KDX in National Enduro Series

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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by KDXGarage » 01:12 am Mar 11 2019

Thanks for the report and congratulations on racing!

Cool ass pop up camper, thirdgenlxi!
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by doakley » 06:07 pm Mar 17 2019

New clutch pack in the EFM auto clutch seems to have solved a lot of problems. Not slipping so much anymore and rode for a couple of hours today on very tight single track without overheating at all. I think I’m ready for the Alligator National Enduro this coming weekend, or as ready as I’m going to get anyway.

Forecast to be dry in Daytona area all week so hopefully there won’t be as much of the infamous Alligator mud to navigate!

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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by KDXGarage » 06:38 pm Mar 17 2019

Good! I know you were dealing with that for a while.
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by doakley » 09:51 pm Mar 21 2019

Who Hooo! KDXRIDER.NET will be on the starting line at the Alligator National Enduro this weekend. Thanks Julien D!! I'll finish packing up the trailer tomorrow afternoon then my buddy, Travis, and I head south at "O-dark-thirty" Saturday morning.
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by KDXGarage » 11:16 pm Mar 21 2019

Nice!

Best of luck!
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by GATOROC » 06:52 am Mar 24 2019

Very inspirational to see you getting back into riding, and especially racing! Thanks for keeping us updated on your racing adventure, and BTW, nice bike. :grin:
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by doakley » 04:21 pm Mar 25 2019

Alligator Sightings!!

How many of you have a "bucket list"? You know, things you just gotta' do before you leave the planet? One of the items on my personal list is, or now perhaps I can say "was", riding in the Alligator National Enduro. This weekend, with a little help from my friends, I was able to check that item off my list! Rolling down I-95 with my friend Travis driving his van pulling my cargo trailer, we were talking about expectations for the enduro, how we hoped to do in the event. I predicted Travis would get 3rd in class, a "podium" finish and that I just wanted to finish the event, no matter how long it took. Travis, in his calm way, simply said, "you can do better". I said, possibly but not realistically. The 65+ class was large for an enduro, 17 people had pre-entered. I recognized some of the names and felt like a top 10 finish was a fantasy for me. I would be happy just to realize a 47 year old dream and finish the event.

Short version, I realized my dream this weekend by finishing the 2019, 68th annual Alligator Enduro! To make it even more memorable, I have to tell you Travis was right.....I managed to finish a respectable 7th in class! Sometime, perhaps tomorrow, my head just may shrink back down to its normal size. I managed to take a few pics before the event and I made a couple of new friends that promised to send me riding pictures over the next few days. If they come through I'll put something up.
And oh yeah, Travis...3rd in the 40+C class as predicted!



Kenda is the title sponsor of the NEPG National Enduro Series. As such, they have a huge display of tires at each event with a "recommended" rear tire choice for each, based on anticipated terrain and conditions. You can purchase their recommended tire (Southwick II for the Alligator) or most any other Kenda tire. For an additional $15 they will mount it for you. I already had a good IRC soft terrain tire mounted so passed. I'll probably take advantage of their services before we get into hard rocky races though.
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We got there pretty early Saturday afternoon so the registration line was short. Of course I had to buy the souvenir tee shirt!
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Just had to pose for this shot. Probably the only time you'll see me on the podium!
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I was able to find our own "DDR26" from the KDXRIDER.NET forums who served as Trail Boss, responsible for the course layout. This is Travis on the left, me on the right and DDR26 in the middle. I'm holding up the route sheet and trying to get some tips from DDR26.
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And here is the proof!
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Impressions and comments: Racing in the Florida sand is a little different for me. I've seen my share of sand whoops but I got my first exposure to palmetto stumps in this race. We rode one section where the sadistic crew had posted a sign saying "Palmetto Hell". I gotta' tell you, it was just that! Glad we had an early number (row 2) because I heard it was really a mess after the pro riders got through chewing it up! FYI, the top pro riders are usually assigned to rows 31 and back in order of their prior race finish. They want enough of us "cannon fodder" riders up front to knock out some of the limbs but not so many as to clog up the trails in front of them. They don't really care how rough the trail gets since they fly over this stuff at speeds that normal riders can't even imagine. If you've never been passed in a race by a pro hell-bent on winning the overall, it is an experience for sure! I can say this, thank goodness it did not rain and was dry.

The woods in FL are also a little different. There's actually a mixture of really, really (did I say really?) tight small pine trees interspersed with those damn palmetto stumps. I'm talking the kind of tight where your bars don't fit through and just as you do manage to get between the trees, wham! Your front tire rockets off a Palmetto stump and you shoot off blazing your own personal trail through this thick mess! I wish I had a GoPro so I could share some of this stuff with you. It would be worth your while to search on YouTube. NEPG usually puts up a highlights video.

The bike: This stuff is heaven for a KDX and the bike was perfect. One rider on a Suzuki actually told me at a checkpoint that he wished he had ridden his father's KDX instead. Jared at SR1 Suspension set me up perfectly again. Best of all, the new clutch pack solved the auto clutch and overheating problem. Not an issue all day. (BTW, I may have to start sleeping with the auto-clutch. I'm in love with it and don't want to ever ride tight, gnarly single track without it again!)

