Glen Helen World Vet

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8/9/2018 9:23 PM

I turn 30 next month and I am seriously contemplating making the trip down. Those of you that have done it was it worth a 16 hour drive? Glen Helen is definitely one of my bucket list tracks so I just see it as a perfect opportunity to make it happen. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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8/10/2018 12:31 AM

Not sure about driving for 16 hours but it was worth the 12 hour flight.

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8/10/2018 5:33 AM

It was worth it to me, but be sure to do the full three days.

Paw Paw

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8/10/2018 6:19 AM

kdawson252 wrote:

I turn 30 next month and I am seriously contemplating making the trip down. Those of you that have done it was it worth a 16 ...more

Little longer than 16 hours I believe , but if you have the time and money....I say go for it! I wish I could do that exact race one of these years. Hmm? .....maybe next year?

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8/10/2018 6:54 AM

Bucket list track and race for me.

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vomiting equals disqualification.

8/10/2018 7:23 AM

it's a fun event, track is demanding and you'll see a lot of friends being past, present and future. Long days but well worth it.

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8/10/2018 7:31 AM

I say go for it! all the tracks and riding spots you could possibly hit on the way combined with riding Glen frickin Helen its a no brainer! Bring a buddy though I imagine all that driving alone would be pretty boring

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8/10/2018 7:36 AM

I just may go for it and stop dreaming! I would definitely hit as many riding spots as possible.

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vomiting equals disqualification.

8/10/2018 9:07 AM

The track is usually really good barring weather. Good turns outs in most classes and everyone is happy to be at the race. No matter your speed, there will be someone to race with. Fun event for sure.

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8/10/2018 12:49 PM

I'm trying to get my schedule figured out so I can make the trip this year as well. I've raced Glen Helen 2 times in the past and had shit luck both trips. First trip got plowed into on practice day by some 4 stroker that whiskey throttled. Broke my hand... The second trip having a stator go out on my kx put me out of the races.
Was it worth the 14 hour drive both times.? Hells yes!

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8/10/2018 12:52 PM

kdawson252 wrote:

I turn 30 next month and I am seriously contemplating making the trip down. Those of you that have done it was it worth a 16 ...more

I live a couple hours north of you and have thought about it as well. That drive though... arrgh.... I just don't get enough time off to do it. Wonder if we could find someone from PNW willing to take a batch of bikes down and fly in?

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8/10/2018 1:05 PM

kdawson252 wrote:

I turn 30 next month and I am seriously contemplating making the trip down. Those of you that have done it was it worth a 16 ...more

mark_swart wrote:

I live a couple hours north of you and have thought about it as well. That drive though... arrgh.... I just don't get enough ...more

That's what a whole bunch of guys from Quebec did last year. I believe a couple guys drove the 40 hour trek and the rest flew in.

Looks like a fun event.

OP you only turn 30 once so you might as well treat yourself to a fun event. Whether you win or lose you'll have fun, meet great people and come back with great memories.

I say pull the trigger and go for it.

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8/10/2018 1:44 PM

It's no Washougal, but GH is iconic, and brutal. Most like it.

16 hours straight through is about right. That's what it took us to go up and race Washougal about a month ago.

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8/10/2018 6:56 PM

kdawson252 wrote:

I turn 30 next month and I am seriously contemplating making the trip down. Those of you that have done it was it worth a 16 ...more

mark_swart wrote:

I live a couple hours north of you and have thought about it as well. That drive though... arrgh.... I just don't get enough ...more

I was wondering the same thing. I'm sure if several people all through in cash we could afford to have the bikes shipped freight or pay someone to take them down. Flights from PDX are only like $275 round trip. I have driven 13 hours in one day before and I swore I would never do it again. I would make it a Wednesday through Tuesday trip and probably stop in Sacramento both ways for the night. I really want to do, I'm trying to find the best way to make it happen. Anyone have suggestions for hotels or cabins to stay at? I found a few things on AirBNB that were close, but they were as much as a a hotel.

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8/10/2018 7:01 PM

Evoracer wrote:

It's no Washougal, but GH is iconic, and brutal. Most like it.

16 hours straight through is about right. That's what it took ...more

........but then again, Washougal is no Glen Helen. tongue

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8/10/2018 7:46 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/10/2018 7:49 PM

Maybe we should organize a vital mx camp site there to hang out, race and party for the weekend. I heard the event last year was awesome.

