For today’s Thursday Throwback, here is a look at where it all started for me, desert racing that is. Most people have no idea that I got a very late start in my race life. I never raced a motorcycle until I was 33. Of course I grew up on bikes and hung around racing when I was young. But at age 17 I took to street bikes and never saw the dirt for over a decade.
In 1996 I came back to Los Angeles and started working for Bill Robertson at Honda of Hollywood. One of my fellow salesman was a dual sport fanatic and got me back to the dirt again. I had been trying to play dirt rider on my 1991 BMW R100GS and it was time to take the next step. I spent a short amount of time on a well used DR350 and then bought this cherry 1996 KDX200. It was what I spent my first season racing on. With some suspension work, a pipe and a stabilizer, it wasn’t all bad in the desert. It taught me to be a better rider.
I also wore this oversized Joe Boxer T-shirt for the first year or so. Only a few people still remember it. I might have to bust it out for a race this year.
The KDX was an admirable bike. I kept it as a back up when I bought my 1999 KTM 250exc. Then my dad spent a year or two racing it. It finally had a motor issue as a result of some sloppy shop mechanic and I sold it to Jeff Fredette in a basket.