HM .................... Celina OH / Nealeigh

23

HM (Rain) ........ Celina OH / Nealeigh

JULY

Twin Bay .......................... Traverse City

06

Bent Wheels CC .................... Rose City

16

Valley Trail Riders .................. Bentley

04

Polka Dots MC ....................... Midland

11

Battle Creek MC ............ Battle Creek

08

Toledo TR ...................... Swanton, OH

22

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale Portland Trail Riders .......... Portland

JUNE

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

APRIL

14

TT ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

07

ISDE Qualifier (non D14) .. Battle Creek

20

ST (Rain) ................. Lucky Thumb MC TT (Rain) ................. Lucky Thumb MC

\HILL CLIMB

14

D14 .................................... Roselawn, IN

27

ST ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

28

TT ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

MAY

Valley MX ............................ Stanton

19

06

23  MI Mafia MXC ................... Brown City Valley MX .................................. Stanton

Plymouth Black Hawks .... Culver, IN

MAY

ST ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

FES .................................... Roselawn, IN

07

28

13

13

06

APRIL

ST ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

MI Mafia MXC ................... Brown City

JULY

CHAIRPERSON ....................... Zack Keizer VICE CHAIR ............................ Brian Kidner

12

CHAIRPERSON ..................... Mike Maurer

21

22

HARE SCRAMBLES

18

FES ...................................... Kingsley, MI

JUNE

AUGUST 03

CHAIRPERSON ....................... John Radke VICE CHAIR ................................ Eric Briggs

ST (Rain) .................. Lucky Thumb MC

MAY 19

Goshen Ironhorseman ....... Goshen, IN

13

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

22

FES ................................... Matthews, IN

04

TT (Rain) .................. Lucky Thumb MC

14

 Dutch MX ............. Bloomingdale

29

FES ....................................... Lawton, MI

10

TT - Dbl Header ......... Muskegon MC

JUNE

Muskegon MC ................... Bridgeton

AUGUST

JULY

12

TT - Dbl Header ......... Muskegon MC

08

ST .................................. Polka Dots MC

09

Muskegon MC ................... Bridgeton

10

Muskegon MC ................... Bridgeton

25

Goshen Ironhorseman ....... Goshen, IN

03

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

27

FES ......................................... Bentley, MI

17

04

 Dutch MX ............. Bloomingdale

28

D14 ........................................ Bentley, MI

18

ST .................................. Polka Dots MC

31

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

24

ST ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

D14 .................................... Roselawn, IN

25

TT ............................. Lucky Thumb MC

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

AUGUST

11

01

 Valley MX ........................... Stanton

17

FES ............................... Morestown, MI

02

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

18

D14 ............................. Moorestown, MI

ST ........................ I96 Speedway / Dice

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

SEPTEMBER

07

14

ST (Rain) ............ I96 Speedway / Dice

15

 Dutch MX ............. Bloomingdale

08

15

D14 - Sprint Enduro ......... Bentley, MI

14

HM .................... Celina OH / Nealeigh

AUGUST

MOTOCROSS

21

Log Road MX .......................... Bronson

21

FES ................................. Greenville, OH

Log Road MX .................... Bronson

15

HM (Rain) ........ Celina OH / Nealeigh

22

28

FES ..................................... Fife Lake, MI

21

ST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

CHAIRPERSON ................... Kreg Bigelow VICE CHAIR ............................. Kip Bigelow

29

D14 - Spring Enduro..... Traverse City

Dutch MX ..................... Bloomingdale

OCTOBER

.............................. Owosso MS / Helvie

05

 = MI State Championship - Max Points

06

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

06

D14 - NEPG ............. Matthews, IN

19

Twisted MX .................................. Milan

NOVEMBER

FES .................................... New Paris, IN

OCTOBER

20

Twisted MX ............................

Milan

02

26

Baja MX ................................ Millington

03

D14 .................................... New Paris, IN

27

 Baja MX ......................... Millington

10

D14 ................................. Greenville, OH

22

TT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP .............................. Owosso MS / Helvie

MARCH

28

ST (Rain) ........... Owosso MS / Helvie

30

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

29

TT (Rain) ........... Owosso MS / Helvie

31

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

06 07

Log Road MX ......................... Bronson Bulldog Riders ................... Millington

APRIL


March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 11

2019 AMA D14 EVENTS 07 14 20 21 27 27 28 28 28

Log Road MX .......................... Bronson Portland Trail Riders ........... Portland Valley MX .................................. Stanton Valley MX .................................. Stanton Twisted MX .................................. Milan Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan Battle Creek MC ............ Battle Creek Twisted MX .................................. Milan Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

