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Old 07-02-2011, 05:28 PM   #316
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AFM race, 1989 at Sears Point (now Infineon), turn #7 (the old turn #7). I'm riding a 1987 FZR-1000... Those were the days!

you always looked great.
I had one of those 1000's, what a big tank, bob wirth did some stuff to it but man getting it thru the 8 8a 9 and 10 uggh,,, : )
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:33 PM   #317
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81' KZ1000J in AFM "Open Stock Production" race in 82'. Twisted the crank & blew it up while finishing 2nd....oops. My all time favorite bike for me....

must have been sears before they repaved in ? 84 85 ish??
Did you know Ron Wieland, young guy Richard Jung on 81 gpz 550 they were from Oakland area. As well as Kc gager rode an Elr in 82 83.
Killer shots,,, I love the superbike style...
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:37 PM   #318
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Thanks for the kind words guys.

All the above pics were taken at Sears Point. I raced there my whole career almost exclusively. w/only a couple excursions to Laguna Sega & Willow Springs. (AFM raced at Laguna 77'-79'.)

Ah the good old days.....Goodyear slicks, spoke wheels, when everything wobbled, when men were men!

Hey Budman, remember when you could rent Sears Point for the entire day for $25? We didn't call them "Trackdays" then, cuz we had to share the track with the racecars.

Nothing more surprising than going into 7 hanging it all out, when you suddenly notice a nosecone, wing, & two BIG slicks 2 feet away out-braking you into the turn....a Formula Atlantic car....yikes!
I recall very well,
I am thinking i am hauling ass thru the carousel and all of a sudden it sounds like ten trashcans coming down a flight of stairs on the outside, scary but i was too young and dumb to worry about it.
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Old 07-02-2011, 05:47 PM   #319
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Yes, I had the chance to go pro, but I never did. I was "AMA Qualified" (you need a certain number of top 3 finishes), but at the time people like Kenny Roberts, Randy Mamola, Chuck Askland, Gene Romero, Mike Baldwin, etc. were the hot guys on TZ750's (Yamaha's GP bike at the time, 4 cyclinder 2-strokes.)

My little KZ650 superbike was not really competitive (friends on similar bikes would get lapped 2-3 times), so I figured why bother? I just plain didn't have the sponsorship & $$$. Roberts was busy badmouthing "Streetbikers getting in my way" to everyone that would listen anyway.

I wanted to ride against Roberts (just so I could "get in his way"), but figured I'd have absolutely no chance at a win, or even a top ten so aw the hell with it. Friends on similar Superbikes would finish 15th-20th at Laguna/Sears Nationals at the time & I just didn't want to run if there was no chance at winning.

On the other hand, I was finishing top 3 in the AFM consistently, w/a couple occasional wins, but mostly 2nd/3rd place finishes. So why run for top 20 when I can be top three? Much cheaper too. I had a few sponsors, but the big bux was reserved for the "little guys." You see, I was 6'3" & 235lbs. when I was in top shape (football player size), & all the little guys had HP on me simply cuz they were 100lbs. lighter.

One of my local sponsors flew me to a LA dealer (only) show once to shop for sponsors, & had folks like Ken Clark (Yamaha Racing Mgr., Sparky Edmondson, etc.) tell me I was "too big to be a bike racer." So I didn't gain any sponsorshop there sadly. I had to suffice w/Richmond KAW, Dunlop, Wheel Works. Lockhart, & a few others. Mostly discount bike parts; but my partner at Richmond KAW was Rich Oliver who was a GREAT fellow team member! We all know Rich's history of his later years in racing...

No regrets, I got 8 full seasons of hard racing, & I had a ball. I stayed involved w/AFM/AMA for a few years more after my 84' retirement wrenching for others. Best placing as a wrench (Jeff Banister riding) was a 2nd place in "Open Grand Prix" in the 1987' Season Championship running a GS1000/former John Woo superbike.

It was the most fun & exciting time of my life so far w/the exception of my children's births, & a time I'll never forget. If only everyone could be so lucky...
Rich O on the yellow and blue Kosman bike, I recall never seeing after the flag dropped. ..
I am trying to remember back, i was getting on the grid for ama 600 class in 86 Pretty much all 600's and i was on an old 550 with moriwaki kit in it. I blew blew up in pracitice coming out of 11 noticed it feeling strange as i broke the pit wall and and oiled me up going into one.. Exciting Id a gotten smoked anyway, but it was all fun,,,
closest i got to ama race. doh,,,,

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Old 10-27-2011, 09:51 PM   #320
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:48 AM   #325
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:52 AM   #326
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:46 PM   #327
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