Desert MC National Hare & Hound

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  1. Greenrider

    Greenrider C level Member
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    Last week I raced in the National H&H in Lucerne, California. This was only my second race doing the full two loops, my first four races I was a 1 looper. The course was two 40 mile loops for an 80 mile total. The bomb run was aprox. 2 miles long and very smooth and fast with speeds reaching mach 1 if you had the nuts to keep the throttle pinned. The first loop was pretty fun and fast, not too much technical stuff. I finished the first loop feeling pretty fresh and pitted for gas and new goggles. Desert MC has a reputation for putting on a very technical hard race, so after the first loop I thought this isn't that bad. So off on the second loop I go and the course led me into the rock patch from hell, so tight and technical with six foot vertical climbs over solid rock and thru tight sand trails surrounded by huge rocks. Then into deep sand and I mean deeeeeeep sand with big rock buried under that sand. At this point I didn't need to follow the ribbon marking the course, just follow all the fluid on top on the sand from all the overheating bikes. Then it was off into the mountains to ride the goat trails with more rocks. Some nastie hillclimbs with riders scatered all over the hill after spinning out. I pointed the green 500 up the hill, picked a line and off we went right up and over. Now at this point I'm feeling pretty good about myself, I'm on top of the world with views everywhere and I just passed 10 riders on that rock hill. Then I start to think I've got to come down off this mountain range sometime. Then there it was, the nastiest National downhill I've ever seen. It must have been about a mile in length and so technical, steep, and rocky, it took all my energy away to get down it. I am now out of H2O in my drink system and my arms and legs are shot, I still have 18 miles to go. At this point I am running on desire to finish the race, with 10 miles to go I started to cramp badly in my stomach and legs, the only way I could ride is to stand up on the pegs. Try standing the last ten miles thru whoops with nothing left and cramping. I was never so happy to see that finish line, it was like heaven. But you know what, I'll do it again in three weeks when the Checkers hold their National H&H in Lucerne. Destry Abbott won the race when Ty Davis ran out of gas within site of the finish line, I heard those guys put on quite a run to the finish. Those top riders just flat haul a$$ in the desert, rumors had it that Ty forgot to put his petcock on reserve on the 426 and thats when Abbott caught him. If your ever looking for a cool road trip, come to California and race a National, Saturday's a party and Sunday is race day.
     
  2. Ramski

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    Glad to hear you made it okay. You got more nuts than me. I'm still a one looper. I did my first and only National H&H at last years 100s MC race. I never crashed so many times in my life. Amazingly, my body wasn't even sore, thanks to all the water I consumed the day before and morning of the race and asprin. My bike didn't fare so well. I lost momentum on a rocky uphill and came off the bike and bent the subframe pretty bad. I also overheated because I screamed the bike through the sand washes. I'm still learning how to ride the beast. Now I know to ride a higher gear.

    After replacing the subframe I put my bike up for sale, but now I think I'll keep her. After taking some advice from Abbott, I'll try and gear up the front to 15 and see if it smoothes out the power. Then I'll think about droping the rear a tooth or two from the stock 47. Hope to be out soon again. Both my brothers are racing the Checkers, and I really want to give it a try, but might not be able to make it out from Arizona.

    Good luck at the races. Always glad to see other Dez racers here.
     
  3. Greenrider

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    Ramski, I saw the pictures of your bike off the D-37 website, looks real sweet. I really think the KX500 is the best desert bike out there. I have also got alot of tips from Destry on the set-up for the 500 in the desert. I have my bike geared 15/46 and it really mellows the hit I used to get with the 14/48 gearing it had when I bought it. Know the bike just pulls smooth thru the gears. No hit and the front wheel stays on the ground for the most part. In fifth gear the bike flys, but I don't use top gear that much, 80+ miles an hour thru the desert is alittle to fast for me. I'm hooked on this desert racing, if you make it out for any of the races in D-37 look me up at the H.B.M.C. camp.
     
  4. Ramski

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    I'll look for you next time I'm out there. My brothers are joining the 4 Aces. One brother is just starting out racing. The other raced way back in dual shock days in the dez and got back into it. You shouldn't miss me. I'll be the squid on the flo green KX500 and Moose gear. I'll most likely be joining D37 so I don't have to pie plate the nationals anymore. Good luck and hope to see you out on the rocks, whoops and sand in beautiful Lucerne Valley.
     
  5. JP_Ivey

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    Hey

    I need to watch this site more often, I too am a D-37 member, race both the Jackrabbits and the DMC Nats, had to take a by on the 4 aces race due to a nasty get off where I did a real number on my neck, but I'll be ready for the checkers on the 24th, maybe I'll see you there :cool:
     
  6. Ramski

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    Wish I could make it out to the Checkers. I've always wanted a finisher pin from that race. Good luck.
     
  7. JP_Ivey

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    Checkers

    Hey ramski, it was as brutal as DMC winter classic, I'm going to end up as a DNF b/c I had to help a downed rider, but they gave me a finishers pin for staying with the guy ( very cool of them )

    anyhow the next is 3/9 & 10 , maybe you can make it.
     
  8. Ramski

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    Hope the guy you stayed with made it okay. Nice of you to stay with him till help arrived. I talked with both of my brothers Sunday night after they returned home from the Checkers race and they too said it was a real bike banger. Not sure when I'll make it out there to race again. I'm having lots of fun riding here in Arizona. Almost like riding in Lucerne except no deep sand whoops and none of those sharp jumping rocks. They do have a certain cactus that likes to grab you as you ride by though. Good luck with future races.
     
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    District37

    Maybe I should stay more in touch with this site as well. I am glad that you liked our Desert Mc national. I spent 4 weekends laying out that second loop. I will see all of you at lost coyotes! Hey steve how many bike lengths do you want this weekend?

    Scott- Desert Mc
    V135 Vet Open Nov
     
  10. Greenrider

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    Re: District37

    We meet again, different site, same subject. I really don't know how many, how about 25. Too much? How much faster is the vet than the old man? Let me know. 0130
     

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