10-11-15 Christmas Valley ride

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10-11-15 Christmas Valley ride

Post by Sandblaster » Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:52 am

I'm waiting..... and waiting.... for my ride...
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Re: 10-11-15 Christmas Valley ride

Post by Sandblaster » Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:56 am

The first day we had a quick end after about 3 hours of riding.
The wind blew in a huge sand storm...
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But what a epic ride.... Fast... clear... and nobody in the way...
After the ride we went for dinner then back to our motel..
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Re: 10-11-15 Christmas Valley ride

Post by Sandblaster » Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:13 am

What I really wanted to do was test my suspension.
Some of you may remember that I am running 97-04 KX500 suspension with Racetech gold valves and recommended shim stacks.
I've been all over and tested the suspension at different spots, mainly in the sand.
Every set of whoops is a bit different and the whoops I wanted to hit were hard packed dirt with steep approaches and departures exactly like the ones at a certain spot at Christmas valley.
I have hit them many times and they change very little over the years.
I've been real happy with the suspension at all other area's but this is a itch I had to scratch.
Unfortunately I don't have any pics or video :shock:
So I hit this whoop section in 3rd gear pinned...
No bucking, or back kicking, just straight line tapping.
Going back the other way I started in 3rd and shifted hard into 4th and kept it pinned but never topped out because I whimped out and shut it down.
Again no surprises... just straight controlled riding.
If I was a better rider I might be able to push it beyond it's capabilities but I wasn't able to.
Which is good, the suspension performed exactly the way it is suppose to for my age, weight, and riding ability.
How hard did my suspension compress?
Hard enough to tear off my plate and tail light holder..
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Re: 10-11-15 Christmas Valley ride

Post by Sandblaster » Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:22 am

You might remember this..

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Gone...
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And I couldn't be happier with it 8-)
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Re: 10-11-15 Christmas Valley ride

Post by Sandblaster » Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:28 am

I will be mounting another plate holder, after all this is a street tard.
But I will mount it on top of the fender and I will use a flush mount bolt underneath...

The rest of the ride was epic.
Sunny, fast, miles and miles of trails, and tons of bowls...
There were some really soft sandy spots that cause a few issues but mostly leg flailing that you hope your buddy didn't see :lol:
But now that I am back home and tired, I still have a smile on my face and I can't wait to hit it again...
Gotta hurry because the weather is starting to get cold ..
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Re: 10-11-15 Christmas Valley ride

Post by Sandblaster » Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:09 am

If bikes are for kids I'll never grow up.

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