Solo Solo 2011 <Vegas to Reno> <Baja 1000> – Slow Man Racing for a charity

Discussion in 'Racing' started by pilo, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. Wyobrew

    Wyobrew Missed it by that mu

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    Travels for work can be a drag, but in your case, enjoy while you can!!!

    Awsome Phil, you are a blessed man to be able to balance family, travel/work and still have the time and passion to race. Good for you!

    Doug
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  2. M.A.G.

    M.A.G. I heart Penalties

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    Just realized you went to Tech. I grew up in Roanoke. Trippy.
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  3. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    very cool stuff. :freaky
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  4. pilo

    pilo Rhymes with below

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    I've been beyond busy. Traveling for 3 weeks (including some vacation) trying to train...havent' been on the bike in forever since I have the thing apart with a ton of new parts.

    I also upgraded my chase vehicle. I'll post some pictures soon.

    I got my race numbers as well - 029

    Whew, race day is coming up fast.

    The Battery on the 450x needs replacing. Does anyone know anything about those snappy new Lithium-Polymer batteries? What works for a 450x and where can I find the best deal?
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  5. AngryShawn

    AngryShawn Punchbowl Pooper

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    I put the 2.5Ah turntech in my wife's 250x and after sitting for 6mos, fired it right up, its way smaller/lighter than the OEM battery.
    You can purchase direct or from www.turntechbattery.com or get free shipping from http://www.brapoffroad.com/batteries/turn-tech-batteries/
    You'd probably want to go with the 5Ah version for your 450 just to be safe.
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  6. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Hey MAG, it probably won't be possible to do a chase-caravan of any type unless you and another rider stay together the whole race (very unlikely). The crews need to time their pits to match their rider, so caravaning would only work if the riders were riding together.

    I saw steph venter's crew frequently - we must have been close for a good portion of the race. I think he had one truck chasing + baja pits and that seemed to work fine last year.
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  7. M.A.G.

    M.A.G. I heart Penalties

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    Thanks BP. I was referring to our respective crews watching out for each other, so we could concentrate on the race. My wife will be driving our truck, and I'm using Baja Pits as well. Hopefully, we can meet everyone Thursday, so we will know who to watch out for.
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  8. pilo

    pilo Rhymes with below

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    I think the new chase van is going to be excellent. It swallows up my stuff with room to spare and can still seat five in the front.

    [​IMG]
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  9. WhorehayTheBarbarian

    WhorehayTheBarbarian Been here awhile

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    THeres a slim Chance I may see you dudes At V2R as well. A friend of mine will be racing in the ironman class as well and he's trying to get me to line up so he has someone else to shoot roost at.

    Good Read.

    Nice to see another guy working, training, riding, family, no sleeping it. Good luck out there!
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  10. M.A.G.

    M.A.G. I heart Penalties

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    Very cool van. I expect to hear those speakers in the back pumping out some motivational music about 5 a.m. in Beatty....
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  11. nxdirtbag

    nxdirtbag Commuter Adventurer

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    Pilo,

    Looking good. Must be one of those extended vans. Much better option than the Honda Element. See Pat's previous hauler below :rofl. Of course I think it still could accomodate 3 passengers, but gear might not have fit.
    Good luck at the V2R. NX

    Attached Files:

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  12. pilo

    pilo Rhymes with below

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    M.A.G. - My favorite pre race music is Neil Diamond or the Carpenters. That should be motivation enough for us to get away from the van and into the dust.

    I got the battery situation fixed with a LiPo replacement and everything seems good. The bike is back together after a rebuild and is running really well.

    Konflict motorsports helped with my suspension. My testing confirms we've made some improvements. I can't wait to try it out in Nevada.

    Whorehey - Come out if you can. Even if it is just to chase.

    NX - I've heard about people stuffing bikes in Elements, but I've never seen a picture. Pat must have been using the real wheel as the driver's armrest. Also, thanks for the donatation for the YWCA!
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  13. M.A.G.

    M.A.G. I heart Penalties

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    I was thinking more along the lines of "Seether", but your method does make sense. I think Karen Carpenter could indeed inspire me to top out 5th gear.:lol3

    Picked up the bike with the "meeces" ( Bib Mousse's ) installed, got it home, and now I have carb issues. Dang it. Don't you love the tension before a big event like this?
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  14. pilo

    pilo Rhymes with below

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    In the past week I've put some good miles on the freshly rebuilt 450 and the bike seems to be working great. The suspension is excellent, the fresh top end is snappy and the new battery is super light and works great.

