A tale of two twins

Discussion in 'Racing' started by azcagiva, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Mr Fast

    Mr Fast Slowly striving

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    John Jr. took the first stage & was to meet up with Allen at Todos Santos, fuel the bike & let Allen take the last stage over the mountains to Cabo. They were to meet at Mag 7's pit. Unfortunately, Mag 7 was in the wrong place & they never hooked up. That's racing! When we were working on the bike in La Paz we noticed the bottom roller for the chain had crapped out. We didn't have any extras so we were going to switch it with the top roller. Of course, we forgot. When Jr. got up into the mountains his chain started slipping. He didn't realize that it was his chain. Bronco Driver (Ed) had told John once that these bikes were bad about stripping out the counter shaft so of course that's what got stuck in his head. He stopped at a ranch & got some Mexicans to help. They pulled the cover & the sprocket looked fine. He looked at the chain & realized it was just loose. Too late to swap rollers as the top one was gone! He tightened the chain up & away he went. John is one of those guys born knowing how things work. I remember him putting an antique lamp together for my mother when he was only three. He was embarrassed that he hadn't figured it out sooner. It's the fog of racing , pressure & limited time. Until you go through it yourself I'm sure it's hard to understand.Bike # 57's odometer broke & he kept getting lost so he followed John for awhile. (wrk2surf) When the trucks & buggies caught up he had something faster to follow. Same thing happened to L C Garage on 12. Guys were following him too!
    Meanwhile we're down at the end of the stage wondering what in the Heck is going on. We finally had our locator working & we could be tracked on Spot Walla. We're close to Cabo so our cell phones are working. We're getting word from Arizona that he's not moving. Then he was. Now he's not. Mouse McCoy's rig comes in & the driver tells us that John is broke down. He told us not to go up course, too knarly. We jump in the Rhino to go around Cabo to Todos Santos to go in that way. After a few miles Rick gets a call from a buddy in Phoenix. He's on Spot Walla & John is moving again!! We turn around & head back to go up course to find him. I call my sweetie & she verifies he's moving. You have to realize that we're always in that racing fog of not really knowing what's going on. We had gotten hold of Allan & told them to head to Cabo. We get about a mile in & find him. At this point I was to take the last transit in to Cabo & get the glory of finishing. I was proud of Jr. & it didn't feel right to me. I told him to take it in, he deserved it. Apparently it was pretty sandy. Deep sand. I didn't miss it. Here's some pics. First one, we thought we might need some.
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    Top speed for the stage
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    At the finish
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    After the awards banquet
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    Allan
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    Found another Hottie:
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    She didn't speak English but that was OK! Will post again a short one of the way home.
  2. noshoes

    noshoes soñando con México

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    Thanks guys for the followup report. Lameco rocks!:clap
  3. azcagiva

    azcagiva new orange flavor

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    If anyone is still interested I thought I would post up some more of my experience.

    d2ss1
    Rick left out of bola and made it about 50 miles or so before the bike died on him. The rear suspension was set up way too stiff. I had a suspension guy in Scottdale do some testing with his shock dyno and he figures the springs were for a 500#rider. The softer springs that I ordered didn't show up till the day after we left. Due to the rough ride the battery worked its way loose and left Rick stranded.

    FF to el arco. Bike shows up we fix it and off I go. First thing I notice is the steering head bearings are a little loose. I had not installed the top clamp all the way down and it allowed the lock nut to loosen up. Anyway it is not too bad so I keep going and catch the checkpoint right as it closes. Here is where some experience might have helped us out. We received a time of 7:34 for that stage, if we had timed out we would have received 5:30 time. So had I hit the cp 1 minute later I would have saved 2 hours.

    Enough complaining. I head into viscaino hoping to get gas and make the start of the next stage in san ignacio. I stop at a chase rig for one of the buggies and borrow some tools and fix the steering head bearings. I get gas in viscaino and head south. I stop at the gas station in San Ignacio and find out it is out of fuel. Hmmm I guess I can get gas in San Juanico. I head towards the mission and ride right by the stage start. The guy had packed it up and was on the other side of his truck so I missed him. I continue on following the gps for the transit. The green line continued on so I figure the start is up ahead. I pass a few locals cheering me on and realize I somehow missed the start. I turn around and ask the guys where the start is and they tell me at the hotel. I find the start guys and off I go.

    Turns out the guy closed the cp too soon so my penalties were removed. As I am riding I notice two white raptors off in the distance whenever I make a turn. I go through some two track roads, miles of deep sand and then The course sends me through a dump. I figure I must be near San Juanico where I am going to have to find gas if I want to make it to the end of this stage. I get out of the dump and hit a tidal flat of some sort, I stop to check my gas and try to see if I can see the town. As I am looking in my tank the raptors pull up along with one of the McMillan chase trucks. They tell me they are my new chase crew and give me some gas. Pretty cool to have some of the guys I have seen in the dust to glory movie help me out. I apologize for going so slow and they graciously tell me I am going just fast enough. Off I go with my new famous chase team until the next problem.

