THE WEEKLY FEED: Jim O’Neal and his Kolbe Can-Am


Jim O’Neal was one of So Cal’s top motocross racers in the 70s and 80s. Yes he’s the same guy who started O’Neal Distributing which has segued into O’Neal Racing. This is 1975 and Jim was racing for his good friend Andy Kolbe on an early Can-Am 250. The bike was a handful, but Jim did Kolbe Racing good with years of strong performances on the Canadian machine. Thanks to Mark Kiel for another killer shot taken at one of the Indian Dunes water jumps during a  GP.





Brother Mike came out to my pad this morning for an early photo shoot on the Beta 500RR-S. This machine is strong, a great handler and as close as you can get to a full blown dirt bike that let’s you motor down the road to a 7-11 for a Slim Jim and a Slurpy.


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This kickstand relocate bracket from Fox Hill Moto gets your kickstand off of the vulnerable engine case. The stock design leaves it bolted directly to the case, and if the kickstand is hit just right the engine case could crack and leak all of its oil out in the wilderness leaving you stranded. Just a slow tip over in the grocery store parking lot could snap off the stock kickstand. The cost of the repair could be as much as $8000.00 dollars for a new case. Don’t take your KTM adventure bike out for an off-road ride until this design flaw is addressed. The kickstand relocate bracket is made entirely of 4130 chromolloy steel to insure structural integrity. Included is all necessary hardware to install it on your bike. A magnet is included to disable the side stand sensor. After the magnet is applied to the sensor a piece of heat shrink tubing is provided to securely attach the magnet to the sensor. It is very simple to do and will include the necessary instructions to do the install with a few simple tools. Fits: ’13-18 KTM 1090/1190/1290 Adventure/R $210.00



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Mac Daddy going big back in the day

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This was at our hidden track we tagged Unadilla West. We’d have to haul gas cans in back packs so that we could put in motos since the track was a strong 8-mile ride over some rigorous terrain. Here I’m riding an ATK 560 on a day that the good Lord blessed our ground with incredible traction. The year was 1986. Photo by the Leaper Fran Kuhn


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