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March 24th, 2011, 01:50 PM   #11
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Re: Taff's racing season 2011

now is that a fat leg or a wide tank? ok. a fat leg!


getting by ain't easy is it?



donchya just love those figure huggin gortex trousers? size 28" and by now well ventilated! the swamp goblins have just let go after messin wiv me mind!



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OMG Taffy your race write-ups are a laugh! I love the bit about the trousers
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well after a weekend where I was just too drunk too get up and what with the hours sleep loss I made hash of a days testing so it was all the more important this weekend that i saw some sobriety on the saturday evening....

I had been offered a ride on one of my customers sidecarx outfits if I went to a circuit near Weedon, Northants which I've wanted to do for some time. I took my 570 with the intention of practicing on that all day and then having the one-off driving the chair.

since the last ride I'd fitted the 48s in the front with no pre-load and that was all i'd done time and work constraints prevailing. the bike was bloody hopeless to be honest, it bounced out of landing dangerously and the lack of rebound on the rear nearly flicked me into a forwards somersault.

the next three sessions saw the preload ring on the rear shock tightened two turns, the preload nuts on the front 21 sides as I call it of the nuts. I wound both compression on the front to full as well and the HSCD on the rear as well. the bike became better but what with the injection cutting the motor in mid air and the complete lack of front damping I was having some real frighteners! eventually even though the front hadn't dived I still took this ver, very fast jump and pancake landed on both wheels and the whole bike bottomed but mainly the front which crushed my B *&*^^% S on the seat whilst also compacting my spine.

luckily it has recovered, the back that is while I'm still nursing my balls....well they are MY balls so I am allowed to nurse them!

handling was great and grip on the front always superb. now running bottom ring of the forks to yokes.

the comp on the fronts was on the max so more work to be done here. 50s for my fat arse?
more fork oil?

anyway, another banovallum this weekend and I'll make a few alterations to get it back to full enduro spec. racing at Manby in Lincs and hoping to repeat my 6/21 in the over 45s.

had both rear indicators snap clean off through the flexi bit, obviously just can't take MX and won't be repeated again! can't afford to buy 'em that's why!

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I was at the second round of the Banovallum championships on sunday and the track was the man made Manby near the town of Louth. It has been used that many times that it has become quite brutal to man and machine and this was further compounded by the anvil of the sun crushing down on us in the Month of April - yes April!

In the week leading up i decided to lay off the rear preload for an enduro by 1 turn, I turned the LSCD in 6 to compensate a little and on the front I undid the comp by 6 and added 20cc to each fork which was on a 125 air gap - I didn't record the new figure but expect around 115 air.

I started the race flat last - nobody else seems to say anything but god do these 570s turn over slowly! surely they need to turn a bit quicker than this?

anyway, I worked my way forwards but the track was pounding away at me on old ruts and hardened edges with no give in them. The front end was plunging everywhere and way more than the rear, the bike almost unbalanced in the way it does it, the initial bump is always there in your hands and so every bump is registered yet the forks have no back-up and 'plough through'. the rear was nice except on one open sweeping curve the rear was whap-whapping and so I need to try to stop this with damping but another harder spring may be needed.

I turned the HSCD out 3/4 of a turn at lunchtime and the LSCD back in 5, rebound in by 5 as I was getting a kicking and also, after checking that the forks weren't bottoming I undid the comp damping 5.

I'll give figures for these when I can....

In the afternoon the bike was better but I wasn't! after leaving the line last again I worked my way up to about 6th before hitting a wall. the forks were still killing me and the 570 is still a tough old dog to bring to heel!

after the 1.5 hour morning session I got 3/4 of an hour into the afternoon and what with pushing it I noticed I was fading quickly! there was just so much 'chop' that I found myself standing for long periods and this gave me real leg-burn and I had to roll around for the last 45 minutes. it seems to be a pattern this year....

what a reminder that I'm 50 this week....

I think a set of 50s for the front are required, the bike is unbalanced at present. I'll also change the gearing to 12 x 51 from 52 and pull a link and this will bring more weight on the rear. I'm also going to look at which part of the damping isn't working hard enough. the air gap at 120 can be improved down to 110 and I just need to soften that face shim and get the HS shims backed up so they do more. the back is likely in need of 88s but I know that the front is part of the problem so that'll be done first.

