2014 Motocross race season.
Started well. The 2011 Honda was performing well, and Davids maitnance of it meant we had had a brilliant run interns of engine life. Whilst we could not win races, as the bike simply did not have the power, it handled well and he did well... until a crash virtually "wrote the bike off".
I had to act fast and purchased ( against my gut feeling) another Honda CRF250re 2014 model.
What a dud. Honda have made the bike handle better but the bike feels down on power, poor brakes, and looks too small. No matter what handle bars we fitted, suspension changes, exhaust systems and airbag. David wold start the race well ( top 5) but by the end of 15 minutes would be back to 12 place ( out of 30). This resulted him trying too hard and finally another massive crash... again nearly writing the bike off.
Further to this, I had a major disagreement with the owner of the local Honda Shop, and after spending 10's of thousands of dollars with him, I moved across to Yamaha.
The Highs- The Yamaha YZ250 2 stroke fits David better. its higher and slightly longer. It produces 48hp out of the box and the suspension is very good also. Being a 2 stroke its cheaper to maintain.
The only criticism is- it was very "snappy". difficult to ride as the power comes on so hard and quickly. The bike is a "point and shoot" style. If you lose concentration, it will "bite you".
Some simple mods keep the ponies moving smoothly and these are- smaller pilot jet. Larger main jet ( x1), Suspension tweaked with gold valves by Shock Treatment. A 13 oz fly wheel weight, larger front disc rotor, the Yamaha race pipe. Simply put, the flywheel alows to 48 horses to spin up earlier and hold on longer. This allows the bike to "hook up" in corners better, remain on the boil longer, and pull more smoothly.
Tomorrow we take the bike out to a test track for some training.
Travel- not much to talk about. I have not done any OS travel, but certainly have enjoyed my trips through the old stomping grounds of the family ( Bourke- Hungerford- Wilcannia -Wanaaring) I love the history there and the people too. this year I am hoping to get to see my doctor in Paris.
I did not really enjoy Innaminka. the road out there is like a conveyor belt of caravans all leading to a "tip.". Give me the Darling river catchment any day.
Work- Very exciting! I am doing a couple of days a week at the motor auction, the valuation business is building and I have been in Queensland doing work for major clients.
I love it, and the fellow I work for is an utter gentleman. A real pleasure, even when we are under pressure.
Real Estate:- After years of working for McGrath it was time to move on- a new company with a new vision and "next level" services. www.stonerealestate.com.au well worth checking it out. I am the senior auctioneer and am given the task of creating an auction department from scratch. The market is strong, so now was the time to give it a go...
Personal:- Do we ever stop worrying about our children? There have been some very stressful moments, through no ones fault. Its just life.There have been some of the most wonderful moments too-
We became grandparents and welcome our grand daughter, Elisabeth Joy, to our world. She was born in Texas to Chris and Susie. Birth was easy, 14 minutes! Everyone is doing well.
Fitness- what fitness? Since the surgery in 2011 its a real struggle. I can't "trust" the ankle, as it goes out without warning. I have been riding the bike once a week, however it really flairs the arthritis up dreadfully.. the only answer is pain killers or beer....
I intend to push on with it. If it does not improve I may start at the gym.
Haemochromatosis- This is my 13 year of treatment. We tried every 3 months but the iron levels rocket, so we are back to every 6 weeks. Its quite a drain ( forgive the pun). I have had some cancer cut out too. Shoulder, back and hand. all as a result of being a kid in Sydney running around without a shirt in the sun...
Birding- Arrrghgghghghgh! I have only time to do it on the run! A few lists when travelling out west, which really only allows me to spot larger birds.. Brolga are my favourite at the swamps of Yantabulla NSW. they are just "such a bird". Whistling duck too was nice. However, to try and find "small brown flitty things" ... well with 3 jobs/Motocross etc I just run out of time..
Vehicles- By now you know I am a real enthusiast for vehicles. Strangely, even though I can drive anything, my favourite is the Toyota Landcruiser. I bought a new 2014 GX tray back in August, as there are rumours Toyota are going to stop production. They are certainly stopping the 3 seater model.
People ask me why don't you like airbags? well they only protect you from "one hit" multiple hits and you are cactus...they also mean the dash boards are made form soft plastic.. no good if you are in and out with work tools/boots/bags etc..
2015 what will it hold? There is no doubt on the world stage things are getting worse. Islam has a real problem on its hands which means we have a real problem on our hands. Russia- well, all the signs are there that thats moving into a very difficult space too.
I am grateful to live in a free country. I want 2015 to be a year of peace, prosperity, and joy.
I want to thank my friends both here and overseas for your support and enthusiasm.
Remember " Speed is not the answer. Direction is. There are plenty of people going no-where fast"