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Old 04-09-2009   #1
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Hillbilly Helmet Cam & Evel Wannabe

Attempt No.1 - Helmet Mounted (Kid No.3)



I was proud of my work and had high hopes, but this didn't work out. Using an "Expendable" 8mp Polaroid. I could not consistently position the camera for a good view and it made me nauseous to watch the play back. Hehe...


Attempt No.2
- Motorcycle Mounted (Kid No.2)



Again, I was confident that this would work out, but it didn't. Even with the camera rubber-mounted, there are simply too many vibes. The expendable Polaroid continually shut down before it could save any video. Switching to a much nicer Nikon worked, but the video was too shaky. Perhaps being rubber-mounted was my problem, but I feel without it, I'd destroy the camera.

I was wanting to use my "Expendable" camera, because the boy crashes. ...a lot. He's extremely aggressive. Far more than either of my daughters. I caught him jumping a concrete storm sewer drainage ravine this evening, and then later watched him catch air over an elevation "Ripple" in the back part of my property (or the "Ramp" as he as his JR50 buddy next door likes to call it). He wrecked hard earlier in the evening and put a big dent in the tank. He stood there watching me beat everything back into shape and felt that I was taking too long. Later in the evening, he was racing his 11yr/old sister, carried too much speed into a turn and went wide. He hit a log and went over the handlebars. His helmet and visor took a fairly big hit, but somehow still got a big scratch on his forehead. He shook it off and was back at it as soon as we got it going again.



He's a really good rider, but (IMHO) goes way too fast when he shouldn't be and takes too many chances. He has no fear, and I'm thinking this is a bad thing. WOT in 2nd gear, I'm guessing he's going close to 30mph. He doesn't know how to get into 3rd yet, and doesn't know that 4th gear even exists (it'll do 40mph+ in 4th, with ME on it). I dread the day. Momma can't even stand to watch him as it is. I need to slow him down, but how? If I drop it down into 1st gear, he's gonna blow it up. Heck, that still might happen in 2nd. If I restrict the throttle somehow (which I'm not even sure how), he's not gonna have the power (in 2nd) to pull the big hills. He's also exceeding the limits of the bike. This bike just does not have the suspension for the stuff he is doing.

I've talked with him (again and again) about slowing down in the technical stuff and more dangerous areas, but the boy just likes to go fast. I don't mind him going fast in the open areas and straights, but not near the trees and other immovable objects!! I know he's listening to me, but he's stubborn. I think I've got trouble.
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Old 04-10-2009   #2
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Re: Hillbilly Helmet Cam & Evel Wannabe

good job pops!
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Re: Hillbilly Helmet Cam & Evel Wannabe

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I like this pic. Look at the eyes.....He's got a little lean going on and he's got the whole Micheal Jordan tongue thing going on.....You know you're good when the tongue hangs out and you can pose for the camera
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Old 04-10-2009   #4
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You know you're good when the tongue hangs out and you can pose for the camera
That's what they tell your mom at that "movie" studio.



I can't see the pics from work. Must be posted on one of our blocked sites. Can't see any youtube Vids either. Sucks.

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Re: Hillbilly Helmet Cam & Evel Wannabe

Yea, but on a dirt mike, he will hit a bump and bite it off.
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Old 04-10-2009   #6
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That little guy has got it going on. You have your hand full.
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Old 04-10-2009   #7
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He looks hungry. Feed him his bike before the Child Protectors come and take it away from him.
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I can't see the pics from work. Must be posted on one of our blocked sites. Can't see any youtube Vids either. Sucks.

That's what happens when u get caught looking at GAY motorcycle Porn...
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The big wheel 80's I owned had a restrictor plate in the exhaust, right where it bolted to the head. When the rider was more experienced, unbolt and remove. That would slow that bike down considerably. I'd start with a 1/4" hole.
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Re: Hillbilly Helmet Cam & Evel Wannabe

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Yea, but on a dirt mike, he will hit a bump and bite it off.
Hmmm.... I never thought of that. Now there's another thing I gotta worry about. Guess I'm gonna hafta talk to him about that too, because he does that a lot.

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I can't see the pics from work. Must be posted on one of our blocked sites. Can't see any youtube Vids either. Sucks.
I have them on my Facebook account.

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Re: Hillbilly Helmet Cam & Evel Wannabe

[QUOTE=witttom;117870][B] If I drop it down into 1st gear, he's gonna blow it up. Heck, that still might happen in 2nd. If I restrict the throttle somehow (which I'm not even sure how), he's not gonna have the power (in 2nd) to pull the big hills. He's also exceeding the limits of the bike. This bike just does not have the suspension for the stuff he is doing.
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I can't see the pictures now that I'm at work, but does it have a chain? Can you put a big ass sprocket on the ack of it? But then you have the problem of him doing wheel stands.

Maybe a 100 LB weight on the back of the seat when he rides?
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I can't see the pictures now that I'm at work, but does it have a chain? Can you put a big ass sprocket on the ack of it? But then you have the problem of him doing wheel stands.

Maybe a 100 LB weight on the back of the seat when he rides?
Chain, yes. I considered going with a larger rear sprocket so that I can get him into 3rd gear sooner (3rd now too high, 2nd not quite high enough), but that's not gonna help with the excessive speed problem. A 100lb weight isn't gonna help with the suspension limitations. Hehe... Realistically, I need to teach him how to shift, but that's gonna open up a whole other can-o-worms.

I guess I'm just gonna hafta get real assertive with him and talk some sense into him. I've already stopped him many times for a "Cool Down" rest break when I see him doing something overly aggressive, or showing off, close calls, etc etc. Those breaks may need to get extended in order to let what I'm telling him sink in.

It would be nice if he could touch the ground too (he's far from it). He can only start/stop with my help. I'm getting too old for this stuff.
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Re: Hillbilly Helmet Cam & Evel Wannabe

I'd say gear the thing way down so all the acceleration is there but no speed. Or you could "adjust" the carb [shim the needle] so it doesn't run quite so well.
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Re: Hillbilly Helmet Cam & Evel Wannabe

I say take him to Circleville, suit him up, and let him "have at it" on one of Dave's YSRs.

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Re: Hillbilly Helmet Cam & Evel Wannabe

Just a few clips....




I was really kinda bummed, because I just couldn't seem to get a good video of him catching a lot of air.

I'm EXTREMELY pleased with his improvements though. He seems to be much more focused and making better decisions. He's getting faster, but I don't worry about him nearly as much. I now leave it in 3rd gear, which is fast enough to pull away from his JR50 neighbor. I bet he rode a good four hours this evening. No serious crashes today. One minor low side and dropped it once when he ran out of fuel. We did have a bit of a mishap midway though the evening, when I let him ride his sister's XR70 Clone (which is still way too big for him, by all rights). When he was coming in for a landing (for me to catch him), somehow the throttle got pegged wide open, and he ran my ass over. It was not a pretty sight, and I'm still hobbling around as a result.
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