My journey to V2R and other racing nonsense

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Kanook, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Ive got my bike dismantled just a little for some maintenance issues. I've got swing arm bearings and lower linkage bearings coming tomorrow. I'll also go through the steering head and check those bearings along with valves and compression while the tank is off. My suspension should be delivered tomorrow to AS Racing for a complete overhaul, springs, valving, oil....
    I'm very impressed with AS. They wanted to know exactly what I wore while riding and the weight of my gear. They said they can give me the suspension I want, plush in the rough but firm enough to hit the big stuff. I'm excited.

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  2. AngryShawn

    AngryShawn Punchbowl Pooper

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    I just got my suspension back from AS racing yesterday and am excited to try it out.
    Definitely agree on their high level of service, be sure to get your setup sheet from them as well.
    Paul emailed it to me afterwards and it has lots of good info for a suspension n00b like me.
    Hope to see you in Vegas!
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  3. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Keep me posted on what you think. I know you post on Thumpertalk, that's where I first heard about Paul at ASR and read all the great reviews.
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  4. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Just got word from kelli at AS racing that my suspension is done and on its way back to me right on time. I should have it Friday and be ready to test it out on Sunday. Plus I'm on vacation the following week and plan on riding as much as I can. I must say how impressed I am with the customer service with AS. Last Friday while at work my iPhone indicated to me of a new email, when I checked I had two emails. One from ups tracking stating my package had been delivered and the other was from Paul saying he just received my suspension and would have it done by Tuesday.
    Now the fun begins. Our local desert series is pretty much over for me. The rest of the races before V2R don't interest me so now it's just prep for August. My list of items I need grows every day. My biggest expense will be bibs and tires and then chain, sprockets, and chain sliders, and I also need a new helmet. My current one is DOT but not Snell. Luckily I have picked up a couple new supporters and will be getting a new helmet from Oneal and extra filters from Twin Air. My bibs will be coming from MX1 West but they have been on back order for months now. Everything else I will get from Wrights motorcycle here in Utah and Rocky Mountain ATV.
    I'll also need to get the chase vehicle prepped. I plan on using my Cherokee so I'll need to get a rack for the top for spares and I'm going to put in a new fuel pump, I think mine is starting to get weak. Other wise it should be a solid ride and the a/c is cold for my chase crew. Wusses ;-) Fano's main concern, " the a/c works right?" I'd better get him a plug in massager for the seat also.
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  5. fano

    fano here and there

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    Covered, I already have one of those. Hopefully your charging system can handle that. :evil
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  6. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Tee-hee
    I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. My newly rebuilt suspension showed up today. Thanks AS Racing I can't wait to get these installed. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1338595906.582501.jpg
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  7. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Scott's really makes a nice product and they make it easily serviceable. I just took my SS apart, cleaned it, replace a worn seal, and got it back together with oil in less than 15 min:-) ImageUploadedByTapatalk1338653411.551568.jpg
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  8. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    I think this tire is done. Yesterdays ride finished it off so tonight was spent putting new rubber on. Damn I hate changing tires.
    It was an awesome day. I got my bike back together with my newly rebuilt AS Racing suspension on Saturday and on Sunday I went riding with Fano, Steve, and Oliver. I was giggling out loud as I flew through the desert. I never knew how good a bike could feel. It felt as though I was hovering inches above the ground on most terrain and on big hits and whoops it stayed straight and predictable.
    I'm going to head to 5 mile again tomorrow and make the trek to eureka and then maybe a little into cherry creek if time permits. Need to get back for my daughters graduation.
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  9. AgentSmith

    AgentSmith The CRF guy...

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    I'm so glad that you are digging your suspenders!!! Sure makes a big difference when you have the confidence in your bike to just hammer down when you see whoops...

    Can't wait to meet you guys in person at the V2R...gonna be a great race this year!!
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  10. KZJohn

    KZJohn Been here awhile

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    What oil did you use? I need to service mine too.

    P.S. AS it's good to see you over on this board too.
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  11. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    I bought the oil that Scott's sells. There was enough oil that i should be able to service it 2-3 more times. I ordered the seals, oil, and bullet tool for the seals right from them.
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  12. AgentSmith

    AgentSmith The CRF guy...

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    Scott's sells it's own oil for the stabilizers...that's what we use when servicing. It's basically a 5wt fork oil.

