I'm prepping for the Rallye Dos Sertões this August. Read about the bike, and my South American adventures in preparation for this event. If you want to skip the build and learning curve, click HERE to jump to the final prep and the racing (Page 24) Ive now set this thread with links in each of my posts up so you can click on the links to skip comments and read the meat. You can also jump to parts of interest using this index below (Click on the links or go to the relevant page): INDEX Introduction......................Page 1 A bit of background............Page 1 The Bike & Rallye Build........Page 1 A hard practice.................Page 2 Enduro Peru.....................Page 2 More on the Build..............Page 2 Pics of the Build................Page 3 Build & Riding gear.............Page 3 Pics of Bike after build........Page 4 Rally school coments & pics.Page 5 Rally School Report ...........Page 6-12 Decision Time...................Page 12 Painting & Design..............Page 13 Dos Sertões 85 days to go..Page 15 Training Fail......................Page 16 Final preparations and Dos Sertões Rally A n00b goes Rallye Racing Literally. Watching the Dakar every year always makes me want to get on my bike and ride off-piste until it hurts. And when I do it, I get an amazing satisfaction from it: You know, the kind where you find you can hardly move for two days afterwards from being tired and sore. Now I want to do this now more often with other similar minded masochists. The obvious answer is to start rally racing. Not enduros or MX, but long days and big distances of hard, technical, off piste riding. So this will be my n00b´s rally update thread where I will plot my progress as I venture into this rather daunting world of "Camel-man" riders for those of you who want to follow my journey. I wasnt going to do a thread like this (you guys intimidate the heck out of me), but Eatpasta conned me into starting a similar thread to his one: "A N00b goes Racing". Eatpasta mate, Ive got a lot to learn from you, your thread is awesome! I´ll be including lots of details on the bike, the preparation, the licencing, the problems encoutered etc. so hopefully someone can learn from my mistakes and discoveries! I would be most grateful for any wise words of advice, encouragement or warning you may have. Ive already read a lot, spoken to a number of inmates who have done things like Dakar and other rallye raid compo´s and its daunting to say the least! My plan is finish at least one rally this year, probably the Dos Sertoes in August, check it out HERE. This rally is 10 days of ±300km technical riding per day. Its pretty daunting for me I must say! But I know if I put my mind to it and prepare properly I can finish. Thats the only target I am setting myself for now. To just finish. A bit about me: I´m a budding 25 yr old South African trapped in a 38yr old body. Its tough, but what can you do - You have to work with what you have. Im reasonably riding fit, can do a long, difficult dirt sessions on my 800GS no problem. But I can only do a few hours of hard, off-piste, enduro style rallying on my wife´s KTM 450 EXC before I am totally shagged. So I´need to build up my fitness. Im not a gym kind of guy, looking gay in tights and flexing my muscles in the mirror is really not my thing. I guess Im going to have to learn to get over my dislike of gyms at some stage in the near future. Well worry about the tights later In the meantime Ive started a basic fitness improvement program.