    I had a great time hauling ass on the tidal flats. I hit a big ledge on an uphill climb that lifted the ass of the bike pretty high. Not a big deal until I get to the top and one cylinder drops off. I look down and the gas line on one of the carbs pulled off and is now dumping gas all over the hot engine. I freak out, stop the bike and shut off the gas. I reattach the tank strap and fuel line. I borrow a bottle of water from the McMillans and rinse off the gas on the bike. I apologize once again and head off. I find the mag 7 pit and they gas me up. The sun is almost set now and they tell me I have 100 miles to go. I head inland and pass a few broken down race vehicles.

    I had installed a race light I had built from a KC tropy truck light and a baja designs light. I figured it would be a good thing to mount the number plate to and good insurance if I had to ride at night. I had a 50w halogen bulb in the reflector. The light worked really well with one problem. I was not able to aim the light much higher than 15' or so in front of me because of the plastic road book that had stopped working earlier that day. So I now had a 20mph light which would have been ok if I was running 20mph. I had a close call with a canal in La purisma, other than that it wasn't too bad.

    I pass a truck with a KTM on the back of it and figure I must be getting close the end of the stage. I go a little further and come across a vehicle with super bright lights. As I am cussing them I realize it is the suburban. I stop, dad tells me to haul ass the check point is up ahead. I get to the check point and the guy working says , "is that honzilla? shit man we were wondering what happened to you. Sit down and have a beer man".

    I get my gear off and start sipping the beer and the suburban comes sliding in. Rick gets on we gas her up and he heads for the end of the transit. He makes it to the finish and the flag girls, who had a few beers by then hugged him and said they were worried about him out there all by himself.

    I had a great time and other than the light and Rick getting my hug it was a good day.

    -John

    coming up day 4
  4. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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  5. LC Garage

    LC Garage On Any Sunday

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    Great story, keep it coming! And when are you going to tell the story of Robby Gordon working on your bike?:D
  6. azcagiva

    azcagiva new orange flavor

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    Hey Rick,

    The only RG story we have is him sitting on the bike. It was Chris Vestal that had the RG pit experience. He was much nicer in person than I expected.

    Day 4

    We spent the night going over the bike. Our rear tire had peeled a lug off sometime during the last stage, so we changed the tire and swapped the rear sprocket to the 40tooth one we had as a spare, pinching a tube in the process. We had two rollers on the bike for the chain. I had thought about swapping the lower roller with the upper, but somehow in the melee I forgot to do it.

    In the morning I got on the bike and headed to the start. Bike felt good on the way to the start. We line up and I get the flag and as I gas the bike I feel something slip. Shit, I remember someone telling me that the 350s had a problem with stripping the counter shaft splines on the countershaft sprocket. Well this is what was stuck in my head when this was happening.

    I get Mr. Gaynor pointed in the right direction and he pulls off at the pemex to get some gas. I telling myself I am just gonna ride her as far as I can and then deal with it when she won't go anymore. At the beginning of the start I ask Malcom what he thinks I should do, and he says like there was any other choice, "you need to ride that motorcycle son". That's what I thought he would say. I wait for the OSR guy, which turned out to be Rick. I tell him congrats on the race, they have it in the bag, our bike is acting up. I guess that advice went unheeded because he crashed a few times. I even think I saw evidence of his shenanigans in a few tight corners. Anyway I get the 3 2 1 and take off slowly. I am now not racing and actually looking around. There were lots of turns and it was easy to get off track, as I noticed that I was not the only one turning around in a few places. I start to notice that the bike wants to go faster. The slipping I experienced earlier only happens when I am in the lower gears. Start to head up into the mountains, get off track again and have to turn around in a ranchers front yard. I get caught up in a buggy traffic jam and get around them and back on the course. I see Mike again and get him pointed in the right direction again and continue on. It was somewhere in here that Mike and I were pointed down the wrong road by some locals. I tried to find the guy once I turned around, but he was hiding. I said some choice words to one of his buddies. I probably made as much sense to him as the teacher in the charlie brown cartoons, but I felt better. I think he understood my middle finger though.

    We were supposed to do a rider change at the mag 7 pit in todos but I never saw the pit. Somewhere in this stage Mike and I ran together for awhile until the fast trucks came up then I didn't see him until the finish. So Get to the bottom of this small canyon and realize now is where I have to stop and try to fix my problem. If I don't the bike won't make it up the steep hill. I pull off at this small ranch along the course. I roll her under a small tree for some shade and start tearing the side cover off that hides the countershaft. I am assisted by my two new amigos from the ranch that are very helpfull. They even bring out some tools to help. I get the cover off and see that the countershaft sprocket is fine (facepalm):doh, the bearings in the small roller are shot. Cool, bikes fine I am an idiot, I will just swap the rollers. Great idea, but somewhere on the course it decided to bail and it was gone. So the only option is to tighten the chain and hope that whats left of the roller will hang in till the finish.

    Sometime in this little valley I tried to use the sat phone and no joy. I get all my stuff on and get back on the trail. Nice little ranch not a bad place to do a 40 min pit stop. Bike is doing OK, the chain is no longer slipping and I decide to kick her in the ass. I am feeling pretty stupid for not stopping earlier and at least look at the damn thing.

