I just read “Jody’s Box” in the
November 2015 issue, and for the
first time in my years of reading
MXA I thought Jody came across
as a self-centered jerk. That waitress tried to be polite and make
conversation with him every week
and he treated her like someone
who is beneath him. For shame,
It’s okay; she spit in his food.
By Jody Weisel
“No, his wife had a baby,” I said.
“Oh, that’s sweet. So, he won’t be back for a couple
weeks?” she asked.
“No, he won’t be back until the kid graduates from
“Who was the big winner today?” asked the waitress
the next week.
“I’ve been waiting for you,” said the waitress. “I met a
guy named Bobby Swinton the other day. He said he was
once a factory Honda racer,” she said.
“That’s nice.” I said. “I want a Coke and Chicken Club
sandwich and the King of Siam over there will have a
“Who was the big winner today?” asked the waitress
as we settled down at our regular table.
“How are you guys doing today?” asked the waitress
after Saturday’s REM race.
“We’re in kind of a hurry,” I said as we sat down in the
restaurant, “so we need to order right away.”
“What’s the big rush?” she asked.
“We have to be at a close friend’s wedding
in Costa Mesa in one hour.” I said.
“You guys are something else,“ she
said. “Couldn’t you give up a weekend
of racing to support your friend on
his wedding day?”
“Don’t blame me,” I said while
pointing across the table at Fred
Phalange. “It’s all his fault.”
“Why is it his fault?” she asked.
“He’s the groom.” ❏
A fter every REM race the MXA gang stops at the Denny’s on the road out of Glen Helen and has lunch together. It is a ritual.
“I’ll have a Coke and a Chicken Club sandwich,” I said.
“You guys come here every weekend, don’t you?” said
the waitress. “You’re the guys with all the motorcycles in
their trucks, aren’t you?”
“Yes,” I said. “I’ll have a Coke and Chicken Club
“I’ve heard about the racetrack, but I’ve never been
there,” she said. “You 10 guys are the only motorcycle
racers I’ve ever met.”
“It’s good to see you guys again this week. I have a
table for 10 ready in the back,” said the same waitress
a week later.
“We only need a table for nine this week,” I said.
“Oh, is one of your gang missing?” asked the waitress.
“No, but a part of his little finger is.”
“It must be hot at the track today,” said our
regular waitress as we came in the door. “How many
“Eight,” I said.
“Who’s missing?” she asked.
“The Cobb salad with Blue Cheese on the side.”
“Will there be 10 of you today?” asked the waitress as
the first few of us wandered in from the racetrack.
“No,” I said. “Only six today.”
“Oh gosh! What happened to the rest?” she
asked in fear.
“They don’t all make it through every weekend,”
“How badly were they hurt?” she asked
“Who said anything about being hurt?” I replied.
“Two had to go to T-ball games, one took his wife to
visit her mother, and another had to stay home and
mow the yard.”
“Hi, guys,” said the waitress as we filed in and sat
down. “Hey, where’s the guy with the blond hair?
Don’t tell me he got hurt?”
YOUR HONOR, I OBJECT
I take exception to the statement
in your 2016 Kawasaki KX450F test
where you said, “The overall power
isn’t impressive when compared to
what the KTM and Yamaha produce,
especially on top. Luckily, it feels
slower than it is.” Did you leave a
rag in the airbox? In my seat-of-
the-pants tests, the KX450F is the
strongest 450 made.
No offense, Jackson, but you need
to have your Dockers recalibrated. ❏
2016 Kawasaki KX450F.
BRIDGESTONE OR NOTHING
I want to run Bridgestone tires, not
Dunlops. But with the 403/404 being
abandoned, I don’t know what tire
to run. What is the best Bridgestone
combination to replace my good old
Most MXA test riders prefer to
match the Bridgestone Battlecross
X30 front with the Battlecross X40
rear. This is a good all-around
combination. It should go without
saying, but we’ll say it anyway—we
don’t like the X40 front or the very
heavy X30 rear.
BUTTER SIDE UP
I’m not writing just to see my
name in print, although that would
be a bonus. I want to say that the
detail, attention and information that
MXA puts into its tests and tech
articles is a clear reflection of what
the magazine is all about. The
number of pages you devote to
machinery and how little you spend
on star idolatry stands in stark
contrast to the other publications.
A CASE OF DIMINISHING
I admit that the Honda CRF450
doesn’t make as much power as the
KTM 450SXF, but when I put on a
Pro Circuit pipe and had the head
done, it was more than competitive.
What do you say to that?
We say that’s not true. While an
exhaust pipe and some head mods
will improve the CRF450’s performance, those mods will not make up
the 5-horsepower disadvantage that
the CRF450 has compared to the
KTM. Plus, have you ever considered
what would happen if a KTM 450SXF
owner made the exact same mods to
his bike that you made to your CRF?
THE TIN LIZZY SYNDROME
With respect to Mr. Jimmy Mac’s
two-page photo spread of vintage
bikes in the November MXA, the
blatant anti-AHRMA caption
accompanying it should have at least
contained more up-to-date facts on
the organization’s class structure.
Since 2000, AHRMA has provided
classes for 1975–1992-era machines.
The purpose of the organization is
to preserve the sights, sounds and
the machines from the past eras of
the sport. I hardly think a 2000+ four-stroke-powered machine qualifies.
Steve, MXA was the promoter of
the first vintage motocross race ever
held in the USA and, at that race,
bikes 5 years old were considered
vintage. Do you really think that only
bikes made before 1993 are worthy
of being preserved and ridden? Even
simple math tells you that 1992 was
23 years ago. A lot of great bikes
have come and gone in that time. We
get it that you don’t like modern four-
strokes, but the 1998 Yamaha YZ400,
the first of the modern four-strokes,
is not only vintage in our eyes, but
a much more important cultural icon
for our sport that some rat-trap two-
stroke from the 1970s that wasn’t
even popular back then. Under
AHRMA’s guidance, the only classic
cars would be Tin Lizzys, because
those Hupmobiles with their electric
starters don’t qualify.
KUDOS TO HONDA
Regarding your retort in the “Mail
Entries” section of the November
2015 issue on Honda’s all-new two-stroke patent, at least it can be said
that Honda is working on two-strokes
and is not totally abandoning the