Showing posts with label BLUCRUOFFICIAL. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BLUCRUOFFICIAL. Show all posts

Saturday, July 31, 2021

TRAINING FUNDRAISER FOR TAYLOR THOMAS

 


Hello, my name is Dennis P. Thomas and the proud grandpa of Taylor Thomas. I am a semi-retired Building Official & Fire Marshal, still working to survive and I'm just trying to support my grandson, a great young man in a sport that he loves. I desperately need some help financially for Taylor's training costs. Caden Hadley of Next Level MX School has agreed to train Taylor and he's very much honored to be accepted into the program. Caden lived and trained with one of the great MX legends, Ryan Hughes of Ryno Power so it's a great opportunity for Taylor. Coming back off of a broken leg has been tough physically and mentally for him but if he can get the proper training for this great sport it will help him be a better rider and cut down on the risk of injury. I have helped with safety equipment, the bike, his gear, his tools, his entrance fees but I'm sincerely low on funds to help him in this training opportunity. Your donation or company support can really help and go a long, long way. 

IT’S ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE AND HEART 

If you’ve got a minute, let me tell you a story about Taylor Thomas, a young man and others like Taylor who have tried and failed but know that they are indeed, on the right path for future success in life.

Sometimes, no often times, life doesn’t follow the path of least resistance and success comes only after traveling on a bumpy road; ah, the bumpy road to success. 

Taylor Thomas is on that bumpy road. 

Taylor wasn’t born into a family of riches nor had everything just given to him. No, it’s been tough on this young man. 

Any young person who has had his parents go through a divorce can relate to what Taylor and his sister are going through. Nothing comes easy after that. It’s a struggle to balance two different homes, two different sets of parents, go to high school and all of its ups and downs and try to find a job that the employer will work with all of the ongoing scheduling changes. 

Ah, an average kid growing up in the struggling American Middle Class. 

Taylor loves most sports but fell in love with riding dirt bikes and participating in motocross but is struggling with financing his love. Participation in sports is a great way for all children to stay healthy. But it is a lot more than that. I believe that kids who have the opportunity to participate in sports do better in school, will want to stay in school which leads to better social skills such as decision making, better communicating, managing their time and team work. 

You don’t have to believe me. Research from many sources has shown that the skills, habits, friend connections and life experience that our children gain from participation have helped them gain important self-esteem and life resilience which most likely reduces the likelihood that they’ll engage in risky and dangerous behavior such as using drugs, missing school or simply getting into trouble. Extracurricular activities like motocross, scouting programs and others have been proven to help shape their future and isn’t that what we all want? 

Unfortunately, motocross has become a sport most poor middle class kids just don’t have access to. Nearly 1 in 5 lower to middle income parents have said that the costs have simply forced them to cut back or even eliminate extracurricular activity for their children. They cannot afford it! 

We all know for a fact that the families with higher incomes can financially support their kid’s sports and other activities. In today’s society sports for the youth in our great country are being controlled by income. More middle and lower income kids are quitting and not participating while compared to wealthier families which participation is rising. I guess we can say that there is becoming what has been called an “activity gap” that is contributing to a disadvantage with kids. We have to find a way to help all kids.

If you are reading this you already know the costs are skyrocketing. I’ve read that the typical family with kids who play any kind of sport spends around $700 a year on sign-up and playing fees, the equipment, traveling expenses and much more but we all know that some families who are playing accelerated sports and even sports like cheerleading can spend up and over 25-30 thousand dollars per year. Heaven-forbid if you are blessed with more than one kid that wants to play sports. 

Did you know that kids from better off families are being able to participate more than ever? Studies are showing that about 7 out of 10 kids from families that earn more than $100,000 are playing more sports. Now compare that with 3 out 10 kids from families earning less from middle to lower income. 

Yeah, we all know that youth sports have changed. In years passed, kids played as many sports as they could. Now the parents are pushing their kids into just one sport hoping that they can get an athletic scholarship. Pressure, pressure and more pressure on parents and the kids but the families are opening their wallets, checkbooks and using their credit cards and going deeper and deeper in debt for private lessons, sports camps, expensive accelerated club teams that travel for sporting events and tournaments and anything they can do that will give the kids an advantage. I know that we all are simply spending the money to help in their athletic abilities and that we love them. 

Can we all help to solve the problem? I believe that anyone in sports from administrators, coaches, leagues, camps need to find ways to get kids who want to play, who are able to play, regardless of income, to get the opportunity to participate. 

The reason for this GoFundMe page, https://gofund.me/3bcef17b is not to socialize the opportunities for young men like Taylor in order to participate but as a cry out for businesses, corporations and others to support the youth of this country. Fired CEOs are given hundreds of millions of dollars and enormous bonuses but many won’t donate to young men like my grandson, Taylor or youth sports groups because “It’s not in our budget” or “We have already allocated our funds for the year already”; really? I do want to give a big shout out and a huge thank you to all those great and I mean great companies, men and women that sponsor youth activity. Without your help there would even be a bigger problem. 

