Projects &           Activities

What we're working on . . . 

Patrick had a passion for riding and motocross.  As we've mentioned, he had plans be a mechanic and try making a career in the industry.   Throughout the years I've spent time making things for and with him:  the coaster cart, putting together the JR50, making model rockets, rebuilding his vintage bikes and more.  To continue making things and doing projects related to the sport he enjoyed is a way for me to remember him.  On these pages we'll list a few projects and activities that we think resonate with Patrick and would make him smile. 

Hobo Headquarters

This was something I did for myself a couple months after we lost Patrick.  Working with my hands and being alone were & are something that I enjoy and needed. This project allowed me to create a workspace where I can be surrounded by memories of him.  It's nothing more than an 8' x 20' extension on the barn that I finished into a motorcycle work area.  In keeping with the Hobo Motorsport way, it's small and simple. 

Trophies, pictures, gear, etc - everywhere I look I see him!


Patrick liked to name things.  I could blame this on his girlfriend but it was really him - though I think she did help out.  His XR70 was his second motorcycle and got the name "Rodrigo".  He loved this bike.  I would say part of the reason he was so fond of it is because he had it so long.  He got it when he was about 9 years old.  He rode it around the house and used it for trail riding.  He rode at the ice races and won the PeeWee class in 2009.  When friends came over inevitably Rodrigo would get drug out and they would take turns romping around on it. 
Most recenty Rodrigo saw more abuse as he rode it in pit bike races.  Patrick got a kick out of those - again it seemed like the Hobo way:  just silly fun.  On the first race he saw his friend Ryan next to him and started yelling at him (all caught on the GoPro - I'll put in on the Hobo Facebook page).  Then one time he rode it in the tandem race with his friend Trevor.  Poor Rodrigo was already worn out but kept on going; so we decided to put a little effort into improvements.
The combination of a tired motor and centrigial clutch made for paddling out of turns so I modifed the clutch to be a combo centrigal/manual set up which allowed him to slip the clutch.  $130 for a new shock was a major expense but then the old shock really WAS shot.   I fabricated an adapter to raise the ride height about 1.5" in back and some spacers for the front forks kept it balanced and make it fit his full-size body a little better.  However like any racing, the competition heats up. Soon KLX110's & larger displacement Chinese pit bikes relegated Patrick and Rodrigo to the back of the pack.   
Since Rodrigo wasn't going to be making the trip to Arizona with Patrick I had been kicking around doing some upgrades while is was gone to surprise him - now it seems like the right thing to proceed.  I  think Patrick would approve!  

Dont forget to check out Hobo Motorsports on Facebook!   I'll be posting several of Patricks antics on Rodrigo and other bikes. 

Rodrigo 2.0 -
     "better, stronger, faster"         

The plan is to have Rodrigo 2.0 ready by February 2018 for a Kicker Arenacross in Denver.   Successful first outing! 31 pit bike entires, I finished 18th after starting from the second row.  Patrick would have done much better than me but the bike runs strong.   A lengthened swingarm is in the plans because with the extra horsepower, it's a little squirelly - a couple inches longer should make it more stable. 
The plan starts with adapting a set of XR80 forks.  This will increase the travel by 1.5", raise the ride height (as it is still quite low) and require minimal fabrication.  Additionally it will allow use of the original XR70 front wheel and brake. 
For power I went with a Chinese made Lifan 125 with a manual clutch and 4 speed from Faster Mini's.  (If you want trick stuff for your pit bike, the guys at Faster Mini's are a great place to go!) 

While I liked the idea of hot rodding the original Honda motor the fact is it would have cost me twice as much.  Remember - we work on a budget here, so hopefully this motor works out OK.  I
At this point the mods for the front forks are done. I had to notch the frame to allow the swingarm to come down farther to keep the bike balance for ride height.  A few mods on the swingarm will give increased travel.  Then I can put the chassis back together, put the motor in and start building the exhaust. 
Forks are same diameter and width as the stock XR70  forks but you can't mix & match the triple clamps as they have a different offset.  I had to turn down the stem at the top so the top race would go down further, fab a simple and weld on a steering stop to adapt the forks
Notched frame - shown above,  allows more swingarm travel.  To the left is the finished lower shock mount.  Changing the postion raises the rear ride height to match the front and the resulting change in leverage increases the travel by 20mm and softens the rear end.  This shock was quite stiff anyway - Faster Mini's say it's set up for a 170lb rider which is too stiff and my intial "calibrated bounce test" says it feels like it should work.  
December 2017 - completed 2.0 version.  Suspension mods done, handmade exhaust with 714 edition label, new tires.
It's plenty fast and a bit squirrely due to short wheelbase.  A longer, custom swingarm would make it handle better but I want to keep as much of the original XR70 Rodrigo  DNA as possible  
Link to the right is a brief test ride of the completed 2..0 version.  Some more testing and adjustments will be necessary before competition but it's close!
Diamond Don's - April 2018
This was the site of many memories for Patrick and I.  I feel I need to take his bikes down and ride them for him. Also want to see his Texas friends and remember Patrick with them.