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Cycle News 1999 05 26

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from Calgary scheduled to air on Tuesday, June 29, at 8 p.m. (Eastern). The seventh annual Outlaw Vintage Short Track will be held at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, California, on June 26, with racing set to begin at 6 p.m. Points will be awarded toward Eddie Mulder's West Coast Vintage Flat Track Series standings. The day after the race, a classic motorcycle show and exchange will take place at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. For more information, call 805/650-6777. Horizon Racing U.S.A. is taking a major step to help ensure motorcyclists keep their right to ride by donating money to the AMA from the sale of its radiator coolant/ antifreeze, according to the AMA. Despite the best efforts of the 2000-plus letters that were sent to Governor Gray Davis on his behalf, Cliff Glidden, the deputy director of California's OffHighway Vehicle J;'rogram, has been replaced. "I am extremely proud of the California OHV program," Glidden said. "The $36 million annual budget, staff of over 150 and more than 200 statewide OHV locations is an example of how government should work: for the people. We know who our customer is: It is you. For the last five years, I have focused on OHV opportunity. My vision and direction has been to establish fiscal accountability, acquire more land for OHV recreation and to do whatever it took to protect our existing riding areas. I've made the division responsive to the OHV community's needs. 1 haven't finished yet; there is a lot more to do. Representing the OHV community has been a tremendous challenge. I graciously thank all of those who supported me throughout my tenure. My only wish is that I could have done more." Glidden can be reached at 209/825-5751. Race announcer Dave Despain will be inducted into the National Mqtorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame in Sturgis, South Dakota, on August 11. The Cajun Cycle Riders will host National Trails Day on June 5 at the Vernon Ranger District in Cravens, Louisiana. For more information; call 504/448"()354. Freestyle motocross will be a part of this year's ESPN X Garnes, according to a press release from LXD, the organizer of the motocross portion of the show. The X Games will run from Jun~ 25 Good things, small packages highlight Honda 2000 off-road line T he much-anticipated next-generation XR engine may have turned out to be a bust - at least for this year - but that didn't stop Honda from introducing sweeping changes and adding a small surprise to its 2000 motocross and off-road model lineups. Starting with the MX weaponry, the 2000 Honda CR125R and CR250R are all-new machines, fea turing "second-genera tion" semi-double-cradle aluminum frames that Honda says are tuned to provide the optimum combination of rigidity and necessary flex for impact absorption, traction compliance and vibration reduction. Both models will also reoeive frame-geometry changes and a new swingarm. The layout of the machines is said to be much narrower, imparting a lighter, slimmer feel. Suspensionwise, the CRs will receive new shocks and revised linkage ratios, with the CR125R utilizing a new KYB fork with im.proved damping characteristics. The CR250R is equipped with a Showa front fork with internal modifications to help reduce friction. Both engines have been thoroughly redesigned and feature larger airboxes, new cylinders and heads, all-new power valve designs and new 'exhaust pipes. A Mikuni TMX carb now feeds the CRI25R's combustion chamber, with the juices being ignited by a redesigned ignition system. Suggested retail prices are $4899 for the CR125R and $5799 for the CR250R. Expect to see both bikes in dealer showrooms by September. Also returning with minor revisions ·will be Honda's CR80R, -CR80R Expert and CRSOOR. Moving from big to little, sinall folk can look forward to the 2000 Honda XR50R, the newest in the family of Honda's four-stroke off-road lineup and the successor to one of the most popular-selling models in Honda history, the Z50R. The XR isn't just a Z in disguise, however. It is a new design, featuring the same tough little four-stroke, three-speed engine but matedto a longer-wheelbase frame and larger lO-inch spoke wheels to improve both turning and straight-line stability. An through July 3 in San Francisco, California, with the freestyle motocross competition scheduled for June 29. A medical fund has been set up to aid road racer Randy Groves, who suffered head injuries in the 600cc Supersport race at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, California, on April 25. Those wishing to contribute can send money to the Randy Groves Medical Fund, c/o River City BaTIk, 8923 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624-1942. MOVED: L&M Video Productions, to 10041 Tel- all-new monoshock design graces the rear of the bike, as does a slim seat and narrow tank profile. The XR50R is decked out in Team Honda's red bodywork, complete with race-style graphics. Suggested retail price is $1299. Like the new CRs, the XR50R will be available in September. It will be joined by revised versions of the rest of the XR family. luride St., Littleton, CO 80125, 303/777-4337, 303/932-6946 (fax). Or-EN HOUSE: At Fast By Ferracci Ducati in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Former 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz will be the special guest. For more information, caU 215/657-1276. RESCHEDULED: Round six of the AMA National Hare & Hound Series, originally scheduled for June 26 in Wendover, Nevada, will now be held on October 9 in Wendover. "For more information, call 208/342-3910. RESCHEDULED: Round three of the WERA National Series, originally scheduled for May 28-30 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, will now be hel~ June 12~13 at Roebling Road Raceway in Faulkville, Ge?rgia. AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: At Thousand Oaks Honda HRC Suzuki .in Thousand Oaks, California, on May 22. Among those scheduled to appear are Miguel DuHamel, Eric Bostrom, Anthony Gobert, Kevin Erion, Nicky Hayden, Kurtis Roberts, Reg Pridmore and Greg Albertyn. For more information, ca1l805/371-3ooo. AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: At Competition Accessories in Springfield, Ohio, May 21-22. Fast By Ferracci's Larry Pegram is scheduled to appear. 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