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Hawk11

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Baja 1000
« on: November 08, 2014, 02:38:02 AM »
With the Baja 1000 a few days away does anyone know if an Enfield has been in the race?  Is there a current Enfield in the race?

Thanks
« Last Edit: November 11, 2014, 04:46:44 PM by Hawk11 »

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Re: Baja 1000
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2014, 01:00:51 AM »
I don't know of any Enfield's in modern off road. I don't think Baja has a vintage class. There may have been some Enfield's back before "The Baja", what was the old races called... Pan American Race maybe?. The old 50's Lincoln's were big in them. There might have been some Enfield's racing then.

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Re: Baja 1000
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2014, 11:06:14 PM »

Thanks.  Below is what I found on the SCORE website:

score-international.com/motoatv-classes-2014/

"SCORE International is streamlining the Moto and QUAD classes for 2014. This is in an effort to make the classes more applicable to current race vehicles and competition.

All classes must run white backgrounds with black numbers (except Ironman)

Motorcycles:
Open Pro 401cc and above 1X-49X
Limited Pro- 400cc and below as delivered from the manufacturer 100X-149X
Ironman Pro one rider, one bike, any engine size, must run yellow backgrounds with black numbers. 700X-749X
Class 30 all riders over 30 years old any engine size 300X-349X
Class 40 all riders over 40 years old any engine size 400X-449X
Class 50 all riders over 50 years old any engine size 500X-549X
Class 60 all riders over 60 years old any engine size 600X-649X
Sportsman Bike- any engine size 200X-299X"

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Re: Baja 1000
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2015, 03:21:17 PM »
With the Baja 1000 a few days away does anyone know if an Enfield has been in the race?  Is there a current Enfield in the race?

Thanks


           I think I'm right in saying that Enfield just isn't quite the right bike for the Baja. I've watched the Baja whenever it gets coverage for years (& it doesn't get much) & it's beyond extremely tough. It takes special bikes, special preparation, the best, toughest rider & a huge, very expensive support team to survive the 1st day! An independent Enfield rider nowadays could never put it all together.

           The most impressive ride I ever watched was the guy who won the one rider, one bike class years ago much of it in the pitch black dark of Mexican night at 100mph riding in talcum powder "sand" & frame-breaking "roads".
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Re: Baja 1000
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2015, 06:49:03 PM »
Next year they are doing a loop, Ensenada to Ensenada, instead of the usual length of Baja. At this time we are planning to race the open pro class. By we I mean my oldest Jake and a couple other pro dirt trackers. I'm just along to help. First time for all of us, hope we can pull it off. I have ridden some of the old courses. You could probably ride and Enfield through it, but you certainly couldn't race it.

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Re: Baja 1000
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2015, 07:13:58 PM »
Your right Moto.  You probably could ride the route but not race it.  My uncle raced for years and years and I was part of his pit team.  There is a time limit to finish the race and I'm not sure the RE would finish in time.  You would have to strip the bike down for weight and beef it up for durability.  Then you would have to add in more electrics and battery because to finish you need to ride at night for hours and hours with high intensity lighting which would put quite a load on any charging system.  The fuel stops, pit stops, breakdown stops would set your average speed to less than 40mph or even less and possibly 30+ hours.  The time limt is somewhere of 31-34 hours.  If you break down and leave the bike for help, it won't be there when you get back.  Some landowners that from time to time are angry to the racers have removed cattle guards and caused injury and damage to racers and vehicles.  Communication is less than desirable and at times not existent so if you break, you may be on your own for awhile. Not many other racers are gonna want to stop and help you.   Ensenada loop would be the easier test as the nature of the loop offers assistance coming and going and keeps you in areas that are much more populated although still very remote. 
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