Hey, if I can get out of bed these days without something hurting, I'm good.

Racing

Oooooooooooooooooooooo 2017 KTM 150 X-CW

2017 KTM-150-XC-W

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 2-Stroke
Displacement: 143.99 cc
Bore/Stroke: 58/54.5 mm
Starter: Electric, Lithium Ion 12 V 2 Ah / Kickstarter
Transmission: 6 Gears, wide ratio
Fuel System: Mikuni TX 38 Carburetor
Lubrication: Premix 60:1
Primary Ratio: 23:73
Final Drive: 13:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Kokusan
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension: WP Xplor USD Ø 48mm
Rear Suspension: WP Xplor PDS Monoshock
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm/11.8 in; 310 mm/12.2 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm; 220 mm
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60 x 21”, 2.15 x 18” Giant
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”; 110/100-18” Dunlop AT81
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.5º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,471mm ± 10 mm / 57.9 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 370mm / 14.6 in
Seat Height: 960 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 9.5 L / 2.5 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 91.5 kg/ 201.7 lbs

Read more: Last bike waaaay down at the bottom: http://dirtbikemagazine.com/ktm-off-road-2017/

It is taller than my CRF, has bigger wheels, has a headlight, a bigger fuel tank (maybe I can finally finish an enduro now without running out of gas), but it is heavier by a good bit! I am not a 2-Smoker, but this could quite possibly convert me. Granted, I think it is worth more than the trade in on my truck. And that’s just sad. Does anyone need a kidney? *Kidney for sale!! Or will trade for 2017 KTM XC-W*

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p.s. Thank you, Alfie, for the recommendation! There. Happy?


Hollister Hills K.O.G. Poker Run – April 15, 2017 – BE THERE!

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This year’s K.O.G. Poker Run benefits the Katherman Family and Lovers Lane flood victims.   Come out and show your support and GET DIRTY!  As you guys up here in the bay area know, it has been raining all week so we are not going to come out of this event clean!  YAY!

Shorai is donating a battery and charger set for the prize giveaway.  We won’t have a booth there as we are goin’ ridin’!  But if you need help, or have questions, come visit us at the Shorai van.

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Monster Energy Supercross Oakland – Amerikuh!! F*** YEAH!!

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****SPOILER ALERT****

We went to Supercross this past weekend in Oakland, which was awesome! If you can believe it, it was my first dirtbike event where I wasn’t actually riding. I know, right? Out of all of these years I have never gone to an offroad event as a spectator–ever. Roadracing, yes.  Many, many, many [sometimes painful] times.  We watch Supercross every time on TV so I was stressing about being able to see as well as I can see on the TV. It was a last minute decision as one of the girls in our office sannounced that the tickets were really cheap due to the threat of rain. So everyone in the office jumped on StubHub.com and the prices were going up as we  were searching.  We got a hold of some awesome seats Section 133/row33/seats 20/21 – this would be my go to seat if I ever went again..

And 47,061 spectators stood for the National Anthem.  Yes!  Take that, NFL.

Video and Highlights: https://motorsportsnewswire.com/2017/02/05/tomac-charges-to-the-front-in-oakland-to-claim-back-to-back-monster-energy-supercross-victories-0205173/

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And Tomac takes the win!  That boy has the voodoo; I don’t know how he pulled this off. He is on a tear, that is for sure!

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p.s. And Yes, Oakland is everything horrible that you have heard about in the news.  I hate going there.  Sorry people, but if you want people to say things about your hometown, clean it up.  Although it is the Left you have to worry about, now.  There were 20 ft tall police towers in the parking lot at the event.  No need for it though because all the people at the Supercross event cared about was racing and beer.  You guys should pack up your towers and go to Berkeley.


Onboard Pics From the Cowbell Enduro…

The Start!

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WOO HOO! Shorai Is Sponsoring Us To Race the Cowbell!

shorai_zopimI 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.

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Yay! New Rubber!

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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).


70th Annual Cowbell Enduro – Upper Lake, CA – Nov 5th, 2016

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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

Flyer: http://teamflyingw.com/=W=/D36/2016/Enduro/events/11%2005%20Rnd-5%20Cowbell%20Enduro/flyer.pdf