XLint Performance

October 26-28, 2001
St. Joe State Park
Park Hills, MO (site of Flat River GP)
1 hour south of St. Louis.

from Jeff DeBell at jeffdebell@aol.com February 19, 2001

Hi All,

Just got home from the Indy Dealer Show. Our own beloved Dwight Rudder was there and we both laughed that when we got home there would probably be 300 vinduro emails waiting to be opened! Well, it's not quite 300, but let me assure you that my inbox was FULL!

But, on to the show.... As I've mentioned, Dwight was there with Parts Unlimited. I ran into him within 5 minutes of hitting town. Let me publicly thank Dwight for doing a yeoman's job in helping me promote the upcoming ISDT Reunion Ride. Dwight was pumping anyone who'd talk to him about it and kept asking me for more flyers to hand out.

If you want to see enthusiasm defined, just look at Dwight's eyes when he starts talking vintage bikes! The man is possessed! THANK YOU, Dwight!

I went to Indy courtesy of Dave Mungenast's Classic Motorcycles LLC. Becky (from Dave's shop) and I decided several months back to do some advertising at the Indy show as many of the former ISDT guys either work the show or come to check it out. I had a couple of shirts embroidered with ISDT Reunion Ride on them, got a dozen hats embroidered and printed off 1000 business cards and 1000 flyers. 

Personally, I missed more of the show than I saw, because I spent most of my time going from one place to another to track down specific people, but from a Reunion Ride standpoint I think Becky will agree that "we done good"!!! I'll try to give you the 
highlights and fill you in on who might be coming.

One big news item is that Classic Motorcycles LLC and the ISDT Reunion Ride will be featured in a SPEEDVISION series this year. One of Becky's buddies who works for Speedvision just happens to have an old 8-speed Husky that needs restoration. Classic LLC is going to do the restoration work (Ed Schmidt Sr & Jr are the resident Husky gurus) and Speedvision will do a feature program on Classic's shop and museum, follow the progress of the restoration, and finish up the series when the bike is ridden at the Reunion Ride this fall. With Speedvision in hand, this almost guarantees that we will have Larry Maiers back with us again. Good work Becky on this one!!!

I get a feather in my cap for icing the deal in getting MALCOLM SMITH to come this year. Dave Mungenast actually did 99% of the work as he spent a couple of weeks badgering Malcolm about it down trail riding in Chile earlier this year. BUT, when Reverend Rudder took my in to talk to Malcolm on Friday night, there was just the slightest bit of hesitation in his voice....he was concerned about having to ride an 
older bike and possibly re-injuring himself. He's taken a couple of nasty spills the past couple of years and is rightfully concerned about keeping himself in one piece. Dwight was pushing him to ride something vintage (I told you, the man is fanatic!) but I could sense Malcolm's concern about this, so I ripped the helm from Rudder's grasp and offered to let Malcolm ride my 2000 KTM 400EXC. That's all it took....Malcolm said "I'll be there!" and the deal was done. Like I said, Mungenast gets 99% of the credit, but I'll take my 1%, too!

With Malcolm committed and Ed Schmidt, Sr. already committed, it was time to go to work on DICK BURLESON. Again, my spiritual guide Mr. Rudder steered me towards "King Richard" and it looked like one of those "good cop, bad cop" things like you see on NYPD Blue. I was trying to convince Dick to come, telling him about what fun it is, who's come in the past, etc., etc., and Rudder is over there calling 
him a panty waist if he doesn't come, taunting him like the French knights taunting King Arthur in Monty Python & The Holy Grail (those who've seen it will know what I mean!), but one of the final nails in the coffin was telling Dick that we had Malcolm committed. Dick said "Well, what about ED SCHMIDT?" Nail another nail in..."He's 
coming, Dick!"....OK, what about RON BOHN?" Bang, bang, bang..."We're gonna sic PAUL DANIK on Bohn this year." Dick hemmed and hawed but if I was a betting man, I'd bet we'll see him there this fall. Just to be sure, I talked to Dick's boss, Gary Gibbs at Moose Off-Road, so I think it's a done deal.

