back racing and was at the hopelessly flat Washbrook Farm near me at Chatteris in Cambs on Saturday. the temperature was over 30 degrees celcius which is bloody hot here in the UK!!!
since my last ride we sorted the 22mm offset clamps by fitting the 2009 headrace bearing kit with the thicker base washer and seal all-in-one. this worked a treat and the steering worked well. what a nightmare I've been through this past 3 Months being unable to find the time to work on my own bike!
the forks were stripped for the first time in a year and the front 4 shims on both MVs were a mess. they hadn't been done since before poland last year so they were well overdue!
I altered one mid valve shim on the basis of my report 14-months ago in my suspension 'bible'.
I fitted two new tyres. also I turned the light switch upside down and put it underneath. that left the flat bottom on top, I then sliced off the shoulder of the grip and was then able to ride for the day with my broken thumb over the bar.
I was first of some 12-15 on my row away and settled quickly. the track was 90% a series of u-turns in long wild grass and grip was low until you broke through to the soil. you then had the soil brake up immediately and then a lap later the stutter bumps were awful!
I had to break sitting as my standing isn't that hot this year and it is hard to be sensitive with the rear brake. I had one simple fall over using this and then I came around and remembered after about 1.50 to look at the clock. trouble was I didn't know how long I'd been doing a lap in? I had 13 minutes left so I said "what the hell! push on!!!" and did another lap. unfortunately I'd been doing 22-minute laps so i came back 9+ minutes late and lost every point!
the bike was handling the best it has ever gone! the best full stop. the suspension was good and the steering was sublime!
my set up was
front: forks showing just the caps
22mm offset clamps
95mm sag but with the X bushing at the lowest position.
In three years riding it I have never been able to hold a tight corner but this thing was using the grassy inside shoulder even with the throttle open (and on a 570....)
I was very drained and the good news was that the afternoon was to be 1.5 hours and not another 2 hours - yipee!
I was very slow, the stutter bumps just made me give up the will to live....too much beer! too much good living!
anyway, I should have come in with 4 x 22 laps making a nice 90 minute run but I conspired to do it in 91.09 seconds.
my rival Nick Nifty did 5 clean in the morning and 4 clean in the afternoon. I'm thinking I get 266 to his 270 points.
we'll see... http://www.tbec.co.uk/results/washbrook-130713/
would I use 24mm offsets if I still had the bike (it was stolen that night)? on what 22s did after 20s I'd say an emphatic "yes!".
here is a video of the track in last years mudfest - totally the opposite of Saturday this year!