This GoFundMe page, https://gofund.me/3bcef17b is for Taylor Thomas. He really, really needs to find help financially to participate in a sport he truly loves. Every penny helps. Every dollar goes a long way. It’s all put back into keeping the bike running, paying for track fees, paying for gas for the bike, protective gear, etc., etc. You get the idea. 

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

Monday, July 5, 2021

#ONEALRIDERS #ONEOFUS - OH YEAH - NEW O'NEAL GEAR

 Okay, I am showing off my great new red, white and blue #ONEALRIDERS gear.  O'Neal is so busy that they are basically back ordered on most of their stock but my helmet finally arrived and yes, I'm stoked!  Here is a photo of my #ONEOFUS #O'Neal Gear.  I'm also wearing my #FLOWVISION Goggles which match my gear.















Thursday, June 3, 2021

SLATER SKINS HIGH FLOW AIR BOX COVER

Hey Slater Company.  I would really like a Sponsorship and to promote the Slater Skins High Flow Air Box Cover.  I would literally promote the crap out of it and honestly, I could really use the extra power for my hole shots at my MX races.πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜„ 


Slater Skins High Flow Air box Cover


Slater Skins new air filter cover for the the 2018 2021 YZ 450F 2019 2021 YZ 250F. With the  increased air flow is a huge improvements over stock. Comes with washer clip to use with stock Dzus fastener 

$ 80.00 Made in the USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 

contact slaterskins@gmail.com or 203 878 2379 to order 

https://twitter.com/slaterskins/status/1319707637819297793?s=21


Hey everybody, if you have a Yamaha like mine, a 2021 Yamaha YZ250F, you really could use a Slater Skins High Flow Air box Cover.  Their information is above the photo.  Help me out here and order one and maybe that will help me get a much needed sponsorship.  Thanks,  Taylor


I need more power for my Hole Shots!  I'm running 91 Octane Ethanol Free gasoline.  Here is a quote from a mechanic on gas:

"Mechanic's Note: If your dirt bike or ATV engine is tuned to run at a higher octane you'll need to invest in higher octane fuel. For example, a higher compression piston could cause the fuel to detonate (causing knocking) rather than burn which affects performance. Check the owner's manual. Most non-ethanol based fuel is rated at 90 octane and recommended for Motocross bikes.

One type of gas to avoid, if at all possible, is ethanol-based. Yes, it is difficult nowadays to find gas that's not corn fed especially in certain parts of the country or during a specific time of year. If you have a choice, pay extra or go out of your way for straight-up gas, otherwise it's OK to use the ethanol-based. It works just fine and won't hamper performance. However, we advise NOT using an ethanol concentration above 10 percent.

The big concern using ethanol-based fuel is corrosion. Ethanol attracts moisture which overtime corrodes vital engine parts. Therefore, burn off all ethanol-based fuel in the tank, drain the tank or add a fuel stabilizer if left in the tank for long periods. Ethanol-based fuel eventually gels and clogs the jets."

I just don't want to run a gas (corn) product that messes up my engine so that's why I try to run the ethanol free but the higher octane is hard to find.  I might have to go to racing fuel for the races.

I need the power!


Saturday, May 15, 2021

YAMAHA Seat Time!

 Today was a great track practice at #Mountain West Motocross Park in Mona, Utah.  I made sure not just to ride around the track just to get seat time.  I made an effort to actually train. 

I know that riding my dirt bike is great training, but I've been told by everybody that it’s not the best way to become a better rider. Vincent from SMX Factory School made me practice, practice and practice on the turns. He also told me that I need to make the time to work on the skills it takes to be a better rider.

I don't have money coming in like a lot of riders so I try to get to the track when I can.  My grandpa drove up from Mesquite, Nevada last weekend; a four-hour one-way trip for him just to help me get to Mona for Saturday's practice from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.  They close at 2.  Yep, he then drove back home Saturday night.

Well this Saturday morning I made sure I was warmed up and the very first rider on the track.  They had watered the crap out there and there was a lot of mud.  I needed to practice on a muddy track; that's for sure.

I'm not going to tell you it was a lot of clean fun; it wasn't.  The #891Suspension rebuild needed to be tested and it was.  The new #Flexx Handle bars had to get used too; they did.  Thankful that I was running my #Acerbis skid plate because it helped keep a lot of mud off of the engine.  But the thing that kept me running in the mud was the great set of #Pivotrax Tires.  They are simply amazing.

Going to get to the track tomorrow, Sunday morning again because it's race time in one week at #Bunker Hill Motocross Track in Delta, Utah and because this will be my first race back since breaking my leg I want to be ready.  Wish me luck!