    P.S. Thank you John...been lurking for years, just haven't posted much.
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  13. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    I'm honored you have chosen my thread to start posting. :clap
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  14. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    I decided I'd better start practicing night riding, so Fano and I went out to 5 mile pass yesterday evening. The plan was to start riding no later than 8:30 in order to give us enough time to make it to eureka and before the gas station closes at 10pm. Well it was about 8:55 when we finally got on our way with a new plan of skipping some of the slower single track in order to make up time. So much for that. We ended up on a dirt road we thought would get us to the main road but we just ended up on a two track that kept snaking us in and out of the cedars. Finally we hit the paved road into eureka and it was 10:10. Oh well, we decided to at least still get to the town so as to have bearings on how to get back. We pulled up to the dark and closed gas station to assess the fuel situation and I still had at least half a tank, and we figured Fano did as well, so we pushed on back to 5 mile. The trip back was uneventful but fun and at about 1 mile from the truck Fano had to switch to reserve. We got done about midnight and did 77 miles.
    This was my first time riding at night off road and although it was enjoyable I could see my self getting into big trouble with the dust and limited visibility. Numerous times I found myself riding too fast and leaving the trail when all of a sudden there was a turn that was not seen. I was just following one bike and it was hair ball so I can only imagine what getting passed by trophies trucks will be like.
    My new goal for August besides just finishing is beating the dark.
    Thanks dumb girl for the use of your light.
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  15. zack05

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    Is that the light that you are racing with? I went ahead and got the BD Squadron LED, but haven't tested it at night yet.
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  16. frog

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    Did you switch hers over to 100w bulb? It makes a big difference in the amount of light and also the distance of the beam. The problem with a single 8 is they don't provide much flood so if it's twisty you have a lot of blind spots.

    I wouldn't worry about it too much as long as you don't have an issue you'll finish before dark.
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  17. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Same light but the HID version. Luckily I ride with a group of baja and V2R veterans with all the good stuff. :clap

    I didn't. I haven't upgraded my stator yet so not sure if I can run 100w. Pilo said he has a stator for me I just need to get it and get an upgraded regulator/rectifier to go with it.
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  18. AngryShawn

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    A fee things to keep in mind:
    To finish in the daylight you'll have to do the race in about 12 hours or less, averaging better than 45mph. If you can do that, you are in business.
    This is about the same timeframe that the lead open class vehicles also start getting to the finish, however the final stretch from Weeks to Dayton is not as high speed as the rest of the course due to being rougher, so bikes can have a bit of an advantage.
    Personally I found that getting passed by vehicles at night was less stressful than daytime as their 'power of the sun' lights are a dead giveaway that you are about to be passed and therefore was much easier to get off the course sooner.
    A helmet light is a very nice piece of gear to have to supplement the HID spot beam. As Frog pointed out, you will have some blind/dark spots with the spot beam, and with the helmet light, you can put light where you are looking and fill in some of those areas.
    Granted, if you have the ability to finish in daylight, you won't need all that lighting gear. However ANYTHING can happen, so personally I pack everything I have to be safe...
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  19. AgentSmith

    AgentSmith The CRF guy...

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    We finished last year in 10 hours and change with our Open Expert team...Anna Cody was riding for us as well. She solo'ed it on a 250X and finished in 15 hours, after dark.

    About the stator: The OEM stator will not run a 100W bulb. It puts out 64W total, and that is split between two circuits. One 20W DC to charge the battery and one 44W AC to run lights.

    A Baja Designs stator rewind will net you 150W total on a single DC output. Running a 100W bulb, 20W to recharge battery will leave above 30W to run helmet lights if needed. Obviously, choosing a light like the new Squadron LED set up will use much less wattage and will give you a lot of excess capacity to run things like a beer cooler or a boombox...:evil
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  20. KZJohn

    KZJohn Been here awhile

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    I wen't with a BD stator on my CRF and one 8" Halo combined with dual Trailtech HID helmet lights for the 2010 B1k. NOT ENOUGH LIGHT! We dropped from 3rd in class to a 6th at the finish because of poor lighting. One thing about helmet lights, the light will reflect back in your face in dusty conditions. Think white out conditions in a snow storm, same affect. I still use the helmet lights but leave them turned off most of the time. BTW, I now have a dual 8" set up with my Halo converted to HID and am going to buy another HID. The BD stator was able to deal with the single Halo, HID helmet lights, IRC E-Tracker, tail light, and charge the battery. I don't forsee a problem in the future powering up the dual 8"ers and helmet lights,( the IRC E-Tracker is no longer offered to bike/quad teams).
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