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  1. oldfuddy

    AMRA MotoCity AMA Championship Off-Road Series Banter

    Couldn’t stand it.... caved in and spooned on a fresh set of 33’s, threw the bike in the toy hauler, wife in the truck, and made the trip last minute. Was insane. Place was packed. Talked with Jeremy for just a bit when he was signing autographs. First time I’ve ever met him. Great guy seeing I’m a nobody and he talked like we knew each other. I pulled a 3rd (for AMRA) in the Magnum 50+ C Race. Had all intentions to do the lagoon jump but wimped out and took the bypass after seeing about a dozen pros/experts wad up the landing an hour earlier. JG railed the lagoon jump setup corner pinned, grabbed a gear, and made a perfect lagoon jump time and time again. My wife smacked me in the shoulder and said.. “hey, he’s way faster that you!” I said, thanks babe, love you too. Lol!!!!
  2. oldfuddy

    AMRA MotoCity AMA Championship Off-Road Series Banter

    I’m out for havasu.... just too busy and sitting this one out as it’s quite a haul for me. see you guys at ACP in Jan. Happy Holidays and those going to Havasu good luck. [emoji106]
  3. oldfuddy

    AMRA MotoCity AMA Championship Off-Road Series Banter

    No I didn’t. New one or used! Either way congrats. Of note, got my bike back and they set the idle too low. I had it perfect and what the manual calls for and they dialed it back 250rpms. Sounds good, but not where these bike are made to idle. Wasn’t happy. Put it back up. Sounds high, but it’s right. Let me know when you get the bike. Doing MCMP this Saturday. Gotta face my fear of launching the bike [emoji23]
  4. oldfuddy

    AMRA MotoCity AMA Championship Off-Road Series Banter

    Dude, saw your bike today. Motor gutted. Shed a tear. I saw your question about the bike for sale on FB but I couldn’t find it. Sorry. We gotta get you on a bike. Maybe Put an ad in the flea market to do a swap with the SE for a 350 or 300 and maybe an ad in the Tucson regional thread for someone local and Phoenix. Bunch of SE’s up in Phx.
  5. oldfuddy

    AMRA MotoCity AMA Championship Off-Road Series Banter

    Sounds good. Dropping bike off today at AZKKT, trying to get it back by the weekend. Possible remap and tps tweak. Think rear wheel bearings are shot. If so, they won’t have them in stock so that’ll suck and The bike will sit two weeks with the holiday. Only 20 hrs on bike. I’m gonna push for warranty on the bearings. Wants to do MCMP this weekend and ACP on the 1st. ACP is way better, but don’t know if I’ll be able to make he haul up. I’ll let you know what I find out about the bearings.
  6. oldfuddy

    ***Best looking KTM contest***

    Long live the SE! [emoji106]
  7. oldfuddy

    AMRA MotoCity AMA Championship Off-Road Series Banter

    Yeah, winding it out more, but still short shifting it I think. Had I stayed on the throttle off the line pretty sure I could have passed both positions to be 1st. But, didn’t matter as I passed both on the first lap anyway. Then got smoked by a guy in my class that smokes B class too so I let him go and raced my race. Not sure if the bike needs a remap. I know they are remapping the 350 EXCs and having great results. But the SX/XC already have a great map and larger TB. Think just a TPS tweak would be good. The bike fires right up nice without the sparky and dB killer in so it’s a restriction issue on start I believe. Going to tune it with both in since most all our races require them. Haven’t had a flame out that hasn’t been my fault since I turned the idle up. Yes, please keep me in the loop for ACP. I suck at mx and haven’t jumped the 350 yet. Going to need much practice for havasu. Going to run the Unclassified at havasu the day before the race too. Cheers and glad you are back on the bike. [emoji108]
  8. oldfuddy

    AMRA MotoCity AMA Championship Off-Road Series Banter

    Thanks Sofie. Bike is getting better and mostly it’s me getting used to a high strung 350 and not a lazy overpowered 500. AZKKT just hired a KTM mechanic that has been with 3 Bros Racing for over a decade. Taking the bike to him next week and leaving it there for him to tweak as he sees fit. It’s starting way better, but I’m told he can really get it to come to life off the line. The race was just awesome. I grew up in the tight woods of Maine and that’s where I rode my 480 and learned to point and shoot in the woods. This race out at 3C reminded me of back home. Lots of fun. Cheers.
  9. oldfuddy

