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Beez 08-21-2006 07:56 AM

Poags Hole Hillclimb report - Dansville, NY
Last weekend I was visiting my in-laws in upstate New York (Groveland if you know where that is) and it just happened to be the same time as the 10th running of the Poags Hole Hillclimb. I'm there! :thumb
80 degree incline at the top I'm told.:eek1
It was a beautiful day but around 2 inches of rain fell the day before. The crowd was double this size when I had to leave.
There were trials demonstrations...
...and the Ball of Death! :grim

Next up, the hardware.

Beez 08-21-2006 08:26 AM

Hillclimb Hardware
There was some serious machinery on hand and because there are no production hillclimbers and factories are not involved everything is handmade and unique.
The Suzuki squad. From left to right these bikes are powered by a TL1000, GSXR and Bandit/Katana engines.
They were running paddle tires with 1/2-inch bolts.
Not sure what this lump is but I'm pretty certain it's not a KTM.
A couple of Hondas from Indianapolis. A CBR900RR sleeved down to 800cc and a CBR600 sleeved down to 540cc. 800 and 540 are AMA class sizes, this was not an AMA sanctioned event which explaines some of the bigger bikes.
Here is one of the KTM RFS based bikes. Not sure what that belt is for though. Supercharger?
A closer look.

Beez 08-21-2006 08:38 AM

The Husaberg Twin
This next bike was one of my top two favorites of all the bikes. A twin engined Husaberg.
The output sprockets of both engines were connected to a jack-shaft which transferred power to the rear wheel.
To start it a remote starter is connected to the left motor, once it is running two guys lift the rear wheel off the ground, the rider lets the clutch out and the left motor starts the right motor. Cool!
A snowmobile engined hillclimber. This thing wailed like a banshee on it's run, lost momentum in the steepest part of the hill but then accelerated and made the top.

Beez 08-21-2006 08:50 AM

The California boys
One of the most professional looking teams was from California. Orange County infact, my old stomping grounds.
They had a 2500cc Harley for the open class! :eek1
And this sahweeet KTM LC4 based bike. I'm partial to LC4s and this one looked like it started its life as a factory 660 Supermotard judging by the frame and carbon fiber subframe.
A Harley XR750 based machine.
The other popular tire setup was big chains like this.
There were quite a few Yamaha XS650 based bikes, this is one of the nicer ones.

More to come. :D

Beez 08-21-2006 09:02 AM

More bikes
Not sure what this one is, could be a KZ900 but it also looks a lot like the engine in my old '93 Kawasaki Zephyr 750 whose engine can be traced to the GPz750 and KZ650.
This was a real show bike powered by an old Triumph Twin.
They had a more moder Triumph Triple powered machine too. Note the solid disc in the front wheel. That aids the bike breaking the electronic timing beam at the bottom and top of the hill.
A motley crew of hillclimbers all with balls the size of :evil And the kid on the end is 15 years old.

Beez 08-21-2006 09:16 AM

Race Action!
Let's go Racin'!
Local guy from Dansville, NY.
A Yamaha R6 powered bike.

Flanny 08-21-2006 09:39 AM

:eek1 :eek1 :eek1 :eek1 :eek1 :eek1

That is some well-and-truly sick-assed-sheeeate. :clap :clap :clap

Beez 08-21-2006 09:45 AM
This one had the inline Twin engine from a Ninja 500.
The 15 year old, son of hillclimber champion Dusty Beers, had a rough 1st run.
The mighty LC4 hillclimber. :D
The Triumph Triple.

Beez 08-21-2006 09:54 AM
The TL1000 powered bike.
Dual Husaberg. :evil
2500cc Harley. Let's see your Fat Boy do this.

That's it. This was the 1st hillclimb I'd ever been to and if you get the chance you should see one too. Pictures do not do this spectacle justice.

Flanny 08-21-2006 10:06 AM

Sick man. Very cool, but truly sick just the same.:eek1

neduro 08-21-2006 10:36 AM

Awesome! Thanks for sharing...

Mr. Ray 08-21-2006 10:48 AM

great report beez. I wish I could go to one of these. Soon.

PackMule 08-21-2006 11:02 AM

Holy crap! Thanks for taking all those shots. :thumb

What kind of distance was there from the start line to where the hill pitched up? Did they have to shift on the way up, or did they just grab a gear and pin it?

Paddles or chains seem to be better?

Look at the rear sprocket on the bike in the back! :eek1

meat popsicle 08-21-2006 01:02 PM

Thanks Beez! I cross posted your EXC "supercharger" pics into thumpers to see if any of the boyz know WTF that is. :D

Beez 08-21-2006 01:09 PM

The hill was 550 vertical feet, they had about 30 feet of run before the 1st jump which was 25 feet high then it was more of a gradual climb to the 250 ft. mark. That's where it started to get really steep. Just after 300 ft. mark there was another jump that really gave guys problems if they didnt keep the bike straight or the front wheel down. Some of them would get sideways and use power to straighten out. Some of the runs they would get over vertical coming off the last jump, slam into the next face rear wheel first, the front would come down really hard and they'd just keep going. These guys are really good at what they do!

I don't think they shift during a run in fact the dual engine 'Berg had short hand levers off the shift shaft with no way to move it with a foot.

Couldn't tell you if chains or paddles were better.. :dunno

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