A n00b goes racing

Discussion in 'Racing' started by eatpasta, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    Looks like I got 4th, not 2nd. Two guys with temp #s in my class ahead of me. Got 42nd OA yesterday on the 525, maybe 7th or so in class. Course was lots of high speed stuff, not my cup of tea. Forgot how much fun that 525 can be.
  2. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    aw man! The high speed stuff is where I can actually pick up spots!

    :lol3

    bummed I missed it but had an awesome weekend with the wife.

    you got 4th in class! thats awesome man!! 32nd over all!!
  3. hungrosity

    hungrosity Oh! So I'm the Ass

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    Hey Pasta,

    I just wanted to chime in and say thanks for these race reports. You have an uncanny way of staying humble with just the right mix of enthusiasm and self deprecation. I hope you remember this as you continue to get better as a rider.

    There is nothing more refreshing around these parts than someone who openly recognizes what they don't know rather than spouting off about what they do know.

    I appreciate the opportunity to live vicariously through you and wish you the best of luck in all your racing endeavors. I hope one day to get out and do some of these kinds of races myself. I hope I find someone as willing to pull me along in all my slowness as you found in Mike.

    Thanks again and it sounds like you are having a blast! :D
  4. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    thanks man!

    There are a few things I have learned in life;

    I know there is a famous saying that goes something to the effect of; the only knowledge is knowing you know nothing

    and (especially in motorcycling....) there is ALWAYS going to be someone wayyyy better than you.

    also, you have to be able to make fun of yourself - there's no reason to go through life taking things that seriously so yes I do try and balance these things.

    im just excited that people are interested in reading about it. Ill continue to post about and make videos as long as people are interested in watching.

    definitely give the racing a try sometime!! when you do, go about it just as I have - find someone that has been doing it for a long time and take all the advice you can and dont forget to wear armor!!

    almost none of the guys I race with wear it, but screw that! if yer new, yer gunna crash. I haven't had any bad ones (yet) but im sure as I get faster, they will be "in the mail".

    its good fun and it really makes you learn what kind of a rider you are. I have seen myself be transformed in just a few races and training sessions. What does that make me?

    Still pretty dammed slow

    :lol3

    BUT, Im getting better!

    :thumb

    and thats the point.

    when you start up, make sure to post it so that we can watch too!!

    :lurk
  5. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    We gotta get you out to an enduro now. I'm going to Prospectors MC this weekend. Can't wait to see what they have in store for us. They are finishing everyone but the "A" riders 6 or 7 miles from the end of the loop.
  6. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    ya that sounds like a blast! How exactly do those go anyways? I know they are time keeping events....

    unfortuntely, the next race ill have time for is on april 11..... gotta get back on the wagon for fitness here NOW.... actually running a 5k tomorrow!

    :thumb
  7. Bluebull2007

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    Great thread, eatpasta, Im really enjoying it, its a great encouragement for me! :clap

    Im going to be giving rally raid a bash for the 1st time later this year (Dos Sertoes in Aug), and Ive been umming and ahhing about whether to start a thread too, Im in the middle of a training regime (between injury :cry ) and am busy building a bike. Problem is you already have the name of the thread I wanna start :lol3 .
  8. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    dont hem and haw about it - just start another one and make it more interesting than mine!

    :thumb

    I ran the 5k on saturday with a friend and he ran it in 20 mins flat....

    :huh

    I ran mine in 26 minutes, which isnt horrible for a first go.

    last night I changed the oil, and added the Iridium NGK plug I got from my Amsoil sponsor..... and added some Amsoil stickers to the bike.

    She's starting to look like a racebike!!

    :freaky

    pics to come soon
  9. airborndad

    airborndad Long timer

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    A noob goes Rally Racing

    There problem solved:thumb
    Now start your thread already:lol3


    Good luck on the Rally Raiding:thumb
  10. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    someone define Rally Raiding for me now....

    :scratch
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    airborndad Long timer

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    DAKAR

    KotW KINGSOFTHEWEST http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=535024

    multiple days looooooong distance

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rally_raid
    Rally Raid, also known as cross country rallying is a form of long distance off-road racing that takes place over several days.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-rr115_0-0>[1]</SUP> Each day may require traveling up to 900 kilometres (560 mi).<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-rr115_0-1>[1]</SUP> The length of the event can be 3&#8211;15 days.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-rr115_0-2>[1]</SUP> Examples of rally raid races include the Dakar Rally, Central Europe Rally, Spanish Baja, Raid De Himalaya and Russian Baja Northern Forest.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-id277159_1-0>[2]</SUP><SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-rr115_0-3>[1]</SUP>
    The first rally raid run was the Côte-Côte Rally, first held in December 1976.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-2>[3]</SUP>
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    Ok brother, I started the thread.:evil You can get the answer in the first post, HERE :deal
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    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    I gotta sit down and really read all that!!

    Now i get to watch someone else get beat-the-crap-out-of besides me!

    :lol3
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    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    hell, I dont know if I would be ready for that after YEARS of riding..... well maybe years.

    I would think that DAKAR style racing via motorcycle is just about the hardest thing any human could embark on......
  15. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    Well, for your first time, they go like you get on a minute with me and follow me as much as you can. I had a good day yesterday, considering I lost my front brake pads just after the 2nd check and got a minute behind for the next three checks :bluduh I borrowed some pads from a friend during the break and went out on the 2nd loop, dropped 10 points, all on the last check.
  16. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    so how did you do - sans front brakes for half the race?!
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    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    Won't know for a few days. They have to tally all the score cards.
  18. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    Eatpasta - great thread. Enjoy your insights and also learning about your Western desert style races. Let me ask you and the other desert guys this - in the front of the thread several guys were trashing your BRP as a bad choice. I thought the XR650 was the bike of choice for a lot of desert racers. At least a few years ago? Just curious. I had the pleasure to ride part of the Baja 1000 course a few years ago and the XR650's seemed to be the bike of choice there.

    PS - I love the shot of your bike before one of your races and it still had the mirror. Did you leave it on for the race?
  19. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    I'll take this one. The Baja 1000 and D37 Club races are two entirely different animals. Baja is long and fast, and you are racing on roads, however shitty they may be, they are roads that 4 wheeled vehicles are racing on as well. The BRP is well suited for those situations.

    D37 on the other hand, are sprints by comparison. They range from 70 to 100 miles in length, and the second loops of most races are negotiable by motorcycles only, in other words the clubs tend to find the most heinous shit they can and send you through it. It's doable with the BRP, but there are better tools for the job. At this time, AJ is only required to do the fist loop, so he hasn't had to drag his 300 lb bike down a 8 or 10 foot rock waterfall... yet :evil
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    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    Oh, I almost forgot. You don't start one bike every minute either, everyone lines up in a row dead engine and goes for it when they drop the banner.

    Search youtube for D37, and you will find some good videos.