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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

UTAH MOTO CO - Round 3 Mountain West MX Park

 TIME TO STRAP ON THE HELMET & RACE


This will be my second race after breaking my leg.  I'm regaining my confidence and I'm going to give it my best shot.  It's being held at the Mountain West MX Park in Mona, Utah put on by the Utah Moto Co.  They put on a fun race.  They even have "blow-up" slides to have fun on.  I'll be entering the 250 Beginner/D Class and the Beginner Open-(Big Bike) Class racing 4 motos on Saturday.  I'm still not 100% in shape and it's going to be really hot on the track.  Let's see what happens.  You can't win if you don't enter and give it your best!










Friday, April 23, 2021

FASST COMPANY - FLEXX BARS

 

Yahoo!  My grandpa just picked up the new Fasst Company Flexx bars for my 2021 Yamaha YZ250F.

On my next trip down to Mesquite I'll be mounting them on the bike.  I'm also finishing up adding the graphics to my all black ACERBIS plastics that I'll also be putting on the bike.  Yeah, I'm excited!

New Flexx bars, new ACERBIS plastics, new graphics, brand new rebuilt 891 Suspension, new rear aluminum sprocket, new chain and a mended non-broken leg.  I'm ready for my first practice at the Mesquite MX track next weekend.






The following is copied and pasted from their website:
Precise In The Steer Path, Forgiving In The Load Path.  FASSTCO
To maintain a traditional feel while absorbing abuse and catastrophic impacts. Tunable to your preferences through our assorted elastomers, you control how soft or stiff the Flexx Handlebar is.

We focus on two areas at Fasst Company; The first is absorbing abuse without sacrificing control or feel. The second is ergonomics. We spend more time on ergonomics than any other brand. Between these two areas of focus, it's surprising how much comfort can be added to your time on the bike. 

Features
Controlled and Consistent - Laterally, Flexx Handlebars are extremely stiff which makes them precise in the steer path, meaning you do not have to “steer” through the abuse reduction mechanism
Tunable - You control how soft or stiff the bar is. With a properly set up Flexx Bar, you’ll never feel the bar moving but you will feel increased control and improved comfort.
Dramatically reduces vibration - Our pivot pin is wrapped in a proprietary bushing that isolates the handles from any metal to metal contact, drastically minimizing vibration right from the start.
American Made - We take pride in bringing you the only handlebar Made in America. Constructed out of 7000 series aluminum; employing the latest technology in CNC machining and extrusion methods, our handlebars are made with the utmost hands-on precision and care.
 

Need help selecting the best bar bend for you and your preferences? We'd love to help! Please call (877) 306-1801 or email. 

Notable Dimensions: 
-On dirt bikes we see a big range of bar bends, most common back sweeps being either a 10 degree, 12 degree, or 14 degree. Traditionally a taller rider will benefit from a straighter bar, it opens the ergos up and allows more operating room. Inversely, a smaller rider will appreciate a bar with a little more back sweep to tailor the ergos to a shorter wing span.

-Our Enduro bar is 31 inches wide. Our Moto bar is 32 inches wide. 

-Our Low bar is 63mm tall, this bar has to be ran with a sub mounted steering damper. It was designed to offset the height and bring you back near stock bar height.

-Our standard height bar is 92mm tall. Our tall bar is 116mm. 

What's in the box
Black handlebar pad
3 sets of Compression Elastomers
2 set of Rebound Elastomers





Friday, February 5, 2021

A Dirt Biker Rider's Nightmare - A Broken Leg

 It had rained for a couple of days and the Friday practice had been cancelled. It hardly ever rains in Mesquite, Nevada or where the motocross track is in what's called Littlefield, Arizona but it did.  The Virgin Valley River was running strong.  There was even snow capped mountains in the background.  Oh, yeah and Saturday's #RMX Series race was on.  Did you know that you can not purchase a pair of rain boots in Mesquite.  Walmart just laughed at us when we asked where they were.  Grandpa and grandma had to run into St. George, Utah to #Cal Ranch to buy the boots and of course I wear a size 13 boot.  But the race was on.  Pre-race practice was starting at 7:00 am PST and I was ready.

