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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-26-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 23,298
Posted By lastplace
Anyone else bringing kids? My nephew Aidan had a...

Anyone else bringing kids? My nephew Aidan had a blast last year and he'll be back. There were a bunch of kids playing in the campsite and swimming. At 7, he's getting good at ripping up the...
Forum: Trials 02-17-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,994
Posted By lastplace
Howdy, We got a Kuberg Trial E for my 7...

Howdy,

We got a Kuberg Trial E for my 7 year-old nephew. The 2014 model is a little bit improved from the 2013. No problems at all putting it together and getting it going. He was riding a...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-01-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By lastplace
Yeah, Mendo is great. (We call it Middle Creek)....

Yeah, Mendo is great. (We call it Middle Creek). I like to drive up the hill and down the dirt road to the Deer Valley campground. Longer drive, but I can let the dogs go free for the whole time...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-31-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By lastplace
Bay Area dirt rides with kids

Howdy,

Anyone else in the Bay Area like to take their kids dirt riding? I've been going with my 7-year-old nephew for a few years and am just introducing my 5-year-old daughter. It would be...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-31-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 23,298
Posted By lastplace
I'm in. Planning to bring some kids and...

I'm in.

Planning to bring some kids and little bikes. Hoping there is enough water for them to swim. Bring your kids too if you have any. I'll have at least my nephew Aidan and one of my...
Forum: Racing 01-05-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 33,853
Posted By lastplace
Scott, Did you ever definitively say what...

Scott,

Did you ever definitively say what the moto fuel range requirement will be? I see that we'll have fuel stops in some stages. But, how long will we need to go? Any option for...
Forum: Racing 12-02-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 33,853
Posted By lastplace
Do all of the FIM rally rules apply? About...

Do all of the FIM rally rules apply?

About how long would it take to drive to/from the start/finish from (pick the closest US city as a reference point), including border crossing?

thanks...
Forum: Racing 11-30-2013, 10:55 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 33,853
Posted By lastplace
Hi Scott, Really looking forward to this! ...

Hi Scott,

Really looking forward to this!

Its time to pick the bike that will be subjected to this torture, and to start sorting out setup. Without giving away anything more than we would...
Forum: Racing 11-01-2013, 02:19 PM
Replies: 5,565
Views: 661,552
Posted By lastplace
Assistance between competitors is absolutely...

Assistance between competitors is absolutely allowed in the Dakar, either on the Special or Liaison. That's kind of part of the original spirit of the race. When I was there, lots of riders paid...
Forum: Thumpers 11-01-2013, 12:09 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 16,544
Posted By lastplace
Good question. I don't know the answer. Ron...

Good question. I don't know the answer. Ron from KTMTwins just handed me the forks and shock and said "try this and let us know what you think." John from Rally Raid would know best.

fun fun...
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2013, 03:22 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 16,544
Posted By lastplace
I'm 6'1" with a 34" inseam. With 100mm race sag,...

I'm 6'1" with a 34" inseam. With 100mm race sag, I am on tip-toes with the RR 300mm suspension.
Forum: Thumpers 10-31-2013, 02:34 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 16,544
Posted By lastplace
I got a chance to ride the 690R with Rally Raid...

I got a chance to ride the 690R with Rally Raid 300mm forks and "Rally" Tractive 300mm shock (with the correct triple clamps) on Monday. This was a good test in conditions that really challenged the...
Forum: Thumpers 10-21-2013, 08:41 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 16,544
Posted By lastplace
The 2012+ bikes have a different triple clamp...

The 2012+ bikes have a different triple clamp (more offset) and different fork bottom (less offset) than the earlier bikes. The result is the same offset/trail, and more steering lock. But, if you...
Forum: Thumpers 10-20-2013, 09:26 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 16,544
Posted By lastplace
I received a set of RR suspension to test on my...

I received a set of RR suspension to test on my 2009 690R for KTMTwins recently. Tractive Rally shock and new forks with their 300mm kit. Everything bolted on nicely. The bike sits a bit higher...
Forum: Racing 10-02-2013, 01:06 PM
Replies: 656
Views: 71,575
Posted By lastplace
690 nav stuff fun fun Charlie

690 nav stuff

fun fun
Charlie
Forum: Racing 10-02-2013, 01:03 PM
Replies: 656
Views: 71,575
Posted By lastplace
Ready.

