The View From "C" Class - 2010 NCHSA Series

Discussion in 'Racing' started by nobrakes, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. hobie1dog

    hobie1dog Not a Sheeple

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    Just watched your video...dude...you've got to get the Haber Eliminator fan for your goggles. I bet that soured your whole first lap not being able to see the terrain worth a crap.

    Thanks for posting it up. You're gonna make me end up trying one of these events before it's over.
  2. nobrakes

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    I ordered the Haber Eliminator! I ordered it last night. The fogged goggles were pretty miserable, and I sure wasn't too keen on riding without goggles, but I did it anyway, and was constantly watching out for roost and other stuff that was just waiting to poke my eyes out. That wasn't fun either. :eek1

    Glad you liked it. If you get a chance to do a few of these, I highly recommend them. Pretty much a guaranteed good time. :thumb
  3. Tarheel Wheeler

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    Great video of the 1st lap last weekend NB. Amazing how the camera flattens everything out and makes it look dry.

    That Rekluse definitely paid for itself at Flat Rock. Great ridin by you as well. :clap
  4. nobrakes

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    Thanks, I appreciate it. Yes the Rekluse is the ultimate, if I could do only one mod to my bike, that would be it.

    The camera definitely flattens and smooths out the terrain. After watching the video, some people asked me if there were any climbs at the Brushy race and why did I "just stop" between those two trees at Mountain Challenge in the section where everyone was falling down and straining to hold up their bikes on what appeared to be level ground. :rofl
  5. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    finally got a chance to watch yer lap and this course looks like way more fun than some of the others you have posted. Looks like it had more different kinds of tracks and not just single track through tight trees. Some crazy mud and hillclimbs though! I was yelling for you to pass the Suzuki guy at the beginning for about 10 minutes.... :lol3 then you passed him.

    how does that trails tire work in the mud? ? :huh and what goggles do you have that keep fogging that badly? The only time i have ever had that problem is in traffic!
  6. nobrakes

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    It may not look like it on the vid, but I was trying my best to look for a way around him. But ... this *is* noob racing, after all. It's part of my charm. :lol3

    The trials tire did OK in the mud. Normally when I give it gas on those steep hills, I'm used to a knobby hooking up and accelerating. The trials tire didn't exactly do that, it felt more like going through deep sand instead - churning away, making slow progress, but always progress.

    The next race is this Sunday - Rd 5: County Line. I haven't decided if I'm going to go or take the weekend off. I'm leaning on going, but I feel pretty sapped out of energy right now, and the forecast is thunderstorms. If I do go, I'm thinking about putting the knobby back on. I'll probably go back and forth for a while until I decide which I really like better. The answer will likely depend on the terrain.

    I'm also thinking about using this next race to give the 200 XC-W a try. I have a good bit of set-up work to do on it first, though. Rear spring, handlebar, grips, sag setup, tires, .... On top of that, a buddy is begging me to help work on his bike. Where to find the time ...

    I had new goggles for this weekend and it was the first time I'd used them - Smith "Intake." Last year I was using Oakley "Crowbar." They fogged up, too. I think it's just the humid conditions, combined with a lot of humidity, hard breathing, and slow going. I was using Smith "Piston" before that, but switched to the Intakes because it seems a lot easier to find tear-offs for them. I liked the Piston's better, but not everyone carries tear-offs. That Haber Ventilator thing should be here Friday. Hope I can get it to fit. That should eliminate any fogging for good.
  7. Tarheel Wheeler

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    Never had a fogging issue with my Crowbars this past weekend NB. :dunno

    Hope you take the weekend off and hang with me and the boys at the farm. We'll do plenty of ridin on the HS and MX tracks. :evil

    I'll help with Tyler's bike if ya want to get together at the farm.
  8. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    well if you go, kick some ass - i myself am heading out to Ridgecrest for a USDR race!

    Sounds like a good weekend to me!

    :thumb
  9. nobrakes

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    I wasn't blaming the goggles, in fact, more pointing out that it probably wasn't the particular goggles since two different types fogged up on me. Must be me.

    I worked on Tyler's bike for him tonight. Valve adjust - both the intakes and exhausts. I don't think that was his problem, though. I think the sealant around the header and the manifold just blew out, and it was sucking air, causing it to pop on decel. He's going to fix that.

