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Old 01-24-2011, 05:05 PM   #61
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I'll be sure to get there early this time - probably spend the night in a hotel in Lucerne Valley. I'll have to look you and MotoMike up.
There are no accommodations in Lucerne. Victimville or Apple Valley are the two closest.
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:29 PM   #62
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There are no accommodations in Lucerne
You're right - I was looking at hotels in Victorville for last weekend but ended up just driving up in the morning. At least it's closer than Ridgecrest.
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:01 PM   #63
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I do but perhaps I don't have it set firm enough.



I'll give that a shot the next time I have lots of room to play. I do have a fender bag up front with a spare tube and a few other miscellaneous trail-side repair items - maybe I should move it to the back for next time.



I'll definitely look you up.
I dont think the tube will make much difference.... I simply mean that once you're in the sand, you need to be on the gas. if the front wheel starts to plow or get twitchy, you need to be on the gas. the 690 is not a small bike in terms of these races - the bigger the bike out there, the more you need to have weight on the rear tire. Try riding a GS out there in the sand.



not the funnest

whenever I start to feel unsure of what the bike is doing, usually giving it gas and getting weight off the front wheel will help.


try cranking up your stabilizer a bit and using more throttle. find a setting thats comfortable for you. once you get it dialed in you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Once I got it down, I started LOVING being in the sand.

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Old 01-24-2011, 09:50 PM   #64
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Desert MC National H&H 1-23-2011

Came in 2nd out of 6 (248 out of 263 overall finishers - 113 DNF). This race took out half the class. Only 3 of 6 SEN HWT Beginner's finished. I'm glad I was one of them - it could have easily gone the other way given my dehydration and energy levels.

My bike is a little worse for wear. I need a new skid plate - this time one that covers the case as well. I scratched up the left side pretty good but not enough to lose any oil. As I said earlier, it sounded like something came loose so I still need to investigate that.

Congrats to all the finishers and heal quick to all those who got hurt.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:10 AM   #65
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Good Job! 2nd is respectable for your second race.
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:42 PM   #66
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It's great to see this thread. I just finished reading Eatpasta's Noob Goes Racing thread and yours is another inspiration to my own racing ambitions :)

I'm thinking about popping my racing cherry at Taft GP in two weeks, who is going to be there?

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Old 01-25-2011, 01:03 PM   #67
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It's great to see this thread. I just finished reading Eatpasta's Noob Goes Racing thread and yours is another inspiration to my own racing ambitions :)

I'm thinking about popping my racing cherry at Taft GP in two weeks, who is going to be there?

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I'm not going to make that one due to work. Good luck if you make it out there! And be sure to let us know how it went!
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:08 PM   #68
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It's great to see this thread. I just finished reading Eatpasta's Noob Goes Racing thread and yours is another inspiration to my own racing ambitions :)

I'm thinking about popping my racing cherry at Taft GP in two weeks, who is going to be there?

D.
if anything come out for Checkers!! We might have four new guys there for that one!!



and welcome to racing!!!
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:08 PM   #69
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I'm not going to make that one due to work. Good luck if you make it out there! And be sure to let us know how it went!
yeah, maybe you should start a thread.

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Came in 2nd out of 6 (248 out of 263 overall finishers - 113 DNF). This race took out half the class. Only 3 of 6 SEN HWT Beginner's finished. I'm glad I was one of them - it could have easily gone the other way given my dehydration and energy levels.

My bike is a little worse for wear. I need a new skid plate - this time one that covers the case as well. I scratched up the left side pretty good but not enough to lose any oil. As I said earlier, it sounded like something came loose so I still need to investigate that.

Congrats to all the finishers and heal quick to all those who got hurt.
on a side note- i forgot to ask. do you work in TV?



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Old 01-25-2011, 02:15 PM   #71
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on a side note- i forgot to ask. do you work in TV?
No - those are my initials (my dad wanted my initials to be TV - he was young - TVs were relatively new.) You said on your thread you edit for a living. Are you in the biz?
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:07 PM   #72
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It's great to see this thread. I just finished reading Eatpasta's Noob Goes Racing thread and yours is another inspiration to my own racing ambitions :)

I'm thinking about popping my racing cherry at Taft GP in two weeks, who is going to be there?

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You're in for a good time. We look forward to your report, too.
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:45 PM   #73
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No - those are my initials (my dad wanted my initials to be TV - he was young - TVs were relatively new.) You said on your thread you edit for a living. Are you in the biz?
yeah I haev been working in TV for about ten years now. my normal job is the Online Editor at The World Poker Tour, but I work all over the place when WPT is off.... or not. Last summer me and the wife did four weeks on the GS traveling around the west. one of the good things about entertainment
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:40 PM   #74
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Rock Damage

Here's a pic of some of the more serious damage to the bike from the last race. Everything else so far is pretty tame, broken mirror, broken handguard, bent brake lever...I gotta learn to keep the wheels on the ground and me off of it.



Any suggestions for a skid plate? I like this one from Flatland Racing
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Just a few scuffs. Adds character.
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