Yep, everyone needs to put Mat Oxley's, Stealing Speed on their Christmas shopping list.MZ 250 circlips can be used on the 250/300 smokers, they have tails at each end of the clip, some bloke on ebay is selling them for a couple of quid. Before you all laugh at MZ, they used to win GP races years ago!
Well that's not actually a true representation of the facts. Ernst Degner took Walter Karden's detailed knowledge of two stroke engines and used it as a bargaining chip to buy a place for himself and his family outside east Germany. All the things you want to thank Degner for came from Karden. That's why the book is called stealing speed, that's what Degner did.Sidecarbod.
Mat Oxley posted today.
"Nice to see Suzuki giving Ernst Degner full credit for his work at the end of 1961, when he travelled to Japan to use his knowhow to design Suzuki's first competitive GP bikes. As far as I know this is their first public acknowledgement of his engineering input"
Nearly 60 years to half heartedly mention a man that risked his and his families lives for Suzuki. And that was even before he'd got to Japan and turned their racing fortunes on their head. Every 2 stroke that came after, took knowledge from those little stink wheels. So when we reminisce about expansion chambers, RD's and RGV's and those 500 GP bikes of the turn of the century, presumably the 2 stroke dirt bikes too. Degner was the man who made them possible.
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