Vegas to Reno – dust like I have never seen

I was off and racing finally!  My goal was to keep a decent pace but take no chances, 500+ miles of racing through the desert can take a lot out of you and I knew I would need some energy left at the end.  The race started out on a nice easy gravel road when I could really get on the throttle and get up to speed.  About 1/2 mile later it veered off to a more loose and sandy road but nothing too bad.  I was surprised to catch up with the guy who started 30 seconds in front of me fairly quickly.  It looked like he was being very timid in the loose sand.  I beeped my horn to try to give him a heads up that I was coming up on him but either he didn’t hear it (likely) or just wasn’t planning on pulling over to let me through.

One thing I need to work on is passing other riders.  With most of the racing I do there is very little passing.  The RallyMoto races start with a full minute between riders and the stages are short enough that it is rare that you will make up a minute on the guy in front of you.  So I was too timid and was looking for a good way to get past and followed him for way too long.  Before I knew it the guy who started 30 seconds behind me flew by the two of us.  This kicked up a bit more dust so I backed off for a bit to let the air clear.  Then the guy who started 1 minute behind me flew by.  I believe this made me the last bike on the course at this point.

By this point we were off the loose sandy road and onto a road that was decent surface but had a lot of dust.  The guy I had caught up with had picked up his pace at this point.  The air was dead calm so the dust just hung in the air.  I would follow as close as I felt I could still have enough visibility to be safe.  I was shocked that the quads were starting to catch and pass me.  If I couldn’t see how could they?  I suppose guys who race in these conditions more often get used to it.  Considering the occasional big rock I would see in the road I didn’t feel safe riding blind.  It was a long race and it would suck to hit one of this and end it 5 miles in.

A pick from around 10 miles in. You can see the dust hanging in the air.

Over the first 30 miles to pit 1 there were a lot of long sections where I didn’t feel I could see.  Then I would occasionally get some clear air and pick up the pace for a while.  The plan was to skip pit #1 and Dad would meet me at pit #2 which was 60 miles in, well within my fuel window.  I noticed 1 bike getting fuel at pit 1 so I was happy to no longer be the last bike on the road.  Just past then I caught and passed the slower rider I had been behind before so I was feeling a little better.

At mile 44 I noticed a bike lying it its side just to the side of the road.  Then I noticed the rider of the bike sitting on a rock.  I yelled over “are you OK?” and he just looked back at me blankly holding his shoulder.  Crap, he didn’t look OK.  I stopped and talked to him, he suspected he had broken his shoulder but otherwise was OK.  He asked for me to get to the next pit and send someone to get him.  I asked if he needed anything since it would probably be quite some time before someone was able to pick him up but he said he would be OK.  He was in a safe location, well off to the side of the road so I wished him well and continued my race.

I had heard stories of the nasty silt beds in Nevada but I had no idea.  Imagine riding through talcum powder a foot deep.  Riding through this is a bit challenging but not too bad.  The real issue is dust that hangs in the air like you cannot imagine.  I came up on a section of the trail where I nearly got stuck and then couldn’t see more than a few feet ahead of me.  As I was getting stuck I was kicking up even more dust so I knew nobody behind me would be able to see.  By this point the UTVs (the bigger side-by-side quads) had started to catch me.  I didn’t like the idea of hiding in a blind cloud of dust with those things coming at me.  I quickly turned the bike to the right and got off the road.  I was able to make slow but steady progress by riding 20 to 30 feet off to the side of the road, a few tracks showed me that I wasn’t the only one with this idea.

I had not gone far off to the side of the road before seeing something that confirmed my decision to get off the trail.  Through the thick dust I could just barely see that a UTV had evidently had a collision with a stuck quad.  As they were sorting things out another UTV came into the dust cloud and hit the parked quad (luckily the rider was not on it at this point).  As they hit it they evidently did not feel the impact because the driver stood on the gas trying to keep some momentum and not get stuck, running over the quad.  Soon there was so much dust I could no longer see and I certainly didn’t want to get engulfed in the growing dust cloud.  With the 4 UTV guys (these carry 2 people, a driver and co-driver just like the cars do) and the quad rider I figured they had enough people to deal with whatever issues and I just got myself out of there.  I certainly hope everyone was OK.

The silty trail lasted for another mile or two but most of it wasn’t nearly this bad so I was able to get back on the trail for most of it.  When it would get really deep I would go back to riding along side the trail.  Slow but it didn’t take as much of my energy and was much safer.

