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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by KDXGarage » 01:33 pm Oct 21 2019

Glad your wreck was not worse!

Heal up! You have one more to go.
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by SS109 » 04:09 pm Oct 22 2019

Heal up brother!
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by doakley » 04:47 pm Oct 23 2019

Updated enduro points standings are in through round 9 of the NEPG/Kenda/AMA National Enduro series.
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It looks like I most likely broke a rib on my rt side in that first fall at Zink Ranch. It is at least bruised pretty good. We have an MD in the family and the conclusion is "probably broken but all they do is give you pain medication and tell you to take it easy." Right now it is restricting my movement pretty much, especially bending over. Not complaining to you guys, heck, probably everyone reading this has banged up something riding their bike. Definitely going down to Alabama for the race Sunday after this, but not sure how hard I'll be able to ride.

Unfortunately, for me, Rick Whelove had an outstanding 3rd place finish at Zink Ranch which clinched his move up to 4th in the season standings and settled me into 5th. As I said earlier, it looks like this is how we will likely end up through the season finale in Maplesville, AL at the Gobbler Getter National Enduro. BUT! It IS the National Enduro Series and ANYTHNG can happen. I am NOT mathematically out of 4th yet. I need to finish 2nd and poor old Rick, nice guy that he is, needs to miss a check point and get a DSQ, which would result in a "0" points score. Stranger things have happened. Bottom line is the fat lady has not yet sung!

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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by KDXGarage » 06:36 pm Oct 23 2019

OUCH! Sorry to hear the bad news. Take it easy in the next week.

Rest and recover. You might need the points to stay in fifth. :shock: :hmm:
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by doakley » 11:01 am Oct 30 2019

Packing up and getting ready! Round 10 of the Kenda/NEPG/AMA National Enduro Series is this weekend at the Gobbler Getter National National enduro organized by the Perry Mountain Motorcycle Club
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I definitely have mixed emotions as I prepare for the 10 hr drive to south Alabama. I'm excited about completing the season, especially at Perry Mountain because I really liked that course last year. At the same time, I'll admit I am tired. Since my fall at the Zink Ranch event I just haven't recovered as quickly as I had hoped. The ribs still hurt and I'm generally just tired. I need to go exercise but the ribs hurt too much so about all I can do is walk. I'll start for sure, but I don't have any huge expectations of performance. We will just have to see.

OK! Enough whining! I've got a season finale race to ride and a 5th place points standing to protect!
They hand out season awards after this race so my sponsor (aka beautiful wife) is going along. As you might imagine this changes our travel plans just a bit. We will leave Friday and drive most of the way, overnighting in a hotel somewhere depending on how far we get. However, she will have to share the race trailer with me once we arrive at the enduro Saturday around lunch.
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Tight sleeping quarters for sure. I suspect we'll run the little 2kw generator all night as it is predicted to reach 37* and we'll enjoy having the heat.
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Unfortunately the key time for the enduro was moved to 8AM (normally 9) due to the time change . Looks like we will be getting ready in the dark!

Ya'll keep brapping!

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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by SS109 » 05:04 am Oct 31 2019

Good luck!
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by KDXDave » 08:51 am Oct 31 2019

Best to you fellow KDX rider............
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by doakley » 09:36 pm Nov 05 2019

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"Offthe road again...Just can't wait to get off the road again"
Thank you Willie Nelson for some musical inspiration! And please excuse my little modification! Enroute to the last enduro of the NEPG National Enduro series, round 10 in Maplesville, AL. My sponsor (aka beautiful wife, Jane) road with me on this one as planned so we actually left Friday morning, making several stops along the way (including dinner at a rib joint in Covington, GA Travis and I discovered on the way to OK 2 weeks before). We were passed by this rig pulling two older KDX's. Tried to keep up with them and get a better pix but those old KDX models must be really fast!
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Finally made it after an excellent lunch in a local cafe. We are here!
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Travis got here just after us and we got the usual camp set up. There would be serious frost on that pumpkin by morning! We walked over to the sign up tent to pick up our front plate numbers and introduce Jane to some of the new friends we've made during the season.
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Since it was so close to Halloween, many people had decorated their campsites. Maybe they were hoping to ward off evil spirits for the race?

There was one more pre-race adjustment to the bike and for this I needed Jane's extra hands to help. Recall I fell hard last race in a fast turn. It was the fourth time this had happened this season. I decided to violate one of my own rules (nothing new on race day) and raised my KX 250 forks 5mm in the clamps. My thought was the slightly longer KX Forks could be contributing to this wash out. Based on how the Forks did in this race, I am pleased with this adjustment and intend to keep them this way. I did not notice any tendency for high speed head shake, but perhaps I never pushed it quite hard enough to shake either. We will see.
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Post by doakley » 10:04 pm Nov 05 2019

Jane and I were actually pretty comfortable inside the pimped out race trailer (see interior photo in earlier post above). OK, maybe a little crowded but at least we were warm.
Jane acknowledged my love for her in buying her a new, warmer sleeping bag and a 5 gal bucket camp toilet so she didn't have to walk to the Porta John in the middle of the night. However, the marriage-long claim of " I love you more" has to go to Jane. What a trooper!

