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Title: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Buff on January 28, 2013, 05:51:20 pm
With my Amageza plans hanging in the balance, Iíve decided to shift my focus to the local Offroad scene.
Iíll use this thread to share my progress and experiences as I attempt my first full season of Offroad racing in the WC.
 
Iíll focus on:
∑         Licensing, initial prep to go racing and events
∑         The bike
∑         Myself and getting fit
∑         Ride reports

 
Licensing
Your first point of call if you want to go racing is to join a local club, which is required before you can obtain a license from Motor Sport SA to race.
In the Western Cape you now have a choice between 2 clubs, WPATV and WCOC and both offer a 5 race Offroad series for the 2013 season.
WPATV Ė www.wpatv.co.za (http://www.wpatv.co.za)
WCOC Ė www.westerncapeoffroad.co.za (http://www.westerncapeoffroad.co.za)
 
I belong to WPATV and my club fees for the year sets me back R350. The club issues you with your club number to use on your MSA license application.
The next step is to enrol with MSA. This can now be done online at www.msaonline.co.za (http://www.msaonline.co.za)
If youíre racing the local races only then you should join as a Club member. This will allow you to take part in event outside the province but you may only then compete in the Silver class (all-comers).
 
You will need proof that your Medical Aid will cover you for motorsport or you can take out Medical Aid cover through MSA. You have a range of 4 options to choose from, escalating in expense as cover escalates.
 
My MSA Club licence, MSA medical aid cover (Option 4 Max) and an environmental mat cost me around R2 700 for the year.
You are then issued with a temporary MSA license while your racing card is in the post on its way to you. You can then go and get your number boards made up for your bike (which I still need to do).
 
1 day licenses and Social licenses are also available on the MSA web site.
 
Then you are basically ready to go racing. More detailed info is available on www.cape-enduro.co.za (http://www.cape-enduro.co.za)
 
 
Events:
These are the events for the WPATV club for 2013:
 
SENIOR OFF-ROAD 2013
 
 
 
DATE    FACET              CLUB STATUS VENUE
02-Feb SENIOR ORMC WPATV Reg CALEDON
09-Mar SENIOR ORMC WPATV Reg WELLINGTON
18-May SENIOR ORMC WPATV Reg BONNIEVALE
20-Jul SENIOR ORMC WPATV Reg DUNHAYE PARK
07-Sep SENIOR ORMC WPATV Reg ROBERTSON
 
If you are fit and flush with cash, you can also do the races in the WCOC series.
 
The club will email you documentation for each event normally around a month in advance to the race. I will be racing Seniors this year (35-46yr class) and each race will set me back R480 entry fee plus R100 for a timing Transponder to use for the year.
 
The race structure is fairly simple, race a marked Offroad course for as many laps as you can in 3 hours. Offroad is generally much faster than Enduro, which focuses more on technical riding.
Courses can include anything from open gravel roads, farm roads, farm lands, river beds, jeep tracks up mountains etc.
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on January 28, 2013, 05:53:29 pm
The Bike:

Iíll be using my trusty KDX200, at least for the first race of the season. The main reasons being the weight of the bike and the confidence I have on it. Although I bought the WR450F to race Offroad with, itís a lot of bike for a relative newbie to handle and holding onto it for 3 or 4 laps when youíre not super fit is going to be a mission.

The KDX has been bomb proof up until now and itís a joy to ride. Even though Iím reaching the limits of its suspension Iím still having a blast riding this bike. The only Iíve needed to do to get it ready for the 1st event of the year is a full service, replace the front brake shoes and replace a pipe on the rear brake line that got a hole nicked in it while training last weekend. Oh and new rear tire which also go fitted late last year. Other than that the little 2 smoker only needs its number boards and then itís ready to race.

The bike is looked after by Donald (Dux on the forum) and he'll probably the spanner man, main mackie in my corner on Sat in Caledon. It's quite laughable because kippy here is probably the only rank amateur who pitches up with his own bike crew  ;D Thanks Dux for all your assistance over the past 2 years  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on January 28, 2013, 06:04:44 pm
Myself:

What can I say; the December holiday was good and the training not so good. I had a fairly solid Dec regarding my base training and I took the bike with on holiday and managed a few rides but no high intensity stuff. Iím certainly in a better place than I was around 2 years ago doing my first ever Offroad event. My bike skill and fitness has improved quite a lot but Iíve still got a long way to go. Spending time riding Macassar with GJ and 2StrokeDan has done wonders for my skill level; I just need to find more time to do it.

The 14th January marked the start of some serious dieting and training. Training encompasses 1 Ė 2hr mountain bike rides every 2nd day and either push-ups & skipping or gym every other day with 1-2 days rest per week, depending on how busy I am with the home & kids.
I also try to get out on the dirt bike at least one day of the weekend, normally Sat. My training grounds are either Macassar, Atlantis, Zone7 or a mates quarry.
I currently weigh in at 92kgís, slightly down since the diet started and Iím hoping to get to 85kgís by the date of the Argus (10th March). Iím not sure how obtainable that is but I live in hope.  
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on January 28, 2013, 06:08:31 pm
Goals:

My goals for this season are quite simple. Finish all my races and remain injury free for as long as possible. Hopefully I can get fit and lose some weight in the process as well. Iím also hoping to do one or two local enduroís, just to cut my teeth on them and very possibly one National enduro, probably the Winterberg in Hankie later in the year.

With me spending some time on the MTB I'm hoping to carry that fitness over to a few fun rides on the local calendar as well.
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: JustBendIt on January 28, 2013, 06:11:48 pm
I will be watching this thread

I did the local offroad and enduro series on a KDX in 2009 - biggest riding learning curve ever - I rode my bike in places and over stuff that I never thought I would be able to do - most of the time it was easier to go forwards to the finish line than turn around and give up

I was so kak I did not notice any difference between the terrain on an offroad or enduro race - they both seemed almost impossible

My advice is you can never get enough TITS (time in the saddle) - ride, ride and ride some more - all the other exercises you are doing are great but nothing prepares you like actually riding the bike

Good luck and best wishes
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on January 28, 2013, 06:13:26 pm
Caledon Ė 2nd Feb

With the 1st race of the year only 1 week away, Iím focusing now on getting my kit prepped & toolkit sorted so there no last minute things to panic about. Who am I kidding? There are always last minute things to panic about. Iím still waiting for my new Leatt Chest Protector to arrive, I need to find myself new pair of riding pants as both my existing pairs are torn from wipe-outs and I need a new pair of Goggles.
 
Iím expecting Caledon to be hot, dry and very dusty. From what Iíve read up on previous events, the course only has one truly technical climb on it called Hamburger Hill. Itís apparently littered with lose rocks, itís very steep and many of the mid packers donít make it up on the first attempt. Other than that Iím guessing staying well hydrated and route finding in some elseís dust is going to be the biggest challenges.
 
This past weekend (27th Jan), Helderberg Yamaha had a funride at Bonthys farm on Bottelary Road. It gave me a chance to do some last minute training and make sure everything on the bike was 100%, especially after I re-did the front & rear brakes.
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on January 28, 2013, 06:18:18 pm

I was so kak I did not notice any difference between the terrain on an offroad or enduro race - they both seemed almost impossible.

Good luck and best wishes

 :laughing4: :imaposer: Don't worry, my first ride at Matroosberg was like that, a true baptism of fire.

Thanks for the well wishes  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on January 28, 2013, 06:18:44 pm
Good Luck Buff.. I will be supporting you  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Loaks on January 28, 2013, 06:43:33 pm
Good luck. Watching with interest.
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: GJ on January 28, 2013, 08:04:14 pm
My baan wag vir jou,2 keer per week sal jou fiksheid baie help,en jou riding skill  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on January 28, 2013, 09:01:14 pm
My baan wag vir jou,2 keer per week sal jou fiksheid baie help,en jou riding skill  ;)

Ek is reg vir jou, die WR staan en idle innie garage, reg vir more aand  ;) Hy maak al donuts so keen is hy  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on January 28, 2013, 09:04:02 pm
Good Luck Buff.. I will be supporting you  :thumleft:

Thanks Muz, hopefully you can line up with me next season  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on January 28, 2013, 09:06:09 pm
Good luck. Watching with interest.

 :thumleft: thx Loaks.

BTW, how's your sand riding skills coming along? Maybe we should organize another day at Atlantis in Feb.
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on January 28, 2013, 09:17:47 pm
That is the idea, i will spectate and see what it is all about this year and then maybe sell the Transalp and get a Yammie to race with.. hmmm, maybe a husky

If you need a wing man, fuel stop supervisor, tyre kicker, water bottle refiller, oke on the side shouting at you to go faster.. then just let me know.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on January 28, 2013, 09:30:08 pm
Shot Muz, I think I'm sorted for Sat but I'll definitely keep you in mind  :thumleft: The more okes in my corner the happy I am, even if it's just to talk shit for the 2 hour trip in the bakkie  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: GJ on January 28, 2013, 09:37:23 pm
Jy moet die kdx bring,jy gaan kak met daai yamaha tenk
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on January 28, 2013, 10:19:42 pm
Jy moet die kdx bring,jy gaan kak met daai yamaha tenk

KDX het nie shrouds nie, hulle kry hulle nommers. Sal maar 'n pak slae vat die week  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Beserker on January 29, 2013, 02:31:00 pm
My baan wag vir jou,2 keer per week sal jou fiksheid baie help,en jou riding skill  ;)

Ek is Sondag daar...ook op 'n KaDeeEx.

Natuurlik kom Dean en Shain saam, net om seker te maak ek my my naam gat.   ::)

WCOC vs WPATV

Join WCOC, and your kid come race the junior class as well, under the same club membership....just a thought.
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Pom17 on January 29, 2013, 02:52:09 pm
Sterkte ou perd. Sal bietjie hier dop hou :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on January 30, 2013, 06:02:55 am
Thanks Pom  :thumleft:

To be honest, I considered join WCOC as well and racing their series as well but it gets a bit expensive. I'll rather just enter one or two of their events this year and see what the new routes are like. With a R30 difference per race between a member and non-member I'm failing to see what the attraction is to join the club if you're not in contention for a podium?

At this stage my eldest daughter is still too green to race. She's only just got her PeeWee and still hasn't even ridden it yet as Dad's still tinkering  :)

I rode GJ's course with them last night on the WR... WOW  :o They've got an awesome little track set out there now which will definitely help with the fitness level. I've ridden there before but he's added a few technical bits and tightened it up a bit so it takes some effort to keep smooth and focused. It's a lot of work on the 450 but will be ideal on a smaller 2 smoke. The bonus is I can ride there from home  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Dwerg on January 30, 2013, 06:09:09 am
Lekker Buff! Eks ook nogals heel lus om die racing ding te probeer so ek sal aandagtig volg  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Pom17 on January 30, 2013, 07:25:56 am
Ek is opgewonde vir jou part.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Beserker on January 30, 2013, 11:37:11 am
To be honest, I considered join WCOC as well and racing their series as well but it gets a bit expensive. I'll rather just enter one or two of their events this year and see what the new routes are like. With a R30 difference per race between a member and non-member I'm failing to see what the attraction is to join the club if you're not in contention for a podium?

The family option (one price for the whole family) works out quite cheap....remember I have 2 sons as well.
For an individual, I suppose it is different.


At this stage my eldest daughter is still too green to race. She's only just got her PeeWee and still hasn't even ridden it yet as Dad's still tinkering  :)

The PW class is very "non threatening"...last year we had a girl, at 3 and a half, second ride ever, on the starting line.
Dads ride with, and including the marshalls, they outnumber the riders at 2:1  ;D
It is great motivation for them, and seeing other kids doing it, takes the edge off the mental thing that they need to overcome.
It is better training than training itself....dude, stop tinkering, the first race is on the 16th, Riebeeck West


I rode GJ's course with them last night on the WR... WOW  :o

Yip, it is non stop technical, and apart from the technical skills you aquire, doing it fast, also teaches you the extended periods of concentration required for real life Enduro races.
The concentration skill is an aspect that a lot of people neglect working out on an MX Track. The fitness training is an added bonus.

Dean, the little guy you and Ian helped to marshal at Montague 2 years ago, is now on an 85, and  he consistently laps at 6.2  - 6.8 minutes. His record to date is 12 laps non stop except for refuel.  (Mine is like 4 laps at that pace.  >:( )

Out there on Sunday morning if you are interested.


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Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Etienne2T on January 30, 2013, 12:56:18 pm
Please let me know when you going for training rides, keen to join on my 250.
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on January 30, 2013, 02:42:44 pm
Thanks for the info on the little ones Dave, I'll keep it in mind  :thumleft: We're taking it very easy with introducing her to bikes as she's very much a girly girl, too much pushing and I know she'll bail. Girls are most different to boys when it comes to bikes  ;)

I'll probably skip on this Sunday invite thanks, riding Caledon on Sat so I have a feeling my body will be a bit tender come Sunday  :-\

Et, send GJ a PM regarding the midweek stuff. I'm not at liberty to invite as I'm an invited guest myself  ;)

Kit Update:

Bought myself an awesome Leatt Chest protector only to find out last night that I can't wear the damn thing  ???

It has an adjustment system on it where it hangs over your shoulder that has aluminium bolts through it and the bolt chaffs through onto the plate that I have in my collarbone. The collarbone is supersensitive at that point as the skin is very thin so there's no way I can ride like that for 3 hours. I've considered padding it up with foam but I don't think I should need to do that with a Protector that costs this much  :-\
It's even worse when I weight it and add the full Camelback so I guess it's going to have to go back and I'll have to find something better suited to my broken body :'(
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Etienne2T on January 30, 2013, 04:04:21 pm
Try the thor sentinal chesty, doesn't have any bolts in it.
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on January 30, 2013, 04:10:41 pm
Try the thor sentinal chesty, doesn't have any bolts in it.

Thanks Et, I check it out  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Breekbeen on January 30, 2013, 09:54:44 pm
Kyk jy het n PM.
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on February 01, 2013, 10:21:34 am
Kyk jy het n PM.

Thanks Breekbeen  :thumleft:

One day to Race day:

I haven't been nervous up till now but today it's kicked in, full blown jumbo jets in my tummy  :o I'm just hoping it's excitement rather than nerves  ;D

The bike is sorted and ready to rock 'n roll. The kit is sorted and packed. I still need to find an Environmental Mat and a few little odds 'n sods.

The fitness is so 'n so. I think the heat tomorrow will play a big roll so staying well hydrated and cramp free will be important. It's cooking in CT and the race only starts at 10 and is 3 hours long so it does into midday  :o

My main man Donald has bailed due to babysitting issues so I'm probably going to pit with GJ and co. Another mate of mine will probably come through to help as well (Ian).


Lasty, before the RR... "Hou my dop en tjek hierdie move"   :laughing7:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Snafu on February 01, 2013, 10:35:15 am
Go break a leg!!!


Oops, ok, you know what i mean!!! :)

Good luck Buff, most important, go and have fun!!
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Beserker on February 01, 2013, 10:41:03 am
I haven't been nervous up till now but today it's kicked in...

Keep it cool, keep it pinned... :thumleft:

Seriously, your state of mind at the start and the first 20min is crucial in terms of managing your physical ability to complete the race.
Stress causes tensing up resulting in severe arm pump and lactic acid build up from the onset.

Relax, you will overtake the few that passes you at the first obstacle by being cool and focused. At the start, take a few seconds, manage your breathing, and you are good to go!
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on February 01, 2013, 10:56:23 am
Schweet, thanks guys  :thumleft:

I'm going to take the first lap fairly easy and try to go progressively faster each lap rather than cook myself by trying to chasing the okes down. I'm starting way down the grid in row 16 so I'll be eating a shit load of dust till the field thins out  :(

After chatting to the guys at training last night, it sounds like Hamburger Hill can make or break you in this race. It's apparently got a few nice step ups and normally a big bottleneck forms on it on the first lap. Hitting it clean and in one go is the goal, hopefully the dust gaps will open up after that  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Crossed-up on February 01, 2013, 11:01:52 am
All the very best of luck!  I hope it all goes really well for you.
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: N[]vA on February 01, 2013, 11:34:43 am
Will be rooting for ya mate!
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Pom17 on February 01, 2013, 03:19:35 pm
Sterkte Buff. Hoop dinge loop mooi en geniet dit :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Breekbeen on February 01, 2013, 03:50:29 pm
Ek het net n seil gehad groot genoeg vir die hele bike om op te pas, werk vir enviromental mat.
Hulle wil net nie he jy moet petrol of olie in die pits mors nie.
Kyk jy het n PM.

Thanks Breekbeen  :thumleft:

One day to Race day:

I haven't been nervous up till now but today it's kicked in, full blown jumbo jets in my tummy  :o I'm just hoping it's excitement rather than nerves  ;D

The bike is sorted and ready to rock 'n roll. The kit is sorted and packed. I still need to find an Environmental Mat and a few little odds 'n sods.The fitness is so 'n so. I think the heat tomorrow will play a big roll so staying well hydrated and cramp free will be important. It's cooking in CT and the race only starts at 10 and is 3 hours long so it does into midday  :o

My main man Donald has bailed due to babysitting issues so I'm probably going to pit with GJ and co. Another mate of mine will probably come through to help as well (Ian).


Lasty, before the RR... "Hou my dop en tjek hierdie move"   :laughing7:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on February 01, 2013, 06:59:13 pm
Thanks guys  :thumleft:

Bakkie is packed and ready to go. Managed to rope in my niece and her boyfriend (visiting from PE) in as my pit crew  ;D

Bought a nice environment mat from Dirtrider, 'n Leatt mat nogal. Cost me R330 which is way cheaper than any of the others I priced.
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Robski on February 01, 2013, 07:58:47 pm
Good luck Buff!!  :thumleft:

Was meant to be racing tomorrow too, but my sister had her baby today, and I thought I would get in a fair amount of trouble from my mrs if I said I was going racing  :-\

See you next time  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Robski on February 01, 2013, 08:00:14 pm
Maybe we should get a WD pit area going? Get branding on a gazebo, the ladies in bakini's with umbrella'son the starting line, etc  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Dux on February 01, 2013, 09:12:20 pm
Jeez Rob , you haven't changed  ;D ;D

Good ride tomorrow Brett , I will be there the rest of the year for you  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on February 01, 2013, 09:42:13 pm
Flip I only saw this now.. if you want you can try my body armour and see if it suites you better

Muz
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on February 02, 2013, 05:51:35 am
Flip I only saw this now.. if you want you can try my body armour and see if it suites you better

Muz

Race day... Whoohoo  ;D Locked and loaded and ready to hit the road to Caledon.

@ Robski, love the WD pit crew idea  :thumleft: Especial the young French cheerleaders  ;)

@ Muz, thanks bud but not too worry, I still have my old body armor to use  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Robski on February 02, 2013, 08:46:31 am
Jeez Rob , you haven't changed  ;D ;D

Good ride tomorrow Brett , I will be there the rest of the year for you  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Will see you next month  ;) Will be good to catch up!


Buff, want to know how it was as you get home! Hope all went well and you got on the podium  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Dux on February 02, 2013, 10:06:34 am


Will see you next month  ;) Will be good to catch up!


Yes indeed , it has been a while
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Bring It On on February 02, 2013, 12:46:21 pm
Also only saw this thread now.

All the Best Brett, for this Gr8 road ahead. :thumleft: :thumleft: Will be keeping an eye out on this thread from now on. ;)
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Rynet on February 02, 2013, 12:47:43 pm
Yes good luck Buff , hope its going well , keep us posted . :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on February 02, 2013, 07:49:16 pm
Hey guys... I survived  :ricky:

What an awesome day out on the bike  :thumleft: It was dry, very hot, dusty and fast with 1 really insane hill climb that stuffed me (and half the field) up 6 nill. That monster belongs in an enduro, not an offroad race  :-\

I never achieved my goal of staying ahead of the racing snake aka GJ. He lapped me as expected and got in 5 laps to my 3  :o The man is a machine, well done boet on winning the Masters  :thumleft:

Really happy to have got through the race in one piece (barely) and race it till the end.

I'll write a more detailed report later, when my hands stop cramping  ???
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Rynet on February 02, 2013, 07:51:46 pm
Hey guys... I survived  :ricky:

What an awesome day out on the bike  :thumleft: It was dry, very hot, dusty and fast with 1 really insane hill climb that stuffed me (and half the field) up 6 nill. That monster belongs in an enduro, not an offroad race  :-\

I never achieved my goal of staying ahead of the racing snake aka GJ. He lapped me as expected and got in 5 laps to my 3  :o The man is a machine, well done boet on winning the Masters  :thumleft:

Really happy to have got through the race in one piece (barely) and race it till the end.

I'll write a more detailed report later, when my hands stop cramping  ???

Awesome , congratulations for finishing well . :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: GJ on February 02, 2013, 08:21:19 pm
Mooi gery buff,glad nie sleg vir n begin nie.kom oefen saam met my dan sal dit nog beter gaan :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Bring It On on February 02, 2013, 09:46:03 pm
Thanks for the update Buff :thumleft: :thumleft:

Glad you made it & had a Gr8 @ the same time. Took any footage with your GoPro?? Would love to see some of the action. :ricky: ;D
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on February 02, 2013, 09:54:30 pm
Well done mate.. I think you did very well for you r1st race.. you are inspiring me for next year  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Dux on February 02, 2013, 09:56:17 pm
Good going bud  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Robski on February 02, 2013, 10:19:53 pm
Aweosme, well done!
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Crossed-up on February 02, 2013, 10:38:03 pm
Great job - well done!
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 03, 2013, 12:38:07 am
Brilliant stuff Buff. Well done :thumleft:

Im curious to know about that hill.
Title: Re: Buff's attempt at the 2013 Offroad series in the WC
Post by: Buff on February 03, 2013, 10:21:58 am
Caledon Offroad RR

Pics to follow as this was typed on my iPad.

The first Offroad of the WC season is done and dusted and as I lie here in bed typing up this report the following morning, I still have a smile on my face and thoughts about the race flashing through my mind. I also have a few aches and pains reminding me of a few mistakes I made on the day. I think it's safe to say that at 45, I am turning into a dirt bike fanatic.

My little green machine:

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/KDX_before_zps292e484b.jpg)

After losing my initial pit crew, my niece & her boyfriend (Jami & Shane) visiting from PE kindly offered to sit in my corner at the race. We arrived nice and early and found a great spot in pit lane to setup camp. Now that the quad are racing with WCOC, there's way more space in the pit area, I like it. Set up the gazebo only to discover I left the top cover at home, so we had to improvise, the sides became the top and we were sorted. Thank God for cable ties coz it was warming up already.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Pit_crew1_zps64a6e82d.jpg)

Did the whole registration thing and bought my timing transponder for the year (R100). This allows them to scan you each lap and is way less PT than the manual clipper card process. Also caught up with a few friends and made a few acquaintances. These Offroad okes are friendly buggers.

I left kitting up till the last minute because it was already so hot I didn't want to stand around overheating. Also discovered that although I had brought my GoPro, I had forgotten to add a mount to my new Airoh Stealth helmet and like a chop, I had left the chest strap at home as well  :-[. It fascinates me that no matter how well you plan something, you'll always forgot something. So sorry folks, there's no GoPro footage of the race, which is a damn pity because I saw and experienced some epic  wipeouts.

With 30 mins to go, all the bikes had to be standing in their grid rows, marked by stickers on a fence. Officials then did head counts and bike checks. I was starting in row 16 so eating dust was a formality.
Race briefing followed with an unusual twist. 200m into the race you had a choice of an A or B route. A route took you straight up a gnarly little climb and B took you around a contour but would be around 4mins longer. The route joined again at the top of the climb.

So finally, onto the race:

Flag dropped and we were off  :ricky:. I chose the chicken run coz I figured that if I wiped out on the climb I would lose more time than 4mins anyway. The dust was intense, I could see jack-shit  :o. Riding with a dust gap was unavoidable until the field thinned. A lap was 40km's long and the first half of the lap was fast with two or three sections through river beds to mix it up. The mud, water, sand and little rocky step ups posed no problems and I was able to handle them without issues. I even managed to catch and pass a few riders. The fast sections had me topping out in 6th running the KDX flat-taps. The off-chamber sections through rocky wheat fields was another story altogether and there were lots of them. It feels like you're going to lose the front end all the time and when you do hook up and give it plenty the back end feels like a happy Jack Russel, waving it's ass all over the place. After the 2nd wheat field I was convinced I had a rear wheel puncture and even stopped to check.

The 2nd half of the lap was what separated the boys from the men. They added one mother of a hill into the equation without a chicken run in sight. You dropped down off a very steep descent and at the bottom you hook a 90 degree right hander and this monster lies in wait. Fortunately you could also hook a left and loop around to try build momentum but at the base of the climb there was small muddy swamp patch that forced you to tap off just before you hit the climb.

On the 1st lap a procession of bikes had formed waiting to attempt the climb and I was able to snap these picks while sucking my camelback dry. The pic unfortunately doesn't do the steepness justice but at around 1/3rd of the way up it really kicks up, making it virtually impossible to keep the front end down. You can see the guys stuck at various places on the climb. Had this climb been slightly rocky, it would probably been easier but it was just ground and dust which allowed very little traction and of course it got worse with each lap.


(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Climb3_zps746811cb.jpg)

I hit it pinned in 2nd and at 1/3rd up when it kicked the KDX ran out of stonk and I went to 1st. The front when up, the back stepped out and I joined the other 2 riders in the bushes. This continued for 2 further attempts. It was hot, I was sweating buckets and cursing organizers. I could see my race slipping away so I decided to hook a right into the brush and try and contour around. Easier said than done because the back end kept on slipping out and too much throttle and the front end went vertical.
When I eventual made it to the top the elation was unexplainable.
By hook or crook, I had beaten Hamburger hill... or so I thought.

It doesn't look bad on the photo right? A close up tells a different story though:

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Climb5_zps15a88466.jpg)

The route then dropped off the hill down through more cut wheat fields. My race nearly ended prematurely here when failed to slow down sufficiently for a triple warning and hit a big drainage ditch on full front & rear lock. My legs came off the pegs and I smacked my chest into the bars and almost kissed my front fender but I somehow managed to bring it back together. Shaken but not stirred I pushed on....

To be continued.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on February 03, 2013, 12:51:29 pm
Well done bud; those KDX's are awesome bikes aren't they? 
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Robski on February 03, 2013, 06:25:41 pm
Fantastic, would like to hear part two now and see the pics  ;) When you ready.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: JustBendIt on February 03, 2013, 08:01:50 pm
Hamburger Hill - that brings back memories

I will never forget it - took me 90 minutes to get up that hill - made it on the 5th attempt - when I eventually "summitted" I was more chuffed than the climbers who stand on top of Everest with a little stick flag

Well done Buff - I am following your racing thread - makes me think of making a comeback but then I lie down until that kak thought leaves my head
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 03, 2013, 08:26:46 pm
Sounds really hectic and fun. You write really well. How high/long was the Hamburger uphill?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on February 03, 2013, 08:45:59 pm
Thanks guys.

@ Justin, just do it bud, you know you want to  ;D We have a lekka training group going during the week and weekend with GJ and co.

@BB , it wasn't that long at all, just lose and flippen steep. It you stalled on the hill you had very little chance of getting going again because there was no grip, so it was a case of turning around, going down and hitting it again... and again and again  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rynet on February 03, 2013, 09:05:52 pm
 :thumleft: :sip:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 04, 2013, 02:15:27 am
Thanks guys.

@BB , it wasn't that long at all, just lose and flippen steep. It you stalled on the hill you had very little chance of getting going again because there was no grip, so it was a case of turning around, going down and hitting it again... and again and again  ;D

Yip those kinds are biatches that have to be hit in 3rd or 2nd with lots of feathering as you slow down.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Pom17 on February 04, 2013, 07:29:27 am
Nice buff. Glad you had fun :thumleft:
And congratulations :hello2:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on February 04, 2013, 11:09:45 am
Caledon RR - Part 2 - a few pics added on page 3, more to follow

With a new found sense of elation and freedom I pushed on, figuring nothing can be worse than that climb. Fortunately I was right, besides more off camber rocky wheat fields and a few sections through grassy single track there was only two more technical climbs. The one I was able to hit with a bit of speed and it posed no problems, the other was more tricky because you approached it from the base of a big erosion gully and then suddenly the track turned 120 degrees right up a very rocky climb with a few rocky step-ups  :o I slowed down, sat back in the saddle and hit it in 1st and paddled my way up it, feathering the clutch and trying to keep the front wheel down and stop the back from spinning up.
Fortunately I did some training in the gorges of the Transkei in December that were similar to this climb, only longer and it stood me in good stead because I saw a lot of guys wipe out here. Itís a great feeling when you get a climb like that right but it needs to all come together for that to happen  :thumleft:

On my last lap I thought I had this climb  pegged but I hit the sharp right hander in 2nd and the bike stalled on me. I stuck out my right foot only to find fresh air and I moered down hard with the bike landing upside down on top of me  :-[ Thank goodness I had gone with full body armour because I landed on my back and elbows onto the rocks. I only found out after the race while chatting to GJ that this climb was actually Hamburger Hill and the other hectic MFer climb was a new one that they had added for this event?

Then it was another short fast section before arriving at pit lane and my very welcoming pit crew. They topped up my bike and camelback, shoved a GU energy drink down my throat and sent me back out into the pit of hades.

The 2nd lap I was able to pick up a lot more speed because I knew what to expect and lines were forming through the faster sections. The only niggle I started experiencing was a muscle cramp on the left side of left shin bone from shifting so much. I was a bit surprised because I was drinking a lot to try stay well hydrated. Fortunately that disappeared as quickly as it appeared and I was starting to enjoy life. Every so often you would find guys stranded with dead bikes or punctures or wipe-outs, fortunately none to serious, that I saw anyway. The race was taking its toll.

Then I hit that damn big MFer of a climb again  :xxbah: Iíll start by saying that I made a big mistake here by letting this climb get into my head. It intimidated me and had me believing that I could not beat it  :crybaby2: Iím wise enough to know thatís 9/10th of the battle lost right there but I wasnít able to do anything about it at the time. I hit it hard the first time and at 1/3rd way when it kicked, two deep erosion ruts had formed covered by fess fess type dust. The back end kicked out and I came down quite hard.
My sense of humour left the building and I had some harsh words with myself. I needed a few sqirts of this:

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Q20_zps33d47529.jpg)

Instead of going down again, I tried contouring to the right again, through the brush but the back end kept on slipping down and I wiped out a few times again  :tard: Mother, it was hot as hell and I was losing energy fast. Then I spotted a little track and I dropped down onto it and followed it but it ended abruptly in the gorge and left me having to wrestle the bike around and go back. I was overheating so I had to take off my helmet and try cool down and compose myself. I looked at my phone, it was 11:50 (the race started at 10 and is 3hrs long) and I realised that the race was slipping away from me and if I wanted to have any chance of doing 3 laps I needed to make a plan quickly. I got back to the climb only to see GJ (Gideon) approaching it on his 3rd lap, thus lapping me. He hit it hard and clean and aced it in one goÖ ďmy moed het tot in my tone gesakĒ, oh to be that skilled on a bike  :notworthy:

I went down and hit it again and wiped out again in the same spot. So I went down and hit it again. This time I made it a bit further up and was able to go right again like I did the first lap and contoured through the brush and around and up again. I was so buggered that I didnít have the energy to be elated, the struggle had sapped me. I soldiered on, taking it easier till I got my breath back and then I really put the hammer down. I was desperate to do another lap and I rode the little KDX as hard as I could. Besides the hectic hill climb, I was loving the race, this is what Iíve been training so hard for and I didnít want it to end prematurely. I welcomed the fasters sections because it gave me a chance to cool down slightly. The rest of lap when without  incident and by the time I got to the pits I was feeling better. Clearly my fitness is improving because my recovery time is way better than it used to be. They scanned my transponder and said ďGo, you got enough time for another lapĒ.


The 3rd lap was a copy of the 2nd except for the cramping that started to set in. First my inner left thigh, then my right hip, then my left hand so badly that it pulled my thumb into my hand. I had to hook my thumb into the bar and stretch it out all while navigating rocky wheat fields at speed. By the time I hit my nemesis again, that spawn of satan hill climb , my body was feeling rather second-hand but my spirit was still up. This time I only fell once before I made it high enough up to be able to contour along and up. The remainder of the lap went relatively well besides the wipe-out on the rocky climb I mentioned earlier.