Who else did we talk to? JOHN PENTON, DAN LEIMBACH and DOUG  WILWORD....all of whom will be at the Ride, well John and Doug for sure. Dane's son is tearing up the 80cc MX class, his business PVL needs his attention, etc, but he said he will be there barring any unforeseen circumstances. Mr. Penton, Doug and Dane said they would also look up CARL CRANKE and TOM PENTON, MIKE ROSSO, ROD BUSH and some of the other Penton/KTM guys. CHRIS CARTER of Motion Pro....Chris also handed out cards and flyers for us at his booth and I'm sure Chris will be back to ride his 3rd Reunion Ride. I've got another tale about Chris down below....

Rocket RON RIBOLZI of Trelleborg/Mitas....he is helping set up the thing, so he and Ray Mungenast will be there again. KEVIN HINES of E-Line/UFO...Kevin was so pumped about last year's event that he wants to try to do a "30th Anniversary of the Dalton ISDT" Reunion Ride in New England in 2003. For this year, Kevin is pumping up the guys in New England. KEVIN LAVOIE should be back, DON CUTLER is a strong possibility, and hopefully we can get DAVE LATHAM out. I'd also love to see MARCIA MACDONALD come for personal reasons...she was responsible for getting a bunch of us New England kids onto the trails (and out of jail!) with the Junior Enduro Series up there when I was first getting into the woods.

BRUCE YOUNG of Western Power Sports is going to work on BILLY UHL and he took home a fistful of cards to hand out in the northwest US where he lives. BILL BERROTH (FMF) wants to come and will try to bring DANNY LAPORTE and TOM WEBB with him. FRITZ KADLEC is a strong possible. JOE CARSON (72,74)is a strong possible. DREW SMITH (Works Enduro Rider)is a strong possible, although he has been selected as US ISDE Team Manager for 2001 so his schedule is tight, but he and brother CHRIS SMITH will talk it up in the northeast along with Kevin Hines.

I put a bug in the ear of SCOTT SUMMERS and the KNIGHTS (Gas Gas NA)and so many other people I can't even remember right now.CHARLIE WILLIAMS will be back down and PAUL CLIPPER of Trail Rider should be coming, too. DAVEY COOMBS (Racer X magazine & Coombs Enterprises) is waiting for a story from me on the 2000 Ride and is excited about 2001. I put a bug in RON LAWSON's (Dirt Bike magazine)again and he actually seemed interested in coming. Of course, I told 
him if he didn't we'd still do a story for him. I left info at the Cycle World booth for JIMMY LEWIS and told them he could bring his Paris-Dakar Beemer to ride with Chris King and me! Yeah, right...

So at this early point, the Reunion Ride looks like it's gonna be BIG this year! Woo hoo!!! 

In summary, a GREAT weekend, VERY PRODUCTIVE with regard to the Reunion Ride, and A TON OF FUN!!! I would urge you to mark your vacation down now or tell your boss you expect to catch the flu on or about October 26-28. If you miss this year's Reunion Ride, you are gonna miss one wonderful weekend.


from Andre Ming, February 19, 2001

The ISDT Reunion is simply a weekend where us old guys that love old ISDT bikes and their riders get to hang with the old ISDT guys that love their old ISDT bikes... more or less.

It's very "loosely" formatted like the ISDT's used to be. That is, you get to "play" Six Day rider for the weekend... but in a VERY casual way. 

You CAN really be competitive if you WANT to... but it's not really as important as having a ton of fun. There's Special Tests (timed laps and trail sections), a "route" (but essentially no penalties for being "late"), and so forth. If you're familiar with the vintage ISDT's... then sort of see the ISDT Reunion as a "sandlot" version. 

As it was when you were a kid, it's like the difference between professional baseball, and sandlot baseball with your buds. The former is ultra serious and takes a high degree of skills to be effective in, and other is strictly for the love of the game, and requires no high degree of skills to enjoy. Remember how when you'd step up to the plate at that sandlot, and suddenly in your mind you were Willie Mays? Same deal.

