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  1. Andy & Fred were there and only 4 get offs lol. Robert, I have them launching 1090's without bottoming. Kenny come by and borrow my 990 for a ride. Here is Freds gopro with Andy in front of him last week on the old set up and its not bad. Last 5 seconds is priceless fun. https://youtu.be/iU60VnmN_0E
  2. Hmm, new project. Building a Baja pre-runner for RJ. Going to have to take it to a modern level and more. Forks won't be a problem, they are nearly the same as the new Xplor. RJ was the first to ride the design that Kenny has in his bikes. That was about 5 years ago and it took till 2019 to make it available for the rest of us. Just because it worked on his Suzuki Showa set up does not mean it will work on a KTM open bath. Completely different build. The question is what do I do with the shock. Going to have to take a hard look at it. It is the smaller 46mm unit and it will overheat quite easily if he puts the hammer down. Wonder if I can squeeze a 50mm shock in there of any brand? Anyone have any helpful info? I know some of you have owned or maybe still own a 640 Adventure. Have not seen the bike yet, he is going to drop it off after the Mint 400. On another note, I love Pasta too! Jon is the one that turned me on to the ARRA Americans for Responsible Recreational Access. I need to make another donation to them sooner rather than later. They really are on top of the land access issues. Thank you Jon.
  3. Sorry for not following up on Progress. We never had the opportunity to go further with the new set up due to a wrist injury Noah sustained at McCain's on test day. We wait and hope Noah heals quickly and well. Initial Xrays show no broken bones but unable to ride.
  4. Been rough lately, have been second guessing my valving design for the SFF forks repeatedly. Same new design that Kenny S has on his new bike but only one damper and could not get enough hold up, repeatedly. That has been the issue all along. It has plenty of bottoming resistance but dips to deep into the stroke during extreme braking or similar events making the front unstable. I changed the design. It is nothing I have ever seen on any suspension. Ordered some parts and sometimes you just gotta feel your way through it and throw some Pasta against the wall and see if it sticks. I love Pasta! I had just about run out of ideas with the design and had to do something. At one point had four sets of cartridges on my bench KYB, Showa and WP open and closed chambers. Husky says WP only but I wanted to cheat. Put them all away, closed the door to the trailer, turned the heater on, and spent hours listening to the rain while fabricating. Duck out once in a while to chip some metal on the lathe. I will be danged if Noah did not call last night and was a happy camper. We are really close and he did almost no adjusting. Just rode it and it was working really well. I have been praying for real. Will go after external dial in today and then there may be some fine tuning. Noah is excited about Lake Havasu. Wow. This is a breakthrough. I guess that is how it works. Challenges create change and change can be good. The design Kenny S has is almost non existent in the industry and now we have a whole new aspect to that with so much adjustability a big door has opened. Thank you God for answering.
  5. 3rd place. Congratulations Noah👍 Came in right behind Andrew Short of MX fame. Passed quite a number of riders to get to 3rd and ran down 2nd place to the tune of over a minute faster lap time, but lappers prevailed. Proud of him! We have some time before Lake Havasu race to get things sorted and come out swinging for the championship. By the way he does not know I am spilling all this info, shhhhhhh.
  6. Qualifier race today at the Glen, Noah was not at his peak but made the race. Skipped practice altogether and got all the rest possible. Start of the race around the first turn Noah is 4th from last place. Worked his way up to 7th by the end of the hour. The suspension did not hold him back at all. Hate to say it but thank God for mud and we are in the big show tomorrow! More soon!
  7. Just now gave them a set for Glen Helen. One race tomorrow and the big one on Sunday. Noah has food poisoning. Laid up in bed. I was afraid to lighten the forks too much because I did not want to take it too far as it is race time. Almost a good thing it is a mud race as the suspension means less. After the weekend we can start really honing them in. We are looking for butter on top and massive bottoming resistance. That's all. Robertaccio, I do not think he will run the air fork. He wants consistency. As we talked about before we need a regulator to keep the fork on target. But that is quite involved and likely need an ecu to get it done. With that I think the fork would be here to stay.
