By now everyone has heard about the efforts by the Beef Industry to impose a 100% tax on 51-500cc EU bikes. If not, here is a good article:
Will the US Really Put A 100% Tax on Small, EU Motorcycles? https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/eu-motorcycles-and-us-beef
Request to Reinstate Action Taken in Connection with European Union’s Measures Concerning Meat and Meat Products: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USTR-2016-0025-0001
Quite honestly I don’t like the idea of our beef either so I don’t blame them for not wanting it. No one wants hormones and antibiotics in their food. But we in the U.S. consume it in large quantities every year (well, I don’t so much, but! ). The unrelated ‘we’ll tax your bike if you don’t take our beef’ imposition is ridiculous.
I am so excited : ) Now I have pressure to finish the race. I heard it was super muddy in some places last time and a lot of the riders did not finish. I watched some footage from 2015 and most were just puddles except one hill climb. I hope if we have to cross the usual river we cross over when we go out there it won’t be too swollen. I have never gone down while trying to cross but once when the rocks were super slippery, I almost did.
My biggest issue is an enduro computer; I have Checkpoint but it requires a speedometer alongside it. Not sure why that couldn’t have been added, there are speedometer apps. But I hope my battery will last that long and I will have to tape the case to the top of my handlebar pad. I am not proficient with keeping time during timed enduros. I am always late anyway, so at least I will have fun!
95 miles is a lot of miles, I hope I can finish the race.
Surprise! Shawn had a new tire for me for the last race I couldn’t make (because of the leg) So I guess this means I’m racing 🙂 Let’s hope the CRF can handle it because it’s gonna be muddy ; ) As Brian (the customer who told me about the Cowbell) said, “It’s not the arrow, it’s the Indian. But it is more like, can I handle hours of riding without stopping. Before I got out of shape we could ride all day; not anymore.
The CRF needs to make it 50 miles for the race and it can go about 70mpt if I am not wide open the entire time (which I won’t be).
Long story short. A customer called and told me about the enduro and well, now we are trying to make it happen. Okay, Shawn is at 95% certain, but I am doing the usual weighing it back and forth (shoud I race, should I not race, is my leg solid enough, I need a tire, how is the grip, should I do it, hey I still have my AMA license and that’s a bonus.) It is at our usual haunt and it is An enduro rather than the all balls out Scramble which means less pressure, which means less chance of injury (although the last enduro I raced I crashed no less than 5 times). Upper Lake near Penny Pines is a lot less hardcore than Pilsbury or Stonyford areas, at least deep in. We have spent 30 minutes trying to get out of one deep ravine before. But the last time we did a post-race run through Upper Lake (the arrows were still up, it was doable for me, even in the mud).
Sooooooooo should I? could I? would I? I have 2 days to think about it. haha
Shawn: “Let’s race the AMA West (Kenda/SRT) Hare Scramble Championship.”
Me: I don’t know, I need new tires.
Shawn: “I will buy you new tires, pay for your entry, and change your gearing so you can go faster than ever. ”
Me: Maybe, I dunno.
Shawn: Come on, it will be FUN.”
Who am I to argue with that??? I haven’t raced a scramble or H&H in quite a while. What could possibly go wrong?
And it was a Lot. Of. Fun…until I crashed the most pathetic little crash ever and broke both my tibia and fibula. (more…)