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!