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Offline Gee S

Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #160 on: March 18, 2015, 01:14:10 pm »
A few picks so long
Getting ready


On the startline



The start


This was taken during the race by guy called Kerry

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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #161 on: March 20, 2015, 08:49:21 am »
Loving the pics and writing. Planning on doing my first race this year and I already have butterflies in my stomach thinking about it.

Respect to you for having a go at it at your age. Donít think there are a lot of guys over 40 with enough balls to attempt such a thing  :thumleft: :thumleft:
 

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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #162 on: March 20, 2015, 10:09:13 am »
Thanks alot. You will be surprised, we were 18 riders in the masters class all 46 or older. At 52 I might be one of the more senior masters :biggrin: but I am loving every minute of it.
Once you have finished your 1st race you will ask yourself why you havent started years ago. I know I did.
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #163 on: March 20, 2015, 12:50:33 pm »
Hey, Gee S, that's me in your 2nd last pic - on the KLX  :biggrin:

I got a good start - about 4th off the line but was trying a manouvre on third when we came to that vlei - I, of course, went straight through the vlei and don't think I saw him again. No injuries though, just got a big fright - thought my race was over before it had started.

Luckily, I was back on track before the next rider got to me but it was hectic from then on - trying to keep my fellow golden oldies behind me.

Gonna have to do a similar thing to you regarding the dehydration, going out for drinks on the Friday doesn't help either .........  :peepwall:
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #164 on: March 20, 2015, 02:14:59 pm »
Here is one that shows you a little better

After the race. Tired but happy!


Going off the track in the dust gave me a good scare but did wonders in calming things down a bit.
We should meet up some time.
« Last Edit: March 20, 2015, 02:19:23 pm by Gee S »
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #165 on: March 20, 2015, 02:22:56 pm »
Lovin' it! Keep the updates coming please  :thumleft:
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #166 on: March 20, 2015, 02:43:56 pm »
Here is one that shows you a little better

After the race. Tired but happy!


Going off the track in the dust gave me a good scare but did wonders in calming things down a bit.
We should meet up some time.


We will - I'll track you down at the next one - if I can spot you in that sea of KTMs. I used to love catching and passing KTMs but there's so many and half of them are passing me, that my aim is just to be the first (only) kawa home.

BTW, how many ladies overtook you? I was beaten by that Cindy Porobic? lady  :'( :'( :'( :'( and she was quite a bit quicker than me, there was no way I can keep up with her - maybe when I grow up  >:D

But then I heard she clipped all the boys in all the races at last weeks racing at Syringa, so I felt OK again :thumleft:

Dwergie, when you gonna join us??????????
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #167 on: March 20, 2015, 03:21:21 pm »
Well done guys, good to see the Masters giving it stick out there  :thumleft:

I can just imagine the chaos of those mass starts, it must be hectic in that dust. Fortunately we're normally sent off in rows of 5, 1 minture apart and even that gets hair raising in the dust. I'm guessing but I'm sure being unsighted must be one of the greatest cause of accidents in Offroads. When it happens you're never sure if you should hold your speed and hope it clears or slow down and risk the oke behind you connecting you at speed  :-\

It's still a jol though, all the best for the season  :thumleft:
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #168 on: March 20, 2015, 03:56:12 pm »
Yes come Dwerg, I am going to swing spanners(beers) with the next one at Parys whenever that is :thumleft:
 

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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #169 on: March 20, 2015, 03:57:30 pm »
 
 Die mass starts van die vervloee Babsfontein GPs was ook woes.
Blazes, het jy dalk fotos of video clips daarvan ? ( of wie ookal )
 

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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #170 on: March 21, 2015, 04:36:41 am »
I'm still looking for a bike. I'll come spectace the next one thats close to pta if I don't have a bike yet
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #171 on: March 21, 2015, 09:11:51 am »
Here are two video's to start with. How does one embed a video from a iPad or PC for that matter?
http://youtu.be/3czfsd632Z4
https://youtu.be/y2kEMER-BBI
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #172 on: March 21, 2015, 09:43:18 am »
Here is another one
https://youtu.be/xEzEvTpEs-w
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #173 on: March 21, 2015, 10:45:31 am »
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #174 on: March 21, 2015, 11:33:25 am »
Great vids - those twisty bits in the trees were a bit sketchy, I nearly hit a few of those. And that white sand just hung in the air - couldn't see a thing.