I microwaved us some Jimmie Dean breakfast in the morning cold and it was "breakfast in bed" ....sorta. Then the time to get to the start was upon us and I gave Jane a lift down on the back of the bike.
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Here's a pre-start photo of "Team Christmas" (red and green bikes and slow).
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They always mark the start of the enduro with this big arch. Gives a little pagentry to the race I suppose. But this was the first time we had a creek crossing immediately after the start. I'm wondering how nasty this got in the later rows (there were over 700 riders!). I see a potential bottle neck right at the start for the late rows and am glad we were on row 9.
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"Ten seconds, crank 'em up!" Enduros are live engine starts but you aren't allowed to crank until 10 seconds to go. Then you watch the clock, not the starter, and go when it flips to your number.
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I was paying attention and got a good jump on the rest of the guys in my row! Partially because I saw Jane up there barely off the course risking life, limb or at least getting very muddy to get a photo. I just had to gas it for the camera!

Unfortunately that was all the action photography Jane got. Bless her heart, she spent an hour asking people where to find the finish line so she could get a photo. I failed to explain to her that each test (we rode 4) has its own "finish line" but usually out in the woods somewhere. Oh well!
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by doakley » 10:45 pm Nov 05 2019

I didn't ride well at all today. Jane taped up my ribs before the start and I sneaked a Hydrocodone in me without her seeing as well. I just wanted to start and ride what I could of the last race of the season. During every test I was thinking I would drop out at the end of that test. In the end though I managed to finish the required 4 tests. Not fast and unfortunately not without dropping the bike a few times. Only once was an actual crash though and another rider stopped to help me get out from under the bike. That's one of the things I like about enduro competition. Someone will always check to see that you are ok when you fall. For this race I only managed to finish 17th out of 22 riders. I was just happy to be there. The overall season standing was the only thing that mattered to me at this point.
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And here is the result. A KDX back at the podium where it belongs!! I wound up finishing 5th overall in the 65+ class. I was thrilled with that and I'm not sure I could have gotten my helmet back on my swelled head right then! You would have thought I had just won the overall title by the way Sponsor was going around telling people! I must admit it is very nice to have my lovely wife so obviously pleased, even if somewhat prejudiced.
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And so, my long, hard rookie season of racing on the National Enduro circuit has ended for me. Was it everything I had expected and hoped for? YOU BET! That and so much more!

Was it worth the travel, the time, pain, the back surgery between races 3 and 4, and the commitment? You bet, every bit of it! Some 40 years ago I had dreamed of riding the Alligator National Enduro and now finally at 67 that dream morphed into riding the entire national series. I wouldn't trade this experience for much of anything. I made some new friends along the way and many of you on this forum fall into that catagory. I am grateful to the founders and administrators of this site for allowing me to chronicle my experiences here and of course to you people who have had the patience to follow along. I really appreciated your comments, feedback and encouragement.

The off-season now begins, a time for rest and intensified training. Both me and the KDX need some attention and refreshing. Will I do this again next season? Right now I honestly haven't made up my mind. My "unfinished business" of 40 years ago is finished. My racing is not. I just received my new RB Design OEM style carb in the mail though and already have replacement wheel and suspension bearings!! NEVER COUNT THE OLD GUY OUT!

Y'all keep brapping!

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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by SS109 » 01:40 am Nov 06 2019

Awesome! Congratulations on your 5th overall. :supz:
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Post by KDXGarage » 01:50 am Nov 06 2019

EXCELLENT THREAD and even better story. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us all, doakley!

Congratulations on the 5th place finish. It is a truly great achievement!!
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by lucy » 07:01 am Nov 06 2019

Don’t let it end!

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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by KDXDave » 10:22 am Nov 06 2019

Congratulations! Thanks for taking the time to post your story on KDXRider......This has been the most interesting story for some time....being I'm an "old guy" and weekly rider I can really identify your your aches and pains...GREAT JOB telling your story! You are the man! Thx KDXDave
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Re: KDX in National Enduro Series

Post by bufftester » 07:32 pm Nov 06 2019

Congrats and good job on finishing out the season! Once the race bug bites riding changes...every ride, even the "fun trail rides" becomes a practice session for the next round. Look forward to following along next season! :lol:

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