I was very relieved to make it back into pit lane in one piece and into the care of my pit crew. A cold coke has never tasted that good before.

I survived the first race of the WC Offroad season. My reward on the way home:

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Reward_zps9270947c.jpg)

Summary:

Iíve done 2 Offroad events before (2011- Wellington & Bonnievale) and neither of them were as fast as Caledon and neither of them had anything remotely as technical as that big climb in them. Iím no Offroad expert but I seriously think that monster belongs in an Enduro rather than an Offroad race. A longer chicken run would have been very welcome at this point, especially for new comers. I had invited 2 friends with who declined and in retrospect, Iím glad they did because that climb would have put them off for life.

Besides that, the course was well marked and fun to ride, I had a great time  :blob9:

On the bike side, my little KDX performed like a trooper and never skipped a beat. It was no match for the 4 strokes on the flats and I struggled with its gearing on that big climb but the rest of the time it was a pleasure to ride.

After pic of the dirt bike:

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/KDX_after_zps795f4208.jpg)

Next race Wellington on the 9th March.

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Snafu on February 04, 2013, 11:21:32 am
Well done Buff!!!!!

Now for the WR!! :)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on February 04, 2013, 12:26:50 pm
Well done Buff!!!!!

Now for the WR!! :)

Thanks Pom & Ossie.

Boet, I'm glad I didn't take the WR, I'd still be standing at the bottom of that climb  :imaposer: That bikes power is intimidating for a beginner  :o
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on February 04, 2013, 12:56:56 pm
Caledon RR - Part 2 - a few pics added on page 3, more to follow

With a new found sense of elation and freedom I pushed on, figuring nothing can be worse than that climb. Fortunately I was right, besides more off camber rocky wheat fields and a few sections through grassy single track there was only two more technical climbs. The one I was able to hit with a bit of speed and it posed no problems, the other was more tricky because you approached it from the base of a big erosion gully and then suddenly the track turned 120 degrees right up a very rocky climb with a few rocky step-ups  :o I slowed down, sat back in the saddle and hit it in 1st and paddled my way up it, feathering the clutch and trying to keep the front wheel down and stop the back from spinning up.
Fortunately I did some training in the gorges of the Transkei in December that were similar to this climb, only longer and it stood me in good stead because I saw a lot of guys wipe out here. Itís a great feeling when you get a climb like that right but it needs to all come together for that to happen  :thumleft:

On my last lap I thought I had this climb  pegged but I hit the sharp right hander in 2nd and the bike stalled on me. I stuck out my right foot only to find fresh air and I moered down hard with the bike landing upside down on top of me  :-[ Thank goodness I had gone with full body armour because I landed on my back and elbows onto the rocks. I only found out after the race while chatting to GJ that this climb was actually Hamburger Hill and the other hectic MFer climb was a new one that they had added for this event?

Then it was another short fast section before arriving at pit lane and my very welcoming pit crew. They topped up my bike and camelback, shoved a GU energy drink down my throat and sent me back out into the pit of hades.

The 2nd lap I was able to pick up a lot more speed because I knew what to expect and lines were forming through the faster sections. The only niggle I started experiencing was a muscle cramp on the left side of left shin bone from shifting so much. I was a bit surprised because I was drinking a lot to try stay well hydrated. Fortunately that disappeared as quickly as it appeared and I was starting to enjoy life. Every so often you would find guys stranded with dead bikes or punctures or wipe-outs, fortunately none to serious, that I saw anyway. The race was taking its toll.

Then I hit that damn big MFer of a climb again  :xxbah: Iíll start by saying that I made a big mistake here by letting this climb get into my head. It intimidated me and had me believing that I could not beat it  :crybaby2: Iím wise enough to know thatís 9/10th of the battle lost right there but I wasnít able to do anything about it at the time. I hit it hard the first time and at 1/3rd way when it kicked, two deep erosion ruts had formed covered by fess fess type dust. The back end kicked out and I came down quite hard.
My sense of humour left the building and I had some harsh words with myself. I needed a few sqirts of this:

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Q20_zps33d47529.jpg)

Instead of going down again, I tried contouring to the right again, through the brush but the back end kept on slipping down and I wiped out a few times again  :tard: Mother, it was hot as hell and I was losing energy fast. Then I spotted a little track and I dropped down onto it and followed it but it ended abruptly in the gorge and left me having to wrestle the bike around and go back. I was overheating so I had to take off my helmet and try cool down and compose myself. I looked at my phone, it was 11:50 (the race started at 10 and is 3hrs long) and I realised that the race was slipping away from me and if I wanted to have any chance of doing 3 laps I needed to make a plan quickly. I got back to the climb only to see GJ (Gideon) approaching it on his 3rd lap, thus lapping me. He hit it hard and clean and aced it in one goÖ ďmy moed het tot in my tone gesakĒ, oh to be that skilled on a bike  :notworthy:

I went down and hit it again and wiped out again in the same spot. So I went down and hit it again. This time I made it a bit further up and was able to go right again like I did the first lap and contoured through the brush and around and up again. I was so buggered that I didnít have the energy to be elated, the struggle had sapped me. I soldiered on, taking it easier till I got my breath back and then I really put the hammer down. I was desperate to do another lap and I rode the little KDX as hard as I could. Besides the hectic hill climb, I was loving the race, this is what Iíve been training so hard for and I didnít want it to end prematurely. I welcomed the fasters sections because it gave me a chance to cool down slightly. The rest of lap when without  incident and by the time I got to the pits I was feeling better. Clearly my fitness is improving because my recovery time is way better than it used to be. They scanned my transponder and said ďGo, you got enough time for another lapĒ.


The 3rd lap was a copy of the 2nd except for the cramping that started to set in. First my inner left thigh, then my right hip, then my left hand so badly that it pulled my thumb into my hand. I had to hook my thumb into the bar and stretch it out all while navigating rocky wheat fields at speed. By the time I hit my nemesis again, that spawn of satan hill climb , my body was feeling rather second-hand but my spirit was still up. This time I only fell once before I made it high enough up to be able to contour along and up. The remainder of the lap went relatively well besides the wipe-out on the rocky climb I mentioned earlier.

I was very relieved to make it back into pit lane in one piece and into the care of my pit crew. A cold coke has never tasted that good before.

I survived the first race of the WC Offroad season. My reward on the way home:

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Reward_zps9270947c.jpg)

Summary:

Iíve done 2 Offroad events before (2011- Wellington & Bonnievale) and neither of them were as fast as Caledon and neither of them had anything remotely as technical as that big climb in them. Iím no Offroad expert but I seriously think that monster belongs in an Enduro rather than an Offroad race. A longer chicken run would have been very welcome at this point, especially for new comers. I had invited 2 friends with who declined and in retrospect, Iím glad they did because that climb would have put them off for life.

Besides that, the course was well marked and fun to ride, I had a great time  :blob9:

On the bike side, my little KDX performed like a trooper and never skipped a beat. It was no match for the 4 strokes on the flats and I struggled with its gearing on that big climb but the rest of the time it was a pleasure to ride.

After pic of the dirt bike:

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/KDX_after_zps795f4208.jpg)

Next race Wellington on the 9th March.



I miss my KDX  :'(
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on February 04, 2013, 01:10:33 pm
Well done Buff!!!!!

Now for the WR!! :)

Thanks Pom & Ossie.

Boet, I'm glad I didn't take the WR, I'd still be standing at the bottom of that climb  :imaposer: That bikes power is intimidating for a beginner  :o

I was going to ask.. for a 1st season, what is a good bike to use, I assume my XR is just far too big and heavy.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Robski on February 04, 2013, 01:21:53 pm
Well done Buff!!!!!

Now for the WR!! :)

Thanks Pom & Ossie.

Boet, I'm glad I didn't take the WR, I'd still be standing at the bottom of that climb  :imaposer: That bikes power is intimidating for a beginner  :o

I was going to ask.. for a 1st season, what is a good bike to use, I assume my XR is just far too big and heavy.

My friend wants to do it on his xr650l, do you think its possible? He isn't very experienced
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Beserker on February 04, 2013, 01:23:44 pm
I was going to ask.. for a 1st season, what is a good bike to use, I assume my XR is just far too big and heavy.

My newest acquisition...in its natural habitat: gnarly rock invested ascents...

(http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj26/Beserker_bucket/sh3_00001_1-12.jpg)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Beserker on February 04, 2013, 01:25:40 pm
Well done Buff...the first one is always the worst in terms of mental turmoil.

Once done....you're ready to k@k off at the 2nd one  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on February 04, 2013, 01:26:47 pm
I was going to ask.. for a 1st season, what is a good bike to use, I assume my XR is just far too big and heavy.

My newest acquisition...it its natural habitat: gnarly rock invested ascents...

(http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj26/Beserker_bucket/sh3_00001_1-12.jpg)

Congrats D  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Dux on February 04, 2013, 02:03:51 pm

My friend wants to do it on his xr650l, do you think its possible? He isn't very experienced


Rob and Muz , while it is possible on a 650 it is just unnecessary hard work and is more likely to turn them away from the sport for life , especially if they are not very experienced , a 200 or 250 - 2 stroke is probably your best bet .
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on February 04, 2013, 02:10:20 pm
Gonna keep my eyes peeled for one.. I can't let Buff have all this fun on his own.  :3some:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Beserker on February 04, 2013, 02:13:16 pm
Rob and Muz , while it is possible on a 650 ...

IMHO, unless your ID says Scott Summers.....not.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on February 04, 2013, 02:24:09 pm
What did you get Dave.. I just see a green tail piece.

I am not so keen on a 2 stroke, I don;t have the means to maintain one, I was thinking of keeping a honda stable and getting a CRF250.. getting my lotto ticket today  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Hentie @ Riders on February 04, 2013, 02:35:00 pm
Well done  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: J-dog on February 04, 2013, 02:43:29 pm
Well done Buffster!!

You must be pretty fit? I realised when I attempted the Winterberg, that I underestimated the importance of fitness training. I'm in the gym these days, building up some fitness and I'm going to try do do a few races this year, and hopefully the whole season next year.

I'll also be using my KDX, as I sold the 300. Having said that, the 300 is a handful and much taller than the KDX, and on some of the impossible hill climbs, I couldn't touch the ground at all - had to lie the back down, drag it around, kick it downhill a few paces and then pick up and go back down.

Once again, well done!

(hate those hills!)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Katie M on February 04, 2013, 03:01:05 pm
Baie geluk aan Riki wat die vroue-afd gewen het.  Ek moet sÍ (amper) 50, menopausal, dik om die boud en lekker onfiks, het nie so lekker gemeng net die 2T 200 en Hamburger Hill nie! Ek't 'n nuwe taal leer praat!  Het dit net nie gehad om wťťr daai verdomde bult aan te durf nie.  Jirre, ek's nou nog gedaan!  ...as die "off-roads" so lyk, hoe lyk die enduros's...??? ::)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Robski on February 04, 2013, 03:02:15 pm

My friend wants to do it on his xr650l, do you think its possible? He isn't very experienced


Rob and Muz , while it is possible on a 650 it is just unnecessary hard work and is more likely to turn them away from the sport for life , especially if they are not very experienced , a 200 or 250 - 2 stroke is probably your best bet .

And a 300?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on February 04, 2013, 03:22:14 pm
Baie geluk aan Riki wat die vroue-afd gewen het.  Ek moet sÍ (amper) 50, menopausal, dik om die boud en lekker onfiks, het nie so lekker gemeng net die 2T 200 en Hamburger Hill nie! Ek't 'n nuwe taal leer praat!  Het dit net nie gehad om wťťr daai verdomde bult aan te durf nie.  Jirre, ek's nou nog gedaan!  ...as die "off-roads" so lyk, hoe lyk die enduros's...??? ::)

 :laughing4: Ek is bly ek is nie al een wat afgekak het op daai bult  :imaposer: My lyf is self nie gelukig met my vandag, aches 'n pains all over  :-\
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on February 04, 2013, 03:30:13 pm
There are some of the Offroad events that are certainly possible on a 650, Wellington probably being one of them. If I'm not mistaken Gideon did it on his 690 last year. But you would have died on a 650 this past Saturday. IMHO, only a very experienced rider would get up that climb on a bike that size.

There was a guy there on an old school Honda CR500 2 smoke. I'd love to know how that beast handled the climb  :o He probably only touched ground when he went over the top  :)

Muz, 2 smokes are way cheaper to maintain than 4 strokes. Your best bet is to look for a KDX or KTM200/250. Make sure you can touch the ground because it's moerse important on the rocky climbs. The okes with long legs definetly have an advantage here.

Mine will be on the market soon, I'm upgrading to a 300 KTM or Husaberg.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Robski on February 04, 2013, 03:34:53 pm
There are some of the Offroad events that are certainly possible on a 650, Wellington probably being one of them. If I'm not mistaken Gideon did it on his 690 last year. But you would have died on a 650 this past Saturday. IMHO, only a very experienced rider would get up that climb on a bike that size.

There was a guy there on an old school Honda CR500 2 smoke. I'd love to know how that beast handled the climb  :o He probably only touched ground when he went over the top  :)

Muz, 2 smokes are way cheaper to maintain than 4 strokes. Your best bet is to look for a KDX or KTM200/250. Make sure you can touch the ground because it's moerse important on the rocky climbs. The okes with long legs definetly have an advantage here.

Mine will be on the market soon, I'm upgrading to a 300 KTM or Husaberg.

Cool, so I guess a 300 would be perfect
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on February 04, 2013, 03:55:05 pm
For the Offroad series I'll stick my neck out and say a 250 4 stroke is probably the best bike to use. Nice linear power, no sudden surprises, still fairly light with enough power to get you out of trouble and lots of speed.

However, the new 300 2 strokes make torque very similar to a 4 stroke. The KTM comes with 3 different springs for the power valve that allows you to determine how peppy you want the bike. With the weak spring the bike behaves like a typical 2 stroke MX bike and is a handful to keep under control. With the strongest spring it mellows out and make more linear torque throughout the range making it managable for a noobie. The down side is it doesn't then have the top end of the 4 strokes. And then of course there's the suspension, it's simply in a different class altogether  :drif:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Robski on February 04, 2013, 04:38:38 pm
Thans Buff,

I have never favoured the 4 strokes, and the sound of a 300 2 stroke sounds fantastic! So that is probably the option I will go for, either that or the 250 2 stroke.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on February 04, 2013, 05:43:00 pm
There are some of the Offroad events that are certainly possible on a 650, Wellington probably being one of them. If I'm not mistaken Gideon did it on his 690 last year. But you would have died on a 650 this past Saturday. IMHO, only a very experienced rider would get up that climb on a bike that size.

There was a guy there on an old school Honda CR500 2 smoke. I'd love to know how that beast handled the climb  :o He probably only touched ground when he went over the top  :)

Muz, 2 smokes are way cheaper to maintain than 4 strokes. Your best bet is to look for a KDX or KTM200/250. Make sure you can touch the ground because it's moerse important on the rocky climbs. The okes with long legs definetly have an advantage here.

Mine will be on the market soon, I'm upgrading to a 300 KTM or Husaberg.

I once rode a KX 500 up a very steep hill that I used to really struggle to get up on my KDX. On the 500 I got to the top and thought "what hill?"  :ricky: The power and torque of the thing was just unbelievable
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on February 04, 2013, 05:46:39 pm
The down side is it doesn't then have the top end of the 4 strokes. And then of course there's the suspension, it's simply in a different class altogether  :drif:

I'm not so sure about that; I peronally don't like the PDS rear on the KTM's, I much prefer a linkage system. There is nothing wrong with the KDX syspension especially if it has had some valving work done.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 04, 2013, 07:23:30 pm
Very well done Buff! :hello2:

Now where were those phone pictures you promised while you were waiting in line?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Dux on February 04, 2013, 07:59:01 pm
I personally prefer the 250 - 2 stroke , the 300 is great but that last hour of any enduro or offroad it does become just a bit much , Rob if you are referring to a 300 for your novice mate then I would rather look at something smaller , the KDX is a great forgiving bike to spend a year or 2 on .
Muz - the 250 - 4 strokes are very maintenance intensive ,the running costs without anything going bang are easily 4 to 5 times as much as a 200 - 2 stroke ,then again if something does go wrong on a 4 stroke there is a lot more to break so the repair bill is astronomical , and as much as you like Honda they also have the worst reputation of the 250 - 4 strokes .
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on February 04, 2013, 08:19:08 pm
I personally prefer the 250 - 2 stroke , the 300 is great but that last hour of any enduro or offroad it does become just a bit much , Rob if you are referring to a 300 for your novice mate then I would rather look at something smaller , the KDX is a great forgiving bike to spend a year or 2 on .
Muz - the 250 - 4 strokes are very maintenance intensive ,the running costs without anything going bang are easily 4 to 5 times as much as a 200 - 2 stroke ,then again if something does go wrong on a 4 stroke there is a lot more to break so the repair bill is astronomical , and as much as you like Honda they also have the worst reputation of the 250 - 4 strokes .

You hit it on the head Dux  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Dux on February 04, 2013, 08:27:07 pm

You hit it on the head Dux  :thumleft:

Experience bud , I have seen a lot of that first hand .
Isn't it just so strange though , the Jap bikes are all 4 stroke , and the European manufacturers are all going 2 stroke again , KTM , GasGas , Husaberg , Husqvarna , Beta , TM , Ossa and even Sherco are busy developing a range of 250 , 300 - 2 strokes as a 2014 release , I reckon we are being spoilt for choice .
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on February 04, 2013, 08:31:50 pm

You hit it on the head Dux  :thumleft:

Experience bud , I have seen a lot of that first hand .
Isn't it just so strange though , the Jap bikes are all 4 stroke , and the European manufacturers are all going 2 stroke again , KTM , GasGas , Husaberg , Husqvarna , Beta , TM , Ossa and even Sherco are busy developing a range of 250 , 300 - 2 strokes as a 2014 release , I reckon we are being spoilt for choice .

I don't think the small European companies can compete with the Japs head on and they are exploiting a market the Japs don't seem to have an interest in. 
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Dux on February 04, 2013, 08:45:05 pm
The small guys might struggle but the bigger ones can do well , the Japs just do not seem to have a handle on the enduro market worldwide , although I am sure if the big 4 put their minds to it they could build excellent 2 stroke enduro bikes , but they don't so the Euro's can reap the rewards . Actually Kawasaki and Suzuki don't have any enduro models either 2 or 4 stroke in their lineup at all .
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on February 04, 2013, 08:54:06 pm
The small guys might struggle but the bigger ones can do well , the Japs just do not seem to have a handle on the enduro market worldwide , although I am sure if the big 4 put their minds to it they could build excellent 2 stroke enduro bikes , but they don't so the Euro's can reap the rewards . Actually Kawasaki and Suzuki don't have any enduro models either 2 or 4 stroke in their lineup at all .

Has Kawasaki stop making the KLX 450?
Last time I saw you owned a KX 450; have you still got it?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Dux on February 04, 2013, 08:59:02 pm
Yip , they dropped the KLX a few years back , the KX450  :biggrin: :biggrin: that was beeeeg fun , but also a beeeeg handful in technical riding , alas that was a sponsored ride so when I left Kawasaki I had to return the 450 , but I wouldn't mind getting one again as a playbike  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on February 04, 2013, 09:09:15 pm
Very well done Buff! :hello2:

Now where were those phone pictures you promised while you were waiting in line?

Check pg.3 again Neil  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Beserker on February 04, 2013, 09:19:05 pm
Ideal bike...from the very little experiance that I have, the YZ250 2T is more of a handfull than the KTM 300.

One bike that gets overlooked is the KTM200 2T. It is as much a "kanniedood" as the KDX, a bit more expensive, but at least new and spares are obtainable (e.g plastics for the KDX is difficult to get)

I have a friend that has a KTM200 that he uses as a (fast) farmbike, 40 000km on the clock.

Money no objection, casting away doubt as to my ability to use more than 80% that the KTM 200 has to offer on an enduro circuit, I reckon next years Husky 300 2t is the bike to have.

If you can't wait, GasGas, KTM Husaberg will also do, but consider the KTM200 if you are not that experianced, or unfit, or or or..
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Beserker on February 04, 2013, 09:26:09 pm
On the 500 I got to the top and thought "what hill?"  :ricky: The power and torque of the thing was just unbelievable

The problem with the 500 2T is not the power, but when stuff goes wrong...It goes horribly wrong very fast...but the rest is fine  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on February 04, 2013, 09:35:33 pm
On the 500 I got to the top and thought "what hill?"  :ricky: The power and torque of the thing was just unbelievable

The problem with the 500 2T is not the power, but when stuff goes wrong...It goes horribly wrong very fast...but the rest is fine  ;D

It's like riding an automatic, just leave it in 4th gear and twist the throttle, hill, no hill makes no difference  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Dux on February 04, 2013, 09:39:07 pm
But it is not fair to compare the YZ as a motocross bike to the enduro bikes , yes of course it is going to be a handful .
You are correct , the KTM200 is a brilliant bike and still one of my favourites , I think one of the reason I like them is that you avtually feel in control of a 200 rather than being a hang on passenger with the 300's or 450's . IMHO the 2008 and later KTM 200's are far superior to the older models , for soem or other reason I never gelled with the older 200's .
And then don't forget that GasGas also do a 200 , different to the KTM but still a good bike .
Ultimately the guys need to go out and test the different bikes in the enviroment they will be riding and make their own decisions , but for me and my budget at the moment a KDX will do just fine thanks :thumleft:

On the subject of 500's , seeing as Service Honda are doing the frame transplants with the 500 engines it is still possible to get a modern 500 , and they also do the ultimate KDX as well
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: tau on February 04, 2013, 09:40:19 pm
Well done buff. It gets easier :ricky:

I did this race on the rallye bike last year. That climb was quite interesting once you hit the lappers.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on February 04, 2013, 09:48:47 pm
Well done buff. It gets easier :ricky:

I did this race on the rallye bike last year. That climb was quite interesting once you hit the lappers.

You're an animal !!! I think you and Gideon should open a riding school for WD wannabees  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on February 04, 2013, 09:55:44 pm
Well done buff. It gets easier :ricky:

I did this race on the rallye bike last year. That climb was quite interesting once you hit the lappers.

I was told a story about you the other day (no names mentioned) apparantly you cable tie your throttle open at the start of the race and then cut the cable tie at the end of the race  :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on February 04, 2013, 09:57:15 pm
Got the results of the race this afternoon. GJ was right, the Seniors gave me an ass wipping of note  :o I placed 10th ... out of 10 riders  :imaposer: Guess it can only get better from here :imaposer: :-[ But hey, it's not like I wasn't expecting it and I'm grateful I didn't get a DNF after my name  ;D

Here's a few more pics taken around the pit area by my niece.

1. Final kit up.

2. The eyes tell a story  :eek7: :imaposer:

3. The start line

4. Pit stop with Ross Anderson imparting some encouragement  :thumleft:

5. Finished... in more ways than one and sporting my dust mo ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on February 04, 2013, 09:57:44 pm
But it is not fair to compare the YZ as a motocross bike to the enduro bikes , yes of course it is going to be a handful .
You are correct , the KTM200 is a brilliant bike and still one of my favourites , I think one of the reason I like them is that you avtually feel in control of a 200 rather than being a hang on passenger with the 300's or 450's . IMHO the 2008 and later KTM 200's are far superior to the older models , for soem or other reason I never gelled with the older 200's .
And then don't forget that GasGas also do a 200 , different to the KTM but still a good bike .
Ultimately the guys need to go out and test the different bikes in the enviroment they will be riding and make their own decisions , but for me and my budget at the moment a KDX will do just fine thanks :thumleft:

On the subject of 500's , seeing as Service Honda are doing the frame transplants with the 500 engines it is still possible to get a modern 500 , and they also do the ultimate KDX as well

Yum Yum
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Robski on February 04, 2013, 11:05:43 pm
I personally prefer the 250 - 2 stroke , the 300 is great but that last hour of any enduro or offroad it does become just a bit much , Rob if you are referring to a 300 for your novice mate then I would rather look at something smaller , the KDX is a great forgiving bike to spend a year or 2 on .
Muz - the 250 - 4 strokes are very maintenance intensive ,the running costs without anything going bang are easily 4 to 5 times as much as a 200 - 2 stroke ,then again if something does go wrong on a 4 stroke there is a lot more to break so the repair bill is astronomical , and as much as you like Honda they also have the worst reputation of the 250 - 4 strokes .

Referring to myself Donald, what you reckon? If I get a 250, I'm worried I will want a bit more and want a 300 then. So jumping strait to  300 sounds like the sensible thing to do.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: BlueBull2007 on February 05, 2013, 05:32:56 am
Very nice pics Buff. That photo with the finishers smile is brilliant!!

Quite a hill climb that!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Dux on February 05, 2013, 06:44:35 am

Referring to myself Donald, what you reckon? If I get a 250, I'm worried I will want a bit more and want a 300 then. So jumping strait to  300 sounds like the sensible thing to do.

The 250 doesn't lose out much to the 300 , mainly a bit of bottom end , top end very similar , I have ridden both and even in situations where we had them flat out the 250 and 300 were running side by side , so in my opinion the 250 isn't really that much slower just smoother in its power delivery .
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Dux on February 05, 2013, 06:47:46 am
Perhaps we should start a new thread on the topic , at the moment we are just hijacking Buff's awesome RR .
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Robski on February 05, 2013, 10:35:54 am
True, sorry Buff!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on February 05, 2013, 10:48:51 am
It's cool, bikes are part of Offroading  ;D I'll just ask the mods to clean up the thread after the last race of the season so guys wanting info don't have to browse hundred of pages  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Iron Shark on February 05, 2013, 11:26:15 am
Well done mate!!!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Robski on February 05, 2013, 12:59:23 pm
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=117102.0

Link to talk plastic bike k@k
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: MartV on February 05, 2013, 03:01:27 pm
Good luck off road/enduro riding is another type of fit, but the more you ride it the more addictive.
KDX is bullet proof aswell. :laughing4:
Nice
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: White Rhino on February 08, 2013, 03:35:28 am
I'm coming along for the ride ... good on you to take the challenge.

KDX was my first dirt bike - I'm sorry it's gone - It's a legend

Good luck!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Beserker on February 11, 2013, 11:58:25 am
Good to see you, and sweating it at Macasser...keep it up!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Beserker on February 11, 2013, 12:55:45 pm
Spoke to Gideon, and a few of you yesterday about the cost of WCOC races, and I took it up with the WCOC steering commitee.

The are willing to drop the price to the same level as for Club members, considering that you guys are already doing "Regional Status" races with Alana.
I essentially put it to them that you will partake on the basis of you seeing it as additional practice.

The social class is then also a very viable option, although I imagine it will be a friggin fast social ride, with GJ and rest of gang!


I quote:

We are going to drop the non membership fee so you pay the same fee as our members R470 INCLUDING TIMING.

Start at 1pm

 Senior 3 Hour club class = R470
 Senior 2 hour Social class = R250


Mail me for regs, entries etc. dave@hardrain.co.za

@Buff...bring the YZ, the venue is ideal for you to stretch it's legs.




Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on February 11, 2013, 01:56:53 pm
Good catching up again Dave, we had an awesome session at Macassar yesterday, that sand was so lekka after Saturdays rain. GJ had us on our hands and knees again... literally  :)

Thanks for your effort regarding the WCOC's race on the 16th. As much as I would love to do that event I just don't have the bucks available to do two events per month, especially after having to do the whole MSA and medical insurance thing in January  :( It's a pity because that wide open stuff would suit the 450  :-\
Good luck with the event though, it looks like the guys have put in a lot of time and effort to present something special on the day  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on February 17, 2013, 02:07:19 pm
Thought I'd give you guys a quick update on how my training has been going since the Caledon event.

With my eye on the Argus on the 9th March and the next Offroad the following day in Wellington, I've been focussing on cross training quite a bit. Normally that consists of one day on the mountain bike and one day on the dirt bike. The days where life interferes, I try fit in a gym session.

I can definitely now feel an improvement in my overall fitness and I've managed to lose 4kg's since the middle of January, which I'm rather chuffed about. I still have another 6 to lose but at least it's heading in the right direction now.

With GJ's training track being within riding distance of my place, I'm able to fit in around 3 dirt bike sessions a week, which is way more than in the past. I'm hoping this is going to make a difference at the Wellington event.

I couldn't afford to race yesterday's WCOC event in Riebeeck West so I did the next best thing and offered my services as a roving marshal. It allowed me to at least ride a new track and experience different riding conditions... Sand glorious sand. I rode this event on my WR450 expecting wide open section only to be met with a sand fest of note. Riding at 1pm in the heat of the day did nothing to help matters and I had to stop frequently to help social riders who were either stuck, had wiped out or were simply struggling with heat exhaustion... On lap one  :o Some struggled so badly they never even attempted a second lap.
The bonus was I at least managed to get in a solid training session.

On the biking side, just a big shout out to "Dux" who sponsored me a tweaking and tuning service on the KDX to get her running sweetly for Wellington. Thanks a million Donald  :thumleft:

The week ahead will be a chilled week for me. I'm doing some on job training sessions up in George and Plett. so I'll be off the bikes for a few days. The bonus is I'll be staying in Vic Bay for 3 days... Tough life hey  ;D Sometimes a good rest is a blessing in disguise  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Beserker on February 18, 2013, 08:39:05 am
.... so I did the next best thing and offered my services as a roving marshal.

Some fast, emergency response type marshal-ling   ::)

I couldn't believe it, the amount of (thrills and) spills.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on February 18, 2013, 09:23:53 am
Yissie, it was like a battlefield out there, those back markers took some major strain. There were riders hiding in the shade littered all over the course  :lol8:

Thanks for your advice to use the 450... NOT   >:D I had to work like a dog in that tight sandy stuff 
(the whole course) but the good news is I never dropped it once in the two laps  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Robski on March 06, 2013, 04:09:28 pm
You racing this coming weekend? I will be there despite bailing on mountain bike and getting a few bloody roasties.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 06, 2013, 04:34:43 pm
You racing this coming weekend? I will be there despite bailing on mountain bike and getting a few bloody roasties.

Yebo, despite being hopelessly under prepared for this one. Was away from home for a week and then got floored by a summer cold for a week so I haven't been on the dirt bike for 2 1/2 weeks now  :'(
It's going to be a sufferfest of a weekend, Wellington Offroad on Sat & Argus Tour on Sun  :o

Pop around and say howzit, I'll be on my KDX, race number 998.

BTW, I'll probably be riding in Stellenbosch tomorrow evening around 6pm if you'd like to join us... and your injuries aren't too bad?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Snafu on March 06, 2013, 04:37:12 pm
Wellington = 450 !!!!


Kom Buff man!! :)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 06, 2013, 04:45:59 pm
Wellington = 450 !!!!


Kom Buff man!! :)

 :laughing4:  Jy wil net sien hoe k*k ek lekker af  :booty:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Pom17 on March 06, 2013, 05:17:40 pm
Wanne ry jy weer Buff?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: GJ on March 06, 2013, 08:05:22 pm
Wellington = 450 !!!!


Kom Buff
man!! :)

Nie die keer nie,die baan is glo net op een plaas in plaas van 5 ,so ons jaag seker op en af teen die lyndrade ???
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Robski on March 06, 2013, 08:13:13 pm
At the moment half the palm of my hand is swollen and blue, cannot walk on my left leg very well and my right elbow isn't looking healthy either.

Have only ridden my bike twice since getting it due to work, so think I will be suffering with you.. If my damn injuries disappear by then.

Will see how I am feeling tomorrow, and let you know, but doubt I will be up for it.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 06, 2013, 10:25:16 pm
Wanne ry jy weer Buff?

Racing the Wellington Offroad on Saturday coming. 2nd event of the series.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 06, 2013, 10:26:56 pm
Wellington = 450 !!!!


Kom Buff
man!! :)

Nie die keer nie,die baan is glo net op een plaas in plaas van 5 ,so ons jaag seker op en af teen die lyndrade ???

