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Mt Hood Rally report w/vid

Discussion in 'Trail Reports' started by PeteN95, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Moderator Staff Member

    The Mount Hood Rally was Saturday and for the second year it included a motorcycle class, RallyMoto. This was a one day rally, but they allowed pre runs ("recce") on Friday to scout the roads. It poured rain on Friday, but Saturday was awesome and clear. The roads dried pretty well, but there was still mud in the shady areas. There were 8 bikes entered rangine from a couple DRZ400s to a KTM 950 Adventure.

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    I decided to try a trials rear tire, which didn't turn out to be as good as I thought it would be, but it wasn't too bad. It had good grip on everything except gravel, but would break traction abruptly in turns. Oh well, it still worked OK and the guy who was beating me by a few seconds in every stage decided to take a dirt nap on stage 5 and hand me victory. Not pretty, but I'll take it. I think I can go faster on a regular knobby, but that will have to wait for the Doo Wop Rally in Aberdeen in March.

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    The roads were mostly hard packed dirt with a little mud and gravel. It was a little more technical and with less WFO than the Wild West Rally in Eastern WA, but I still averaged over 49mph in the special stages. It is really a lot of fun and I am working to get the entry fees down, including a possible first timer discount, so you should consider trying it! Here is the last stage from my handlebars. The first 1/2 mile is actually paved and this was the fastest stage.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6RFVMsLVKU
     

  2. mjn

    mjn Forum Admin Staff Member

    Holy smoke... that looks like a complete kick in the ass!!! How fun would it be to rip a gravel road like that knowing there is NO ONE comin the other way???

    I'd LOVE to do that on my ATV....
     
  3. volxport

    volxport Guest

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    Pete,

    It was a heck of a day and yeah it was a bunch of fun. It was my first race on the motorcycle and boy oh boy I had my share of gotcha moments.

    See you soon

    Volx

    For those interested the Next RallyMoto is Doowops Rally March 6-7
     
  4. Yeah, a trials tire is a bad choice for high speed stuff. They work great on nasty single track, but don't slide well at all.