Blog: March 24. D’oh.

The mighty 125SX. I forget why it was locked in the chook shed. It made it hard to get the eggs, too.

The mighty 125SX. I forget why it was locked in the chook shed. It made it hard to get the eggs, too.

I was unexpectedly gifted a weekend off, so for the first time in a long time – I think maybe two years – I dragged the 125 out of the shed, scraped the cobwebs off it, oiled the airfilter, pumped up the tyres and went for a ride.

I can’t remember when I last wore a motocross helmet and boots. I confess I didn’t go for the neckbrace and knee braces, but it bought back plenty of memories. Not only the gear, but the bike. I bought this KTM from Ozzo, the partner and rock-solid-reliable riding buddy for so many of my early adventure rides. He visited this week, and it’s the first time I’ve seen him for maybe a year or more. It felt good to be out on his old bike.

I’d forgotten how good that bike is, though. I admit I focussed my concentration on not being injured, and my pace was woefully slow, but still…phwoar! That’s REAL riding!

There’s no electronic riding aids, nothing’s rubber mounted, there’s no ADR nonsense, no fuel gauge, screen or ‘nice’ seat. It’s a kick-start motor with a carby and the suspension is motocross hard. The bike is made to ride fast, and anything that’s not part of that equation isn’t there. Not only that, but being a 125 two-stroke there’s not a big spread of power to work with either.

I loved it. Despite the slow pace, I was whooping it up a bit in the occasional rut and on a few slimy hills. With the rain we’ve had lately traction was iffy. It reminded me of riding when I was a kid. Everything depends on the rider’s touch and feel. You ride the bike or you crash. The back was all over the place like a two-stroke tacho needle, and I had a ball.

It wasn’t until I was on the bitumen on the way home I noticed the back end was still swishing all over the place. Not only did I have a flat, I’d torn out the valve stem, mangled the tyre, and, in a first for me, even destroyed the rimlock as well.

It was an old tyre anyway, and my sexy black rims with the gold hubs were still okay, so I was happy.

Meanwhile, it’s high time we had a date for the Poker Run. Pulling a number from my exhaust port, let’s go for June 21.

The shortest day of the year is June 22, so we’re not going to have a lot of daylight to work with. Depending on the loops, we may end up making it a Pontoon Run instead of a Poker Run – three cards instead of five. We’ll see how we go with loops and so forth. I haven’t given Pottsy that date yet, so I’m just hoping it’s okay.


Write it down and start preparing. Maybe we’ll make it an early start. It’s likely to be cold and wet, so there’ll be a good challenge.

When last we were talking Pottsy planned to offer two loops, a long and a short. The long will be a little more challenging, but the idea is for those looking for less challenge to ride the short loop, and if time looks like being an issue, people can do a couple of long loops and a few short ones.

We’ll keep you posted as the event develops.

Don’t forget the MotoGP season starts tonight in Qatar. It’s on OneHD at 5.00am tomorrow, and as I write this Marky Marquez is on pole.

If you could let me know if you’re in for the Poker Run, I’d appreciate it. Having a rough idea of numbers will help withe the setting up of things.

We’ve had a few good stories on the site lately, Good stuff! Keep ’em coming!


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  • Chris on March 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm said:

    I’m in, any excuse to have to ride the new bike (when I finally get around to going and picking it up that is)

  • Dave on March 24, 2014 at 6:32 am said:

    You know Karen & I are in, be keen to droll over Chris’s new ride too. Was nice to catch up with Gav on more than one occasion at the Bike Expo on sunday in Brisvagas. Planning an overnighter up our way sometime in May, probably Emmaville or Woodenbong pub on a Sat night. Details soon..

  • Jonah on March 24, 2014 at 8:06 pm said:

    June is a long way off for me but im keen for a ride if im around.

    Still recovering from a big ride in Cambodia a couple of weeks ago :p

  • Gav on March 26, 2014 at 9:58 am said:

    Poker run sounds like fun & I should be around for that.Heading off on the 7th of April to the world trials championships outside Bendigo. 5 day ride down & 4 days back.If you have the time you are welcome to join in.

  • marty on April 1, 2014 at 4:36 am said:

    hi gav
    Rick is back this year and leaving a couple of days before you but following my disc moonan flat to meet a friend but you will probably run into him like last year, he is on new BMW 1200
    wish I could go

  • Pottsy on April 3, 2014 at 10:32 am said:

    RITO , I could not stand to see Tom having all the fun on an old bike , so I had to go out and get one in sympathy as well . Like Tom’s mine is of European nationality, but mine is Italian with Swedish heritage . And like his mine is an MX bike to – actually its my first ever MX bike , I always have had enduro’s
    My bike and I have just had our first intimate moment together, I gave her , her first sponge bath in over 4 years , got the razor out and shaved all the hairy bits off her plastics , then took off all her clothes and fondled her in the right places . I know it was a bit much for our first date but she promises me she will let me go for a ride on her soon . So tom if you are taking your Austrian mistress out let me know so we can make it a double date , but be warned we might end up walking home empty handed as we all know these type of girls like to throw hissy fits and break down any time they see fit

  • Chris on April 4, 2014 at 3:31 am said:

    You weren’t using that “xmas hat” decoration on the little MX’er too were you? It sounded like a very intimate encounter you should probably keep to yourself, people will start talking (more)

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