Mid-Life, or Life Long Crisis Racing

Discussion in 'Racing' started by novaboy, May 6, 2012.

  1. dirtysouthjacket

    dirtysouthjacket Been here awhile

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    Doing my first race this weekend at the Steele Creek GNCC Race. I'm really not ready, but when is anyone? :wink:

    I'm not nearly in the shape I thought I would be in, I haven't ridden the bike enough, and I have no idea what kind of race prep to do to the bike. :puke1

    But since I'll be on the KDX200 and so far its been bulletproof and treeproof. So I think I should be ok. I'm really just shooting to finish the 2 hour race and not get hurt.

    Anyone else doing some races this season?
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  2. novaboy

    novaboy Been here awhile

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    Awesome good luck this weekend. We are still aways off from any racing up here. Lots of snow in the woods. I'm hoping to do a couple of enduros and maybe a harescramble this summer. Not a big racing scene up here. The harescramble series has only one race in my area, everything else is a 4hr drive. Between work, family and just plain ol' life its hard to get the time on the weekends.

    Once my garage gets above freezing again I'll get some prep work done on the bike, and get riding again. After sitting all winter the old XR250R fired up first kick last weekend before my big rip around the yard.

    I've been keeping in shape over the winter, running, and some strength training, so its just a matter of getting in bike shape.

    Let us know how the race went.
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  3. dakarchef

    dakarchef Been here awhile

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    Our enduro season starts in 2 and a half weeks. This will be my fourth year of the series. I never raced as a kid just rode dirt bikes. At 46 I decided to take it up again.

    Ran the beginner class at 47 and actually won a two day enduro that year and finished the season first in points.

    2nd year at age 48, moved to novice and came in 11th overall.

    Last year I came in tied for 3rd in points in the novice class.

    This year (50 years old) I've moved to supervet B ... time to race with the old fast guys. I think I'm ready, over the winter I lost 25 lbs and started running. The bike is all serviced ready to go. We just need the weather to improve (damn winter). I need to get out for some practice!!
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  4. XFBO

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    Hey guys!

    Rather than starting a new thread on the same dreaded question, I figured I'd use the search field (rarity, I know! :D) and found this here thread!!!

    A LOT of great info which answers some of my questions but still need some advise on a good mid sized enduro!

    I came into this thread thinking the KTM 350EXC was going to be in my future but after seeing how many members here recommended the KTM 200-300XC, I don't know anymore. So I asked an old friend who, I know, does a lot of trail riding and hare scrambles, he recommended the Husky TE310.....when I said I've seen a lot of people recommend the 300XC, he said it's NOT an entry level bike and it may overheat in the slow stuff we have here in NNJ/Pa areas.....what do you guys think?

    FWIW- I was in my teens the last time I did any real trail riding, less maybe 1-2 outtings about a decade ago....but it's not like I was completely inactive, I was doing primarily trackdays with a CCS race weekend here and there over the last 12 yrs. I got away from that mostly due to family priorities and concentrating on dirt again since my 7yo son has been showing great interest in trail riding.....so here I am! :D

    Any guidance in picking the right bike would be appreciated!
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  5. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    If your buddy thinks you will have problems over-heating a 300 2T, you will most definitely over-heat a 4t. It is much cheaper to maintain a 2T woods bike than a 4T woods bike. Modern KTMs can be set up to have almost no 2T hit or a big hit.

    My daughter's 1st big bike was a 200XCW and she did great with it.

    If you have a line on a well set up KTM 300, I would be on it. Make sure the jetting is correct (JD Jet kit is the way to go), then ride it and have a shit ton of fun.
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  6. XFBO

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    Thank you BY!
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  7. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    Bumping up an older thread here......

    I had to quit racing, but have found that the lessons I learned racing, transfer nicely to dual sport riding. I ride a KTM 640A on minimum maintenance roads and 2 track trails. The KTM suspension is set up nicely and by standing on the pegs and treating it like a heavy dirt bike, I can ride faster and have many, many tonnes of fun.

    Standing on the pegs does not require a lot of fitness, but sitting, then standing does. Doing a bunch of bike riding helps keep my legs in shape. I also do yoga for core strength and balance. The better you can balance, the less you have to dab a foot, the less energy you spend riding, the longer you can ride before needing to stop for the day.

    If I were to get bike into racing again, I would get a KTM 250xcw and have fun.
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