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Old 10-29-2008, 11:00 PM   #1
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Sidecar racing the Baja 1000

We're taking the rig through the Baja 1000 for a serious test of man and machine:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=401080

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Old 10-30-2008, 04:52 AM   #2
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EXCELLENT!! Go get em Scott
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:24 AM   #3
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Old 10-30-2008, 03:28 PM   #4
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:20 AM   #5
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Sensational Scott!!!!

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Old 11-01-2008, 05:16 AM   #6
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Here a couple of pics of the other competiting sidecarteam, from Switzerland, Rüdi Howald and Sandro Lanaro with the Horst Ullrich Aprillia.





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Old 11-07-2008, 03:48 AM   #7
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Old 11-27-2008, 08:31 AM   #8
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Thanks to our tons of supporters for your enthusiasm and support in this incredible event. That was by far the toughest race I’ve ever done. It took us 32 hours start to finish, including pit stops and on course repair time. Due to unexpected issues, I only got 3 hours of sleep the night before. Overall, race day ended up being 42 hours of awake time for me. The VERY rough terrain and long miles were tough enough, but the lack of sleep really kicked my butt. I am SO happy it’s done!

We did finish, and the other sidecar this year did not (Swiss team on an Aprilia). And apparently no other sidecar has ever finished the Baja 1000. But we did not make the official cutoff time of 31 hours (missed it by an hour), so we did not receive an “official” finish. I met my main personal goals of getting to the finish, and driving the whole distance without a replacement driver. So, I’m pretty damn happy about the end result. We’ll see what comes next.

At the finish, the crowd and fellow competitors were clearly thrilled and surprised that we made it. Before the race it was hard to find ANYONE who believed we could do it on a sidecar, especially a Harley powered sidecar. Now they have to step back and reevaluate their thinking about sidecars and about the durability and performance of the Harley-Davidson V-Rod!

I want to give a special thanks to our crew, who provided the support we needed to accomplish this goal. Thank you Des, Mark, Russ, Bomber, Randy, Brian, Eric, Pat, and all the others who pitched in.

And of course the hardcore guys who hung on through some serious pain and suffering, my incredible passengers, pictured left to right in my favorite photo; Les Walker, Joe Hauler, and Kevin Anderson.



To Harley-Davidson; thanks for building such a truly GREAT motor. Through this race we had numerous mechanical problems, but none were associated with the motor. It’s hard to think of a more brutal test of a machine’s capabilities and durability than the Baja 1000.












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Old 11-27-2008, 09:49 AM   #9
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Congrats Scott! Good show!

Looking at your photos, I wonder: did you use sidecar wheel lean-in rather than bike lean-out to set up this rig?
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:00 AM   #10
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Wow.

I can't imagine standing, moving, leaning that long.

Much respect to you and your monkey!
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:05 AM   #11
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Looking at your photos, I wonder: did you use sidecar wheel lean-in rather than bike lean-out to set up this rig?
There is no adjustability between the bike and sidecar. It's a one-piece frame. It's setup so the bike is straight upright when the sidecar platform is level. I do have camber, toe-in, and ride height adjustability on the sidecar wheel. It's setup with minimal toe-in, some camber, and ride height for a somewhat level sidecar platform. Depending on the passenger position, fullness of gas, and amount of parts and tools we carry, it may not be level at any moment in time. But what's "level" when you're going over horrible rough terrrain, miles of off camber, and 40 miles of 3 foot deep whoops? I just get on the beast and ride it!

I rode it "ironman", but I had 3 passengers.
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:08 AM   #12
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There is no adjustability between the bike and sidecar. It's a one-piece frame. It's setup so the bike is straight upright when the sidecar platform is level. I do have camber, toe-in, and ride height adjustability on the sidecar wheel. It's setup with minimal toe-in, some camber, and ride height for a somewhat level sidecar platform. Depending on the passenger position, fullness of gas, and amount of parts and tools we carry, it may not be level at any moment in time. But what's "level" when you're going over horrible rough terrrain, miles of off camber, and 40 miles of 3 foot deep whoops? I just get on the beast and ride it!

I rode it "ironman", but I had 3 passengers.
Can you show us(when you have time) how you set up the adjustability at the sidecar wheel? I think I may need to do something similar when we build Monica's Pacific Coast rig
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:16 PM   #13
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Good job Scott. We were rooting for you guys!!
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Old 11-27-2008, 02:22 PM   #14
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Just brilliant

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Good job Scott. We were rooting for you guys!!
Congratulations to Scott, Joe, Les, Kevin and all the Hog Wild Racing crew on completing the race. You all did a great job, and Harley Davidson and sidecars proud!!!!!! Tried to congratulate you on your blog at the finish on the night here in the UK, but it wouldn't let me back in with my password.

JUST BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!...........Johnny W......UK.
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:32 PM   #15
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WELL DONE

Your efforts make us all proud. Thank you for your dedication to chasing the dream.
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