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HP2 podiums the Baja 1000

Over at webbikeworld there is a story on the HP2 finishing on the podium in the very gruelling Baja 100. Here's the link


http://www.webbikeworld.com/BMW-motorcycles/bmw-hp2/hp2-baja.htm
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Hi Trevor
Can't wait to do the "grueling Baja 2200" in march myself again,on the R1100S...;-)
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12th and 15th overall in motorcycles. Not bad at all, and not a single KTM ahead of either. Very impressive!



Overall Motorcycles Results

1. Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif./Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif., Honda XR650R, 14:20:30 (49.42mph) (Class 22)
2. Robby Bell, Murrieta, Calif./Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif., Honda XR650R, 14:38:01 (48.44mph) (Class 22)
3. Brian Pinard, Wildomar, Calif./Scott Myers/Ron Wilson, Honda XR650R, 16:07:18 (43.97mph) (Class 30)
4. Travis Pastrana, Davidsonville, Md./Andy Grider, Los Olivos, Calif./Ricky Johnson, Encinitas, Calif./Gregg Godfrey, Draper, Utah, Suzuki 450, 16:09:36 (43.86mph) (Class 22)
5. Tim Morton, Escondido, Calif./Salvador Hernandez, Ensenada, Mexico/Jason Trubey, Bullhead City, Ariz., Honda CRFX250, 18:01:38 (39.32mph) (Class 21)
6. Jim O’Neal, Chatsworth, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii/Jeff Kaplan, Newbury Park, Calif./Louis Franco, Honda XR650R, 18:19:08 (38.69mph) (Class 40)
7. Kevin Johnson, Vista, Calif./Ryan Gustine, San Diego/Anthony Sanchez, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha YZ250, 18:46:20 (37.76mph) (Class 21)
8. Robert Laughlin, Solvang, Calif., Honda XR650R, 19:00:12 (37.30mph) (Sportsman Motorcycle Over 250cc)
9. Chris Haines, Dana Point, Calif./Scott Forward, Montrose, Calif./Jim Castillo, Los Alamos, Calif., Honda XR650R, 19:08:49 (37.02mph) (SPT M/C over 250cc)
10. Joe Desrosiers, San Marcos, Calif./Dean Sharpe, San Diego, Yamaha YZ250, 19:37:40 (36.11mph) (Class 21)
11. 2. Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/Arturo Salas, Tijuana, Mexico/Francisco Real, San Diego, Honda XR650R, 20:25:40 (34.70mph) (34.70mph) (Class 30)
12. Sergio Vega/Manuel Luna/Arnoldo Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico, BMW HP2, 20:42:09 (34.24mph) (Class 30)
13. Mark Jerman, Huntington Beach, Calif./Joe Bolton, Corona, Calif./Steve Buckley, Oak Park, Calif., Honda XR650R, 20:51:04 (33.99mph) (Class 40)
14. David Gonzalez/David Gonzalez Jr./Carlos Casas, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda XR650R, 20:51:37 (33.98mph) (SPT M/C over 250cc)
15. Jimmy Lewis, Costa Mesa, Calif./Dave Donatoni, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Jonah Street, Ellensburg, Wash./Beau Hayden, Sunland, Calif., BMW HP2, 20:57:43 (33.81mph) (Class 22)
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KTM's only go as fast as their service trucks who carry the parts to repair them.
I guess they did not bring their MAN-trucks to Baja...;-)
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any details on the problems trhe HP2 had?
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the one bmw that I would have bought this year is priced 8000$ over what I want to spend. 21000 dollars? WTF
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any details on the problems trhe HP2 had?
Cross posted the URL over to the BMWST.com site and got this response from "Rags". (I hope he doesn't mind )

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Read the atricle. Interesting.

I was a night pit ***** in the mountains at the Coyote Ranch for the race.

The mechanical problems mentioned was the POS air shock.

The air shock is beautiful and when listening to the German engineer extole its virtures, I was impressed. When I asked why all the race bikes (3) had to have the air refilled the morning before the race, he told me air reduces in volume due to cold overnite. Huh? You have to fill each morning?

I thought, isn't that why they put nitrogen in shocks?

Race was great, those trophy and class one trucks were awesome.
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my brother co-drove that event in a truck and was twiddling his thumbs waiting for the truck to come in.
the bmw HP2 he saw was "sacked out". apparently those super-trick shocks really weren't.

his truck didn't fair well either. he clipped a fence post with the right rear wheel while backing it through a corner at 100 MPH, tore the rear axle right out of the beast.
end of fun.
ps: we snivel and moan about falling, but until you've high-sided a truck at triple digit speed, and barrel roll it a dozen times, you don't know what a big-boy crash is. Personally, i'll pass. I endoed a class 10 car once....that was enough of 4-wheel racing for me.

congrats to larry roeseler (motorcycle friend who now drives trucks). the 1000 was LR's 14th class victory and 12th overall win.


ps: god speed jason & josh. you're already missed.

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DAYYUM Bradz!!

Hope whomever did the "everybody wants to be fluffy but nobody wants to ride in the dryer" trick is OK.

Yep, I have no desire to high side at ANY speed but surely not those. (I think my front rim may be tweaked as it starts to vibrate around 120 but, I take that as a sign the bike's telling me I have no business being up there.)
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yea, the brother is fine. said that as soon as he went into the highside, he was more ticked off than scared (he's not new to wadding things/self up.)
with those trucks, all the body panels basically fly off almost immediately, so when all the bouncing stops, you're left with a big fat cage, most of an engine and sometimes a couple of wheels.
scott said that the frame was still yellow when he crawled out of it. other than that....the overall truck was not so much the same as before.

it's amazing these guys can destroy cars like that and walk away.
then, like the baldwins, they get in a plane and crash 10 minutes from the destination airport.

private plane and helipcopter crashes take a disproportionate amount of lives in pro sports, including car and bike racers. it seems to be a curse: people who are unnaturally fast racers on the ground seem to die way too frequently by falling out of the sky.
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