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Old 02-15-2018, 09:00 PM   #41
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Re: Racing the Baja 1000

Impressive feat. Kudo's to both of you!

There's a 24 hour race in a couple of weeks if you're looking for a warm up. http://www.thegutbuster24.com/

My son will be racing it again this year and he uses the Task Racing Lights. He has a light bar on the bike, but says the helmet lights are the most important. He runs two on his helmet and calls them the Mickey Mouse lights...

http://www.taskracing.com/moto-adven...met-light.html
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Old 02-16-2018, 12:30 AM   #42
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Re: Racing the Baja 1000

I will likely make the trip to support JT and Rich and see what all the hoopla is about. For anyone wanting to tag along, buy a plane ticket to Phoenix (where I live) and I can handle getting you over to the races. I have a small herd of DR350's and WR426's we can take along too.

My first Baja trip is in late March, after uncles. Looking forward to new adventures on this side of the L48.
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Old 02-16-2018, 12:36 AM   #43
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Impressive feat. Kudo's to both of you!

There's a 24 hour race in a couple of weeks if you're looking for a warm up. http://www.thegutbuster24.com/

My son will be racing it again this year and he uses the Task Racing Lights. He has a light bar on the bike, but says the helmet lights are the most important. He runs two on his helmet and calls them the Mickey Mouse lights...

http://www.taskracing.com/moto-adven...met-light.html
You guys should definitely do this race .
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Old 02-16-2018, 12:36 AM   #44
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I will likely make the trip to support JT and Rich and see what all the hoopla is about. For anyone wanting to tag along, buy a plane ticket to Phoenix (where I live) and I can handle getting you over to the races. I have a small herd of DR350's and WR426's we can take along too.

My first Baja trip is in late March, after uncles. Looking forward to new adventures on this side of the L48.
I might just take you up on that .
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Old 02-16-2018, 08:26 AM   #45
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Re: Racing the Baja 1000

Pending getting the time off work, I’m in too! (Scurries over to start checking airfares to Phoenix)
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Old 02-16-2018, 08:30 AM   #46
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I will likely make the trip to support JT and Rich and see what all the hoopla is about. For anyone wanting to tag along, buy a plane ticket to Phoenix (where I live) and I can handle getting you over to the races. I have a small herd of DR350's and WR426's we can take along too.

My first Baja trip is in late March, after uncles. Looking forward to new adventures on this side of the L48.
Peter, What are the dates your looking at???
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Old 02-16-2018, 11:37 AM   #47
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Re: Racing the Baja 1000

^^^^^^^^
What he said
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Old 02-17-2018, 10:16 AM   #48
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We have been discussing that very thing. In addition to riding for extended periods on mx tracks we also plan to do lots of riding at places at Hidden Falls and CTOR. I can't think of anything better for training to ride for extended time/distances than by riding for extended time/distances in conditions with similar physical demands.

I have the bike loaded in my truck now and will be leaving shortly for Murphy's MX.
I can take you guys through the ... more interesting bits.... of CTOR if you'd like.

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Old 02-21-2018, 10:29 AM   #49
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Re: Racing the Baja 1000

Enter the pro class. IF your looking to finish (tough to just finish). Then you will get to take off first. Just enter whatever class that gets you out of the gate first. IIRC the pro MC bikes go first. That will put more distance between you and the trophy trucks.

When those things pass you it pretty beastly is my understanding and you won't be able to see for a while due to dust.. I know a few who have raced it. I have also seen and heard those things in person. I really want to drive one, but just don't want to sell my house and raise money to buy it as it would be kinda hard to live in.
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Old 02-21-2018, 10:32 AM   #50
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Also, if your looking to ride for longer periods you might hit up some of the west texas enduros. With little measurable rain in 99 days, more open trails, cactus and thorns it might be better to simulate what you will be seeing. LTR has a two day coming up. Enter a B class or above to get the long course. 70 miles or better. Just eat your Wheaties.
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Good luck guys. Sounds fun. I'm no expert but those who are have convinced me to mount Dunlop at 81 rc on the rear. Rc for reinforced carcass. Nutech tubliss rather than mousse. Don't know if that is wise for a race. But buddies say mousse can disintegrate in the desert. No biggie...swap it out in the pits. Tubliss can get flats but you can plug them. Or run them flat. Benefit is 6 psi vs 14 mousse? Headed down to bay of la next week for 900. I'll update you after. Btw, Front is Dunlop geomax mx52. Would love to ride hf with y'all sometime.

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I have run tubless in West Texas mesquite thorns and cactus you will be doing a lot of plugging. I used a puncture sealant, but got tired of the changes and constantly fiddling with pressure. I moved to mouse bibs.

I personally would run bibs. They can break up in the desert at high speeds due to heat. Just make sure to lube them really well. I would swap them at the pits. Just whole wheel sets. I'd not want to spend the time, effort, and money needed to sit on the side of road plugging tires or changing tubes. Be sure to check with other experience teams to see what they are running as well.
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Impressive feat. Kudo's to both of you!

There's a 24 hour race in a couple of weeks if you're looking for a warm up. http://www.thegutbuster24.com/

My son will be racing it again this year and he uses the Task Racing Lights. He has a light bar on the bike, but says the helmet lights are the most important. He runs two on his helmet and calls them the Mickey Mouse lights...

http://www.taskracing.com/moto-adven...met-light.html
Yep.... great practice idea!
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I have run tubless in West Texas mesquite thorns and cactus you will be doing a lot of plugging. I used a puncture sealant, but got tired of the changes and constantly fiddling with pressure. I moved to mouse bibs.

I personally would run bibs. They can break up in the desert at high speeds due to heat. Just make sure to lube them really well. I would swap them at the pits. Just whole wheel sets. I'd not want to spend the time, effort, and money needed to sit on the side of road plugging tires or changing tubes. Be sure to check with other experience teams to see what they are running as well.
@weekend warrior. Valid points.

Loading the bike tonight and driving to bay of la tomorrow for 5 day ride. (Shy of 900 miles.)

If I learn any tips, I'll repost.

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Old 02-21-2018, 01:24 PM   #54
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Sounds fun! Be safe and have a blast. Its on my bucket list of races for sure.

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I can take you guys through the ... more interesting bits.... of CTOR if you'd like.

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I'm definitely interested. Now, if only winter would leave and take the rain with it.
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Old 02-21-2018, 03:41 PM   #56
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Guys, this is freaking amazing, good for you. You have no idea how jealous and impressed I am of you two!!! Way to go and be safe. I have had a lot of my dear friends get very hurt, more on the pre-rides than the race, but just be safe.
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:53 PM   #57
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"Baja" is Spanglish for "sand" - all colors, all depths, all degrees of fineness, all roads. Except where the road crosses the rivers or arroyos, which are rocks - all sizes, all shapes.

Avoid this crossing on the road (see above) between Ciudad Insurgentes and Loreto...unless you can't. In that case, go for it. Go for all of 'em - there are about a dozen crossings of the same "river" on that particular road.

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