21

 Polka Dots MC ................ Midland

27 28

Log Road MX .......................... Bronson Log Road MX .......................... Bronson

31

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

03

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

04

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

10

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

10

Big Air MX .............................. Newago

05

Bulldog Riders ................... Millington

11

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

05

Cadillac MC .............................. Cadillac

11

Portland Trail Riders ........... Portland

11

Dutch MX (LLQ) ......... Bloomingdale

12

Portland Trail Riders ........... Portland

11 18 24 25

Big Air MX .............................. Newago Battle Creek MC ............ Battle Creek Grattan MX .............................. Belding Grattan MX .............................. Belding

12

Dutch MX (LLQ) ......... Bloomingdale

 Cadillac MC ....................... Cadillac

18

Big Air MX (LLQ) .................... Newago

25 31

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

18

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

19

Big Air MX (LLQ) .................... Newago

19 19 25 25 25 26

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan Polka Dots MC ....................... Midland Valley MX .................................. Stanton Log Road MX .......................... Bronson Valley MX .................................. Stanton Log Road MX .......................... Bronson

01 02

Valley MX .................................. Stanton Valley MX .................................. Stanton

07

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

07

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

08

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

27

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

01

Grattan Raceway ................... Belding

08 14 15 21 21

 Red Bud MX ................. Buchanan Portland Trail Riders ........... Portland  Portland Trail Riders .... Portland Big Air MX ............................... Newago Twisted MX .................................. Milan

02

Grattan Raceway ................... Belding

08 09 09 09 15 15 17 17 22 23

Big Air MX ............................... Newago Big Air MX ............................... Newago Portland Trail Riders ........... Portland Grattan Raceway ................... Belding Battle Creek MC ............ Battle Creek Twisted MX .................................. Milan  Battle Creek MC ..... Battle Creek Twisted MX .................................. Milan MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City

23

Cadillac MC .............................. Cadillac

29 30

 Grattan Raceway ............ Belding

05

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

MAY

JUNE

Grattan Raceway ................... Belding

JULY 06

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

06

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

07

Red Bud MX ........................ Buchanan

07

Valley MX .................................. Stanton

13

Big Air MX ............................... Newago

13

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

14

Big Air MX ............................... Newago

14

 Dutch MX ............. Bloomingdale

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

22 22 28 29

 Big Air MX ........................ Newago Twisted MX .................................. Milan Log Road MX .......................... Bronson Log Road MX .......................... Bronson

29

18

 Polka Dots MC ............. Midland

Polka Dots MC ....................... Midland

08 23

 Portland Trail Riders .. Portland MI Mafia MXC ................. Brown City

OCTOBER

JULY

05

Dutch MX .................... Bloomingdale

14

Big Air MX ............................ Newago

05

Dutch MX ..................... Bloomingdale

06 12

 Bulldog Riders .............Millington Log Road MX .......................... Bronson

04 25

Dutch MX .................. Bloomingdale Log Road MX ...................... Bronson

12 13

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City  Log Road MX ................... Bronson

28

 Polka Dots MC ............. Midland

13 19 20 26 27

MI Mafia MXC .................... Brown City Twisted MX .................................. Milan  Twisted MX ........................... Milan Valley MX .................................. Stanton  Valley MX ........................... Stanton

13 26

 Twisted MX ......................... Milan Valley MX ............................... Stanton

CHAIRPERSON .......... Steve Baginski  = GP Series

APRIL 07 27 28

Bulldogs ............................ Millington  Battle Creek MC .....Battle Creek Battle Creek MC .......... Battle Creek

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SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

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12 March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

RUBBER TIRE REVOLUTION PART #3: THE GAME CHANGERS Story and photos by Roland Canhardly Many have come and gone in the non studded game but a handful of riders have left an indelible mark on a sport plagued with voodoo, witchcraft and snake oil! However, it's hard to argue against these three gentleman and how they have influenced the sport and changed how the game is played. NORM FORESTNER: Yes, you can back it in! At almost 60 Stormin, Norman is most likely past his prime but still gives em' hell. The Ducati mounted rider can hang with the younger crowd at most events and even at the age of 57 shows the youngsters how to back in a rubber bike like you are riding a deep cushion half mile. Norm is no doubt a pioneer in a pool of disbelief and fairy tales of slow means fast and two wheeling is the only way to go. This Port Huron native has had a very stylistic influence on several of the new breed standouts including, Stan Prapotnik , Kyle Whitis, Bob Knapp, Dusty Cook, Kevin Lambert Jr. and Kam Miller. STAN PRAPOTNIK: Debunking the HP myth. Stan has a very unique claim to fame being someone who proved that a high Horse Power Rotax can be made to hook up and win a national and a small 60cc 2 stroke can also win as well. Stan and his innovative approach gave way to debunking the high horse power myth and also forced a rules change when he beat 250cc plus bikes on a Honda CR 60. Willing to try anything to progress the sport, Stan's approach gave way to a new breed of builders and other innovators who were influenced by his bold attempts to make the bikes, tires and riders better! Stan was undefeated at LTMC and a D14 hwt sidecar champ for the 2019 season in his first year back in almost a decade! #61F NORM FORESTNER