The 4th Annual IDST Reunion Ride
Sept 29-30-Oct 1, 2000 
Cass, Arkansas.

ISDT REUNION RIDE - Leroy Winters Memorial Ride 

September 29-October 1, 2000, Byrd's Campground, Cass, Arkansas 

Two day vintage reliability trials with some of America's off-road heroes.

Past participants include Dick Mann, John Penton, Malcolm Smith, Preston Petty, Jack Penton, Dave Mungenast, Leroy Winters, Dane Leimbach, Jeff Fredette, Jake Fischer, Doug Wilford and many more. 

Open to all ISDT/E veterans and all vintage off-road enthusiasts. Spectators and volunteers welcome as well. 

Plenty of spectating, bench-racing, autographs and awesome old bikes.

  • Sept 29 Impound 
  • Sept 30 Day One competition and evening Banquet meal 
  • Oct 1 Day Two competition, grass track motos, awards ceremony

For information/entry sheet contact 

Jeff DeBell at jeffdebell@aol.com 

or write 8918 Robinson Drive, Overland Park, KS 66212-2119


The following articles were authored by Jeff DeBell.

Photos provided by Andre Ming (click on thumbnails for larger prints.)

The International Six Days Trial (ISDT) was first run in 1913 in England. 

The event originated as a competition between motorcycle manufacturers to prove that motorcycles could indeed travel as well as automobiles...no small feat considering the condition of roadways and the primitive machinery available in those days! 

As its name implies, the ISDT was 6 days of timed travel under demanding conditions. Countries and manufacturers vied for the bragging rights of winning the Six Days. Trophies were awarded to the top finishers and individuals received gold, silver or bronze medals for their efforts. The ISDT has run continuously from 1913 (except for interruptions courtesy of the two World Wars) to 1981 when its name was changed to the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE).

Most purists consider the ISDTs of the 50s, 60s and 70s to be the "real Six Days." In those years the focus changed from just proving that motorcycles could equal automobiles, to proving that motorcycles could go where automobiles could not. While the pre-WW2 years saw the use of modified street machines, the post-War years brought forth the development of purposefully designed off-road endurance machines. The sturdy Czech Jawas and the East German MZs and Simsons steadily eroded the dominance of the British 4-stroke Aerials, BSAs and Triumphs.

There have been numerous scoring and other rule changes over the years, however the most coveted prize is still the World Trophy. Countries vying for the Trophy enter 6-man teams of their best riders. A team that lost even one Trophy rider to injury, mechanical failure, or simply lost time on the trails was almost surely out of contention. The Czechs became masters of the game and were experts at keeping all members on time and all machines in perfect working order.

The next prize in the pecking order is the Vase cup. Today this is called the Junior Trophy and team members must be 23 years of age or less, however in the original ISDT age was not a factor, and many countries would enter Vase "A" and Vase "B" teams to double their chances of bringing home the Vase cup that year. Manufacturers also entered teams, again to hopefully reap the bragging rights of winning the manufacturers' competition. Club teams were also entered, and prizes awarded for top club finishers as well. 

The modern ISDE is scored on the times that riders post in a number of special tests each day. The trail work is usually only of moderate difficulty and is more to route riders from one special test to another. Time lost on the trails is rare, and the order of finishing is determined by hundreths of seconds in the special tests over the course of the six days of competition. In the "good ol' days" of ISDT competition, it was an accomplishment merely to reach the next checkpoint on time. The trails were long and tough, the machinery had limited suspension and was not nearly as reliable as modern mounts. In order for a rider to finish on gold medal time, he could not lose even a single minute being late to a check over the course of the event. In addition, he had to post timed special test times within the top 25% of his class. This was no easy feat, and the best riders had to have superhuman endurance as well as expert mechanical skills as he could receive no outside assistance in working on his bike and critical parts such as engines, hubs, shocks, etc were marked so they could not be replaced. 

