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2022 FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy

Fred Hoess puts USA on top of scratch results

The FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy is an event for vintage bikes and riders as the name implies and pays homage to the International Six Day Enduro upon which it os derived. Definitely cool seeing the old bikes and riders still going fast and competing in a multiday event testing both machine and rider.

Team and individual results follow below along with more video of vintage bikes!


MXoN 2022

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The past weekend September 23-25 saw the Motocross of Nations at the Redbud race track in Michigan. It's an international event that takes place once a year and of course it was even more special it was held in the United States this year. There were a lot of expectations from Team USA after a great outdoor MX season particularly between the close fought 450 MX class between Eli Tomac and Chase Sexton which was decided at the last race! Then there was controversy over who should ride the 250 class at the MXoN. With all that I made my predictions for the race.

MXoN Pre-qualifying predictions, Top 6:

  • 1) USA
  • 2) Australia
  • 3) France
  • 4) Netherlands
  • 5) Italy
  • 6) Spain

Calculating the sprocket Gear Ratios

I've borrowed this from Helmut Clasen's Facebook page. Just a simple gear ratio calculator when changing sprockets on the motorcycle. Serves as a reminder what changes causes what result.

One practical example of it's use as described by Helmut:

"On my Zuendapp the standard GS ratio is 14-46 = 3.29 Ratio. But the chain was cutting through my front swingarm. In order to get more clearance I chose a 16 tooth front sprocket. To go back to the proper ratio of 3.29 ( or close to it) I had to increase the back sprocket to 53 = 3.31 which is almost identical."

Helmut is the most knowlegeable Hercules rider/owner/mechanic.


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BMW R100 RS / Cycle World

In the early 1980's I owned this nice BMW R100 I bought from a friend. I loved the basic black color of this motorcycle, it was, to me, one of the best classic looking motorcycles along with the Norton Commando I had owned. Of course, I always dreamed of owning the BMW RS100 model in the following story but I was spending most of my time with my dirt bikes so the dream never became a reality. Great story about the RS100 from Cycle World follows.


Off Topic - Website stuff!

The good news, and perhaps only good news for me, from my perspective ... .. My site(s) is now fully "secure" meaning both my main site & blog are HTTPS compliant. I had let it lapse due to the fact that the type of SSL I needed had changed over time. And the expense to renew it.

I have no complaint with my hosting service other than cost. And support, or perceived lack of competent online support. But mostly the cost ...

So the cost of the SSL certificate I needed was %582 more if puchased through my hosting company than through a 3'd party company that I eventually puchased from.

What does that really mean in the end?

No more annoying "this site is insecure" warnings when visiting this website. A lot of effort for little reward!

Reviving a rotary engine motorcycle - from BIKEEXIF

A beautiful update of a motorcycle ahead of it's time, The Hercules Wankel.


I am a fan of all things Hercules/Sachs with my main priority being the Hercules brand since I owned and raced one in the late 70's, my first true competition dirt bike. I thought the Hercules Wankel was the best looking Wankel engine of the time, although the Suzuki R5 was probably the more interesting complete package. This is definitely a spectacular revision but I hope they preserved all of the donors parts should they ever want to return the bike to stock condition. Read more here in BikeExif.

Links for Resources Added

Finally compiled and posted a links page of useful resources. Not all links are vintage only, because not all supplies need be vintage.
The Links page can be found under the Collections Menu. The piston suppliers, sprocket suppliers, and reproduction rubber parts and decals, might be some of the most useful for vintage motorcycles and of course the plastics.
But if you ever needed to know the specifications of chains or tires those links will be helpful since sometimes the chain width for identical sized chains from different manufacturers might vary and that can sometimes make a difference in use, for example.
And the Sudco Catalog is a good source for most carburetor parts.