Ready.
Forum: Racing 09-08-2013, 06:19 PM
Replies: 656
Views: 71,575
Posted By lastplace
Jimmy Lewis? Mark Miller? (knows how to ride...

Jimmy Lewis?
Mark Miller? (knows how to ride for sure!)
Casey McCoy?
Simon Pavey?
Laurent Lazard? (Did you know that we supported him in his first Dakar back in 2007?)
Francisco Arrendondo? ...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-20-2013, 08:28 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 9,568
Posted By lastplace
This Thursday afternoon at Metcalf? I'll...

This Thursday afternoon at Metcalf? I'll probably get there at 3 or a little later. KTM 690R. There will likely be a few of us there. All experienced riders but we like meeting noobs too.

fun...
Forum: Racing 08-12-2013, 08:55 PM
Replies: 656
Views: 71,575
Posted By lastplace
Yes, it would be great to see them all. Don't...

Yes, it would be great to see them all. Don't forget Paul Krause! That photo of LR is on a 950, but he raced a 660 in the 2004 Dakar. Krause was the only one crazy enough to ride the twin on that...
Forum: Racing 06-26-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 6,898
Posted By lastplace
Thanks Mike! This ride proved that the Rally...

Thanks Mike!
This ride proved that the Rally Navigator software works really well. I only rode Saturday, but the roadbook was certainly more accurate than the ones we got on the Tuareg Rallye in...
Forum: Racing 06-14-2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 6,898
Posted By lastplace
We've come a long way from my inaccurate...

We've come a long way from my inaccurate sharpie-scrawled roadbooks at Dumont in 2004! I really love riding rally routes and I'm really happy that RN is going to introduce lots more people to this...
Forum: Racing 05-28-2013, 10:50 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,141
Posted By lastplace
My preferences below, but please do what it...

My preferences below, but please do what it takes. I'll be there.

1. 5 days racing. Please give me lots of notice so that I can get the time off. I really wish I could spend more time. If it...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-03-2013, 09:13 PM
Replies: 400
Views: 29,986
Posted By lastplace
I took my dogs last year and just left them in...

I took my dogs last year and just left them in the campground when I went for 2-3 hour rides. They hung out in and around my van, or wandered around a bit. The campground is secluded enough that...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-01-2013, 07:24 PM
Replies: 400
Views: 29,986
Posted By lastplace
I'm in. Not sure how many nights I'll stay. ...

I'm in. Not sure how many nights I'll stay. Driving the Sprinter since I'll need to bring my dogs again. The TT500 is gone, but I may have a new-to-me KTM 690 R. Or maybe I'll bring an XR650R. ...
Forum: Racing 03-18-2013, 02:17 PM
Replies: 689
Views: 87,177
Posted By lastplace
Howdy all! First time back in front of a...

Howdy all!

First time back in front of a computer for a few weeks. This rally was a blast! Do it if you can! I was laughing all the way. The results didn't show it, but I think I rode quite...
Forum: Racing 03-02-2013, 08:36 AM
Replies: 689
Views: 87,177
Posted By lastplace
no, those are just the ones that Jenny is...

no, those are just the ones that Jenny is officially following. There are quite a few other advRiders on this rally. (Beaney, Krynock, JoeJanas, me, and probably 10 more.)
Forum: Racing 03-02-2013, 07:42 AM
Replies: 689
Views: 87,177
Posted By lastplace
Does anyone (Jenny?) have a list of advRider...

Does anyone (Jenny?) have a list of advRider inmates who will be on this rally?
It would be really nice to meet as many of them as possible. Who knows, maybe we can all get together for one big...
Forum: Racing 02-27-2013, 07:30 AM
Replies: 689
Views: 87,177
Posted By lastplace
Scotty, Peter was planning to come, but he's...

