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post #1 of 14 Old 11-06-2006, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Where is the forum for KLR race reports?? LOL

Just to let you all know, the ol KLR will be racing one of the toughest enduros in the country this comming weekend, at the "peace pipe enduro" in greenville ohio, the 12th of nov.(Lordwilling)

I was not going to be able to race, but thanks to many fellow KLRists(among other dualsport) riders, team HC is going to contend.

This enduro used to be a national one, but the Pro's whinned about it being too much(no joke). Anyways, team HC consists of the following brave souls:

Rob748 Riding an KTM640 adventure from the motherland of england.

Stofte Riding an drz4000

Sparky 11 riding an crf450(yes its a cheater bike)

Johnny(the landscape dude) riding an dr650

Me Riding the real cheater bike, the KLR 650!

We also have several cameral guys attending on other dualsports to film this monumental event!!
So I will do my best to post a good result for you all!!! Just to encourage our dualsporting, and of course the imfamos KLR650

We represent a very small group of large dual sports that magazines say that are only at best for jeep trails? in a race that is totally geared for modern mx bikes, and enduro race machines. So its cool to get the strange looks from the other competitors. Especially when you manage to pass them!

So if you could just cheer us on for this adventure that would be great. We will need it. The Peace Pipe is littered with swamps and seat deep creek crossings, the ones with the straight up banks on the other sides. The tightest woods bar none, and loggs from hell itself. Combined with the wet peat bogs of the areas natural terrain. All this and 200 other bikes out there making it even more difficult. One year I raced it there was only 40 finishers out of 250!!!

For me personally I am totally out of shape, and not geared to race at all. But with the ultra light bike I have, and its arm tearing power, I hope to do fairly well? :lol:

My goal is for all of us to complete the course that most cant complete, all on a KLR, adventure, dr, etc....

5 days and counting! So wish us luck!!
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-06-2006, 11:32 PM
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You are da man. I'll be waiting to hear you won it. You have won just by entering the KLR in an event like that. Just have fun and don't break any bones.

I wish I could be there to cheer you on! Where is Greenville anyway? Is there a web site on the race?

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I wish I could be there to cheer you on! Where is Greenville anyway? Is there a web site on the race?
Greenville is located north of Daton, Ohio on rt 36. www.treatycitymc.com Not the most comprehensive web site in the world but it gives you the details.

3 1/2 mile NW of Greenville off
of ST. RT. 571 on Motorcycle Dr.


I'll be there with Dave to cheer HC, Sparky, Shawn, Rob and Johny on and hopefully get some good photos. I rode out the last monday of October and took some photos of the track and some surrounding area. A trip report was posted as ride to Greenville I think. :smile:

61st PEACE PIPE ENDURO

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Well?
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HC you are the race forum for the KLR. One in a million. :lol:
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I was trying to work out something with the wife so we could go watch this, but she couldn't get off work Monday, and a birthday party Sat put the no's on this trip. Kinda glad now, the highs here was 40, and I know it had to be colder up there.

So how did it work out HC???? inquiring minds want to know

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Well I hate to do this but I am going to post a link :roll: . I did not take the pics(obvoiusly) so I can't download them.

The race was very tough but very fun. Actually the ol KLR had no problems at all navigating the harsh terrain. Well I did have a couple of problems I guess.
1. the rear brake lever mount busted off again! The sad thing is my friend offered me his billet one before the race, but I was too tired to do it. It broke off about 1/4 way through the race. I rode back down the field and actually found the lever, I was glad of that.
2. I checked and sealed the cdi box, and the coil before the race. However I knew that I had a short somewhere, because whenever I would powerwash my bike it would not start? I should of spent more time finding the problem for certain. Unfortunatly I only got as it was 3 hrs of sleep the knight before the race. Had to work you know.
3. I know even with my extra bracing, the fan is easily taken out, and sure enough, one spill on a log at the wrong place and I had no fan. About 1/2 way.

So about 1/4 way through I had to ride with no rear brakes. which made it hard to go fast through the woods with all the tight turns. Then after the gas I lost the radiator. So I took about 10 minutes to try and free it up with no avail. Luckely for me my extra radiator allowed me to stay in the race without a fan.
Then there was this huge creekcrossing after the gas. No one was making it on their own. Therre were a slew of bikes on the other side that had drowned out, steam everywhere, and bikes everywhere!!! Alot of racers quit when they came to the creek! Because the bank was so steep that if you rolled off of the 5 ft bank you would endo, so you had to jump in.
I picked a good line through the creek and up the bank, but as soon as I hit the deep water, the bike just quit? When it started back up it quit again? I knew it was that short, my air box was fine(cause of my new secret internal snorkel mod! ) When I got close to the bank it just sunk in muck, there were huge ruts that some of the other bikes left under the water. The problem was I couldn't rev the bike at all because of the splashing water on the short. So finally this girl jumped in the water and helped me out!! You wouldn't believe it, about 50 guys standing around watching, not one of them would help me, except a girl? Too bad she wasn't strong enough to do much, however I thanked her greatly. About 15 minutes of trying from her and I , a guy jumped into the water and helped also, then my bike all of a sudden ran perfect? And that huge rear tire allong with the 11 tooth front sprocket took me right up the bank!!! All that and I got 4th in the open A class, of course there was only 4 in the class :lol:

Anyways I had a blast, and the bike (except for the problems that I causeed) worked great. Many did not make it to the finish line, even some of the AA guys got swamped at the creek crossings.

Rob did excellent on his 640 adventure, last year he houred out, this year he stayed within the alloted hour and even beat 3 other guys in the open b class!!! Thats awsome for a guy who doesn't race off road and is on a 640 adventure.(of course we always ride together

Johnny the landscape guy was doing fine on his dr650, untill the battery quit starting his bike

Shawn and glen rode together most of the time. ( crf450/drz400) they rode most of the course, but after the deep creek they called it quits. Still very good job through this very tough course.

So "Team Caveman" came, saw, and had fun!! Great group of guys and great tough course!!! Hopfully I will be able to race this one without any problems for once!

There was 150 riders, and the large dual sports did just fine. There are advantages to having a large dualsport in rugged terrain, you just have to learn them :idea:

Anyways, now on the the LINKY! http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=170651&page=9

P.S. I would suggest checking out Blimpmans vid link!
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Cliff notes provided here.
http://klrforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=722

Race was fun to watch and as we played Gas Transport, several people said that the guy on the KLR was one hell of a rider! HC proved KLRs' stuff at the first creek crossing where he rode in and out like it was paved road! I'll post a picture from after HC rode through to give you an idea how tough the crossing really was. :mrgreen:

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HC you make all of us KLR riders proud!!! I'm glad some can handle the pig in the rough stuff.

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Hey moderators, is there any way you can make this a permanent post? Maybe a sticky? Of maybe a must read or something. This would answer a lot of questions about the capabilities that newbies have and silence the nay-sayers about the capabilities. Bravo HCman! Bravo!
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