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K-fab50's and Team Spode Racing Join Forces!

I've been playing with the Honda Z-50 for years now. I've had one since 1985 and it became a fire breathing monster back in 1986/87. Back in the day, the little Z would run 60 mph on flat ground! (very scary for such a short wheel base!) I spent countless hours on the thing and was so familiar with it that I could actually two wheel drift it through corners. It also bit me on occasion and, over the years, has removed more skin off my body than any other vehicle I've ever been involved with. Yes, the Killer Z was a nasty little booger.

Today, the old Z probably has somewhere between 20 and 25 THOUSAND miles on it. It's been through three clutches, two crank shafts, four top ends, countless pistons, valves, tires, and such. I ran it into the ground on more than one occasion. It's been in moth balls for the past two years, and with the new 50 cc revolution going on, I knew that I had a pretty nasty little ride if I wanted it. Then came along the XR-50. Hmm.... new technology, new suspension, new bike. I found one on e-bay and have had a blast with it. Still, the old Killer Z sat in the corner collecting dust.

The Machines


1985 Z-50 a.k.a. Ol' Blue
Bone Stock Suspension
XR-50 Head
Powroll 75 cc High Compression Piston
Powroll Bumpy Cam
1985 XR-75 Carb
K-fab 50's Upper Triple Clamp
K-fab 50's Custom Intake Manifold
K-fab 50's Modified Clutch
XR-50 CDI Ignition
Some sort of old Mini Bars

2000 XR-50
Fast 50's Shock Spring
Fast 50's Fork Springs
Fast 50's Foot Pegs
Fast 50's Folding Shift Lever
Fast 50's Skid Plate
K-fab 50's Upper Triple Clamp
K-fab 50's Swing arm
TAG Metals Fat Bars - Mini Bend
BBR Rims & Heavy Duty Spokes
BBR Chain Guide
YZF 426 Clutch used for Rear Braking
Powroll SuperPro Kit

XR-50 - Top Dog right now. Great power, very good handling, ergos that work. I can spin the rear tire all the way down the back straight if I want to. Just roll on the throttle and let 'er rip. Hard to keep it under you, though.

Ol'Blue - Best motor, but needs suspension redo. Too short, too tight, hard to handle. Motor comes alive on top major league. It's the exact same top end as on the XR, but has a bigger carb (hence the loss of torque but gain in top end) and still has stock Z-50 pipe - limiting maybe? Have a Bigg Gunn pipe for it that we'll try, but it's too noisy for the shop.

Have you ever wondered what happens when you put three of these machines in an area that's about 18' wide and 30' long?
Have a look!
Bargo and Kosar in Battle - Bargo on the '83 and Kosar on the XR
Powers Finds The Wall! - Powers on the XR and Parcell on Ol' Blue


January 16, 2004

Boy how things have changed in a year! Team Spode's pretty much gone insane with 50's and the K-fab facility.

Two additional bikes, a larger, safer track, mandatory use of helmets, street tires, muriatic acid concrete baths, flow thru shop ventilation - yea, it's a disease!

Let's start out with the bikes as they are now.


2001 XR-50 - "New Blue"
Fast 50's Shock Spring
Fast 50's Fork Springs
Fast 50's Billet Foot Pegs
Fast 50's Folding Shift Lever
Blue Plastic
TAG Metals Fat Bars - Mini Bend
TAG Metals Bar Clamps
FMF 909 grips
Motion Pro 1/4 turn throttle
Powder coated Rims
Moose On The Fly Clutch levers
Kitaco 75cc Cylinder
Kitaco High Compression Piston
Kitaco Bumpy Cam
Keihin Carb
Kitaco Intake
Uni Filter
Kitaco Ignition Box
Chen Shing Street tires
This bike was built from parts purchased off of E-bay.

1985 Z-50 "Old Blue"
Sik-50's Fork Springs
Sik-50's Shock Spring
K-Fab 50's Swing arm
K-Fab 50's Upper Triple Clamp
Werkz (K-Fab) intake manifold
2002 XR-50 engine
Takagawa 75cc cylinder
Takagawa High Compression Piston
XR-50 Carb
Kitaco Ignition Box
Some sort of old Mini Bars
Chen Shing Tires

2000 XR-50 "New Red"
Fast 50's Shock Spring
Fast 50's Fork Springs
Fast 50's Foot Pegs
Fast 50's Folding Shift Lever
Fast 50's Skid Plate
K-Fab 50's Upper Triple Clamp
K-Fab 50's Swing arm
TAG Metals Fat Bars - Mini Bend
BBR Rims & Heavy Duty Spokes
BBR Chain Guide
YZF 426 Clutch used for Rear Braking
Powroll SuperPro 75cc Kit
Kitaco Ignition Box
Chen Shing Street tires

2002 XR-50 "The Bargo Bike"
Sik-50's Fork Springs
Sik-50's Shock Spring
Powroll Bumpy Cam
Gobargo Racing Rear Brake Adapter
YZ450 Clutch lever and cable for rear brake
Kitaco Ignition Box

The 50 craze has bit down with full force on the majority of Team Spode.