Ag nee Gideon, is jy erenstig? Ek het so uitgesien na hierdie ene, dit was nogal 'n lekker route 2 jaar terug.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 06, 2013, 10:28:31 pm
At the moment half the palm of my hand is swollen and blue, cannot walk on my left leg very well and my right elbow isn't looking healthy either.

Have only ridden my bike twice since getting it due to work, so think I will be suffering with you.. If my damn injuries disappear by then.

Will see how I am feeling tomorrow, and let you know, but doubt I will be up for it.

That's blind, you're supposed to leave the falling for the KTM, not the MTB. Good luck with the recovery, hope you get sorted before Sat.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Robski on March 06, 2013, 10:32:09 pm
I know, very blind. Taking good care of it all and resting so I can make it to the start line on Saturday.

See you there!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Pom17 on March 07, 2013, 07:58:11 am
Wanne ry jy weer Buff?

Racing the Wellington Offroad on Saturday coming. 2nd event of the series.

Looking forward to it. Good luck :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 07, 2013, 08:35:16 am
Thanks Pom, I'll post a ride report sometime next week  :thumleft: and I'll try to remember to pack the GoPro mount this time   :eek7:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Snafu on March 07, 2013, 08:47:37 am
Wellington = 450 !!!!


Kom Buff
man!! :)

Nie die keer nie,die baan is glo net op een plaas in plaas van 5 ,so ons jaag seker op en af teen die lyndrade ???

Nee man :(

Gaan julle nogsteeds op dieselfde plaas wegspring?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: GJ on March 07, 2013, 05:09:21 pm
Ja Snafu selfde plaas , kom jy my en Buff ondersteun?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 07, 2013, 09:08:51 pm
Waar was al die Offroad manne vanaand, ek het stoksiel alleen by Boelieplaas geoefen :-(
That course is way easier on the KDX than the 450... Either that or I got faster from resting :-)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Snafu on March 07, 2013, 11:35:42 pm
Ja Snafu selfde plaas , kom jy my en Buff ondersteun?

Sal graag wil, laas vir julle in aksie gesien met Buff se intro by Wellington :)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: J-dog on March 09, 2013, 02:11:22 pm
Wanne ry jy weer Buff?

Racing the Wellington Offroad on Saturday coming. 2nd event of the series.

 :sip: :sip: :sip: :sip: :sip: :sip: :sip:

god speed  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 09, 2013, 05:39:43 pm
Hoping things went well, Buff. I'm living though your riding at the moment, still unable to walk.  :sip:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: GJ on March 09, 2013, 06:00:47 pm
He did 5 laps today,wel done Buff  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 09, 2013, 10:13:16 pm
Thanks Gideon, but I'm still 2 behind you :-) Well done on your 2nd win of the season, awesome riding.

I had a really enjoyable race. The course might only have been 27km's but it had a bit of everything in it, including some big jumps over erosion contours, I can't wait to see the photos :-)
It's difficult to describe but some courses just flow better than others. You don't have to use the brakes as often and you can berm out corners and it just works. This course felt like that to me and as a newbie it suited my riding style. Besides one really tricky tree stump crossing out of a river bed that got more and more nasty through the day, there was nothing so technical that I got hung up on it.

It wasn't all sunshine and roses though, I did managed to hit the deck 3 times :-(
1st being in an insanely slippy mud section in a riverbed on the 1st lap. The rear came around and down I went quiet hard while going at a fair lick. Only damage was a GoPro mount that snapped off my handlebar.
The 2nd was when I chose the deeper right side rut through that little swamp patch and the front wheel buried itself to the axle and hit a lurker in there. I did a complete endo, literally kissing my front mudguard and hanging myself over my handlebar like a pair of used underpants :-)
I sprained my left hand in the process when it got jammed between clutch and guard but still I managed to continue, changing with my middle finger. At the time I thought I had broken my hand, it was moer sore and I couldn't use my index finger at all.
3rd time was just fatigue when the rear tried overtaking the front exiting a sandy section and I ended up doing a 180deg about turn :-)

Still, I managed 5 laps which is the most I've ever done so I'm totally chuffed :-)
Think a 300 might be on the cards soon though because my little KDX just couldn't run the top end with the big bikes. I ate a @&$ load of roost on my last 2 laps.

Holding onto the bicycle handlebar tomorrow during the Argus is going to be a load of fun... NOT. I'm already on pain killers so we'll see how it goes.

Thanks for the support and words of encouragement.
I saw 2 guys out there on 990's watching the  race, not sure if they were WD's?
Also saw James aka "jpcussen" out there tackling his first event of the year. He had a good ride but reconed his KTM also ran out of legs with a 52 sprocket on the back due to the fast sections.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 10, 2013, 07:05:15 am
You have a great attitude Buff!

Hope you are able to finish the Argus. Sounds like youre doing a bit much, but maybe Im lazy :P
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Robski on March 10, 2013, 12:00:58 pm
Couldn't find you amongst the crowds. Hope you had a good race!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 10, 2013, 08:25:34 pm
Thanks Neil. Life's too short not to enjoy every moment. Even suffering on a bicycle is better than sitting in an office behind a desk ;-)

Survived the Argus on a body that felt like it had been hit by a freight train after yesterday's race :-)) Happy days. It was actually an awesome day out there, the Cape was bragging with it's beauty.

Hope your recovery is coming along well Neil?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 10, 2013, 10:50:24 pm
Wow Buf, big respect to you bru. You are an inspiration, I hope you know that! :thumleft:

Im still not walking (cant lock my leg straight yet), but I hope to get there in another 2-3 weeks of painful daily therapy. So frustrating. I have been on my ass now for 10.5 weeks, and I still have the spectre of another operation ahead of me sometime.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 11, 2013, 12:02:40 pm
Wow Buf, big respect to you bru. You are an inspiration, I hope you know that! :thumleft:


I'm glad to hear that Neil, especially coming from you because you have been such a big inspiration to the rest of the WD's trying to get started in the Offroad/Enduro scene  :thumleft:

Hang in there and be patient, time heals  :thumleft:

I'll try post a more comprehensive ride report later in the week with a few pics  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Pom17 on March 11, 2013, 12:09:29 pm
Thanks Gideon, but I'm still 2 behind you :-) Well done on your 2nd win of the season, awesome riding.

I had a really enjoyable race. The course might only have been 27km's but it had a bit of everything in it, including some big jumps over erosion contours, I can't wait to see the photos :-)
It's difficult to describe but some courses just flow better than others. You don't have to use the brakes as often and you can berm out corners and it just works. This course felt like that to me and as a newbie it suited my riding style. Besides one really tricky tree stump crossing out of a river bed that got more and more nasty through the day, there was nothing so technical that I got hung up on it.

It wasn't all sunshine and roses though, I did managed to hit the deck 3 times :-(
1st being in an insanely slippy mud section in a riverbed on the 1st lap. The rear came around and down I went quiet hard while going at a fair lick. Only damage was a GoPro mount that snapped off my handlebar.
The 2nd was when I chose the deeper right side rut through that little swamp patch and the front wheel buried itself to the axle and hit a lurker in there. I did a complete endo, literally kissing my front mudguard and hanging myself over my handlebar like a pair of used underpants :-)
I sprained my left hand in the process when it got jammed between clutch and guard but still I managed to continue, changing with my middle finger. At the time I thought I had broken my hand, it was moer sore and I couldn't use my index finger at all.
3rd time was just fatigue when the rear tried overtaking the front exiting a sandy section and I ended up doing a 180deg about turn :-)

Still, I managed 5 laps which is the most I've ever done so I'm totally chuffed :-)
Think a 300 might be on the cards soon though because my little KDX just couldn't run the top end with the big bikes. I ate a @&$ load of roost on my last 2 laps.

Holding onto the bicycle handlebar tomorrow during the Argus is going to be a load of fun... NOT. I'm already on pain killers so we'll see how it goes.

Thanks for the support and words of encouragement.
I saw 2 guys out there on 990's watching the  race, not sure if they were WD's?
Also saw James aka "jpcussen" out there tackling his first event of the year. He had a good ride but reconed his KTM also ran out of legs with a 52 sprocket on the back due to the fast sections.

Lekker BUFF :hello2: :hello2:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: jpcussen on March 11, 2013, 09:03:00 pm
Buff you did well to do 5 laps and THEN the Argus... Fitness must be good ; )

I was knackered and cramping after 4 laps and I was wringing the neck on the 300 but being passed by 250's on the straights... Bad gearing on my part, live and learn for next open fast race. Last lap I sat and waited in the vineyard for the time cut off to happen and then I went to look for beer... And there was none! Gutted... I had been dreaming of one since lap 2!

Your 450 would have smoked that route!

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 12, 2013, 05:39:22 am
Sounds like it was quite fast?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 12, 2013, 07:12:21 am
Buff you did well to do 5 laps and THEN the Argus... Fitness must be good ; )

I was knackered and cramping after 4 laps and I was wringing the neck on the 300 but being passed by 250's on the straights... Bad gearing on my part, live and learn for next open fast race. Last lap I sat and waited in the vineyard for the time cut off to happen and then I went to look for beer... And there was none! Gutted... I had been dreaming of one since lap 2!

Your 450 would have smoked that route!

Believe me, I was contemplating sitting out the 5th lap but when they said there was still 20mins left I figured I'd just go out and take it easy, which is what I did. The fitness is getting there slowly but surely but being sick for a few days in the build-up never helped much. You did well though, considering it was your first race of the season.

Agreed, my KDX was not the right bike for that event. Half the field passed me on the fast bits and then I would get stuck behind then in the tighter stuff, it was quite frustrating but hey, we live and learn.

Tell you what though, there are some insanely talented riders down here in the Western Cape. Brett Lewis passed me going down that steep downhill with the big erosion contours and he simply  jumped every one of them. He passed me in mid-air and his wheels were higher than my helmet. I was gobsmacked that he was able to pin the landing :-) They should issue those okes with pilots licenses ;-)

And how's GJ, 5th overall riding out of Masters, the man's a living freaking legend ;-) You're flying the WD flag high Gideon, mooi man.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 14, 2013, 08:44:57 am
For those who want to blow some bandwidth, here a video clip of the Wellington race. It'll give you a good idea of the terrain. Judging by my poor start, I clearly need a faster bike  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/v/fbaZKZls_No
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Pom17 on March 14, 2013, 09:19:24 am
Awesome vid buff. Cnat wait to see more :deal:
Eish that looks like great fun :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Breekbeen on March 14, 2013, 09:21:08 am
Nice man.. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Beserker on March 14, 2013, 09:52:27 am
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on March 14, 2013, 10:16:15 am
Damn you for posting that vid Buff






Now all I want to do is ride..   :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Robski on March 14, 2013, 11:02:44 am
Awesome Buff  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 14, 2013, 11:09:27 am
Damn you for posting that vid Buff


Now all I want to do is ride..   :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

Well stop farking around and buy a plastic, we ride all the time  :ricky:  ;)

Wait till the photo's are edited by the team that was there, you'll double damn me  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 14, 2013, 07:54:54 pm
Feeling rather depressed this evening, I've just sold my faithful little KDX when someone unexpectedly offered me the right amount of cash for it. After getting smoked on the flat bits this past weekend I guess it's time to look for something a bit quicker anyway.

So what to get, 250 or 300? Hmmmm.... decisions decisions. One thing I know for sure is that it'll be a 2 smoke :-)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Pom17 on March 15, 2013, 08:05:54 am
Feeling rather depressed this evening, I've just sold my faithful little KDX when someone unexpectedly offered me the right amount of cash for it. After getting smoked on the flat bits this past weekend I guess it's time to look for something a bit quicker anyway.

So what to get, 250 or 300? Hmmmm.... decisions decisions. One thing I know for sure is that it'll be a 2 smoke :-)

Fok ek opgewonde vir jou part. All the possible outcomes :blob7: :blob7:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on March 15, 2013, 08:11:55 am
Feeling rather depressed this evening, I've just sold my faithful little KDX when someone unexpectedly offered me the right amount of cash for it. After getting smoked on the flat bits this past weekend I guess it's time to look for something a bit quicker anyway.

So what to get, 250 or 300? Hmmmm.... decisions decisions. One thing I know for sure is that it'll be a 2 smoke :-)

You sold a legend, I hope you don't end up regretting it. Don't forget slower is often faster, 10 km/hr slower down a fast section still beats the oke who crashed his brains out at the end of the section due to riding beyond his limits. No disrespect, but no matter what bike you ride you will still not beat the likes of Brett, Tau or GJ so what is the point of wanting to go faster in the open sections. A 300 is one hell of a machine not to be taken lightly and in the wrong hands can be deadly.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on March 15, 2013, 08:22:57 am
For those who want to blow some bandwidth, here a video clip of the Wellington race. It'll give you a good idea of the terrain. Judging by my poor start, I clearly need a faster bike  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/v/fbaZKZls_No


Nice video, looks like an awesome place to ride.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Pom17 on March 15, 2013, 09:32:41 am
Gooi some pics Buff :biggrin:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 15, 2013, 09:38:43 am
Feeling rather depressed this evening, I've just sold my faithful little KDX when someone unexpectedly offered me the right amount of cash for it. After getting smoked on the flat bits this past weekend I guess it's time to look for something a bit quicker anyway.

So what to get, 250 or 300? Hmmmm.... decisions decisions. One thing I know for sure is that it'll be a 2 smoke :-)

You sold a legend, I hope you don't end up regretting it. Don't forget slower is often faster, 10 km/hr slower down a fast section still beats the oke who crashed his brains out at the end of the section due to riding beyond his limits. No disrespect, but no matter what bike you ride you will still not beat the likes of Brett, Tau or GJ so what is the point of wanting to go faster in the open sections. A 300 is one hell of a machine not to be taken lightly and in the wrong hands can be deadly.

All valid points RR but I know I was reaching the KDX's limits, mostly with regards to the suspension rather than the speed. There were some big jumps that I could have hit much harder and faster but I was bottoming out on them, destroyed the bump stop on the rear shock in the process. I'm also hoping I don't regret it... although I'm already starting to :-)

My WR450 is now the opposite. I can't ride that bike to its full potential, it's got way more to give than my skill level can handle and I'm not embarrassed to admit it. When you crack that baby open you get f&$king tunnel vision, it just hauls ass :-) I either need to sell it or ride it more and build more confidence and strength on it, like I did with the KDX when I first bought it. Believe me, even that little KDX intimidated me when I first rode it, they're very understated bikes.

But let's face it, buying another bike is seldom a logical thing, it's a heart thing, it was time for a change :-)

I'm hoping my sense of self preservation will stop me from being too reckless.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on March 15, 2013, 09:45:32 am
Feeling rather depressed this evening, I've just sold my faithful little KDX when someone unexpectedly offered me the right amount of cash for it. After getting smoked on the flat bits this past weekend I guess it's time to look for something a bit quicker anyway.

So what to get, 250 or 300? Hmmmm.... decisions decisions. One thing I know for sure is that it'll be a 2 smoke :-)

You sold a legend, I hope you don't end up regretting it. Don't forget slower is often faster, 10 km/hr slower down a fast section still beats the oke who crashed his brains out at the end of the section due to riding beyond his limits. No disrespect, but no matter what bike you ride you will still not beat the likes of Brett, Tau or GJ so what is the point of wanting to go faster in the open sections. A 300 is one hell of a machine not to be taken lightly and in the wrong hands can be deadly.

All valid points RR but I know I was reaching the KDX's limits, mostly with regards to the suspension rather than the speed. There were some big jumps that I could have hit much harder and faster but I was bottoming out on them, destroyed the bump stop on the rear shock in the process. I'm also hoping I don't regret it... although I'm already starting to :-)

My WR450 is now the opposite. I can't ride that bike to its full potential, it's got way more to give than my skill level can handle and I'm not embarrassed to admit it. When you crack that baby open you get f&$king tunnel vision, it just hauls ass :-) I either need to sell it or ride it more and build more confidence and strength on it, like I did with the KDX when I first bought it. Believe me, even that little KDX intimidated me when I first rode it, they're very understated bikes.

But let's face it, buying another bike is seldom a logical thing, it's a heart thing, it was time for a change :-)

I'm hoping my sense of self preservation will stop me from being too reckless.

Providing you don't ride a lot of sand then the KTM 200 may be the answer.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 15, 2013, 09:57:21 am

Providing you don't ride a lot of sand then the KTM 200 may be the answer.

We ride sand almost every weekend, we live in CT bud, it's unavoidable  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Beserker on March 15, 2013, 10:33:17 am
We ride sand almost every weekend, we live in CT bud, it's unavoidable  ;)

With all the cycling and gym in between, you should be trim enough...  ::)

On the other hand...you got smoked on the flat bits...and without you having a smoker, your'e stuffed.
Why don't you switch to Enduro's as opposed to Off Road?

Regardless, if the four fifty gives you tunnel vision, the 250 - 2t will not be much better.
A 3t might just be the thing, and there is quite a choice with KTM, Husky, GasGas and Husaberg having entered the 300 market.

Or sell them all, and get the Husky 310/ KTM 350 4t.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on March 15, 2013, 12:23:10 pm
Feeling rather depressed this evening, I've just sold my faithful little KDX when someone unexpectedly offered me the right amount of cash for it. After getting smoked on the flat bits this past weekend I guess it's time to look for something a bit quicker anyway.

So what to get, 250 or 300? Hmmmm.... decisions decisions. One thing I know for sure is that it'll be a 2 smoke :-)

Idiot.. I was waiting for you to put it up for sale  :deal:

I am busy looking for something at the moment as well but the budget is slim at best
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 15, 2013, 01:41:40 pm
I can get you a really neat one if you're serious about it. A mate of mine broke his shoulder over a year ago and hasn't been able to ride since then and he's thinking about selling his.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on March 15, 2013, 02:29:38 pm
I'm happy to look at it if he is selling..  I was just pulling your leg though  :imaposer: I am not sure if I am sold on a 2T, but I am keen to get my ass onto one to find out, I am keen to see what your next bike will be  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Beserker on March 15, 2013, 02:46:56 pm
....but I am keen to get my ass onto one to find out, I am keen to see what your next bike will be  :thumleft:

Come try mine  :thumleft:

I think Buff will live to regret selling the 200
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: GJ on March 15, 2013, 10:44:34 pm
....but I am keen to get my ass onto one to find out, I am keen to see what your next bike will be  :thumleft:

Come try mine  :thumleft:

I think Buff will live to regret selling the 200
Nee ,hy sal nie jammer wees nie,n kdx is vir skilpaaie soos jy :pot:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on March 15, 2013, 10:50:39 pm
....but I am keen to get my ass onto one to find out, I am keen to see what your next bike will be  :thumleft:

Come try mine  :thumleft:

I think Buff will live to regret selling the 200

Next time you hit the dunes let me know  :thumleft: There is a possibility I am going to sell my car so I will have the bucks to do the riding I want to do  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 16, 2013, 09:38:12 pm
We ride sand almost every weekend, we live in CT bud, it's unavoidable  ;)

With all the cycling and gym in between, you should be trim enough...  ::)

On the other hand...you got smoked on the flat bits...and without you having a smoker, your'e stuffed.
Why don't you switch to Enduro's as opposed to Off Road?

Regardless, if the four fifty gives you tunnel vision, the 250 - 2t will not be much better.
A 3t might just be the thing, and there is quite a choice with KTM, Husky, GasGas and Husaberg having entered the 300 market.

Or sell them all, and get the Husky 310/ KTM 350 4t.

Hey Hey...!

We are trying to turn him into a rally riding God here. Keep the focus ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 17, 2013, 08:22:33 am
No worries BB, it's been many years since I've allowed people to place limits to what I can or cannot achieve ;-) Truth is there's nothing stopping me from being as good as GJ, Tau or anyone else for that matter. All I need is time and money and I don't have a lot of either of those so they can rest easy at night.... tehehehehe
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: jpcussen on March 17, 2013, 09:00:17 am
Nice thing about the 300 is that it has some torque low down which is what the 250/200's lack, so it make for a better riding experience in my opinion. Geared correctly they can keep pace with a 450 and are much lighter in the tight / rocks... You'll tame one quick quick
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Kenisis on March 17, 2013, 11:28:18 am
Hey Buff. Nice Video of your race.

I hear that the 300 is the way to go. It has the low down grunt to get you going and the top end to really move it!

Me i am afraid of 2 smokers as i cant think that far ahead to plan the power band!

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 17, 2013, 01:26:49 pm
I rode a friends KTM 300 in Dec while on holiday in the Transkei. For a 2 stroke it's power is very manageable, depending which one of the 3 settings you have selected on the power valve. The setting his was on made the bike feel more like a 4 stroke than a 2 and very different to a YZ250 2 stroke. It had none of that sudden violent kick than got you outta shape by surprise and was far more linear. Apparently the more extreme setting on the power valve turns it into an animal to handle and you really need to handle it with respect.
Just goes to show the progress that's being made with some modern 2 strokes.

What setting do you ride yours on James?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: whitedelight on March 17, 2013, 02:27:11 pm
Nice vid Brett,glad to see everything coming right in your prep work.I would be pooped after asession lie that.Damn I need to get fit.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: jpcussen on March 17, 2013, 02:37:27 pm
I rode a friends KTM 300 in Dec while on holiday in the Transkei. For a 2 stroke it's power is very manageable, depending which one of the 3 settings you have selected on the power valve. The setting his was on made the bike feel more like a 4 stroke than a 2 and very different to a YZ250 2 stroke. It had none of that sudden violent kick than got you outta shape by surprise and was far more linear. Apparently the more extreme setting on the power valve turns it into an animal to handle and you really need to handle it with respect.
Just goes to show the progress that's being made with some modern 2 strokes.

What setting do you ride yours on James?


Yes, that's very important with the 300... Also depends on what terrain you will be riding.

Mine is on the green spring - least aggressive delivery, and the power valve is turned all the way in. I also have a mapping switch which limits the power delivery and that's awesome in rocks and technical stuff.

If I was to race Wellington again for example, I would go yellow spring, power valve screwed out a bit, and a 48 sprocket. Then you have a fast machine!
It's great how you can tweak and tune modern 2 smokes and the 300 gives you scope to do that as it has so much power.
Red spring is for maniacs and an early grave apparently!! Buried with no arms as they were ripped off.

It's like day and night to the YZ, I rode on and found it extremely unforgiving.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 17, 2013, 09:20:07 pm
Only saw the video now, it looks lekker!!  :thumleft:

No vids of any offs?

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 17, 2013, 09:35:41 pm
Na, fortunately the battery ran flat just before my first big off in the mud :-)
Pity, it would have made for some epic footage :-)
I need to stop making a habit of wiping out, it makes the race recovery a mission. Left hand still aina from my over the bar incident, makes clutching difficult but fortunately ok on the MTB.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 27, 2013, 10:04:49 am
March update:

It's been quite a busy month with plenty happenings. I managed to successful complete the Argus the day after the Wellington event despite spraining my hand. Fortunately I rode the race with my 62 yr old step-father so I was able to take it fairly easy most of the time  ;D

I've also been spending much more time on my mountain bike lately. The Epic has clearly motivated me  :) It's a cheaper alternative to dirt biking and gives you a great workout and sharpens up your reflexes as well. We'll find out how much it helps at the next race in Botriver  :thumleft:

Last week I said goodbye to my faithful KDX   :'( and took delivery of her replacement last night, a 2009 YZ250  :biggrin:.
I thought long and hard before making the decision to go for the 250 instead of a new 300 but it eventually came down to rands and cents. As much as what I wanted a new 300 I just couldn't imagine dropping R85K on a dirt bike and then trashing it to pieces over the weekend. I also wanted to avoid an HP if at all possible.

The YZ came along at a price I really couldn't say no to. Besides a weighted flywheel, the bike is stock. This means I'll need to shell out a few bucks to spec her for Offroad but fortunately I can do that over time. The motor still feels very crisp and sharp and the tires are almost new.
First point of call will be a total strip-down over Easter weekend, a good service, a 15 tooth front sprocket, then a visit to CP racing to get the forks re-valved and finally a visit to Droomers Yamaha for some new plastics and sticker kit.

I'm feeling a bit like a Bulls supporter now... My bloed is behoorlik BLOU... 4 Yamaha's standing in the garage. One might even mistake me for being a brand slut  ;)

On the racing side the next WPATV Offroad race is only on the 18th May in Bonnievale so it's a long wait.
Fortunately the new WCOC club is hosting an event on the 6th April in Botriver. I'll be racing that event in the Social class (2 hour event). It'll be a bench mark for me on the YZ as well and will allow me to iron out the kinks.

Take care and enjoy your Easter break.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on March 27, 2013, 10:12:47 am
March update:

It's been quite a busy month with plenty happenings. I managed to successful complete the Argus the day after the Wellington event despite spraining my hand. Fortunately I rode the race with my 62 yr old step-father so I was able to take it fairly easy most of the time  ;D

I've also been spending much more time on my mountain bike lately. The Epic has clearly motivated me  :) It's a cheaper alternative to dirt biking and gives you a great workout and sharpens up your reflexes as well. We'll find out how much it helps at the next race in Botriver  :thumleft:

Last week I said goodbye to my faithful KDX   :'( and took delivery of her replacement last night, a 2009 YZ250  :biggrin:.
I thought long and hard before making the decision to go for the 250 instead of a new 300 but it eventually came down to rands and cents. As much as what I wanted a new 300 I just couldn't imagine dropping R85K on a dirt bike and then trashing it to pieces over the weekend. I also wanted to avoid an HP if at all possible.

The YZ came along at a price I really couldn't say no to. Besides a weighted flywheel, the bike is stock. This means I'll need to shell out a few bucks to spec her for Offroad but fortunately I can do that over time. The motor still feels very crisp and sharp and the tires are almost new.
First point of call will be a total strip-down over Easter weekend, a good service, a 15 tooth front sprocket, then a visit to CP racing to get the forks re-valved and finally a visit to Droomers Yamaha for some new plastics and sticker kit.

I'm feeling a bit like a Bulls supporter now... My bloed is behoorlik BLOU... 4 Yamaha's standing in the garage. One might even mistake me for being a brand slut  ;)

On the racing side the next WPATV Offroad race is only on the 18th May in Bonnievale so it's a long wait.
Fortunately the new WCOC club is hosting an event on the 6th April in Botriver. I'll be racing that event in the Social class (2 hour event). It'll be a bench mark for me on the YZ as well and will allow me to iron out the kinks.

Take care and enjoy your Easter break.


Congrats  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Pom17 on March 27, 2013, 10:16:00 am
Nice Buff :thumleft:

just out of curiosity, what does a revalve generally cost?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on March 27, 2013, 10:17:43 am
Just one question why are you going to a 15 tooth front sprocket?
I would have thought you should go the other way to give you a shorter 1st gear for the technical stuff.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on March 27, 2013, 10:20:18 am
Nice Buff :thumleft:

just out of curiosity, what does a revalve generally cost?

Did my RM recently; it came to about 2k which included a service of the rear linkage, new grips and other odds and sods like oils etc.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Beserker on March 27, 2013, 10:24:13 am
I've also been spending much more time on my mountain bike lately. The Epic has clearly motivated me  :) It's a cheaper alternative to dirt biking and gives you a great workout and sharpens up your reflexes as well. We'll find out how much it helps at the next race in Botriver  :thumleft:

Dean does about 80% of his training on MTB.... apart from being cheaper, if you focus on the fitness aspect of it, you are less prone to injury.

Other positive spin offs are technical reflex, balance, conserving energy strategies...I was amazed at the positive effect of the strategy, till I read about Cyril Duprez, and his run up to the 2013 Dakar....a serious lot of cycling went into his effort.

Fortunately the new WCOC club is hosting an event on the 6th April in Botriver.

Very nice track, completely different from Riebeeck West. Throttle finesse and momentum will be key to good laptimes. Very up and down, loose slippery small rocks and off-camber riding.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: jpcussen on March 27, 2013, 10:33:18 am
WTF Buff - is that a Super10 in the garage!?

I expect to see you on that next time we are in Atlantis bud... lets keep things fair and on an even keel...!

Congrats on the YZ - soon you will now be able to reach things on the top shelf as you arms will be stretched a few inches longer
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 27, 2013, 10:46:09 am
Just one question why are you going to a 15 tooth front sprocket?
I would have thought you should go the other way to give you a shorter 1st gear for the technical stuff.

@RR, to be honest, I'm going this way at GJ's recommendation who's been racing this setup for a while now. The standard 13 on the YZ with a standard box makes 1st too short so the bike wants to stand on its back wheel all the time. A 15 takes the edge off it a bit. I've ridden GJ's a few times and it works a treat  :thumleft:
He's also added a Rekleus clutch which is just freakin awesome. I know some guys don't like them but I fell in love with it the first time I used it  :3some:

@ Beserker... yep, mountain biking is the way many of the top pros are going. Even Troy Bayliss used to spend more time on his bicycle than his superbike to prepare for racing.
As a matter of interest, the guy who bought my KDX will be doing his 7th Roof this year with 5 finishes to his name already. He's in his 50's and he recons by far the majority of his training is done on his mountain bike with the odd offroad ride thrown in over the weekends to get his clutch control and technical skills sharpened.

With the cost of racing being what it is, it makes a lot of sense to use the MTB where possible  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Buff on March 27, 2013, 11:01:49 am
WTF Buff - is that a Super10 in the garage!?

I expect to see you on that next time we are in Atlantis bud... lets keep things fair and on an even keel...!

Congrats on the YZ - soon you will now be able to reach things on the top shelf as you arms will be stretched a few inches longer

Bwahahaha  :imaposer: you funny man you. If I had the S10 there the last time we were there I'd still be in those dunes digging it out :)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Buff on March 27, 2013, 11:04:07 am
Nice Buff :thumleft:

just out of curiosity, what does a revalve generally cost?

I'll let you know when I'm done but apparently around R1200 and obviously more if it's oil & seals.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Pom17 on March 27, 2013, 11:29:34 am
Nice Buff :thumleft:

just out of curiosity, what does a revalve generally cost?

I'll let you know when I'm done but apparently around R1200 and obviously more if it's oil & seals.

Thanks :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: jpcussen on March 27, 2013, 01:16:52 pm
WTF Buff - is that a Super10 in the garage!?

I expect to see you on that next time we are in Atlantis bud... lets keep things fair and on an even keel...!

Congrats on the YZ - soon you will now be able to reach things on the top shelf as you arms will be stretched a few inches longer

Bwahahaha  :imaposer: you funny man you. If I had the S10 there the last time we were there I'd still be in those dunes digging it out :)

You'll be fine bud - always surprising how well the big bikes can go in the sand once you get a bit used to it... just heavier to pick up thats all ;  )
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: GJ on March 27, 2013, 02:05:21 pm
Geluk boet,nou gaan jy n man word.Jy moet net oop hou en vas hou :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Buff on March 27, 2013, 02:28:43 pm
Geluk boet,nou gaan jy n man word.Jy moet net oop hou en vas hou :ricky:

Dankie coach  ;)  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Beserker on March 27, 2013, 02:49:56 pm
Geluk boet,nou gaan jy n man word.Jy moet net oop hou en vas hou :ricky:
Dankie coach  ;)  ;D

Het jy al "Coach" se MTB gesien....hy het 'n mouter in..   :deal:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on March 27, 2013, 03:14:19 pm
Nice bike Buff.. very nice  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Breekbeen on March 28, 2013, 07:22:17 pm
Jy sal daai nuwe fiets moet kom toets hier in die berg.. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 29, 2013, 02:06:09 am
Lekker Buff, nice to see you are a true Bloubul ;D

I concur the 15 sprocket will get your speed way up there - totally worth it.

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
Post by: Rough Rider on March 29, 2013, 10:28:28 am
Just one question why are you going to a 15 tooth front sprocket?
I would have thought you should go the other way to give you a shorter 1st gear for the technical stuff.

@RR, to be honest, I'm going this way at GJ's recommendation who's been racing this setup for a while now. The standard 13 on the YZ with a standard box makes 1st too short so the bike wants to stand on its back wheel all the time. A 15 takes the edge off it a bit. I've ridden GJ's a few times and it works a treat  :thumleft:


I have gone the other way on my RM and have one tooth less on the counter sprocket, as I find it easier in the technical stuff and it really does not need more top end speed.