I was relieved to reach the end of this and get back on what resembled a reasonable road again.  The sun was coming up a bit more by this point and there was a little breeze which helped clear the air a bit.

I rolled into pit 2 and was happy to get a few minutes break.  Dad gassed up the bike and I grabbed a cold gatorade out of the cooler and ate a few bites of a cliff bar.

The next section went much more smoothly.  Decent but rocky roads but most importantly I didn’t get caught by anybody and I didn’t catch up to anybody, I was able to ride my own pace and not be engulfed in dust.  As I pulled out of the pit there had been a couple of UTVs not far behind me but on these roads with good visibility I was able to increase my gap on them.

By pit 3, about 100 miles into the race, I was in much better spirits and felt like I was settling into my race pace.  The bike had been running great so Dad just topped it off with gas and once again I tried to eat a bit and drink something cool.  I did get caught by a faster UTV not long after leaving this pit but the dust cleared quickly so I didn’t loose a lot of time.

I had my GPS on the bike but wasn’t really using it for navigation.  Everyone had told me the course is well marked and you are better off just looking for the course markers rather than trying to read the tiny GPS screen.  I did however have it set to show me my average speed which I was using to judge how I was doing.  At my first stop at pitt #2 the average speed was just under 30MPH which was not fast enough to be able to finish in a reasonable time.  At pit 3 that average was up to 32MPH.  Somewhere around mile 130 I was up to 34MPH average.  Still around 16 hour pace which isn’t great and would mean a lot of miles ridden in the dark at the end, but at least it was increasing.

I was on a good fast road for a while so the only thing in my mind was to try to make some good time while the road was good.  That is when I realized I had not seen any course markers in  quite some time.

… to be continued …

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Vegas to Reno

The Vegas to Reno race didn’t go nearly as well as I had wanted.  I am pretty disappointed in my performance in fact.  Looking back now I am happy that I tried it but sitting out there in the middle of the desert breathing in tons of silty dust and damn near getting run over from buggies and trucks as they flew there I hit a new low point.  I had just about decided that the goal of reaching Dakar was beyond me and was ready to sell the bike and give it all up.  After a few days to recover from it and some conversations with a few other riders I am feeling a lot better.  While my performance in Nevada certainly shows me how much farther I need to go I am still dedicated to my goal of doing the Dakar.  The plan of 2015 might be a bit of a stretch, perhaps a year or two after that makes more sense.   But Dakar is still the ultimate goal.

So, now for the whole story of my Vegas to Reno race….

As is typical before a big event like this I did not get a lot of sleep the night before.  Thursday had gone fairly smoothly with getting through registration and tech inspection on the bike with no issues.  I was done with all of that by 10AM.  I got to check out a lot of the other vehicles and met up with several other riders.  Then around mid-day Dad and I decided it was getting a little hot to hang around there so we loaded up the van and took a drive out to Hoover Dam for a little tourisim but mostly so we could be in the air-conditioned van instead of the hot parking lot.  On the way back we fueled up the van as well as all the spare gas cans for the bike and were back in plenty of time for the 5:00 rider’s and driver’s meeting.

Robby Gordon’s unlimited buggy waiting to go through tech. You don’t want to get in the way of this thing!

No big surprises in the meeting, mostly a lot of reminders to be safe, a few notes about some washed out areas on some roads due to recent rains.  Mostly it just got me really eager to get out there and race.  Just after 6:00 the meeting was over and we started to head out to the start area in Beatty (about 100 miles from Vegas).

The “JeepSpeed” class is one of the cheaper forms of off-road racing which I thought about getting in to a few years ago. But nothing compares to the affordable cost of racing on 2 wheels!

Unloading and organizing everything in the dark reminded me how many little things I had left to do.  Nothing major, just a lot of stuff that would have been nice to get organized well before so I could just eat something and go to bed.  I will need to focus on organization a lot more for future races.  I was in bed a little after 10PM and managed to get a few hours of sleep.

I woke around 3AM and managed to just rest comfortably until around 3:30 when I decided I might as well get up.  The alarm was set for 4:15 so this gave me plenty of time to just get mentally prepared, get geared up, eat a little for breakfast and be to the staging area in plenty of time.

Geared up and ready to go in the pre-dawn hours. Temperature was already rising, but that may have just been nerves!