Scotty,
Peter was planning to come, but he's not going to make it with us this year.
fun fun
Charlie
Forum: Racing 02-26-2013, 01:04 PM
Replies: 689
Views: 87,177
Posted By lastplace
HA! I haven't seen that video in years! We had...

HA! I haven't seen that video in years! We had a fun weekend out there. Ron Bailey was a treat. I drove the film crew's rented SUV for a bit and I hope they took out the damage insurance. The...
Forum: Racing 02-26-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 15,917
Posted By lastplace
The best thing that any of us can do to support...

The best thing that any of us can do to support grass-roots rally racers is to let the sponsors know. Buy a case of IYSK wine. Put a Renazco seat on your bike or buy something from renazcoracing. ...
Forum: Racing 02-25-2013, 09:00 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 15,917
Posted By lastplace
Ned, Thanks for adopting me into your team. ...

Ned,
Thanks for adopting me into your team. I'll be dragging a tired 10-year old XR through the desert on this one. Why not?
Sid Milton was one of our team's original mechanics and he wrenched...
Forum: Racing 01-16-2013, 04:44 PM
Replies: 18,421
Views: 1,189,065
Posted By lastplace
A hundredth of a kilometer is what, 350 feet? ...

A hundredth of a kilometer is what, 350 feet? Too much information. Too much to look at and process at speed. And, probably outside the margin of error, given all the things that can make your...
Forum: Racing 01-16-2013, 02:42 PM
Replies: 18,421
Views: 1,189,065
Posted By lastplace
Honda Europe bikes like Quinn's were running a...

Honda Europe bikes like Quinn's were running a big rear subframe tank and a medium-sized front aftermarket tank, total capacity about 30 liters. Quinn just swapped the front tank for a bigger one, I...
Forum: Racing 01-16-2013, 02:28 PM
Replies: 18,421
Views: 1,189,065
Posted By lastplace
After our similar problems with Hondas in 2009, I...

After our similar problems with Hondas in 2009, I did email and leave messages for Quinn about maybe bringing more fuel. He didn't, but found out that he needed a bigger tank a few stages into it. ...
Forum: Racing 01-16-2013, 02:13 PM
Replies: 18,421
Views: 1,189,065
Posted By lastplace
The most stage wins by a rookie, I think, was 5...

The most stage wins by a rookie, I think, was 5 by Chuck Stearns (USA) on a factory Yamaha 660 in 1985. A generation before Caselli, but otherwise their stories seem to have some similarities....
Forum: Racing 01-14-2013, 09:56 PM
Replies: 18,421
Views: 1,189,065
Posted By lastplace
Rules say that the tires must be street legal. I...

Rules say that the tires must be street legal. I think they use a European standard. We got dinged in the 08 CER using non-DOT tires on Jonah's bike. I think it was a 30 minute penalty. (We...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-04-2013, 07:20 AM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 129,044
Posted By lastplace
Dean, Look for a bunch of us from SF and Santa...

Dean,
Look for a bunch of us from SF and Santa Rosa. I'm not sure how many will be there since I'm not in charge, but at least 5 or 6. We may be a little later than 9 since the plan is to eat...
Forum: Racing 12-27-2012, 06:58 AM
Replies: 2,115
Views: 424,966
Posted By lastplace
Rider protection from what? Isn't it hot in RSA?...

Rider protection from what? Isn't it hot in RSA? When we rode long road Liaisons in cold winter Euryope in the Dakar, a fairing was nice. But I'd rather have airflow when it is hot. It is good to...
Forum: Racing 12-25-2012, 11:53 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 11,486
Posted By lastplace
The organizer says: 160km of mixed terrain. I...

The organizer says: 160km of mixed terrain. I left my big Acerbis tank at home and sent the bike with a Clarke tank good for about 180km if I am lucky. In March I'll find out whether I made a...
Forum: Racing 12-22-2012, 08:42 AM
Replies: 1,432
Views: 155,709
Posted By lastplace
OK, I agree since the important thing is the...

OK, I agree since the important thing is the overall. I think Caselli's ride may be more reminiscent of Stearns's: Both super-fast riders with little rally experience and short prep time. It looks...
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