I had a good practice run and the day went okay.  I still need to get my suspension done because the 2021 #Yamaha YZ250F comes set up for somebody who weighs around 170 lbs with full riding gear.  I weighed myself with all of my gear and found out that with gear I'm around 6'1" and 277 lbs.  Hey, my #Gaerne SG-12 boots weigh over 11 pounds.  There is roughly 27 lbs of riding gear that I put on.  TJ Bronson of #891 Suspension has all the calculations and will be working on the bike here in the future.

Dan Felix of #Felix Designs took a couple of photos of me racing...thanks Dan.  I am proudly wearing his great design on my helmet.  Also, thanks to #FlowVision for the great goggles.  They are amazing!

Well, the rest of the story about my day at the track.

As you could guess, the mud was terrible; the ruts even worse and the track was extremely dangerous. The Littlefield Paramedics were busy helping people the entire day.  Riders were even LifeFlighted out to St. George with lacerated livers, broken ribs, concussions, and broken legs.  One pro rider even had to have the bike peg removed from his body surgically...ouch!

My last race of the day was going to be the 450 Beginners and I entered it for more riding time even though I was riding my 250. 
I've worked really hard on my HoleShots and have gotten pretty good at them.  This last race of the day would be one of my best.  Great start and great ride.  I was riding hard against the bigger bikes but after the white flag which meant it was the last lap towards the finish line I was actually battling for second place.  The ruts were so deep that they were up to my fenders and above my pegs but I was riding better than I ever have.  I was flowing around the track in the zone.  Then it happened! The rider coming up from behind me got into the same rut and hit my rear wheel which caused me to lose control and my boot came off the peg and got caught under his bike and my bike.  I was in a lot of pain.  My grandpa and the Felix Family came running over to the crash.  The other rider ended up breaking his hand in the crash.  The Paramedics drove up immediately to help out.
After asking me a ton of questions they loaded me into the back of the truck.  They took off my boots which hurt like heck.  The foot and ankle was swelling really quick.  There really wasn't much to see after they cut through my racing socks but I knew that it was bad.  My grandpa who is First Aid Certified and a Fire Marshal suggested a plastic ankle air brace but they didn't carry one on the truck but said that they could splint it so they had a temporary splint made of cardboard and wrapped the leg for transportation.  They asked my grandpa if he was going to take me to the emergency ward at the local Mesquite Mesa View Hospital and he told them of course.  The Felix Family helped load the bike and tools and the Paramedics helped load me into the front seat of my grandpa's Titan.  

We checked in and had X-Rays taken.  The Doctor on call came back after the Radiologist had told him that there was a break on the Fibula and ankle and had the nurses and assistants put on a soft cast.
Me laying in the hospital bed with the soft cast on waiting to be released.  The next step was getting a CT scan on the leg and ankle.  Yeah it was broken and pretty bad too.
The Doctor pointed out the breaks in red highlighted areas.  Fibula deep breaks as well as on the ankle itself.  I'm getting a cast for a week and then they'll decide if they have to do surgery on the break to hold it together.  They told me it going to be 3-4 months with a month of rehab after the cast comes off.
This was before my appointment getting the cast.  They put me into a boot to get around. Oh well, it looks like I'm out to around June or July.  Bummer!!!!

UPDATE ON MY LEG - BRAND NEW #YAMAHA BLUCRU CAST






I did get some neat news from #Gaerne in an email today.

Gaerne USA bootco@sbcglobal.net

Attachments2:42 PM (5 hours ago)
to me
Hello Taylor,

We had Gaerne Italy email over your email thread to them discussing your injury and potentially moving forward with some sort of Rider Support discount.

First off, we are sorry to hear about your accident and your injury! Sounded like a pretty brutal crash from how you described it. Pretty crazy how dangerous this sport is that we all love so much! Glad to hear the injuries were not worse and after some time to recover, it does sound like you will be back on the bike and stronger than before!

Secondly, we would be more than happy to consider you for a spot on our Rider Support team, which would provide you discounts on Gaerne products and can help get you all set to go when the time comes to start riding again! please take a look at the attached Rider Support contract, the 2nd page will include the product list and the discount prices, the 1st page will be the actually contract so if you would like to officially join the program feel free to fill that 1st page out and email it back to me here and I will get you officially into the system.

Sincerely,
Gaerne USA

I absolutely love #Gaerne and completely understand that the boots were not meant for this type of impact on the leg but looking forward to a new pair of boots when I'm healed up.  I also believe that my knee was secured with my #Asterisk Carbon Knee Braces; thanks #Asterisk.
COUNT ON IT!

