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last sunday I did the 4th round of the banovallum championships up near Louth in Lincolnshire. the track is an old favourite called 'North Willingham' sadly it was to be raced in continuous rain and 'mizzle'. I took my mechanic and his son, who, aged 14 is inquisitive about this sport of 'enduro'? we then picked up arkley123 at wisbech who has got the husaberg out again instead of his 2T smokey husky.

disaster of the day for me was turning up with worn tyres giving myself a real handicap!

the 1.5 plus 1.5 started with a straight hour and the 12 in the over 45 class slewed off the line on the wet grass, tails weaving and wagging towards the first corner. as usual, mine start ans stalled 5 times just before the drop of the flag and then took two goes as the flag did drop. I was away last but worked my way through to third before a 's' bend at a downhill hedge, the rider infront went straight into the hedge locked up. he'd had about 10 seconds warning that it was going to happen but could do little.

In second I caught the leader who took us down a man-made line of trees to do a U turn at the bottom and claw our way up again. on the way up at some 4mph he fell and blocked the track. I stopped and the bike wouldn't even start going again so I got off and pushed the bike by him and into the lead!

ion the lead pushing a bike....

as I remounted at the top of the hill I was overtaken again and then later as I went through a ditch a rider blocked my exit so I was stuck in the bottom. I came in at lunchtime and was happy with third. the 570 was actually a blessing in the rain as I could pull third everywhere instead of second, the whole bike vibrating as it came close to stalling.

I passed Arkley a couple of times and he was blowing hard! this course was tough! the secret being to 'clear your treads' by finding any small straight in which to thrash the bike and hit the worst bumps you could and splatter the soil out of the treads.

they said at lunchtime that the afternoon session would be 1.5 or maybe 1??? so we sat at the line and again I had a poor start but using 2nd straight off the bat I was in second at the first corner and took the lead coming out of the third. I kept it nice and smooth and got lucky when several riders from the group infront all fell in front of me or pulled over or picked them up again after I'd gone by! lucky me!

I think I led for about 50 minutes and then someone stalled on a steep slope that we were crossing in a deep rut. his bike wouldn't restart so I left the rut just as it started up! alas I couldn't get the bike back on the track - it was just too heavy! sometime later I got back on the rut and only 5 minutes later I saw the chequered flag at the finish line and it had been stopped after an hour.

I came third on the day overall behind the two Howe Bros so that was Husabergs 1,2 and 3 with an old 450 then a 550 then mine. Arkley didn't do the afternoon as it did look bad and quite a few did the same so nothing unusual there.

SIDECAR-CROSS
in the meantime the british sidecarX championship continued with round three down at Torrington in Devon. After a massive spill at the French GP the previous week Stu Brown still won 2/3 on the Husaberg 628 while the Millard Bros won the other. Jack Etheridge was placed third overall so that was also a Husaberg 1, 2, 3!

with the exception of the opening race at Canada Heights in 2010, Husabergs have won something like the last 60 races on the aki-bonk! (on the run)

truly an amazing engine the 628 and I'm still always gutted as to why they stopped making it.

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Re: Taff's racing season 2011

last sunday I did the 4th round of the banovallum championships up near Louth in Lincolnshire. the track is an old favourite called 'North Willingham' sadly it was to be raced in continuous rain and 'mizzle'. I took my mechanic and his son, who, aged 14 is inquisitive about this sport of 'enduro'? we then picked up arkley123 at wisbech who has got the husaberg out again instead of his 2T smokey husky.

disaster of the day for me was turning up with worn tyres giving myself a real handicap!

the 1.5 plus 1.5 started with a straight hour and the 12 in the over 45 class slewed off the line on the wet grass, tails weaving and wagging towards the first corner. as usual, mine start ans stalled 5 times just before the drop of the flag and then took two goes as the flag did drop. I was away last but worked my way through to third before a 's' bend at a downhill hedge, the rider infront went straight into the hedge locked up. he'd had about 10 seconds warning that it was going to happen but could do little.