I don't have a steering damper which is a bugger as I get tossed all over the place and nearly lost it on that chicken run, on every lap.

I've been told by an old racer that us poor folk should just tighten the head bolt to stiffen the steering. It will eventually damage the bearings but they're far cheaper than a damper. I haven't tried it but one of my mates did and he reckoned their was a big improvement but he suffered with sore wrists for a few days. I'm a bit wary of doing it but clipping those rocks at high speed is no joke ...........  :o :o :o

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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #175 on: March 21, 2015, 02:13:54 pm »
Thanks. Riding in that thick dust scares me and I slowed right down. I would rather give up a few positions before hitting a lurker.

I read on a forum somewhere that one should put the bike on a stand with only a little weight on the front wheel and then tighten the head bearing until the steering just won't turn on its own but can still be turned easily by using one finger on the handle bar. I think I am going to give it a try for the next race.

Your mate might have tightened it a bit too much.
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #176 on: April 06, 2015, 02:52:35 pm »
So, I tightened the steering a bit, pretty much like you said and it seemed to make quite a bit of difference.

Took it out to Maraisburg today to test and it definitely tracks better over the rocks - no sore wrists or arms after 3 hours so I'll leave it like that for the race.

HOWEVER - I was belting along a sand road, showing off like a knob, powersliding the corners, when it went a bit pear-shaped and I was given a high-side off - flying lesson no. 45  :o :o :o

Fuck, I'm sore now - felt like I cracked my tailbone so I can't sit. I bit holes in my tongue and cheeks when my head bounced off the road and I've split my elbow open to the bone - while wearing armour!!!!

I'm still debating whether to go get stitched up or just leave it - trouble is, the next GOC is in 5 days  ::) ::)

In future, I'm gonna stick to the racing - it seems way safer than this weekend warrior shit.
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #177 on: April 07, 2015, 02:47:12 pm »
Jy vattie kakkie ne?
Glad you are reasonably OK and I hope there is nothing broken.

Re the stitches I might be wrong but it is already too late for that.  When I had my big off a couple of years ago the DR at casualties did not put stitches in to my hand because he suspected I might need an operation on my hand. The next morning when I got to the specialist he told me no opp needed but that he cannot put stitches in anymore as too much time have gone by. IIRC he said that it cannot be done after about 9 hours?.

The next GOC race have been moved to Bronkhorstspuit on the 18th so you have an extra 7 days to recover.

Below is a copy of the email I received.

Hi Guys
The race on the 11th of April in Carletonville will be moved to the 18th of April and will take place in Bronkhorstspruit.
The Junior and Senior will both be racing on the Saturday - Same day different routes.
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #178 on: April 07, 2015, 04:27:25 pm »
Nice updates guys! I need to join you for one or two of these.
I also have an old 300 EXC like that. 2001/2002 I think, but it still goes well and I love it. (Mine has a steering damper on it....)
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Re: 2015 GOC
« Reply #179 on: April 07, 2015, 06:59:19 pm »
There we go, Mooch, you've got till the 18th to get your entry in  :thumleft:

Re the 18th, I don't get e-mails from GOC, so thanks for the heads-up Gee S

I couldn't handle it and went for the stitches today. I need to work with both arms so I got the elbow stitched. And I wanted to be mobile for Saturday but I'm really glad they moved it on 1 week.

FYI - the Thor impact rig I use has a waffle pattern inside the armour, behind the sponged padding, and this is what chopped my elbow open. I will never, ever, buy this rig again - it cannot save your elbows so has no more use than a chest protector - piece of shit. I cannot believe anyone would design protection in this way.

I used to use DMD but was talked out of replacing with the same thing by the salesman.

So, who's our supplier of DMD porducts on WD - and don't dare mention that Suzuki dealer in Honeydew  :xxbah: :xxbah: :xxbah:
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