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Discussion in 'Racing' started by rburkat, Aug 7, 2012.
Awesome ! Looking forward to the report. Best of luck!
What a great story, were you down there end of Jan.? I think we passed each other. keep us informed on you race info
1) Who did your killer numbers/backgrounds?
2) Who do we call to set up an inspection such as this one when we get into town?
Killer story man and good luck at the 1000!
Would be great to preride with you. I'm thinking of heading to san felipe around oct 23rd and just staging out of there till the race. Probably head to La Paz at some point and try to ride a few days down there too.
Hey Matt, hope your almost home. Sorry for ruining the WABDR for you :)
We started on Feb 6th and did about a week down there. Were you stopped with another guy on the hwy at the turn off to Bay of LA?
Stoked for you. I think you'll kill it given the previous experiences. The loop would be a bear on the bike bike with SF but the run should be fun. Watch out for front flats, that would be my only concern at some of the speeds you'll run. I'd also cut down the screen just to keep it out of the way.
If you sell t-shirts, put me on the list...
Enjoyed the documentary! Sounds like a heck of an adventure. Good luck with the 990. That's going to be one loooooong workout in the sand wrestling that beast!
There will be times that you curse yourself for riding a big bike and others where you cant stop laughing because its sooooo much fun.
Strip as much stuff as you can off it and like pilo said get rid of the windscreen. Otherwise it will end up smacking you in the nose.
What are you going to do about lights?
Get a rally Raid short wind screen
also install 2 HID bulbs in you head light .
That all you will need to do.
I just ordered 2 sets of 35W and 2 sets of 55W HIDs to go in my euro light. I also ordered 3 different bulb temperatures 3500K ,5000K, and 6000K for them so I can test. From my 8 hour night ride on the last race I remember being really pissed off that my helmet lights were very blue and my bike baja designs 8" HID was more yellow, which made my eyes have to readjust constantly as I rode, depending which light i looked at. It was really fatiguing. So this year I want to make sure that all my lights are the same color/temperature.
I'm still not sure what I will run for helmet mount. I had niterider last time, but I dont think they make the moto light anymore.
I tried to mout the bd 8" light rack on the 990 but it would take a bunch custom work to move the ECU, and then it won't look much like a 990 ( might as well have a SE then ).
I also picked up some Rigid D2's form BDCW but I have not tried them yet. I won't be running crash bars and I have a high fender so I'm not sure how I'll mout them yet.
Ideally I'm thinking this...
1. euro head light with 2x 55w HID
2. some sort of head hid/led light
3. some additional lights that I can add on for the night section - either some D2s or similar or maybe one of those light strips. Perhaps this http://www.bajadesigns.com/ProductDetail/620270_Stealth-Xpg-10-Led-Bar
Pass on the helmet light. ( in 25 years of racing in Baja I have never used one)
They seem to be more of a pain in the A$$ and WHEN you crash at night you just threw money away!!
Give me a PM I can help you set the 990 up.
I put in many miles in mexico on my 950 in the past.
I second that comment for the most part.
I use one (Baja Designs) but don't turn it on. It's only in case of emergency - lights fail, gotta work on something, wad the main lights up, etc...
Mark, we're old! I must be older 'cuz I can say "in 29 years of racing in Baja" ;-)
No I am Older
"it would be over 30 years of Baja racing "
But I missed a few years after I broke my Back and Hip
Then when I broke my Femur .... OUCH!
But Baja pulls you back in TIME after TIME !!!!
Trying to pull off a Class 50 ride this November!!!
Man I'm thinking eye sight was better in the old days cause i want as much light as I can. Your older eyes must be the better USA made ones and Im stuck with some newer cost cut import model
Also the lights on the 990 are not on the forks so the don't turn with you. It might be nice to light into a turn.
It was nice meeting you at the Klim Summit. I look forward to following this
from my experience watching two friends race the big orange twins in the SS 300 and V2R is watch out for flats!!... buy LOTS tires and wheels.. have them ready!
And good luck!!!
We started on Feb 6th and did about a week down there. Were you stopped with another guy on the hwy at the turn off to Bay of LA?[/QUOTE]
I passed LR and his crew, I was headed back north and he was headed south to Bay of LA, I was just north of Coco's, we were close but i don't think we crossed path
good luck I'll be cheering for you on, I'll buy you a beer in La Paz at the finish if I can track you down
Actually the best set up for a peninsula race is stem mounted like you have. Every now and then a 1000 is twisty enough that fork mounted works good, but overall, an especially to La Paz, stem mounted is the way to go. It handles better without the top heavy feeling and with so many fast miles of flat tracking it keeps the light in line with your rear tire, the direction you're going.
So my water pump went the other week and I finally got some of my parts. I might as well get it ready for the baja and replace some other parts.
CJDesigns water pump kit, fuel pump kit, slave cylinder kit, 2nd fan, adv pegs, misc
HID bulbs in different temperatures 3000K , 4500K, 5000K, 6000K. I ordered them all in order to test which color is the best on the eyes.
I got both 35W and 55W ballasts in order to test the differences.
Some other pieces... new rear fender (mine is broken), head set bearings, euro light switch, and misc.
Now it's time to put it all together.
Dude all I can say is you are one hard man running this solo!! I wish you all the luck and I will see you at the race
Last night I changed my water pump. I got the CJDesigns kit and things went pretty smooth.
Open things up
seal is toast
the manual calls for heating the housing to 150C so I used to oven to get the bearings out
after about 10 minutes at 150C my IR temp reader reads about the right temperature near the bearings
first one just fell out and the second one needs the C clip removed
needed to make myself a special tool in order to torque the impeller
the hole is for the socket
I had never done it before but it was all pretty straight forward. This CJDesign kit says it's good for 30k miles so I hope that will last the preriding and the race.