In second I caught the leader who took us down a man-made line of trees to do a U turn at the bottom and claw our way up again. on the way up at some 4mph he fell and blocked the track. I stopped and the bike wouldn't even start going again so I got off and pushed the bike by him and into the lead!

ion the lead pushing a bike....

as I remounted at the top of the hill I was overtaken again and then later as I went through a ditch a rider blocked my exit so I was stuck in the bottom. I came in at lunchtime and was happy with third. the 570 was actually a blessing in the rain as I could pull third everywhere instead of second, the whole bike vibrating as it came close to stalling.

I passed Arkley a couple of times and he was blowing hard! this course was tough! the secret being to 'clear your treads' by finding any small straight in which to thrash the bike and hit the worst bumps you could and splatter the soil out of the treads.

they said at lunchtime that the afternoon session would be 1.5 or maybe 1??? so we sat at the line and again I had a poor start but using 2nd straight off the bat I was in second at the first corner and took the lead coming out of the third. I kept it nice and smooth and got lucky when several riders from the group infront all fell in front of me or pulled over or picked them up again after I'd gone by! lucky me!

I think I led for about 50 minutes and then someone stalled on a steep slope that we were crossing in a deep rut. his bike wouldn't restart so I left the rut just as it started up! alas I couldn't get the bike back on the track - it was just too heavy! sometime later I got back on the rut and only 5 minutes later I saw the chequered flag at the finish line and it had been stopped after an hour.

I came third on the day overall behind the two Howe Bros so that was Husabergs 1,2 and 3 with an old 450 then a 550 then mine. Arkley didn't do the afternoon as it did look bad and quite a few did the same so nothing unusual there.

SIDECAR-CROSS
in the meantime the british sidecarX championship continued with round three down at Torrington in Devon. After a massive spill at the French GP the previous week Stu Brown still won 2/3 on the Husaberg 628 while the Millard Bros won the other. Jack Etheridge was placed third overall so that was also a Husaberg 1, 2, 3!

with the exception of the opening race at Canada Heights in 2010, Husabergs have won something like the last 60 races on the aki-bonk! (on the run)

truly an amazing engine the 628 and I'm still always gutted as to why they stopped making it.

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Originally Posted by Taffy
Arkley didn't do the afternoon as it did look bad and quite a few did the same so nothing unusual there.
Well thanks as usual to my mentor / teacher & enduro buddy Taffy for his kind & motivational words of encouragement spurring me on to keep trying........not!!

The conditions were atrotious - in the pre race riders brief, cancellation was even discussed. Having said that everyone battled on & a good number finished.

I really hate to say it (but as he keeps saying it himself) Taff did well.

I was really angry with myself - pulled up without completing one lap (I think 7 was the total for the day). Just couldn't keep the front wheel from slipping out beneath me. After about 20 falls on single track deep rut rooty wet clay hills, I realised this was just beyond me & I was increasingle going to be holding up the pack so thats that....must go out & practice more.

Anyway - pics below don't really indicate how bad the conditions were - no excuses though..if we wanted easy it wouldn't be an ENDURANCE!!

http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/whisk ... =625&h=525
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Originally Posted by arkley123
I really hate to say it (but as he keeps saying it himself) Taff did well.
you can be so hurtful James! I didn't notice my swollen head but now I've looked int he mirror....

I remember an MXer coming by - No8, he seemed well quick but a little further ion he fell. took him a lap to make up for that fall. you really needed to stay sunny side up.

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on Sunday I did the 5th round of the Banovallum Championships at a new track called Minting which is just outside Horncastle. On the way to the circuit my back had fallen over on the trailer at a level crossing and I was helped get it upright by a rider and his mechanic who were going by.

I turned up to a damp paddock and was able to park in the farmer's yard so I wouldn't get stuck.

since my last ride I had re-valved the forks again with the aim of softening the face shims and getting more in the mid-stack and I'm pleased to say the bike was better still however the chop was a killer and tested everything!

The course was virtually just a blat around two farmer's fields and one small trip into a wood as well as a few grass fields. at one hair raising point we came bowling off a grass field to go down a hill opposite those coming up and we were only separated by a bit of tape!

