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Old 08-21-2006, 07:56 AM   #1
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Talking 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!


80 degree incline at the top I'm told.


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!

Next up, the hardware.
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:26 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:38 AM   #3
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Eek 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.
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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!


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.
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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 And the kid on the end is 15 years old.
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Old 08-21-2006, 09:16 AM   #6
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Race Action!

Let's go Racin'!


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One of the most professional looking teams was from California. Orange County infact, my old stomping grounds.

Great to see the Petersons out East, but did Kery bring his LC8 out there?

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Old 03-17-2008, 07:24 PM   #8
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Outstanding pics!

Thanks for sharing. Went to the Poags Hole Hillcimg several years ago when I was living in Rochester, NY. Sure brings back some memories...
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Old 03-18-2008, 11:27 AM   #9
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And the thread resurfaces again!

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Great to see the Petersons out East, but did Kery bring his LC8 out there?

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No, no LC8s there. I missed last year but I should try to make it again this year. Seeing these machines in real life is amazing and the atmosphere is like a big redneck BBQ.
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