Welcome to the 2002 4th Annual Rat Dog/Beaverton Honda-Yamaha Dualsport ride! Here's the Pre-ride Poop Sheet!
Your rider number is: ____________________ Please post it on the
front of your bike.
Reminder: This year's event is being staged at the Trask County Park, NOT the Flying M Ranch, due to land closure issues from Weyerhaeuser!
NOTE: We suggest you bring a gas can with at least one gallon of petrol to leave in your truck. The course is a figure-eight design and you will be coming back to the staging area at the halfway point, where you will have an opportunity to top off your tank.
Registration: If your name is listed in the "Current Entries Thus Far" section of the website, then you ARE registered. If your name is not listed there, then we did not receive your entry. Also, you MUST have your legible rider number on the front of your bike. If not, we will write it on the front with a permanent marker. Check the website to confirm your number. We will offer sign up at the event starting Friday evening and will also have it open early in the morning on Saturday.
Camping: The Trask County Park will be the staging area. It is located just East of Tillamook, OR up the Trask River after mile marker 12. Per their website, there are 60 tent sites @$10 per night, dump station, toilets, boat launch, river access, and camp host. If you want to motel it, contact the Tillamook Chamber of Commerce at: 503-842-7525 for a listing of motels, or check our website for their link.
No free rides: Nobody will be allowed to just show up and ride without paying. This is considered stealing to us, since weíve gone to monumental monetary and personal efforts to make this event happen and we would like to stay in the black. These people are also considered an insurance liability. If someone is caught riding the event without paying, necessary actions will be taken. Due to this, only one roll chart will be handed out to each paid entry. The cost to ride the event is cheap compared to events on the East Coast, so you're getting a bargain.
Responsibilities: You are responsible for your actions. Don't race around public places! People who don't understand our sport see it as noisy and dirty. They also vote. Set an example of a fun, enjoyable & acceptable family sport that doesn't interfere with anyone's space. Keep your bike quiet and slow around other people and rural areas! No bikes above 94db! Be courteous, smile and wave. The course consists almost entirely of ODF, BLM (and some private) land and your cooperation is required to allow future dualsport rides. Don't litter. If you carry it in - pack it out.
Loud exhausts: Noisy bikes will not be tolerated! Those of you that have been around know that a loud bike is not necessarily faster, itís just emotional horsepower and torques off everyone else. Plus, loud bikes donít save lives, they lose rights. Less sound equals more ground! In fact, if your bike is loud, donít bother to show up. We are dead serious about this! We urge you to do everything possible to make your bike quieter. Convince your friends that quiet pipes can only improve our opportunities as a sport. Do not support the aftermarket companies that continue to produce loud exhausts. Contact us if you have questions or concerns about this issue. In fact, we may dock points for louder bikes at the checkpoints and add bonus points for the stealthier bikes. No bikes above 94db. We have great repoir with the ODF and local landowners thus far and we donít want to ruin it. All it takes is one noisy Supertrapp riding by a wilderness area for the eco extremists to start making more efforts to boot us out. Noise and speeding (around non-riders) are our biggest concerns from the landowners every year and it gets more and more difficult to host an event due to this. Be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem, therefore allowing this event to continue. While on the courses, keep your bike quiet and slow around other people and rural areas!
Emergencies: You can call my cell phone of: 503-803-7837 if itís
in range, but reception is poor in this
mountainous area. So
we will also have ham radio folks available with the sweep crew and
various points on the course. If
you break down, a piece of your score card will double as a message sheet to
hand to a passing rider, who can then take it with them and hand it off at the
next checkpoint. Your exact location (that you wrote down) can then be
relayed by the checkpoint people to the home base. Be
prepared for your adventure. Have
your scoot properly adjusted, tightened, and lubed.
Carry the proper tools to make repairs and a spare front tube (which can be used for the back tire also) with appropriate tire repair equipment in
case of a flat tire. Be ready to
fix your own repairs. Our friendly
sweep crew will be armed with only items they can be trusted with: duct tape,
bailing wire and a butter knife. However,
though they may not be Mr. Goodwrench, their word is final: if a rider argues
with them, that rider will automatically be disqualified.
Bring more clothing than you would expect: better to shed a jacket than
wish you had one. If it starts to
rain, you will really like yourself by bringing raingear with you.
Our motto is: If you bring it, you probably wonít need it.
The Course: The
weather guessers are saying great weather.
There is a threat of fire danger though, so if we are under those
restrictions, the course will be changed. At
this point, we are planning on a regular course though.
As usual, there has been an incredible amount of tree windfalls on the
entire course, so making a course for you all to enjoy has not been easy.
Expect all flavors of traction (specifically on the ďAĒ and
ďAAĒ courses): luscious loam, rocks, roots, trees, uphills, downhills, water
crossings, and killer trails. The
main ďeasyĒ or ďBĒ course could, of course, be traversable by a Jeep,
although some trailriding experience is required.
There will also be a ďCĒ route that is basically easy gravel road.
Plenty of good experiences to keep you all yapping, benchracing and lying
when you get to the finish! The courses consist almost
entirely of ODF (and some private) land and your cooperation is required to
allow future dualsport rides.
If you've never used a roll chart at a dualsport event before, just let us know
sometime BEFORE you embark on your ride, so we can give you a quick, easy
Rollchart 101 lesson.
If you've never used a roll chart at a dualsport event before, just let us know sometime BEFORE you embark on your ride, so we can give you a quick, easy Rollchart 101 lesson.