The ISDT has been a predominantly European event, however the United States has hosted the Six Days twice. The first time was the 1973 ISDT in Dalton, Massachusetts. It was in this year that the US won the Vase cup for the first time with a Husqvarna-mounted team of Dick Burleson, Malcolm Smith, Ron Bohn and Ed Schmidt. The ISDE was held in Tulsa in 1994 at the John Zink Ranch. 

The ISDT Reunion Ride is aimed at preserving the spirit of the old-style ISDT. There are some considerable concessions made, however, so as not to ruin the fine vintage bikes that many competitors bring to ride. The trailwork is of an easy to moderate level, the time schedules are liberal, and riders have as much fun riding the event as they do bench-racing and renewing friendships. 

A partial list of ISDT veterans who have appeared at the Reunion Ride includes John Penton, Jack Penton, Preston Petty, Dick Mann, Malcolm Smith, Dane Leimback, Doug Wilford, Jeff Fredette, Dave Mungenast, Tommy McDermott (1949 gold medal!), John Smith (rode with Steve McQueen in 1964 ISDT-Erfurt, Germany), Jake Fischer, Chris Carter and many others. 

The ISDT Reunion Ride is the only event of its kind in the United States. If you are a Six Days fan or just want to meet some of the guys who were your heroes when you started out riding and racing, this event is for you. 

From Jeff, March 27, 2000

Hello Six Day enthusiasts, October 6-8 is still the tentative date for the Reunion Ride and should be firmed up early next month at the Razorback Riders meeting. Some of you I have added to the list since some of our prior discussions, so the following will be new to you, but it is still pertinent to the Reunion Ride business.

I spoke with Dick Mann this afternoon about the Reunion Ride and asked his opinion on some of the ideas we've circulated here on line. First of all, Dick sounded very good...his voice is a little gravelly, but the fire is still there when you start talking vintage motorcycling with him. For those of you who may not know, Dick had quite a bout with throat cancer about 18 months ago and was incapacitated for quite a while. His health is, according to him, pretty good and he said he will be in Cass, AR this fall barring any unforeseen setbacks and the price of gas staying below 5 bucks a gallon!!!

What I specifically asked Dick about was the thought of offering a two-loop Ride, with the second loop optional. I explained to him that we had identified three types of riders the Ride caters to (and one it doesn't), those being

1) guys who come with no intention of riding, for whatever reason (no bike, no body, no inclination, etc), and want to bench race, renew old friendships, relive old glories, ogle the vintage bikes, etc...

2) guys who bring a vintage bike to ride, but who also want plenty of time to bench race, ogle, etc. and

3) guys who bring a vintage bike to ride, want more miles to help them relive or try to experience some of what the old 6 Days was like, and who'd also like some free time to bench race, ogle, etc.

The 4th group is the hard core competitors and we felt that AHRMA offers vintage motocross, GPs, flat tracks, trials, roadraces, etc to satisfy their cravings.

In any event, I asked Dick what he thought of offering the Group 3 riders the chance to ride the course a second time (on Day One only) to get some more vintage trail miles under their belts. He thought that was a good idea as it would also allow the Group 2 guys to stop after the first lap and have plenty of time to spend in the pits. We talked briefly about how it should be scored and came to the conclusion that only the first lap would be scored...the second lap would be optional and would not count in your score. This way the Group 2 guys would not be penalized just because they preferred to relax and visit instead of riding for another couple of hours. This seems to be a fine compromise to me, and unless I hear strenuous objections I will recommend this option to the Razorback Riders.

Please understand that none of us who started this ball rolling in the first place want to be viewed as critical of the Reunion Ride in any way....if it was the same as last year we'd all show up again and have just as much fun...we are simply offering ways to make the event appeal to a larger number of people. Also understand that the Razorback Riders have limited manpower to offer for this event and we will be asking the checkers to stay out in the woods longer. An option would be to make a series of interconnected loops that would use the same checkpoints twice, but that is something we can work out later.