Edit: I was thinking of the transworld vet trans am. either way it'd be cool to organize a group.

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8/10/2018 9:31 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/10/2018 9:32 PM

I went last year and spectated. Couldn’t race it due to family being out of town and being new to the area. Will miss racing it again this year due to injury but I’ll be out there spectating again. If you are remotely close or considering it, pull the trigger it’s an awesome event. Bunch of old moto heads ripping it up!

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8/10/2018 9:55 PM

If you can get the practice days in, which is Thursday and Friday...I believe, it makes for one helluva race week!

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8/10/2018 10:04 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/10/2018 10:07 PM

Just drove up for PNW motoweek. Stopped at Shasta KOA and camped, with the family, in route both ways. $40 bucks but they have showers, the bikes are right there and the bed was better than most hotels.
Never pass up an opportunity

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8/11/2018 12:56 AM

If you've never ridden there I would try to get a practice day in before you race

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9/11/2018 6:46 AM

Im all pre entered for this event, Looking forward to it. Other than attending practice days, any other tips from those who have participated? cheers

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9/11/2018 7:19 AM

Evoracer wrote:

It's no Washougal, but GH is iconic, and brutal. Most like it.

16 hours straight through is about right. That's what it took ...more

I'd agree with this.

I'd say it's the equivalent of me hopping in my truck and driving to Washougal. I did it with my family when I was on 60's and 80's for amateur day and it was well worth the 16 hour drive!

So ya, if I were you, DO IT!

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9/11/2018 7:22 AM

Slaughter612s wrote:

Im all pre entered for this event, Looking forward to it. Other than attending practice days, any other tips from those who ...more

Just remember if you ride a practice day, the track usually isn't what you get on race day. Race day will be prepped so good and so deep! Practice days aren't nearly as deep and can end up kinda hard packed.

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
IG @2HRacing
Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals

9/11/2018 7:24 AM

It’s a fun event. A lot of riding if you do Thursday and Friday practice.

I might race it this year, good group of people camping and hanging out.

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9/11/2018 8:46 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/11/2018 8:56 AM

Unfortunately they don't have any classes specifically for vintage bikes, plus they don't break the classes down by bike size either, so unless you have a newer type bike, and preferably 4 stroke 450, you will likely get smoked pretty bad and will need a LOT of tear offs, lol.

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9/11/2018 9:26 AM

Slaughter612s wrote:

Im all pre entered for this event, Looking forward to it. Other than attending practice days, any other tips from those who ...more

Heavy duty tubes (Bridgestone and STI make good ones; not the gnarly ultra or extreme duty, just regular HD), hand guards, fresh MX33's, comfortable grips, dialed suspension, extra tear offs, dirt start (so a holeshot device helps), recoverite/endura/gatorade/vitamin water - for between motos if it's warm, thin poncho in case it's like last year with some rain, and all the off-bike prep handled!

Long motos and a rough (track) second moto means that preparation and fitness go a long ways for every class. Also, don't burn yourself out on practice days; for every class except +40 Pro, only Sunday counts as the "Championship" day.

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9/11/2018 9:31 AM

Long laps, crazy bumps, and white-knuckle downhills. Make sure your brakes work!
You'll have fun, especially if it's a "bucket list" track. I say go for it.

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9/11/2018 11:58 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/11/2018 1:04 PM

barnett468 wrote:

Unfortunately they don't have any classes specifically for vintage bikes, plus they don't break the classes down by bike size ...more

True about the vintage classes but I did see some vintage bikes out last year and NO you do not need a 450 four stroke to be competative. There is enough age and skill seperation to “find” your spot. From what I saw anyways

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9/11/2018 12:33 PM

Slaughter612s wrote:

Im all pre entered for this event, Looking forward to it. Other than attending practice days, any other tips from those who ...more

mattyhamz2 wrote:

Just remember if you ride a practice day, the track usually isn't what you get on race day. Race day will be prepped so good ...more

Usually the opposite of that. GH is prepped good on Thursdays and for world vet they don’t rip it as deep and knock the jumps down to make it safer for the old dudes on 450s they can’t hang on to.

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9/11/2018 1:01 PM

I’m 30 minutes away. Racing for the day, meh. Driving down and staying the weekend, woo hoo.

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