Since I was to be one of the last bikes to start there was a lot of standing around.  I got to chat with a few other riders including Bill Conger who raced Dakar this year (but unfortunately had to withdraw very early due to an unlucky incident).  I had met Bill at Sandblast Rally earlier this year so it was cool that he recognized me and it was nice to chat with him.  He was riding in the ironman-expert class so I was looking forward to hearing his thoughts of how this compares to the Dakar after the race.

Just a few of the 100+ riders lined up for the start. With each rider starting either 60 or 30 seconds apart (depending on class) it would be a long wait for me.

Finally at around 6:30AM my start time was up and I was off.

Finally my chance to race!

… to be continued…

 

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Tracking me in Nevada

I am at my dad’s house in Kansas now and we are getting everything all packed up and will start heading toward Las Vegas when he gets out of work tonight.  We should be there plenty early and I hope to get through registration and tech inspection as early as possibly on Thursday.  If I am going to be standing in line in a parking lot in Las Vegas I want to do that early in the day!

I hope to do an update post before the actual race, hopefully with some pics from tech but just in case I figured I should post my spot link for people who want to follow me.

During the race on Friday hopefully this will show steady progress in a general northernly direction… keep in mind however the actual race course wanders around a bit so it might not always look like I am going the right way.

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/gogl.jsp?glId=0BEARxY4IRh0RzYeOjuFMD2hesaMvzcLv

The race starts in Beatty, NV (about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas) and ends in Dayton which is pretty close to Carson City.  I estimate my start time will be somewhere around 6:30-7:00 (pacific time) on Friday morning and if all goes well I suspect it will take me around 15 or 16 hours to finish the race.  Honestly the big concern is just finishing and I believe I have close to 24 hours before the close the finish line.

I keep reminding myself of the plan… keep a decent pace, don’t take any dumb risks, stay hydrated, and keep pushing forward.  I also need to remind myself to eat a little something at each pit.  I have a bad habit on long races to not keep eating and I run out of energy before the end.  Dad will be meeting up with me at pit locations along the course about every 60 or 70 miles usually.  He has been instructed to make sure I don’t rush and skip any of this!

 

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Rally WV Results and getting ready for Vegas

Been crazy busy over the last couple of weeks getting ready to head out to Nevada for the “Vegas to Reno” race and have not had a chance to write about Rally WV.  I had a very good race and took 4th place overall and 2nd in class.  Very happy with that.  The new Yamaha worked great.  Most importantly I was getting faster by the end of the race and I never hit the ground once.  Actually didn’t really even have any close calls which probably means I am not pushing hard enough but considering my long term goals riding as fast as I can be comfortable with is important.

The organizers of the race did a great job.  Last year there were some hiccups with the organization, which was understandable considering how they had not held that race for a couple of years and were starting over with a lot of new volunteers.  This year everything went very smoothly so kudos to the organizers, I am looking forward to coming back next year.

Probably the most newsworthy item from the race is what happened to Braden Childers who finished 2nd overall and 1st in class (the same 450cc class I am in).  On the very final stage of the race which was a short 2.5 mile hillclimb up a good paved road he hit a deer!  He had his helmet camera running and created what is turning out to be a major viral video.

 

The real amazing thing is he only lost about 20 seconds with this incident.

I am just about packed up for Vegas to Reno.  The plan is to spend a few days before, then a full week afterward back in my hometown of Belleville KS so I am leaving after work tomorrow.

Bike is ready for Vegas with fresh oil, new chain, and cool new graphics!

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Packed up for Rally WV

The bike is ready and the van is packed.  Jane and I will be headed south this afternoon as soon as I can get out of work.  You may note the cool new graphics on the bike!  I just got them yesterday so didn’t get a chance to get any good pics of it before loading up but I will be sure to get some good picks in WV.

I am very excited for this race.  It will be my first repeat rally race and also my first race with the new WR450.  This should be a good warmup to Vegas to Reno in just a few weeks.

On the topic of Vegas to Reno, I am still trying to sell a few more T-shirts to help make the budget work out.  I dropped my prices on them to try to get a few more sales.  If you enjoy reading about my adventures help me continue this by buying a shirt!  Click on the “store” tab on the top of the page.

 

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Dakar Dream store is now open for business

I started figuring out my budget for the Vegas to Reno race coming up in August and came to the realization that right now it looks like I would be able to get to the race but would probably run out of money and get stranded in the desert.