Monday, December 7, 2020

It's Yamaha Time!

 Today was one of the most fun days I've ever had riding a dirt bike.  After slowly breaking in my 2021 Yamaha YZ250F Monster Edition bike which seemed it "forever" I took it easy on the first day of riding but today was all mine.  Yeah, it was amazing.  I rode for close to 3 hours on the Mesquite MX track in Mesquite, Nevada.  I even got blisters on the inside of my thumbs and palms from the grips through my gloves.  My white palms of my gloves turned black from the new ODI grips that come with the bike.  Yeah, I rode and it was a great day.  My bike is amazing!  Dropping down from a 450 to a 250 was different but I feel in control now.  I'm a big kid, a little over 6 feet tall and around 210 pounds so the Yamaha 250 was the bike for me.  It came factory set exactly right for me.  A guy at the track measured the sag when I was on it and you guessed it; 100% correct.  Yes sireeee!  Absolutely love it.

I was dead tired after today was finished but when we got back home first thing grandpa and I did was get the power washer out, washed off the mud and clay, lubed the chain and changed the oil again completely draining it and adding 28 ounces of Yama Lube 10W-40.  

Just a reminder, if you would like to donate to my GoFundMe Page here is the link: [click me]




Saturday, December 5, 2020

Time to Ride the Yamaha YZ250F Monster Edition - First Ride after break-in.

 I finally got the bike broke in last night with a little over 2 hours of breaking it in the right way.  I'm down here in Mesquite visiting my Grandpa and Grandma so we headed to the Mesquite MX track first thing this morning.  It's cold down here; around 30° this morning but warming up and not nearly as bad as back in Payson where it was under 20° this morning.

The 250 handles completely different than my Honda CRF450R; both the 05 and the 2017 so I'm taking it a little slow to feel out the bike.  Also, with the new bike I didn't want to push it today.


On one of the practice runs a group of us was racing up the big hill climb at Mesquite when at the top of the hill a kid behind me looped out.  All I could here is this bike winding up and all of a sudden the kid's bike was airborne and I felt it hit me in the back of my helmet.  That was close; too close.  That was lucky.  The bike was back flipping on that high hill and almost killed a guy shooting film of the riders.  It was a dangerous day at the track.  Another rider cased a double and went head over heal and totally ripped up his chin.  There was literally a flap of skin under his chin that was dangling and blood everywhere.  He was lucky that a couple of Paramedics from Vegas were riding, a guy and his girlfriend.  They had to be good people because they were both riding the Blucru - Yamahas.

I've got one more day of practice so I'll be headed to the track again tomorrow; this team pushing it a little bit more.  It's the best; it's great and I absolutely love it.  







YAMAHA - BLUCRUOFFICIAL - OH HECK YEAH!

 





BREAK-IN IS OVER - IT'S TIME TO RIDE
My grandpa and I are headed to the Mesquite MX track this morning and it's finally time to open up my brand spankin' new 2021 Yamaha YZ250F Monster Edition purchased from Mike Basso of St. George, Utah Factory Powersports.  Okay-brrr, 32 ° F this morning in Mesquite.  That's a cold morning here in the desert but it's 22° F this morning in Utah County so I'll take it. 
"LET'S DO IT!"

I'm looking for a few good financial backers and sponsors to help me and my grandpa out.  He's retired and helping all he can but sure could use some help.  If you know of anybody out there that would like to back me, no matter the amount I can really use the help.  Don't let the new bike fool you.  We sat down and put it on paper.  It's cheaper to buy new than to keep sinking in money to repair an older bike.  Anyway, I would really appreciate any help you can offer.  Click here to help GOFUNDME.

Friday, November 27, 2020

TRUST? WHEN BUYING A USED BIKE AT THE TRACK?

 I've posted several items about buying my 2017 Honda CRF450R from Horner at the Mesquite MX track when my grandpa and I couldn't get the 2005 Honda CRF450R started.  The '05 was a great bike.  Justin Batty found that the only problem with the bike was a loose wire on the kill switch.  Valves were good and adjusted; everything was great in the engine but the stupid kill switch let me down.  ...lesson learned 😫

So, with that being said Horner was selling his 2017 Honda CRF450R.  We were parked right next to him when he told us about the bike.  Everybody seemed to know him at the track.  We shouldn't have trusted him at his word.  He rode the bike into the ground.  He said that his mechanic did this and did that.  Yeah, right!  Basically the guts of the bike wasn't even really a Honda.  We have put in over four-thousand dollars back into the bike.  The following is the latest fiasco that costs us a ton of money.  

