The start of every new project brings with it an excitement that I never will grow tired of. The research phase always seems to bring some new stories to the surface and seeing the way various bikes were put together at a certain point in time helps fill in the timeline of motorcycle engineering history.
The month of May brings the beginning of the motorcycle show circuit out in the west. This year the Hanford motorcycle show and swap meet was celebrating 46 years at the Kings fairground in the central valley while on the same weekend the Quail motorcycle gathering was being held out on
I remember trying to drive my Uncle Joes tractor like it was yesterday. That day is when my obsession with all things mechanical seems to have begun. Growing up in family with six older brothers who were all gear heads had me tinkering on things at a very early age.
Pat Knopp has been around motocross for over 40 years. Growing up in Southern California, Pat witnessed and participated in the whole sub culture that went from Carlsbad down by San Diego up to Indian Dunes in Valencia. He like Chris and the rest of us was very active and involved in motocross in the early days. His knowledge and perspective of the sport is second to none but his specialty is hardware.