 #34 STAN PRAPOTNIK

 #31 KYLE WHITIS KYLE WHITIS: Setting The Bar... really, really, really high! The Marine City native grew up watching the races on Anchor Bay and with help from his Grandfather and Derik Parris Whitis began to turn the world upside down. With only one know racing loss ( Dusty Cook at VTR in 2015) Whitis took the Norm Forestner style to the next level, laying the bike down and picking it up like a flat track bike, a feat once thought impossible to the old breed; Whitis proved them all wrong! Whitis has the least on paper accomplishments compaired to Forestner and Prapotnik...being an AFT pro racer disqualified Whitis from collecting points and trophies or national titles but...many of his peers turned a blind eye to to this and Whitis was allowed to keep his 2015 points championship, rightfully so! Non studded ice racing is experiencing the largest growth of any Ice racing class in Michigan! The racers are always excited to see new members join the flock at take part in the rubber tire revolution!


March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 13

DISTRICT 14 MOTOCROSS

OPENING MONTHS PREVIEW Story By Bart Newman

W

ith March just around the corner the D14 MX racers are gearing up for another great season in the greatest racing state in the nation. I want to start this out by saying thanks to Kreg Bigelow and Tommy Dunn for all the work and effort they put in to making Michigan MX whole again!

ues with a long history of good track conditions in the early part of the year. Bulldogs reports that closing in on 500 tons of fresh sand made its way to the sandy Michigan MX jewel over the fall and winter months for this April 7th race, that is no less than 10 gravel trains worth, east side tire dealers better stock up on scoop tires.

The guys at the MMMXC are not afraid and jumped in with both feet, by scheduling there first 2019 event of the District 14 Motocross season on March 29th & 30th… I have been following the social media post and they have been busy making changes and trying to better the facility. A new track layout will greet the riders, as the whole facility has gotten a face lift. Ten sites with power and water have been added and a plan for more it the future is on the books. Marc tell us “improvement’s to the kids track is also on the list and a Supercross straight rhythm section track will be added later this year”. Unique to MMMXC is there amateur support team with backing for the team and track from great companies like EVS, Illusive, Tamer and OG’s goggles, watch for the Mafia team this year at events around D14. I am hoping that Mother Nature is on board with our riders desire to race the opener, keep your fingers crossed.

Two days means double the fun right? I know that is what the crew at Log Road is thinking with their season opener April 6th and 7th. Jeff, Cathy and there crew will no doubt have the track in tip top shape come race day. This always safe, fun and challenging track has been a big park of Michigan motocross for years and I know are looking forward to the benefits of being back on the D14 calendar. Now you just have to decide a two day event at Log Road or a Sunday only event in the sand at Bulldogs or maybe both to the traveling kind.

April looks to be a busy month on paper as no less than seven of the D14 tracks will kick off their seasons. Log Road and Bulldogs kick off the month on April 6th & 7th both ven-