I was on the front row of the over 45s with about 16 in the class but no Arkley123 this time. I got a decent start behind two brothers on a WR450 and a CRF230 with Dave Howe in third. conditions on the grass were lethal with tail-wagging, lock ups and falls abounding. I stalled it in the woods third time round and after 6 taps of a dead button it burst into life as if to say: "what's the problem?".

right from the off I decide that I'm going to trust all the drying ruts whereas everyone else goes for the most 'virgin' stubble etc. the trouble for them is that even this fresh line is used by everyone else and so it is often a wide line for nothing.

as I came out of riders were being held back so that an ambulance could get to a rider who had fallen on one of those ugly grass straights and as I suspected - under braking not acceleration.

at the restart the rider that had helped me was coming up so I let him have the last place on the front row so I started on row two and got a good start. straight into about 5th, passed a 450EXC around a swopping right, blasted the little 230 out of a dead corner and then started to put the heat on Dave Howe. after a lap and a bit he was bowling along the left of a hedge and had to cut through a cutting at speed but he locked it all up on the wet grass and went careering on.

so that was me in second. next up was the wr450. for those that don't know a UK enduro, a chicane is put up and covered in blue tape, this is a 'walking speed' area and where your number is recorded for another lap. as I came out of the tape there laid the leader on the deck. bloody hell! I'm in the lead!

I have't lead for a while and so I made a few mistakes and the next thing I know the WR is back on my tail. suddenly the engine stops and I realise that I must have run out of fuel? I walk briskly back to the paddock start line by going straight across the farmer's stubble and see all the leaders go through so I'm now a lap down.

I'VE PICKED TODAY AS THE FIRST TIME EVER NOT TO LEAVE FUEL AND TOOLS IN THE PARC FERME! I thought these were better on fuel than this? damn! so I walk on to the car and find a gallon, throw it in and snick around behind the Farmer's barn and re-join the race just like Dick Dastardly in car 00! so now I'm only half a lap down!

I still manage two more laps to the lunch break and prove that I ran out of fuel a long way off doing the 1.5 hours.

over lunch I fill the bike again to the brim and purchase another gallon off another rider which I leave in th parc ferme.

for the second half I feel really good but keep trying to hit that middle area between confident and cocky! I start on the end of the front row next to the ditch and Dave asks his brother, sat next to me, to nudge me in the ditch!

I get a reasonable start but against the ditch I can't do anything when I get baulked by Dave's brother and go around the first corner in 12th or so. I ride in out and through riders before arriving up at about 4th. I then take two in two corners and head for the leader, he's apparently a 15 times British Grass Track Champion but late 50s so let's still give him his due, he's bloody quick!!!!

eventually I dive inside him and hold a slow but tight line and then give it the 'berries'. this time I just go mental and attack everything and everywhere. little do I know it but he is suffering from a bad back while his brother on the little CRF230 has jammed a stake into the gearlever.

after leading for over an hour I pull in for this quick fuel stop and I hear 4 bikes go by but don't look up. I get going again and just nail it everywhere. with 15 minutes to go I see Dave Howe just a she twigs me and there is about 70 metres between us. I do my best but hit all the traffic at all the wrong times and have to settle for following Dave over the line.

So fuel was the ruin of my day: I ran out in the morning and I had to stop for it in the afternoon! really chuffed with that though and given that I got lapped at Manby last Septemeber in my first ride on the bike you can say I've come a long way.... I would have won both legs but for this.

I now need to work some more on the forks (more of the same), bring the bars back and raise them as well as bring the grips in as far as I can. I also want to do the same trick again to the ride height that I did with the old girl (FE400e 2002). The bike has corroded spokes so how cheaply made were those brand new? what with a tyre, a mousse, spokes, rear sprocket and chain I'm going to hurt in the wallet after this one!

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Re: Taff's racing season 2011

on Sunday I did the 5th round of the Banovallum Championships at a new track called Minting which is just outside Horncastle. On the way to the circuit my bike had fallen over on the trailer at a level crossing and I was helped get it upright by a rider and his mechanic who were going by.

I turned up to a damp paddock and was able to park in the farmer's yard so I wouldn't get stuck.

since my last ride I had re-valved the forks again with the aim of softening the face shims and getting more in the mid-stack and I'm pleased to say the bike was better still however the chop was a killer and tested everyone!