So, for those of you who don’t want me to get stranded in the desert here is your chance to help me out!  I have opened up the Dakar Dream store with T-shirts with the Dakar Dream logo on the front and a new custom Vegas to Reno design on the back.  Once again I am not much of a graphic artist but I am pretty happy with the design.

These are certain to be the hot new item and all the “cool kids” will be wearing them soon so beat the rush and order today!

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Bike decals

Now that I am starting to get a few sponsors I wanted to do some nice decals for the bike.  I thought it would be cool to do large decals that incorporated the sponsor’s logos rather than have a bunch of individual stickers.  So, I made some templates of the tank and side panels and did a little drawing.  I am no graphic artist but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  My plan is to use this design for Rally WV then will probably update it for Vegas to Reno.

Right side of the tank. Left side will be basically a mirror image of this.

Left and right side panels of the bike with my RallyMoto number. These will need to be redone for Vegas to Reno once I get my race number from them.

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The 2012 Dacre Challenge

The Dacre technically isn’t a race.  However, they do keep track of your time and they announce a “winner” at the end…. but it isn’t a race, HA!  This event takes place every other year in Ontario Canada.  The first one started at a small town called Paris and finished in the village of Dacre (sounds similar to Dakar, get it?).  The idea is to simulate what it is like for a single day of the Dakar rally.  Granted the terrain of Ontario is not very similar to the desert but the idea is to have a difficult 800KM (around 500 miles) ride in a single day.

I did the event 2 years ago, this was one of my first big events I entered.  Looking back now I see just how ill prepared I was since I had really just started riding offroad.  I had hopes for better this year.

One unique aspect of this event is it is a team event.  You are not allowed to enter it just on your own but need to enter as a team of 3 to 5 riders.  The idea is since many of the areas are so remote they don’t want you out there by yourself if you have a problem.  Most of the guys I ride with were not up for a 500 miles 16+hour trail ride but through connections with MVTR (my local trail riding club) and advrider I found Josh and Rob who were interested in the challenge.  I had ridden a bit with Rob before but not with Josh.  My original plan was to try to get us all together for a few weekends as a team to do some riding.  With all the running around I have done over the last few months however we only managed 1 team ride.

We never really did get fully prepared as a team.  Then at the last minute Rob ended up not having a bike to ride.  Originally he had planned on using his KTM 950 Adventure but he decided that really would be too big (very good call it turns out) and he found a Husaberg 390.  Then just a few days before he called me and said the dealership wasn’t going to have the 390 ready in time so he was back to not having a bike.  We came up with a plan of getting my new WR450 ready at the last minute.  I had already planned on the DRZ for this ride since the bike is more comfortable so I had not even started getting the WR street legal yet.  The last few days before the event were very busy getting both the WR and the DRZ ready.  Not a lot of sleep.

We headed out Thursday evening after work and started the drive up to Canada.  We stopped at Aaron’s place in Burlington for the night.  Originally Aaron was going to be our support driver but he had not yet gotten a replacement for his passport which he had lost in Mexico during the Mexican 1000.  We slept there for the night and Josh bought a couple tires from Aaron (who is a dealer for Moto-z tires) and we got them mounted up.

Rob riding in the back of the van with the 3 bikes and gear for 3 guys. We made very good use of my Sprinter van on this trip.

There was still a long drive ahead of us on Friday.  We rolled out of Burlington at around 5 AM.  We needed to get across the border and then pick up Ted who thankfully had agreed to be our support driver on short notice.  Ted is the owner of the graveltravel.ca site and few know Ontario better then he does, perfect guy to drive my van to support us!

Ted taking a self portrait. Without Ted I might still be sitting on the side of the road somewhere in Ontario! Also without him this post would be missing most of the pics! Photo courtesy of Ted Johnson.

Here I am on the long drive to Ontario.  Photo Courtesy of Ted Johnson.

We made it to Orangeville ON, around 4pm, got the bikes unloaded and went through tech.  Of course this is when I realize I don’t have any proof of insurance for the WR450.  I had insured it just a couple days before and left the paperwork at home.  Managed to get Jane to find the paperwork and she scanned and emailed it to me.  Then we discovered Josh’s rear tire wasn’t holding air.  He uses this system called “tu-bliss” which makes a regular spoked wheel a tubliss tire.  It wasn’t holding air.  Lots of fiddling with it then around 10pm he gave up and just put in a regular tube.  I managed to get to bed at 11:00 with the alarm set for 3am.

