THE WEEKLY FEED: JIM WEST BITD, WILD SUPER ENDURO PICS AND VIDS

BLAST FROM THE PAST: JIM WEST

Jim West was a So Cal boy raised riding in the fields and hills on machines that were converted trail bikes. He made the jump into professional motocross racing hitting local tracks; Baymare, Indian Dunes, Muntz, Ascot Park and Saddleback. An early ride from AJS proved that the 6’5” West was fluid, smooth and very competitive. When AJS started to fade from the limelight, Jim raced on CZ’s, Husqvarna and eventually for Maico. He was on the pulse of a sport that was sky rocketing, much of this courtesy of the movie ‘On any Sunday’. The sport was evolving quickly mainly with technology engaging the world of motocross. Once long travel segued into motocross, Maico had a clear edge since they already had a good leading axle fork and once they moved up the shocks, they added considerable rear wheel travel to their machine. But the bug in the ointment was the increased leverage which overheated the rear shocks. Jim raced with a unique Koni shock fit with a piggy back reservoir that held dry ice to fight the heat. Jim was on track to get a factory Maico ride when he crashed at the 1975 Saddleback Trans Am and suffered fatal injuries. He was the first AMA Pro motocrosser ever killed in action.
Jim West had a AJS ride in 1970 and they pushed their marque with an ad in Cycle News featuring the lanky racer.

NEWS

 

40th running of the Sobaba Trail ride!

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VIDEO JUKEBOX

 

Who’s Fault? Dag…

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL DISTORTION

 

GEAR BAG

The Cruise Gear Bag is  up for grabs in the Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit Bag Collection and is now in stock. Manufactured by OGIO, the Cruise Gear Bag is durable and holds up against trips to the track or vacationing. Whether it’s holding your gear, equipment or clothing, the Cruise and its many storage compartments are up for the task in keeping your items safe. With embroidered team logos and bold graphics added to this durable bag, the Cruise makes for an item you don’t want to pass up! Pro Circuit. We Race. $319.95

 

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KTM/TLD Team Custom Graphic Kit 2019 by Throttle Syndicate

The KTM/Troy Lee Designs Factory Team Replica Graphics with your name and number! These are the same graphics used by the TLD team minus the Red Bull logos. Sorry, Red Bull will not permit the sale of their graphics.

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Tire Changer (DGTT) $380.00 Let’s face it, changing tires is a chore that no one looks forward to doing. Here at Zip-Ty, we change a lot of tires and always looking for and finding better and easier ways to accomplish this task. After inventing what is now the most common motorcycle tire tool on the market, we decided to take our next system a little further.With the DGTT, there are no complications. Ty Davis specifically designed this product to be simple, minimal, and heavy duty. This is a race quality tool & is 100% made in the USA.

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

In 1978 I was in my second year of riding enduros. Because I was based in So Cal, the majority of them were desert enduros and having a motocross based machine was the hot ticket. I bought a 1978 YZ400, fit on an IT Yamaha tank and fenders, and a VDO speedo. I also fit it with a 17-inch rear wheel and ran a big Trelleborg tire that I could run lower air pressures. The bike was perfect for my needs and I ended up with a strong year and actually won a National Enduro in New Mexico. Love the gear! My Ake Jonsson jersey, duckbill visor, JT gloves, Griffs leathers, Hallman boots and of course my army issue canteen!

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