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jgrooms 01-09-2013 10:00 AM

R1 Sjaak Polar Ice Ride (Official Thread)
 
Many are familiar with one of the icons of adventure travel Sjaak Lucassen and his exploits on the Yamaha R1. Well many call him crazy for his choice of ride on his continental explorations, and now he's taking it to a new extreme. Yep, he's going to ride an R1 - heavily modified - on the polar ice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYpgEOA9LWU

We'll host a series of videos along the way covering the modifications, gear and all the preparation involved followed by the ride itself.

Sjaak's FB page as some great detail as he get's ready to head to Barrow.

http://www.facebook.com/R1SjaakPolarIceRide

We will be in touch with Sjaak while he's on the road and update the thread....

James

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1439b248.jpg

jgrooms 01-10-2013 07:30 AM

Who's Sjaak?
 
Sjaak doesn't come to the idea of riding the polar ice with some prior experience in getting around in the world where the roads end. Here's some footage we put together of his previous exploits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThO-w9SCM8I

Toolpen 01-10-2013 08:25 PM

Interesting choice of motorcycle and looking forward to his ride across the polar ice. I can't imagine the preparation a ride like that will require.

KMC1 01-10-2013 11:48 PM

This is one ride I would NOT be psyched to go on!

ciedema 01-11-2013 12:01 AM

True adventure rider this guy. I saw the original video many years ago and it one that I still periodically watch. It always amazes me.

Good to see he has sponsorship, throughly deserves it.

Who says you need a super light bike to go belting down gravel roads.

Looking to reading more!

jgrooms 01-22-2013 09:00 AM

The Polar Ice Ride R1
 
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/...psf0b87224.jpg

jgrooms 01-23-2013 07:33 AM

More Photos of Sjaak's R1 and the Sled
 
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/...ps44b111fe.jpg

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/...psa3287b96.jpghttp://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/...psef673544.jpg

Dekatria 01-23-2013 08:38 AM

Awesome trip, awesome bike. Subbed :lurk

ProZac235 01-23-2013 09:17 AM

Wow!

jgrooms 01-24-2013 01:42 PM

Shipping the R1 and Sled
 
http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/...psa70c8852.jpg

jgrooms 01-25-2013 01:45 PM

Video #3 Wheels and Tires
 
Sjaak's due to kick the ride off Jan 31.

Video of the wheel production process and mounting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAHQmOKgsOU

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9f7c0006.jpg

L.B.S. 01-25-2013 02:54 PM

Fascinating! :eek1 For sure I will be glued to this RR!

Frankly I'm lost on the tire thing, though. I had to watch the video with no sound, so maybe I missed a voice over narrative. Apologies if so.

Why those oddball looking tires to begin with, and were the knobbly treads vulcanised on top of the existing or something?

They look much wider in the "after" pictures than the original width could air out to, even with being pinched in from storage/shipping.

Very curious! :D

Go Sjaak! :freaky

YukonTracker 01-25-2013 04:08 PM

Amazing guy. Back when I just was in awe to see him travel places with his Fireblade few dare to tread with outlandish farkled "adv" machines. He sure is on the other end of a fair-weather-rider.

jgrooms 01-25-2013 06:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by L.B.S. (Post 20574471)
Fascinating! :eek1 For sure I will be glued to this RR!

Frankly I'm lost on the tire thing, though. I had to watch the video with no sound, so maybe I missed a voice over narrative. Apologies if so.

Why those oddball looking tires to begin with, and were the knobbly treads vulcanised on top of the existing or something?

They look much wider in the "after" pictures than the original width could air out to, even with being pinched in from storage/shipping.

Very curious! :D

Go Sjaak! :freaky

Hey no audio on these quick build snapshots. Although we'll try and annotate the key points soon, but I wanted to get them posted first.

No off the shelf tire would work, so yes these one off tires were made up, Why? For traction on ice, ability to add studs, and then the increased width - spreading the load out - will allow the bike to not sink in the hard packed snow. Hopefully!

jgrooms 01-28-2013 07:46 AM

Front Fork Setup
 
Video of the fork mods. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7sH8gzwtNE

I'll start putting all the videos into the Polar Ice Ride playlist.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...eature=edit_ok

http://i1180.photobucket.com/albums/...ps17f23fe3.jpg


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