Can fat old guys still race?
I guess so. It's been about four years since I tossed a leg over a race scooter. In July 2012 at the age of 70, I decided to give it a whirl at the Minnesota's 3/8 mile Ogilvie Raceway. Although the muscle mass is shrinking and the girth is spreading, the right hand still knows what to do. 200cc 4 stroke Mad Dog class-first in heats, first in finals. Where else can one experience the trill of spending six total minutes on the track at the cost of 50 bucks entry and the nine hours of traveling and waiting. Maybe a good book is in the running!
Hi, I'm Phil Little. I started flat track racing in 1972 when I was 29. That was a late start but I'm still at it although on a limited basis--I'm over 70 now. In 1988 I began making my own racing fenders. Race buddies started buying them. Then I advertised and everybody was buying my 'glass.' That effort turned into the 650 Yamaha Street Tracker under my Omar's company. I replaced that company name with PhilLittleRacing.com for web communications reasons.
I offer products that do not necessarily relate to one another because they follow my interest areas (how's that for slick marketing!) Actually that's not entirely true. You see early on I would get feedback from customers - they would tell me what they wanted to buy because nobody else was making that product. Much of my current and future stuff is/will be a result of that customer input.
You will discover my products are top quality because I hate critism and will do anything to avoid it. I make stuff no one else offers. I will make competitive products if I know the competitor's product is not buyer-friendly (too expensive or too inferior.)
Have a look around the site. If you don't find what you are looking for - call me. If I determine there is a market for your product idea...well then, by golly, it will happen.
Be forewarned, you can not order anything off my website-I don't allow it. It is my rule to talk with each customer. I have learned that dialog with customers rules out screw ups. I can also suggest that a particular product won't apply...or another will.
Thanks a bunch,
WWII babies, now seniors, have lifestyle choices. Many retire and attempt golf, travel and other expected things. Many of us are starting to die off and are beginning the dependent routine of dementia. I recommend old farts inject a bit o' danger. Nothing like terrifying moments and crashes at speed to clarify the mind and take consciousness off joint pain.
On certain weekly evenings Pro-Kart (Burnsville & Maple Grove) Minnesota permits Pit Bike riding and racing. Most of the participants are pups and age from 25 to 40. There are no signs prohibiting 73 year olds so I attend--and am learning to factor out foot down flat track style riding to one of knee down cornering like road racers. I’ll get there someday.
Mount is a Suzuki DRZ 110. To ponder if this is a possible opportunity before you die, watch this....
Senior moments too
This is my buddy Owl Morris from New Zealand. He and I are aging, not always gracefully. Owl has been informed by his doctors that his body condition is such that if he crashes it could kill him or screw up other body parts which are in precarious condition. Consequently he no longer rides with abandon but he still races and rides.
Here is Owl going flat out down the straight. “Turn left Owl before it’s too late.” If you want to send him a ‘get well’ card before he needs it – sent it to firstname.lastname@example.org. His name is Alan.
About my fiberglass tanks
Petcocks are threaded right into the fiberglass and sealed with 5 minute epoxy. This sealing works well. To remove, simply put a big crescent wrench to them and loosen. It may sound like you are tearing the tank apart but you are not. To re-install, reapply 5 minute epoxy all around the petcock threads and tighten. (Don't get any in the fuel passage hole.) Do not wipe away the little bead of epoxy that appears. Give it a couple of hours to cure even though it says 5 minutes. (KR tank has ¾" petcock female threads permanently glassed into body for Harley/Pingle type petcocks.)
Anti-ethanol. As of the beginning of 2017 we now use a new gray coating. The old "Blue" tank coating couldn’t handle California fuel. It was fine for the rest of the nation but we made the change anyway. We did a long term soaking test with gray stuff on a fiberglass sample and the stuff worked perfectly. We thank Robi Mori from San Francisco for prompting this change. [Side bar: Rob said he only got 16 miles from my tank. I was stunned and wrote back saying he should be getting well over a 100. He replied that he has a monster motor and a bucket for a carb. Rob can’t get out of the city without refilling. I’m sure he’s a terror in that Wester town.]
A word about pump gas. Even though my tanks are designed to withstand ethanol I am still gun shy. Let me share with you what I do. Here in Minnesota there are a few stations that still have a few pumps with premium non-ethanol for vintage cars and recreational use. That's what I use. I have learned the ratio of alcohol in pump gas can vary between 4% and 12%. That high end worriers me. Pumps showing E-85 scare me even more. If you have a choice use E-10, not E-15--better yet premium non-ethanol.
Ethanol is junk gas. If you let your bike sit unused for a month or more chances are your carbs will be full of green slime. A total carb cleaning is the only cure. To avoid this 1) drain your float bowls prior to a period of non-use. Option 2) while bike is running at idle, turn the petcock(s) off and let the bike drink up all the gas in the carbs. Either of these two options will be the cost-avoidance solution for using junk fuel.