I once bought a KDX, which was set-up exactly like Brett Lewis' championship winning KDX at the request of the original buyer when he bought the bike new. All the power at the top end, long gearing, reworked suspension etc. When I bought the bike I soon discovered that I was not Brett and found the bike very difficult to ride, very different to the other KDX's I had owned. What works well for a top rider does not necessarily work for a week-end warrior. I ended up hurting myself on that bike and hated riding it; it got a good kick from me every time I went in the garage   :laughing4:

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Buff on March 29, 2013, 12:08:52 pm
I hear you RR and I'll be the first to admit that at this moment in time, the YZ is probably too much bike for me. It's the kind of bike that needs to be ridden hard for that suspension to work best and it's going to take me some time to get the confidence and skill up to be able to do that successfully. I'll try my best to set the bike up to work best for my riding style and take it from there.
I'm putting in the hard yards at the moment and if I can stay injury free, I'm pretty sure I'll get the hang of the little beast. The few times I rode GJ's bike, it just felt like it worked for me so I'm really looking forward to riding this bike.

The bike is currently running a 14/48 sprocket so I'll leave that on until I've ridden it a few times and then decide which direction to go.
The Botrivier offroad race next weekend will be a great benchmark. I'm only riding social class because it's a WCOC event so no pressure and plenty time to test  :thumleft:

It's currently on the stand in the garage getting stripped and serviced and then we'll be hitting the trails tomorrow morning in Stellenbosch  :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Beserker on March 29, 2013, 09:18:38 pm
It's the kind of bike that needs to be ridden hard for that suspension to work best and it's going to take me some time to get the confidence and skill up to be able to do that successfully. ...The few times I rode GJ's bike, it just felt like it worked for me so I'm really looking forward to riding this bike.

The Botrivier offroad race next weekend will be a great benchmark.

IMHO, if you need to ride the bike hard (beyond your capability), in order for the suspension to work for you, a re-valve is in order.
As you progress, and require something firmer, another revalve....your suspension is what keeps you going in the direction that you want, and gets the power to the ground and you moving.

It is the one performance mod that needs to be done, and revisited a few times per year, not only to cater for your improved riding ability, but also for transitioning from off road to enduro.

Spend some time at Stellenbosch today, see if you can open up some track to the NE side, that whole area is under utilised.

Unfortunately won't be able to join you, putting the finishing touches to the Botrivier course, and mark my words, it will test your suspension..still some fast sections, but the slower, although not overly technical, sections will favour those that can keep wheelspin to a minimum, and suspension that can track the terrain.  :thumleft:

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Rough Rider on March 30, 2013, 11:08:23 am
It's the kind of bike that needs to be ridden hard for that suspension to work best and it's going to take me some time to get the confidence and skill up to be able to do that successfully. ...The few times I rode GJ's bike, it just felt like it worked for me so I'm really looking forward to riding this bike.

The Botrivier offroad race next weekend will be a great benchmark.


Unfortunately won't be able to join you, putting the finishing touches to the Botrivier course, and mark my words, it will test your suspension..still some fast sections, but the slower, although not overly technical, sections will favour those that can keep wheelspin to a minimum, and suspension that can track the terrain.  :thumleft:



I will definitely give that a miss then  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Beserker on March 30, 2013, 11:10:54 pm
I will definitely give that a miss then  :biggrin:

Driving rain and wind made it tricky, but definately an awesome course at a first time venue.

You will be surprised at the scenery...definately one of the better ones.

Quite relentless, with just enough breathing space to keep you coming back for more. Regardless of what your racing expectation is, it will leave you with a sense of satified achievement.

Wasn't very happy with Riebeeck West venue, but one has to make do with what one has.

Dean helped me today, and he reckons it is awesome.

Good luck to everybody that has entered.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Beserker on March 30, 2013, 11:14:39 pm
Apologies for the hijack, but to enter, entries must be done online on the following website www.racecontrol.co.za.  (http://www.racecontrol.co.za.)

If you are not entering, come check it out, I'm sure Buff will give out some autographs  8)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Buff on March 31, 2013, 12:21:27 am
LOL... thanks Beserker, sounds like we're in for an interesting course. Give me a shout if you need help laying out a track, I'd love to help (if I'm not racing of course).
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Beserker on March 31, 2013, 08:28:04 am
I'd love to help (if I'm not racing of course).

Or you can stretch yourself, and help with the kiddies track...really difficult (we take the seniors age in consideration, and tone it down for you guys  ;D )

Jokes aside, I reckon it is a nice one this, making up for the fact that we're not doing Montagu this year.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Buff on March 31, 2013, 08:22:52 pm
We had an awesome family day out on the bikes today in Stellenbosch. I'm busy teaching our eldest daughter (8yrs old) how to ride on her little PW80 and in the space of 1hr she went from an apprehensive, nervous beginner to a mad grinning and whooping biker chick :-)
I can't begin to explain how proud we were of her. Once she "got it", we couldn't get her off the bike, she just wanted to ride & ride. She'd come cruising passed the bakkie shouting "Freedom"... Bwhahahaha, I think she's already discovered the essence of biking.

So then Mom decided she wanted to have a spin on the PeeWee and BOOM, she has hooked, hook, line & sinker. She was tearing around the dirt like a possessed biker mom. So much so that I was getting nervous of the speed she was riding at. Those pw80's sure have a surprising amount of get up and go, I might need to put a limiter on it to slow it down :-)

Even our youngest little 3yr old girl, who has always been too afraid to climb on a bike with me came running up to me saying she also wants to ride. She was obviously so encourage by seeing her Mom & sister riding that she overcame her own fears, so I put her on the YZ with me and the two of us plotted along in 1st behind her sister on the Peewee. I guess it's not going to be long before I'm shopping for a PW50 as well :-)

Needless to say, I had 3 very excited girls in the bakkie on the way home and a wife that wants a little dirt bike, as in yesterday. She was even walking around the house earlier looking what she can sell to buy a bike, I think I've created a monster :-)

So onto the WhyZee250. After spending the past 2 days in the garage going through almost every nut & bolt on the bike, I took her out today to try and dial in the suspension as best as I can.
After the 1st ride, all I can say is WhooooHoo. This bike has one insanely crisp motor and wants to stand up straight at every opportunity. I've never pulled off so many involuntary wheelies in my life :-) The previously owner said it had a weighted flywheel but I think I might need to go for a heavier weight to tone it down some more.
I managed to get in a good few laps and played around with the compression and damping quite a bit. I got it set to what I think will work for me but I need to spend me time on it to be sure.
It's definitely going in for some valving work as it still worked me over good and proper. Arm pump se moer pappie, even my hands were cramping :-)

It's a very different ride to the KDX, not nearly as comfortable but oh so much quicker. Scrubbing off speed requires way more attention and so to climbing on the gas because of the crisp power band. I found myself concentrating a lot more on weighting the outside peg to get as much traction as possible. You certainly work a helluva lot more on it but I loved every minute so it's all good :-)
If the weather behaves itself I'll be out there again tomorrow.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: BlueBull2007 on March 31, 2013, 08:42:19 pm
Wow Buff - A bikers dream come true.

I have the same experience, Mrs BB loves riding, as do my two kids 13 & 16.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Rough Rider on March 31, 2013, 09:57:40 pm
We had an awesome family day out on the bikes today in Stellenbosch. I'm busy teaching our eldest daughter (8yrs old) how to ride on her little PW80 and in the space of 1hr she went from an apprehensive, nervous beginner to a mad grinning and whooping biker chick :-)
I can't begin to explain how proud we were of her. Once she "got it", we couldn't get her off the bike, she just wanted to ride & ride. She'd come cruising passed the bakkie shouting "Freedom"... Bwhahahaha, I think she's already discovered the essence of biking.

So then Mom decided she wanted to have a spin on the PeeWee and BOOM, she has hooked, hook, line & sinker. She was tearing around the dirt like a possessed biker mom. So much so that I was getting nervous of the speed she was riding at. Those pw80's sure have a surprising amount of get up and go, I might need to put a limiter on it to slow it down :-)

Even our youngest little 3yr old girl, who has always been too afraid to climb on a bike with me came running up to me saying she also wants to ride. She was obviously so encourage by seeing her Mom & sister riding that she overcame her own fears, so I put her on the YZ with me and the two of us plotted along in 1st behind her sister on the Peewee. I guess it's not going to be long before I'm shopping for a PW50 as well :-)

Needless to say, I had 3 very excited girls in the bakkie on the way home and a wife that wants a little dirt bike, as in yesterday. She was even walking around the house earlier looking what she can sell to buy a bike, I think I've created a monster :-)

So onto the WhyZee250. After spending the past 2 days in the garage going through almost every nut & bolt on the bike, I took her out today to try and dial in the suspension as best as I can.
After the 1st ride, all I can say is WhooooHoo. This bike has one insanely crisp motor and wants to stand up straight at every opportunity. I've never pulled off so many involuntary wheelies in my life :-) The previously owner said it had a weighted flywheel but I think I might need to go for a heavier weight to tone it down some more.
I managed to get in a good few laps and played around with the compression and damping quite a bit. I got it set to what I think will work for me but I need to spend me time on it to be sure.
It's definitely going in for some valving work as it still worked me over good and proper. Arm pump se moer pappie, even my hands were cramping :-)

It's a very different ride to the KDX, not nearly as comfortable but oh so much quicker. Scrubbing off speed requires way more attention and so to climbing on the gas because of the crisp power band. I found myself concentrating a lot more on weighting the outside peg to get as much traction as possible. You certainly work a helluva lot more on it but I loved every minute so it's all good :-)
If the weather behaves itself I'll be out there again tomorrow.

Where you going to ride tomorrow?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Buff on April 01, 2013, 08:21:48 am
In this weather the only thing I'm going to ride is a stationary bike in the gym ;-)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Rough Rider on April 01, 2013, 09:53:42 am
In this weather the only thing I'm going to ride is a stationary bike in the gym ;-)

Bring your bike to Table View and I will show you around Parklands. You cannot get better weather for a Parklands ride  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: whitedelight on April 02, 2013, 09:23:19 am
Wow Brett you just turned an expensive sport into a really expensive family sport. Good for you :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Buff on April 02, 2013, 09:44:35 am
Tell me about it :-)

The advantage is I'm learning a whole lot about the technical side of biking because I'm forced to spanner on the dirt bikes myself now.

Yesterday I stripped and serviced the front and rear suspension on the PW80. Taking apart those front forks was interesting. I don't think they had ever been serviced in the bikes lifetime. The only oil in them was this thick black crud. I had to flush them 3 times before they started to feel like a fork should.

I'm loving it though, it's refreshing to learn something new. Thank God for iPads and PDF user manuals though, I'd be lost without them :-)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Beserker on April 06, 2013, 07:26:35 am
R-R-R-Raceday.

Let there be rock (and twists and turns)

Drive safe, ride like you stole it....good luck everyone!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Buff on April 06, 2013, 10:03:35 am
LOL... Thanks Dave, sitting at the Peregrine farm stall now carbo-loading :-)

Fitted a 15 tooth front sprocket on the YZ last night in an effort to calm her down a bit, looking forward to see how much difference it makes.

I'm only riding social today so I won't be trying to cane it, gonna take it easy, get to know the bike and enjoy the route you laid out for us :-)

RR to follow :-)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Pom17 on April 08, 2013, 08:21:37 am
Hoe dit toe gegaan
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Snafu on April 08, 2013, 09:12:41 am
Hoe dit toe gegaan

Kom nou man, dit was mos darem al Saterdag gewees!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) with Ride Reports
Post by: Buff on April 08, 2013, 01:28:31 pm
You damn slave drivers  :laughing4:

BOTRIVER OFFROAD

Saturday marked my first Offroad attempt on the new addition to my Man Cave, my YZ250. I had spent most of Easter weekend stripping and prepping the bike and had only managed one ride on it in an attempt to dial in the MX suspension as best I could. I was literally chomping at the bit to get some playtime on the bike.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/YZ_zpsaa60850f.jpg)

A late evening call from GJ (Gideon) on Thursday evening advising me to swop my 14 tooth front sprocket for a 15 saw me doing some frantic searching on Friday morning. Droomers Yamaha came to the party and had one in the shop for me to collect by 2pm that afternoon, thanks fellas.

Thanks to GJ as well for the good advice, the 15 tooth proved a lifesaver on the climbs.

The Botriver race falls under the auspices of the WCOC club (juniors & quads). I belong to the WPATV club so points collected here do not count towards our club championship. This meant that quite a few of the WPATV members only entered the Social class to get in some training for our next event in May. It fact, it was probably the strongest social class youíre likely to ever see with GJ and his son Rensie in the mix. To give you an idea, after starting in on the 19th row of the grid Rensie was leading the race overall by the end of the 2nd lap

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/grid_zpsc5103fce.jpg)

Anyway, I digress, I was keen on riding in social as it would also allow me to take it easy and get a good feel for the new boney without any pressure to perform (not that Iíve performed at all this season), but Iím sure you know what I mean.

So on to the race:

The setting at Botriver was stunning, with rolling mountains and beautiful vistas. You just knew the track was going to be good before the flag even dropped. We were hoping the little rain from the night before would help with the dust but having the quads out on the route before us cancelled out that idea out very quickly. Dust sandwiches were the order of the day.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Start_zps81b793d7.jpg)

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Start1_zps9bcf4831.jpg)

The flag dropped and on the second turn out of the farm yard, I realised I wasnít on the KDX when I hooked 3rd, grabbed a handful and the front wheel stood up on me. Allo allo, I can get used to this

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Wheelie_zps770f522d.jpg)

I was stoked to hit the first section of single track first in our start bunch of 4 because it saved me eating dust and then I went and cocked it up while taking the easiest little mud crossing way too gingerly and got the back wheel stuck. Drat & dammit ^&*@#

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Firstsingletrack_zpsbf4a6d35.jpg)

It was all rather embarrassing so while I was flailing around like an idiot, I got passed by most of the guys on the grid row behind me.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/6mud_zps821d5ab7.jpg)

The poor visibility due to the dust and lurkers made life interesting and caught a few riders off-guard early in the race.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/5mandown_zps80437047.jpg)

You canít see much in this kinda dust so you have to take it easy

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/7zerovis_zps051406a1.jpg)

Check the views, lekker innie Kaap ne

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/8view_zpsf1b52916.jpg)

One of the marshals en-route marking the helmet stickers to make sure no one was taking short cuts

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/9marshal_zpsffb9792a.jpg)

The YZ was performing awesomely and I was having so much fun on the faster bits. The only down side was the suspension which definitely needs some valving work because I was bouncing off way to many rocks for my liking and getting unnecessary arm pump.

I managed to pass a good few social riders early on but got blitzed a few time was well.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/10overtake_zps8130b215.jpg)

The track was well marked and had a good mix of everything. The off-cambers remain my nemesis and Iím still approaching them way too carefully. Itís something I definitely need to work on in the future. The most technical part of the route was one steep dusty climb that you approached with a 90 degree turn to the left and then hit a rock ledge immediately. It caught a good few riders out, including myself.

Before I knew it, the 1st lap was over and I was pulling into the pits. Without doubt, I had the prettiest pit crew at the race. Rensieís girlfriend was kind enough to assist with the refuelling.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/11pitcrew_zpse66994e6.jpg)

On lap 2 things went even better. I knew the route and was able to hang a bit of cable and play around one the bike. As I approached that steep climb for the 2nd time I noticed one of the Wilddogs, ďLoodĒ standing a little way up from the rocky step-up. Lood had decided to do the event on his XR650L as part of his training for the Amageza and this little climb proved his undoing. I had nothing to lose so I stopped to assist. He mentioned heíd been stuck there for around 20mins and was fairly buggered by that stage from all his attempts at the climb. With a bit of effort and a few suggestions he tackled it again and made it up without any mishaps. Good one Lood.

The stranded 650:

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/12650L_zps9be3bad0.jpg)

This climb was proper steep; check the YZ stepping out behind Lood:

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/17Lood2_zpsa3f877da.jpg)

Just before I got back on the bike one of the ladies (Tazza) hit the hill and ran into trouble as well. I couldnít leave her there so I assisted her as well.

This is going to end badly:

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/15badend_zps0bf6cc79.jpg)

Tazzaís KTM needed a rest:

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/16tassa_zps291be2b0.jpg)

But for every up thereís a down, even if they were rutted and dusty they were still fun:

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/18descent_zps4482bfe5.jpg)

I also found GJ stranded next to the course on this lap with a flat front tyre that halted his progress.

The only incident I had in the race was when I hit a lurking ditch in the riverbed with a bit too much speed. The back end kicked up and pitched me over the bars. I somehow managed to hold onto the bike after kissing the front mudguard (I seem to be making a habit of doing this) but hurt my right hand in the process. Itís not broken or sprained but I canít close it without some serious discomfort today. Anyway, it wasnít bad enough to stop me from continuing so I pushed on. I managed 3 laps in the allotted 2hrs which I was fairly happy with.

The bike was a pleasure to ride, I had a whole lot of fun and the fitness levels are definitely improving.

The YZ will be going in for some fork valving this week and then itís a long wait till our next WPATV series race on the 18th May in Bonnievale.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Pom17 on April 08, 2013, 01:44:45 pm
 :hello2: :hello2: :hello2:

Thanks Buff. Glad you are enjoying the new YZ :thumleft: :thumleft:

RR's like these that makes me want to start enduros as well  :-\
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: J-dog on April 08, 2013, 02:35:32 pm
Nice stuff, Buff. That dust looked a bugger though.  :patch:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Buff on April 08, 2013, 07:08:59 pm
It was a bitch, especially when the lappers start catching you and you can't see jack shit. You're forced to back off because it's just too risky. But it's part of racing I guess and it doesn't seem to bother the youngsters, they're flippin fearless.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: LoodPb on April 08, 2013, 08:11:54 pm
So here I am, the bloke with the Xr 650! Now let me tell you guys what kind of a guy Buff is, Buff is the kind of guy that stops to help a guy like me, like the add says: ENOUGH SAID !!!!!

Thanks Buff, big thumbs up to you mate :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

P.S I decided to call my XR  "die trekker" after Saturday, not very fast but boy is it strong, after you helped me on that "little climb" the first time I sommer went straight for the bushes the second time round, much easier!!!

Again thanks for the advice and the help.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: SteveD on April 08, 2013, 08:41:27 pm
It was a bitch, especially when the lappers start catching you and you can't see jack shit. You're forced to back off because it's just too risky. But it's part of racing I guess and it doesn't seem to bother the youngsters, they're flippin fearless.

Brilliant photos and commentary  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Buff on April 08, 2013, 09:00:45 pm
So here I am, the bloke with the Xr 650! Now let me tell you guys what kind of a guy Buff is, Buff is the kind of guy that stops to help a guy like me, like the add says: ENOUGH SAID !!!!!

Thanks Buff, big thumbs up to you mate :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

P.S I decided to call my XR  "die trekker" after Saturday, not very fast but boy is it strong, after you helped me on that "little climb" the first time I sommer went straight for the bushes the second time round, much easier!!!

Again thanks for the advice and the help.

Hey Lood, it's a pleasure fella, it's the least I could do for a fellow dog :-)
Glad you're still in one piece and well done for tackling that course on your 650, there's not many okes that have the kahoonas to do what you did on Sat, including myself. I take my hat off to you sir. If you do that a few more times you'll definitely be ready for the Amageza as I can't see it being any more technical than what you faced in this race.
Good luck with the rest of your training, hope to see you out there again sometime soon.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Martin-DR650 on April 08, 2013, 11:05:00 pm
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: J-dog on April 09, 2013, 07:13:31 am
So here I am, the bloke with the Xr 650! Now let me tell you guys what kind of a guy Buff is, Buff is the kind of guy that stops to help a guy like me, like the add says: ENOUGH SAID !!!!!

Thanks Buff, big thumbs up to you mate :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

P.S I decided to call my XR  "die trekker" after Saturday, not very fast but boy is it strong, after you helped me on that "little climb" the first time I sommer went straight for the bushes the second time round, much easier!!!

Again thanks for the advice and the help.

 :imaposer:  I would have loved to have seen the looks in the pits and starting line up when you arrived with your tractor!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: LoodPb on April 09, 2013, 03:24:09 pm
I would call it bemusity, combination of bemusement and pity! :ricky: :lol8:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: LoodPb on April 12, 2013, 08:11:53 pm
So Buff, you going to Bonnyvale on the 18th of May?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Buff on April 12, 2013, 08:34:14 pm
Oh yeah, that's round 3 of the WPATV Offroad series so I'll be trying to race that one :-)

Are we going to see you there?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: LoodPb on April 12, 2013, 08:38:52 pm
Unfortunately for the racers it looks like I'll be there!!! Lots of passing the guy on the 650 AGAIN! :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: LoodPb on April 12, 2013, 08:44:44 pm
But I think I might put on the stock tank for these races and bring back the acerbis later this year for Amageza, also Im definitely getting a proper off raod tyre for the front as well, that ds tyre in front not tracking so lekker!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Buff on April 12, 2013, 09:08:34 pm
Great stuff. You might find Bonnievale a bit more technical than Botrivier, especially if it's wet. I can't remember there being anything there besides a slippery stream crossing that might challenge you. However, we aren't racing with the quads anymore this year so they might add a few extra  technical bits. They've done this on the past 2 events, especially Caledon.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: LoodPb on April 12, 2013, 09:40:48 pm
Do you think the XR can make it :peepwall:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Buff on April 12, 2013, 10:40:57 pm
For sure, jy's mos yster op daai thumper :-)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: GJ on April 12, 2013, 11:04:15 pm
Jy moet oefen Buff, jy is mos nou 'n volwaardige lid van my Droomers Yamaha offroad span! Jy mag nie naam weggooi nie. ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Buff on April 13, 2013, 10:21:05 am
Oh f*k, HKGK :-)

Moet jy nie worry nie, ek oefen my gat af, een van die dae ry ek julle almal in julle moer ;-)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: GJ on April 13, 2013, 07:08:56 pm
Mooi man,so bek kort jam
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Buff on April 13, 2013, 08:34:32 pm
:laughing4:

Ja nee, I can talk the talk, now I just need to walk the walk  ::)

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Buff on April 15, 2013, 04:16:21 pm
We were fortunate enough to spend our Dec holiday at Mazeppa Bay in the Transkei and while I was cleaning up photo's on my phone today, I came across these pics that I took on a few of our outrides. I thought I would share them here  :thumleft:

The riding in the Transkei has to rate as some of the most awesome in the world. Guys who live there are truly spoil to ride in such splendour but make no mistake, it's not easy. Those gorges are steep and it's hot & humid in them. You end up sweating like a dog and dehydrate in no time.
 
Gotta admit though, if I had this terrain to train on in my back yard, The Roof would be high up on my agenda  ;)

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Buff on April 15, 2013, 04:20:27 pm
A few more

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on April 15, 2013, 06:25:04 pm
wow that looks so awesome.. really what riding is all about. fantastic  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Beserker on April 15, 2013, 07:06:07 pm
Have you checked out the SeaToSki race later this year.....pity you sold the KDX in that case  :deal:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=117030.msg2269257#msg2269257 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=117030.msg2269257#msg2269257)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Buff on April 15, 2013, 07:57:09 pm
Yes, I had a good long hard look at it and decided I have some way to go before I'm talented enough to tackle a challenge like that. But it's already been added to the bucket list  ;)  

The 2 guys I rode with regularly in the Transkei both had multiple Roof finishes under their belts and I struggled to do some of the stuff they were doing in the gorges (obviously). Bear in mind this are banana boys, they do this kinda riding every weekend if the want to. Just don't give them sand, they struggle with it like crazy  ;D

Strangely enough, the KDX did not cope well with the extreme climbs, it never had enough low down torque with the FMF pipe. Apparently the standard pipe is better for the more technical stuff.
On the one section Dave (another one) had to ride it out for me because I ran out of talent and even he wiped out on the KDX.
The guy who bought my KDX is actually going to put the standard pipe back on it (I still ha dit) and do the Roof on it this year.

They kind of put me off the Roof permanently when they mentioned that the Roof climbs were equally as technical but each one was around 10 times longer. It sort of blew my mind, I can't believe guys and bikes can handle that kind of punishment. On the one gorge of a few hundred meters I wiped out about 4 times and it's insanely tiresome wrestling a bike on those slopes. Then you still need to try and kickstart it  :'(

Interestingly though, by the end of the holiday I was breazing up climbs that I was struggling with and the beginning of the holiday. In this sport, practice certainly makes perfect... and confidence helps a whole lot as well  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Rough Rider on April 16, 2013, 09:35:30 am
Yes, I had a good long hard look at it and decided I have some way to go before I'm talented enough to tackle a challenge like that. But it's already been added to the bucket list :-)  

The 2 guys I rode with regularly in the Transkei both had multiple Roof finishes behind them and I struggled to do some of the stuff they were doing in the gorges (obviously). Just don't give them sand, they struggle with it like crazy :-)

Strangely enough, the KDX did not cope well with the extreme climbs, it never had enough low down torque with the FMF pipe. Apparently the standard pipe is better for the very technical stuff.
On the one section Dave (another one) had to ride it out for me because I ran out of talent and even he wiped out on the KDX.

They kind of put me off the Roof permanently when they mentioned that the Roof climbs were equally as technical but each one was around 10 times longer. It sort of blew my mind, I can't believe guys and bikes can handle that kind of punishment.

Interestingly though, by the end of the holiday I was breazing up climbs that I was struggling with and the beginning of the holiday. In this sport, practice certainly makes perfect... and confidence helps a whole lot as well.

If you want to do that technical stuff on a KDX you should fit the KDX 220 barrel and piston with the FMF torque pipe, it has so much more bottom and finds traction everywhere. Of all the KDX's I have owned the 220 with the 200 carb was by far the best one for me.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Beserker on April 16, 2013, 11:49:43 am
If you want to do that technical stuff on a KDX you should fit the KDX 220 barrel and piston with the FMF torque pipe, it has so much more bottom and finds traction everywhere. Of all the KDX's I have owned the 220 with the 200 carb was by far the best one for me.

FMF Torque pipe, Boyeson reeds check, check.

I love mine.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Beserker on April 22, 2013, 03:24:00 pm
Coming up...

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Beserker on April 22, 2013, 03:30:49 pm
Seems from lesson learnt at Botrivier....Bikes first, hopefully less dust, but more route finding.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Buff on April 22, 2013, 04:01:31 pm
Seems from lesson learnt at Botrivier....Bikes first, hopefully less dust, but more route finding.

Great stuff, it doesn't worry me too much because by the time I get there the front runners have opened it up for me  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Beserker on April 22, 2013, 07:08:19 pm
......by the time I get there the front runners have opened it up for me  ;D

Always good to have a strategy  ::)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: LoodPb on April 25, 2013, 07:34:41 am
My strategy would be.......... If it looks to steep, head for the bushes! :peepwall:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Botriver RR added pg12
Post by: Buff on April 25, 2013, 09:31:19 am
LOL... you're a quick learner :-) Bushes = Traction, which is probably why the environmentalists love us so much... NOT :-)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Buff on April 29, 2013, 04:32:59 pm
Quick status update:

My training is going really well. I haven't been spending a ton of time on the dirt bike but been in the gym and on the mountain bike quite a lot. I'm quite keen to see if it's going to pay off at the next race on the 18th in Bonnievale or if TITS is what I should be focussing on  ;).

On the YZ250 side, a BEEG shout out to David at DROOMERS YAMAHA and Erich from KONTRA SIGNS for tricking my bike out with a really neat personalized sticker kit  :drif:

Now that the bike looks the part, I'm gonna have to raise my game  :) Just hope I can avoid falling off because I'd hate to scratch it now  ;D

Keep an eye out for the Droomers Yamaha Team at the next Offroad  :thumleft:

Before and After pics
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Pom17 on April 29, 2013, 05:34:19 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on April 30, 2013, 04:43:21 pm
WOW that looke really sweet..  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: whitedelight on April 30, 2013, 05:07:37 pm
Looks great B  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: LoodPb on April 30, 2013, 08:47:09 pm
Hey Buff, bike looks great, just tell me where I should ambush the other guys with my Xr so you can take the lead, come the 18th!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: buzzlightyear on April 30, 2013, 10:43:58 pm
Nice!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: J-dog on May 02, 2013, 12:39:32 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Beserker on May 02, 2013, 01:13:07 pm
Dunno who has been following this thread:

http://www.cape-enduro.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?f=108&t=7719 (http://www.cape-enduro.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?f=108&t=7719)

Essentially it deals with one of our riding spots, Macasser, which I started to research after me, Michiel and my 2 sons nearly got arrested for riding there.
The Metro Police that was involved was professional in their conduct, and we were issued with a warning not to ride there anymore...no fines, no bribery was alluded to or hinted at, before we get into a Met Police bashing.

The following statement was made:

It turns out that the cops who are issuing these fines are doing so off their own accord and they are not under instruction from Nature Conservation, and that they (Nature Cons.) are actually considering ĎZoningí Macassar Dunes as a designated quad and bike riding area. So basically these cops see us as cash cow that they score a quick buck from and thatís the bottom line. This is Metro Police NOT Macassar SAP who I just spoke to as well.. .

Not entirely accurate, apparently the mining activities are done on a concession basis, and the mining company that gave permission for riding is not in the picture anymore.
The mine belongs to City Cape Town, and they are investigating the concessionaire for irregularities, and subsequently, riding is not allowed anymore, hence the presence of the Metro police.

From the thread:

The Nature Conservation office are having a community meeting in a month or so where they will decide what to do with the dune areas and if they are going to allocate it as a riding area.

I followed up with Levine at Nature Conservation and yes, there are moves afoot to have the area declared a riding area.
The public meeting is still to be scheduled, and she will let me know.

I will update this thread as news becomes available...   I would suggest a show of force by all that has an interest in riding there.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Buff on May 02, 2013, 01:32:21 pm
What's your idea behind a 'show of force' Dave? Should we phone, write or  picket outside their offices? ;-)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on May 02, 2013, 11:58:56 pm
What's your idea behind a 'show of force' Dave? Should we phone, write or  picket BRAAAP outside their offices? ;-)

fixed  :thumleft: :bueller:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Beserker on May 03, 2013, 07:52:00 am
What's your idea behind a 'show of force' Dave? Should we phone, write or  picket outside their offices? ;-)

I think we should all attempt at attending the meeting, when it does happen, in order to state our claim.
Most definitely the 4x4 fisherman using the beach will be there....and they are organized, and we should learn from them.

We should consider having a spokesman to represent the group, and recognize that we won't get it all for ourselves, we will have to be prepared to share, and maybe make concessions like not going onto the beach itself etc. etc.

Speaking to Levine, the lady in charge of setting up the meeting, it does not look bad, they are considering that the dunes itself (at the moment a no-go area as far as Nature Conservation is concerned) should be utilised as OHV area as well.

To start, we should not miss the meeting...she has promised to let me know when, once confirmed, but she has suggested to look at the daily papers as well, it will be advertised there.

Should I hear of something, I will update the various threads that deal with it, but you guys keep your ears open as well....maybe contact Levine and ask for notification as well.

Her detail:

lewine.walters@capetown.gov.za
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Buff on May 03, 2013, 09:33:26 am
Awesome, thanks for your feedback and involvement in this Dave  :thumleft:

Please keep us in the loop and may I suggest that you open a new thread on this subject because I think there are quite a few WD's that would like to follow the progress.

You have my vote as Chief Enduro Shitstirer in Charge... and I'm pretty sure 2StrokeDan will be your wingman  ;) ;D

It will be truly a sad day if we lose those dunes, it's one of the best places to ride in winter  :'(
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Beserker on May 03, 2013, 10:11:37 am

You have my vote as Chief Enduro Shitstirer in Charge... and I'm pretty sure 2StrokeDan will be your wingman  ;) ;D

It will be truly a sad day if we lose those dunes, it's one of the best places to ride in winter  :'(

I'm sure between me and Dan we will be able to piss them off big time  :imaposer:  and wear them down, and get what we want.

