Jeeezzz Eric I knew you were serious but changing pistons between motos?? We poor club road racers guys just jet em fat for practice. This should be interesting........given how smooth Rally roads are I'd be tempted to run short supension ala motocross bikes turned dirt track bikes , sure hope the bikes go first. Lastly I wonder what classes they will have for bikes or just one.....geee I wonder if my vintage motocross bike can run historic???
Ok on a serious note this is a good way to up the entries.
>Or, maybe it is bikes with sidecars? I have a picture of me
>at the top of Pikes Peak "pretending" to be the monkey. No
>matter what we do, there is always one crazier!
I also thought the guys on sidecars @ Pike's Peak were crazy. Then they pointed out that they could leap off the bike should they be about to crash over the edge, and rallycar drivers are belted in and go over with the car.
Also hope they make sure these bike riders have some kind of prior experience. It doesn't cost much to get a stock bike and hit speeds that can send you smacking off a couple trees, a rock, then face down in a ditch(that might have a couple inches of water in it). These guys have no cage.
I've been eye balling the DRZ-400SM , love KTM's but I'm to used to Japanese maintenance intervals. Not to mention a 500 is waaaaaaaay to big and heavy for my girly man frame. Looks like you guys had fun.
The motorcycles will go out and be about 1hr in front of the cars running the same stages,only the motorcycles will be more of a TSD type of event. We are looking forward to hosting this for the 1st time.
so is there already an existing series run in the US like this, and we are incorperating those riders? seems a huge risk as a bike accident has a greater injury potential, thus higher ins, stage delays, negative public view. With the death of riders at Dakar comes calls for it being too dangerous for bikes, i know dakar is more dangerous, but most of those riders are probably more experienced.
Our plan is to give them a set speed at the start of a stage no going as fast as you can more along the lines of a tsd.More for people to see, more help from a new group of workers,a new twist for new sponsors.
Are they given roll charts of the course a la AMA Enduro? Do they know where the finish (checkpoint) control is? If its all known, they'll (we'll?) "burn" the stage and sit outside the control until our time to "zero" it. If the stages are the same...and the stage lengths are public...I don't know how you'll make this work. The reason enduros work on avg. speed is because the checks are secret.
Then there will be some who just burn it and say screw the average. Don't ask me how I know. They are running their own rally with a results sheet you will never see unless you know which bar we laid our money down in. }(
Anyway, I'm anxious to see how it works! Imagine being able to buy a WRC spec vehicle from your local dealer for less than 10 grand. Such is the world of motorcycles. 'course, it helps if you know how to ride.