Back to the ISDT....Dick's main concern about the Reunion Ride centers around the tenets of AHRMA. The original intent of the Ride as envisioned by Dick and by Leroy Winters was two-fold...

first to reunite old ISDT veterans and

second to have them and other enthusiasts compete on VINTAGE machinery.

With that in mind, the Reunion Ride scores high points on the first part...getting 6 Day vets together, because we have several new ones each year. The Ride scores well on the second point too, but each year has seen different problems with the course set-up...the first year being too tough on the old bikes, the most recent one perhaps being a little too easy, and the middle year probably being the best overall to date in terms of the course layout.

The trouble with running vintage enduro courses is finding the proper type of trail...one that is moderately challenging on a vintage bike yet not so hard that bike and rider wind up broken. The types of trails we need for the vintage riding are those which we consider pieces of cake on our new power-valved, ultra smooth 12 inch suspension equipped bikes today. The Razorback club is doing their best to find the best compromise.

Dick also mentioned that he would personally like to see more special tests in the course. This is what the 6 Days was all about. The 200 or so miles you rode each day were not terribly tough trail miles.. sure there were tough spots, but for the most part the courses were designed so that you could ride at 75% and not lose time on the trails, arrive at checkpoints with a bit of time to spare for repairs, refreshment, etc.

The 8 or so special tests sprinkled throughout the course each day were a different story.

The riders had to ride them at near 100% and make no mistakes. The fastest guy in each class set the standard for that special test that day, and everyone else accrued penalty marks for every second slower they were than him.

Dick said that was a vital part of the 6 Days...you had to know how to ride quickly yet conservatively for mile after mile of trail, and then had to be able to instantly go to afterburner when you hit the special test.. and once you exited the test you were back to quick and conservative again to keep your bike and body together for 6 days.

Perhaps we can figure out a way to add another terrain special test each day...but that will be up to the Razorback riders and their available manpower. 

Anyway, just thought I'd update you a little bit...if you have any thoughts on the above proposal, let me know. In the meantime, get those vintage mounts ready for October and the time of your life! 

For additional information and the 2000 Reunion Ride dates, contact Jeff DeBell at jeffdebell@aol.com.

From Jeff, May 22, 2000

Hello all,

I just got off the phone with Dick "Bugsy" Mann, and the dates for the 2000 ISDT Reunion Ride are set. The event will be held Sept 29-30-Oct 1, 2000 in Cass, Arkansas. Impound will be Sept 29th.

Day 1 riding and the Banquet will be Sept 30, Day 2 riding and the grass track motos and awards presentations will be Oct 1st.

Due to a number of issues, the dates were moved up two weeks from what was 
originally planned (Oct 13-15). I, for one, will have to do some hasty rescheduling of my vacation from work, and I apologize if anyone else is in the same boat.

The Sept 29-Oct 1 dates were only finalized a day or two ago. There was a distinct possibility that the Reunion Ride could have been completely cancelled this year, so I am glad that some of the problems were resolved and a date finally established. 

The Reunion Ride will be AHRMA sanctioned, however the rules will be loosely 
enforced...we are here to have fun, not tooth-and-nail competition. Thus if your bike breaks and you need to tear it apart, no one is going to time you and enforce the 15-minute work period rule in the impound area or anything like that. I assume that classes will be established by year of machine and age of rider as in the past.

If you would kindly send me a postal mailing address, I will forward it to the organizers so you can be mailed an entry form. I will NOT give your address out to anyone (other than the organizer) without first asking your permission to do so.

I will keep you updated on news as I hear it. I hope all of you will be able to attend this fall. Even if you do not wish to ride, there is plenty of spectating and bench-racing to do.

 If you will be available to VOLUNTEER as a checker, timer, etc, please let me know and I will give your name to the organizers, OK?

Take care and I hope to see you all this fall....get those old bikes running now!!

Jeff DeBell

From Andre Ming, July 23, 2000

Dwight Rudder and I have just started a new email list aimed specifically at vintage enduro/ISDT bikes and events. If you'd like to check it out, you can click on the URL below. Hope you'll join in!