I've been mentoring these kids I met at Donut Derelicts for a while. Max, the leader of the pack has been putting motorbikes together for the gang and teaching them how to build and maintain them on their own. I'm trying to get them to install front brakes and put the loose wires in looms and shorten and clamp all the cables. Basically making them safer and better looking. I tried to get them to the October race and Neil sent me a bunch of Waivers because they range from 13 to 17 years old. I told them I would take them as long as one of the parents who knows all of them comes also and they have read the rules and gathered up all the safety equipment. Well, a few days before the race, Max was being pulled on a skateboard by his friend on a motorbike, on the way to buy a used 2 stroke engine, when he lost control and crashed, breaking his collarbone. So some of the other guys called me and wanted to go race anyway, no waivers, no parents on board and very little preparation. Needless to say, it didn't happen.
The kids thrash their bikes all week, or until they break, and fix them as needed. John at Banzai Machine and I help them to make repairs that need more than they're capable of doing.
So I'm making them a race only bike so when it comes time, it won't be broken. I'll take them to the track sometime to dial in the bike and see who cuts the fastest lap time. That will determine who races first. And if any of the other bikes are running, they can also race them.
Anyway the bike will be a stock Chinese motor on an old Hawthorne 24'' frame. No chain tensioner, heavy spokes, drum front and rear brakes with no suspension. Still needs a little work, but we have plenty of time.