Please take a look at my GoFundMe page and if you or somebody knows anybody that wants to help me and my grandpa would really appreciate it and we'll make sure to thank you all of the time.  Remember that every dollar goes to my bike's maintenance and racing.  Just to give you an idea of what practice costs; every day at the #Mountain West Motocross Park track is $30.00 just to practice.  Please help if you can.


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





Saturday, April 10, 2021

891 SUSPENSION ON THE YAMAHA

 

891 SUSPENSION & PERFORMANCE

TJ took a photo of my bike ready to go.


Grandpa and I just picked up my Yamaha from TJ Bronson of 891 SUSPENSION located in Sandy, Utah.  I was spending spring break with grandpa and grandma with my sister, Katie, my cousin Presley and my girlfriend Piper down in Mesquite, Nevada.  We left early Friday morning and drove from Mesquite to Sandy just to pick the bike up.  I'm really excited to see the difference but still have a couple more weeks to get my strength back from the broken Fibula and muscle tear.  

https://891suspension.com/ 

email: TJ@891suspension.com  

phone: 801-824-1276

891 Suspension & Performance

OUT LAST THE COMPETITION WITH 891 SUSPENSION

What is 891 suspension & performance?

When I talk with other guys at the track I came to a conclusion that 891 Suspension & Performance is the best place to get the best set up for your dirt bike. With a specialty in suspension, TJ knows all the in's and out's to make your dirt bike handle better and believe me, safer! 

TJ will build each set of suspension to match your skill level, bike, and discipline. 

TJ also provides a wide range of services to help keep you out there riding. TJ has helped me with new tire installation, new tubes, new chain installation and new sprocket installation.  He can also do whole motor rebuilds and he knows what he’s doing. 

I know now that my problem with my brand new 2021 Yamaha YZ250F was suspension. I found out that most any handling issues can be fixed with basic suspension adjustments or in my case a rebuild to adjust for my size and weight.  I should have done the adjustments right when I got the new bike.  I might not have crashed and broke my leg.

From my point of view ask yourself; have you experienced any of these symptoms on your dirt bike during a race or ride?

Your rear wheel won’t track a line properly?

Your front wheel won’t track a line properly?

You’re losing some stability at high speeds?

You find that your front wheel won’t stay planted?

You’re finding that the rear wheel bucks too much?

Or even that your front end feels saggy and unresponsive?

I found out that my Yamaha bike’s stock suspension was tuned to work for a variety of riders and riding styles for a guy who might only weigh around 170 pounds; that didn’t work for me being over 5’11” and around 250 without gear. It’s a great mid-range setup for most guys that will get you out on the track with ease, but once you start pushing those stock settings you’ll often find they’re lacking in most of the critical areas. New bikes from brands like Yamaha are known for being well-balanced right out of the box, but I now know that even that new suspension will need a tune-up for a lot of riders.

So, my bike is done.  My broken leg is healed.  In a couple of weeks it’s time to test the new suspension from TJ at 891 Suspension.  Yeah, I’m excited.  


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

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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, January 4, 2021

RMX #moto86 Winter Series Round 2 - 1/1/2021

This was my first race with my new bike, a 2021 YAMAHA YZ250F Monster Edition.  This has been a huge change from my other bikes, the 2005 HONDA CRF450R and the 2017 HONDA CRF450R. I'm trying to sell the 2017 if you're interested. It is "SCARY" Fast!!!😈πŸ’ͺπŸ’©


Click on one of the following links for more information:  CYCLE TRADER or CRAIGSLIST or KSL CLASSIFIEDS You can also watch it and hear it running on YOUTUBE

I felt really comfortable on the new bike but still need to practice more on it before making a difference.  I guarantee that you'll see a huge improvement on my lap times in the next race. My biggest problem was taking the wrong lines and was a little hesitant on the jumps not really knowing how to handle the difference in power from the 450 to the 250.


I used the 450 moto to just practice so I really didn't push myself.  My best lap time was in my second 250 moto which ended up with a 02:04.370.  I was also running 5th through 2 laps but picked some terrible lines with ruts that were really deep.  One rut my bike actually touched the front fender.  There were 4 big time sandbaggers in the 250 Beginners Class so if you take the cheaters out I feel like I had a great race this weekend. I ended up finishing 12th overall out of 32 riders; not bad for 1st Yamaha ride.















Thursday, December 24, 2020

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERY ONE AND THANK YOU

 I still believe in the miracle of Christmas and still believe that this is a very special time of year; one of giving and being thankful for what I've been blessed with so I want to take this time to thank all of you that have made this a very special year and thank you for all you've done for me.






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Taylor J. Thomas




Just a Teenage MX Rider Covered in MUD!

 I can honestly say that I had one of the most fun days of racing motocross in my life! Who really trusts the weather stations; right?  It w...