At my last race in Mona at Mountain West I had problems with the clutch.  After starting at the gate I couldn't get it to do anything; the clutch was gone.

We took the bike into @RS Power Sports in Las Vegas where we met Ronen and his partner Johnny. Here is their information 4450 W. Donovan Way Suite 126, North Las Vegas, NV 89081 (702) 781-4433.

Ronen is originally from Israel where he served in the equivalent of the Marines.  He also raced motocross as well as a professional horse racing jockey.  Ronen knows more about off road vehicles than anybody I've ever met; amazing.  He took the clutch apart and showed me where the problem(s) were and are. Wrong clutch parts for this Rekluse clutch.  He showed me where something was scratching the clutch cover.  You can see the scraping in the following photos of the clutch.


He had to order replacement parts which were going to take a while to get in.  I had a race in Mesquite that I had planned on.  Ronen said that he could grind down and machine the clutch parts to get it running for me but couldn't guarantee that it would hold up in the race.  It was really nice of him to try just for me; that's the kind of guy he and his shop is.  It started out great.  With my new Pivotrax MX tires I won the holeshot and I thought it was going to be a great race but the band aid, duct tape fix just couldn't withstand the race.  The repair job only lasted for the holeshot and a couple of turns. Ronen tried but the Rekluse clutch was beyond repair. 
I'm in the middle, white Bell Helmet, Black and Red O'Neal Riding Gear on the 2017 Honda CRF450R.


So back to RS Power Sport for repair.  This time Ronen was going back to basics and ordered Honda OEM parts (Original Equipment Manufacturer).  Yeah, more money but Ronen was taking care of me and promised I would like the clutch.
The bike is back!  Ronen, his crew and RS Power Sport did it!  It runs like it is brand new; I guess it is.  Everything has been rebuilt including tires wheels, grips, plastics; it is brand new. So I think that it is time to put it up for sale.  My grandpa and I are thinking that it is worth around $7,500.  I'll be posting it for sale with everything that has been put on the bike and the repairs made so you can see it will be a great deal.  I'm looking at dropping down to the 250cc class.  As a beginner that gives me a chance to race in a few different motos instead of just the 450 Beginner Class.

As far as Ronen and RS Power Sport; he's our go to "Mechanic" from now on.  His shop looks like a small bike shop but don't let that fool you.  This shop is Amazing!  Take your bike, your ATV, whatever to him.  You'll be amazed at what he can do.





Contact


  • (702) 781-4433

Address

4550 Donovan way north
Suite 126
North Las Vegas, NV 89081



If you would like to donate on my GoFundMe page which would really help me and my grandpa "Papa" out or even know of a company or somebody who would like to support and sponsor me let us know.  Here is the GoFundMe page: Click Here.  Remember every penny goes to helping me race and I promise you I will succeed!  Thank you.













Tuesday, November 3, 2020

PIVOTRAX MX TIRES

 WOW! I just received my first PIVOTRAX MX tire today and should be getting the other tire sometime tomorrow when I get home from school.  I'm going to try to get them mounted before this weekend.  I'm totally excited to try these out.  They sound amazing!  ...and they sent them to me just to try them out; okay, I can do that.😏



THE PIVOTRAX TIRE STORY
PIVOTRAX is born from Apexway Products Corp., a Taiwanese company with more than 40 years of experience on the tire industry.

This year we have decided to go a step further and design motocross tires especially for you. It is our enthusiasm and passion what drives us to do what we are good at.

THE PIVOTRAX PROMISE TO EVERY DIRT BIKE RIDER
We’re determined to bring you across all tracks you choose to tread. We don't plan on changing the way you ride. Rather, we are giving you a better way to conquer unknown terrains every time you start your engine.

Our tires have been designed to endure the uncertainty and harshness of dirt bike racing. Grip, traction, balance, even tire tread noise have been optimized for support, better handling, and ultimately your safety.

Each is tested to perform impeccably on mile-long trails, be it on mountains, deserts, beaches, and forests even smoothly paved routes. We see to it that they are ready for both motocross and endurance tracks.

