SPS: As I remember, that EX500 was fast, but somewhat temperamental.
AM: It had all the typical hot rod things done; cams, big bore, compression. It was pretty fast, and I managed to get a number of second place finishes on it. I was always working on it though. That's why I got the GS500 Cup bike.
SPS: The GS500 Cup involved racers on identical bone stock Suzukis, all with the same Avon tires mounted. Dynamometer runs after the race made sure the bikes were all even. Suzuki was paying cash in the series, which brought out a number of fast riders like Adam Faucett and Scott Moon. How did that go?
AM: I could never get accustomed to how really badly they handled. Other riders were able to shrug off the bouncing and wobbling to go faster. I ended up about mid pack. Under the rules, there wasn't anything you could do to fix it. It did get my photo in the national magazines though. Cycle World sent a reporter up to race a GS500. I was about the same speed so all the photos showed me in the pack somewhere. I think we were running about 5 th through 7 th.
SPS: After that you bought a Honda RS125 and started getting faster. Why did you go with the 125?
AM: It was sort of a progression from the EX500 that I had to work on all the time, through the GS500 that the rules didn't allow any modification to be done. After the time spent on the GS I decided I wanted a bike I could tune on a bit, but not too much. It took a while to figure out, but in 2002 I was class champion in 125 GP and second in Open Single.
SPS: What are your plans for the future?
AM: If I can make my bike more reliable (as we talk, a seized piston hangs out of the motor) I plan to race the Grand Prix Racer's Union (GPRU) event in Portland. After that I don't know. I'll never sell the 125, but I'm thinking about racing sidecars. I bought a stronger tow rig that will hold a 125 and pull a trailer with sidecar. There's definitely a bigger investment in equipment with sidecars.
SPS: You've been working at RMC Motorsports (Renton Motorcycles) for quite a while now. Do you get to work on many race bikes?
AM: In the past we've focused on current market machines like street sportbikes, cruisers and tour bikes. We do get some variety with snowmobiles. Occasionally I race prep a 600 class machine but that's about it. We aren't really a race specialty shop yet, but we will delve into in detail when we move to our new location in fall of 2003. SR!
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