  8. Uncle Champ that is how I look at it. I learn every single day, and that is the fun part. I study at least a couple nights a week. What can get hard is when you have a guy like Noah counting on you and I will do anything not to let him down. We started a very different valving design last year and although once dialed it is better than anything Noah has ever ridden, it is about getting the proper set up for each type of fork. The last two years we started with WP closed chambers, then hit a home run with the open chambers. Then GasGas came along and it was Marzocchi closed chamber, that one was dialed in a week. Got lucky. Then the KYB SSS forks and already had a handle on those although we always improve with Noah's feedback. Now the AER. All through this we had no idea the WP cone valve fork has some distinct similarities to our old design and we are now taking that one to the next level. I love this job!
  9. Update The Worcs race at Buffalo Bills state line was a ruff one. Noah came into the pits 4th place Pro II class. The track got so rough the braking bumps were the size of supercross whoops. Noah was pretty beat up after this race. Rough track yes but the real reason was the suspension was not working well. Ended up 10th place in class. Got into the suspension and found I made mistakes in the design. The ics spring was binding, and this was masking valving issues we did not even know we had. We started testing again pretty much immediately and after fixing my ICS screw up the forks were mush yet again. After several rounds and days, Noah texts me and he was really frustrated. He did not know what to do. I have a dozen or more design ideas and directions in mind but time is again not on our side. While this was going on we needed a back up fork to use just in case. Talked to WP and they stated that they have done no testing and therefore have no valving tips on the air fork with the their spring conversion. Really! it is a WP spring conversion. They said we should run the air fork. Priorities are priorities. Well we have the fork getting close as of today. It is actually a bit too stiff so the hard part is done. So the one fork without the fork spring has 7 springs inside of it including the reb adjuster and top out springs. It is a concoction it is. Glen Helen this weekend for a 2hr mud fest. This should be interesting! Good luck to ya Noah lets hope you can build on last weeks 10th place. Dont know if I am boring you all. If so, no worries say the word and I will curb it. Thanks, George
  10. Robert I heard you got held up big at the Tecate enduro in a couple bottle necks. Your a hell of a rider But look at Gio now, he is pretty lean and peaking at 50 something. Same race, Noah was in the lead by a minute and breaks a chain. Came up with Husky guys and they want riveted chains only. Now that is what I call throwing a thread!
  11. As many of you know local rider Noah Kepple has been picked up by Husqvarna. He is contracted to race the 450FX in the 2019 Worcs series in the Pro 2 class starting this weekend and the 350FX in the 2019 Endurocross series. This is where the rubber hits the road and is a wonderful opportunity for Noah. First shot with one of the big manufacturers. This Sunday bout 11:30 will be his first race State Line Nevada. We excitedly received the Husky's about three or four weeks ago and have been rolling through many variations of new to us suspension, under the gun to get a set up that works. Oops pun. Anyhow the bike comes with the Aer WP air fork and the 50mm linkage rear shock. We also had a couple Trax shocks to test. After some testing we ended up converting the Aer to a WP spring conversion provided by Husky. We then installed valving quite similar to the Cone Valve forks and took it a step further with a new design we have been working on for about a 6 months. It was simply mush, so we did it again, mush and again, and again, and yes again. Shock; Threw a re-valve at it and gave it a go. Showed promise but needed work. Threw on one of the Trax shocks and found it really far off. Tested for the heck of it a couple of the other team bikes with the Trax and even further off. Hmm the clock is ticking. 😳 Noah decides to stick with the Oem shock so we go after it. Updated re-valve on two shocks, we install a bladder in one shock and keep the plastic reservoir piston in the other shock. Identical valving in both shocks. The reason we wanted to try the bladder is to see if they really have better compliance in initial hits and the added advantage of a measured 72cc's of additional shock fluid. The shock is getting very hot so more oil is more better. I have never tried to sell bladders as I never had a conclusive test and hearsay is just that. But a couple things have changed. A couple of my customers have had the WP plastic pistons fail and if that happens in a race it is game over. Is the bladder really more compliant? The suspension engineer I have worked with in the past was adamant that there is no difference, I listened. I even made an aluminum reservoir piston or two for the new bikes to alleviate failures for a couple racers. Well Noah tests and the bladder and was a no brainer. Initial hit compliance is better, the shock has more oil, the plastic piston failure is not in the back of our minds. Bladder wins! To all my customers that I stated the bladder is not an advantage I stand corrected. Now I am obligated with integrity to sell you bladder kits, while parting you with more of your money, for your own good.