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Discussion in 'Racing' started by Anders Green, Sep 26, 2012.
Seems like a good idea to me!
Signed up for my first SandBlast, had a question for you all. I'm not sure of my pit crew/assistance availability for the race, can these be done without pit support? I was wondering if I could leave my van at the service area during the race? Do you know if anyone does this and rides to the start or how many times we will be at the service area during the event? I was looking at pics and saw some guys with some pretty small tanks so it made me wonder how the whole gassing/pitting works with these events?
HEy Kev- Congrats on signing up, youre going to have a good tiem
You can do it without pit support as it were. I think the max between fuel is 70-80 miles, I dont know for this one particularly...I know that its only a 200 mile day in total, and 70 race miles, I would have to look it up on the event schedule, but you can talk me or somebody else into carrying a gas can for you. You can leave your van at service if you wish. I ride to the start from the hotel. Technically I dont need extra gas for the day, so I'm kind of self contained but everybody helps each other out in that regard.
Its pretty self explanatory once you get there, but after a few stages, your route book sends you back to the service area for a half an hour, and this happens probably twice during the day.
Several of us do this without pit suppor and leave a vehicle at the service area. The finish is about 10 or 15 miles from the service area. You can either catch a ride back to get your van after the race or just ride the bike back to service afterwards. They like to keep all the race vehicles on display for a few hours after the race so what worked well for some of us last year was to have one guy leave his van near the finish then car-pool back to service. That way you can get your van while the bikes are still on display.
Either that or just about any of us would be happy to let you stash an fuel can and whatever else and bring it to service for you. Several of us are one man rider/crew/long haul trucker teams so we tend to help each other out.
Just paid for my membership and my rally license online.
My search-fu is weak: fill out the paper info and mail into Anders? Fill out and bring to onsite registration? Sit back and drink beer?
Still need to pay for my entry fee and I'll do that when I get my suspension back and I know 100% I'm good to go.
ANswer is #1... and then #3. The address to send it to is not nearby the paperwork itself?
Ideally your onsite reg is just looking to see that all your paperwork is already in there, and getting your numbers and wristband
Man there is going to be a lot of bikes there!
Word. Now we're cooking with diesel.
I know, I pulled the registration list and if I'm the only one in Adventure Heavy my ass is changing to a class where there's a race.
I entered the Adv Heavy as well.
Finally decided it was time to investigate the damage from my crash at BRS. I finished up PT for my knee injury this week and and feeling pretty good. Not 100% but feels better every day.
The bike is not looking quite as good.
Front wheel I already knew was toast:
But I thought the hub might be OK... nope:
Forks actually look like they might be OK, but lower triple clamp is twisted:
Rear mount on the fuel tank got yanked out, at least this can be fixed with epoxy I figure:
Radiator got pushed forward quite a ways, but appears to be intact. I think I can straighten it:
Frame also appears to be a bit tweaked. I pulled the upper motor mount and after pulling the bolts the holes don't line up quite right anymore. I fear it may never handle right after this.
Also the engine won't run, I still can't get any spark. Been diagnosing it and have not figured out what is wrong yet. Hopefully just a wire got yanked loose someplace.
Sandblast is starting to look less likely now. I could ride my old DRZ but honestly work might get in the way anyway. Starting my new job tomorrow, will have to see how likely getting a day or two off in another month is.
DOug, That looks liek crap :sad but I'm sure it jsut wont start because of shit gas. You've got to flush the carb, and start with fresh stuff. Its been sitting that long and I'm sure its just gummed up. Doesnt even take two weeks on my bikes, especially the 250.
Glad youre feeling better, though
That may also be an issue but still there is no spark. With the plug resting on the frame I should see some spark when cranking.
Hey Doug, sorry to hear about the bike. It was hard to see any damage that nite other than the tacoed rim. With that much damage to the hub and whatnots I bet you it's just a loose...yanked.... wire. Check the plug cap resistance and the wire....maybe the wire seperated. I'm guessing your plug cap should read 5kohm, then just start tracing back to the coil....could be a loose ground on the coil. Hope to see you at SB in some capacity.
Yikes! Hope you get her sorted, Doug. Doesn't look like much fun from here.
48 bike on entry list. Looks like my first rally is going to be a great one!
So, most of my rally prep has been "shop prep", working on trying to finish the single-bay insulated motorcycle space at home. We moved to an old farm in the spring without a real garage, so one of the ancient, swaybacked drive sheds was slated for a refit and closing in one of the bays for bike work.
Now, just to be clear, by "working on my shop", I mean to say, mostly, that "I'm working extra to pay for someone else to build it". :loll
The structure started basically like this:
It then gradually evolved to at least a solid skeleton by late in the fall:
Before Christmas, it was sided and painted, and I levelled and graded the internal floor to be ready for the concrete pour.
Now the snow has fallen, and nothing would be happening without a reasonably warm space to work. It's starting to look good.
This weekend has been the first time that things have been finished enough that I can light a fire in the wood stove and get some rally prep done.
Mostly little things...new heim joint bearing, wheel bearings, a front tire swap, air filter/fluids/etc., clean and grease the steering head bearings, clean up some wiring, replace the rear license plate holder for the millionth time, check the valves, organize my gear.
Here is the sad 450, ready for some love in the new space. Hasn't been touched or run since the P2D rally last June.
I had a great weekend prepping the bike, and it's almost all ready to go. Just waiting for my Flexx bars, and I'll be ready to put in another mediocre showing at Sandblast.
That makes my heart soar, right there. That looks awesome. You have a charmed life, mate
That looks awesome. It looks like the perfect space to work in.
Looking good, Dan !
I'm digging these separate work spaces withing the garage, a few friends have them.
Nice shop Dan!
Holy crap Doug! That's some serious carnage on the bike.
One other thing to check is that one of the wires for the ignition circuit may be pinched through and grounding to the frame. I've had that happen after cartwheeling a bike down a hill after a failed climb.