    The problem this AM was the man holding on to the bars (or trying to hold on). Driving out to my not-so-secret loop at 5 AM I tried desperately to stretch out my right palm that seems to be giving me more and more trouble. Somewhere deep in the palm the nerve is getting pinched when I grip the throttle causing the pointer and middle fingers to fall readily to sleep, leaving me quickly in the precarious situation of little grip, whiskey throttle and trying to use mind control, typically left for bending spoons, to get my finger away from the bar to grab the brake.

    My mind control skills need a lot of help.

    The hand problems this AM coupled with some type of untypical lethargy left me loading up the bike at the end of the session more mellow than usual. I was well off my game during the loops and was daydreaming far to much as I was trying to figure out what was going on with my hand.

    I'm going to try a thicker grip to see if that helps. Taking my hand off of the bar immeditaely gets the feeling starting to come back, but of course that is usually not the fastest technique through most sections.

    I have a few weeks to make some progress on this before V2R.

    On a more positive note, I spent some time this weekend up in the mountains hiking and hanging with my family. Below is my son the bug nut and his bug catcher/viewer. Behind him is one of the many peaks of the Wastach mountains and a snow patch just big enough to make a couple of turns if someone so desired.
    [​IMG]
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  15. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    Rallyists have been using these for years...

    also learn to not death grip the bars..

    great shot of the most important thing...
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  16. frog

    frog Long timer

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    Usually hand problems come from vibration or the wrong bar position. You can try filling the bars up with sand or fastway makes some vibration reducers you stick in your bars. I would also try moving the bars and looking at the sweep of them.

    Also, i found that after a month of riding hard i got burnt out right before v2r. Relax and go ride to have fun, not train. From what ive seen you are more then reeady.
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  17. pilo

    pilo Rhymes with below

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    I've never tried those foam grips but I'll give them a try. I don't think my problem comes from gripping too hard, especially since my left hand has no issues. Somehow the nerves in that palm are getting pinched a bit. I've tried bar positions but haven't tried changing the bend. I'm going to try grips first and see if that helps and go from there.

    Yesterday was just an off day I think. I certainly was happy to be on the bike like always, but I think the hand situation was just distracting me and like the normal flucuation of performance (I've had plenty of 'off' days playing basketball too) things weren't flowing as usual.

    Thanks for the advice.
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  18. yellowbronco

    yellowbronco Been here awhile

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    In my recent training, I've been suffering from a similar affliction. I too have my right pointer finger and middle finger go numb while riding hard. This situation started when I began wearing my new pressure suit and I've noticed that the sleeves are somewhat tight on my forearms. This indicates to me that it's nothing more than a slightly different version of the arm pump that I've been struggling with for years. I found that pressing my hand against the throttle (to maintain my throttle position) and opening my fingers during a relatively smooth section of my training loop will cause the feeling to return, at least for a while.

    The long term fix is commonly considered to be, by the magazine guys, simply improving your cardiovascular conditioning. The problem is that some people suffer from this more than others for no apparent reason. There was even a surgery developed years ago that "released" the muscles in the forearm from the capsule that constrains them. Several of the top motocrossers had this procedure done and it was rumored to help.
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  19. frog

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  20. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon Don't look back

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    Once when I was miserable from handlebar vibration on a trip I stopped by a Walmart and bought some bbs, having read that they help reduce vibrations. I bought a bunch of them, but quickly found out those bars filled up much quicker than I imagined. I filled them 80% full and taped quarters on the ends of the bars to hold them in, until I was back home and could do a better job. I don't know how bbs compare to barsnake, sand or other materials, but I was shocked at the difference it made.

    Back at home I eventually got around to re-doing the bbs (when I was putting on brush guards). I completely filled up the bars with bbs but found that it didn't work as well so I went back down to 80% full.

    I put some foam covers on my handlebars a while later. I wasn't complaining about vibrations anymore, but I have big hands and they get fatigued quickly on small grips when I am wrestling my heavy bike through rough terrain.


    The foam covers wrap around my grips and simply sticks to itself with velcro. I was nervous that it would slip since nothing is adhering it to the actual grips but I decided to give it a try. (I haven't raced with them, but I'm a big fat guy wrestling with a heavy KLR in very rough terrain, so if those foam grips would slip or fail you'd think I'd be the one to pull them off.)

    Amazingly they never slipped at all. It's hard to get the other guys in my riding group to consider trying them because they have the same concern, but when I ride with them I have complete confidence.
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