    AMRA MotoCity AMA Championship Off-Road Series Banter

    you guys knocked it out of the park. seriously. best race of the year and might be all year. if you weigh everything, venue, course, etc, its gonna be tough to beat this race. here's my feedback in no particular order... just what comes to mind... Venue: It was beautiful. absolutely gracious property owners. I live out in Vail and never been to the ranch. I've ridden out san man and webb road a lot, but never up by or to the ranch. I spent all day saturday and sunday there camping out in my RV. plenty of parking. didn't have to use bathrooms/outhouses so i can't speak to those. But they were there so you already beat Yolo! lol!! with the venue i was disappointed with two things. One, I could not for the life of me figure out why kids and some adults were riding their bicycles and skidding on the cement pads making black marks everywhere. Especially on the upper pad that just got painted. It looked brand new when i got there Sat am early (0700) and by Sunday at 1700 when I left it was destroyed with black marks everywhere. The second thing that bothered me was all the whisky throttle going on in the grass. Kids and adults alike. I have no clue why they think they need to hammer on the gas ridding across the grass roosting grass. And to turn their bikes around, many just did a donut and spun the bike around, again, digging up the grass. I was embarrassed to be part of AMRA on those two issues. Gotta have some class. Recommendation, if the owners let us back next year, put in the flyer something about having some respect for the private property we are on and keep bikes off the cement pads and no digging up the grass. Volunteers were great. they were at every challenging part of the course. They were key because when a bike got hung up at a choke point, of which there were many, the bike needed to be cleared fast and most riders were too tired. The volunteers grabbed the bikes and cleared the way. two thumbs up. Passing areas, there was tons of passing areas. I passed more during this race than almost any other race anywhere. below is my video, check it out. yeah, first lap sucked as they usually do for traffic, but it cleared up. Again, as long as the volunteers kept the choke points clear, traffic flowed. I didn't mind the short course at all. I would though go to 1 minute intervals instead of 30-second intervals on these short tight coursesto help prevent the 1st lap trail plugs. White flag. lots of discussion of whether a white flag flew or not and some say they have it on video it was thrown. My video of starting the 4th lap shows no white flag thrown. i was waiting for it and had hit flew, i would have went harder on the last lap as I was preparing for a 5th lap to be my last so conserving the 4th lap. but at the start of the 5th lap it was over. no biggie as the two folks in front of me were so far out front i would not have caught them. don't know ground truth on the white flag, but there's an equal argument on facebook on both sides of the aisle whether it flew or not, at least for C class. Sparky's and tech inspection. The flyer said sparkys and db sound required. Some folks not from AZ raced this race and they went to great lengths to acquire sparkys and db killers. tech inspection though said its private property so no sparkys were checked and no db test. No worries for me as i had mine in and already had one, but if i overnighted a sparky and paid extra money or went through hell to borrow one and worried about it not arriving and me not racing only to get it last minute, make tech inspection and have tech blow it off, I would have had words with the club on the spot. I'm not gonna debate whether you should have them, Im just saying if the flyer says you need it, tech should be checking it. if its private property and not required, don't put it on the flyer. Again, not looking to debate whether we should, just make tech and the flyer match up so theres no confusion. Photographers: Not sure whats going on with Mary being absent this year, but its brought in at least 3 other photographers and they are taking some pretty good pics and posting them up pretty quick with varied prices and options. i love Mary and hope she returns. I'm also liking what these added photographers are providing the racers. Please pass on my personal thanks to the club and the owners. Both a class act in my book and the bar has been set high for the other clubs and this was only the first year here. it can only get better and it was already great in my book. Here's my video.....
  10. oldfuddy

    AMRA MotoCity AMA Championship Off-Road Series Banter

    Sounds awesome! I’ll be there real early on sat to drop my trailer off (talked with someone in the club already) and then head down the street for a class with Ryan Wells for 4-5 hrs. I took my Clake and LHRB off and it’s courses like this one that the Clake and LHRB really shined. Last weekend without it for the first time in almost 2 years I blew a bunch of corners and got real affectionate with some chollas on more than one occasion [emoji23]. Can’t wait for this race as well. Still gotta get my bike to start quicker, but it is what it is. I put a modded fuel rail on it and raised the idle and that seems to have helped a little. Ive given up on podium and championship finishes and my goal is to go to a yellow plate before the year is out. [emoji106]
  11. oldfuddy

