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    Good article! You definitely got some differing opinions here in the comments, but you stirred it up anyway. Re barkbusters. I've run them in Baja for a long time, and also have them on my singletrack bike. I have a habit of hanging on way past the point of no return, and I had a barkbuster get spun around on my throttle wrist one time, and break some bones. But I've also have gotten out of shape in the woods and smacked a tree more than once, and was very thankful for them!
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    I use WD40 on the chain, and any pivots. footpegs, brake lever linkage, clutch and front brake lever pivots.
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    Is the XR400 the best bike ever made?

    I own 9 dirtbikes (we won't even get into the streetbikes!). For moto I've got my new CRF450, a 2013 YZ250F and still one of my favs, a YZ125. Desert bikes I still have my XR650 for those flowy days when it rains in the SoCal desert and multi day runs down the Baja peninsula. I have a 2012 450X for racing Grand Prixs and Worx series. Some vintage bikes... and my 96 XR400. I have it set up with a Dunlop 803 trials rear tire, a Dunlop 606 on the front, with bibs combined with super thick mountain bike tubes. Big skid plate, big tank, and brush guards. I use it almost exclusively for building singletrack, and riding brutal trials type trails. It has been dropped, cartwheeled, high sided, looped out, and ghost ridden up the most ridiculous waterfalls. No radiators to puncture, never overheats, never fails me. It gets ridiculous fuel mileage. If there was an apocalypse and the zombies were coming that would be the bike I would run for.
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    No Ambulance Mule on This Ride!

    Looked epic for sure! Thanks for sharing!
  5. When my 11 year old son turned to me Saturday night at Dodger Stadium and said "Dad- this announcer is an idiot!" I knew I wasn't just being a crusty old guy who didn't "get it". It seemed like he did nothing but scream all night, and he really took his tastelessness to a new level when he completely ignored the two downed riders in the red flagged main! Wow. Somebody who is connected needs to get him fired. I really don't want to go to Anaheim II and have to hear him again.
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    I feel I know the reason why Scotty is reacting so strongly to the postings on his thread. I'm of a similar personality where when I discover that someone or a group of people are perpetuating lies, someone's misfortune or mistake, or even bad news, I really don't like it. It sounds like Kacey made some mistakes early on in the north- but for those people to still be on a bender and trying to bury her so many years later really seems strange. Kacey is a friend of mine for many years now, and though there were times she confided that she was actually scared from the threats that were being thrown at her, she to this day has never named any of her haters to me. Know that she has a LOT of friends. A big group of hard core old crusty badass riders and racers of Baja call her a good friend. The haters are definitely outnumbered. I think the other component at work here is that pioneering trails, and trailbuilding is heady stuff. As many of you know it really is a rush to "stand where no man has stood". Or to spot a grove of Saguaros a half mile away, or a cool looking rock pile, and design your trail to pass by them. To arrive at a low open mesa in the shadow of a mountain, and know that if your trail has good flow and rhythm, that is exactly where hundreds (maybe thousands) of future riders will stop in the shade to take a breather and sip some water. I do a lot of my riding in Baja by myself as I don't want to hear someone else's opinion on which way or how. With that comes a heightened reality. One wrong move and I could send a rib into my lung and be in trouble. And of course that's after meticulously sweeping the entrance to my trail so there is no possibility of someone stumbling across it. Some of the other riders I've worked trails with get downright hostile if I blow a corner or take a variation. "No- it's going to go THIS way. I don't want anyone burning in that new line." And then I have to get off and block it with rocks and branches! When I was younger I pioneered some technical climbing routes in the Eastern Sierras. The sense of protectionism among all of us climbers was insane. We would eat, sleep, and work on our routes non stop until they were done. Climbing buddies would literally stay and guard "our route" while someone went into town for a grocery run, and supplies. If we couldn't finish the route in one season we made sure we worked it until it was way too cold for anyone else in their right mind to be climbing. And we were back on it in spring as soon as possible. I think there are a lot of parallels to putting in singletrack routes. Any of us that do it are a bit deranged. You have to have an obsessive personality to do what we do. We put so much of ourselves into them that it can get real personal. And watch out if someone rides it before it is ready!! And I've got route ideas that I've only shared with a select few- keepin' em secret! And hoping that no one pushes them through before me!! Funny stuff.... I have never personally claimed any routes down south, but I have gone many places where there was no trail. Maybe what you saw was not just an animal or cow trail. Or those strange faint lines here and there. It took me a long time to get to a place where I don't need credit for my blood sweat and tears. Cholla tips popping out of my arms months later. Getting home and having to strip my bike to the frame after two weeks of beating it to death. And all I can think about is when can I get back down there. Recognize that we are a bunch of really strong personalities, and maybe give each other the benefit of the doubt. Let's not judge those we have not personally met. And may we meet on the trail.
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    Dang! Scotty I knew this posting was going to stir it up- that's why I joined TT so I could be a part of it. For starters ELRUKO there is no money being made- no "profit" happening. Kacey rides a clapped out XR250 and has a minimalist lifestyle. As far as "owning" or "selling" trails down there, that is a ridiculous idea. I've personally pioneered trails down there (way before anyone starting mapping them) and watched some of them get burned in, and watched others return to the desert. And then witness some of them be "rediscovered" by others who claim them as their own. Whatever. Baja is what each of us wants to make of it. It's an absurd idea to be angry at somebody's actions in a country we are not citizens of, vote, or pay taxes in. And even more so of a girl who speaks excellent spanish, treats the locals with upmost respect, and hauls butt on a bike.
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    Scotty I've been riding with Kacey for probably 15 years now and there is no one else I'd rather be stuck with after dark, low on gas, out of water, stock headlight, in a boulder pile that doesn't qualify as a trail! She is a super solid human being who spreads smiles everywhere she goes! Anyone who has anything bad to say about her I don't want to know. Thanks for posting. Kevin Ward