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48 yo - Starting XC Racing

Old 06-07-2019, 06:30 PM
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Default 48 yo - Starting XC Racing

Hey everyone, Im a 48 yo guy looking to start xc racing. So here's the deal. Was a childhood dream to race mx and, for the most part, just let them dream die along with many others a long time ago. I did ride some 2 wheel MX when I was younger and only recently started riding quads (about 1 year ago).

Now heres the kicker: I ve been riding a Can Am DS250. Yup its a kids quad. It started out as a oh, lets just get something to leisurely ride on the trails (wife and kiddo ride in a SXS). Well, it didnt take long to start thrashin it on the trails and spending money on it to improve performance. Yeah, Im basically trying to make a hyundai into a race bike. I have been changing things to increase low end torque (dont really care about top speed) by changing the front sprocket, added a Big Gun Exhaust, removed the air injection system, rejetted the carb, have a clutch kit coming from Full Power Performance. I ve also added a tether kill switch, hand guards, wheel spacers to widen stance, steering stabilizer, and a few more non performance items. I was just about to buy some elka shocks when I came out of the daze and was like wtf am I doing! lol. I had the bug bad and was ready to dump thousands into this non race quad. The wife finally said to my why dont you just go get what you want and race! Dont need to tell me twice.

So, Im obviously on the hunt now for a used yfz450 or something similar I can get race ready. There are plenty out there for around 5k. Not ready just yet to spend 9-10k on a race quad. Ill buy something I can tear down and rebuild if needed. But, Im really thinking about just running this DS 250 one time in a GNCC Trail Rider class event. I do have some health issues that make me a little worried about how I'll handle a 2 hr race. I typically ride longer than that out on the trails but not that hard for a sustained 2 hrs. Have some arthritis in my hands and lower back which comes and goes. My first goal is to just race and finish it. Not worried about competing per se. My question to anyone that has read this far.......should I even try to ride the DS in one of these events or just wait til I pick up something more suited to racing? The DS is kind of a dog, but like i said i just want to get the experience of riding in a race and finishing it to see if the bug will stick. Im gonna upgrade regardless if i race or not - just might not be able to do it until the fall and I got a hankering to get into a race.

TLDR: should i compete in a GNCC trail rider class with a tricked out DS250 or wait until I have purchased something else to make my first xc race?

Advice from any XC racers out there would be greatly appreciated.
Old 06-07-2019, 11:13 PM
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If you are planning on getting a better ATV then I would get a better ATV first, and then go racing. You don't need the best ATV money can buy, but you don't want to just be in the way either. I say that based on personal preference after many years of racing cross country, on dirt bikes, ATVs, and UTVs. My first AMA National Hare & Hound Desert Racing trophy, and my last AMA National Hare & Hound Desert Racing trophy are 30 years apart. I'm 58 now, and finally quit at about your age, but did it for quite a while. Have fun, be safe.
Old 06-07-2019, 11:46 PM
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Thank you for the reply AdrenalineRush . Appreciate the advice. Im just so impatient right now and want to get my feet wet that I hadn't really thought about being a hindrance to others. So, thank you for giving me another perspective. Although, I might still be getting in the way regardless of what machine I'm on . Maybe not. Wont know til I get out there.
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