Living in the Mid-West (Ohio), winter time usually takes a serious bite out of our riding time. Not this year! It may not be in the dirt, we may not be flying over double jumps and through whoops, but we still get our bar to bar, elbow to elbow, balls to the wall racing in. We just do it indoors!

Team Spode holds race night every Wednesday. Doors open at noon, track prep usually gets done before practice, which starts about 4:00 and racing begins at 6:00. We run until 9:00 - so far no complaints from the neighbors. Whew. Helmets are now mandatory gear (should have been originally - we got lucky and nobody got hurt before we implemented the helmet rule). Knee pads and gloves are recommended. We usually have five riders and sometimes even more. So far we all agree that we can run up to seven bikes on the track with no problems.

In the past three months tghe K-fab facility's gone through some major changes. The shop has been stretched out an extra twenty feet. All the K-fab machines have been moved into the new addition. A wall was removed from the side of a storage room and put where the lathe used to be. This maximization of floor space has made the track drastically larger and better. We went from running on a D shaped oval that was about 18' x 27' to a egg shaped oval that's 35' long, 26' wide in turn 1/2 and 18' in turn 3/4. On the old "short" track, lap times were in the 4.7 to 4.8 second range - good laps dropped down into the 4.6 second time. I haven't done times on the new larger track, but I think the times are going to be quite similar - we're moving faster now!

There have been issues that have reared ugly heads, but we've been able to work around most of them so far.
A) Slick concrete with years of grease and dirt. Nothing that a muriatic acid bath can't fix! We strip the floor clean with the acid about once a month, or when ever the surface starts getting slick
B) Exhaust Fumes. Talk about the kiss of death. We did have a setup where we partially opened the garage door, stuck a large fan under it and then sealed off the opening with sheet metal. What a pain - and the fan blew into the prevailing breeze on the property. Nothing a 48" wall unit can't fix! Nice windy world now. It pulls all the exhaust fumes right on out.
C) Space. The little track is GONE - and the new one is killer. Benches, machines and no barriers. Larry managed to break his left big toe when he ran down the side of the work bench. We now have hockey style boards around any area that the bike could get under and we have 2x4 rails that are a blast to bounce off of or use as a berm.

Team Spode 50 Lingo
There are rules that we follow - believe it or not...
Respect The Cones! Our corner marking cones are about 4' high and usually self righting if you bump one with your knee, head or hand.
Cone Violation! (said with a Cajun Accent for some strange reason) Disrespect a cone, (knock it over) and the direction of the laps is reversed.
Gilespie! This is a call meaning "I'm dizzy!" resulting in a change of lap direction
Track Violation! A racer has crashed, run into a wall, had some sort of accident. Once again, resulting in reversing of lap direction.
NASCAR! A call meaning set the lap direction to left hand turn - counter clockwise
Starting to see a pattern?

At first, running in a clockwise direction (right hand turn) was very cumbersome and lap times were almost twice what the NASCAR direction was. Now they are almost the same. It's amazing how much riding these silly little bikes has helped when it comes to riding the full sized MX bikes. Slides into corners, power slides out of corners, front end drift, all of it tuned and dialed on a 50 directly transfers to the full sized bikes and all of our lap times on the MX track have dropped. Pretty cool, eh???

What's next in store for Team Spode and the Killer 50's?
Now that K-fab has a dedicated room for machining and such, 50 parts will start to emerge. Keep an eye out for things like triple clamps, bar kits, billet hubs, disc brake conversions and possibly frames and swing arms. With the Team Spode Test crew working hard, I see lots of good stuff on the horizon.