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Portland Trail Riders is up next with a practice day on April 13th and racing on April 14th. With a major reconfigured track at the end of 2017 a lot of interested and input from riders in 2018 Portland did some fine tuning and added distance to track to make bigger and better for 2019. One cool option that this has afforded Portland is no less than nine track configurations. Portland has also elected to go to a straight program this year with the thoughts it will speed up the whole race day. A great turn out will surly make this first standalone D14 MX race of the season a must do event. Last season Portland implemented a timed moto format that was a hit with the riders and many commended the club for their forward thinking and hope that it continues. Keep an eye out for mini tack revamping this season as well. Keep an eye on Portland’s Facebook page not only for great giveaways but up to the minute updates about happenings and track conditions. Valley MX is next up as Steve and Amy Moreland open up the D14 land mark for the 2019 season with a two day event on April 20th & 21st. The Moreland crew has upped the D14 MX social media game in the past couple of years so be sure to keep an eye on Facebook live for track condition last minute up dates or just some funny stuff Steve is known for. Battle Creek MC, Twisted MX, and RedBud roar in to close out the fourth month on April 27th & 28th in one very busy weekend. Battle Creek will offer up practice on Saturday the 27th with racing on Sunday April 28th, this long time club is full of dedicated members and always a good time. Twisted will kick off their season with a two day MX race event on April 27th & 28th and you got to know that Tony and his crew will have something up their sleeves for both on and off track fun. RedBud’s season opener on April 27th & 28th will have some changes as the MXoN starting line will be back in effect which is a cool addition to the legendary facility. With the Loretta Lynn’s Youth Regional the first weekend in June you have to know the mini classes will be stacked with big gates. The parking areas at the facility are still a little rough after welcoming the world last fall. I thought about suggesting to “BYO grass” but maybe that is not the best phrase with the new laws in effect… Closing this first of many articles, we (the riders) are a passionate bunch about this sport the tracks and who to support. Now we are one big team working as one and things will only get better. Here is to a great season go fast, have fun, be safe and I will see you at the races…

Bart


14 March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News

Rider "Redline" Ronnie Hines showcasing his great get-off shot of 2018 at Bent Wheels Sprint Enduro... And no, he didn't save it! photo submitted by Molly Kidner

FES & HARE SCRAMBLE CHAMPS Alexis and Brayden Hardley photos submitted by Kyle Hardley

 Brayden (11) finished 3rd in 65cc hare scramble and 6th in 9-11 family enduro series

 Alexis (7) finished 2nd in the 50cc 7-8 year old hare scramble series


March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 15

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OFF ROAD SECURITY BLANKET Installing a Kickstarter on a New Beta Story and photos by Steven Beane

It’s been a whole lot of years since KTM decided that it’s 4 stroke off-road bikes didn’t need a kickstarter, and perhaps with fuel injection, if there wasn’t enough juice to turn over the motor, there wasn’t going to be enough to fire the injectors either. Over time other manufacturers followed suit, on two strokes as well as four. Modern Shercos don’t have kickstarters (in fact the engine cases show no provision for one), and recently Beta has dropped the traditional lever as well, although the engine cases and frame reveal that it wasn’t too long ago a lever was fitted as standard equipment.

The powervalve mechanism and water pump are part of the outer clutch case assembly. In order to remove the clutch cover, the powervalve cover was removed and the powervalve actuation rod was removed from the drum in the cylinder. This was a good time to release the circlip and push the plug out of the side case where the kickstarter would mount.

Depending who you talk to, the reason Beta dropped the kicker was to a) save weight b) save cost or c) because the estart systems are so good as to rule kickstarters obsolete. A lot of riders couldn’t care about reason a, have enough disposable income to overcome objection b, and don’t believe in wearing only a belt when suspenders are hung over the back of the chair. I recently set up one of Beta’s hot new 200RRs with a kickstart system, and judging by the lack of documentation and the necessity of ordering parts in non-kitted form, it’s probable that I was the first one in the country to add back the kickstart lever that was planned for, but never implemented, at the factory in Florence. A kickstart kit (or a basket of the required parts) is available for all of the 2018+ MY Betas that don’t come stock with the lever, and the installation will be similar for all models, with minor differences due to the clutch actuation (200 push from the right, all others from the left), so if you’ve got one of these bikes and want to add a kicker, follow along below. If after you’re done reading and you’ve got questions, give me a call. If a picture is worth 1000 words, then here’s a short story. As with all mechanical work, it’s best to start with a clean bike. The 200RR in these pictures was modified during initial prep, so it hadn’t even been started. The pipe has been removed at this point, and before proceeding the coolant was drained. The clutch line was also removed, but that is not necessary on any of the other bikes.

The wire retainer will try to drop into the case … The clutch basket has been removed to allow access to the cases and countershaft. The cavity for the kickstart mechanism is at the top left. The countershaft protrudes into the clutch cavity to accept an idler gear that will connect the kickstart shaft to the clutch hub. The mainshaft sits in the center. Farther right, the crank drive gear is evident, and in the upper right is the tiny bearing that supports the water pump/ powervalve drive shaft. The gear shift mechanism can be seen at the bottom left, and the starter motor is seen at the lower right, outside of the clutch cavity.