    I spent the rest of the evening working on the 200 XC-W. I still have a good bit of work to do to get it ready for me to race. I need to replace the rear tire, the Rekluse needs an adjustment - the clutch pack is a little too tight and it wants to stall when the rear wheel locks up - need to fix that, and I need to install the new rear spring and set the sag. Tonight I put on new handlebars, cut them down to fit between the trees, and adjusted the steering stops which were set too wide. Not sure I can get all that done, I may need to prioritize.

    So as long as it's not raining too badly, I'm shooting to ride County Line on Sunday. If not, I'll join you at the farm.
  10. nobrakes

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    Give'm hell, Pasta! :pynd I look forward to your update. :beer
  11. eatpasta

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    I look forward to gathering enough material to provide one!

    :freaky
  12. Tarheel Wheeler

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    Thanks for helping out Tyler in my absence. I'll call ya on the way home this afternoon. You need some help getting ready for the race?

    What's the race wx forecast look like?
  13. nobrakes

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    Forecast looks like it might be a little moist. :eek1

    "Partly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs around 80. North winds around 5 mph...becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 30 percent."

    That's better than the forecast for last week's race, though. At least then the heavy rain held off until the ride home. Hope we're at least that lucky this time around. They've had a good bit of rain this week, though, and it looks to continue all through the weekend. So even if no rain on Sunday, the condition will likely still be wet.

    I don't require help, but help is always appreciated, even it's just stopping by to shoot the breeze while I wrench. :beer

    I got the new shock spring installed just moments ago. Sag is set. Not perfect, but close enough.

    Next up is the Rekluse adjustment. Then spoon on my MT-16 rear tire. It's the best tire I have at the moment, at least my most trusted regardless of conditions, and since I haven't ridden County Line before and don't really know the course or terrain, I'm going to go with it.

    After that, I think I'll call it done. Oh, I need to fix the damper collar around the steering head - it got a little sideways somehow. Then figure an appropriate damper setting. I'm new to the Scotts that was on the bike when I bought it, so I need to read up on that a little.

    This will be my first time racing the 2-stroke, and the first time on this type of terrain with lots of elevation changes. I have very little experience on a 2-stroke, so I feel like I'm going quite a ways out of my comfort zone. But that bike is so light and agile, it's amazing - it's hard to deny that advantage it has. It feels like a mountain bike with a motor compared to my 450. I'm just worried about the power band on the hills. Some of those suckers are Steep with a capitol "S", not just steep, but gnarled up with rocks and roots, not to mention the trees and low hanging limbs. I don't want to lose traction and spin, nor all the sudden get traction and loop out with the someone unpredictableness (to me) of the 2-t power delivery. Without the experience of how it's going to handle ... it's these kind of things that I stress myself out over pre-race. Afterwards and it's all said and done, I usually find there was nothing to be concerned with. I hope that's the case this time, too.
  14. Tbone

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    You'll figure it all out...good luck !!!
  15. nobrakes

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    Thanks, T-Bone!

    I've been twiddling with the 200 for the last three evenings and several hours today. I think I've got it ready to go, at least as best I can. Nothing else I can think of to do, other than wish I had more time to get more used to it. Can only do so much in the back yard. :lol3

    Here she is, this is the bike I'll be on tomorrow, I'm leaving the 450 at home:

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    I'm all packed up, everything checked off on the check-list and loaded into the truck, gear all packed, everything ready to go. Just need to load the bike in the morning and I'll be on the road early in the morning, heading out to NCHSA Round 5 - County Line.
  16. Tarheel Wheeler

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    Don't forget your wallet! :lol3

    Good luck dood...wish I was goin with ya. Need to spend some time with Mrs TW. :wink:
  17. nobrakes

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    Good think you rode with me last week, I was moneyless. :lol3

    Thanks bro! Be thinking about me when the thunderstorms roll through. :huh :eek1 :lol3 Catch you next time.
  18. hobie1dog

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    Take more video for us too.:clap
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    Unless there's a malfunction or something, I will definitely have video. :thumb
  20. eatpasta

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    Wut's goin on with that pipe, dood?

    :huh

    Never seen anything like that!

    Hope YOU got some video - Im struggling with my helmet cam and have decided to abandon all use of it. Im never really thinking about what im doing when I have it, im always thinking about what video im getting.... you seem to do much better than I do!

    :lol3