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Old 02-02-2006, 09:10 AM   #1
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Cost of Dakar....not quite the normal thread

Ok, so lets say I had a crazy idea for how to compete in the Dakar that would keep the costs down. What costs can't i avoid....i woulad imagine these would include: Visas, entry fee, gps rental, emergency beacon rental (I have one already....but dont know if you have to use theirs)...anything else. Last I looked this was around $12,000 USD for a motorcycle entry fee? Then of course you need to get over there and get back.


Second question: The rules say they will cart around a trunk of spares for you. Well how big is this trunk, and how reliable is it that it will arrive at a service and that it will arrive when you do?
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Old 02-02-2006, 12:57 PM   #2
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Ok, so lets say I had a crazy idea for how to compete in the Dakar that would keep the costs down.
Some costs you can avoid, at your own peril:
- Mechanic (wages, entry fee, paid seat).
- Spare parts & supplies carried on T5 or T4 vehicle ($10-$15/pound for T5).
- Satellite phone ($300-$600).
- Thousands of euros/dollars in you pocket in case of emergency while in Africa.

Things you can not skip:

Special bike items ($1000-$2000):
- GPS/Iritrack mount, wiring, antennas.
- Sentinel mount, buzzer/light, wiring.
- Roadbook holder.
- ICO rally computer(s) & controls.
- Street licensing.

Registration Fee (per person) = €9500 ($11500).
Vehicle Lump Sum (per vehicle) = €3200 ($4200).
AMA Pro license & Insurance.
“Green card” bike insurance, from Europe.
Travel Visas.
Fuel - ASO provides fuel in some locations, but often, particularly while in Europe, you buy it yourself, at local gas stations.
Airline flight to/from Europe.
Airline flight for YOU, from Dakar back to Europe.
Transport of bike and supplies to/from Europe.
Hotel, food, etc. in Europe for 1 week or more.
Tires, and many other spare parts (and/or KTM support deal).
Training and prep in USA (don't discount this, it's a real expense you don't think of).
There are MANY other smaller things, plus a few bigger things I probably forgot.

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For each bike rider, ASO supplies and carries one white "airplane box", to every bivouac (except marathon stages), maximum loaded weight 50kg (110 pounds), approx 30"x17"x13". Typically this has your sleeping bag, tent, energy foods/mixes, street clothes (so you don't have to fly home in your riding gear), rain suit, clean underclothes, lots of little personal things like alarm clock, and if you have any room left you may fit a few bike spare parts in.

One proven expert on the “as cheap as possible” approach is Bob Bergman (AdvRider “Bobby”).

There have been other threads on this same subject.
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Old 02-02-2006, 06:23 PM   #3
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For a motorcycle count around $20K.
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Old 02-05-2006, 10:13 AM   #4
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Seth,
Do you already have a bike you can use/modify, or are you looking at a clean sheet?
The brand of bike you use can also affect your service costs.

Looking at your list of bikes, I would seriously consider this one
2001 DRZ400E woods monster
if you are not intent on being a front runner.

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Second question: The rules say they will cart around a trunk of spares for you. Well how big is this trunk, and how reliable is it that it will arrive at a service and that it will arrive when you do?

Unless the ELF plane crashes, then it's pretty sure that it will beat you to the bivouac.
The pic shows the size of the trunk.
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Old 02-06-2006, 06:45 AM   #5
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One of these and some nav gear.... and you're on your way
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Old 02-06-2006, 07:28 AM   #6
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that tank is very cool how big is it and how much?
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Old 02-06-2006, 10:55 AM   #7
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They have an ad in the latest TBAM/Sidetrack magazine for tanks to suit KTM's that hold 25-28 litres and cost $650 Australian. Should be a similar size/price for the Suzuki models I'd guess.
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