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Old 10-20-2012, 05:37 AM   #61
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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!
Your post really brought back my first event, what a shock it was for me
Anyway, this year will be my 6th Sandblast
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:11 AM   #62
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me too, Sandblast was my first race, too. This will be my 7th start. although one run didnt happen, haha.

I like the Dunlop D606.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:24 AM   #63
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me too, Sandblast was my first race, too. This will be my 7th start. although one run didnt happen, haha.

I like the Dunlop D606.
You and JJ ripped it up on the boxers! I was supposed to be there at the first event but got caught in a winter storm March should be pretty sweet, the weather will be much better....back to camping at H Cooper Black!
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:48 PM   #64
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Thanks Anders - love the new and improved date! I should be there takin' a bunch of pics.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:15 AM   #65
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If the stars line up, I am hoping to be able to make this one happen. Now I need to find some buddies to travel...
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:18 AM   #66
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If the stars line up, I am hoping to be able to make this one happen. Now I need to find some buddies to travel...
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:35 PM   #67
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From what I've searched and seen posted not too many people in the "lites" Anyone have any knowledge on times / videos of them? Interested in doing this like the idea of falling on slightly softer sand than hard dirt / gravel of the much closer New York Rally Moto event.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:58 AM   #68
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From what I've searched and seen posted not too many people in the "lites" Anyone have any knowledge on times / videos of them? Interested in doing this like the idea of falling on slightly softer sand than hard dirt / gravel of the much closer New York Rally Moto event.
Rally lites are just the smaller displacement bikes and they still can be just as competitive as the big bikes.
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I have video of the "heavies" which you can just speed up by a bit and get a pretty good idea of what the "lites" are doing
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Not worried at all about being competitive, I just am interested in doing it for the experience. What it seems like from the videos is that people are going maybe 70+ on some of the straights? Don't quite know if at the caliber of riding to not kill myself trying to go too fast or be in everyone else's way.

I'm accustomed to hitting maybe 55 on some of the dirt/gravel straights on the roads I've ridden numerous times, not so sure I'm ready for it on new roads.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:11 PM   #71
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Just go 55 then I just do the best I can and have fun. Nobody going to kick you out for going too slow.

Also, you can enter the "adventure" class, wherein you may ride at your own pace and get a feel for it without having the pressure of feeling like you've got to pin it.
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Not worried at all about being competitive, I just am interested in doing it for the experience. What it seems like from the videos is that people are going maybe 70+ on some of the straights? Don't quite know if at the caliber of riding to not kill myself trying to go too fast or be in everyone else's way.

I'm accustomed to hitting maybe 55 on some of the dirt/gravel straights on the roads I've ridden numerous times, not so sure I'm ready for it on new roads.
The top 5 bikes are probably running in the 60 mph average ball park...this means you are going 100 mph whenever you can. Newer competitors are in the 40 mph average speed.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:13 PM   #73
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An extra month of healing won't be a bad thing, now hopefully there isn't a conflicting SORCS race that Sunday on the other side of GA and I'll be good to go!
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:47 PM   #74
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If the stars line up, I am hoping to be able to make this one happen. Now I need to find some buddies to travel...
I've got a buddy in Kansas City that might be in for Sandblast. I'll check his interest for spitting the drive to SC if you want.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:04 PM   #75
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The top 5 bikes are probably running in the 60 mph average ball park...this means you are going 100 mph whenever you can. Newer competitors are in the 40 mph average speed.
Fastest I ever went was 124 MPH on the SE, Mike Gilkey saw 130+ as I recall In all honesty though, the most fun I had at SB was when I rode my old clapped 400 EXC, totally pinned I never got over 80 MPH It's a Sandy blast no matter how fast you go!
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