THE WEEKLY FEED: HEIKKI MIKKOLA, VIDS THAT ROCK AND KTM 300 THEN AND NOW

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Heikki Mikkola

Heikki Mikkola, known as the Flying Fin was a 4-time World Champion.  Known for his racing ferocity, Mikkola had incredible competition during his career , mainly from Roger DeCoster. Heikki won two world championships for Yamaha and one of the best quotes about Mikkola came from Bob Hannah. When asked about Hiekki Mikkola’s OW39, Bob Hannah was known to have said “just show me a picture of the rear fender because that is all I ever saw”.

 

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

THEN: 1991 CZECHOSLOVAKIA ISDE

BIKE: KTM 300

RESULTS: SILVER MEDAL

NOTES: I raced a rental KTM 300 in Czecho. In 1990 I shipped my bike to Sweden, built in there and then had to repack it after the event. With the rental KTM I brought my suspension (a Tom Moen valved fork and an Ohlins shock- both of which I used in the Qualifier series to make the team), used an Acerbis plastic muffler (longer and very quiet) and an FMF pipe.  I wore glasses for the majority of the event,  not that I needed them at the time. I liked the air flow, the ability to clean them with a glove during a race and the optics were spot-on. To be honest, I was riding with Dick Burleson quite a bit at the time and he just plain wore off on me. To this day he was the toughest man I ever rode with and would never quit for any reason on earth. It was another trait that I always tried to emulate, but then I’m a mere mortal…

 

 

NOW: 28 Years later. California High Desert

BIKE: KTM 300 XCW TPI

RESULTS: Older, fatter and slower but still feeling like a 20-year old on this wagon.

NOTES: I wear glasses now because I have to. My clothes are larger, my hair line is thinner and my knees are brand new. This machine is flat impressive and makes me smile every time I ride it!

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