100 MPH in the desert
Posted June 30, 2003 - 06:03 PM
Posted June 30, 2003 - 06:23 PM
Posted June 30, 2003 - 07:40 PM
So if someone starts talking about running 100mph in the dez, and it's not Johnny Cambell or Destry Abbot, take it with a grain of salt.
A couple friends and I did the BITD Vegas to Reno race a few years ago on a KX500 with 15/42 gearing. And although this bike was very fast and the race was quite wide open, I never felt like I could hold the throttle wide open long enough to reach it's max velocity. Either a turn would come up, or a wash or ditch approached or the surface became so soft and poofy that you'd have to shift down to keep it revving.
That said, it still was a fun and thrilling experience. Even if we never reached the century mark it sure felt like it on occasion, and we did finish and trophy.... which, in the end, is the name of the game.
Posted July 01, 2003 - 03:40 AM
Posted July 01, 2003 - 04:49 AM
This last weekend I raced Vegas to Reno and decided to gear my bike back to stock even though the course was rumoured to be very fast, I just don't feel like I need to go over one hundred miles per hour because a get off at that speed would not be pretty.
So what does this all mean?....... Nothing
Posted July 01, 2003 - 05:54 AM
I have my WR open all the time in the same washes and it doesn't feel even close to as fast as the big XR at top speed.
Maybe it's just me?
Posted July 01, 2003 - 07:01 AM
Posted July 01, 2003 - 04:13 PM
blireef, where do you normally ride? There is a big group of us over here in Cabo San Lucas. We should get together and ride sometime. Small world on here isnt it.
Posted July 01, 2003 - 04:57 PM
Posted July 02, 2003 - 09:55 AM
Posted July 02, 2003 - 02:00 PM
Would I do 100 now? I doubt it. My '00WR400 has stock gearing that limits at about 90 + or - about 2mph. More importantly, I have no desire to change the gearing just to ruin a pair of underwear.
So, it depends on what your need is and where you are riding. If you want to win on a fast race course, you will have to go that fast at times. If you don't, then it doesn't matter.
Posted July 06, 2003 - 01:06 PM
Posted July 06, 2003 - 06:31 PM
Posted July 06, 2003 - 06:43 PM
My WR is not stock. I just said stock geared. I have all the mods done that you see on my signature. It really isnt unbelievable.
I believe you. I clocked my buddy yesterday with my gps on his stock WR250f (free mods and a GYT-R muffler insert) at 74mph. He said it felt it would go faster had he held it on a bit longer.
Posted July 07, 2003 - 06:00 PM
Posted July 08, 2003 - 11:38 AM
Funny to think that we are in such a small area and that you have another big group on the other side of the hill. I want to start riding out there, as I hear there are some good rides. I think over here we just keep riding the same places because it is so easy and out of the garage riding. We should meet up some weekend and check out your neck of the woods. Or maybe turn it into a weekend thing and do both sides of the hill.
Lets keep in touch and see what we can do.