Monday, May 25, 2020

Unlucky at Bunker Hill MX Track! #ONEALRIDERS #ONEOFUS

Total Despair on my face!😬
#Vonzipper #O'Neal
#ProCircuit #HookIt
Bunker Hill MX track in Delta turned out to be a nightmare but even though I'm tired of nothing but bad, ugly luck I still love riding dirt bikes.

Friday practice started out great even though the temperature was in the thirties; cold.

While practicing on the 2017 HONDA CRF450R and having a great run all of a sudden the rear end just disintegrated.  The hub, spokes, rotor, sprocket, everything just blew apart.  I'm lucky that I didn't get hurt.  A great way to start the day; right?

My 05 Honda was in Payson.  I didn't think about bringing a backup bike because the 17 was in good shape, so I thought.

Instead of giving up grandpa said, okay, let's call in and order a complete rear wheel package for the bike from #Rocky Mountain ATV in Payson.  Payson is over an hour away from Delta and the first race was going to be Saturday so we got into the truck and headed to Payson.  Because cell phone coverage was in and out we decided to pull over to place the order.  Rocky Mountain is so busy that you get put on hold for what seemed like forever but we got the order placed.  We knew that by the time we picked up the 05 and strapped it down in the truck that the order would be ready.  Oh, by the way when we unloaded the 05 at Bunkerhill the front tire was flat.  We asked ProCircuit and he said that it was probably a bad stem and when we strapped it down finished it off. Ugh! More downs.

As we were headed back a new friend who is racing a brand new KTM 250 who also has a genius dad texted me and said that he put up the awning on the toy hauler because the winds were picking up with gusts over 30mph.  When we got their the wind was terrible.  We decided to pull the bike into the toy hauler to work on it in there.  It's a small toy hauler so it doesn't have a rear garage but it would work out great; especially with the wind and dust blowing everything around.

Grandpa and I pulled everything apart to replace the rear wheel.  That's when we saw that the
brackets that hold the rear chain guard was broken on the rear swing arm.  HONDA does a crappy job welding the brackets.  They should be a part of the swing arm and not just puddle welded on with little penetration on the aluminum.  This is where Camden Schern's dad stepped in.  He was telling us how he had just finished tearing down and completely rebuilding a 05 HONDA CRF450R so he really knew what he was doing.  He told grandpa to go to ACE Hardware and pick up some liquid metal weld and some self tapping screws to see if we could but humpty dumpty back together again.
Because one of the pieces holding the chain guide couldn't be welded he designed a new strap that he bolted together on part of the dangling old strap to secure it.  Just to make sure that everything was somewhat secure he used tie wire to double down on it holding.

RACE TIME!  My second moto hole shot was amazing.  Out of over 24 riders I got up the hill and was holding on to third place.  I ride 450 beginners so there are a lot of older riders who have been riding for 100 years, give or take (sandbaggers; right?)  Best start ever!  Then, I heard the engine wind up and nothing was happening.  Evidently on the first breakdown we hadn't noticed that the chain had possibly cracked part of the case holding the cable that works part of the clutch; I'm not exactly sure what it does.  I'm still learning a lot about how the bike works.  School of Hard Knocks!

Even with all of the bad luck I ended up placing 19th out of 25 riders and that's with not even finishing the second moto.  What could have been will not be known on this day.  My friend finished 9th overall.

Now I've got to get some help on fixing the 2017.  Bottom case, new rear swing arm, etc.  Money, money and more money.  I thing that we will probably try to get it repaired and sell it and pick up a KTM 250 like Camden or maybe another HONDA but a 250R 4-stroke.  Hopefully a HONDA dealer will work with me so it carries a warranty.  If you know of anybody that would like to make some money helping repair the bike and then selling it we could split the profit on the bike; a good deal; right?

I want to thank Camden's dad for all of the help on the bike as well as always, my grandpa Dennis Thomas for all of his support.

I'll be loading some more pictures of the bike as I get to it.  Next race is in Grantsville, Utah at Steadman's MX track next week so no time to weep.



A little bitty twig was enough to puncture the tire on my grandpa's Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail and let the air out.  I was happy to see that he had put in a can of tire fix in the tool case so I could at least make it home.