    AMRA MotoCity AMA Championship Off-Road Series Banter

    I hope there’s places to pass. Single track is great, but the theme I’ve seen the last two years is folks just aren’t moving over when you come up on them. Rev the engine, holler, it don’t matter. Even if they are not in your class. If they are in your class I expect some pushback to an extent to give up a position. A short tight 6 mile single track race will be frustrating if the course doesn’t have areas built in to pass. Folks can get hurt trying to force passes when all that should be happening is the slower rider making room. Is what it is, but I put some of this on the clubs to keep in mind when designing the courses. Launching 70+ bikes at Globe at the same time was an example of serious bottle neck the first two laps at a minimum. Fortunately there were some areas you could pass, but you might have to wait a mile or two to do it and ride the slower riders pace. Looking forward to this race. I ride the area out there a lot, but never up there by the ranch so this will be cool. I think traction will be key.
  12. oldfuddy

    The TPS adjustment thread

    Nice! I’m in. Both my 500 exc and 350 xcf are keyless. This will be perfect.
  13. oldfuddy

    The TPS adjustment thread

    Hey Thump, I haven’t broken in to it yet, but wanted to confirm my new ‘18 350 XC-F would use the #3 tool.... correct?
  14. oldfuddy

    AMRA MotoCity AMA Championship Off-Road Series Banter

    My camera was covered in mud on the lap through there in 4th where I almost high-sided. About a couple more feet of water and no dirt and I was gonna go airborne for sure. I was slowly loosing the rear end to the chain side of the bike and letting off slowly didn’t help. It was a feeling I had no control over except hope for land quickly... that’s why I chickened out on the last lap. Figured my luck had run out. Lol!!!
  15. oldfuddy

    AMRA MotoCity AMA Championship Off-Road Series Banter

    Here’s my race report I posted on fb. Extended Race Report: 2019 Round 2, Globe AZ, "Prison Break Hare Scramble". Many race challenges... 5th place finish in class and 28th overall out of 76 bikes. Better result than I was expecting based on my start. Luckily the sun came out and soaked up some of the water, the course workers also closed part of the course that was basically impassable, and the AA/A/B class in the first race packed the course good for us (sucked to be them. They took the brunt of the nastiness). Still plenty of water in areas, but 90% of course was clear and perfect with zero dust. The starting infield had 76 bikes lined up going for the first corner through the mud and water. I was ready. Starting banner dropped and my bike did not fire up... got a bad start... about mid-pack (40th or so). Going into the 3rd turn a racer took me out (by accident and now that I’ve seen my video, I don’t know why I didn’t senior coming. I must have been looking elsewhere. Think me going down is my fault as well. Although if I had turned let to avoid him I would have been taken out by another rider flying by so I was destined to go down). Down I went, with the racer and his bike on top of me. By the time I got up and got the bike started, I was just about dead last leaving the infield and heading out on to the course. 2-mins on the course and I find 30+ bikes backed up and no way around them. Turned out a bike or two drowned in a mud bog and no one could get around. Sat almost 5-mins (approximately six lifetimes in racing) while I knew my class was now about 7-10 minutes ahead of me. 1st lap nothing but traffic, I can sense I’m falling further and further behind my class, nowhere to pass and no one pulling over to let faster riders by, a frustrating slow lap. 2nd lap field thinned out a little and I charged and starting passing lots of folks... Just as I got settled into my rhythm I lost my rear brake... absolutely no pedal... again! (Second race in a row). Had just a little Left Hand Rear Brake (LHRB), but lost that by lap 4. Being way behind and trying to shave seconds where I could since passing was difficult (and having a “watch this hold my beer moment”) I decided to ride straight through the infield lake (only about a foot deep max but crazy sketchy/muddy) in 4th gear on laps 3 and 4 with my butt hanging way back over the rear fender as far as I could. Passed 4 or 5 guys that way that went around it... but, it was absolutely crazy as I was basically waterskiing the bike and could feel how unstable it was. Not knowing if my luck would continue I chickened out on attempting crossing the water on the 5th lap and went around it and settled in for the finish. great race. Bike was dialed in perfect (minus the rear brake and its sloth-like starting habits). Huge kudo's to the Rockstars Club that put this event on. They knocked it out of the park. Race vid....
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