Gideon's track is a super nice practice track...till it rains, have you ever tried getting rid of that black clay muck after a wet ride there?
Macasser is the only winter ride around here.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: MrBig on May 03, 2013, 10:21:35 am
Yes please start a thread on this Dave - I would like to support / help where possible.
Like you say Macassar is the last and only winter destination for us.

I believe most of us have no problem staying away from the beach area.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Beserker on May 03, 2013, 11:29:54 am
Done so:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=123637.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=123637.0)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Buff on May 16, 2013, 11:27:09 am
Right, so time for an update with the 3rd Offroad of the year only 2 more sleeps away. Sat morning will see us heading off to Bonnievale nice and early to tackle what is normally a great course in the Breede Valley.

Fitness: Although I haven't spent a lot of time on the dirt bike lately, my fitness levels have definitely improved with the mountain biking and gym so I'm quite keen to see how my body holds up this time around. Tricky to gauge though coz the fitter you are, the faster you go, the more laps you do, the more tired you get  ;D

Bike: A big shout out to Dux from MotoWorx who has offered to sponsor my mackie needs for moding the YZ's front end. Thanks Donald  :thumleft: My YZ250 is currently in his workshop having the front fork seals replaced and having the valving shim stack modified to be more sorted for Offroad use rather than MX. I unfortunately won't be able to test it before Sat's race so I'm putting blind faith in Dux and doing a great job.

Myself and a few other WD's (GJ and co.) will be pitting with Droomers Yamaha this weekend, who have kindly offered to send out a support van and one of their top mechanics (Schalk) to provide a backup service to all the guys riding YZ's. As far as I know there's around 6 of us with Droomers branded bikes courtesy of Erich from Kontra Signs.

Please excuse the shameless plug of the guys supporting us but these are guys willing to put something back into the sport so I would like to acknowledge their efforts as it's much appreciated. Racing is an expensive game so all and any help is most welcome  :thumleft:  Please feel free to support them as well  :thumleft:

Other than that, roll on Sat, I'm super amped for this one  :ricky:

RR to follow on Mon, God willing  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Pom17 on May 16, 2013, 11:36:02 am
Caant wait for the RR :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

Goodluck :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Beserker on May 16, 2013, 11:45:41 am

Please excuse the shameless plug of the guys supporting us but these are guys willing to put something back into the sport so I would like to acknowledge their efforts as it's much appreciated. Racing is an expensive game so all and any help is most welcome  :thumleft:  Please feel free to support them as well  :thumleft:


Plug away...well done Droomers and Dux.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on May 16, 2013, 01:59:31 pm
I saw your bike at Dux when I went to go pick up the XRR.. that sticker kit is very nice.. how much do you think a sticker like that would cost cos it looks the BOMB
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Buff on May 16, 2013, 04:18:23 pm
I saw your bike at Dux when I went to go pick up the XRR.. that sticker kit is very nice.. how much do you think a sticker like that would cost cos it looks the BOMB

Thanks Muz  :thumleft: It's cheaper than you think, give Erich Luff a call at Kontra Signs, he can custom make a kit for you or you can supply your own graphics and he will print it for you. He doesn't use the thick imported vinl but at his price you can redo your bike yearly if necessary  :thumleft:
Erich - 084 626 1482
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Pom17 on May 16, 2013, 05:00:00 pm
I saw your bike at Dux when I went to go pick up the XRR.. that sticker kit is very nice.. how much do you think a sticker like that would cost cos it looks the BOMB

Thanks Muz  :thumleft: It's cheaper than you think, give Erich Luff a call at Kontra Signs, he can custom make a kit for you or you can supply your own graphics and he will print it for you. He doesn't use the thick imported vinl but at his price you can redo your bike yearly if necessary  :thumleft:
Erich - 084 626 1482


Those think things start to peel anyway
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Buff on May 16, 2013, 07:37:08 pm
I saw your bike at Dux when I went to go pick up the XRR.. that sticker kit is very nice.. how much do you think a sticker like that would cost cos it looks the BOMB

Thanks Muz  :thumleft: It's cheaper than you think, give Erich Luff a call at Kontra Signs, he can custom make a kit for you or you can supply your own graphics and he will print it for you. He doesn't use the thick imported vinl but at his price you can redo your bike yearly if necessary  :thumleft:
Erich - 084 626 1482


Those think things start to peel anyway

Edzakery, my knee guards have already caused some damage on mine so why pay R2K for a sticker kit?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on May 20, 2013, 02:46:33 pm
CRF450X pro sticker team colour kits are about $53 on e bay, so about R500 + about R200 in shipping.. still comes out at say R800 for a sticker kit that you can't see the quality of so finding a local oke who can do it is a bonus.

Have you recovered from the weekend yet??
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Pom17 on May 20, 2013, 04:11:35 pm
CRF450X pro sticker team colour kits are about $53 on e bay, so about R500 + about R200 in shipping.. still comes out at say R800 for a sticker kit that you can't see the quality of so finding a local oke who can do it is a bonus.

Have you recovered from the weekend yet??

And an update off course  :deal:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Buff on May 20, 2013, 04:36:52 pm
Let's put it this way... I'm still alive... barely  :-\

Taking major body shots today, can barely breath without pain. It was a rough ride... ride report to follow  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: buzzlightyear on May 20, 2013, 04:51:38 pm
Oooh, that sounds like some ribs were harmed in the process  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Pom17 on May 20, 2013, 04:53:49 pm
Eish Buff

Hope you heal up quickly

Cant wait for the report though :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: LoodPb on May 20, 2013, 09:23:15 pm
Hey Buff, coming from Caledon Saturday morning and again in the afternoon, we crossed the railroad track just outside Bonnievale. Never saw any train going by on that track on Saterday, so what I don't understand is when I was hit by the damn train on Saterday! Voel daai trein het my gerol Saterdag!!!. Did not want to move from my bed this morning! :eek7:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Buff on May 20, 2013, 09:33:32 pm
Hey Buff, coming from Caledon Saturday morning and again in the afternoon, we crossed the railroad track just outside Bonnievale. Never saw any train going by on that track on Saterday, so what I don't understand is when I was hit by the damn train on Saterday! Voel daai trein het my gerol Saterdag!!!. Did not want to move from my bed this morning! :eek7:

 :laughing4: I hear you brother, that same train got me :puke_r:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bike update
Post by: Buff on May 20, 2013, 09:49:20 pm
Bonnievale Offroad Ė Ride Report

Fortunately I only need one finger to type this RR otherwise youíd be getting it much later in the week after my body has recovered from the abuse I subjected it to this past weekend. I feel like Iíve been hit by a train full of dynamite that detonatedÖ eish, broken doesnít come close to explaining what I went through the past 2 days. But hey, itís a good kinda pain  :evil6:

So after a layoff of 2 months since our last race at Wellington, the 3rd event of the season had finally arrived. Much had happened in the past 2 months. My trusty KDX200 had been replaced with a YZ250. With some leg work from GJ (Gideon),  a small team of Yamaha riders were put together and Erich from Kontra Signs (also in the team) and David from Droomers Yamaha came on board and kindly offered to dress the YZís in new sticker kits and supply race support for the remaining races of the year  :blob10: In addition, Donald from Motoworx offered a spanner sponsorship on my bike for the remainder of the year which helps no end with maintenance costs  :blob9: All big steps for a 45 year old 1st year rookie  :lol:

The venue at La Mont was stunning. Itís a beautiful farm with a little Deli that sells all types of local produce and itís the perfect setting for the family to relax and enjoy themselves while the riders go out and punish themselves in the demanding terrain.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Lamont_zps034347d0.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Lamont_zps034347d0.jpg.html)

I was fortunate enough to have my wife and daughters along for this race as well, their first one of the season where they could see what dad gets up to on his weekends away.

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Gotta admit, I felt like a Pro pitting with the Droomers team (albeit a very nervous Pro), with all the bikes decked out in their new kits and our own race mechanics.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Droomers_zps1239b965.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Droomers_zps1239b965.jpg.html)

The starting procedure worked like clockwork and it wasnít long before I was lined up on row 10 staring at the timing lights waiting for Green

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It blinked and I pinned the YZ, hole-shotting our group of 4 into the first culvert running under the tar road to Swellendam.

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Yes please, for once I didnít have to eat dust for the first few kays  :ricky:.

It was immediate obviously that the route was going to be rocky and technical. Not technical in the sense of impossible obstacles, but rather tight, twisty and unrelentingly bumpy and rutted.
 
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Ridge3_zpsa7049859.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Ridge3_zpsa7049859.jpg.html)

The first climb took us to the top of a ridge line on the mountain where we turned right and followed the ridge back towards Ashton. The vistas where amazing but you dare not take your eyes off the track for fear of hitting a lurker.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Ridge4_zpsaa06b14b.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Ridge4_zpsaa06b14b.jpg.html)

The YZ beneath me was a way different animal to my KDX and I was struggling to get to grips with the bike. The basically untested re-valved the front forks which Donald had finished for me on Friday where something new for me and I wasnít used to the way the bike was reacting underneath me, causing me to clutch the bars in a death grip. Net result was me bouncing from rock to rock rather than being nice and smooth. The YZ is also way more peppy low down and on the rocky ascents I spent a lot of time spinning out, losing valuable traction. Itís going to take a while for me to tame this beast but Iím up to the challengeÖ just as long as it's not this week  :-[

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Ridge2_zpsde6c2bb1.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Ridge2_zpsde6c2bb1.jpg.html)

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Ruts1_zps8afe61e3.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Ruts1_zps8afe61e3.jpg.html)

I clearly wasnít going as slow as I thought because I even managed to catch a couple of riders, mostly on the steep descent off the ridge. We dropped into the sandy valley with a few switchbacks before being dumped into a rocky little dry riverbed. It was mostly 1st Ė 2nd gear stuff while crouching down over the bars to avoid overhanging branches.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Riverbed1_zps9e840f90.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Riverbed1_zps9e840f90.jpg.html)

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Riverbed1_zps9e840f90.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Riverbed1_zps9e840f90.jpg.html)

Up and down mountains proved the order of the day after this, each time being rewarded with sandy stretches through the valley floor.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Riverbed3_zps67c88f59.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Riverbed3_zps67c88f59.jpg.html)

We even had the odd patch of mud to keep us on our toes

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Mud1_zps5c5dfaca.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Mud1_zps5c5dfaca.jpg.html)

I thought I was doing rather well until the front washed on me up one of the climbs and I binned it unceremoniously and got pasted by 5 riders while trying to pull myself together. Although miffed with myself it was a blessing in disguise as I was suffering from major arm pump and needed to stretch my hands out. It helped a little but I was still way too tense on the bike.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Wipe1_zps348f822f.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Wipe1_zps348f822f.jpg.html)

After navigating the Southern side of the tar road, we descended steeply and passed back through another culvert under the tar road and tackled the mountains on the Northern side.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Descent3_zps2202a80a.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Descent3_zps2202a80a.jpg.html)

This section was way more open and had an enjoyable section through a small forest with a very slippery stream crossing that caught out a few riders every lap.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Stream1_zps50d31d4b.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Stream1_zps50d31d4b.jpg.html)

I even managed to stretch the bikes legs once or twice, topping out in 5th.
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Culvert3_zpsf5fd9a49.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Culvert3_zpsf5fd9a49.jpg.html)

It just goes to show how different the courses can be in the WC. At Wellington my KDX ran out of steam on all the open bits topped out in 6th. At Bonnievale it took around 20kmís before I managed to hook 5th gear. You just never know what youíre going to get on the day.
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Climb1_zps4d2ee915.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Climb1_zps4d2ee915.jpg.html)

I finally made my way back into the pits after 47mins, glad that the sighting lap was over and a chance to dial the compression up a bit on the forks.

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Got a quick refuel from our efficient pit crew, glugged some juice from my camelback (for the first time in the race) and hit the track again.
 
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The track was so bumpy that I hadnít been able to drink anything the whole lap because I was too nervous of taking my hand off the bar to put the bite valve in my mouth.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dam1_zpsff4cdd17.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Dam1_zpsff4cdd17.jpg.html)

The rest of the race was pretty much of the same. The added compression on the forks and the fact that a line was forming helped a lot but I was still having a bit of a mare on the bike and not feeling at one with it. I did however manage a clean lap besides one stall in the river bed when the rider behind me hit me so hard he snapped one of my boot straps right off  ???

By the time I pitted the 2nd time, I was feeling a little better about life. That never lasted very long though as I binned it twice in the 3rd lap and then spectacularly in the 4th lap when I hit a deep rut and the bike decided to go left while my momentum was still going right. It was one of those that happen in slow-mo and have you wondering when youíre going to stop sliding and are you going to hit something hard. It rattled my cage and had me taking some time out to compose myself and check for broken bones. The body armour had done its job though and the bike was still blemish free so it was back into the saddle, feeling rather sorry for myself though and suddenly a lot more cautious.  

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Riverbed5_zpsc9ac80cb.jpg) (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/Buff600z/media/Riverbed5_zpsc9ac80cb.jpg.html)

About half way through the 4th and final lap cramped started to set in. It started in my left thumb when it got a death grip on the bar and refused to let go, something like lobster lock-jaw. Then it nailed me on my inner quads from all the standing/sitting. It was manageable though and Iím pretty sure that if I had been drinking more I would have been able to avoid it but thatís easier said than done on this route.

By the time the chequered flag dropped, I had managed 4 laps of around 28kmís each in the 3 hours. All things considering, I was pretty chuffed with myself. Although I didnít feel like I had the best race, it was by far my best result of the season, finishing inside the top 50% of the field. Clearly the fitness, skill and new bike are making a difference so Iíll keep on plugging away at it and see what race #4 at Robertson brings on the 20th July.

On the team side we never had a great race with GJ having to withdraw on the 2nd lap due to illness  :'( We did however manage one podium spot with Wayne Ellis grabbing 2nd in the Seniors  :thumleft:

Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings, hope you enjoyed the ride with me  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Martin-DR650 on May 20, 2013, 10:04:55 pm
Nice Buff :thumleft:


Sal nogal like om van daai Gopro footage te kry. . . :peepwall:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: LoodPb on May 20, 2013, 10:37:07 pm
How is GJ, feeling better yet? Are you guys coming to Caledon on the 15th of June, WCOC event, I think it's going to be lekker muddy :ricky: Real XR terrain? :biggrin:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Pom17 on May 21, 2013, 07:22:47 am
Leka Buff. Congratulations on the great finish :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Crossed-up on May 21, 2013, 07:52:30 am
Well done!!!!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Hentie @ Riders on May 21, 2013, 08:02:51 am
Well done  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on May 21, 2013, 08:55:26 am
Thanks guys, much appreciated  :thumleft:

Yes Lood, GJ is feeling much better and ready to kick some ass again in Robertson  :thumleft:

I'll probably do Caledon as a marshall, still undecided though.

Well done on completing a full lap on your XR650, it couldn't have been easy on that course, especially those rocky descents  :o Amageza's going to be like a walk in the park for you after these events  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on May 21, 2013, 11:23:59 am
Hey Buff, what a great read, I like your writing style, it makes me feel like I am right there riding with you.

What an awesome event and hats off to you, it seems like you are styling out there. Keep going  :thumleft:

Muz
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Dwerg on May 21, 2013, 11:55:40 am
Well done Buff. I'm contemplating doing the GOC next year. Enjoy your updates a lot  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Pom17 on May 21, 2013, 12:01:58 pm
Where would one start when you live in Harrismith? Probably drive to Joburg or Bloem or Durban ???
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Dwerg on May 21, 2013, 12:04:37 pm
Where would one start when you live in Harrismith? Probably drive to Joburg or Bloem or Durban ???

Hier by ons is al die races so in 'n 200km radius. So van die races is dalk sommer lekker naby aan jou. Hoor dalk by die e-dirt manne
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Pom17 on May 21, 2013, 12:07:26 pm
Where would one start when you live in Harrismith? Probably drive to Joburg or Bloem or Durban ???

Hier by ons is al die races so in 'n 200km radius. So van die races is dalk sommer lekker naby aan jou. Hoor dalk by die e-dirt manne

Ek het al daar gekyk. Daai forum confuse die kak uit my uit :lol8:

Maar dankie Dwerg. Die grootste probleem is natuurlik nie dat ek nie n bike het nie maar dat dit uiters kak is om alleen te ry en te oefen vir die tipe goed. Hier is so een of 2 ouens in die dorp wat ry maar so kommin soos pienk gras.  :-\
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Dwerg on May 21, 2013, 12:09:27 pm
Where would one start when you live in Harrismith? Probably drive to Joburg or Bloem or Durban ???

Hier by ons is al die races so in 'n 200km radius. So van die races is dalk sommer lekker naby aan jou. Hoor dalk by die e-dirt manne

Ek het al daar gekyk. Daai forum confuse die kak uit my uit :lol8:

Maar dankie Dwerg. Die grootste probleem is natuurlik nie dat ek nie n bike het nie maar dat dit uiters kak is om alleen te ry en te oefen vir die tipe goed. Hier is so een of 2 ouens in die dorp wat ry maar so kommin soos pienk gras.  :-\

Ek sukkel maar self met daai. Gee nie om om alleen te gaan ry en oefen nie maar ek sal iemand moet soek om saam mee te pit
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Pom17 on May 21, 2013, 12:12:06 pm
Where would one start when you live in Harrismith? Probably drive to Joburg or Bloem or Durban ???

Hier by ons is al die races so in 'n 200km radius. So van die races is dalk sommer lekker naby aan jou. Hoor dalk by die e-dirt manne

Ek het al daar gekyk. Daai forum confuse die kak uit my uit :lol8:

Maar dankie Dwerg. Die grootste probleem is natuurlik nie dat ek nie n bike het nie maar dat dit uiters kak is om alleen te ry en te oefen vir die tipe goed. Hier is so een of 2 ouens in die dorp wat ry maar so kommin soos pienk gras.  :-\

Ek sukkel maar self met daai. Gee nie om om alleen te gaan ry en oefen nie maar ek sal iemand moet soek om saam mee te pit

Ek sal saam jou Pit Dwerg. Een lap max dan sit ek met n bier :deal:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Rough Rider on May 21, 2013, 03:27:52 pm
Well done Buff  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: jpcussen on May 21, 2013, 05:26:36 pm
Well done, some nice lap times posted.

That XR650 would have struggled up the little slippery bank for sure!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Motties on May 21, 2013, 06:57:16 pm
Where would one start when you live in Harrismith? Probably drive to Joburg or Bloem or Durban ???

Hier by ons is al die races so in 'n 200km radius. So van die races is dalk sommer lekker naby aan jou. Hoor dalk by die e-dirt manne

Ek het al daar gekyk. Daai forum confuse die kak uit my uit :lol8:

Maar dankie Dwerg. Die grootste probleem is natuurlik nie dat ek nie n bike het nie maar dat dit uiters kak is om alleen te ry en te oefen vir die tipe goed. Hier is so een of 2 ouens in die dorp wat ry maar so kommin soos pienk gras.  :-\

Ek sukkel maar self met daai. Gee nie om om alleen te gaan ry en oefen nie maar ek sal iemand moet soek om saam mee te pit
Ons ry elke naweek as jy iemand soek om mee te ry, doen ook die GOC's as jy saam met iemand wil "pit" - alhoewel ek dink ons gaan miskien eerder voigende jaar enduros doen as die off roads. Maar die planne verander maar gereeld. Laat weet as jy saam wil ry.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on May 21, 2013, 10:14:18 pm
Thanks again guys, glad to see you guys are reading and enjoying the reports, it makes writing them worthwhile  :thumleft:

@ Muz, don't worry, it won't be long and you'll be styling out there with us on the 450X. I checked it out today while Donald was working some magic on it, it looks the business.

@ JPCussen, thanks James, your lap times started out great as well but your fitness looks like it needs as much work as mine  ;) Some time on your 990 in Atlantis should sort that out in no time :eek: Maybe we should have a WD fitness weekend, our very own Camp Staaldraad. 24hours of nothing but biking  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Garfield on May 21, 2013, 10:17:54 pm
A very inspirational thread, thanks Buff  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on May 21, 2013, 10:38:55 pm
: Maybe we should have a WD fitness weekend, our very own Camp Staaldraad. 24hours of nothing but biking :-)

Sign me up, that sounds like a plan  :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Pom17 on May 22, 2013, 07:19:17 am
Net gou n vraag. Die enduros is meer tegnies as die off roads as ek dit reg het?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on May 22, 2013, 08:38:43 am
Net gou n vraag. Die enduros is meer tegnies as die off roads as ek dit reg het?

Correct, the Enduro's series is generally more technical and slower (and generally safer due to the lower speeds) than the Offroad series which is normally more open and faster. This differs from track to track however, depending on the terrain.

I suggest you start up a separate thread Pom and see how many local guys you can get rounded up to join you, you won't look back, it's an awesome challenge  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Pom17 on May 22, 2013, 08:45:11 am
Net gou n vraag. Die enduros is meer tegnies as die off roads as ek dit reg het?

Correct, the Enduro's series is generally more technical and slower (and generally safer due to the lower speeds) than the Offroad series which is normally more open and faster. This differs from track to track however, depending on the terrain.

I suggest you start up a separate thread Pom and see how many local guys you can get rounded up to join you, you won't look back, it's an awesome challenge  :thumleft:

Thanks Buff. I will do. I am looking at starting in September, hopefully by then all the kak personal stuff will be sorted and I will once again have money to spend on bikes  :ricky:

I reckon one should start with off roads and from there move to enduros? (if you think you have the skill  :patch:)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on May 22, 2013, 08:53:21 am

I reckon one should start with off roads and from there move to enduros? (if you think you have the skill  :patch:)


That's my plan as well. I have earmarked one Enduro for this year to cut my teeth on and it's the legendary Winterberg in Patensie later in the year. If I survive that, I'll survive all the others  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Wedgy on May 22, 2013, 09:08:28 am
Got any details on that race Buff? Maybe i can convince Murray to do it, and i'll come down for it.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: jpcussen on May 22, 2013, 09:19:03 am
Net gou n vraag. Die enduros is meer tegnies as die off roads as ek dit reg het?

The technical sections in the Offroads are equivalent to the rest sections in the enduros : )

Its possible to keep your bike off the deck in the offroads for the entire 3-4 hours... in the enduros, it spends a lot of time lying on the ground next to you as you weep into your helmet with exhaustion.... Here is an example... a lap time of 47 mins at a relatively rocky 29km offroad loop like Bonnievale is around average, including myself before cramp sets in... At the enduros it can be 1:45mins to do one lap of 25km... although alot of that is fitness related as its just in your face the whole time. Def worth giving it a bash, really helps your riding... They don't call it the REAL MEAN RACE series for nothing... kinda gives it away
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Dwerg on May 22, 2013, 09:38:53 am
Where would one start when you live in Harrismith? Probably drive to Joburg or Bloem or Durban ???

Hier by ons is al die races so in 'n 200km radius. So van die races is dalk sommer lekker naby aan jou. Hoor dalk by die e-dirt manne

Ek het al daar gekyk. Daai forum confuse die kak uit my uit :lol8:

Maar dankie Dwerg. Die grootste probleem is natuurlik nie dat ek nie n bike het nie maar dat dit uiters kak is om alleen te ry en te oefen vir die tipe goed. Hier is so een of 2 ouens in die dorp wat ry maar so kommin soos pienk gras.  :-\

Ek sukkel maar self met daai. Gee nie om om alleen te gaan ry en oefen nie maar ek sal iemand moet soek om saam mee te pit
Ons ry elke naweek as jy iemand soek om mee te ry, doen ook die GOC's as jy saam met iemand wil "pit" - alhoewel ek dink ons gaan miskien eerder voigende jaar enduros doen as die off roads. Maar die planne verander maar gereeld. Laat weet as jy saam wil ry.

Dankie sal so maak. Ek wil maar eers met die offroads begin. Wil my self nie te diep in gooi nie. Plus eks bietjie bang om enduros met die 450 aan te pak maar eks van plan om 'n 200 2t ook een of ander tyd aan te skaf
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Pom17 on May 22, 2013, 10:22:59 am
Sounds like the ideal would then be like what Buff is doing. Get some experience on the off roads and then attempt an enduro once you feel confident enough


Dwerg gebruik sommer daai monkey bike van jou. Dra hom oor al die kak plekke :deal:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on May 22, 2013, 10:53:25 am
Got any details on that race Buff? Maybe i can convince Murray to do it, and i'll come down for it.


Not much info on the web available for it yet besides past races but it's normally at the beginning of August.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Beserker on June 04, 2013, 03:40:25 pm
Dunhaye park coming up...

Spent the past weekend in freezing rain, making sure of the river crossings, marking track.

For your enjoyment.....   :evil6:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Wihan on June 04, 2013, 03:53:40 pm
Hey Buff / Beserker !

Will be joining you guys at the Dunhaye park offroad, although my katoom is set-up for Enduro riding, going  with my laaitie to get him interested in something other than TV and MXIt....

I believe we're pitting with you Beserker, will bring the coffee... ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Beserker on June 04, 2013, 04:01:12 pm
I believe we're pitting with you Beserker, will bring the coffee... ;D

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: WP on June 04, 2013, 04:35:00 pm
Where would one start when you live in Harrismith? Probably drive to Joburg or Bloem or Durban ???

Hier by ons is al die races so in 'n 200km radius. So van die races is dalk sommer lekker naby aan jou. Hoor dalk by die e-dirt manne

Ek het al daar gekyk. Daai forum confuse die kak uit my uit :lol8:

Maar dankie Dwerg. Die grootste probleem is natuurlik nie dat ek nie n bike het nie maar dat dit uiters kak is om alleen te ry en te oefen vir die tipe goed. Hier is so een of 2 ouens in die dorp wat ry maar so kommin soos pienk gras.  :-\

Ek sukkel maar self met daai. Gee nie om om alleen te gaan ry en oefen nie maar ek sal iemand moet soek om saam mee te pit
Ons ry elke naweek as jy iemand soek om mee te ry, doen ook die GOC's as jy saam met iemand wil "pit" - alhoewel ek dink ons gaan miskien eerder voigende jaar enduros doen as die off roads. Maar die planne verander maar gereeld. Laat weet as jy saam wil ry.

Dankie sal so maak. Ek wil maar eers met die offroads begin. Wil my self nie te diep in gooi nie. Plus eks bietjie bang om enduros met die 450 aan te pak maar eks van plan om 'n 200 2t ook een of ander tyd aan te skaf

Dwerg ek sal saam met jou oefen... My 250 ry heeltemal te min deesdae.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: LoodPb on June 07, 2013, 08:22:46 pm
So Buff you coming to Caledon next weekend? :ricky: Mr Beserker any place for the XR650l on that marked route off yours? :biggrin:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on June 07, 2013, 09:17:39 pm
Hallo Lood, absolutely, I was planning to marshal but I've been offered a sponsored ride in the social class so I'll be joining you for sure. Looking forward to it, haven't been on the bike for a while now. I'm off to De Doorns tomorrow for some time in the mountains with GJ so that should help a bit.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: LoodPb on June 08, 2013, 07:39:09 am
Enjoy the mountains, I'm of to the mud pools this afternoon in prep for next weekend. Lyk maar lekker morsig en nat daar waar ons gaan ry!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on June 08, 2013, 07:47:14 am
Ja nee, dit gaan maar nat en koud wees maar 'n ou moet ook leer hoe om in sukke kondisies te ry want jy weet nie wat jy op race dag gaan kry nie. Beside, nothing some OBS and a fire can't sort out afterwards :-)) Lekker ry.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on June 08, 2013, 07:49:02 am
Hey Buff / Beserker !

Will be joining you guys at the Dunhaye park offroad, although my katoom is set-up for Enduro riding, going  with my laaitie to get him interested in something other than TV and MXIt....

I believe we're pitting with you Beserker, will bring the coffee... ;D

Lekka Wihan, welcome to the Offroading scene, I'll pop around to Dave's pleasure emporium and come introduce myself on race day.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Mambat on June 08, 2013, 12:01:33 pm
Lekker ride report Buff!

Enjoy your writing style immensely!

 :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Beserker on June 08, 2013, 05:48:55 pm
.... but I've been offered a sponsored ride in the social class so I'll be joining you for sure.

For sure...great news.

I think the setting, the weather and everything else will play a role....conducive to character building, a great race, character building, camaraderie, character building, etc etc.

@Lood...If the schedules work out, I'll bring my XR as well. Fortunately marking the junior track on the KDX, I'm used to kickstarting a bike, fit for about 200 kicks. .... just saying, throwing in a number, read it the way you want  :deal:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: LoodPb on June 10, 2013, 07:09:32 am
Good thing I don't have a kickstarter then...... :peepwall:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on June 10, 2013, 07:19:02 am
Lekker ride report Buff!

Enjoy your writing style immensely!

 :ricky:

:thumleft: Thanks Mambat

Spent an awesome weekend on a farmer in De Doorns with GJ and the rest of our little team laying out a course for an Offroad event later in the year. I think we found dirt biking nirvana out there. The place is even suited to big duallies so we might be putting a ride together soon... watch this space _____________

Weekend RR to follow a.s.a. time allows.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: LoodPb on June 10, 2013, 08:03:04 pm
Hey Buff, that WR sold yet? Seems I have to make a plan before the weekend!?  :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on June 10, 2013, 08:29:48 pm
Hey Buff, that WR sold yet? Seems I have to make a plan before the weekend!?  :ricky:

LOL... I got sellers remorse and cancelled the sale so she's standing prepped in the garage. I'm still in two minds whether to use the 450 or 250? What's the course suited to Beserker? Come now china, give us a little insider info for your WD chommies ;-) We won't tell nobody ;-)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: LoodPb on June 10, 2013, 09:50:36 pm
Ja kom nou Beserker, laat val so ietsie vir ons WD outjies man  :thumleft: dit is mos 650 wereld daai of hoe? ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Beserker on June 11, 2013, 07:58:01 am
What's the course suited to Beserker?

The one that gives you a fraction more traction should provide satisfaction....   :P
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Wihan on June 11, 2013, 03:06:36 pm
Hey Buff, that WR sold yet? Seems I have to make a plan before the weekend!?  :ricky:

LOL... I got sellers remorse and cancelled the sale so she's standing prepped in the garage. I'm still in two minds whether to use the 450 or 250? What's the course suited to Beserker? Come now china, give us a little insider info for your WD chommies ;-) We won't tell nobody ;-)

XC-W300  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on June 11, 2013, 03:22:59 pm
What's the course suited to Beserker?

The one that gives you a fraction more traction should provide satisfaction....   :P

Ah, so you're recommending a Rough Rider  :imaposer:

I'll take the easy road and stick with the YZ.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on June 11, 2013, 03:44:52 pm
Here's a few pics from this past weekend's ride in De Doorns. We're planning a WD training weekend up there soon so make sure you follow the "Planning a Ride" thread  :thumleft:

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Pom17 on June 11, 2013, 03:50:53 pm
Very nice :thumleft:

How is that brutal YZ treating you?
Have you become more used to it by now?
And do you maybe know how it compares to something like the KTM 300?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on June 11, 2013, 03:54:28 pm
And a few more.

We're pre-marking an offroad course for enduro bikes and later for Dual sport bikes as well  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on June 11, 2013, 03:57:31 pm
I had to share this one... my 9 year old daughter practicing her GS Meerkatting skills  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Beserker on June 11, 2013, 03:58:01 pm
I'll take the easy road and stick with the YZ.

UR so Ruff!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Buff on June 11, 2013, 04:02:59 pm
Very nice :thumleft:

How is that brutal YZ treating you?
Have you become more used to it by now?
And do you maybe know how it compares to something like the KTM 300?

I'm getting to grips with it slowly but surely and starting to really enjoy the bike.

I've only ridden the KTM300 once and I think its suspension is better than the YZ's but the KTM never gave me that OMG feeling when I cracked the throttle open. As scary as what it is on the YZ, it's kinda addictive  ;D
Oh, and the YZ is half the price  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Bonnievale RR added on Pg15
Post by: Pom17 on June 12, 2013, 07:25:28 am
Very nice :thumleft:

How is that brutal YZ treating you?
Have you become more used to it by now?
And do you maybe know how it compares to something like the KTM 300?

I'm getting to grips with it slowly but surely and starting to really enjoy the bike.

