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Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-10-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 11,153
Views: 2,376,846
Posted By DesertSurfer
Love the aux tank

Do you need a fuel pump or does it tee into your left tank?
Forum: Racing 12-10-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 875
Views: 60,933
Posted By DesertSurfer
Go Anders and Mikael

Good luck to you both and relish the experience of crossing the finish line together!

MM's rule!!!
Forum: Ride reports 12-10-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,991
Posted By DesertSurfer
Love this story!

It's proof that any bike can be an adventure when put in the right hands. In many countries your bike would be considered a large displacement passenger mover. And it's nice to see a bike like yours...
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-10-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 538
Views: 101,460
Posted By DesertSurfer
That's a great reflection... As good as your Half Dome shot!

Your posts are like a teleporter. After following your great blast from the past I was also taken back to my evolution of riding history... Of which is very special to me. With having family through...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-08-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 8,814
Posted By DesertSurfer
All great points...

This is a cold hard truth, but one we all would easily take.
Forum: Racing 12-06-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 875
Views: 60,933
Posted By DesertSurfer
Profound...

Couldn't agree more.

The thrill of the moment overcomes racers. It must be intoxicating to competitors out in the field and overshadows pre race strategies. Those who learn to exercise self...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-05-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,825
Posted By DesertSurfer
You certainly can...

These bikes have a good seating position, are comfortable and are very agile. They handle well at speed, are quick and corner well. They get pretty good gas mileage, hold 5 gallons of fuel and can...
Forum: Ride reports 12-05-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,158
Posted By DesertSurfer
What a Tripp!

First paragraph I was thinking "Are you for real"? Yes, definitely! Extremely adventurous to ride such old technology on a trip like that. But you proved it still works and can be very effective in...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-05-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,800
Posted By DesertSurfer
A perfect example...

I never get tired of seeing this one posted. It is the best version of a silver one and is as Old Fuddy says... Just the right amount of Orange.

It immediately makes me want to go out to the...
Forum: Racing 12-05-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 875
Views: 60,933
Posted By DesertSurfer
Now that the crystal balls are out...

One serious factor that makes and breaks every contestant's Dakar rally is flat tires. We've witnessed all the major auto drivers loose out in the last three Dakars by being plagued with flats. While...
Forum: Racing 12-04-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 875
Views: 60,933
Posted By DesertSurfer
I like it...

Great limb stepping "too old". Your deductions make for a hard argument. Of course Mr. Murphy isn't going to let you off that easy. Here's where your crystal ball may be fogged...

This year's Moto...
Forum: Racing 12-04-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 875
Views: 60,933
Posted By DesertSurfer
I like it... But..,

Roma, Peterhansel and DeVilliers race the Dakar and that's the difference. The others race each other and overlook the big picture. Robby Gordon races against the devil and risks it all every second...
Forum: Racing 12-04-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 875
Views: 60,933
Posted By DesertSurfer
The biggest race within the race has already begun...

The first real stage of the race has actually begun for most of the riders and this is where MANY Dakars are already won or lost... Being prepared to ship out early enough to accommodate the delays...
Forum: Racing 12-04-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 875
Views: 60,933
Posted By DesertSurfer
This party's early...

Right now the whole thread can be read in a hour...



Enjoying the quiet before the storm hits...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-04-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,893
Posted By DesertSurfer
Wait a second...

That's Pyn's bike??? Nice graphics .)
Forum: Racing 12-03-2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 875
Views: 60,933
Posted By DesertSurfer
Woohoo! It's that time again!!!

Good to be back again and reconnecting with all you f5'ers at this years rally.

This quote represents the Dakar at it's best for me...



The privateers and the Malle Moto are the true spirit...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-03-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 11,153
Views: 2,376,846
Posted By DesertSurfer
Your bike seems set up quite well now.

Bike seems pretty smart...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-03-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 8,814
Posted By DesertSurfer
Like Saku 1...?

I'm thinking you're saving for a reveal here... So I don't want to throw out a spoiler!

Regarding travel locations... Contininental US has many hidden gems... Much still under the radar and can be...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-03-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,893
Posted By DesertSurfer
This is exactly what my bike looked like new off...

This is exactly what my bike looked like new off the showroom:



I hated the "Go" for " Gauloises" graphic KTM clear coated on the tank... So first farkle was new paint:
...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-03-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,893
Posted By DesertSurfer
Let's include Super Enduros too.

B367, I'd like to see the cool evo of your SE. I saw a glimpse in a recent post and want to see more.
Forum: Thumpers 12-02-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,805
Posted By DesertSurfer
Following this one...