Prepping the bikes. Photo Courtesy of Ted Johnson.

From left to right, Josh, Doug (me) Rob and Seth. Waiting in line for tech inspection. Photo Courtesy of Ted Johnson.

They start teams at 1 minute intervals with the first rolling off at 4:01 AM.  We were lucky and had a good draw and were of second at 4:02.  I was having issues trying to see my gps, not much contrast between the route and the map on the screen, so Rob ended up leading for a good bit of the morning.

Josh and I getting geared up for our 4:02 AM start time. Photo Courtesy of Ted Johnson.

Doug (me) Josh and Rob ready to roll! Photo Courtesy of Ted Johnson.

Once we got into the trail sections we quickly realized Josh on his nimble Husquvarna TE310 (plus the fact that he is a very good rider) was the faster rider so he would lead.  Rob was having issues on my WR450, new bike he had never ridden before and it really wasn’t set up for him.  He is a tall guy and the stock bar height really didn’t work for him.  So he was trailing behind through the trickier trail sections.  I was in the middle on my heavy DRZ (plus the weight of extra fuel and enough tools to fix about anything) and would try to keep an eye on Josh for a while but he would then slip away so I would check up and make sure Rob was still behind and had not had an issue.  We then would regroup at the end of each trail section.

Rolling out of the first pit in Angus, ON. Photo Courtesy of Ted Johnson.

We had been making decent time throughout the day, sure we got passed by a lot of teams but we were making good enough progress to finish.  We were efficient with our fuel stops and making good steady progress.  We got to the lunch stop where there is a mandatory 30 minute break I believe around 10:00.  This was close to half way and we had done it in 6 hours.  I figured the terrain would get harder after this and slow us down but so far so good.

Then came the section after lunch.  They had listed this as a “tough section” and that is all they said about it.  Last time I remember this being the most fun of the event but the routing was a bit different this time.  Most of it was fine but there were several big mud holes with big rocks in them.  This is when the DRZ decided to kick my butt… you may recall that in Mexico the bike had started to have an intermittent problem where the electric start would not work.  This started to happen again.   A few times I would stall the engine in one of these mud holes and not be able to restart.  I would have to push the bike out and get it onto hard ground.  Then I would need to attempt to push start it.  Once I got the engine to turn over once from a push the electric start would fire right off.  This really took what was left of my energy and I was quite a ways behind Josh and Rob at the end of this section.

At the next pit we took a break, ate something, and refiled our hydration packs.  I had run out of water on the previous section which took away even more of my energy.  It was around 3pm now, 11 hours into the ride.  Based on the time estimates they gave in the riders meeting the day before things were still looking good to make the final cutoff by 8:30 that evening.  If we made that cutoff we were sure to be able to finish the event.

Just a few miles away from the pit my ride ended.  Going around a gentle curve on a paved road I heard a noise from the bike and it suddenly felt like I was in neutral.  I pulled over to the side of the road and saw that the nut that holds the sprocket to the engine was gone.  The shaft was just spinning inside of the sprocket so there was no drive.  I carry a few spare nuts and bolts and a good selection of tools with me but this wasn’t something I was going to be able to fix.  I made the decision that my ride may be over but Rob and Josh could still finish.  Being on a paved road in good weather with plenty of water and food I felt find waiting for the van and sent them off to try to finish.

I hit the “help” button on my spot tracker which was set up to send Ted a text message to his phone with my coordinates.  I was prepared to wait for an hour or two but was pleasantly surprised to see the van arrive not 5 minutes later!  Turns out Ted had not even seen the message on his phone yet but this was the same route he was taking anyway and he saw my bike on the side of the road.

Ted and Seth (who dropped out earlier due to a blown head gasket and was riding with Ted) stopped and looked at the problem.  They thought they could get me back in the race and quickly ran to the next town to find a hardware store and picked up an assortment of nuts and washers in what they thought was roughly the right size.  The biggest nut they could find was a 16mm but turns out we needed a 17mm which is an odd size and not something you were likely to find in a regular hardware store.  So, I was officially out and we loaded up the DRZ.

Based on the rough estimates we expected to see the guys at the Camel Chute, the final checkpoint, at around 5:30 PM.  With the time spent trying to get my bike ready we were concerned they might beat us there but when we rolled in and asked if team “Live Free or Die” has come through yet they said that none of the teams had gotten there yet.  Evidently the section before this was slower than expected.

