Still think you need that $8,000 bike? (Cont.)

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3/5/2013 1:11 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/5/2013 2:55 PM

So my buddy and I were asked if we wanted to do a 6 hour GP a couple months ago and this last Sunday was the race. To give you a little background, we both grew up racing moto and have been freaks about having fresh clean current bikes. In the last couple years I've been through a 450, 250f and just recently picked up a yz250 off the showroom. As you all know it isn't cheap just keeping up with one bike. Being picky about everything (both of us) dirt bike, we always need to have our stuff completely dialed.

About a month before the race we came across a craigslist ad for a bike thanks to a friend. That following weekend we drove about 2 hours to pick it up. Total cost: $700 bucks plus gas.

We really didn't do much to freshen it up a bit, serviced the suspension, new top end, misc. bearings, tires, and sprockets/chain. Cleaned it up the week before and prepared to put it together.

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The dude before us ran a cut up T-shirt for an air filter....


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We got the bike going back together Friday night. Sunday was the race.

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Then we ran into a little problem... Luckily Cometic sent us a new one NDA Sat. delivery so we could have it dialed (thanks for that Cometic).


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So SATURDAY night around 9pm we were able to fire up the bike for a couple minutes. So pumped the tailight worked. Haha.

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10:30pm hit and we had it loaded up. 5am it was time to leave to go racing...

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Here she is ready to go...1992 RMX250. Older than plenty of the riders that were out there. At this point we were getting PLENTY of looks and comments. I was surprised that most of them were scoffs and not super positive. I guess off road guys aren't anymore friendly than moto guys. "I'm sore just looking at that thing" stuck out the most. It's 30 minutes before the race and we haven't even clicked through all the gears to make sure she's a runner. Actually, right before Joel lined up at the start I rode it for the first time a total of about 200 feet.


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Here's Joel getting ready for the start. We decided Open Expert class was appropriate for engine break in.


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They made us lay the bike down at the start.... Think we were surprised? We were looking for the starting gate.


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And here's the start. I was laughing my ass off the whole time... Keep in mind most these dudes has electric start and maybe 1 or 2 years old... We were on a 20+ year old $700 dollar bike.





Joel was out first and ran a lap. You must come down pit row every lap and he stopped briefly so we could see if the bike needed anything... which it surprisingly did not. He went out and blitzed another 20 minute lap. Before our other teammate went out on his bike.

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While he was out, it gave us a chance to check over a few things that needed to be buttoned up before I had my first couple laps.


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Joel, myself and our other teammate (on his bike) took our turns throughout the six hours. Each time myself and Joel went through pit row you could feel everyone staring at you.

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Needless to say, we were never passed except on two occasions. Joel, right after the first turn had to stop for a second to turn back on the gas (didn't want to flood the bike when it was laying down- he made up the positions that same lap) and on the last lap of the race I had to nurse it in and one lucky guy made it around me. I would've made another pass but DNF was on my mind.

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As you can see we rode the piss out of this thing. Both shrouds broke off after being pretty aggressive and passing countless bikes during the day. It handled awesome and the suspension couldn't have been any better for whooped out choppy braking bump rough sections. I'm a believer.

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This was a ton of fun. We ran 17 laps between the 3 of us, and 1st place ran 19. Next time Joel and I are coming back on a two man team to make up the lost time (our teammate was a casual rider). After the checkered you had to line up to check in with your finishing position. This gave the chance for alot of people to come up and comment... It was pretty cool to hear how many people thought it was rad by the end of the day.

Moral of the story. Who cares what you ride, if you are having fun you are going fast!

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Eddieville
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3/5/2013 1:17 PM

Excellent story and point!

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3/5/2013 1:19 PM

Such an epic day of riding.The hours of wrenching with Josh were great on this thing and to top it off i had one of my best days of riding ever, all the while on a shoe string budget.

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3/5/2013 1:22 PM

Love it!

Would've loved it a little more if you guys ran Levi's and a flannel...

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3/5/2013 1:24 PM

Very cool. Makes me want to ride!

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3/5/2013 1:26 PM

Awesome story. The video didn't work though! I want to see that.

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3/5/2013 1:27 PM

That looks like a blast, and reminds me of something my riding buddies and I would do. Very cool.

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3/5/2013 1:28 PM

Cool story! Less means doesn't necessarily means less fun!

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3/5/2013 1:28 PM

Awesome story! Hopefully your point was proven to a few of the non believers that you were racing against.

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3/5/2013 1:30 PM

fucking awesome story man, thanks for sharing the story and the pictures!

this is what riding is all about!

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3/5/2013 1:31 PM

slipdog wrote:

Love it!

Would've loved it a little more if you guys ran Levi's and a flannel...

i think for the next one in April i am going to at least try to find some age appropriate gear for the rest of the series. We are going to be running the whole series on this bike. There are a few few more 6 hour events, a 12 hour and a 24 hour.

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3/5/2013 1:33 PM

Very cool indeed!

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3/5/2013 1:36 PM

starvation/ eddyville?

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3/5/2013 1:54 PM

Love it! I've basically done the same thing with an 03' CR 250 for $1,800. New bikes can suck it!

Plenty of good used bikes out there for under 2K.

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3/5/2013 2:03 PM

Kewl!

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3/5/2013 2:07 PM

vanillaice782 wrote:

Awesome story. The video didn't work though! I want to see that.

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I'll see if I can get this corrected, it's a Facebook video- so maybe try logging into FB before you watch it?

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3/5/2013 2:08 PM

TJ 755 wrote:

starvation/ eddyville?

Eddieville. Cool place for sure

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3/5/2013 2:14 PM

Bitchin story, thanks!

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3/5/2013 2:16 PM

This is what I like to read about. Sounds like an epic moto adventure and loving every minute. Thanks a ton for sharing.

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I don't have to be as smart as you hope to be some day anymore. wink

3/5/2013 2:42 PM

Love hearing things like this!

Great write up and pics to boot.

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3/5/2013 2:45 PM

Is that Eddieville? If so the place looks epic!
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3/5/2013 2:58 PM

bayodome wrote:

Is that Eddieville? If so the place looks epic!
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That's the place! It's changed a bit since then, like wind mills and wheat fields... haha.

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3/5/2013 3:06 PM

Cool as hell guys.

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3/5/2013 3:07 PM

sweet dude, vital member PC was there racing too, looked a like a good day for racing.

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3/5/2013 3:19 PM

So cool. Inspirational actually. And that is one of the ugliest bikes that Suzuki ever made.

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3/5/2013 3:27 PM

GREAT post!! Thank You for taking the time... wink

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3/5/2013 3:37 PM

Yo Josh! well done buddy!! Very very cool project cool

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3/5/2013 4:01 PM

Awesome!

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3/5/2013 4:09 PM

Best post I've read in a long time! Cool!

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3/5/2013 4:11 PM

Yeah buddy! I remember seeing that bike out there and you were flying.
Did you see the dude with the CR500 powered KX250? Holy hell did that guy roost the shit out of me!!!!

Me and my buddy did this race too and got 2nd in sportsmans class (whatever the hell class that is!?!?). On my Husky tiddler.... that cost $3695 brand new. He brought his YZ250 along, but bike issues kept it sidelined most of the day.

I'm not laying claim to being the fastest guy out there, but I passed quite a few people on $8k 450's w/ $1k pipes, $600 boots and $150 graphics on my little cheater bike. And I was wearing my favorite Answer pants from 2003!

Bike looks haggard? check
No graphics? check
10 year old gear? check
Passing guys with 300cc advantage? check
Totally awesome day? Hell yes!

Here's my first 2 laps. The start was a total mess, so I didn't get the cam rolling until the 2nd corner

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