The course was virtually just a blat around two farmer's fields and one small trip into a wood as well as a few grass fields. at one hair raising point we came bowling off a grass field to go down a hill opposite those coming up and we were only separated by a bit of tape!

I was on the front row of the over 45s with about 16 in the class but no Arkley123 this time. I got a decent start behind two brothers on a WR450 and a CRF230 with Dave Howe (Husaberg 550) in third. Conditions on the grass were lethal with tail-wagging, lock ups and falls abounding. I stalled it in the woods third time round and after 6 taps of a dead button it burst into life as if to say: "what's the problem?".

right from the off I decide that I'm going to trust all the drying ruts whereas everyone else goes for the most 'virgin' stubble etc. The trouble for them is that even this fresh line is used by everyone else and so it is often a wide line for nothing.

as I came out of the woods, riders were being held back so that an ambulance could get to a rider who had fallen on one of those ugly grass straights and as I suspected - under braking not acceleration.

at the restart the rider that had helped me was coming up so I let him have the last place on the front row (coz that's the great guy I am! ) so I started on row two and got a good start. straight into about 5th, passed a 450EXC around a swooping right, blasted the little 230 out of a dead corner and then started to put the heat on Dave Howe. after a lap and a bit he was bowling along the left of a hedge and had to cut through a cutting at speed but he locked it all up on the wet grass and went careering on.

so that was me in second. next up was the wr450. for those that don't know a UK enduro, at the end of a lap, a chicane is put up and covered in blue tape, this is a 'walking speed' area and where your number is recorded for another lap. as I came out of the tape there laid the leader on the deck. bloody hell! I'm in the lead! He'd over done it gassing it.

I have't lead for a while and so I made a few mistakes and the next thing I know the WR is back on my tail. suddenly the engine stops and I realise that I must have run out of fuel? I walk briskly back to the paddock start line by going straight across the farmer's stubble and see all the leaders go through so I'm now a lap down.

I'VE PICKED TODAY AS THE FIRST TIME EVER NOT TO LEAVE FUEL AND TOOLS IN THE PARC FERME! I thought these were better on fuel than this? damn! so I walk on to the car and find a gallon, throw it in and snick around behind the Farmer's barn and re-join the race just like Dick Dastardly in car 00! so now I'm only half a lap down!

I still manage two more laps to the lunch break and prove that I ran out of fuel a long way off doing the 1.5 hours.

over lunch I fill the bike again to the brim and purchase another gallon off another rider which I leave in the parc ferme.

for the second half I feel really good but keep trying to hit that middle area between confident and cocky! I start on the end of the front row next to the ditch and Dave asks his brother, sat next to me, to nudge me in!

I get a reasonable start but against the ditch I can't do anything when I get baulked by Dave's brother and go around the first corner in 12th or so. I ride in out and through riders before arriving up at about 4th. I then take two in two corners and head for the leader, he's apparently a 15 times British Grass Track Champion but late 50s so let's still give him his due, he's bloody quick!!!!

eventually I dive inside him and hold a slow but tight line and then give it the 'berries'. this time I just go mental and attack everything and everywhere. little do I know it but he is suffering from a bad back while his brother on the little CRF230 has jammed a stake into the gearlever.

after leading for over an hour I pull in for this quick fuel stop and I hear 4 bikes go by but don't look up. I get going again and just nail it everywhere. with 15 minutes to go I see Dave Howe just as he twigs me and there is about 70 metres between us. I do my best but hit all the traffic at all the wrong times and have to settle for following Dave over the line.

So fuel was the ruin of my day: I ran out in the morning and I had to stop for it in the afternoon! really chuffed with that though and given that I got lapped at Manby last Septemeber in my first ride on the bike. you can say I've come a long way.... I would have won both legs but for this.

I now need to work some more on the forks (more of the same), bring the bars back and raise them as well as bring the grips in as far as I can. I also want to do the same trick again to the ride height that I did with the old girl (FE400e 2002). The bike has corroded spokes so how cheaply made were those brand new? what with a tyre, a mousse, spokes, rear sprocket and chain I'm going to hurt in the wallet after this one!

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