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  1. My money is on 7-8APR, but that's just a guess.
  2. In for a shirt! Where do we sign up? Bummed I'm gonna be out of the country and miss the shenanigans. Are you all set on nav gear yet? Also, did you say something about a squid pro quo with NavyNuke?
  3. Great article!
  4. All my photos are of the kids. I think Chet may have gotten a pic of me and the kids together just before the bomb start. Will have to check.
  5. Regardless of how it all turned out, I had an absolute blast at the D100 with you lunatics! Seriously my favorite event of the year, and I'm super happy so many friends showed up. From rev-limiter tests with the Canucks on Thursday night to watching my youngest cross the podium all on his own, it really was an incredible event. Just bummed the Cyclops clan had fuel issues. I just did the math, and with a 4gal tank on the 950SE (it's stretched a bit. I filled it from purged-empty), I hit reserve at 36 miles. That's under 15mpg. Holy shit! ALso, have parts on the way or on order, but it would appear that I have a radiator leak somewhere and that explains the extreme heat I experienced and why the fan would turn off so early despite a flashing 7-bar warning. I dropped almost a half gal of distilled water into the radiator despite the overflow tank being withing specs. Bike ran fantastic and wouldn't go above 4 bars while hammering it in the garage (screw you, neighbor prius lady!), but the steady drip-drip tells me I have a problem. Couldn't get into it before I had to pack up and leave on this trip, but will check when I get home. Hopefully it's a bad crush washer on one of the two bolts or a leaky clamp. If not, Lee sent me his spare rad and I'll slam that sucker in.
  6. I very rarely find myself wishing I had a centerstand on the 950SE. If it's absolutely a must, there's a dude on AOLRider Vendors selling an adjustable prop that works as a right side stand. Good enough for the field. Anywhere else, I probably have a stand or a big log or a sturdy wall. 12V? Don't really care. I run an SAE pigtail up front and another to the battery since the vast majority of stuff I'd plug in is USB. Combine that with a $12 USB adaptor from Deltran (Battery Tender), and I'm happy. SAE is more versatile and smaller anyway. Side stand issue? As in, a dummy switch? Is that even an option not to have anymore? Too many dipshits ride away with their sidestands and crash? It's a wonder any of us survived older bikes. Fear not, it's easily remedied in under 10min. Snip and twist if it's a switch (probably not a switch--they break too easy), remove the magnet and epoxy together of it's a HAL effect sensor. Or spend $30 at KTMTwins for a purpose-built dongle. What's the deal with the fuel gauge? Not accurate? So long as the reserve light comes on, I'm good. I suspect that the vast majority of users won't really care. Then again, I ran the 950SE at 15mpg last weekend racing the Desert100 and was on reserve from a 4-gal tank by the time I hit the pits at 50 miles. Yowza! What's the airbox problem? Performance-oriented lunatics such as me will be clamoring for Rottweiler to give us a solution anyway. Ain't nobody got time for bullshit paper filters and a corked up motor. How many people NEED a high performance steering damper? I use a Scotts and I know roughly how to use it. Most riding doesn't require it. High speed desert stuff does, and new knobs on grooved pavement have me cranking it to the max. Otherwise...meh.
  7. Bahaah, I was going to reply that I may have blown a seal but my personal life has no bearing on my bike. Your monkey-business was a bit funnier! Nah, nothing so dramatic. New fork valving solution from Konflict for testing. I blew the rear shock and it's getting a rebuild. Picking it all up on Thursday and should have the beast road-worthy soon enough.
  8. Here's the HDB setup. Yes, I know my forks are missing. Believe me. ;-)
  9. I used the full-meal-deal package from RMS for pre-Baja and Baja. The gear is expensive and it's almost single-purpose, so I elected to stick with what I had rather than the Rally Pro tower upgrade that I just now installed from Highway Dirtbikes. If you were to go whole-hog, I'd recommend the tower from HDB, the RB730 or RB750 and ICO (I prefer the RallyMaxG because there are no other wires to the front wheel to tear up, but it's an extra $100) from RMS and leave out the universal bar clamps. However, this marries you to one platform. If the intent is to switch, the universal clamps are a better idea. Ultimately, how pretty do you want it to be? I never gave a rats ass about that (anyone who saw my 950 configured for Baja will confirm), and just wanted the capability.
  10. Picking up forks and shock from Konflict on Thursday. We're putting the band back together!
  11. I'm sorry, I guess my notifications don't work and I missed your question. With the RMS kit, you need nothing else. The tower kit, to me, is simpler and more robust and it incorporates space for lights and stuff. My biggest challenge with the RMS setup was not having enough room and protection for all the wires and stuff.
  12. Duuuuude, now I'm even more disappointed to be missing out on the fun this fall. I would love to have tried to follow Wes' dust cloud! Guess I'll just have to get it in at the D100!
  13. I could have sworn I talked to someone about this very recently on the bike selection question. My suggestion, and take it for what it's worth because it's the opposite of what I did, would be to take the 500 and do it that way. That's the perfect bike for the job. The 950 is a sledgehammer in a world of fly-swatters, and to ride it well at speed generally requires even more concentration than the smaller bikes. That's true for me anyway--your mileage and skillz will vary. For the same reason that you turn down the radio in your car when you're lost in the city, I suggest starting with the 500. Fight the roadbook first. Then fight the roadbook on the big bike. For those looking at this event, it's the first in a while. It's Jimmy Friggin' Lewis. Probably some of the best instruction us mere mortals can hope to get. The price is fantastic too. Jump on it! I doubt you'll see a better value any time soon.
  14. Well shit. Considering I paid $100 more, that's a very good price. That's everything you need to bolt on and go start training. I would honestly advise a spare thumb switch for the roadbook though. I broke 2 before I figured it out. Slow set-downs to the left put lots of pressure on the thumb switch! As far as new towers, depending on the bike, talk to Paul at Highway Dirtbikes. He's got the setup you need--whether for my 450XCW or my 950SE, we were able to make it all work. He's also offering a significant discount to Baja and Sonora Rally folks I think, and may have one going for people headed to the JL class.
  15. I'm a dedicated big-bike guy. I think anyone who knows me will agree on that. However, if this is your first time with Rally, my suggestion is to fight one fight at a time. Better to run the 350 with a rally setup and fight the roadbook on complex terrain with an easier bike than attempt to ride the piss out of a 990 and figure out a roadbook at the same time. Or you can do it the hard way...which is how I did it. ;-) As far as the JL course, I can tell you the price is extremely competitive (especially for the 3-day version) and no doubt the instruction will be top notch. I'd absolutely love to do this, but have some other stuff going on and can't make this one. Consider also the Baja Rally courses that they're running several times between now and then. I don't know that the bang for buck is quite the same, but you're in Mexico on the terrain the BR covers, and it's one helluva trip. With regard to gear, I'm a fan of functional first, gucci dolled-up towers and crap last. Don't piss away money on a one-time use in case you don't like it. If you do, just upgrade what you've got. The market for this stuff used is always out there--it's expensive new! I'd suggest you splurge on a wide-format roadbook reader like an F2R RB-730 or 750 (check out but feel free to shop around). Or you can look at the RB700, which is manual (have seen them sold by Adventure-Spec, which is Lyndon Poskitt's big sponsor). No big deal if you're not competing, and it's simple and cheaper. Mount that to your bars with the bracket and arms that RMS sells. For the computer/odo, grab an older iPhone 4 or greater, buy the Rally Blitz app, and use that. Slap it in one of these bomb-proof and cheap cases. ( ICO is the standard by which other computers are measured, but Rally Blitz will do the job and it's cheap for getting your feet wet!