We continue to explore tires with different patterns, strength, and hardness made of different compounds suitable for various tracks and terrains.


As soon as I get the second tire and mount them I'll post a review on how they handled on my 2017 Honda CRF450R at the track.  

Here are the tires mounted.  They were great on the track.  I really felt the difference with the new Pivotrax MX Tires and I love them.  



The guys from ProAction really helped me out at the Mesquite race.  I had no way of mounting the tires at the track so right before practice and my first moto ProAction mounted the tires.  Thanks guys.


AND HOW DID THEY HOLD UP ON THE TRACK?



WON THE HOLESHOT WITH THE PIVOTRAX MX TIRES SO I WOULD SAY PRETTY DARN GOOD PLUS HOLDING THROUGH THE CORNERS AND DEEP RUTS; AMAZING!





Monday, November 2, 2020

MOUNTAIN WEST MX PARK - MONA UTAH

 



Utah Moto Co put on a MX race over Halloween weekend at the fairly new Mountain West Motocross Park in Mona, Utah.  I raced in the 450 Beginners but had a lot of fun camping with my grandma and grandpa.  Due to the time of the year the track was frozen in the morning.  I think it got down over night to a little above 13-14 degrees; burrrrrr!   They are going through a learning curve on when and how to water their track soil.  I absolutely love this track and look forward to practicing on it whenever I can.

Utah Moto Co put on a great event.  Loved the music and the announcing system; you could actually hear them announcing.  Go Figure; right?

Here is a look at the track:

Here is one of the jumps:




Friday, October 23, 2020

#ONEALRIDERS #ONEOFUS - UNDERDOG III PROTECTOR


#ONEALRIDERS  #ONEOFUS

I want to thank O'Neal for their rider support discount which allowed me to be able to afford the rider protection I need to compete without the fear of destroying my body.  My grandpa just placed the order for the O'Neal Underdog III Protector which looks amazing.  I can't wait to put it on and test it on the track.

UNDERDOG III PROTECTOR

FEATURES

• Constructed from high-impact resistant, injection molded plastic, and IPX® material designed to protect your: shoulders, elbows, forearms, chest, and back

• IPX® back protector extends from the base of the neck to lower back; helping ensure complete protection where you need it most

• 9 areas of adjustment for the perfect fit

• Back protector zips off for easy cleaning

• Extensive mesh venting helps keep you cool while riding

• Adjustable elastic kidney belt with Hook and Loop closure for a secure fit

• Neck brace compatible

All decked out in my red O'Neal Riding Gear

AS SOON AS IT ARRIVES I'LL TAKE SOME PHOTOS ON MY BOD!

FIRST FITTING
I just received the box with my Body Amor.  I was excited to try it on and had read quite a few reviews about it.  A few of the Pro riders who wear it said that the back protection pad was a little thick and sometimes would get hung up with gear.  They suggested a new pad from O'Neal.  Anyway, I tried to get it on.  It was almost like a wet suit.  It was a tight fit.  I ordered a Large since that is what most of my shirts are but this did not fit.  I could not even zip it up.  My grandpa is emailing O'Neal to see if we can replace it with an X-Large.  I'm 6'0" and around 185 lbs.  I'll let everybody know the difference when I try on the X-Large.
                                      SECOND FITTING
So, I sent back the Large but got dinged for return shipping and then had to pay again for the replacement X-Large shipping, bummer; just extra cost added to the Body Armor.
The X-Large isn't that much larger than the Large so be careful when you order online.  You need to find a dealer to try it on before you buy it.  After wearing it during practice the elbow protection and the lower sleeves actually cut off the circulation in my arms; not good.  My grandpa had an idea.  I still needed the protection of the vest, front and back including the shoulders so he grabbed a razor knife and cut off the sleeves right below the shoulder pads; worked great.  I still have the protection of the vest; just not the elbows.  Then after the race my grandma who really knows how to sew clothing cleaned up the cut fabric. O'Neal should consider this as an option.  Lastly, I need to change out the back pad to a gel filled pad.  The one that comes with the vest makes the vest uncomfortable to ride in and catches everything on the back.



SUMMARY
I wore the O'Neal vest with the changes with comfort and knowing that I had protection with the exception of the elbows and lower arms.  









#ASV Clutch & Brake Levers

 I just finished up my 4 motos, two 250 class motos and two 450 class motos and feel like I need a lot more work on corners and also watchin...