We fly out tomorrow for the race. This will be short because
I have to pack. Check back after the race to see how we
did and to see pictures of it all. Wish us luck and say
November 9, 2005
We finally got the finishing touches done on the bike and
got it packed and shipped this week. The bike will arrive
on Friday, November 11th in California. We will catch up
to it on November 16th flying into San Diego that morning.
We will spend that day getting the bike put back together
and shaking off our jet lag. Here are some before and after
shots or our race machine. (click pics to enlarge)
left to right: Pic1 is when we got the 2001 XR 650R before
any modifications. Pic2 is after we did major race modificatons
such as steering damper, engine overhaul, HID lights and
4 gallon fuel tank. Pic3 is the bike crated up and ready
We have or Baja 1000 race number. We are number
273x. Work continues to be done on our XR 650R. All of the
team has purchased our tickets to fly to San Diego for the
race. We are still putting together the other many odds
and ends. This race is going to be as much about preparation
as it is determination. We are still looking for sponsors
and those who want to be involved. We were surprised and
happy to see our site coming in at the top of Google for
a "2005 Baja 1000" search. We hope that it gives
our sponsors and those helping some of the recognition they
deserve. Look for more news later as we keep working to
put this thing together.
As any of you who race knows it can be very tedious preparing
for a race. Multiply that by about 10 and you will start
to get an idea of what goes into trying to get ready to
race a race on the other side of the country. Not to mention
getting a bike prepped and shipped to California for the
grueling 1000 miles race that takes two days to complete,
there is getting a team of 4 to 6 riders ready to go including
training, air travel, and lodging.
of the bike, we have been working hard on getting our Honda
XR 650R ready. Suspension is going to play a key roll in
navigating the hazardous always changing desert terrain.
Jeff Elkins of Advanced Concepts Suspension
(828.442.5872) and team member is setting our suspension
major cost and necessity for racing the Baja 1000 is pits.
We will be using the Baja pits that are set up every 60
miles or so. These pit fees cost $400.00 and will be where
we refuel and make fixes and adjustments to the bike over
the thousand mile course.
Check these sites for North
Carolina Hare Scramble Information. This is where our team
spends a lot of our race time.
Check back soon for new information...