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Old 05-13-2013, 04:19 PM   #511
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Glad you made it back safe and sound... Sorry for the troubles.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:59 PM   #512
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Well safe and sound are definitely the watchwords after this race. Rest in Peace, Jimmy; and Heal Well, John.




My story is about all told, all there is to add is the pictures. I don't think I took any, these are all Allan's.

Here're the gas tanks plumbed in. They would have been necessary: I got under 20mpg at the desert 100, but over 30 on the test ride in SoCal. Not good, but good enough.



Side note, the bike's paperwork is still tied up at DMV HQ in Salem, but I was able to get a trip permit for the race.


A little more wiring. Nothing major, just adding power ports for the GPSs. The plan was to run two gpss, and for the roadbook sections just stuff the pages in my handlebar map bag. There wasn't enough time to figure out a roadbook holder.

Two GPSs are a nice luxury. One displays the turn-by-turn directions and the other shows the map. If one stops working the other can be set to display both; it's just harder to read.





Rider's view.




Cory and I waiting in the Mexicali border parking lot while we all take turns getting visas. Also showing off the Doubletake mirrors (that they were nice enough to rush ship; thanks!)






Tech inspection; after waiting in line with the cars for a while, was told that bikes just cut. Ok, let's do it.







I didn't know they had a Jr class.






The starting zoo next morning.



Most of the Vintage bikes: from L-R an IT465, XT500, and SL350


The rest of Vintage bikes, mine and an XR500. We started on the same minute.








I took the slow start


And we're off





Team Lameco started behind me:




And that's it for the riding pictures. The breakdown was in the first transit, right in front of the chase rig. Which, if you're going to break down, is really the perfect place to do it.





We got nowhere on the side of the road, so packed it up and trailered to the Bay of LA. Working on the bike at the BofLA hotel has become a bit of a tradition. We tore it down to the head gasket, soaked the pistons and rings in WD-40 and were able to free it up. We figured that was it and put it back together. By 1:30 it started and ran, so we called it a night.




Fitting the new head gasket. The 650 has a reputation for blowing them so we had a few spares. They needed a bit of work to fit, though.


The though was that it had just overheaded, so we richened the carb needles and retarded the timing.



Setting the valve clearance. The tool is a honda part that came with my first cb650 years ago. I have no idea where the bike is now, but the tool works great on hondas and ktms too.




Next morning, I rode out for a test ride, made it out the parking lot, 50 ft down the road and that was that.




Once again:



After an hour or so of disassembly, we pulled this out of the cylinder


This was the drain pan after draining the oil into it, letting it settle, and pouring it out. Looks like finding gold, doesn't feel like finding gold.



Here was the sump, as removed:




And that's all folks.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:08 AM   #513
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Before the race I had been looking for parts bikes for a donor motor, but I needed a 81 or 82 year only. I had most of the parts to put another motor together, except the head- I looked and only saw rusted out junk on ebay. Even then, there would have been no time to put it together.

Naturally, on the way back I found exactly what I needed. A low miles salvage bike of exactly the right year that had been garaged, with most of the parts in far better shape than anything I had bought yet. Oh, and the seller lived less than a mile from me. It's in the bed of my pickup in Rick's last pictures.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:29 AM   #514
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I think I have Thursday open.....
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:16 AM   #515
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Man, that's frustrating. Better luck next year!
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:09 PM   #516
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And that's all folks.
Luke, you just need a hug in this picture. Sent you email...
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:08 PM   #517
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Man, that's frustrating. Better luck next year!

What's really frustrating is that I don't know I can do it next year. I won't go back unless NORRA makes some major changes to how they run the race.

1 in 20 odds of getting run over by a buggy are not ones I'll take again.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:17 AM   #518
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What's really frustrating is that I don't know I can do it next year. I won't go back unless NORRA makes some major changes to how they run the race.

1 in 20 odds of getting run over by a buggy are not ones I'll take again.

Your CB build inspired me to get off my ass and do my own CB scrambler.

If you ever want to bring your CB to a NASA RallyMoto over here in the eastern states I'll cover your entry fee. (making the 40 hour drive to get here is up to you ) I'd love to see your bike in action.

...and there's no chance of being run over by buggies...
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:01 AM   #519
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Your CB build inspired me to get off my ass and do my own CB scrambler.

If you ever want to bring your CB to a NASA RallyMoto over here in the eastern states I'll cover your entry fee. (making the 40 hour drive to get here is up to you ) I'd love to see your bike in action.

...and there's no chance of being run over by buggies...
And at 900cc I've been outclassed.
That's quite an offer, thanks! Bit of a hike to get there, though. Maybe there should be some sort of FrankenRally meetup, somewhere vaguely central. There are a lot of project bikes I'd like to see.


In other news, the title showed up today. With the wrong VIN on it
Looks like I'll be writing more letters to Salem.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:37 AM   #520
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Your CB build inspired me to get off my ass and do my own CB scrambler.

If you ever want to bring your CB to a NASA RallyMoto over here in the eastern states I'll cover your entry fee. (making the 40 hour drive to get here is up to you ) I'd love to see your bike in action.

...and there's no chance of being run over by buggies...
And I will buy the beers
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:00 AM   #521
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[QUOTE=Luke;21427673]And at 900cc I've been outclassed.
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I think you meant outmassed.

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Maybe there should be some sort of FrankenRally meetup, somewhere vaguely central. There are a lot of project bikes I'd like to see.
That's a brilliant idea. I'm due for a Colorado trip. Plenty of unmonitored miles of dirt roads and mountain passes to play rally racer on. My Rallymoto offer stands either way and I'm sure Doug will come through with the free beers.

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In other news, the title showed up today. With the wrong VIN on it
Looks like I'll be writing more letters to Salem.
I just went through a vin correction on an old truck I'm trying to sell. I've had it for 10 years and never noticed.... Only took 6 weeks to get a corrected title back......
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:00 AM   #522
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What's really frustrating is that I don't know I can do it next year. I won't go back unless NORRA makes some major changes to how they run the race.

1 in 20 odds of getting run over by a buggy are not ones I'll take again.
Luke. It was good meeting you and your crew in Mexicali, and starting with you heads up on top of Laguna Salada (I'm the guy on #42 - the 1983 XR500R). I was sad to hear of your blown motor on the transit - Baja has a way of ruining bikes.
... I should know... blew up 3 bikes in Baja in 2011. HAHA!

Anyways, I agree with your comment above - doubt I'll be going back to NORRA next as well. It was fun, but there's something about NORRA that attracts rich "bucket lister a-holes" who are out to make a name for themselves, before they die... Without any care about anyone else except themselves.
I actually had the displeasure of racing with one of these guys in the past (Truck class). He cared very little about the bikes he passed (or anyone else for that matter) - they were just in his way. I couldn't believe it. Idiot!

Another bike racer said it best, "I feel safer at a SCORE race."

Hopefully NORRA figures it out - they definitely deserve to be known as the happiest race on earth.

Cya Luke!
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:02 PM   #523
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wow luke, just wow!
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:03 AM   #524
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The CBRZ-650 is gradually being brought back to life. A donor 650 gave up it's motor, as well as wiring harness.

Motor is in, wiring harness being adapted;



Stock handlebar switches with all the appropriate "doodads";



The smile has returned;

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Old 06-10-2013, 09:24 AM   #525
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Very cool, hopefully it will be ready for Hells Canyon
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