That's about it for now. Big shout out to DDR26 and the entire gang at the Daytona Dirt Riders. Excellent course and excellent event. I'm looking forward to returning next year (if it doesn't rain. I'm not going into "Palmetto Hell" in the rain!)

Next stop is the Cajun Classic enduro in Forest Hill, Lousiana. Yeah man! Bring on some Cajun' Crawfish and Gumbo!

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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by KDXGarage » 08:35 pm Mar 25 2019

That is INCREDIBLE!! CONGRATULATIONS on your seventh, his third and everything that went with it! I am also glad to hear that the clutch work improved it for you. I know that was bugging you earlier.

MAN!! JUST WONDERFUL!!
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by John_S » 02:26 pm Mar 26 2019

Wow! Great job on the 7th place finish. Thank you for sharing your experience. We're rooting for you.

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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by doakley » 06:54 pm Apr 11 2019

Hey, guys (and gals)! Just doing a little updating on the NEPG National Enduro series. They've had a couple of changes. If you go wayyy back to my original post, you'll see a schedule summary. Unfortunately the race scheduled for May 12th in Arrington, VA, the Dragon's Back Enduro, was cancelled due to land issues. Unfortunately, this is becoming more and more of a problem, especially for enduro events which do not cover the same trails twice. We need enough land to lay out 50-65 miles of trails, including transfer sections, as opposed to say a hare scrambles which typically runs multiple laps on the same 6-12 mile course. I don't know all the details, just that it was cancelled. I was especially sorry to hear this since the Dragon's Back was to be held about 35 miles from my daughter's home. I was planning on showing the two boys, 5 & 6, around the grounds and them have them watch "Pops" at the start. Oh well....

To their credit, the people at NEPG got in touch with the folks at the Perry Mountain Motorcycle Club in Alabama and they agreed to make the 51st annual Gobbler Getter enduro a national event again this year. It's another long drive from coastal NC, but I really liked their event and course last fall. Looking forward to riding it again for sure.

This week I pimped out my race trailer/camper a bit more. See how you like these photos.
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The KDXRIDER.NET sticker I obtained from Julien D (same as the one on my fender). I found the Team Green sticker online. I like it, although my buddy Travis has started loading his Honda in his van now and towing my trailer with only the KDX inside!

The next race is scheduled for April 28, in Forest Hill, LA. I don't have medical clearance to ride in it yet (still recovering from the back issue) so I haven't pre-entered. I am planning on going though right now even though I haven't been able to train due to the back. I'm in much worse condition than I had planned at this point. Unfortunately not pre-entering will probably put me in the back so I'm really hoping it doesn't rain! Last year this enduro was cancelled due to excessively wet conditions. It is held entirely inside a national forest so there is pressure not to tear up the land too much lest we lose use of it for future races.

I'm pretty excited about riding in this event. At the moment, after only the first 2 of 10 races, I've got a thin grasp on 5th place in the points standings. Now would be a bad time to miss a race! There are already 15 people registered in 65+, a pretty large class for us geezers. A top 10 finish would go a long way and since Daytona, I've seen I can do it!
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Guess that's about it for an update for now.

Y'all ride safe!

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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by KDXGarage » 09:41 pm Apr 11 2019

Heal up and get back at it!
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by thirdgenlxi » 12:10 am Apr 13 2019

Awesome job on the finish!! Hopefully you're healed up soon and can get back at it :grin: :supz:

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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by doakley » 10:44 am Apr 15 2019

A very nice lady whose husband was riding on our row took a few pics at the start of the Alligator. Thought I would share them here.
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by KDXGarage » 08:07 pm Apr 15 2019

HELL YEAH!!
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by GATOROC » 11:19 pm Apr 16 2019

Great job on the racing, and thanks for sharing the pics. Your trailer looks great too!
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by treelimb » 05:52 am Apr 17 2019

I've been reading your exploits (making productive use of) and adventures and am stoked for you. You truly inspire. Keep both your riding and yours posts going man. Best of luck out there-

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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by doakley » 05:56 pm Apr 19 2019

Travelling to the races is a bigger deal than most people might realize. Next weekend we’ll be heading out to Forest Hill, LA for the Cajun National Enduro. Here is a route map of the roughly 1007 miles each way.
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In my youth I would have teamed up with another buddy and we would have just driven straight through after work on Friday until we reached the race sometime on Saturday. Today, I know I could still do that, but I wouldn’t ride very well on Sunday. A few years ago I had to work Saturday night so I didn’t arrive at the enduro until about 2AM and slept in the back seat of my truck. The next morning I was predictably exhausted on the starting line. I rode terribly and could not finish the race. I learned not to do that again. I try to break up the long driving and arrive at the race Saturday early afternoon so I can get some rest. Actually I’ll start going to bed early to “bank” some sleep, making sure I get a good 8 hrs sleep every night next week. Still, driving over 2000 miles and sleeping in the back of a cargo van at almost 67 yrs of age....well...some people might call that a little sick.

The long range weather forecast actually looks pretty good. Maybe a little rain, hopefully just enough to keep the dust down and make the sand tacky.
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Actually, I'm not sure why I even bother to check the weather except to know if I'll want to pack an extra towel or dry pair of underwear! (I hate riding back home in wet underwear! Doesn't everybody?)

check back in with you guys later!

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