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Old 10-19-2012, 09:31 AM   #46
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What type of advice would you give a newer rider thats never raced a rally like this before? I rode a lot as a kid, quit once I got my license, and just started riding again about 2 years ago (12 year break). I currently race harescrambles but have spent some time riding higher speed forest roads out west.

I ride a CRF450x with a steering stabilizer which I know will help in the sand. Are these rallys ridiculously tough or should it be not to bad for me? Either way, Im there lol.

Arrive on time, attend the new competitor orientation class (mandatory). Ride to finish and have fun. Try to learn how to do your timing controls etc. When racing just ride where you are comfortable and aim to finish. If the weather is dry then the sand can be deep and loose in places. If it rains then there is a lot of clay that gets greasy. Don't worry about winning the thing and just ride for fun...as the day progresses you will start to relax and have more fun as you get used to the conditions. etc.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:43 AM   #47
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Arrive on time, attend the new competitor orientation class (mandatory). Ride to finish and have fun. Try to learn how to do your timing controls etc. When racing just ride where you are comfortable and aim to finish. If the weather is dry then the sand can be deep and loose in places. If it rains then there is a lot of clay that gets greasy. Don't worry about winning the thing and just ride for fun...as the day progresses you will start to relax and have more fun as you get used to the conditions. etc.
Exactly what I was hoping to hear. Thanks buddy.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:18 AM   #48
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Sounds like the noob corner may be filling up!
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:34 AM   #49
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More noob questions. Anyone prefer one neck brace over another? Are they required or just a good idea?
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:38 AM   #50
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Dawn they arent required, but they are a good idea.

I couldnt tell you which one works better than another. Its nice to get one that coordinates with both the armor and a jacket, though... something I dont have.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:30 PM   #51
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A lot of us run Leatt braces....you just have to try one out to see if you like it. Some people cannot stand having them on and either use an alternative or not at all.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:33 PM   #52
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. Its nice to get one that coordinates with both the armor and a jacket, though...

+1 on the brace coordinating with your armor. I have basically modified all of my kit to work together with the brace, basically hacking into my 661 pressure suit to make it all work, then cutting the collar of my wind-breaker etc.

With my set-up the way it currently is, I don;t even know the brace is on while riding...
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:35 PM   #53
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Hat's off to you Seth, you're really preaching the rally gospel
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:36 PM   #54
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Hat's off to you Seth, you're really preaching the rally gospel

I am in a charitable mood at the moment Running Tall Pines with Greg in the 280Z in November
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:59 PM   #55
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I am in a charitable mood at the moment Running Tall Pines with Greg in the 280Z in November
I love that rally! I crewed for Iorio one year and had an absolute blast....after he wrecked a transmission of course (again). I ran a stage in the car and I don't recall it's name but it had a bunch of jumps and some really tight blind corners.
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Its nice to get one that coordinates with both the armor and a jacket, though... something I dont have.
Oh, right, armor. E-bay here I come :)
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:59 PM   #57
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Oh, right, armor. E-bay here I come :)
My Wife has a newish Acerbis Koerta armor suit that she only wore twice, if you're interested. Size small/med. PM me and I can connect you both.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:00 PM   #58
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What type of advice would you give a newer rider thats never raced a rally like this before? I rode a lot as a kid, quit once I got my license, and just started riding again about 2 years ago (12 year break). I currently race harescrambles but have spent some time riding higher speed forest roads out west.

I ride a CRF450x with a steering stabilizer which I know will help in the sand. Are these rallys ridiculously tough or should it be not to bad for me? Either way, Im there lol.
SandBlast last year was my first rally after being back on a dirtbike for 6 months or so. I basically showed up with me, my bike, and my riding gear. I'd never raced before and I made it through just fine. Everybody was super helpful at figuring out where I needed to be and when.

Read the rule books to find out the right gear and bike tech and general rally rules. This will make registration and tech much easier. The beginner orientation will get you the rest you need to know about the actual race. The shakedown is worth it to get a feel for the sand.

Bring a friend or two if possible. I had a fantastic time and a great adventure doing SandBlast solo but had way more fun doing rally WV with friends and family there for the weekend!
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:08 PM   #59
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More noob questions. Anyone prefer one neck brace over another? Are they required or just a good idea?
I got an Atlas Brace this summer and I LOVE it. It works with all my gear. I primarily wear it over my Axo Air Cage armor. It seems like it will be compatible with most armor. My camelback doesn't interfere with it either.

I like that it stays put without any buckles or straps.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:45 PM   #60
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PS: Whats the word on tires for the big bikes?
Something with good knob like a TKC80 should be fine (17" right? ). There's a knobby by metzler that fits the big bikes too right? karoo?

Seems like alot of the dirtbike guys run Michelin S-12 for the tall knob that's good in soft terrain/mud/sand but I think they are only in 18" and 19" sizes.
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