(8/17/04) The Outdoor World of K-fab 50's

Spring time in Ohio means outdoor time for motocross racers and Team Spode. The K-fab 50's facility has moved ahead and joined the ranks of full sized mx bikes with a dedicated track, designed just for the 50 sized bike. The land behind the K-fab shop was cleared of years of over growth, downed trees and developed, yielding enough room for a track that's right at .33 miles long. The track contains up hills, down hills, off cambers, railing berms, two creek crossings, a supercross sized jump, some smaller jumps and has a HUGE grin factor. Lap times are generally in the 1 minute, 10 second range and speeds of 30+ mph are hit in a couple sections.
Click here for a video of a lap around the K-fab Track

Once again the bikes have gone through a drastic amount of change to adapt to the new terrain. Now that we're running outdoors, the speeds are up, the indoor suspensions were pushed past their limits and upgrades were needed.


2000 XR-50 "258"
Fast 50's Fork Springs
Fast 50's Foot Pegs
Fast 50's Folding Shift Lever
Fast 50's Glide Plate
Five-O Racing Alum. Swingarm
Five-O Racing Rear Sprocket
Five-O Racing Front Disc Brake Kit
Two Brothers Rear Disc Brake Kit
Works Performance Shock & Spring
BBR Rims & Heavy Duty Spokes
BBR Chain Guide
Powroll SuperPro 75cc Kit
Powroll Vented Valve Cap
Two Brothers Rear Disc Brake Kit
TAG Metals Fat Bars - Mini Bend
RK Gold 420 Chain
FMF 909 grips
K-fab 50's Upper Triple Clamp
Kitaco Ignition Box
Dunlop 756 Tires

2001 XR-50 - "No Number"
(was "
New Blue")
Fast 50's Fork Springs
Fast 50's Glide Plate
Fast 50's Billet Foot Pegs
Fast 50's Folding Shift Lever
Five-O Racing Alum. Swingarm
Five-O Racing Rear Sprocket
Five-O Racing Front Disc Brake Kit
Works Performance Shock & Spring
Powroll Cam
Powroll Vented Valve Cap
BBR Chain Guide
TAG Metals Fat Bars - Mini Bend
TAG Metals Bar Clamps
RK Gold 420 Chain
FMF 909 grips
Motion Pro 1/4 turn throttle
Aluminum Rims w/hd spokes
Kitaco 75cc Cylinder
Kitaco High Compression Piston
Keihin Carb
Kitaco Intake
Uni Filter
Kitaco Ignition Box
Dunlop 756 Tires

1985 Z-50 "Old Blue"
XR-50 Front Forks & Wheels
Sik-50's Fork Springs
Fast 50's Glide Plate
Five-O Racing Billet Foot Pegs
Five-O Racing Folding Shift Lever
Five-O Racing Alum. Swingarm
Five-O Racing Rear Sprocket
Five-O Racing Triple Clamp & Bar Kit
Works Performance Shock & Spring
Powroll Cam
Powroll Vented Valve Cap
Red Barron Chain Guide
RK Gold 420 Chain
Kitaco Intake Manifold
2002 XR-50 engine
Takagawa 75cc cylinder
Takagawa High Compression Piston
XR-50 Carb
Heavy Duty Spokes
Kitaco Ignition Box
Dunlop 756 Tires

2002 XR-50 "49"
Sik-50's Fork Springs
Fast 50's Billet Hubs
Fast 50's Alum. Rims w/hd Spokes
Five-O Racing Billet Foot Pegs
Five-O Racing Folding Shift Lever
Five-O Racing Alum. Swingarm
Five-O Racing Rear Sprocket
Works Performance Shock & Spring
Powroll SuperPro 75cc Kit
Powroll Vented Valve Cap
Red Barron Chain Guide
RK Gold 420 Chain
Mikuni 19mm Carb
Kitaco Ignition Box
Dunlop 756 Tires

Bargo on the Bridge

Frodo!

Greg in Action

Thumbs Up!

Freight Train Time

Full Throttle!

Frodo on the Down hill

Greg Over the Bridge

There Goes Larry!

Running The Bridge

Breather time.

Frodo Getting Ready

Downhill Greg

On the brakes

Gary aka "Fresh Meat"
K-fab 50's Videos:
Action Stuff
Downhill Jump
Lower Section
The Crew
Bridge One
Corner Battle
Greg & Larry Fly By
Greg & Brian Jumping
Greg & Larry Jumping
Greg & Larry Jumping
Larry & Greg Fly By
Backside Jump View
Bargo
Brian Fly By
Brian & Greg
Brian & Greg
Frodo
Frodo!
Go Frodo!
Frodo Go!
Go Frodo Go!
Powers
Greg Down!
Front End Problems?
Target Larry
Close!
Greg Fly By
Parcel
Larry Fly By
Down Hill Larry
Larry Jumping
Larry Jumping

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