Course descriptions: Note: this is assuming dry weather conditions. Inclement weather (or level 3 fire danger) will dictate probably running only B or C courses, so as not to damage trails. Course letter designations are in key with typical AMA enduro class descriptions.
'AA': extremely advanced - sophisticated and complex trails that are only passable by a real dirt bike. Extreme uphills/downhills and trials-like sections, which require lower gearing. Aggressive knobbies required.
'A': advanced - plenty of challenging trail that requires advanced trail techniques. Aggressive knobbies highly suggested.
'B': normal - moderate or mild trail skills required. Larger single-cylinder or two-up bikes should easily traverse these sections. Generally passable by an advanced Jeep/driver combo. Regular dualsport tires are acceptable.
very easy - practically no trail. Mostly gravel road. Passable by
large 2-cylinder bikes, two-up, or most any 4-wheel drive. Regular
dualsport tires are acceptable.
Course Marking: Bring
a roll chart holder (enduro type) and believe
in the roll chart. These 2Ē wide
charts will be your bible. We have
also provided maps, but our roll charts are much more exact.
We have painstakingly described and included every significant turn and
intersection of the course on the roll chart.
We have put up confirmation ribbons out on the back country dirt roads
and trails where road signs may not be obvious.
These ribbons are attached (when possible) to the right side of the
course slightly after an intersection, confirming the proper turn.
There are no other markers. The
ribbons that we used are attached to clothes
pins only! Other ribbons may be
lurking on the course, but they are not ours!
In the past few weeks, as usual, we have noticed that some of our ribbons
have been taken down. We will go
out a few days before the event to confirm that they are still up and/or
re-install them, but there is always a possibility that some unscrupulous person
may take down or relocate them, hence, believe in the roll chart.
We will also spray biodegradable day-glow spray paint on the ground at
resets, which will help.
The course was mapped from an electronic A-Loop Pacemaker Enduro Computer
that displays to 1/100th of a mile. It
has been calibrated to within a few feet of an exact mile.
It doesnít get more exact than that!
(Nothing but the best for you riders!)
As the flyer said, there will be speedometer resets about every 10 miles
or so to accommodate speedometer error, should your speedo happen to be slightly
off. Throughout the ride, if you
are ever in doubt: stay on the main
course. Follow YOUR
selected course only. If you elect
to ride the easier route and end up just following someone else (who is a more
advanced rider and may be riding the A course), you may end up on the advanced
sections and would really hate life. The
same goes for the advanced riders - you might be bored on the easier sections.
Elevations range from about 10 feet to around 4,000 feet, so prepare for
possible carburetor jetting, temperature and clothing changes.
There may be last minute course changes, due to land closure issues, fire
danger, weather or people thinking weíre Hellís Angels.
Weíll let you know what the changes are at sign-up.
Lunch will be provided for you, but you can also purchase other eats
We prefer (and the landowners requested) riders to go out in segments of
two bikes per group. Two bikes
allow one rider to help the other if there is a break down or if one rider gets
stuck. More than three bikes tends
to create a long accordion effect, intimidates non-motorcyclists and makes a
large amount of dust on the dirt roads (if the weather is dry).
If you come by yourself, we can assign you with a riding buddy. Let us know. If
you break down, stay on the course!
Our friendly sweep crew will be happy to assist you if they can find you!
They will be out on the course about a half hour after the last rider
leaves the start. You will be required to leave something of value
with your name on it (like an AMA card, Costco card, AA card
, etc.) before you can leave the start of the
If itís not something of value (like a business card), you will NOT
be allowed to leave. This way if
you bail out early halfway through the event and donít tell anyone, you will
check in at the finish and we will know you made it.
If an emergency dictates that you must take a shortcut back, tell someone
the route you are going first & turn in your scorecard at a checkpoint or
the finish! If we spend all
night looking for you (since we don't know if you came in or not) and we find
out later that you came in without turning in your card, the club will
personally put your name in as many junk mail lists as possible and publicly
recommend riding with your high-beam light on, instead of low-beam.
Itís a little brighter, but at least you are seen by oncoming vehicles.
Treat the back roads the same as a highway: stay to the right around
ALL turns. Always assume
someone is coming at you on blind turns. You
never know when a log truck, other riders, etc., will be coming the other way.
Donít be a hood ornament for a Kenworth log truck. Donít lose your scorecard.
Donít ride on the banks of roads!
At least not where non-motorcyclists can see the tracks.
Itís fun, but looks ugly.
implementing a change in signup this year so read carefully.
Signup will open on Friday night (Saturday morn too for those last-minute
folks) and once riders have signed up, they may leave after the rider's meeting
any time after 7:30am Ė 8:30am on Saturday morning.
This should makes things easier for the pre-entered riders and not such a
bottleneck in the morning. We plan
on having rollcharts available Friday night too (barring any last-minute
Friday, 6pm Ė 8pm: Signup and sound test
Saturday, 6am - Signup and sound test reopens
Saturday, 7am - Rider's Meeting
Saturday, 7:30am Ė 8:30am: Riders can embark on their ride anytime during this period.
Saturday, cut-off time 5pm: Prizes and $100 cash prize awarded
Saturday evening: Social and benchracing session!
Also, be sure to check out the NWT&T website for more info and last-minute updates at: www.blackdogdualsport.com
Youíre gonna love this ride!
Tom Niemela and the Gang of NW Tour & Trail