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Old 02-27-2014, 05:49 AM   #31
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...I just got off the phone with Cyril Despres! 30 minutes of advice for my first rally an....
Yes, spill it or the dune bugs will bite you

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Old 02-27-2014, 06:15 AM   #32
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30 minutes of advice? Spit it all dirtpunk !

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Yes, spill it or the dune bugs will bite you

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He was great, really down to earth... but I don't kiss and tell . But really, he covered everything... safety, navigation, dunes, nutrition... even what to rub on your ass!

Find me in the bivouac and I'll spill it all over a beer
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:47 AM   #33
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Just a quick update and taster from team Rally Raid Products/Torque Racing...

While we're not actually racing ourselves this time, John (RRP) and Martin (TR) have been very busy over the last few days getting the production LC4-50 bike together in time to ship to Tunisia with the rest of the Torque Racing supported riders this year...

Donna Grey (from Torque Racing) has also had the privilege of being the first ever person to ride the LC4-50 with the production engine components fitted! - and her initial test-rides these past couple of days have revealed the bike feels very much like a slightly de-tuned version of the KTM 690 to ride, which in effect it is of course.

Although it is currently still running a 690cc fuel map, her seat-of-the-pants review is that the engine is smooth and feels very torquey (for a short-stroke over-square design), and after this initial shake-down, we are confident to take it to Tunisia and put some proper test mileage on it alongside the Tuareg Rallye.

We are also hoping to be able to tweak the fueling maps while we are out there (with a laptop), then once we get home again, the engine will be stripped, inspected, and the production components finally signed-off for batch production.

We'll then get in on the dyno, and set it up optimally with a dedicated fuel-map (still using the original ECU and fuel-injection body) that will be part of the customer kit to be made available.

Exciting times!

Martin Wittering with the first production LC4-50:


Custom Graphics Kit by ZeroNine (who make all the RRP sticker sets for the EVO2 kits) - a patriotic twist on the usual blue and orange design:


It was engineered and built in Britain dontcha know!:


Alongside my race reporting, I will also endeavour to bring you updates from our testing in the Tunisian desert!

More soon, I have some packing to do!

Jenny xx

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Old 03-01-2014, 07:09 AM   #34
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Nice to see everyone's preparation.

Dirtpunk: All the best on your trip, I hope you will be running a Go Pro and will be able to share with us your experiences afterwards!

Keep the rubber side down mate.
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:14 AM   #35
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Bike, parts and gear loaded and on their way

Checked and packed
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:19 AM   #36
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:25 AM   #37
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Dirtpunk: All the best on your trip, I hope you will be running a Go Pro and will be able to share with us your experiences afterwards!

Keep the rubber side down mate.
Cheers Bluebull2007, we're running 2 Go Pros and a camera (wo)man in the bivouac and out on some of the stages - we're hoping to make a mini-documentary to follow on from our Tuareg prep vids...

In the meantime, here's episode two...

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Old 03-02-2014, 10:35 PM   #38
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Hi all, we've been putting together some short videos of our prep for the Tuareg Rally. Here's episode one - the first and probably most crucial Moto Rally decision... bike choice
really great videos, man sorry about the wrist. :(


ANd Ben Young! wahooo!
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:59 AM   #39
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really great videos, man sorry about the wrist. :(
Thanks Stagehand , we're leaving for Tunisia tomorrow and finishing episode 4 tonight... here's episode 3 - Training

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Old 03-03-2014, 08:42 AM   #40
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Thanks Stagehand , we're leaving for Tunisia tomorrow and finishing episode 4 tonight... here's episode 3 - Training
So what happens when you put chain lube in someones exhaust?

Nice weather, btw.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:38 AM   #41
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Thanks Stagehand , we're leaving for Tunisia tomorrow and finishing episode 4 tonight... here's episode 3 - Training

Awesome! I'll be watching for sure.. I want to take advantage of the twin class in this event, next year.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:40 AM   #42
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So what happens when you put chain lube in someones exhaust?

Nice weather, btw.
You may get kicked in your nuts
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:41 AM   #43
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Checked and packed
If Mr Landh gets his navigation worked out he will be on the podium. I've seen his race records during the winther, he must have been racing every weekend since October!!
Go young man!
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:21 PM   #44
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So what happens when you put chain lube in someones exhaust?
Actually not a lot happened
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:01 PM   #45
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Brilliant videos dirtpunk, even my wife (who is very anti rally ) was watching with a smile on her face.

I love your attitude: Riding in the middle of the biggest storm the British Isles have seen in years. That's my kind of ride!

I do have one question: How the hell do you dry out a sparkplug in weather like that?

Have a good flight and when you have to dig deep, and you feel like you can't anymore remember we are cheering you on!
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