Monthly Archives: October 2011

T-Shirt Art is In!


Take a look at these snazzy t-shirts! These Zorrel shirts are made from 100% cotton, come in 5 different sizes and have a map of the race on the back! Keep checking back for information on the store grand opening!

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Auction is a Success!

Thanks to everyone who participated in and donated items for the BC2DAKAR Auction. Everything from driving a race car, to fine dining and motorcycle training were won by the most eager bidders. The auction raised nearly $5000 to be put toward the race fund!

This dream wouldn’t be possible without everyones support.

Check back soon for updates on the Schwag Store.


Parts Are Arriving, Let the Build Begin!

Early September…

Parts from BRP (Billet Racing Products) and Dirt Tricks await on the porch,

then Touratech and Scotts Performance Products show up.

It’s like Christmas!

Sprockets, Triple clamp and more…

Steering stabilizer

Install goes smooth and easy.

First was the upper triple with Scotts Stabilizer mount and bar risers from BRP.The risers are rubber mounted to help dampen vibrations.

Scotts Stabilizer installed.

There are a few stabilizers available for the bike but the only choice was Scotts. I’m not much of a fan of heavy damping so with the Scotts I can set the high speed circuit for the heavy hits and set the low speed with very little damping.

BRP makes a chain guide that is just awesome. The stockers have shown to be susceptible to heavy abuse and the Dakar will through the worst at it so going with the BRP was a no brainer. Easy to install and should last longer than the Dakar and then some!

Dirt Tricks Ironman Sprockets are known to be tough, just what is need for the Dakar!

It was recommended to me to try a 43 rear as it worked for Ty Davis’s Team in the V2R. After a little testing it worked great for high top speed with out over revving the engine but a little to tall for sand and the technical stuff. I’ll be ordering another sprocket in the 47-48 range and then test some more.


More Bikes!

Late August…

Another TXC 449 and a TE 449 arrive. A little later than expected but they are here and it’s time to get busy.

2011 TE 449

Making the trip home…

It’s time to build but I’d rather ride!

TXC 449 and TE 449 home in the garage


Minor Setbacks

Mid August…

Even though I have been waiting for the bikes I was on my game for training. Running a 3-4 times a week in the morning, bicycle riding 3 times a week in the evenings and riding 2-3 times a week. I was really making progress in physical conditioning and then the injuries came.

Getting up from the couch running for the phone I caught the leg of a chair with my pinky toe. Terrible pain and a toe pointing ninety degrees out the side was a sign it was more than just stubbed. And they say riding is dangerous…

After trying to straighten it out, it still wasn’t quite right

A trip to the hospital and a few x-rays confirmed multiple brakes in the little toe

Two and a half weeks later I was back on the bicycle and feeling good until a pressure treated 4×8, 3/4″  still wet sheet of plywood slipped out of the hands and landed on the same foot. Ouch! This hurt more than the broken toe did.

The broke pinky toe was spared but the the first three were hurt bad. I usually don’t bruise, check out this color!

Another delay in conditioning… I think I’ll go shopping for some steel toed shoes.