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Old 04-16-2010, 02:20 PM   #1
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Spring Moto Giro 2010

Hello fellow inmates.

Wondering if anyone on adv is signed up for the spring Giro.

I'm IN on my 1966 Honda Super Hawk.

Would like to communicate with anyone who has done it before.

Radguzzi has been a great help so far. Thanks, Rob!

The field is FULL, so if you're not IN now, you'll have to wait for the fall or

be a volunteer during the rally.
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Old 04-16-2010, 05:59 PM   #2
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Laugh

I've done a few of them. On a 305cc you should have no problem making the check points on time because with all that power you can make up for getting lost. The average speed is set up for the 50cc/125cc bikes (usually around 33MPH) and if they get off course, just once, they won't make the time check points.
Route sheets are usually given out the night before the start, a good idea is to have a tank bag or at least a plastic sleeve to put it in. This goes rain or shine.

The skills test is a time over course type deal. Usually about 50 yards long around cones, some times figure eights, circles or just weaving through the cones. The tough part is it's timed to the 1/100 of a second last year I came in second because I was 3/100 of a second off. Electronic timing devices aren't allowed but you can count, one and one thousand/two and one thousand etc,etc. Practice while watching a clock with a second hand - you can get real close.

The course is over secondary roads and good dirt roads (sometimes not so good) so stay away from ribbed type tires on the front (a lesson I learned the hard way going over Lincoln Gap, Vt a few Giros ago) universal tires work best.

They make a big point about this not being a race, BUT if I'm on a 125cc and the guy trying to pass me is on a 125CC (or a dreaded 100cc 2 cycle) I don't have to tell you what happens next. Best part is with a 200 pound body on a 125cc no one knows your racing

I'll be riding the Silver and red bike in the 125cc class:
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:07 PM   #3
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Dammit, Harry, Is that you?

I e-mailed you last month about this.

We talked at the New Sweden rally last October. I'm the nut who leads the G/S

ride every year.

PM me your phone # if you would? I gotta figure some logistics out before I

head up to Mass.
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:15 PM   #4
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BTW, That 125 is gorgeous.

My 305 was a "saved from the crusher" machine and is slowly getting it's

groove back. After a new set of pistons and a thorough freshening, it runs

better every time I get on it. It had 4,197 original miles on it. Now has 4,602.
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:23 PM   #5
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Im in for the Moto Giro, never rode this event or have a bike that can meet the requirements. A freind of mine asked me if I would ride one of his Honda 160's with him and who can say no to that.




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Old 04-16-2010, 06:31 PM   #6
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You have a good friend there, indeed!
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Old 04-18-2010, 05:15 PM   #7
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Looks like a herd o' Hondas will be doin' the Giro.

Anyone want to form a team?

Sushi Riders? Sochiro's Kidz?

This could be some fun.
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Old 04-24-2010, 04:14 AM   #8
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One week to go!

Hope to meet up with a few folks at sign-in next Friday.

I'll be in the White Whale (2002 Sprinter van).

Should be at Jiminy Peak around 4:30 if all goes well.
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Hope to meet up with a few folks at sign-in next Friday.

I'll be in the White Whale (2002 Sprinter van).

Should be at Jiminy Peak around 4:30 if all goes well.
I dont know if I will make the cutoff for Tech Friday but 2 of our team will be checking in the 5 Honda 150 and 160's and supposedly 5 BMW 250's. Did some final detailing of the Hondas and ran the snot out of them Sunday
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Hope to meet up with a few folks at sign-in next Friday.

I'll be in the White Whale (2002 Sprinter van).

Should be at Jiminy Peak around 4:30 if all goes well.
I dont know if I will make the cutoff for Tech Friday but 2 of our team will be checking in the 5 Honda 150 and 160's and supposedly 5 BMW 250's. Did some final detailing of the Hondas and ran the snot out of them Sunday




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Mid-week rain will make the dirt sections interesting as most of these old bikes have rib type tyres and very limited suspension. It's also in the rough sections where things (electrical and mechanical) shake loose, recheck everything.
The check in on Friday only consists of picking up your package. The condition of the bike is up to you, after all it's your ass on the seat. Last Spring a guy on a little Morini was hurt when he hit a pothole and his front end collapsed.
As the overview of the event states it's usually won or lost in the skills section. Practice very low speed maneuvers and counting seconds if you have a chance. The first year I entered I made an unfortunate choice of tires, the bike handled great on the road but at low speeds (creeping speeds) it was a disaster.
Also you NEED an accurate trip odometer. Most of the guys fit a bicycle speedometer, the SIGMA brand seems to work the best.

Lunch break in Vermont a few years ago, the bike was a lot heavier at the end of the day.


See you guys up there.
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Great Weather Forecasted

http://www.accuweather.com/us/ma/sto...t-weekends.asp

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Old 04-27-2010, 10:05 AM   #13
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Most excellent...!

Have a good run, see you in the Ride Report...

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Old 04-28-2010, 06:17 PM   #14
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Well, the weekend weather is going to be nice, BUTT, they had some SNOW

there yesterday.

Ought to be interesting on the gravel roads.
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Oh WOW!

What a most excellent time!

Pics tomorrow when I get time to load 'em.
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