We parked the van and got comfortable since it looked like we would be there for a while.  The first team didnt’ make it there until after 6PM.  This was “Flanny” and Dan who were Seth’s teammates.  They were making amazing time but unfortunately it wasn’t “offical” since they were down to just 2 riders.  Still they were making amazing time since at the previous checkpoint they were a ways behind the leaders and now had a good lead.  But, the real shocking thing about them is Dan was doing this with a broken wrist!  He had broken his wrist much earlier in the day and managed to keep riding.  Even more socking is he is a doctor and should know better lol!

Teams were stretched out a good bit at this point and a few mentioned that the previous trail section was extremely difficult.  A few trees had fallen making some very difficult obstacles to get over or around.  We kept hoping to see Rob and Josh roll in but as the cutoff came closer we started to loose hope.  At this point we didn’t know if they were still even on the trail or not and might have gone straight to Dacre.  We wanted to get tents set up before dark so once the 8:30 cutoff time passed we left a gas can with the check workers so they would have fuel and headed off to Dacre.  We later learned that we missed them by just a few minutes.

I figured I would be nice and set up their tents.  After 17 grueling hours on a bike I figured they would be in no mood to set up a tent in the dark.   We were eating dinner in the community center when around 9:30 or so they stumbled in, covered in mud and looking completely beat.  Turns out Josh’s bike had run out of fuel and they needed to get fuel out of the WR to keep him going.  The original plan is I was carrying the extra fuel on the DRZ.  Getting fuel out of the WR was a bit slower and between that and getting stuck in mud and having to cross the downed trees took just enough time that they missed the cutoff by around 10 minutes.

Rob at the end of a grueling day. Photo courtesy of Seth Strait.

In the end I believe 10 of the 22 teams completed the full course with all team members intact.  This years course was MUCH more difficult than the one 2 years ago.  I believe the winning team did it in under 12 hours in 2010 while this time the winning team was over 15 hours.  Still they had a higher percentage of riders who finished the course this year, likely due to the better weather (in 2010 it rained most of the day) and better preparation by many riders.

This really is an amazing event and well organized by the guys at Rally Connex.  Ontario really has become one of my favorite areas to ride and I will certainly be back whether it be the Dacre or just up there riding for fun.

 

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WR450 Rally Bike Buildup

I was very excited the other day to see a box from my sponsor BRP!

New triple clamp with integrated Scotts steering stabilizer under bar mount.  I had a similar one on my DRZ but this one has a big advantage over that model.  This is the new model with rubber mounts for the handlebars.

You can see the cone shaped rubber mounts in this pic.  One of the things that really got to me in the Mexican 1000 was the harshness on some of the rough roads.  This should isolate my hands from that a little bit and make long rides on rough roads more comfortable.  I hope to get this mounted up this weekend and get the bike out for some riding.  With this bike being much lighter than the DRZ it seems less stable at times, the addition of the steering stabilizer should help out a lot there.

This also showed up in the mail this week.

This is an upgraded stator to allow the bike to generate more electrical power.  Typically dirt bikes really are only designed to have enough electrical power to run the ignition, the small stock headlight, and a little left over to recharge the battery for the electric start.  Normally this is enough but once you start adding extra lights for night racing it isn’t even close.  This upgraded unit should give me a full 100 watts of power and should be plenty for my needs.

I did get a few upgrades done on the bike a couple weeks ago.  The first and most critical was a skid plate.  Here you can see the stock plastic one next to the new GYTR aluminum one.

Looks cool on the bike too!

Hand guards are a must as well, saves the hands on the narrow trails around here and more importantly saves the brake and clutch levers when the bike gets dropped.

And of course the stock tank never is big enough.  Stock is about 2 gallons, this one is 3.3 gallons.  Would prefer 4 but this should still do well.

Still on the way is a custom Renazco seat (stock dirt bike seats were never meant to actually sit on) as well as a Baja Designs light, both thanks to some help from James Renazco.  Then I need to get my turn signals mounted and wired up and I am ready for Rally WV in a few weeks.

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Dacre results

Just got back home after the Canadian “Paris to Dacre” event.  Did not go as well as planned.  We were about 300 miles in and $2 part on the DRZ ended my day.  Will try to post pics and the full story in a day or two.

 

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