Would you, could you with a xt250?

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Jetstreamer, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. Jetstreamer

    Jetstreamer Sandlapper Brapper

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    I have a 2009 XT250, and I have been thinking about entering an amateur enduro or rally such as this:http://sandblastrally.linaracing.com/2013/

    I know this is the last bike you would pick for any kind of racing but it happens to be all I own and I love driving the piss out of her. Will I be the only guy there without some monster KTM? Will there be another cheap bastard to help me eat all the dust?
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  2. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    Heck, why not... if your bike/you are reliable, you probably won't be last.
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  3. B1KSOLO

    B1KSOLO Been here awhile

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    I think you might be surprised how well you'll finish
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  4. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    yes, do it. If you have even a hint of riding ability, you'll finish well and have a blast, others will crash and break all around you, just putt on by and laugh out loud!
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  5. Hypermofo

    Hypermofo Been here awhile

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    Jetsteamer - yes, yes, and yes! Yes you should do it, yes you'll do fine, yes there will be people in the dust with you (and in yours) with every kind of bike!

    I ran the sandblast rally for the fist time earlier this year and had a great deal of fun. Enough that i have since driven 12 hours each way to go to Rally West Virginia which was even more fun.

    Sandblast is a great place to start. It is basically dual sport riding at whatever pace you are comfortable with. There were nearly 40 bikes there of all types with riders of all types. The common theme being everyone is very friendly and happy to help out noobs. Trust me i know - i'm a nooooob and have gotten lots of help.

    See you there!
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  6. coppertop

    coppertop occasional meanderthal

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    Extra points for you if you leave on your license plate and use your turn signals during the event!
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  7. philp38

    philp38 Long timer

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    :lol3
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  8. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    >" Extra points for you if you leave on your license plate and use your turn signals during the event! "

    Double extra points if you use your horn too.
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  9. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    :clapIndeed! Slower riders love it when you honk to pass.:rofl
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  10. HalfFastMoto

    HalfFastMoto bRad

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    Ok, I'll take the bait. In 2008 I had a 2001 XT225 that I had bought to introduce my nephew into the sport. A co-worker with a 2007 F650GS Dakar expressed an interest in going with me to the Desert 100 here in WA. My friend was not long out of college and had competed in street trials which is bicycles but very demanding. Anyway to make a long story short he did just fine completing both laps while others on far superior bikes did not.

    If you're not actually a troll the yes, it can/has been done. The bike is only as good as the person who rides it and a good bike doesn't make a good rider :evil
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  11. 5th-Elefant

    5th-Elefant Long timer

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    It's like entering a marathon in jeans and boots.
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  12. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    no, that would be using a Harley to ride the endure!!:lol3
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  13. Jetstreamer

    Jetstreamer Sandlapper Brapper

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    Well I'll give it a shot! Thanks for the encouraging words. I will probably leave all my street gear on b/c I will most likely be riding the bike to the event! Maybe I will see some of you there! Do they have places to camp/shower nearby?
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  14. kenny61

    kenny61 Crazy Idiot

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    Whats wrong with that ?
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  15. 5th-Elefant

    5th-Elefant Long timer

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    Nothing at all. Particularly if you don't come last.
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  16. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Captain Awesome

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    I was going to do a few enduros on my old KLX250, but got to embarrassed to show up on an out of date trail bike.

    Then I got a 200 EXC and finally entered my first enduro and found there was a big mix of bikes and I wouldn't have looked out of place on my old KLX.

    Anyway, it wouldn't have mattered what bike I was on because I clipped a tree about 10 mins into the 4 hours and broke my thumb.:lol3

    First and only race...
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  17. 14fg

    14fg Been here awhile

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    absolutely!
    my love for dirt was rekindled by a klr250, I rode it to work all week then raced it sundays, want the secret to success? don't stop. I was able to do "decent" racing my klr by just chugging along and passing the fools that where winded, broken or just looking around.
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  18. Jetstreamer

    Jetstreamer Sandlapper Brapper

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    I'm filling out paperwork as I type this! I will keep posting here to catalog my prep process if anyone cares to follow. I hope anyone with experience will chime in with helpful tips! First on the list are new tires and according to NASA regulations the bike must be street legal for this rally. Popular opinion likes these:

    [​IMG]Michelin AC-10
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  19. Jetstreamer

    Jetstreamer Sandlapper Brapper

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    The rally regulations say...

    A comprehensive first aid kit shall be carried. The first aid kit at a minimum must
    include:
    a) Antiseptic (ointment or liquid)
    b) Gauze pads or rolls
    c) Adhesive tape
    d) Elastic/Ace bandage
    e) Safety pins
    f) Scissors
    g) one “space blanket”
    h) First aid manual.

    I also must carry a "OK"/"+" sign to indicate my status if stopped and a reflective warning triangle.

    As for tools (on bike as I race) I plan to have a CO2 inflator thingy, stock tool kit, small bottle of tire "slime", and a leatherman.

    Is this missing anything? How is it carried/stored?
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  20. HalfFastMoto

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    a. Yes, Oinkement is mandatory, recommend neosperm
    b. Tampons work great
    c. Duct tape works wonders
    d. Check out VetWrap
    e. Yep, plenty to choose from at the 5 & dime
    f. Mack sure they're safety scissors, don't want anyone getting hurt
    g. Milar blankets, readably available at your local Army surplus store
    h. U.S. Army Survival manual a must


    More truth than sarcasm above :evil
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