Last Call: The Family That Plays Together Stays Together Edition

Jacksons
The hair! The fashions! Not only were the ’70s a fabulous time for music, but it was also not a half bad time to pick up a small motorcycle or mini bike, as this Jackson Family photo proves. In fact, I’d say back then it was easy as ABC, 123, baby you and me. Can you name all the bikes and their Jackson riders?
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  1. Dirt Bike Camp: Think Outside the Berm!
    This Old Batshitbox, who is old enough to have been born in the 1960s and sorta remembers the days of earthtone plaid and Techumseh powered Mini Bikes, finally went to Dirt Bike Camp for a proper thrashing under the tutelage of a bona fide dirt bike champion. Honey Bunny joined me and this was her second trip to DBC.
    Good News! I didn’t crash. I should have tried harder, I guess, but Mr Dirt Bike Instructor always says, “I’ve done all the crashing so you don’t have to!” I definitely found myself off course by a few degrees and obstacles, but the track is set up with that in mind, and there aren’t any hazards hiding in the weeds.
    Bad News: No bad news, all good news.
    Lessons learned! I have once again started learning on a slightly larger bike than I should have. A DRZ400S is a big, lanky horse compared to what really gets around a motocross track well. Luckily, there were Honda 150s and KTM 100 corn poppers to ride as well. The DRZ will serve me well for the fire roads and other adventures I bought it for, and it’s good to know how to get it to behave on a tight track.
    As I thought, my suspension was tuned for a guy 100 pounds heavier than me, and my handlebars were too far back. This was something you just can’t teach yourself, it takes an expert about three seconds to correct it.
    Big Air! At my skill level, all air is big air. Mr Dirt Bike Instructor says a lot of people show up and say, “I’m not here to catch air, I’m not going to catch air.” and they all end up launching themselves into the atmosphere. I might have got a foot off the ground and flew about one bike length. I managed to get the DRZ up, too.
    Suffering! Well, most of the suffering was because it was over 90 degrees and we were in full armor; and we’re from a town that never strays too far from 65 degrees. Later, more suffering resulted from being old and out of shape, but totally worth it.
    Happy 2-wheel Tuesday!

    1. That sounds like a fantastic Tuesday! Or any other day of the week.
      First air always feels like BIG air. (Especially on a streetbike. Hey, it was time for new underwear anyway. Don’t judge.)

      1. there used to be a local level crossing here in melbourne that was notorious for anything being able to get air, even scooters as i was to find out……..
        much fun was had there on bikes, scooters and a couple of times, cars, we’d even detour to have a couple of runs at it
        the roads dept have, over the years, raised the level of the road so its almost at the same height as the train tracks…no fun (or not quite as much anyway)
        also the intersection/area is a whole lot busier these days, its a lot harder to get a good clear run at it (not that i’d be doing that sort of thing officer)

  2. http://www.wfla.com/story/28859690/hillsborough-teen-bitten-in-face-by-water-moccasion-snake
    Hillsborough teen bitten on face by water moccasin he kept on bed

    A Wimauma teen is hospitalized at Tampa General Hospital after he was
    bit on the face by a cottonmouth snake on Saturday night. Cottonmouth
    snakes are also known as water moccasins.
    Investigators say Austin
    Hatfield, 18, had captured the snake several days earlier, put it in a
    pillowcase and kept the pillowcase on his bed.
    At some point on
    Saturday night, the snake escaped and the teen grabbed it close to his
    chest. The snake then bit him in the face, according to Florida Fish and
    Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokesperson Gary Morse.
    Emergency crews responded to the home at about 11:45 p.m. and transported Hatfield to TGH where the teen is in good condition.
    The snake was euthanized and was brought to TGH for identification.
    FWC is investigating because of the injury and it is against the law to possess a venomous snake without a permit.
    No charges have been filed.

    Ladies and gentlemen… Florida.

    1. That song! So many familiar hooks! Al Wilson recorded it in 1968,, The opening jangle reminds me partly of the opening of “Love Her Madly” (1971) and partly of “Sultans Of Swing” (1978), and the basic groove reminds me of Johnny Rivers (who also recorded ‘The Snake’) and his 1966 hit, “Secret Agent Man”.

      1. It would make sense as Johnny Rivers was a producer of the album for Johnny Rivers’ Soul City Records, recording in the same Western Studio Three that Johnny always used (along with many, many others.)

    2. This headline showed up in my Facebook feed, making me feel stupid simply for having been targeted with it.

      1. Oh, Alff, of all things, that should be the last thing that makes you feel stupid.

  3. Wait, why is there a Mercedes-Benz star on that motorcycle? Or am I just confusing things?

  4. Michael is all special with the little Honda, the one in the orange pants looks pissed to be riding the lawnmower engined mini-bike.
    Wonder how many of those bikes ended up in the pool.

    1. Good catch. I was trying to figure that out myself. I thought it looked like a street bike too, and that fork shroud is also missing. Looks like three lawnmower-engined minibikes, one with an “upscale” chrome fuel tank.

      1. Tuning forks allow you to hit the right pitch.
        Pitch forks are NOT made to allow you to hit the right tune. 😉

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