    The road wound through the hills and every so often there was some sort of shrine. Some were pretty elaborate with electric lights and garland even. I get to the bottom of the hill and head to where I was to hand the bike off to my dad. I run across the suburban at the bottom of the long straight dirt road before the pavement. Dad says go ahead and take it in. We gas it up and I hit the pavement. The new smaller rear sprocket let me get the bike to a max speed of 82. Tried that on the dirt next to the road and was rewarded by a nice washout that bottomed the bike nicely. The road off the highway took me out to a big sand wash. The old bike handled the deep sand pretty well. I could feel the heat coming off the bike on my legs so I tried to keep her going as fast as she would go without blowing up. Upshifting and downshifting the whole way between third and fourth.

    Finally the sand ended and they kicked us out on to the city streets which were roped off. Rolled into the finish and was given a shot of tequila.

    Forgot to mention something. Somewhere in the middle of all this was a section they ran us through an old racetrack. I could see the people congregating on a small steep hill which I assumed they wanted me to go over. As I approached it a guy scrambled over the hill with his camera, this gave me some pause. I decided to see if there was a less crowded way to go through. I was not able to and had to double back. I sure they were disappointed when I did not catch any air and crash.

    Anyway I want to say thanks to everyone that helped us out. The helmets were awesome thanks Kali, The DT filters kept the dirt out of the engine. The maxima oil kept her from blowing up. The top clamp from rsw worked really well with the steering dampner we had on the bike. KC even put us up on their facebook page. Thanks to dad for making it possible to do this.

    The bike did remarkably well. No oil leaks and the only oil she used was on the first stage when we seated the rings. It was a new motor with about 50 miles on it before the race. So in this pic it is just as she rolled over the finish. Didn't even wash her.


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    -John
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  7. LC Garage

    LC Garage On Any Sunday

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    "I guess that advice went unheeded because he crashed a few times. I even think I saw evidence of his shenanigans in a few tight corners."

    I laughed out loud when I read that one! I'm not known for being particularly smart or for following advice, besides we were still racing for position (overall), I also did not want to discount the fact that you might get it fixed and we might still have broken ourselves, which did almost come to pass. Looking forward to racing with Lameco again someday. :D
  8. azcagiva

    azcagiva new orange flavor

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    Thought I would bump this. We have been working on getting the bike ready for next year. It is a slow process but have some new things for the bike on the horizon.

    Funny story, I took the yss shocks to a suspension guy in Scottsdale. He put the shocks on his dyno and from what he figures they were sprung for a 500# rider. No wonder it was a little rough:lol3 Should have that sorted out before the next race. Might even use the sl to prerun for the raceforthewounded effort in November.

    -John
  9. Cornbread82

    Cornbread82 Sir Crash A Lot!

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    Bring it down John I would love to get on that thing:D

    Brett
  10. pfdskipper

    pfdskipper Westside Trash

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    :ear:ear:ear:wink:

    That sounds EPIC!!!
  11. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    John... the maze was good times ..good times indeed!
  12. Crashed Bad

    Crashed Bad Big man, little bike

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  13. Bronco Driver

    Bronco Driver Been here awhile

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    I wanna ride it!
  14. LC Garage

    LC Garage On Any Sunday

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    Can't wait to see the next version of Honzilla! :D
  15. azcagiva

    azcagiva new orange flavor

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    Another good action shot of honzilla, Bob on the throttle.

    -John
  16. azcagiva

    azcagiva new orange flavor

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    You coming down for 2013?

    -John
  17. HalfFast

    HalfFast Double Secret Pit Ninja

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    Ed,

    Everyone wants to ride that bike! The lure of the open mini megaphone straight pipe is too much to withstand.
    Honzilla is a freaking blast to ride! I seriously love that bike even though the rear needed some sorting. With that fixed and a few minor tweaks Honzilla will be good to go for the 2013 Mexican 1000.

    Did anyone else notice Bob's right foot in the pic? Lol
  18. pfdskipper

    pfdskipper Westside Trash

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    I do that often... mi pierna falls asleep.
  19. Mr Fast

    Mr Fast Slowly striving

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    Got two new Excel rims in from Buchannon last week & ordered two Dunlaps MX's for the rear today. Locating some really firm foam for the seat as it needs a major redo. Work on the Blue Rhino also proceeds apace & she will be ready to terrify everyone again in 2013. Owens going to do a compression test on Honzilla. If OK we won't tear the motor down, just adjust the valves & change the oil with a new filter. Our magic engine paint is only good to about 300-350 degrees & it never changed color which means the motor never got hot! It should be OK!:clap

    BTW, we're building a cafe racer out of a 1976 Honda CB550. She's a real beaut. Everyone's welcome to come see- & all the other projects!
  20. HalfFast

    HalfFast Double Secret Pit Ninja

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    I am with you on not tearing her down if she doesn't need it. That bike never took a drop of oil after John seated the rings on his screaming bombing run down Laguna Salada and those air filters from DT1 were totally clean inside.

    :clap

    But can we make it louder? Just kidding!