Phil's Toys

Some of Phil's custom bikes over the years...

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1991 YZ250 Chesterfield Replica

Donny Schmit

donny schmidt awardWhen I was a flat track promoter in the early 90s, we (Dave Dolejs, the Montgomery Rynda brothers and me) decided to augment flat track races with other venues to bring in additional dollars. We settled on the world’s shortest SuperCross. It was a failure but we tried. Good local MXers came out to support us. Among them was super star Donny Schmit from Minnesota. He was a pro in all ways and he was a nice guy too. He won a pile of American MX championships in 125 and 250. Then he went on to win the 1990 Grand Prix World 125 MX championship for Team Bieffe Suzuki. In 1992, Schmit rode for Chesterfield Yamaha, and won his second world title. His 15 career victories in World Motocross Grand Prix were a record for an American rider. In 2002 Schmit was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Donny is on the left here. I don’t know why we were both smiling but it was awards time. Maybe because he was a world champion and here I was handing out a lousy plaque.

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At 75 years old I have no business buying a vintage Yamaha 250 MX but I did in August 2017. My intension is to build a Donny Schmit Chesterfield replica from a 1991 Yamaha 250-to ride, not stare at. Here’s what it will look like...

Dirt Track Mini

Built for dirt track racing in pull start class. Extended Azusa frame to curb unexpected front wheel lofting of stock short frame. Modified 5 hp Briggs flat head. Tall handlebars and big wheels raise seat level for comfortable adult use. Tall bars won’t trap left knee in corners. Actual 1980 Harley XR 750 tank with sectioned and shortened XR tail. Custom seat from scratch.

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Cinderella Lump Custom 650

I purchased two 1980s Yamaha 650 Specials about four years ago. One I turned into my Storm kit showcase bike.  I turned the second one into a Cinderella. It has a modified Storm body and looks like a café/bobber thing. It has a three-tone 1960s style paint job in pink/charcoal/pearl white. Read about the build process

It has only 5,500 miles on it. I probably put a price of $2950 on which is fair for a low mile, tricked out bike. Now with the pink color you’ll have to be a manly man or a pretty lady to buy it. 

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Yamaha TT250: The quest for the perfect trail bike in 2014/15

Actually, there can't be a perfect woods bike because there are different classes of riders. Intermediate to expert level fellows from 25 to 45 with abundant testosterone are perfectly happy with KTMs and the like with sky-high seat heights and more than needed power. But there's another bunch of riders who appreciate a scoot a little closer to earth with tractable power--novices and senior riders. I am part of the senior bunch and to them I recommend reaching back in time to obtain one of these older bikes and rebuilding it in a limited way. I paid $500 for one in great shape. My brother Ric spent $250 for an XT that needed more work. That's your price range-try to stay in it.

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drz-110-prokart-bikeMini DRZ 110 for indoor winter tracks

Just bought this mini and re-cloaked it in the TM/RM spirit for use at ProKart indoor tracks during the winter. On specific evenings during the week Minneapolis kart tracks have dedicated pit bike practice and race nights. This little monster will allow this old, fat body to have fun while others of my generation are worried if they'll make it to their easy chairs.

LIttle-4-grassOSSA DMR

This was my first real flat track bike. There is no substitute for the right handling dirt track designed frame. A "framer" will turn you into a slider. I put Trackmaster glass on the DMR which now is heresy. The paint scheme was for the Forest Lake Racing Team. A friend of mine, John Metz, now owns it and won't sell it back. I don't blame him.

XL250MX 
1974 XL 250 Honda-Vintage MX Bike
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Norton Manx conversion for
Yamaha 650
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Honda 350 Trackmaster
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Yamaha 650 Street Tracker
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RD350/Champion

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Jawa 890 Speedway 1

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1974 Yamaha RD350 Cafe
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Honda CB450 Café
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XR200R Champion
Mad Dog Class Racer
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Jawa 890 Speedway 2
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Suzuki GT750 LeMans
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Polaris X60 Mini Bike
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1978 250 Six Day Ossa
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1983 FT500 Honda Ascot Café
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1974 Moto Guzzi V-7 Sport
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Vintage Minibike Racers
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CR250-powered Race Cart
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XL350 Grass Tracker
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