I thought I would do a post race report of the 2008 Vegas to Reno to let everyone know how the 450x held up after the 460 mile race. Also, I wanted to show those naysayers out there that I do ride my bike and it’s not just for show . BEFORE AFTER The right hand gauard was damaged as a result of a low speed crash I suffered in a rock garden section. Knocked the wind out of me but everything else was ok. Over the next week or so I will break the bike down to the frame and go over everything with a fine tooth comb. Whatever wear and tear I find I will post on this thread so everyone can see how the x holds up under probably the toughest conditions you can throw at it for 11 straight hours. As far a maintenance goes all I did during the race was change the air filter at the 116 (lubed chain also) and 345 mile markers...I did nothing else but add gas. The following are the only issues I know of that we encountered during the race: 1. After about mile 300 I began to notice the front tire was getting squirrely and I think that is when the Mousse Bib began to break down. By the end of the race my teammate said the front end was all over the place. By the looks of the tire below I can understand why. Check out the 1.5 inch gash . Normally I just run a heavy duty tube, but I strongly recommend running a Mousse Bib vs a heavy duty tube for the V2R or similar type race. Last year we had four flat front tires (on my teammates KTM , just kidding for all you closet pumpkin riders), this year zero. But in all seriousness, I think we should have changed the front and rear tires at the halfway point for maximum performance. 2. Both the front and the rear brakes were toast at the end of the race. I started to notice that the front break was getting a little mushy towards the end of my last section around mile 340. Since I run the Rekluse clutch my teammate didn't know you have to blip the throttle to get the engine to reengage on downhills for added engine breaking. The course goes through some mountains towards the end of the race and he said it was pretty nerve racking on the final decent to the finish line with almost no brakes . Again, that's all I know of so far, I will keep everyone posted.