Couches. Tractors. If you hang around with people involved in motorcycle racing long enough, youíve
probably heard all the derogatory terms towards quads. Though we share the same track, it seems like
weíre in two different worlds. In an effort to bridge that cultural gap, I offered to race someoneís
quad. They would just have to lend it to me for a race.
Not really thinking anyone would take me up on it, I was a bit surprised when Bob Lind offered to let me
race one. Bob is the Quad Motocross class rep for District 23 and is also last yearsí 250 A and Open A
champion. His wife, Karri, quite a racer in her own right, was not going to be riding the rest of the
season, so her quad was going unused. Thereís nothing sadder than a race vehicle collecting dust.
I agreed to make the sacrifice of riding it.
Just to unintentionally make things more interesting, the track that worked out for both of us to do this
was Little Falls, a track I had never been to. I was going to try to learn the track and learn to ride
this quad, all in two to four laps of race day practice. This was also a round of the District 23 Quad
Premier Series. Bob has worked hard to bring in sponsors and race day prizes for this series. Heíd be
handling some details with that and racing both Premier classes, so I was trying not add any more work
to his day.
After finally locating each other in the pits, Bob introduced me to Karri and her quad. As it turned out,
I didnít need to worry about taking up much of Bobís time as Karri gave me all the help I needed.
The suspension was set up for her weight, but since I wasnít that much bigger than her, we just stiffened
up the compression damping slightly all around. Other than looking it over between motos to make sure
nothing was broken or hanging off, I didnít do anything else to it the rest of the day.
The authorís ride for the day. It turned out to be much more capable of wining than he was.
(Editor Ė Help Wanted, Caption Writer)
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