I've only ridden the KTM300 once and I think its suspension is better than the YZ's but the KTM never gave me that OMG feeling when I cracked the throttle open. As scary as what it is on the YZ, it's kinda addictive  ;D
Oh, and the YZ is half the price  ;)


Thanks Buff :thumleft: :thumleft:

Loving the photos :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorn's pic added on Pg17
Post by: Buff on June 14, 2013, 10:03:06 am
Off to Caledon tomorrow morning early to race the WCOC Offroad. I'd better pack in my pollyotter and water wings because it's bucketing down at the moment. The term "Mud fest" comes to mind  :o

I'm going through with Yami Super10 and his family who will be marshaling on his Rhino 4x4. He'll also be my pit crew, he just doesn't know it yet  :evil6: Expect some awesome photo's of all the action next week  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorn's pic added on Pg17
Post by: Wihan on June 14, 2013, 10:38:38 am
Buff
You think it's going to be wet....I better pack the raincoat then.

See you at the race. :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorn's pic added on Pg17
Post by: Buff on June 14, 2013, 10:53:59 am
Buff
You think it's going to be wet....I better pack the raincoat then.

See you at the race. :ricky:

The forecast says it will clear at around 5am but there's no way it will dry out before we hit the track. Bikes are first off as well so no quads to clear the trail for us  :( It's gonna be super slick and muddy muddy muddy  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorn's pic added on Pg17
Post by: Beserker on June 14, 2013, 11:05:44 pm
Got back at 20:00... some wet in the low lying bits. Rained intermittandly through out the day.

Lower bits soft and wet, but higher bits drying out and slippery as snot.

About 41 km per lap after some rerouting to avoid serious mud.

According to popular rumour, it will be testing.

Try and bring a pair of goggles to swop every lap.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorn's pic added on Pg17
Post by: LoodPb on June 18, 2013, 10:35:17 pm
Hey Buff, nice race Saterday, in the end not as bad as I thought it would be, actually enjoyed it! For once I was glad I had a heavy bike with lots of torque in some of those muddy sections. So when's the next wpatv offroad event? You going again? I'm might be in for a deal on a 2007 Kx450f, nice green little monster! Maybe I'll see you guys there on the green machine!  :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorn's pic added on Pg17
Post by: Buff on June 19, 2013, 09:21:48 am
Hey Buff, nice race Saterday, in the end not as bad as I thought it would be, actually enjoyed it! For once I was glad I had a heavy bike with lots of torque in some of those muddy sections. So when's the next wpatv offroad event? You going again? I'm might be in for a deal on a 2007 Kx450f, nice green little monster! Maybe I'll see you guys there on the green machine!  :ricky:

Hey Lood, thanks, and well done to you as well, you rode very well  :thumleft: Yep, you sure had the right bike for it, those 2 strokes were a handful in that mud  :o

That KX450 sounds good, you'll ride that thing like a pit bike after suffering on the 650  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorn's pic added on Pg17
Post by: Buff on June 19, 2013, 09:36:55 am
Dunhaye Park RR (Caledon)

My offer to marshal at the WCOC Caledon event turned into an opportunity to race when Clive kindly offered to sponsor me a ride in the Social Class  :thumleft: Never one to shy away from a generous offer and the opportunity to gain some race experience, I obviously accepted with open arms. Then a quick call to Dion (Yami Super10) secured a replacement marshal who jumped at the opportunity to cruise the stunning Caledon countryside with his kids on his beautifully turned out Rhino 4x4  :drif:.
So it was that little turn of events landed me up on the start line on a very chilly and damp Saturday morning.

Apologies for the lack of photo's, like a prime chop I deleted the wrong file off my Gopro and lost most of my race footage  >:(
 
Race briefing:
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dunhaye%20Park%20WCOC/Briefing_zps03968150.jpg)

It was obvious that the race was going to be a wet and muddy affair with all the rain we had the week before, which continued until a few hours for the race start. The course planners (Beserker & Offroad2 on the WD forum)were hard at work in the freezing rain until late evening on Friday, having to do last minute re-routes and lay out a new junior track, after the rivers had modified the trails. Then they were up at 4:30am on race day to make sure the senior track was still okay. It wasnít, and also required some last minute creative re-routing with the assistance of the local farmer. Thanks guys, without you we wouldnít be racing and having fun out there, your hard work is much appreciated, you guys ROCK  :headbang:.

Nervous faces:
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dunhaye%20Park%20WCOC/Nervous_zps931bc8b6.jpg)

So onto the start line; Social class is only 2 hours as opposed to 3 hours in the Senior class that I race with WPATV club. Itís also a lot moreÖ social, so you can go out there and test your skills and have fun without any pressure. It's the perfect platform to start your offroading career. Well thatís the idea anyway but when the light turns green it tends to format my brainÖ "en dan wil ek jaag pappie"  :laughing7: I was also joined by my Droomers Yamaha teammate Erich Luff who was starting a few rows behind me and I was keen to see how long it would take him to catch and pass me.

The first section was an awesome gymkhana section laid out in an open field, which is the rage at the international events at the moment. Leaving on the 4th row of the grid meant I hit this before too many bikes had ripped up the grass and boy oh boy, were those corners on the wet grass super slippery  :o. Coming to think of it, the whole lap was super slippery.

Gymkhana:
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dunhaye%20Park%20WCOC/Gym1_zps0250dd3d.jpg)

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dunhaye%20Park%20WCOC/Gym2_zpsb582e37c.jpg)

Having never ridden in these types of conditions before I was being super cautious, nursing the bike around every corner. It was like trying to stay upright on a skating rink, every time I grabbed a handful the rear wheel would want to overtake the front. It took about half of the first lap (a lap was 41kmís long) before I got to grips with the conditions. This was also around the time that Erich caught and passed me. I managed to stay with him for a while and followed his lines but then lost him in a tight forest section where we both lost the markers and he managed to find them quickerÖ drat  :BangHead: !!!

Rider down:
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dunhaye%20Park%20WCOC/Bikedown1_zpsf7645ef8.jpg)

I realised that short shifting the YZ250, to avoid the powerband, worked way better on tight forest stuff and I saved twisting her ear for the few open sections. Even then there were some sections where the bike would step out on a straight road when it hit the powerband in 5th. Butt clenching stuff. Iím guessing good tire choice would have made the world of difference here but Iíve only got the one set so it needs to do everything for now.

Helpful marshal at a road crossing:
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dunhaye%20Park%20WCOC/Crossing1_zpscdf230aa.jpg)

Besides being wet & slippery the actual track has pretty damn awesome. It had a bit of everything in it, nice flowing sections, a longish rocky climb, a few water crossings, of which one was deep enough to drown a bike, some tricky off-cambers which caught me out a few times because the back would step out and the bike would crab walk and some really nice tight forest sections. Oh, and did I mention the mud?

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dunhaye%20Park%20WCOC/Mud1_zpsd898be10.jpg)

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dunhaye%20Park%20WCOC/Mud2_zpsd5e55df4.jpg)

There was a lot of it and I had some serious moments in it. On the one tight right hander just after a water crossing I hit what looked like a nice flat road but it had this green mossy sheen on it and the bike went into a 3rd gear 2 wheel drift, speedway style  :cyclops_ani:. I still donít know how I kept it upright because it sure as hell wasnít skill but it must have looked pretty damn spectacular to the few cows grazing nearby  ;D

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dunhaye%20Park%20WCOC/Splash1_zpsb9e901f9.jpg)

But the lap wasnít without incident; I manage to bin it once or twiceÖ okay, 3 times but only one was worth an encore when I tried to overtake a junior through a muddy "sloot" and lost the front end in the mud. The bike stopped and I carried on slidingÖ and slidingÖ and sliding. Iím guessing the junior is probably still laughing, but I did eventually catch and past the little blighter  ;)

After just over an hour I was back in pit lane getting refuelled by the very helpful and friendly fellas from Helderberg Yamaha who kindly allowed me to pit with them. Divan was also kind enough to swop a rear tire for me after the race after I flatted (more on that later), thanks fella.

Faster rider putting a pass on me:
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dunhaye%20Park%20WCOC/Pass_zps33f87a43.jpg)

The 2nd lap was like riding a different race. More distinct lines had formed and I never had to concentrate as hard to spot route markers, meaning the track became more flowing and enjoyable. I almost managed a clean lap until one little embankment caused my undoing. I hit it hard and jumped the bike up the other side but the front wheel landed right in front of a sawn off stump and stopped the bike dead in its tracks. I stuck out my left foot to save it only to find fresh air under itÖ TIMBER !!! It took some wrestling and cursing to get it picked up and pointed in the right direction again. The fall also made me realise just how much energy you waste by making silly mistakes because once I got going again, I was blowing like a hippo shot though the lungs. Repeat after meÖ smooth and steady, smooth and steadyÖ thatís gonna be my new mantra  :color:

Water water everywhere:
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dunhaye%20Park%20WCOC/Water1_zps42b18cd3.jpg)

Just when I was starting to really enjoy myself I was back in pit lane being shown the chequered flag for the end of the Social ride. It was a blessing in disguise though because as I sat chatting to Erich, his wife asked me if I realised my rear tire had a puncture. Say what, I wonder how long I was riding it like that? I'm very clearly using the wrong compound tire at the moment because this is what my tire looks like after 5 rides  :o: No wonder I was struggling for traction  :(

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dunhaye%20Park%20WCOC/IMG_3280_zpsb83a93d9.jpg)

I was still keen on riding and still had some energy to burn so after Erich kindly offered me his rear wheel and the ever efficient crew at Helderberg swopped it out for me, I donned a marshals vest and Dion and myself went out to marshal for the Quad bikes, which were racing the same route in the afternoon.
Final placingís saw Erich and myself get a 1st and 2nd in the Social class. Okay, so it's not the most competitive class but considering itís my first year of racing Iím kinda chuffed  ;D

So all in all it was a great day of racing, even if it meant most of Fatherís day was spent stripping and cleaning the Yammie. Fortunately Dion's beautiful daughter did most of the hard graft for me by the time I collected my bike from his place  :thumleft:.

(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc443/Buff600z/Dunhaye%20Park%20WCOC/IMG_3278_zps48fa5bd3.jpg)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Offroad2 on June 19, 2013, 10:27:31 am
Buff thanks for a good report, glad you enjoyed it, there is a great bunch of people out there having fun . Also thanks for doing some marshal duties.
The committee & our generous helpers were run ragged after all the rain however it turned well with juniors having a great track too.  :)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Pom17 on June 19, 2013, 10:37:20 am
Once again thanks for a great report  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

I know it has been said before but you do really have a hidden talent here, your writing style forces me to read without stopping to look at the photos :lol8:

And congrats on the 2nd place.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: WP on June 19, 2013, 10:45:16 am
Well done and thanks for the reports... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Wihan on June 19, 2013, 11:04:40 am
Cool report Buff. :thumleft: Pity about the other pictures, the best was yet to come....

I'm glad I didn't have a Gopro with me, I crashed so many times, it would have been broken or lost for sure. See you at the next race. :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Crossed-up on June 19, 2013, 12:26:02 pm
Well done on a top-notch race and the excellent report!  Thanks for taking the time to put it together.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Buff on June 19, 2013, 03:22:10 pm
Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed it  :thumleft:

Yeah Wihan, lekka meeting you as well and tough luck with that gear lever that let you down  :(

Regarding the GoPro... I need to find a better place to put it other than on my helmet because it's still going to kill me, maybe my chest mount again. It kept on getting smacked by overhead branches and I kept on having to take one hand off the bar and check if it was still there, which was hair raising stuff in that terrain :o By the end of the 1st lap I had convinced myself to remove it and give it to my pit crew but then in the chaos that is pitting I forgot, so instead I tilted it right back as flat as I could get it and shot footage of the sky for the next hour  ::)

Then I sort of forgot about it until that last tight section between the trees at the finish line where a thick overhanging branch hooked into the base mount of the camera. Bliksem, it pulled my head back so violently that without my neck brace, I think might have suffered whiplash  :-[ Luckily I was going fairly slowly because my hands got pulled off the bars and the bike stalled. 

And the GoPro, not a freakin mark on it  :o I cannot believe that it never broke or tore its mount off the helmet. I'm now a firm believer in 3M tape, they should use that stuff to stick aircraft wings together  :o  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorn's pic added on Pg17
Post by: Beserker on June 19, 2013, 03:37:04 pm
Ö "en dan wil ek jaag pappie"  :laughing7:

Altyd lekkerrrrrrr   :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Martin-DR650 on June 20, 2013, 11:13:26 pm
 :happy1:  :thumleft: Nice 1 Buff
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Mambat on June 23, 2013, 07:00:33 pm

Howdy Buff....

Did you ride Zone 7 today?

I headed that way enjoying the sound of a crisp two stroke strong on the pipe when.....

Ringdingdingding suddenly went braaaaaaaaap and silence.
Bloody motor seized, ended being a long walk in full kit to collect a lift  ::)
Faak!
I suppose that's what happens when you let a bike sit for over a year!

Cheers

Mambat
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Buff on June 23, 2013, 08:45:20 pm

Howdy Buff....

Did you ride Zone 7 today?

I headed that way enjoying the sound of a crisp two stroke strong on the pipe when.....

Ringdingdingding suddenly went braaaaaaaaap and silence.
Bloody motor seized, ended being a long walk in full kit to collect a lift  ::)
Faak!
I suppose that's what happens when you let a bike sit for over a year!

Cheers

Mambat

Ag nooit Simon, that's a blind one. At least you got some good exercise, even if it was pushing the bike ;-) Hope the damage isn't too hectic :-(

We never ended up at Zone7. Muzzy bailed last night as he's been floored with the flu so I joined GJ and the rest of team for a training session at Atlantis. It ended up being a challenging outing following those nutters through the dunes.

Get that YZ sorted and come join us, you'll get your fitness back in no time. A lot of our training is out your way now as well since they decided to ban us from Macassar.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Mambat on June 23, 2013, 08:55:54 pm
Howdy...

Yeah I was going to do Atlantis but decided to do an easier Parklands route....
Will see with the motor, came home and dumped her in the corner!
Ok washed her first, I will drop the motor in the week and see what CPR has to say?
Gonna be $$$$ though, no compression at all, but piston still moves in bore.

I was we'll chuffed at that point though, considering how little riding and my beat up body
I was styling over the whoops! Modest guy I am  ;D

Wow it was a long walk though! Feeling quite buggered tonight!

  :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Beserker on June 24, 2013, 08:00:07 am

I suppose that's what happens when you let a bike sit for over a year!


A 2T sitting for a long time is a recipe for disaster...the crank seal dries out, cracks and the engine sucks in air...leans out, and seizes.
 
Hopefully just a top end, but prepare for a bottom end overhaul as well (not what you want to hear, I know)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Buff on June 24, 2013, 04:51:25 pm
We spent another day in the dunes yesterday (Sun 24 June) training with our fearless leader GJ (Grensvegter Joubert).
Don't let his pleasant disposition fool you, he'll take you places in those dunes that will make you weep over your handlebars like a baby  ;)

1. Our fearless leader GJ

2. My YZ is so fast you have to rope it down when you park it  ;)

3. These dunes are steep  :o

4. I often didn't make it  :'(

5. And suffered a roosting for being so weak  ;)

6. But the captain is always around to give advice  :thumleft:

7. And when you do get that clean run... it feels so gooooood  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on June 24, 2013, 08:51:17 pm
 :o.. I don't think my fat ass and a 450 would make it up there
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Buff on June 24, 2013, 10:02:38 pm
:o.. I don't think my fat ass and a 450 would make it up there

Don't worry bud, there's lots I didn't make it up and had to take the chicken run out. There's some beeg dunes hiding in the North East corner  :o The nice part about the dunes is you can give it a good go without getting hurt. Mostly the bike just runs out of momentum and you fall over then wrest it around, slide down and try again. Do that 3 or 4 times and you're about done for the day  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Buff on June 25, 2013, 03:06:00 pm
Here's a little vid of our training in the dunes on Sunday. Plenty of fun & laughter all around  ;D

http://www.youtube.com//v/e9AALZs7pbY

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: witblitz on June 25, 2013, 03:31:45 pm
Very nice video Buff. Atlantis is an awesome place to ride.

Is GJ riding a KTM under a Droomers sticker kit?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Buff on June 25, 2013, 03:42:11 pm

Is GJ riding a KTM under a Droomers sticker kit?

Ek se niks nie  :peepwall: But it does make you wonder why that KTM is suddenly so reliable  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Pom17 on June 25, 2013, 04:07:44 pm
Awesome vid thanks buff :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: GJ on June 25, 2013, 08:07:10 pm
Ja witblits ,ek ry vir droomers .as jy wil he n ktm moet hou ,plak n yamaha sticker op..my 690 het ook een op
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: adv on June 25, 2013, 08:36:25 pm
lag ek nou!!!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Rough Rider on June 26, 2013, 09:43:45 am
Here's a little vid of our training in the dunes on Sunday. Plenty of fun & laughter all around  ;D

http://www.youtube.com//v/e9AALZs7pbY



Cool video; can I join you guys on one of these rides?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: Buff on June 26, 2013, 10:03:58 am

Cool video; can I join you guys on one of these rides?

Anytime, we're always looking for victims.... sorry riders to join us  ;)

PM me your cell no Dave and I'll drop you a line the next time we're there  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Yami Super 10 on June 26, 2013, 10:39:41 am
Nice one Brett :thumleft:

I think I need to come for classes....the video ones :pot: Not the riding :imaposer:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Buff on June 26, 2013, 10:58:57 am

I think I need to come for classes....the video ones :pot: Not the riding :imaposer:

 :laughing4: How about I trade you riding lessons for video editing lessons?  ;D

I'm going to extend that video to include our family outing in the dunes as well but I'll need to cut you a copy because it will be too large to load  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Yami Super 10 on June 26, 2013, 11:01:24 am

I think I need to come for classes....the video ones :pot: Not the riding :imaposer:

 :laughing4: How about I trade you riding lessons for video editing lessons?  ;D

I'm going to extend that video to include our family outing in the dunes as well but I'll need to cut you a copy because it will be too large to load  :thumleft:

What? Me teach you to ride :peepwall: You a PRO :ricky:

Ya the weekend fun would be great :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: weskus on June 26, 2013, 11:19:46 am
Buff, been looking at starting with this type of thing for a long time now, just got my KDX this weekend, will look at the social class and funrides for now starting with Eendekuil..scooter still stock except for the pipe..
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Beserker on June 26, 2013, 01:46:08 pm
At least for the next race...

Dry, no off camber...

The 450 and 650 riders will have a ball   :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Buff on June 26, 2013, 02:47:22 pm
Buff, been looking at starting with this type of thing for a long time now, just got my KDX this weekend, will look at the social class and funrides for now starting with Eendekuil..scooter still stock except for the pipe..

Yissie Dewalt, daai KDX lyk mooi  : :drif: Looks identical to my old one with the FMF pipe and all the plastic protectors. Drop it off at Dux when you're in the Cape again and with a few minor mods he'll get that little puppy to sing for you. Myne was kak vinnig  ;D He's also got a more modern 450F front fender hanging there that'll freshen up the look  :thumleft:

I recon you'll love the racing, it's tough but rewarding and that KDX is the perfect starter bike for it  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on June 27, 2013, 02:42:24 pm
At least for the next race...

Dry, no off camber...

The 450 and 650 riders will have a ball   :ricky:

Where and when is the next race.. I must really get organised, I have the bike, no need to be a pussy anymore.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Buff on June 27, 2013, 03:23:23 pm
At least for the next race...

Dry, no off camber...

The 450 and 650 riders will have a ball   :ricky:

Where and when is the next race.. I must really get organised, I have the bike, no need to be a pussy anymore.

That's what I like to hear... some fighting talk  ;) :thumleft:

Next WPATV Club race is 20th July in Robertson but that might be a rough introduction.
If I were you I'd focus on the WCOC race on the 31st Aug in Velddrif  :thumleft: Check out the details here: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=127604.0
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Wihan on June 27, 2013, 05:27:46 pm
At least for the next race...

Dry, no off camber...

The 450 and 650 riders will have a ball   :ricky:

Where and when is the next race.. I must really get organised, I have the bike, no need to be a pussy anymore.

That's what I like to hear... some fighting talk  ;) :thumleft:

Next WPATV Club race is 20th July in Robertson but that might be a rough introduction.
If I were you I'd focus on the WCOC race on the 31st Aug in Velddrif  :thumleft: Check out the details here: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=127604.0

Fuzzy....don't be a pussy...do both! >:D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Offroad2 on June 27, 2013, 06:01:45 pm
At least for the next race...

Dry, no off camber...

The 450 and 650 riders will have a ball   :ricky:

Where and when is the next race.. I must really get organised, I have the bike, no need to be a pussy anymore.

That's what I like to hear... some fighting talk  ;) :thumleft:

Next WPATV Club race is 20th July in Robertson but that might be a rough introduction.
If I were you I'd focus on the WCOC race on the 31st Aug in Velddrif  :thumleft: Check out the details here: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=127604.0

Fuzzy....don't be a pussy...do both! >:D
Hey :laughing4: then we hope to see you both at Velddrift West Coast Baja - get amped so long, as I said will post a couple pics after this weekend
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: LoodPb on June 27, 2013, 10:13:11 pm
Hey Buff, do you think I can do that Robertson one on the Xr? :peepwall:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Buff on June 27, 2013, 10:27:20 pm
Hey Buff, do you think I can do that Robertson one on the Xr? :peepwall:

I can't say Lood, I don't know what the team has in store for us this year. It's normally quite a technical route because of all the rocks in the area but you've managed all the others so I can't see why you wouldn't be able to do this one ;-) Any progress of the 450 you were looking at?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Offroad2 on June 28, 2013, 09:30:23 am
Hey Buff, do you think I can do that Robertson one on the Xr? :peepwall:
Lood give Ockert Swart a call 0833338710 he sets that track. Rocky, hilly but very nice terrain.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: LoodPb on July 04, 2013, 08:47:16 pm
Okay so the Robertson one is out, maybe next year on a 450 of some sorts >:D in the mean time it's preparing for Velddrif, yeehaaaa.... :biggrin: 650 here we go!!!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dunhaye Park Race Report on Pg18
Post by: J-dog on July 05, 2013, 09:31:31 am
Here's a little vid of our training in the dunes on Sunday. Plenty of fun & laughter all around  ;D

http://www.youtube.com//v/e9AALZs7pbY



Lekker video buff  :thumleft:

Not much more fun to had than riding a 2T through the dunes  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Buff on July 13, 2013, 09:31:53 pm
So a mate and myself went through to Robertson today to pre-ride some of the route that we think may be in next weekends Offroad event.
All I can say is... EISH!!!

It's going to be one hell of a tough race if they decide to add in the sections we rode. The route has some monster climbs with  very loose rocks and it's badly eroded. I had arm pump after the first 10mins and had to stop and rest twice on the first climb. The descents are even worse and require your undivided attention all the time or else you will see your ass very quickly (like my mate did). The sections through the valleys aren't much better because of the deep erosion gullies so you need to be wake up all the time.

I recon it's going to be a race of attrition for sure. I've already decided that I will be racing this one just to finish in one piece, both me and the bike.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: BlueBull2007 on July 13, 2013, 10:35:01 pm
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: jpcussen on July 15, 2013, 02:05:11 pm
Yeah that Robertson race is a beaut with the climbs in the first third of the lap
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: LoodPb on July 15, 2013, 04:23:06 pm
So, no XR then :peepwall:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Buff on July 15, 2013, 04:30:39 pm
No bud, that climb will break you and your XR, it's a bitch. If they leave out the climb then maybe but we won't know that till the day of the race.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Wihan on July 15, 2013, 05:35:26 pm
So a mate and myself went through to Robertson today to pre-ride some of the route that we think may be in next weekends Offroad event.
All I can say is... EISH!!!

It's going to be one hell of a tough race if they decide to add in the sections we rode. The route has some monster climbs with  very loose rocks and it's badly eroded. I had arm pump after the first 10mins and had to stop and rest twice on the first climb. The descents are even worse and require your undivided attention all the time or else you will see your ass very quickly (like my mate did). The sections through the valleys aren't much better because of the deep erosion gullies so you need to be wake up all the time.

I recon it's going to be a race of attrition for sure. I've already decided that I will be racing this one just to finish in one piece, both me and the bike.



Hey...that's cheating....!!!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Buff on July 15, 2013, 07:19:38 pm
So a mate and myself went through to Robertson today to pre-ride some of the route that we think may be in next weekends Offroad event.
All I can say is... EISH!!!

It's going to be one hell of a tough race if they decide to add in the sections we rode. The route has some monster climbs with  very loose rocks and it's badly eroded. I had arm pump after the first 10mins and had to stop and rest twice on the first climb. The descents are even worse and require your undivided attention all the time or else you will see your ass very quickly (like my mate did). The sections through the valleys aren't much better because of the deep erosion gullies so you need to be wake up all the time.

I recon it's going to be a race of attrition for sure. I've already decided that I will be racing this one just to finish in one piece, both me and the bike.



Hey...that's cheating....!!!

Technically not, the route planner was there and refused to tell us what he had planned so it's still a mystery  ;D No markers had been laid out yet either so he's got his work cut out for him this week, that's for sure. Are you coming through for the race Wihan?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: LoodPb on July 15, 2013, 09:37:02 pm
Dis OK ek sien julle by Velddrif ne! :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Wihan on July 16, 2013, 07:27:46 am
So a mate and myself went through to Robertson today to pre-ride some of the route that we think may be in next weekends Offroad event.
All I can say is... EISH!!!

It's going to be one hell of a tough race if they decide to add in the sections we rode. The route has some monster climbs with  very loose rocks and it's badly eroded. I had arm pump after the first 10mins and had to stop and rest twice on the first climb. The descents are even worse and require your undivided attention all the time or else you will see your ass very quickly (like my mate did). The sections through the valleys aren't much better because of the deep erosion gullies so you need to be wake up all the time.

I recon it's going to be a race of attrition for sure. I've already decided that I will be racing this one just to finish in one piece, both me and the bike.



Hey...that's cheating....!!!

Technically not, the route planner was there and refused to tell us what he had planned so it's still a mystery  ;D No markers had been laid out yet either so he's got his work cut out for him this week, that's for sure. Are you coming through for the race Wihan?

Isn't it too late too enter? I somehow missed this one... ???would love to do it though...
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Buff on July 16, 2013, 07:37:30 am
Entries closed yesterday but I'm sure if you mail Alana and enter today it won't be a problem, they're very accommodating. I'm not sure how technical the final route is going to be but the area is more enduro terrain and less fast stuff so it might suit you.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Jam on July 17, 2013, 10:29:11 pm
Have brought myself up to speed with your progress from page 1.  Entertaining read - thanks for all the effort.  Look forward to the next RR and your inevitable progress.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Buff on July 17, 2013, 10:44:04 pm
Have brought myself up to speed with your progress from page 1.  Entertaining read - thanks for all the effort.  Look forward to the next RR and your inevitable progress.

Thanks Jam.

Just crawled out of the garage after race prepping the YZ for Saturdays race in Robertson. Race no. 4 of 5 on the calendar this year and I'm pretty much guessing it's going to be the hardest one yet. I'm currently lying 8th in the Seniors and I'm aiming for a top 5 by year end. It's a moerse tall ask considering there's only 2 races left but nothing like a solid goal to get the blood pumping and 2 stroke flowing ;D I know this race is going to chew bikes and riders so I'm going to try and pace myself and ride sensibly.

I spoilt the YZ with a new front tire this afternoon as the existing one was more sand orientated and most of the side knobblies had been ripped off from the rocky terrain I've been training on. I eventually went with a Maxxis IT (now front & rear). I put in a heavy duty tube as well and I'm running it at 1.15bar to try avoid pinched flats on those ruthless Robertson rocks (try say that after a few pints).

RR to follow next week if all goes according to plan.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Pom17 on July 18, 2013, 08:50:08 am
Try getting the go pro to work this time ;)

Looking forward to the RR :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Buff on July 18, 2013, 09:11:06 am
Try getting the go pro to work this time ;)

Looking forward to the RR :biggrin: :biggrin:

I don't think I'll be riding with it on this time, I spend too much time worrying if it's going to get ripped off my helmet by lurking overhanging branches. Then again, I suppose I can mount it on my chest... yeah, I'll do that rather  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Pom17 on July 18, 2013, 09:17:08 am
Try getting the go pro to work this time ;)

Looking forward to the RR :biggrin: :biggrin:

I don't think I'll be riding with it on this time, I spend too much time worrying if it's going to get ripped off my helmet by lurking overhanging branches. Then again, I suppose I can mount it on my chest... yeah, I'll do that rather  :thumleft:

 :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: LoodPb on July 18, 2013, 09:29:02 pm
Have a good one Buff, wys die klippies wies baas ne! Ek mis die een maar ons lyk vir Velddrif volgende. :thumleft: and happy  :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: BlueBull2007 on July 18, 2013, 10:42:44 pm
Have a good one Buff, wys die klippies wies baas ne! Ek mis die een maar ons lyk vir Velddrif volgende. :thumleft: and happy  :ricky:

+1
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on July 18, 2013, 11:21:45 pm
Good luck Buff.. give it horns mate  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Buff on July 19, 2013, 12:31:03 am
Thanks guys, kit packed and ready to rock 'n roll :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Buff on July 25, 2013, 10:27:34 pm
Robertson Offroad Ė Ride Report

Before we get to my ride, a big shout out to my Droomers / Kontra Signs team mates who did very well at this event. Erich was lying 3rd in the seniors before this ride and his charging ride in difficult conditions put him on the podium in 3rd place (his first podium) and moved him up to 2nd overall in the Seniors, well done Erich  :thumleft:
Then to Rensie (GJ's laaitie) who managed a 3rd in the Open Classes despite hardly riding his bike this year due to his study committments, mooi Rensie  :thumleft:


To steal a quote from the poem Of Mice and Men ďThe best laid plans of mice and men often go awryĒÖ And boy, did they go awry for me on Saturday!!!! * Awry means "to go awefully wrong"

Our family was fortunate enough to be invited to spend the weekend in a guest house on the very farm the race was happening on, so Friday afternoon saw us packed and heading to Robertson under a heavily overcast sky, nervous about what weather lay in store for race day.

This was our digs for the weekend:

(http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/8107/6uax.jpg)

Approximately 15kmís from the venue we hit the dirt road and it because very apparently that we were in for a wet & challenging event. The roads were slick as ice and the bakkie and bikes were covered in mud before even taking them off the trailer.

(http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/1986/x7ci.jpg)

At this stage I wasnít overly concerned as I had raced in Caledon under very slippery conditions and actually did quite well but I knew the terrain in Robertson was very different. It was wet and rather chilly so we made a huge fire, enjoyed a few cold ones and a good munch down before retiring fairly early.
 
(http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/9466/1thy.jpg)

I had a restless night, I had prepped well for the race, shod the YZ with new rubber front & rear and spent some quality sessions in the gym but I had been nursing and infection in my palate since Wednesday and it was getting worse by the day. Iíd resisted going to the doctor for fear of him putting me on anti-biotic so I was toughing it out and popping pain medication hoping it would disappear.

Saturday dawn bright and clear but a quick stroll around the farm and a chat with the farmer had us a little concerned when he said ďDie grond hier is soos snot as ons bietjie reen gekry het en ons het sommer baie Vrydag gehadĒ

It was great being able to ride down to the start chute without having to get up at the crack of dawn and awesome to have my wife and kids there with me helping as part of our pit crew for the day.
Firstly, apologies for the lack of race photoís, I never had my GoPro on for the race as it would have proved useless in the conditions. I have however posted some pics of what parts of the route looked like in the dry, youíre going to have to use some creative thinking and add water.

So after saying helloís and howzitís, I found my spot on the 8th row of the grid and tried to get some focus. After being on this farm a week earlier I had a fairly good idea of the terrain but no idea of the route. I knew it was going to be a difficult; possibly the most challenging on the calendar and the mud wasnít going to make it any easier.

The start, I'm on the far side:

(http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/7325/oage.jpg)

Iíve added a Google earth view of the route. Itís not 100% accurate but itís best as I can remember. The green shows the first part of the loop and the less difficult section, the blue shows the big eroded donga and the mountain climb. Both proved challenging and tiring.

