2022 - Racing KDX Green in a sea of orange

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Re: 2022 - Racing KDX Green in a sea of orange

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Get'n it! Nice action shots! :supz:
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Re: 2022 - Racing KDX Green in a sea of orange

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I love that you are working on your starts. So important and yet few racers spend time working on them. You'll do much better if you can get a good start and not have to be held up and work your way through the pack. You obviously have podium speed so get up front and duke it out with the fast guys! Great job!
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Here's a start tip you might not have thought of. If possible, get right next to your fastest competitors, guys that typically have good starts. They aren't likely to mess up and run into you at the start like less experienced racers. Then just beat them at their own game!
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Re: 2022 - Racing KDX Green in a sea of orange

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Working on starts is funny…
Out of about thirty I did the few days prior to the race I think I had maybe five that everything came off right and felt competitive. But, almost by accident I figured out that by literally pressing my chest down to the handlebar pad, while on my toes, squeezing my thighs, the bike could launch hard and keep the wheel closer to the ground.

Then if she fired off the kick (having cycled the piston through beforehand to that notch just BTDC) and my throttle was held open about a quarter turn, she’d light off with authority and all I had to focus on was feeding clutch and more throttle. Then as she surged forward I drag my toes behind and squeeze the bike with my knees, finally bringing my shifter foot to the peg just in time to snick 3rd, then my brake foot onto the peg. Pretty much like the road racers do and not what a lot of the hare scramble guys seem to do. They are usually quick to get feet on the pegs right at the start.

Doing this put me at least even with all the fast starters and I had her well onto the pipe charging into the first corner. My peripheral vision told me guys were coming on my outside, but I had them covered with my deep inside line position that set me up to sweep across in front and use the width of the track to carefully bleed some cornering momentum to the other side where we had a left turn around a bale.
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It really helped having observed that the water truck had not soaked the inside of the first corner. I knew there was dry traction to initiate deceleration to a point just before my shallow apex in the middle of the track. In the video you can see a guy right of me who was fast in to the outside who had problems cornering hard with the wetter middle line, this kept him from getting to my inside for the left turn and also cost him another position to a guy following me.
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We saw a lot of guys go down here on other starts, including my son who you see loop it out in the video in front of the entire field below…
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I used just enough track to allow me to straight line that corner and aim through the flags and straight for the next right hander. This was a big advantage.
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Hard on the pipe and down low over my bars, she ripped past the bale to that corner, having that line got me back on the pipe earlier and gave me separation.
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Once there I sat up and lifted, leaned into a slide and drifted across to the inside line for the next corner and ripped her again. This held off the guy behind me and also covered my line. This method got me out of the starting field chicanes with the lead, stringing out the field.

At that point I didn’t know the course well enough to stay after it so I moved over and followed the first chaser. Felt pretty neat getting that hole shot, I’m probably the least experienced guy in that class, and am almost certainly on the oldest, heaviest and least technologically advanced machine.
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Re: 2022 - Racing KDX Green in a sea of orange

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Technique over wallet! Great job. Keep at it.
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Talked to Jeff Fredette this week. He’s preparing for another run in The Great Race…
https://www.greatrace.com/route

He and his son, Eric were Grand Champions in 2018 driving this 1931 Ford Truck with a flathead V-8. Note the sidewall deflection in that rear tire! On a recent visit he took me to a local lunch spot in one of his off-road Geo Trackers and that’s pretty much how that quick trip felt!
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This year the course starts in Warwick, Rhode Island and rolls through to Fargo, North Dakota.
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Re: 2022 - Racing KDX Green in a sea of orange

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WOW!! Lots of flex there. Cool story to hit a lunch spot with him.
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Noticed on a ride last week that my headlight was INOP. Can’t have that! Pulled it out and saw it was kablown so started looking for a new one. RMATVMC had this nice little Tusk bulb available for $10 so I ordered it along with a few other small parts, another Tuff Jug (my son’s new bike is running 50:1) and some more MSR gloves they had on sale. Always like to get that free shipping deal.
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FedEx showed up this morning, that was fast! Popped the new bulb in today and managed to line the fitting up correctly first try and she works great. It’s really nice having a punchy little light in those deep woods and dark shrubbery tunnels like we have here in SW Virginia.
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Re: 2022 - Racing KDX Green in a sea of orange

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I don't recall, do you have a high output stator? If not, I bet that thing dims considerably at idle and doesn't reach full output even at speed being a 60watt bulb.
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Honestly I don’t know about the stator, but that rascal is super bright and even at idle it’s a noticeable difference. My son noticed it today (we were riding in the rain) and said, “Dad, did you fix your light? It looks way brighter!”

Previous owner might have replaced the stator with something improved. I did notice it looked really clean and new when I was in there. I’m pretty stoked about the quality of light it’s putting out now.
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