I was staying at grandpa and grandma's house in Mesquite to help dealing with the loss of a good friend who decided life wasn't worth living at 15 years old.  Another good friend Piper asked if she could also visit and everybody was good enough to say it was okay.

I asked if I could take out the Arctic Cat to show her the Mesa Top above Mesquite where the American Flag waves in the wind. If you've never been to the top you need too; it's pretty cool.  You can also see all of Virgin Valley from up there.  Anyway, I was on the narrow road/path to the top and another big side-by-side was coming down.  They had nowhere to go with the big drop off on their side of the road.  Since I had the smaller of the two I saw that I could kind of get off the road a little bit easier.  Of course being the good guy always seems to have its pitfalls.  Evidently I rolled over a bush that looks like it maybe had been burned so the branches and twigs hardened more than usual and yes, the twig punctured the brand new month old tire.

We got home okay with the can of fix-it.  Grandpa just told me that he had a plug kit and plugged the hole in the tire and filled it up with air and it's holding.  Oh well.  🙈🙉🙊

Monday, May 18, 2020



Thank you for your patience while we worked through the re-scheduling process for the 2020 Summer Series. The track owners, clubs and county facilities have been great to work with during these difficult times. 
We are excited to offer a schedule that allows our local riders to compete in the Loretta Lynn's Regional Program out west, while still competing for an RMX Series Championship. 
Unfortunately we won't be visiting 80 Acres, OMC or Gold Rush MX this summer, but look forward to scheduling with them this fall and spring/summer 2021.  

Friday, May 8, 2020

Go Fund Me for Taylor Thomas

I quit baseball to pursue what truly made me happy and that was Motocross. I am only 15 and can not get a decent paying job to support my racing career. I am trying my best with my grandparents to get to the goals I want of becoming one of the top riders in the sport but I cant find the tree that grows the money, I know every one can not hand out free money but I just ask if you can donate anything it truly helps.
Thanks, Taylor Thomas #741

Go Fund Me for Taylor Thomas      PLEASE NOTE - FYI: If you decide to donate you do not have to tip GoFundMe.  Click on other and put $0 so it doesn't automatically add an amount.

  1.   Thank you SHANE KOENSE  $50.00 for your generous donation. :)  
  2.   Thank you BRIAN DOTY  $25.00 for being my dad's friend and your donation:)
  3.   Thank you ROSE JOHNSON  $25.00 for being grandma's friend and your donation. :)
  4.   Thank you Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Dennis Thomas $100.00 for helping me:)
  5.   A HUGE thank you to the Schern Family for their $200.00 donation, WOW!
  6.   Thank you Derek Poe $25.00  I appreciate your donation very much.
  7.   Thank you Jen Walker $20.00 I know my grandma appreciates you as well. :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

#REKLUSE CLUTCH COVER or Gas for my bike!



I'm just a kid, a 15 year old kid who doesn't have any money and really can't get a real job that pays anything until I'm 16.  So you see my dilemma and situation when I get an email back from REKLUSE today saying, 

Hi Taylor,

Thank you for riding Rekluse!

Our warranty program is a one year warranty against manufacture defect and is only good for the original buyer.

If you need a cover it is the RMS-313 and they run $169.00. Just call us when you are ready to order one.

Okay, I don't need to promote REKLUSE.  It's scratched and guess what, it's going to have to stay that way for everybody to see that their clutch covers don't last, ha, ha.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

UGH! Cleaning the Honda

Yesterday I spent hours totally cleaning the bike.  I also cleaned and oiled the air filter.  I did a complete oil change at 208 hours on the bike.  Replaced the oil filter.  The "O" ring was fine so I left the old one in.  I put in over 33 ounces of #Maxima Pro + 10W-40 100% synthetic oil.  Greased the chain and filled the tank with gas.  I was ready for today's ride @MesquiteMX track in Littlefield.
They had just prepped the track and boy did they water it.  There were still mud puddles on the track at 10:00 am this morning.  A couple of the 65's and 85's actually got stuck in the mud and had to have help lifting their bikes out.

And now...back to the pressure washer and clean it again

Waiting to get back on the track.  The mini's went first, then the pros and advanced riders and then the rest of us.

Just a Teenage MX Rider Covered in MUD!

 I can honestly say that I had one of the most fun days of racing motocross in my life! Who really trusts the weather stations; right?  It w...