I'm surprised KTM is so behind in the fact that as guys get older the 9xx becomes heavier and harder to manage. You really need to be a brute to manhandle the 9xx's in the first place... not always,...
Forum: Beasts 12-01-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4,191
Views: 797,582
Posted By DesertSurfer
Make a current Africa Twin...

Maybe you weren't born yet when the Africa Twin and Transalp were first built? They were ahead of their time. These bikes addressed all the same updates we are asking for today... Mid sized weights...
Forum: Beasts 11-30-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 4,191
Views: 797,582
Posted By DesertSurfer
Africa is always adventure...

The Honda Africa Twin was not the Honda NXR Dakar bike. It was a bike Honda created for non racing bad assed mother fuckers who had the courage to cross continents with it. And let's face it, Africa...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-30-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 8,814
Posted By DesertSurfer
It's happening!!!

Glad you're able to follow through on this idea! If it's everything you mentioned over the summer, it's going to be a KICK ASS project. A 950SE is the perfect canvas too. You could drop the weight...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-29-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 5,747
Views: 1,769,286
Posted By DesertSurfer
That 950 SE is SICK!

Damn you!!!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-29-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,686
Posted By DesertSurfer
Great work...

I love to see clever DYI upgrades that save cash and reuse/ recycle stock parts. I never liked the look, sound and performance of the stock cans. I must say your exhaust work looks like a nice...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-29-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 19,136
Views: 7,858,570
Posted By DesertSurfer
Did you see the video?

It's funny, scary, wild and crazy stuff.

I laughed my ass off and shuddered at the same time.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-24-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,397
Posted By DesertSurfer
Great insight!

Thanks for the info, and honest approach!
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 27,398
Posted By DesertSurfer
Another take...

Or merely enhances it for us. I don't feel guilt one bit for using a sleeping bag micro cot when I'm camping out on an adventure ride. I've embraced clever upgrades to my camping and traveling...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 277
Views: 56,260
Posted By DesertSurfer
Speaking as a veteran tv editor as well as a long...

Speaking as a veteran tv editor as well as a long time KTM 950 owner and Pyndon fan...

I'm really enjoying your R2P episodes. These catchy travelogues help transport me from a boring work lunch...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-23-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,171
Posted By DesertSurfer
From what I remember...

Several years of bikes ended up with the old style head nuts. If you have the old style remove and replace them.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-22-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,842
Posted By DesertSurfer
I've been toying with...

I've been thinking of converting to CF bashplate, yanking off my passenger peg mounts. And going single front brake just to squeeze every bit of weight out of it.

And at that point, ta hell with...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-22-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 19,136
Views: 7,858,570
Posted By DesertSurfer
What he really wants...

He really wants a Crispi Blue sticker kit...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-22-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,397
Posted By DesertSurfer
Do you feel it under brakes at high speed on...

Do you feel it under brakes at high speed on pavement? Do you notice a bid difference in weight loss on the front end off road?

Is the SE Master a direct swap?
Forum: Beasts 11-20-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 4,191
Views: 797,582
Posted By DesertSurfer
A day away from obsolete...

What if that Honda TA comes out at 375lb. and is a 1000cc twin? And at a cost of $11,990...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-20-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 955
Posted By DesertSurfer
Buy that Som Biatch!

6K miles is nothing...

Read the HOW ( Halls at Wisdom) and start making your to do list based on needs before wants. You may want to replace the fuel pump in a couple thousand miles. You can hear...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-20-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,842
Posted By DesertSurfer
SXV/ RXV so so close...

I hope Aprilia continues the development of the SXV/RXV bikes. They seemed so close to what the modern market craves. Their Dakar campaign seemed legit. I really thought they were going to set the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-20-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,686
Posted By DesertSurfer
On another (exhaust) note...

Also, don't overlook the quality of the 2-1 midpipe you choose. Make sure your choice has a good flow test and smooth leading edges to the welds. CJ offers a nice option with a core refund.

And...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-18-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 772
Posted By DesertSurfer
'04 "S" Model

http://phx.smugmug.com/Other/Local/i-2dw6d3G/0/L/image-L.jpg

Most important mod...
CJ clear clutch cover ( bought on the Qwik group buy, Thx CJ and Qwik). Clutch basket bolt heads marked for...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-11-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 19,136
Views: 7,858,570
Posted By DesertSurfer
Like watching a train wreck about to happen...

I tried to watch again... And I ended up viewing it like 10 more times... I didn't realize until a closer look it was also a hill climb... So even more tricky trying to get the burst of speed to...
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