😇 Well anyhow the reservoir was an improvement but shock still need work. Noah spent a few days riding with Taylor Robert and I get the call, the suspension is not where it needs to be. So here we are Wednesday before the race and the forks and shock are still not good. Not handling whoops and riding too low in the stroke. I asked point blank is it going to affect your race? Lots of hesitation and finally a no, it will be alright. In other words, it will affect his race, Noah is just being nice. I am up most the night but come up with new stacks. We have been going in the right direction kinda just gotta freeking get there already. So I work late Wed. as I have one last shot at getting Noah a bike that is competitive. Wednesday night I text Noah, I have one last set up for you, forks and shock. Noah goes out to McCains in the rain on Thursday and tests. I am waiting and waiting and at 2:06pm I text him (You try it?) Response; "The answer is YES for everything. I can go fast on this fork. Could not bottom it out on this deep whooped out track. The shock is MUCH better! Not doing anything weird in really deep whoops. I am omitting much of the detail but he says the forks are going to be killer in the Glen Helen race and it corners like it is on rails. Well that is a HUGE weight off both our shoulders!!! So this month we learned, tested, sweat, worried, even bled once when I stabbed myself with a dental tool. Ya I know life is hard Worcs will have live timing online this weekend so keep tabs on our local boy. Noah Kepple #636
  12. Looking at the Worcs schedule it looks like after the Devore race Feb 1st we have 30 days till Havasu race. That might be good. We will nail a date down soon.
  13. Will talk to Kepple and see what dates will work. Noah and I are under the gun to set up a new set of bikes for the Worcs series this season, so things may be a bit tight for a little bit.
  14. I think sag is pretty much set unless you are changing the type of riding. Single track less sag for tighter steering or desert racing more sag for stability. Soil changes not so much. Desert being sand more sag does allow the front wheel to float a bit easier.
  15. Great job Bagstr I plead with some to play with the sag and clickers. Want to learn fast just go wholesale and close a clicker just to see what it does and then you can put it right back. Just write down the clickers before you start so you can return them. Keep in mind Bagstr needs a certain amount of sag for his weight and where he rides the bike for optimum performance. BP619 is tall so when he is riding he automatically rides further to the back of the bike. Add to that some girth, all muscle of course, to the equation and he will have a lot more weight rearward. So to steer he may need a bit less sag to keep the bike steering when he is crushing the rear end. Then consider where the forks are in the triples. Adjusting those is nearly identical to sag changes. Get a sag base line before you go. If you are serious I suggest standing on the pegs, balls of your feet, hands at your side, balanced. When sitting just an inch forward or back and it will change your sag considerably but standing you get the same same each time. The sag will not be the same as sitting but that does not matter as long as you have the baseline and then test. It could show 107mm and for you standing it may be optimum and steering well it is correct for you. Sag numbers are suggestions so when you see or hear a sag number remember it is a ball park always, until you test for yourself. A large rider sits further back what happens to sag then? A 200lb midget would if setting sag sitting may have a lower sag number than a tall 160lb rider. We should do a clinic at McCains or Ocotillo? I would do it free just kick me some gas money, but I would want to get Noah on board to help out. He is a master at dial in. We have learned much together. Would have to compensate Noah though as he is doing some training and teaching these days. Business is business. We did a dial in day a few years back and I was overwhelmed and was unable to give individualized attention desired, so the numbers would have to add up if anyone at all is interested.
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