(http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/4282/evmr.jpg)

The light turned green and I pinned the YZ, no hole-shot this time but 2nd into the first tight left hander and a short blast down a sandy track with the river below on the right. After about 200m of sandy whoops we took a sharp right and dropped down into the rocky river bed and headed back in the direction we had just come but this time fighting for traction and searching for lines over rolling river stones and muddy water hoping not to end up in a massive puddle. Then a tight left hander up a sandy embankment out of the river before dropping us down a steep sandy drop off back into the river and then out again on the left on a section littered with chopped down Port Jackson branches which claimed a few victims on their slippery bark.

The river section;

(http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/6209/lkyh.jpg)

(http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/2420/zjje.jpg)

I made up 3 places here by taking a different line and then it was out onto a fairly tight section of track that headed up into the mountains. This was probably the easiest part of the race but it was still technical enough to catch you out if you dared lose focus. On the one tight right hander up a rocky climb there were two distinct lines, an outer and inner but the inner had quite a big rocky step-up so most of the guys were taking the outer one. I decided to try make up another place and turned early, popping the front wheel over the step-up but then for some remote reason the bike stalled dead just as the back wheel landed and the sudden stop pitched my upper body over the bars. BOOM, 4 places lost just like that on the ensuing panic to kick-start the bike again.

So then it was all about playing catch up again and I made up one or two places when a few guys got stuck in a big bog hole and I managed a clean line around the outside (it claimed me on the 3rd lap though).
Before long we were crossing the river again down a steep drop off and blasting up the sandy embankment heading off onto the 2nd section of the route (blue).

Here things got really interesting as they took us up a massively eroded donga that just proceeded to get narrower and more technical the deeper you rode into the mountain.

(http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/1339/867g.jpg)

I had coincidently ridden this donga the weekend before so I knew what to expect but with the rain and mud it was now a very different beast and the going was tough. It was strewn with lose rocks and bushes blocking your line of sight.

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The exit was a very tight left hand climb that you needed to hit with momentum but because a bottleneck had formed, that was impossible. There were 2 lines, the inner with a big step-up and the outer with a massive eroded tire strip in the embankment. 3 bikes were stuck on the outer so I went for the inner line but I really needed to gas it in the mud to get traction and as I hit the step up the new rear tire bit hard and flipped the bike high and over me and both of us came down hard. Yissie, I was disappointed with my pathetic attempt and it cost a lot of energy to get the bike the rest of the way down and turned around to have another go at it. All the while other riders were pushing past me, bumping me and using my bike for traction etc. Itís a free for all and you need to fight for your space in the melee. On the 2nd attempt I took the line to the right and it was by far the easier of the two leaving me wondering why the others had struggled.
 
The exit of the donga with the line left and right;

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I lost a lot of places with that mistake but wasnít time to cry over spilt milk. Then it was onto the mountain climb. It wasnít hugely technical but it had a lot of lose rock and you needed to select your lines well for a clean run and hold on for dear life as the bike tried to throw you off the back while climbing.

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The descent on the other side wasnít much better, actually, coming to think of it, it was worse. Even more lose rocks sliding around with one or two step downs thrown into the mix. By the time I reached the bottom I had arm pump of note from hanging onto the front brake and trying to stop myself from going over the bars. From the bottom of the climb it was then a zigzag blast mostly through sandy tracks back to the start/finish area.
 
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I stopped to refuel (the downside of not having a long range tank is losing 3 to 4 mins per lap on refuelling) and got a run down from my pit crew on how far back I was. Apparently I wasnít doing too badly all things considering so with a smack on the ass I was out into the mix again.

My 2nd lap went much better, I was less tense, the gaps had opened so there was no fighting for track, my arm pump had subsided somewhat and I was reading the lines better. I think I actually managed a clean lap without a single wipe out which is an achievement in itself in those conditions. But nearing the end of the lap I could feel that my body was starting to take a little strain and the concentration not as sharp as I would have liked but the spirit was still willing. Oh, and before the end of this lap I also got lapped by Brett Lewis. It seriously boggles my mind how that oke manages to ride a dirt bike that fast over that kind of terrain. To give you an idea, he passed me coming down the mountain. While I was on the brakes looking for the best lines, he was hanging cable. He actually roosted me going down the mountainÖ WTF !!!

After another quick splash and dash by my all female pit crew and I was out and tackling the 3rd lap. I picked up a lekka dice here with Ebs on the forum (I didnít know it at the time) and I managed to pass him fairly early in the lap only to lose it when I hit a false neutral doing through the mud bog and wiped out into it. Yissie, hard words were spoken to that YZ. By the time I got going again Ebs was gone and I was on a mission to catch him again. I rode hard and took some risks but before we hit the big eroded donga I had him in my sights again. This time however the donga proved a lot more challenging. With so many bikes going through it, it had turned the mud pools into slurry and the rocks were super slippery. I managed to pass a few social riders stuck in the donga, most of them just hanging over their bars, exhausted from battling for traction and clean lines.

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But by now my lights were dimming fast as well and I was starting to cramp down the front of my shins and my hands and forearms. When I eventually exited the donga I needed to stop and take a breather, clean my goggles and re-composed myself. I knew the route was tough but I wasnít expecting to feel so buggered so soon.
 
A view I know well from hanging over my bars exhausted;

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I had some words with myself and set off after Ebs again, chasing hard up the mountain slopes and charging harder than my skill level allowed down the other side. By the time I reached the bottom of the climb I was cramping badly in both upper thighs and moaning into my helmet because nothing I could do on the bike could take it away. I tried standing, I tried sitting, I tried taking turns stretching out each leg but nothing helped. The cramp had set in and short of stopping, nothing helped so I just had to bite the bullet and tough it out.
 
By this stage Ebs was close and I was chasing like a man possessed through the last sandy twists and turns hoping to catch him before the finish line (thinking we were on the last lap). He knew I was there though and he was riding hard and clean, keeping me at bay. Ebs clocked into DSP a few seconds before me and they waved him through for a 4th lap. ďNo freaking waysĒ I thought, there was no way that I would be able to drag my sorry ass around that course chasing him for another lap. I was well and truly buggered and I think the only part of me not cramping was my eyelids. Before I clocked in I asked them the timeÖ ď16mins before finishĒ.

Now in racing terms 16mins is a long time, I could probably do most of the 1st section of the course in 16mins but this time my body & soul was not willing. I sat on the bike and said those dreaded words ďIíll wait it outĒ. I turned the YZ around, rode 100m back and sat and waited for the race clock to run down. It was the longest 16mins of my life, I had 16mins to think about why I was bailing on another lap, another opportunity to catch and pass riders that I knew were less fit than me. Normally, this is what I pride myself on, the ability to push myself on when others give up, the ability to man the &*%$ up and get the job done. But not this day, my body had pulled the plug on me and I knew I was going to hurt myself if I carried on.

6mins passed and I heard them call 10mins remaining to one of the lapped riders. Iíd had 6mins of rest and I still couldnít will myself to get going and try another lap. I was angry and disappointed with myself, especially after prepping so well for this ride. It didnít help that one of my pit crew came looking for me and tried encouraging me to go for another lap. But after many years of endurance sport I know my body well and how it reacts to exertion and I know when I can go on and when I canít and today I just knew that I needed to stop. Something was clearly wrong with my system, whether the infection in my mouth was playing a roll or the fact that I was riding harder than I normally would and saved nothing for later, I donít know. Iíve tried analysing it over and over but I know I need to let it go and now focus on the last ride of the year. It is after all only a race and Iím supposed to be enjoying myselfÖ a fact that I sometimes need to remind myself over and over.

The only consolation is that the only riders who passed DSP in that 16mins where the faster riders lapping me and the leading juniors so I effectively lost no places overall because with 10mins remaining almost every riders sat out the count, most of them equally as knackered as I was.

My decision not to continue was justified when I was lying on the grass being force fed by my wife and thighs began involuntary cramping. Holy smoke, I donít think Iíve ever been in so much pain, I didnít know whether to stand, sit, knee, bend or pray. I was on the point of hurling from the pain when it finally subsided. Itís now 4 days later and although the rest of my body has recovered, all the areas that cramped are still stiff and sore. It just goes to show what kind of damage gets done by being unfit.

ďHierdie sport is niemand se speel maatjie nieĒ and Iím gonna need a big can of this before the next race in De Doorns Ö
 
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Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - Dune Training Vid on Pg19
Post by: Yami Super 10 on July 25, 2013, 10:37:29 pm
Lekka one bud!
Well done :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 26, 2013, 06:14:00 am
Lekka one bud!
Well done :thumleft:

Thanks bud, hopefully we'll see a RR from you after the West Coast Baja ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: BlueBull2007 on July 26, 2013, 06:14:33 am
That was an excellent report. I think you are way too hard on yourself. You rode like a trojan and finished on top of your game, knowing when was a good time to stop as well. :thumleft:

Thanks for the report and photees.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 26, 2013, 07:16:16 am
That was an excellent report. I think you are way too hard on yourself. You rode like a trojan and finished on top of your game, knowing when was a good time to stop as well. :thumleft:

Thanks for the report and photees.

Thanks for the encouragement Neil :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Wihan on July 26, 2013, 07:30:41 am
Lekker Buff ! :thumleft:I know the feeling.....I was on my third lap at the Barrydale enduro, when I punctured my front wheel on a sharp rock, completing the lap..falling and shaking all over the place, I entered the pits with 25min remaining. Marchall told me to do another lap, but I was cramping up so bad that I couldn't get my hands off the bars, so I thought I would rest 5-10min taking anti-cramp pills and some super juice, but my body just wouldn't recover, I also had to fix my front tire. Long story short......I just pushed my bike out of the way and sat on my fuel can. Got a DNF for that race, to this day I feel disappointed in myself for not continuing. :-[

Great RR boet, I will see you at the "Baja"  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: weskus on July 26, 2013, 08:24:45 am
Ag nee man, hoekom kan ek nie die piccies sien nie ??? :'(
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 26, 2013, 08:32:17 am
@ Wihan, dankie maat, dit was 'n riller die, meer enduro as offroad for sure. The one guy on his first ride did about 5km's and turned around and rode back to the pits, realising he bit off more than he could chew  :o

@Dewald, ek weet nie, hulle is op imageshack en ek kan hulle nog sien?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: J-dog on July 26, 2013, 09:20:13 am
lekka thanks buff - great thread. it's amazing how your body can shut down when so tired, and your mind follows?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: SteveD on July 26, 2013, 09:25:05 am
Your reports are awesome  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Pom17 on July 26, 2013, 09:27:59 am
Great report like always  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: Thanks Buff

Also think that you are being to hard on yourself. I think you did great. Just look at where you started this year. If you continue to improve at this rate just imagine where you will be at the end of next year. Truly impressive
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Scenic Ride on July 26, 2013, 10:17:09 am
ďHierdie sport is niemand se speel maatjie nieĒ and Iím gonna need a big can of this before the next race in De Doorns Ö

Hi Buff,  best of luck with your campaign.  When and where is this race at De Doorns?  For spectator purposes,  that is!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 26, 2013, 12:17:48 pm
Thanks for the words of encouragement guys, it softens the blow slightly but I think it's only human nature to want to strive towards something more/better/bigger/faster/stronger  ;)   :ricky:

But you're right, if I look at where I've come from to where I am now then I guess I can't complain, it's been a great year and so far I'm grateful for being injury free. I have to admit though, I've had a lot of help and advice, especially from GJ. When he takes you riding you have two choices, follow him or go home  :o Thanks boet  :thumleft:

@ Scenic Ride... the next race is at De Doorns on the 7th Sept and it's going to be quite a spectator friendly track. You be able to get to a few view points on your dual  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on July 26, 2013, 12:43:15 pm
I think you did flippin well.. well done  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Ebs on July 26, 2013, 01:13:41 pm
Thanks for chasing me that 3rd lap, u killed me!!!! I could hear u behind me, but no way was I going to let u pass. >:D

That 4th lap was hard, but i could not risk stopping to let the time pass and then u go through lol
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Pom17 on July 26, 2013, 01:32:25 pm
So when are you doing the roof Buff :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 26, 2013, 02:10:37 pm
So when are you doing the roof Buff :ricky:

Hey, don't joke, I've got my wife entering Talent contests now, if she wins she's gonna give some to me  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 26, 2013, 02:12:18 pm
Thanks for chasing me that 3rd lap, u killed me!!!! I could hear u behind me, but no way was I going to let u pass. >:D

That 4th lap was hard, but i could not risk stopping to let the time pass and then u go through lol

 :laughing4: Hoe lekker lag ek nou, 'n spook het jou gejaag die hele 4de lap en jy gooi net mielies  :imaposer:

Well done though Ebs, you rode a great race as well  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Jam on July 27, 2013, 07:59:54 pm
Thanks again and well done!
What did your effort do for your overall championship standing?
Still happy with the decision to change to the YZ?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 28, 2013, 06:00:40 pm
Thanks again and well done!
What did your effort do for your overall championship standing?
Still happy with the decision to change to the YZ?

My effort did nothing to help me, I actually lost one position and went from 8th to 9th in the overall standings.

Yes, I'm very happy with the YZ. It's a handful and probably too much bike for me but the more time I spend on it the more I'm enjoying it.

Having said that, I was fortunate enough to spend 3 hours on the new Beta 300RR this morning in the mountains around De Doorns and I think it's safe to say I have found my new favorite bike.
WOW... that thing just makes riding bike so much easier, especially the way it makes it's power and the low seat position which makes the technical stuff so much easier for me. Now I just need to find the cash to buy one ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on July 28, 2013, 06:02:35 pm
A mate of mine is also looking at the Beta.. says it is very nice, I wouldn't mind also giving one a spin one day
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Pom17 on July 28, 2013, 07:09:20 pm
Does anyone know how the Beta compares to the KTM?

And what does a new Beta cost?

I have also thought about the gasgas but not sure yet.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: LoodPb on July 28, 2013, 07:51:36 pm
Ek het 'n plan ........ Verkoop die WR? :peepwall: :pot: ;) .Mooi gery Buff, wens ek kon daar saam met julle gewees het, en sou die XR maar gesukkel het?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 28, 2013, 07:54:34 pm
A mate of mine is also looking at the Beta.. says it is very nice, I wouldn't mind also giving one a spin one day

If you're at the Droomers Fun ride your wish to ride one might just come true. They're hoping to have the full range there to demo :thumleft:

I think a new one goes for around R78K and includes a full road worthy kit and long range tank.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on July 28, 2013, 08:32:06 pm
We will be there  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: BlueBull2007 on July 29, 2013, 03:01:36 am
Does anyone know how the Beta compares to the KTM?

And what does a new Beta cost?

I have also thought about the gasgas but not sure yet.

From everything I have read about it, it is a worthy and more affordable competitor of the KTM.

Everyone I know who has one swears by them.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 29, 2013, 05:28:42 am
Ek het 'n plan ........ Verkoop die WR? :peepwall: :pot: ;) .Mooi gery Buff, wens ek kon daar saam met julle gewees het, en sou die XR maar gesukkel het?

Ek glo nie jy sou hierdie ene klaar gery het nie Lood, daai sloot en die modder so baie moelik gewees het om 'n groot baaik, nie te praat van die berg pad nie.
I think you made a very wise decision by sitting it out. Maar moenie worrie nie, die West Coast Baja sal jou njannies wees ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 29, 2013, 05:36:05 am
The Beta is kind of hard to place because it doesn't immediately blow your socks off. It doesn't pull as strong as the KTM so you think it might be slower but everything else on it works so well that you go fast without even realizing it. Having said that, I dragged it against a YZ250 with a WR box and they stayed neck and neck until I hooked 6th then the Beta cleared off. It's like a little wolf in sheep's clothing ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Rough Rider on July 29, 2013, 10:08:45 am
Thanks again and well done!
What did your effort do for your overall championship standing?
Still happy with the decision to change to the YZ?

My effort did nothing to help me, I actually lost one position and went from 8th to 9th in the overall standings.

Yes, I'm very happy with the YZ. It's a handful and probably too much bike for me but the more time I spend on it the more I'm enjoying it.

Having said that, I was fortunate enough to spend 3 hours on the new Beta 300RR this morning in the mountains around De Doorns and I think it's safe to say I have found my new favorite bike.
WOW... that thing just makes riding bike so much easier, especially the way it makes it's power and the low seat position which makes the technical stuff so much easier for me. Now I just need to find the cash to buy one ;D

I believe I warned you not ride one Brett :laughing4:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 29, 2013, 10:36:19 am
I know but the devil made me do it :sad: Damn, I had fun on that bike ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Rough Rider on July 29, 2013, 10:54:03 am
I know but the devil made me do it :sad: Damn, I had fun on that bike ;D

Have agents been appointed in CT?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 29, 2013, 01:14:11 pm
I know but the devil made me do it :sad: Damn, I had fun on that bike ;D

Have agents been appointed in CT?

I'm not sure if all the paperwork is signed and sealed but I believe the new agents will be Droomers, now trading as Cayenne at Droomers.

So instead of posting drips and drabs on how much I enjoyed the bike I thought I'd post a little newbie review of the Beta bike ;D Compiled on the flight up to Jozie this morning.

Buff's review of the Beta 300RR

I'm in no way experienced enough to write a detailed review on this bike but I figured I can share my personal experience after spending some quality time on it this past weekend.

The first thing that caught my attention is the looks. It's a sexy little number in it's red and white livery and pucker enduro styling. The next is how unintimidating the bike felt when I threw my leg over it. I'm 1.75m and I'm able to sit flat footed on the bike. It immediately made me feel more in control of the machine. .

The seating position is comfortable and everything feels like it's in the right place, nicely sorted. The bike feels narrow, like a KTM thats be on weighless and the seat is long and flat with the tank recessed low, allowing you to transfer weight on the bike very easily. The only negative is how hard the seat is but thruth be told, I never noticed it while riding, only while sitting still.
I also liked the fatter grips on the bars but that's just user preference.

In the few hours I spent on the bike I grew to love that little green happy button. Stab it with your thumb and she fires into life right away, emitting this wonderful crisp ring ting ting through the factory fitted FMF pipe. Oh how I love the simple things in life ;D Throttle response is immediate and the bike pulls through all it's gears very smoothly, more like a 4 stroke rather than a 2 smoker. There's no sudden power band whip getting her out of shape, even in tight corners but she can get hasty very quickly if you get ham fisted with her. It's the first 2 stroke that I've ever ridden that I would let my wife ride, it feels that controllable.

The motor is torquey but linear and the gearing felt spot on. The sections of the route that I was running 1st and 2nd on the YZ, I was hitting in 3rd on the Beta and the technical spots through the rocks where I was feathering the clutch in 1st on the blue machine I was running in 1st or 2nd without needing to go near the clutch. It's 1st gear is a peach and it pulls uphill like a little tractor making the technical stuff so much easier and a little slip of the clutch allows you to float the front effortlessly.

I enjoyed the suspension as well, the bike felt very well planted and I was able to get the power down very effectively. Some international reports mention that the front forks are too soft but to be honest, I'd prefer the front even softer for the rocks at De Doorns. The front was bouncing a little more than I would like but that could possibly be solved by adjusting the rebound damping. Being a demo I didn't want to fiddle and it wasn't bad enough to effect the overall experience so I left it as is.

Besides the hard seat and with my limited experience I could find no fault with this bike, I'd buy one tomorrow if I had the means, I enjoyed it that much.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Wihan on July 29, 2013, 02:00:48 pm
Cool Buff!

I find myself constantly looking for affordable 2nd hand Beta's in the classifieds, but they are rare and I will have to wait a year or two before I replace my 300 XC-W, don't want to spend a lot of money on a dirt bike,as I tend to be quite hard on them... >:D The Beta is definitely high up on my wish list, have only heard great things about them...and then there is that lower seat height. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Pom17 on July 29, 2013, 03:13:05 pm
Great report Buff :thumleft: :thumleft:

What about ground clearance? Is it affected by the lower seat or not really?

The Gasgas is also lower and read that a few guys felt like the ground clearance on them were a bit low and felt like they where going to hit there boots on rocks etc.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: J-dog on July 29, 2013, 03:16:06 pm
Thanks again and well done!
What did your effort do for your overall championship standing?
Still happy with the decision to change to the YZ?

My effort did nothing to help me, I actually lost one position and went from 8th to 9th in the overall standings.

Yes, I'm very happy with the YZ. It's a handful and probably too much bike for me but the more time I spend on it the more I'm enjoying it.

Having said that, I was fortunate enough to spend 3 hours on the new Beta 300RR this morning in the mountains around De Doorns and I think it's safe to say I have found my new favorite bike.
WOW... that thing just makes riding bike so much easier, especially the way it makes it's power and the low seat position which makes the technical stuff so much easier for me. Now I just need to find the cash to buy one ;D

Buff, I raced the KTM 300. The low down torque was amazing BUT the seat so flipping high. When I came off on the hill climbs, there was no way I could get back on the pony  :eek7:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 29, 2013, 03:31:15 pm
Great report Buff :thumleft: :thumleft:

What about ground clearance? Is it affected by the lower seat or not really?


I never noticed it in the terrain I was riding in and that was fairly rocky. I really liked the standard pegs on it as well, they're nice and beefy and allow you to maneuver the bike easily when you're standing.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on July 29, 2013, 03:33:13 pm
Thanks again and well done!
What did your effort do for your overall championship standing?
Still happy with the decision to change to the YZ?

My effort did nothing to help me, I actually lost one position and went from 8th to 9th in the overall standings.

Yes, I'm very happy with the YZ. It's a handful and probably too much bike for me but the more time I spend on it the more I'm enjoying it.

Having said that, I was fortunate enough to spend 3 hours on the new Beta 300RR this morning in the mountains around De Doorns and I think it's safe to say I have found my new favorite bike.
WOW... that thing just makes riding bike so much easier, especially the way it makes it's power and the low seat position which makes the technical stuff so much easier for me. Now I just need to find the cash to buy one ;D

Buff, I raced the KTM 300. The low down torque was amazing BUT the seat so flipping high. When I came off on the hill climbs, there was no way I could get back on the pony  :eek7:

Agreed James, I'm challenged on the KTM and on my YZ as well. When I stall on the technical stuff I need to choose a side and slide my ass off the saddle and hope there isn't a hole under my foot ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: J-dog on July 29, 2013, 03:35:25 pm
Thanks again and well done!
What did your effort do for your overall championship standing?
Still happy with the decision to change to the YZ?

My effort did nothing to help me, I actually lost one position and went from 8th to 9th in the overall standings.

Yes, I'm very happy with the YZ. It's a handful and probably too much bike for me but the more time I spend on it the more I'm enjoying it.

Having said that, I was fortunate enough to spend 3 hours on the new Beta 300RR this morning in the mountains around De Doorns and I think it's safe to say I have found my new favorite bike.
WOW... that thing just makes riding bike so much easier, especially the way it makes it's power and the low seat position which makes the technical stuff so much easier for me. Now I just need to find the cash to buy one ;D

Buff, I raced the KTM 300. The low down torque was amazing BUT the seat so flipping high. When I came off on the hill climbs, there was no way I could get back on the pony  :eek7:

Agreed James, I'm challenged on the KTM and on my YZ as well. When I stall on the technical stuff I need to choose a side and slide my ass off the saddle and hope there isn't a hole under my foot ;D

ah the side arse technique  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: weskus on July 29, 2013, 08:49:41 pm
@ Wihan, dankie maat, dit was 'n riller die, meer enduro as offroad for sure. The one guy on his first ride did about 5km's and turned around and rode back to the pits, realising he bit off more than he could chew  :o

@Dewald, ek weet nie, hulle is op imageshack en ek kan hulle nog sien?
Jip, kan hulle nou sien op die laptop by huis, seker maar een-of ander firewall op werk PC. Cool RR, so 30mile roundtrip vnand gedoen met groenetjie en paar lekker klip sections deurgewerk, moerse fun...weet net nie hoe lank dit sal fun wees met my level van fiksheid op hierdie stadium nie, sien jou op Eendekuil vir 'n oefen sessie :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on August 29, 2013, 09:06:15 am
It's been a while since I updated this thread so here's a little bump with pics. I ordered these some time ago from www.gophoto.co.za (http://www.gophoto.co.za) and then forgot about the CD lying in my cupboard. These were taken at Wellington earlier in the year. Kinda makes me miss my KDX when I see them  :'(

Photo's credits to GoPhoto:

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Wihan on August 29, 2013, 10:55:19 am
Great pics Buff! :thumleft:

I did the Mgregor Enduro last weekend on my old KDX.....great little bikes! Many guys with their new KTM's were naaar when I passed them on my little green tractor. :dousing:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: BlueBull2007 on August 29, 2013, 01:57:34 pm
Lekker stuff Buff, keep it coming :thumleft:

I have added this thread to this index (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=129030.msg2489895#msg2489895) as well now.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Pom17 on August 29, 2013, 02:20:57 pm
Love this thread
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on August 29, 2013, 02:38:13 pm
Thanks okes and lekka Index Neil, thanks a mill  :thumleft:

Ja nee Wihan, that KDX keeps on going long after we've given up. I sold mine to Ross Anderson and his laatie Bruce pitched up at Robertson on it and promptly kicked my ass 6/0 on my old bike  :o  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Wihan on August 29, 2013, 02:45:33 pm
Thanks okes and lekka Index Neil, thanks a mill  :thumleft:

Ja nee Wihan, that KDX keeps on going long after we've given up. I sold mine to Ross Anderson and his laatie Bruce pitched up at Robertson on it and promptly kicked my ass 6/0 on my old bike  :o  ;D

 :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:

Yes, it's not the bikes that become too slow....it's us.....
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: J-dog on August 29, 2013, 02:56:59 pm
Thanks okes and lekka Index Neil, thanks a mill  :thumleft:

Ja nee Wihan, that KDX keeps on going long after we've given up. I sold mine to Ross Anderson and his laatie Bruce pitched up at Robertson on it and promptly kicked my ass 6/0 on my old bike  :o  ;D

you hung up the enduro boots then, Buff?
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on August 29, 2013, 03:08:13 pm
Thanks okes and lekka Index Neil, thanks a mill  :thumleft:

Ja nee Wihan, that KDX keeps on going long after we've given up. I sold mine to Ross Anderson and his laatie Bruce pitched up at Robertson on it and promptly kicked my ass 6/0 on my old bike  :o  ;D

you hung up the enduro boots then, Buff?

Not a chance James, only getting started now  ;) I've been racing on a YZ250 for a few months now  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: J-dog on August 29, 2013, 03:09:50 pm
Thanks okes and lekka Index Neil, thanks a mill  :thumleft:

Ja nee Wihan, that KDX keeps on going long after we've given up. I sold mine to Ross Anderson and his laatie Bruce pitched up at Robertson on it and promptly kicked my ass 6/0 on my old bike  :o  ;D

you hung up the enduro boots then, Buff?

Not a chance James, only getting started now  ;) I've been racing on a YZ250 for a few months now  :thumleft:

lekker  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: GJ on August 29, 2013, 03:57:45 pm
Buff,gaan jy die naweek daai ander Beta pak gee? ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on August 29, 2013, 04:10:03 pm
Buff,gaan jy die naweek daai ander Beta pak gee? ;)

 :laughing4: Ek kan sien jy soek nou net vir kak maak  :imaposer:

Ek hoor daai nuwe Beta het tot nuwe tires gekry om weg te bly van my af  :imaposer: Ek gaan hom jaag soos 'n pashaas pappie  ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: GJ on August 29, 2013, 04:12:53 pm
Buff,gaan jy die naweek daai ander Beta pak gee? ;)

 :laughing4: Ek kan sien jy soek nou net vir kak maak  :imaposer:

Ek hoor daai nuwe Beta het tot nuwe tires gekry om weg te bly van my af  :imaposer: Ek gaan hom jaag soos 'n pashaas pappie  ;)

Daai man is kak bang ,roer hom pappie,roer hom :pot:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on August 29, 2013, 04:19:50 pm
Buff,gaan jy die naweek daai ander Beta pak gee? ;)

 :laughing4: Ek kan sien jy soek nou net vir kak maak  :imaposer:

Ek hoor daai nuwe Beta het tot nuwe tires gekry om weg te bly van my af  :imaposer: Ek gaan hom jaag soos 'n pashaas pappie  ;)

Daai man is kak bang ,roer hom pappie,roer hom :pot:

 :imaposer: Ja maar jy weet hoe ek is, ek praat net 'n goeie race, as dit by die start line kom gaan daai man da wegvliee dan sien ek hom nooit weer nie  ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on September 06, 2013, 09:12:40 am
It's with mixed emotions that I face my last race of the 2013 season tomorrow in De Doorns. As much as I'm looking forward to the race, I'm nervous as hell because I have a good idea of the route and I know how difficult it is. It's not extremely technical but just hard work because you cannot relax anywhere due to the rocky terrain. The good news is that it will be difficult for everyone  >:D

RR will follow next week as well as a round-up of the 2013 season  :thumleft:

Good luck to all the WD's taking part in the event, see you boys on the start line  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Offroad2 on September 06, 2013, 09:27:48 am
Hey Buff will be there to support , need any help shout,  Kevin will ride after been out four months with a broken femur (he managed Velddrif last week- quads) but i'm nervous as hell for him on two wheels.

You will be fine  :thumleft:  then dont forget we will throw you into the Ceres mountains 19th Oct - (parts of the KB 400 route  :laughing4: :thumleft:)

good luck for tomorrow

ps set your alarm or should i give you a wake up call  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on September 06, 2013, 09:38:05 am
 :laughing4: Thanks Clive, I'll light a candle tonight and place it between my toes to wake me  ;D

Good luck to Kevin as well, he'll be fine as long as the red mist doesn't decend  ;)

Yep, looking forward to the Koue Bokkeveld as well  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: J-dog on September 06, 2013, 10:10:51 am
you gonna come do the next winterberg?  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on September 06, 2013, 01:22:01 pm
you gonna come do the next winterberg?  :biggrin:

You jest but that was the idea at the beginning of the year. The problem is the organisers leave their dates until the absolute last minute and then drop the bombshell. Winterberg's date was announced about 2 weeks ago, its next weekend... WTF  ???
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Dux on September 06, 2013, 05:26:13 pm
Good luck to Buff , GJ and GJ jnr for De Doorns tomorrow . :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: LoodPb on September 06, 2013, 09:27:03 pm
See you there Buff, my last offroad before Amageza, lekker op my senuwees!!! Hoop die Xr en die klippies loop lekker saam! :biggrin: :peepwall:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: jpcussen on September 06, 2013, 09:57:34 pm
Good luck, give it horns!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on September 06, 2013, 10:03:12 pm
Thx guys :thumleft:

See you there Lood, take it easy on the rocky sections and you'll be fine, there's nothing hectic technical that will stop you in your tracks.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Dux on September 07, 2013, 03:15:08 pm
Congratulations Brett , 6th in class  :occasion14: :occasion14: :occasion14:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: LoodPb on September 07, 2013, 09:33:33 pm
Lekker ou Brett, well done. :ricky: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on September 07, 2013, 09:51:41 pm
Thx guys, I had a lekka race, the YZ and myself held up well and I got my best result of the season ;D

Congrats on those 2 laps on the big red beast Lood, that course wasn't easy, RESPECT.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Yami Super 10 on September 07, 2013, 11:05:54 pm
Congratulations Brett , 6th in class  :occasion14: :occasion14: :occasion14:

Nice on Bud :thumleft:

You make the Yami name proud :pot:
So I am sure there wont be a Beta on the garage for some time :patch: :sip:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: MDT on September 09, 2013, 08:36:00 am
Well done buff you looked ready to go when i saw you.

Sorry for the short chat still had about 100km to go. Was such a nice day the route looked nice and there was a big turn out or i though so. 

Did the route on Sunday on the MTB you guys sure now how to make a decent path.

