Hi Folks, My first posting here so i would like to start off by saying this is really cool site. Between this site and my 200 motorcycle magazines that the wife wants to throw out (man..she doesnt understand you have to reread those suckers a 100 times each), I should be able to make it through the week. I live for riding and most weekends i click off around 200-400 miles of desert type riding. Now to the topic of this discussion. I decided to see whats up with this dual thing and did all the legal blah blah blah to my drz 400e. I did my first dual ride a couple months back and was so excited that i couldnt sleep all friday night. I arrived and noticed a guy that i went riding with before. He suggested i ride with this other gentlemen who only takes the "hard" route and pretty much makes the rest of the pack eat major dust. My first thought is why would anyone pay good money and take the "easy" way. Anyway, this other guy seemed nice enough even if he was at a major disavantage on his xr 600. I had a blast, we diced for about 50 miles before i decided to kick in the drz afterburner and boogie to the lunch stop. After lunch we filled the tanks and took off for part two. About 20 minutes into the ride, i'm at the top of this mountain and see the xr rider at the bottom looking at his bike. I rode down and offered help. After taking apart half his bike including the carb, we found the culprit. The little clamp had come off his slider needle. Now i figure i'm over an hour behind so i light it up big. Even my dust is eating dust. I was just about out of the last "hard" section when all i remember is seeing a blur of red and then another blur of red. Let me change that to a SPLAT of red followed by another SPLAT of red. I'm guessing i hit head on with one xr 600 and then was tossed right in the second xr 400 riding right behind him. I remember laying on the ground and having that "i cant get air" thing followed by stars. Then i did the "lets see if all the body parts work" routine. I think it was pretty safe to say i broke my ankle, wrist and a few ribs. Now i get these two guys who are redder then honda fire engine red breathing down my neck. One guy was screaming about my speed while the other was yelling about me being on the left side of the trail. Come to find out these 2 riders took the "easy" route all day and after finishing the ride, decided to ride backwards on the roll chart and check out the "hard" route. I'm thinking i can tape my wrist and ribs, sleep all night in my boot so my ankle doesnt swell, find a place to replace the shattered front rim ect, and i can go riding on sunday! I'm trying to figure out how we can get this done but these guys are to busy freaking because one guy scratched his $600 pipe and the other guys $500 steering damper looks tweaked blah...blah...blah. These guys whined straight to the promoter who just kind of held his hands up. Now i get these goof balls calling me because they want me to pay for a whole list of junk that they noticed wasnt in perfect order upon returning home. I felt like laughing in the one guys face because he spent like $3,000 on aftermarket products when he could have easily gained 10 horsepower just by getting a pair of balls and turning the throttle farther but thats another subject (ha ha). Now i know this type of event is not a race but does anyone really like eating dust? Is there some type of speed limit not listed but observed that i should be aware of? Are fast riders really not welcome on dual rides? Are there lanes like a divided highway even on off road trails? Do other dual sport riders follow the rule of driving on the right side of the trail only? Is it common practice to find riders going backwards on the routes such as in my case? My missing something? Thanks for all the advice, Steve 55+ p.s. a cast gives you time to watch all those jump videos of 16 year olds missing triples so you can remind yourself not to try that. p.s.p.s. what doesnt kill you....makes you stronger!