Discussion in 'General' started by boccarp, Jan 13, 2011.
Nice view. No 10mm socket?
You should get one of these. I think I paid $40 for mine instead of $100+ for one "made for MCs". They'll save your floors and are nice when you travel too. Keeps tools and parts off the concrete and asphalt.
Ice Racer 2004 YZ250
Love ice racing. Used to run a Penton out in Colorado. What a blast.
More traction than most people believe. You can go around in circles in first gear and practically drag the end of the bar on the ice
Ever run the 3 hour? Ran the exact same bike in 2007, and we placed top 10 if I recall. We had a line run from the radiator through the handlebars to keep them warm. Good to see you running fenders.
We did it in like 2009 or 2010. It was bitterly cold. I went out for 3 or 4 laps and came back in. My buddy Kenny went out for a lap and came back and said "fuck this". Our 3rd rider went to go out and we noticed we had a flat. Put the bike in the trailer and went into the bar. I think Blake Young won it that year. I remember him talking shit about Yosh Suzuki in the bar about some gas tank modifications that they wouldn't do.
How did you rig up that line from the radiator through the bars? That's a great idea
Had to make some fittings to come off radiator return, into 1/4" ID rigid hose. Fed supply and return up the steering head, zip tied to the bars down the barkbusters, into a fitting on each end of the bar. Really worked surprisingly well, and no leaks, even after a couple of crashes. Really made a difference on those years where it was below zero. Pretty sure I was there in the same timeframe, and definitely did some 3 hours that were beyond brutal. I haven't been able to ride the past couple of years due to a jacked up back, but the team I usually went with had Fredette ride with them last year, and they finished really well. Certainly better than when I'm on the team! Always loved running the 250 2 stroke, just because it was so light. They ran a KTM350 last year, and it's pretty impressive as well, but took a totally different riding style.
I get the grip and the buzz from trackin' on the ice, but . . . too F'in cold. We can dirt track year 'round in the South.
Can you do this?
I have a set of ice tires and really want to try it. Where do you get the fender set up? That’s the only thing holding me back at this point.
I used to sell mounts, but got out of it. Reach out to Freestyle Supermoto. try xerofour.com . Most of his stuff is carbon fender kits, but he might offer cheaper ones. Nobody makes nicer. At the very least, he sells the mounts, and then you come up with your own fenders.
If you have ice tires, and they're home made, you'll be disappointed. If they're real ones, made by Fredette, Rosine, or I forget who's making the cheater Canadians, it's a HUGE difference. The KTM in the pic above has Canadians on them. Crazy grip. Like rip you off the bike G forces.
Only when I'm crashing.
I remember Rob Jensen having some pretty awesome ice pictures like this, but his inside foot was flat on the ice.
AMA approved ice tires could never achieve an angle like that. You can't race with those Canadian tires, as they're too dangerous in a crash. Case in point, about 2 weeks after that picture, one of our group had his throttle stick at the top of 4th gear. There were pretty sizeable snow berms on the corners that day, and he bailed just as the front hit. As he went off the back, the rear tire came up and cut across the back of both of his thighs. Imagine a 6" wide chainsaw running at high speed. That was the last time we ever rode with anybody who didn't have fenders. The reality of the situation was scary, but seeing a bunch of grown men panic when they realized how far the nearest help was.... yeah. Get fenders. Here's Fredette and a couple of the guys from our 3 hour team.
I have no idea of the details, risk or perils of ice racing. But I'm positive what you're saying is right and then some. Never done it, or even seen it in person. I just remembered that pic of Rob that was awesome. Next time I have him on the phone, I'll ask.
I got set mine up for a race and make a road trip up... Tim and those guys are always doing it year after year and I need to finally bite the bullet...
Toys for the boys.
It’s not that bad and it’s a lot more fun on ice.
Let me put it in simple terms: Hell is frozen. I'm confident that there are a lot of fun things in Hell. I'll pass, thank you. Give me Talladega or Jennings in mid-August, in leathers push starting an air-cooled bike. Not "right" or "wrong", simply why North Georgia is as far north as I'll ever live.
I believe it was -26 with -43 wind chill in International Falls this morning. Folks ice racing there today? Should be plenty o' grip . . . .
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