Sidecar racing the Baja 1000

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by HogWild, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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  2. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    EXCELLENT!! Go get em Scott :clap
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  3. TomN

    TomN Long timer

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    Good luck guys :clap
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  4. Bad Cat Racing

    Bad Cat Racing F1 Sidecar Racer

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    Go kick some ass! :evil
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  5. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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    Sensational Scott!!!!

    Here hopeing for some Video
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  6. Richard-NL

    Richard-NL Sidecar Fan

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    Here a couple of pics of the other competiting sidecarteam, from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region><st1:place>Switzerland</st1:place></st1:country-region>, Rüdi Howald and Sandro Lanaro with the Horst Ullrich Aprillia.

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  7. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Aprilia? Dayum! that would sound sweet at full noise :tb
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  8. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Thanks to our tons of supporters for your enthusiasm and support in this incredible event. That was by far the toughest race I’ve ever done. It took us 32 hours start to finish, including pit stops and on course repair time. Due to unexpected issues, I only got 3 hours of sleep the night before. Overall, race day ended up being 42 hours of awake time for me. The VERY rough terrain and long miles were tough enough, but the lack of sleep really kicked my butt. I am SO happy it’s done!

    We did finish, and the other sidecar this year did not (Swiss team on an Aprilia). And apparently no other sidecar has ever finished the Baja 1000. But we did not make the official cutoff time of 31 hours (missed it by an hour), so we did not receive an “official” finish. I met my main personal goals of getting to the finish, and driving the whole distance without a replacement driver. So, I’m pretty damn happy about the end result. We’ll see what comes next.

    At the finish, the crowd and fellow competitors were clearly thrilled and surprised that we made it. Before the race it was hard to find ANYONE who believed we could do it on a sidecar, especially a Harley powered sidecar. Now they have to step back and reevaluate their thinking about sidecars and about the durability and performance of the Harley-Davidson V-Rod!

    I want to give a special thanks to our crew, who provided the support we needed to accomplish this goal. Thank you Des, Mark, Russ, Bomber, Randy, Brian, Eric, Pat, and all the others who pitched in.

    And of course the hardcore guys who hung on through some serious pain and suffering, my incredible passengers, pictured left to right in my favorite photo; Les Walker, Joe Hauler, and Kevin Anderson.

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    To Harley-Davidson; thanks for building such a truly GREAT motor. Through this race we had numerous mechanical problems, but none were associated with the motor. It’s hard to think of a more brutal test of a machine’s capabilities and durability than the Baja 1000.


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  9. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Congrats Scott! Good show! :clap

    Looking at your photos, I wonder: did you use sidecar wheel lean-in rather than bike lean-out to set up this rig?
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  10. toolfan

    toolfan Broken Hearted

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    Wow.

    I can't imagine standing, moving, leaning that long.

    Much respect to you and your monkey!
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  11. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    There is no adjustability between the bike and sidecar. It's a one-piece frame. It's setup so the bike is straight upright when the sidecar platform is level. I do have camber, toe-in, and ride height adjustability on the sidecar wheel. It's setup with minimal toe-in, some camber, and ride height for a somewhat level sidecar platform. Depending on the passenger position, fullness of gas, and amount of parts and tools we carry, it may not be level at any moment in time. But what's "level" when you're going over horrible rough terrrain, miles of off camber, and 40 miles of 3 foot deep whoops? I just get on the beast and ride it!

    I rode it "ironman", but I had 3 passengers.
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  12. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Can you show us(when you have time) how you set up the adjustability at the sidecar wheel? I think I may need to do something similar when we build Monica's Pacific Coast rig
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  13. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Good job Scott. We were rooting for you guys!!
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  14. Johnny Wolvo

    Johnny Wolvo Been here awhile

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    Congratulations to Scott, Joe, Les, Kevin and all the Hog Wild Racing crew on completing the race. You all did a great job, and Harley Davidson and sidecars proud!!!!!! Tried to congratulate you on your blog at the finish on the night here in the UK, but it wouldn't let me back in with my password.

    JUST BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!...........Johnny W......UK.
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  15. kliff

    kliff Retired Ole Phart

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    WELL DONE

    Your efforts make us all proud. Thank you for your dedication to chasing the dream.
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  16. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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    Great result Scott and Crew:freaky

    Where can one read of the mechanical problems that arose . . . . .

    Pezz :)
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  17. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    - Left fork down tubes broken 90% through, twice!
    - 5 flat tires (leaky beadlocks and/or rim).
    - Broken wire to starter motor.
    - Radiator fan quit working for a while.
    - Boiled over.
    - Mount for odometers broken.
    - Cable going from VHF radio to helmet disconnected.
    - Radio connector swung into chain, broke chain.
    - High-pressure fuel line sprung leak.
    - Exhaust guard smashed by passenger.

    There were other non-mechanical "issues" that were equally troubling.


    Some videos:

    http://www.vimeo.com/2373387

    YouTube - Sidecar.AVI

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    YouTube - 2008 BAJA 1000

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    http://vimeo.com/2349726

    http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn138/scottybreauxman/Baja 1000/?action=view&current=111.flv

    http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn138/scottybreauxman/Baja 1000/?action=view&current=112.flv
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  18. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    An excerpt from a report written by Matt at Durka Durka Photo:

    "...Back to the hotel for a 4 hour nap then I was back at the finish. Hung out there again until the 5SC (sidecar) finished around 15:00. They timed out by about an hour but the fact that they even finished is really amazing. I don’t think I have ever been that happy to see a team finish the race. This shot really sums up what finishing the Baja is like to me. Exhaustion, accomplishment, elation, relief. There is no real action but its one of my favorites of all time."

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  19. kobudo28

    kobudo28 Banned

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    GREAT JOB GUYS!!!!!!!!!! :clap :clap What a ride.
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  20. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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