KICKSTARTER continued on page 16

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The patient is open, Doctor


March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News 17

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. story submitted by Chum Younglove

Soaring Eagle Casino... What a great place to have the motocross banquet! The food was good and the room set toward the motocross venue. Our chairman Kreg Bigelow did a lot of work with getting sponsors to donate gifts for the riders and all the tracks did help out with working the banquet to try and make it a great night for receiving your awards in front of your family and friends. It was just too bad that some of your fellow riders and their families did not have the respect to stay after they received their awards, like you couldn't have stayed a half hour or maybe one hour more? The point of the Awards Banquet

is to see everyone receive their awards and coats which shows how hard they have worked all season long. It is because of situations like this that we moved the Rider of the Year and Parent of the Year awards to the beginning of the presentations ... so everybody can give them the honor they deserve. So overall maybe we should just send your award or coat to you and forget the banquet all together? You, parents know better so you should teach and show your kids the right way on how to participate at banquets. Thank you for taking the time to read this, Chum- President of Bulldogs Riders MC

Any Experience Like No Other! Story and photo submitted by Amber Willea

My name is Amber Willea and I placed 2nd overall in the Women's PM class of the 2018 D14 Harescramble series. This was my first time attending a D14 off-road banquet and it was an evening I'll never forget. I walked out of the venue with a trophy, new gear bag, Troy Lee helmet, front tire, and a personalized series jacket! More importantly, I walked out of the 2018 harescramble season with countless new friends and riding experience. The D14 community is unlike any other; I am so grateful to have been welcomed into a group that is filled with support, encouragement, good sportsmanship, and great leadership. Growing up, my dad and brother loved to participate in harescramble events. I, on the other hand, never had a desire to try one. In fact, I had never even spectated a harescramble before! I preferred to stay on the motocross track, away from trees and obstacles. With some convincing from my dad as well as our family friend and D14 harescramble chairman, Brian Kidner, I agreed to run ONE team race. After surviving my first harescramble at Portland with Brian as my teammate, I was hooked. I ended up racing the rest of the series solo in the Women's PM class. In fact, Taylor Carpenter, a seasoned harescrambler and active D14 member, introduced herself to me and showed me the ropes during my first few races. I couldn't believe that my competition actually wanted to sacrifice her race times to help me become a better rider. That alone speaks volumes about what the D14 community is like! I was also blown away by the top-notch tracks that the participating clubs produced. As a nightshift ER nurse, I had to take a lot of vacation and endure sleepless days at the track in order to commit to racing. I also had to heavily rely on my dad as my mechanic and sponsor, who made this entire accomplishment even possible. Without hesitation, I can say every sacrifice was worth it. During this season I challenged myself both physically and mentally, I developed my skills as a harescrambler, and I had so much FUN. Man, I love this sport!


18 March 2019 – Michigan’s AMA/D14 Motorsports News KICKSTARTER continued from page 16 The kickstart ramp and idler gear have been installed here. The idler gear has a shoulder on one side – there is only one correct orientation. Install it wrong and you’ll be starting the job over.

The clutch assembly gets mounted and torqued on after the gear teeth on the idler, the clutch basket, and the crank drive gear have been meshed. The clutch assembly has to be restrained when the center nut is torqued. Use of an air gun is definitely not recommended. A fresh gasket is hung on the dowels before the outer case is reinstalled, guided by the water pipe at the front and with extra care to engage the powervalve/ water pump drive gear to the crank drive gear. I waited to install the kickstart shaft seal until after the case was mounted.

 Ramp installed – check. Idler gear, spacers, circlips – check The kickstart shaft has to be indexed to a complex piece that Beta calls the kickstart contact tag. The contact tag incorporates the teeth that engage when you kick the bike over, and a ramp segment that mates the ramp that got bolted to the cases. A collection of ground washers, circlips, and spacers are arranged on the shaft before a wound spring engages the shaft on one end and the engine cases on the other. The kickstart gear meshes with the idler gear previously installed on the countershaft.

 All buttoned up, ready for action After torquing the case bolts, filling and bleeding the coolant system, bleeding the clutch (not necessary on non-200s), installing the kick lever, and mounting the pipe, it was action time. With a splash of gas in the carburetor bowl, all it took was two kicks to breathe life into the engine. The electric starting systems of the Betas, Shercos, and newer KTMs are light years ahead of the early efforts by GasGas and KTM, and in almost every case can be counted on to start the bikes they are mounted to. For the very rare instance where a kickstart is required to fire up the motor, this Beta is now equipped to meet the challenge. Our goal at PlusOnePerformance is to provide riders and racers the very best service in the business. Whether its suspension or chassis set up or engine work like the kickstart install described above, we are almost guaranteed to be able to help. Check us out at afterhourscycle.com to see what else we’re up to.

 In the homestretch at this point

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