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: weskus on September 09, 2013, 11:04:39 am
Lekker een Buff, well done, gaan probeer om Ceres te doen saam met julle die 19de en dan kyk of ek nie 2014 bietjie meer kan doen nie, die one event ding raak duur  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Offroad2 on September 09, 2013, 01:11:44 pm
Not to hijack Buff's thread , however it worth your while  to join a club & taking a club license at begining 2014 , then you can ride any of the clubs races. You will aslo score in that club championship that you joined
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Dux on September 10, 2013, 10:15:35 pm
The man himself  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Wihan on September 11, 2013, 11:02:15 am
Lekke Brett, well done! :thumleft:

I'm sure you would like to do the odd enduro with us next year... >:D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on September 11, 2013, 12:54:28 pm
Thanks okes :thumleft:

Yep Wihan, I'll have to pull up my big boy panties sooner or later and come join you mountain goats. I'm nervous though because as the Afrikaners would say "jou pakslae sit vlak" ;D

Unfortunately I'm presenting a course all week so the RR has been delayed somewhat. I started on it on Mon night so it's happening, just slowly. I'll try and make the wait worthwhile.
The good news is I have some great photos and GoPro footage of the event as well :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Wihan on September 12, 2013, 07:12:42 am
Thanks okes :thumleft:

Yep Wihan, I'll have to pull up my big boy panties sooner or later and come join you mountain goats. I'm nervous though because as the Afrikaners would say "jou pakslae sit vlak" ;D

Unfortunately I'm presenting a course all week so the RR has been delayed somewhat. I started on it on Mon night so it's happening, just slowly. I'll try and make the wait worthwhile.
The good news is I have some great photos and GoPro footage of the event as well :thumleft:

Cool! Looking forward... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: LoodPb on September 15, 2013, 07:36:53 pm
Hey Buff how's that report coming along? Took me almost a week but I feel half human again after last weekend! :biggrin:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on September 15, 2013, 07:54:07 pm
LOL... Klink vir my jy't pak gekry op daai klippe ;D

Report is done, just need to get the screen dumps from the video sorted. Will start this evening and try post it tomorrow sometime ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: LoodPb on September 15, 2013, 09:38:19 pm
Verseker !!!!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - ROBERTSON RR on Pg21
Post by: Buff on September 15, 2013, 11:39:19 pm
De Doorns RR - WPATV - Sept 2013-09-09

Saturday past marked the final race of the WPATV 5 race series for 2013 season and the club went out with a bang on a great route in the Matroosberg mountains, laid out by none other than our very own GJ on the forum.
 
I approached this race with some trepidation after taking somewhat of a hiding at the last race in Robertson and only being able to complete 3 laps. Then last weekend I took another beating on the sandy tracks of Veldrif. Needless to say, my confidence was pretty low and I doubted myself... more than normal. I'd also not been in a gym for 5 weeks due to time constraints and the only training I'd done besides a few Saturday rides was 2 x 4km runs and 2 sessions of Camelman's Amageza training program. All this was sitting in the back of my mind in the build up to this race.

It also didn't help that 2 of my team mates (GJ & Eric) had bailed the True Blue Tuning Fork brand and bought themselves brand new Beta 300RR's. In the week preceding the race, they kept on sending me whatsapps and sms's of sound clips of the Beta's hooter being blown and motor being revved, warning me of things to come on race day and that I should get used to the sound so I'm ready to get out of their way quickly when they lap me... ja, whatever!!! You just gotta love your mates and the incredible support they give you when you need it most... julle hoenders !!! ;D

Erich smiling about his new bike:
(http://imageshack.us/a/img854/3159/azbb.jpg)

On a positive note, I knew part of the track we were racing on as I had helped set it for the Droomers fun day a few weeks earlier. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure if this was a positive because I knew how tough the route was going to be on the body and bike. It wasn't insanely technical but it was a route that kept you on your toes all the time, literally, as in ass out of the saddle and standing. It was predominantly rocky single track cut from repeated riding, littered with nasty lurkers just waiting to catch you off guard the minute you wondered off it. Overtaking would be a problem. This was interspersed with 2 quick sections of jeep track and 2 long sandy river beds.

Race day arrived and my dog decided to beat the alarm clock and wake at me at 3:30am by dry heaving next to my bed. He was looking rather sorry for himself so I let him out and then I couldn't get back to sleep. I eventually just gave up trying to get back to sleep and got up to start packing the bakkie. I was hitching a ride up in the Droomers van and was meeting Dave at 5:30am at his place to swop vehicles and load bikes.

We had just gone though the Du Toits Kloof tunnel when it dawned on me that I'd left my 20l premixed fuel in the back of my bakkie. Panic attack!!! Dave calmed me down by telling me the Worcester 1 stop would sell fuel cans. Low and behold they do, R50 for a can resembling a Ricoffee blik. FFS, I'm desperate so I buy two and stock up with 10l and another 10l's in Dave's quick-filler which we discover is leaking and dumping fuel in the van. We leave it to the mackies to sort out and we press on.
 
A few kays later I get a call from my wife. My mother who is on holiday with us for the week has fainted in the bathroom and smacked her head against the basin. She has concussion and the ambulance is on its way to fetch her. I'm told I mustnít stress but I need to keep my phone close by just in case it's something serious and I need to get back in a hurry. Oh boy, things are just not going according to the script I wrote for this race!!!
 
We arrive at the venue around 8:00am, do the meet and greet and set up the Cayenne@Droomers gazebo. I'd be pitting with them for the day together with the Beta boys who were there on Friday already, hard at work laying out the final course markings.
The weather looks great but GJ warns us that dust will be a big problem and that we'd better leave dust gaps or risk smacking unsighted lurkers. Clearly the big rains we had in CT never made it this far inland.

Zool showing what happens if you miss a 90 degree right hander at speed... two broken wrists:
 (http://imageshack.us/a/img94/4779/jyfp.jpg)

Just before race briefing I fire up the YZ and head up to the top of a koppie to find cell reception and call home to hear how my mom is doing. She's been admitted and is in good hands, they're going to be doing x-rays and a CT scans on her to determine what's up. Its times like this that make me realise how special my wife is. There's no panic or chaos, just level headed calm decision making. I get instructed to have a great race and call back once I've crossed the finish line.

Race briefing:
(http://imageshack.us/a/img694/425/1s4g.jpg)

Start Line:
(http://imageshack.us/a/img4/4782/m99r.jpg)

Just after 10am I get the flag and the YZ springs to life under me. It's a 50m dash to a 270deg right hander and then fast section of a few kays along open jeep track. I duff my start and slot into 3rd bike.

Fighting for position:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img834/2801/0daa.jpg)

It's a bad start that has me sucking dust for the first 2kmís.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img191/5282/lgcm.jpg)

The route makes a sharp left hander under a stunning old railway arch and climbs up the valley floor via single track, climbing in an out of the erosion contours.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img545/980/wyod.jpg)

I'm quite quick here and without the dust I'm able to close up on the 3 riders in front of me who have already caught 3 riders from the previous group. Passing is impossible
 but I make up 2 places on the climb out of the valley when riders lose it on the loose rocks.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img30/5463/snun.jpg)

As we descended the other side I make up another place when the rider in front of me loses his front end and plants.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img850/3366/yill.jpg)

The next few kays are rocky single track, which climbs and descends little koppies all the time. I lose two places when I get whiskey throttle and the back end steps out on me and I lose momentum. Ebs (on the forum) and another rider pass me.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img823/450/xvpj.jpg)

It's a blessing in disguise though because I latch onto them and pace myself behind them. Watching the rider directly in front of me allows me to avoid all the lurkers he's hitting.

Soon we reach the old railway track to De Doorns and have to cross it to get to the open flowing jeep track on the other side.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img199/4540/fm7c.jpg)

For some remote reason, exposed railway tracks strike the fear of God into me. Their spacing just looks perfect to trap your front wheel before your rear wheel clears it. I pop the clutch and the YZ takes off over both tracks effortlessly. It catches me so by surprise that I hit the opposite gravel embankment carrying too much speed and I grab a handful of front brake, lose all momentum and get struck on the gravel mound on the other side. FFSÖ another 2 riders pass as I dismount and wrestled the YZ free.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img823/5286/nixd.jpg)

It's a spot where I least want riders in front of me because of the bad dust on this section. Fortunately I make up one of the places again when the bloke in front of me over cooks a corner and goes bush clearing.

I loved this section of the route, especially in remaining laps with open track because I could really twist the YZís ear. Itís one of those sections that you can hit hard and fast and get this awesome flow going.

After about 3 kays of this we turn right off the course and drop into a sandy river bed. This stuff isn't your normal kind of sand, itís like sand made from crushed rock and it sucks tires like quick sand. There's reed bed in there as well which make sighting the trail interesting:

(http://imageshack.us/a/img580/5131/qp38.jpg)

You need to ride it aggressively and I struggle here. I hear a rider half way up my pipe revving his bike to overtake and I'm thinking ďStuff you buddy, if you started behind me Iím not giving you a place for gratisĒ. We exit the river bed after passing back under another railway bridge. It's a sharp right turn with a steep kicker.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img29/1993/gm9w.jpg)

The oke behind me makes the pass and only when he comes alongside do I see it's Derrick, one of my team mates whoís normally way quicker than me but started behind me because he is riding social classÖ oops, sorry Derrick.

The course hooks another right and passes under another railway bridge and this one is flooded with water that looks rather deep. There's a KTM standing still in the middle of the puddle so I know where I donít want to go. Fortunately I have 2 bikes in front of me to learn from and we all stick as far left as possible and get through cleanly.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img9/6289/gk6r.jpg)
  
Then it's a right hander and up the steepest hill of the day. I hit it pinned in 2nd gear and halfway up there's a kicker that launches me. I land solid and pin it again and hit a second kicker.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img11/1097/a4up.jpg)

The bike threatens to stall as I land and I go into 1st and over the top and down the valley ridge on the other side. More single track follows including a little river crossing and a lot more rocks. Once again we are dropped into a river bed but this one is quicker and I get a nice flow going through it.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img585/1152/gmjb.jpg)

By this stage I'm well warmed up and the arm pump has subsided somewhat. It was somewhere here that I also made a pass on Ebs who apparently had an epic wipe-out that shook his foundation. Hope you've recovered bud.

With about 5 kays of the lap to go I catch one of the seniors that Iíve yet to beat this year. Thoughts of ďis he having a bad day?Ē and ďam I going quicker than I think I am?Ē flood my mind. From the direction we were heading I know we were nearing the pits but I can't put a pass on him on the single track so I'm forced to follow wheel for a frustratingly long time.

GJ caught everyone out on this section by adding a nasty, slow, rocky descent in the route. In the fun day this had been an ascent for the Red route so it was fairly technical. I felt for Lood having to take his XR650 down there. ďDis alles GJ se skuld LoodĒ.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img708/4359/oq63.jpg)


The descent off the escarpment into the pits isn't easy either as we have to follow an erosion/valley off the top of the koppie all the way down.
After around 30kmís of riding I'm welcomed into the pits by my cayenne @ Droomers pit crew.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img837/4040/ath9.jpg)

Coke is chugged, cramp pills swallowed, goggles cleaned, time gaps given, bike fuelled and I'm slapped on my back and sent back into battle.
 
(http://imageshack.us/a/img841/2500/a1qy.jpg)

I'm apparently not doing too badly. I'm 6mins down on my team mate Erich on his Beta who had started 1:30min ahead of me so Iíve lost 4:30mins which considering the traffic, I'm happy with.

The 2nd lap is way more fun. My pit stop was quick so I'm released before the riders who had held me up and for most of the lap and I have mostly open track in front of me and therefore less dust. I'm able to pick up the pace and I manage to catch and pass a few riders, some looking worse for wear after taking tumbles.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img59/6362/sjux.jpg)

Even the railway track posed no problem as well as the deep river crossing under the bridge. I'm intently focussed on watching the track ahead of me and not making silly mistakes that sap energy. That doesnít mean I don't make any. I still drop it once or twice but fortunately not seriously.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img837/206/r7u3.jpg)

On my 2nd pit stop I hear I have closed the gap on Erich to 4mins and this is the motivation I need to twist the YZís ear just a little harder on the 3rd lap.
I'm stuck in a quandary however because at Robertson, my lights went out in a big way on the 3rd lap and I couldnít manage a 4th because I was cramping so badly. So in the back of my mind I doubt whether to push harder or pace myself better and just ride to survive. I have no concept of time. I have no idea how fast my first lap was or my subsequent laps, or how long I was in pit lane so I'm not sure if I'm going to do 3, 4 or 5 laps in my 3 hours.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img824/4607/x9wb.jpg)

Until now I'd be focussing on pacing myself well and saving something in reserve energy tanks because the last thing I wanted was a Robertson repeat. I decide to place discretion before valour and remain focussed on riding clean lines and trying to stay upright all the time.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img268/7833/m8h4.jpg)

About half way through the 3rd lap the twinges of cramp are starting their familiar routine in my hands and upper thighs. I try and stretch out wherever I can but it's not easy on this rocky route.

As I reach the pits for the 3rd time I'm wondering if I'm going to get the flag our waved through for another lap. I'm still feeling pretty good and I'm hoping for another lap. The rider in front of me who I've been chasing for the past few kays pulls of just before the timing mat. There's no flag out but he's had enough and is going to sit out the time. I skid to a halt and I get waved through for a 4th lap with 5mins to go before the flag.

My pit crew is amped and super quick.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img809/2373/urbw.jpg)


I get another time check to Erich, it's still around 4mins. I glug 4 cramp-stop tablets and a mouthful of jelly-babies and hit the track again.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img818/2055/7aki.jpg)

Ahead of me lies 50 odd minutes of fun and suffering. My body is holding up quite well, I'm cramping but it's not debilitating cramps and I can keep my pace. I decide now to ride as hard as possible, besides I have nothing to lose. I ride the entire lap almost by myself, making only a few passes on guys that I can visually see are knackered. The dust allows me to see targets ahead and I chase each one as hard as I can.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img822/3530/x8vv.jpg)

I have a clean lap without a single fall but by the time I reach the pits I've had enough. As I pull into pits my teammate Erich has just stopped ahead of me. I have managed to catch him on the last lap when his body let him down with cramps. I'm glad to have caught him but I feel his pain. He had an outside chance of taking the Senior championship if he had a storming ride but his body and fitness let him down on the last lap when he lost valuable time. He'd ended up placing 3rd Overall in Seniors which is awesome  :thumleft: Maybe he'll have a Beta ride next time  ;).
My body is broken but my spirit is high. I raced for 3hrs 49mins and held it together; the nightmare of Robertson is laid to rest.

After cleaning up we wondered down to prize giving to grab a beer & burger. Low and behold, I'm fortunate enough to win a bottle of wine for placing 6th in the Seniors, my best result of the season and it bumped me from 10th overall for the season to 7th.

Another first for me was not getting lapped at all, not even by local racing legend Brett Lewis. I'm a happy camper, I couldn't have wished for a better ending to my first full season. Next year I'll hopefully be able to build on the platform laid this year and maybe even go searching for my first trophy.

Thanks to:

With this being the final WPATV race of the season there's a few guys I need to thank:

Dux - for assisting with advice and sponsoring his spannering talents on my KDX 200 and later my YZ250. My bikes perform faultlessly and never skipped a beat all season.  :ricky:

GJ (Gideon) and the rest of my Droomers/Kontra signs teammates - for taking a soutie under your wing and teaching me so much about riding a dirt bike. It's been a baptism of fire but I've loved every minute of it  :thumleft:.

My Family - for their support and belief in me. To go racing a 45 years old leaves a lot of people frowning upon your decision but not my family, they supported me all the way and even decided to join me in this crazy sport .

To the Wilddogs - for your support and encouragement on this thread, it's been much appreciated.

cayenne@Droomers (previously Droomers Yamaha) & Helderberg Yamaha - for their pit support throughout the year which as always slick and professional  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: J-dog on September 16, 2013, 07:56:54 am
Well done boet!!

 :3some:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Pom17 on September 16, 2013, 07:58:37 am
What a great report like always Buff :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Congratulations on an amazing season. You make the young guys like me feel useless. Knowing that with youth on my side I would still not have achieved what you did  :lol8:

Thanks for keeping us updated on the whole experience. You definitely inspired a few (including me) to try and get into the sport :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Buff on September 16, 2013, 10:21:40 am
Thanks guys  :thumleft:

As a matter of interest, I have attached the Senior race results and lap times here. It'll give you an idea just how close the racing was in the final event, with a few minutes seperating the riders on most of the laps.
I just wish I could get it this close every event  ;D

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Wihan on September 16, 2013, 11:26:17 am
Respect Buff  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Kenisis on September 16, 2013, 11:26:32 am
Well Done Buff. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: LoodPb on September 16, 2013, 06:54:35 pm
Well done Buff, and thanks again for your help there in Botrivier,it came just at the right time hey!!! I hope  I'll see you guys next season, after amageza, and maybe on something a little smaller!! Kx 450, or maybe that wr of yours?......  :peepwall: :ricky: :drif:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Buff on September 16, 2013, 09:08:46 pm
Pleasure Lood. You'll see when you get a lighter bike it becomes a whole different sport. Jy sal moet Yami Super10 vra vir my WR450, hy't hom gekoop ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Martin-DR650 on September 16, 2013, 11:59:53 pm
What an awesome read Buff !  Thanks for sharing :thumleft:

Congrats on your overall position :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Dux on September 17, 2013, 08:32:31 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft:

Now we just have to get you and the bike ready for next season
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Breekbeen on September 17, 2013, 09:45:24 am
 :thumleft:
will join you next year.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: GJ on September 17, 2013, 04:10:01 pm
:thumleft: :thumleft:

Now we just have to get you and the bike ready for next season

Los dit vir my,jy kan sy bike tune en ek sal hom tune :biggrin:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Buff on September 17, 2013, 07:21:52 pm
:thumleft: :thumleft:

Now we just have to get you and the bike ready for next season

Los dit vir my,jy kan sy bike tune en ek sal hom tune :biggrin:

Oh bliksem, ek sien net pyn en leiding wat voorle vir my.
Luckily I'm not doing The Roof so for the next 2 months I'm the coach... payback is a bitch ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: GJ on September 17, 2013, 07:38:05 pm
Jy moet vir Erick bietjie leer,smaak my hyt agter geraak :peepwall:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on September 17, 2013, 08:24:27 pm
You must teach me some of your skills Buff  :thumleft:.. well done on a great 1st season.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Dux on September 17, 2013, 09:37:02 pm
:thumleft: :thumleft:

Now we just have to get you and the bike ready for next season

Los dit vir my,jy kan sy bike tune en ek sal hom tune :biggrin:

Oh bliksem, ek sien net pyn en leiding wat voorle vir my.
Luckily I'm not doing The Roof so for the next 2 months I'm the coach... payback is a bitch ;D

Somehow I see GJ having the last laugh  >:D >:D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Buff on September 17, 2013, 10:17:37 pm
You must teach me some of your skills Buff  :thumleft:.. well done on a great 1st season.

Thx Muz. I'm afraid the only thing I'll be able to teach you is how to fall but you'll certainly pick up tips & tricks from GJ & Co if you come do a few training rides with us :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: GJ on September 17, 2013, 10:24:27 pm
You must teach me some of your skills Buff  :thumleft:.. well done on a great 1st season.

Thx Muz. I afraid the only thing I'll be able to teach you is how to fall but you'll certainly pick up tips & tricks from GJ & Co if you come do a few training rides with us :thumleft:

Always welcome :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Buff on September 17, 2013, 10:32:47 pm
:thumleft:
will join you next year.

Ek sien uit daarna om daai 450 te jaag ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on September 18, 2013, 12:13:30 am
You must teach me some of your skills Buff  :thumleft:.. well done on a great 1st season.

Thx Muz. I afraid the only thing I'll be able to teach you is how to fall but you'll certainly pick up tips & tricks from GJ & Co if you come do a few training rides with us :thumleft:

Always welcome :thumleft:

Gooi me a PM when you go ride, I will always oin when I can, I haven't been in my 450 in nearly a month cos of my Zim trip so keen to get back in the saddle.. will probably crap myself.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Yami Super 10 on September 18, 2013, 07:19:46 am
I will leave my 450 and take the Raptor :thumleft:
 :peepwall: :pot:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Dux on September 18, 2013, 08:02:47 am
I will leave my 450 and take the Raptor :thumleft:
 :peepwall: :pot:

I am glad to see you are up and about again , hate to burst your bubble but training wheels not allowed  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Breekbeen on September 18, 2013, 08:18:51 am
:thumleft:
will join you next year.

Ek sien uit daarna om daai 450 te jaag ;D

Ek dink ek sal maar die jaag werk doen, of in die bosse vir jou wag :imaposer:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: GJ on September 18, 2013, 01:17:56 pm
I will leave my 450 and take the Raptor :thumleft:
 :peepwall: :pot:

I am glad to see you are up and about again , hate to burst your bubble but training wheels not allowed  ;D ;D

Jep,no dooskaretjies ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Yami Super 10 on September 18, 2013, 05:51:26 pm
I will leave my 450 and take the Raptor :thumleft:
 :peepwall: :pot:

I am glad to see you are up and about again , hate to burst your bubble but training wheels not allowed  ;D ;D

Jep,no dooskaretjies ;)

After the ONE race that I did.....must I post my times :pot:

Because if like Buff wants me on two wheels..........You okes better watch out :imaposer:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Kawaki on September 18, 2013, 06:43:54 pm
Well done on a great season Buff  :thumleft: , it's been fun following your race thread. :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Dux on September 18, 2013, 07:07:32 pm
I will leave my 450 and take the Raptor :thumleft:
 :peepwall: :pot:

I am glad to see you are up and about again , hate to burst your bubble but training wheels not allowed  ;D ;D

Jep,no dooskaretjies ;)

After the ONE race that I did.....must I post my times :pot:

Because if like Buff wants me on two wheels..........You okes better watch out :imaposer:

We be watching  :pot: :pot:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - FINAL RR De Doorns and Season Wrap Up - Pg24
Post by: Buff on September 20, 2013, 10:40:28 am
Hey guys, here's a link to the De Doorns video I shot (most of the 1st lap only). I haven't added a backtrack to this copy because I'm tired of fighting with copy-write issues on vids. Enjoy  :thumleft:

http://vimeo.com/75002550

Hmmmm... so why's it not imbedding?

https://vimeo.com/75002550 (https://vimeo.com/75002550)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Kawaki on September 20, 2013, 12:40:20 pm
 :thumleft: that was fun  :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Rough Rider on September 22, 2013, 10:23:24 am
Good riding Brett.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Pom17 on September 26, 2013, 12:19:44 pm
Thanks for the great video Buff.  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Murdock on October 07, 2013, 01:12:58 pm
Your posts are fully inspiring - makes me willing to climb back on the bike for next years rides - Thanks buff for the posts - hope to see you out there sometime
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Buff on October 07, 2013, 02:26:42 pm
Pleasure guys :thumleft: The whole idea of this thread was to get guys inspired and motivated to give the Offroad scene a bash. You don't have to be a riding God to do this, just a bike, some cash and a whole lot of passion :thumleft:

Once you're in it you suddenly find doors opening that you never thought were possible, like riding the MTB single track at Oak Valley in Grabouw this past weekend as a marshal. What a jol ;D Here's one or two pics of the pre-ride reccie in the rain on Sat.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/07/9a8y5a4u.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/07/a9e8uqyq.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/07/avyza5a9.jpg)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Yami Super 10 on October 07, 2013, 02:37:11 pm
And you forgot to say......it makes you a BETA rider :deal:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: BlueBull2007 on October 08, 2013, 06:28:52 am
Great video Brett!! :hello2:

We want moaarrrr.. ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Roadkill on November 05, 2013, 02:11:17 pm
Buff well done on a great series ,  :thumleft: 
I've been keeping an eye on this thread throughout the year , and thanks to your awesome RR ,
I've decided to take on the challenge of off-road racing for next year.
This gives some time , mind you not much with the silly season approaching at warp speed, to get
a plastic bike , prep and tune-up and try get all the info together as far as rules regulations start dates
what club to join etc  My fitness is pretty good after training for Amageza , " although I have not done any training since"
but I will be ready for next year.   
I've already narrowed the bike search down to a YZ250  ( already kitted for Offroad / Enduro ) and a KTM 250 2 smoke.
I have not ridden a 2 stroke for almost 4 years , and that was only a IT 250 that I had for about 5 years , so I'm very excited
to get the decision made and go ride.
Would be really lekka if I could join you guys for a weekend ride sometime.

Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Buff on November 05, 2013, 03:18:55 pm
Awesome Roadkill, that's great news. If you enjoyed Amageza then you'll love the Offroad series.  Don't stress too much about the fitness either, it builds as the season evolves.

The guys are all prepping frantically for the Roof now but once they're back and you have your bike sorted then we can have a little WD get together at Atlantis and do some intros.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Roadkill on November 05, 2013, 07:07:16 pm
Ok that's sounds great , I've never been to Atlantis on a plastic before.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 05, 2013, 09:01:30 pm
So is that it for the year Buff? I hope not, but don't know the local schedule.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Buff on November 06, 2013, 06:30:45 am
Yep, the season has been wrapped up and the guys are now prepping for The Roof. I'll be going up as support to get an idea of what I'll be letting myself in for next year ;D
Between now and Christmas I'll be spending more time on my mountain bike and giving myself a mental (and $) break from racing and start building up again in January for the new season. If I'm not mistaken, our 1st race is on the 25th Jan.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Wihan on November 06, 2013, 08:09:36 am
@ Roadkill
Most fun you can have with your clothes on! Looking forward to seeing you at the races, and don't worry, we're all just wannabe racers dong it for the fun and the social. :thumleft:

@ Buff
Heard they having a ride at Dunhye Park(Caledon) before the end of the year again, just a social though. Will be going down, you guys should try and join me....
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Buff on November 06, 2013, 09:29:59 am
Sounds like a plan Wihan, date dependent of course because there's just so much happening this time of the year. There's some awesome riding in that area.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Offroad2 on November 06, 2013, 10:24:44 am
WCOC are planning something differant in Caledon for weekend 7/8 Dec - camp over option - Going to scout Sat - on a new farm - hope to post agenda this weekend.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Buff on November 06, 2013, 11:20:58 am
Did I hear your say "Night Race"? ;D

I wonder why something like this hasn't been done in the Cape yet? Something like a 12hour off-road in teams of 2 or 4 straight through the night.
I've done a few of them on my MTB before and they're great fun although pretty intense.   Bicycle lights have evolved so much in recent years that you'll easily be able to use them on a dirt bike.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on November 06, 2013, 11:53:49 am
Sadly I can't ride for the rest of the year but I will be following this thread and get all jealous  :laughing4:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Offroad2 on November 06, 2013, 11:59:24 am
Brett can you imagine us looking for riders at night  ;D ;D ;D
We are actually thinking about a bit of theory , knowing some basic rules to avoid disappointments during races.
likes of the rules that riders should know but don't  then end up with DNF or penalty etc..
Some bike & quad technical tips & what to carry etc..
Practical tech tips - how to try to get back to DSP on a flat or fit master link on chain etc....
Practical coaching of rider skills - some technical riding skills too.
end off with out ride on sunday
Sat camp over ( even Friday those that want to camp early - will check facility on Sat
T- shirts made etc....
Got some work to do ;)
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Wihan on November 06, 2013, 01:14:58 pm
Offroad

We were talking about the same ride, it's on a farm in the vicinity of Dunhye Park and not on the same venue as the race were.
Please send some more info when you have, will keep that weekend open. :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Offroad2 on November 06, 2013, 02:21:44 pm
Wihan - yes nearby, i haven't ridden the farm before, but will make sure all is good. Once the exercises are over on Sunday maybe we can arrange an extended outride up to Casino side mountains - will talk to Wilhelm & co this weekend
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Buff on November 06, 2013, 07:14:25 pm
Sounds lekker Clive, already hoping we're free that weekend.
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: See Duiwel on November 06, 2013, 07:22:15 pm
sapskraaaaaaib
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 06, 2013, 07:52:36 pm
Buff,  thanks for this labour of love man, its been a great thread to follow - I hope you keep it going next year too.


Brett can you imagine us looking for riders at night  ;D ;D ;D
We are actually thinking about a bit of theory , knowing some basic rules to avoid disappointments during races.
likes of the rules that riders should know but don't  then end up with DNF or penalty etc..
Some bike & quad technical tips & what to carry etc..
Practical tech tips - how to try to get back to DSP on a flat or fit master link on chain etc....
Practical coaching of rider skills - some technical riding skills too.
end off with out ride on sunday
Sat camp over ( even Friday those that want to camp early - will check facility on Sat
T- shirts made etc....
Got some work to do ;)


:thumleft:

Would be great if you could start a topic here WD's on the theory side for interested riders. Maybe cut and paste the notes?  O0

Here to hoping anyway. ;D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Buff on November 06, 2013, 08:08:12 pm
Pleasure Neil, strangely enough, I've enjoyed writing these reports as much as the races themselves, I think I might be in the wrong job  ;). I'm hoping to add the Enduro series to my calendar next year to help me prep for The Roof later in the year so that will be a new & exciting challenge for me to look forward to  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Wihan on November 07, 2013, 07:13:53 am
Pleasure Neil, strangely enough, I've enjoyed writing these reports as much as the races themselves, I think I might be in the wrong job  ;)I WILL be riding in the Enduro series next year  to help me prep for The Roof later in the year so that will be a new & exciting challenge for me to look forward to  :thumleft:

Buff....nou praat jy my taal.  >:D
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Offroad2 on November 07, 2013, 08:26:34 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Buff on January 14, 2014, 12:42:39 pm
Whoop Whoop.... it's almost time for our first event of 2014, the WPATV clubs Caledon Offroad on the 25th Jan.

I'm so pleased to see number of new WD's who have taken the plunge and decided to ride Offroads this year, well done guys. Off the top of my head there's Weskus, Roadkill & Breekbeen and hopefully adv in the very near future  :thumleft: Let us know if there's anyone one I missed?

We did some route planning this past weekend with our route director GJ and the area is still solidly soaked from last weeks rain. Some of the river crossing were impossible so we'll be back there on Sat in the hope that the levels have dropped enough to do the full route marking. We even had a bike drowning (and the rider as well  :o )
If todays weather is anything to go by, they will be dry as a bone come the 25th, it's brutally hot out there.

Here's a few pics of what you can expect, minus a lot of water  ;) I'll do a more detailed route report next week Monday.



Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: J-dog on January 14, 2014, 03:05:56 pm
Looks lekker Buff!

The Cape is sweltering this time of year. Need lots of fluids  :deal:

Not as hot as Perth though. Temps were 47 degrees last few days  :o

Even Melbourne in the 40's

Enjoy the race and have a great season!
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Breekbeen on January 14, 2014, 03:16:58 pm
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: weskus on January 15, 2014, 11:12:31 am
Looks lekker, I will see you guys @ the Swartland 200.. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: GJ on January 15, 2014, 04:15:01 pm
Looks lekker, I will see you guys @ the Swartland 200.. :thumleft:

Kom ry liewer n regte race by caledon
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: whitedelight on January 16, 2014, 07:56:04 am
So Buff where are the pics of the new scooter??
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: weskus on January 16, 2014, 07:59:04 am
Looks lekker, I will see you guys @ the Swartland 200.. :thumleft:

Kom ry liewer n regte race by caledon
Dis te ver uncle Gideon en ek het reeds werksverpligtinge daai nwk, maar ek sal nog, ek wil graag..
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Yami Super 10 on January 16, 2014, 09:03:18 am
So Buff where are the pics of the new scooter??

Me think he is a Be-ta fraid of being BOOD by his Yami pears  :pot:
He has got a NEW 2014 300RR :ricky: Red one :drif:
Getting it all blinged up. This is what I get from the dude :deal:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Buff on January 16, 2014, 09:14:22 am
Bwahahahahaha... that was meant exclusively for you, not the WD's  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: Yami Super 10 on January 16, 2014, 10:32:39 am
Bwahahahahaha... that was meant exclusively for you, not the WD's  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:


And you call yourself a friend :pot:
Title: Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad Series (WC) - De Doorns Race Vid added
Post by: GJ on January 16, 2014, 01:51:06 pm
So Buff where are the pics of the new scooter??

Me think he is a Be-ta fraid of being BOOD by his Yami pears  :pot:
He has got a NEW 2014 300RR :ricky: Red one :drif:
Getting it all blinged up. This is what I get from the dude :deal:
: