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Old 07-14-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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ISDE 2013 - Sardegna, Italy

Just over a year ago, our family’s entire summer turned into a whirlwind of activity and preparation, in anticipation of what we were considering at that time to be a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. We were preparing to attend the 2012 ISDE in Germany to support our son, brother, and friend, Josh Knight who was riding as a member of the U.S. Enduro Team.

Taking a family of 6 to a foreign country for over 2 weeks to spectate and participate in an international motorcycle race isn’t what most people would consider a typical family experience. However, for our family, there is hardly a day goes by that we don’t talk about our experience in Germany.

It is now July, 2013. We find ourselves in the fortunate position of trying to find a way to get Josh to Sardegna, Italy to live out his dreams on the international stage once again as a member of Team USA at the 85th running of the ISDE.

For those that are interested, I plan to share our experience again this year. For those coming upon this for the first time, I strongly encourage you to read last year’s story here:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=800782

This will give a lot of background and context for this year.

Germany provided us with some incredible experiences. We are trying to leverage our experience, but we also know that things are very different this year. Financially, there is no way we can take the entire family again. However, that does not mean we are not 100% behind Josh in supporting him.

This year I want to tell Josh’s story again, from the perspective of Dad, pit-crew, mechanic, and fan, while sharing Josh’s input from his perspective as the rider. However, as I did last year, I don’t want this to be all about Josh. When we get to Italy, I want to weave in a lot of the side stories and perspectives of all the other riders, especially the club-team riders and make this a source for every ISDE fan out there that is interested in how the entire U.S. Team is doing.

If interested, please subscribe, and enjoy the ride.

To start with I need to catch everyone up some on what we’ve been up to since last year. In simple terms, racing and riding, lots of it. It’s what we love to do, and I love spending every weekend with my boys and my wife and daughter when their schedules permit.

Being in Utah, in the January/February timeframe, when everyone else is skiing or snowboarding, we head south for warmer temps. This year we made several trips to California, Nevada, and Arizona. My boys have participated in many of the National Hare n’ Hounds, and have experienced the good and bad of areas such as Lucerne Valley California. Here Josh picks his line next to Kurt Caselli at one of the early NHHA rounds.

Josh stills thinks it’s cool to line up with and race with guys that he still considers his heros and has their posters on his wall. Here he is at a local race near Lake Powell Utah/Arizona with racer and friend David Pearson.


Picking a line for the bomb runs in California is of the utmost importance. Here, he and good friend Skyler Howes spot their line across the California desert.

Racing in California. Photo credit, Mark Kariya.

His younger brothers also love racing, and youngest brother Benji has enjoyed hitting a few rounds of the newly created Youth National Hare n’ Hound series. It’s great to see the youngsters of the sport.

In April, Josh had a pretty scary experience while racing in California. About 10-15 miles into the first loop at one of the National Hare n’ Hound races in Lucerne Valley, he was the first to come upon his friend Skyler Howes after a bad crash. Both were running in the top 10 at the time. Skyler had gone over the bars at speed and broken his back (neither he nor Josh were aware of this at the time). Josh stayed with him for about an hour until proper medical help arrived after other riders also stopped and then carried on the message to appropriate personnel. The weird part of the entire experience is that factory KTM racer, Toby Price, from Australia, had crashed within a few hundred yards of Skyler just minutes before. Toby was upright on his bike when Josh passed so he didn’t think much of it. Toby ended up riding his bike over to Josh and Skyler. Josh attended to them both and it turns out that Toby had broken his neck and it was later revealed that it was nothing short of a miracle that the break did not sever his spinal column. Watching the entire experience play out on Josh’s Go-Pro was incredibly humbling, and I will say as a father, that his composure, attitude, and perspective on the entire experience was more rewarding and satisfying than any race results will ever provide. I have reminded him that these are not “normal” experiences for a 17 year old. I am happy to report that just this past weekend Skyler was back on the bike and participating in his first race. To my knowledge, Toby Price is on his way to making a full recovery. Here is helmet cam from Skyler’s crash (at 12:40):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBnIHvfL_jY

Updates on Toby here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toby-Price-Motorex-KTM-Off-Road/170561733014893

In March (the month before the accident above), we were in the Idaho desert for one of the National Hare n’ Hounds. Josh really enjoyed this race and had a great run going on Loop 1. Here he is 3rd through the banners at the end of the bomb run behind Blais Racing’s Skyler Howes, and Jacob Argubright.

Some video of this same start:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sBI7...rKRA4zMwMq9e0g

In May, Josh had his best finish at a local Utah round of the Hare n’ Hound series, hosted by the club we love and participate in, the Sage Riders (photo credit, Dave Turner).

As much as Josh loves the desert, he really loves Enduro. In Utah we don’t have any Enduros so to participate in any requires us to travel. There are a few that are top on our list. The Ought Six Enduro in Cascade Montana, put on by the Hamilton family, is one of the best. This year, Josh got to ride with his good friend Reid Brown from Oregon. Reid rode for the U.S. Team last year in Germany and was like a big brother to Josh.

But to make it even better, I got to ride with my two other sons, Kobee and Benji. With as much as it takes to keep 3 racers going, I don’t spend much time on the bike these days, but this was worth it.

We rode the Ought Six as a primer for Idaho City. It was a great way for my younger boys to get their feet wet (figuratively and literally) in the Enduro race format because we all had plans to also ride Idaho City. Josh planned to ride LOI (Letter of Intent) again in the E1 class.

Idaho City is one of the highlights of our year. Based on the information I shared last year, you can better understand how it became to mean so much to me.

Despite being in a very dry year, we were fortunate to have some good rains in the days preceding Idaho in June and had great conditions on Saturday. Here is impound at Idaho City on Friday night.

My son Kobee going through sound check and impounding his bike for his first ever Idaho City.

Little brother Benji does the same thing.

They even let their old man join in on the fun occasionally. (I was riding Josh's 250 XC 2-stroke, while he rode the Kawasaki KX250F he rode last year to qualify in the E1 class).

Josh and friends and younger brothers walking the grass track at Idaho City. Nothing in the world compares to the Idaho City grass track.

Me and my two youngest boys on the start line of the 2013 Idaho City 100.

Josh at the start of Day 1.


Just like last year, we had to have a little “drama” on Day 2 to keep us reminded of the fact that so many things can go wrong in an event like this.
Josh rolled up to the start line on Day 2 after a successful first day. When his minute rolled up, he attempted to start his bike…..nothing. Kick kick kick….nothing. Finally, with about 10 seconds to go before the next minute, he had to push his bike across the white line in front of the start. For those familiar with ISDE rules, you know that the bike has to start under its own power on the start line. If the rider cannot get the bike started, he/she must push the bike across a line about 100 feet in front of the start line. At that point, the rider incurs a 10 point penalty, but is technically on the course and can then continue working on the bike. Josh did this, and after 9 minutes had passed, he finally got the bike started and took off for the day.

However, it wasn’t exactly a comforting feeling knowing that the bike had not started, because that is not normal and I was concerned all day long that he would get to a check, and not get the bike started again. It turns out that at the very last check, he had trouble again, and barely left the check on time. Additionally, the bike was starting to run horribly and it would be nothing short of a miracle if he finished.

Meanwhile, back at the home finish check, we as a family were all anxiously waiting. We knew the exact minute he was to arrive, as well as the riders in front of him. Most of the riders had been coming to checks 10-20 minutes early the entire weekend. As each minute passed that the first rider was due, we knew something was up. It got down to one minute to go, and if a rider did not show up, they were going to be late. Josh’s minute came due, and he had 60 seconds to arrive. With 40 seconds to go, Josh rounded the corner on the gas (first opportunity to visibly see the riders) and crossed the finish line within 30 seconds of his scheduled minute.

That 30 seconds was the difference in going to Italy or not. It turns out many of the LOI riders arrived late to this last check, or some just making it within seconds.


I like this picture taken right after Josh crossed the line. The exasperation on his little sister’s face shows the stress and anxiety everyone was experiencing (not just us, but all the rider family’s) .

Fortunately, the bike made it through the day (although we have not been able to get it started since), and Josh ended up with a successful weekend at Idaho City and received the official invitation from the AMA to be a member of Team USA this year in Italy.


For anyone interested, we invite you to virtually tag along in our experience.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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You're such a great story-teller.

It will be exciting to watch the preparation, and see Josh riding the ISDE once again for Team USA!!!
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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Outstanding! It is so cool to see your whole family involved in this passion. Best wishes for a fantastic ride this year!

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Old 07-14-2013, 07:38 PM   #4
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You're such a great story-teller.

It will be exciting to watch the preparation, and see Josh riding the ISDE once again for Team USA!!!
In for following and for any support I can offer. Hopefully you are doing shirts again.

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Old 07-14-2013, 08:29 PM   #5
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I am So in for this!

Go Josh!!!!
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:19 PM   #6
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Awesome part DEUX !!!!!!!!!

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Old 07-15-2013, 11:28 AM   #7
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in for the adventure and great story telling!
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:51 PM   #8
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:12 AM   #9
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try http://sicassracing.com/store/ for a lighting kit.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:26 PM   #11
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try http://sicassracing.com/store/ for a lighting kit.
Thanks for the recommendation. Others suggested the same as well. I called them today and they were very helpful. Unfortunately, they do not have a KTM kit that will fit a 2013 SX or XC either, however they did recommend a Polisport MMX aftermarket light. It has the rubber-straps similar to OEM, but somehow tucks in under the 2013 fender in a pretty sano way. There is a picture of one on a 2013 front fender on their website.

They wire it with KTM OEM style connectors before sending it, so I went ahead and purchased one. We already have an OEM light and a Trail Tech X2 light, but neither will fit on the 2013 fender.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:31 AM   #12
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huh I wouldn't figure the SX/XC fenders would be different from the XC-W/EXC fenders. that's strange for KTM as a lot of there stuff crosses over from model line to model line. oh well you got one on order so that's all that matters.

is the only reason you guys went for the XC is the suspension? is Josh going to miss the six speed from last years XC-W? and are you doing T-shirts this year as well?
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:55 PM   #13
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Many have asked how they can be of help to Josh or what kind of fund raising efforts we have this year.

Asking for, and accepting help, is something really hard for us to do. To do it two years in a row, makes it twice as hard. We love talking motorcycles and sharing our experience regardless.

Jon at LocalHeroMX.com has been a huge help this year in putting together a great T-shirt design. Jon has been a great resource to the riding community for years and I would encourage you to check out his site for info on custom graphics and printing. Here is the design of this year’s T-shirts:

We’re selling Adult sizes for $20 and Youth Sizes for $15. That includes shipping. We are only able to do one run of shirts, so unfortunately, when they’re gone, they’re gone. Several have already requested shirts so if you’re interested, please let us know.

Another great resource this year have been friends Burt and Troy from Highline Recreation who make the Tugger lift strap. These straps have been made famous by use in such high profile events as Erzberg and the Romaniacs and other Extreme Enduros. Josh ran Tuggers both front and rear last year in Germany and they were a huge help in the gnarly, muddy conditions of Germany.

They have made a generous donation of Tuggers to Josh, and we are selling them for $20 a piece (Style 1 Rear Tuggers) which includes shipping.
http://ktmtalk.com/index.php?showtopic=479624
http://www.thetugger.com/index.htm

Their retail is $24 plus shipping, so this is a win-win….you get a cheaper than normal price, and Josh gets some help.

Another very similar offer and win/win is the ability to purchase a Turn Tech lithium ion battery. If you send a note to Joe at Turn Tech Battery and mention the Josh Knight ISDE fund, he will donate a portion of the sale to Josh. You get an awesome battery, save a few pounds on your bike, and help Josh in the process.
http://www.turntechbattery.com

This year, we are fortunate to be able to host another Open MX practice at the incredible Ogden Cycle Association motocross track in Ogden Utah (www.ocamx.net). Last year we had a very successful open practice at this same facility and everyone seemed to love it and asked if we were doing it again last year. We have been members of this private track for over 10 years and the club has been very supportive of allowing us to host another fundraiser. If anyone is in the area this weekend, you can come out and ride for $20 a day per rider. For anyone in the Utah area, you know, there is no track anywhere in the state that has the quality dirt like OCA.

Here’s a little promo video Josh put together for the fundraiser a few weeks ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxARz1BwgRg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUTQwRmATYrKRA4zMwMq9e0g

And, I would like to thank our wonderful neighbors who hosted a BBQ fundraiser for him this past Monday night with Cowboy/Western singers Dave and Jenny Anderson. It was an awesome way for the local community to support him in a “non-motorcycling” type of way. We have incredible neighbors and a great community who came out and enjoyed a casual concert in the shade of the trees at our local community center.


Josh got the chance to thank everyone and explain a little bit more about what it is that he is doing. It’s kind of funny because even in the motorcycling community, a lot of people don’t know what the ISDE is, yet alone a bunch of our neighbors. Although since last year, I’ll bet more of them could explain the ISDE better than a lot of motorcycle enthusiasts.


More stuff is showing up for the bike, so I’ll have more follow up on that later, but for now the focus is on hosting a fun, safe, and successful open practice this weekend.
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It’s been some time since an update and there has been a lot happening.

We had two fundraisers in the same week. After the BBQ/Concert, we had an Open MX practice day at the OCA MX track. We owe a huge thanks to the OCA MX Club for allowing us to host this event again this year. It was a huge success and despite the near triple digit temperatures, everyone had an awesome time riding the greatest MX track in the state.

Here are some pictures of the event.




Josh and friend Carson Giles




Josh


T-shirt sales, concessions, and escaping the heat in some shade.


These kids were trying to hold their free sno cones while getting around on their PW50.


Desert racer Braydon Bland loves moto too.


ISDE T-Shirts and Sno-Cones


Nothing like OCA Dirt.


Josh enjoying the track and getting in some practice time.




Little brothers Benji and Kobee get in on the action too.




Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed a great day at the track, enjoyed some concessions, sno-cones, and motos with good friends.
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With the fundraisers under our belt, it was time to get serious and focused on the bike. As previously mentioned, we were stressing over getting the lights setup and working properly on the bike. In the end, with the help of TrailTech, and Brayden at ADS Motorsports, we got everything working great. Unfortunately we were not able to use the TrailTech light due to the 2013 fender mounting system. As a result, we ended up using a Polisport light that has 4 rubber mounted attachments and worked out great with the 2013 fender.

Little Sister Kaytee has been a huge help through this whole process as well, helping to deal with all of the other things that take so much time. Here she is organizing all of the sold T-shirts. Most of the T-shirts are now on their way, and more to be sent in the next couple of days.


She also was super excited to help paint the crate. The rest of the family is bummed that they can’t go to Italy this year, but they’ve all been incredibly supportive to help in any way that they can.

The AMA requested a specific paint scheme this year on all the crates, to provide a more professional and consistent look in the U.S. pits.


BulletProof Designs Radiator guards…..are exactly that, Bulletproof.


T.M. Designworks chain guide, coupled with a BulletProof designs protector over the very vulnerable tabs on the KTM swingarm. Dirt Tricks sprockets, and Regina X-ring chain as well.


TrailTech hour meter, stator, wiring harness/switch, and computer, along with new graphics.


New Flexx bars….these are awesome!! The TrailTech Computer tucks in nicely behind the light and everything fits well.


Sunline V1 Flexx levers and Acerbis handguards (full wraparounds are not allowed this year, but this is our preferred setup anyway).


It was then time to do some suspension testing and make sure everything was “tight”. It was a good thing we did because we were able to resolve a water gasket leak, and a weeping oil leak on the new ignition cover after installing the new stator. Josh loves the bike and says it really rips for a 250F.


Finished product.






Finished bike in front of ADS Motorsports in Ogden, Utah.


We had one last opportunity to do a small fund raiser out our local community heritage days festival. We set up a booth, sold some more hamburgers, T-shirts, and talked to community members about the ISDE. In this picture are Josh, his brother Kobee, and several friends as well as his Grandpa (my Dad). There is a cool little twist this year, his Grandpa Knight is going to Italy with us. We’re totally excited.





With all of that completed, it was time to get serious about getting the bike in the crate on its way to the AMA in Ohio and then over the big pond to Italy. Josh and I both commented that it felt like deja-vu to be doing this all over again!


All of that has to go in there.


Somehow we made it all fit.





This is the last we saw of the crate. This is last Monday, sitting at ADS Motorsports before the truck came and picked it up.


And finally, a non-motorcycle related pic. This is me, Josh, and my other two sons Kobee and Benji, sitting on top of Kings Peak (13,528 feet elevation) last Thursday on Josh’s 18th birthday. After getting the crate shipped off, it was a huge relief. We already had this backpacking trip planned and had an awesome time hiking in Utah’s backcountry and taking a reprieve from all of the ISDE prep.


With the bike gone, it’s now time to focus on riding, training, school, staying safe, and final prep before leaving. We have just a little over 5 weeks before we head out and I know that the time will escape us quickly.
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