A n00b goes Rallye Racing

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Bluebull2007, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Bluebull2007

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    Thanks Steve! Yeah, next time you come down give me a heads up, you can stay with us, and we will definitely do some riding.
  2. Bluebull2007

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    Sorry its taken me so long to update, its been very busy here.

    We are basically running two parallel threads here now, because Im part of the Team Rally Wild West. Check out Dave's thread here.

    Right now the team consists of Dave (GSNorCal), Phil (BicyclePhil) and myself. The other guys have basically all dropped out or joined other teams.

    Right now we are in the throes of finalizing paperwork, organising support vehicles and mechanics etc. I've had a hell of a day trying to get a suitable van for the the support crew, and it seems very, very difficult indeed to find the right vehicle.

    I just got our quote for shipping the bikes. We are flying them into Brasilia and shipping out of Fortaleza on the coast. While I recover from the shock of the cost and negotiate the van hire for the trip, I thought I would post a couple more pics and discuss some of the farkles and the JVO rally kit.

    Charlie Rausseo (Lastplace) from Rally Panam has done a sterling job, this is their first Yamaha WR 450 rally build.

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    The seat was done by Renazco, another outstanding outfit in California. It had to be remoulded anyway because the stock seat does not fit the rear tank setup and the air intake in the front. It is very, very plush to sit on compared to the stock 450 KTM seat. I cannot comment on the Yammie seat, because I never got to use it!

    The rear tank is nice, some storage space on top. The front subframe bracket has been welded to the bike because it broke when I was running it in. Its still detachable above the bracket on the stronger adjusting bolts, though.

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    In this pic you can also see the bash plate lying in front of the bike with the water tank/bladder fitted (a requirement only for the Dakar).
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    Here is a pic of the fuel pump (bottom left) for sucking the last couple of litres out of the front tanks, the new fuel filter, bigger radiator and radiatar fan.

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    Rear tank with heat cladding over the exhaust. In the front you can see the air filter. The airbox is a lot bigger and this will improve the engine performance as well. With the airbox up top, I will stress a lot less about getting water in the engine too.

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    The rear subframe with tank, spare air filter lying on top. I'll be fitting some of my spares and tools in there.

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    Additional rear lights fitted, they will be one permanently and bright when braking; this is an FIM requirement for most competitions.

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    Looking towards the front you can see how the air-intake has been re-routed as well as the petcock for the front and rear tanks.

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    Other photos of the JVO air box. Its really tight, we had to grind the end off the shock bolt to get it in.

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    And finally, the bigger front disc (I think this is the same size as the front disc on the Tenere - can anyone advize me?). Also we have started protecting key leads, in this case the ICO lead.

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  3. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Looks grear Neil, JB and I were talking about you last night and wondering when we can take you up on your invite for riding dunes:D
  4. Bluebull2007

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    Howzit Mike. It's very possible, but perhaps a little bit early to confirm things. Can we talk about this maybe a month after our rallies? I need to do some damage control at home after the rallye if you get my drift, and I think the idea of more racing so close to the Sertoes is going to go down like a lead balloon! :bueller :D

    I also have to find some suitable bikes for you, looks like you may end up on Honda 650s at the moment!

    Anyway the idea is good and it would be great to have you guys out here and ride with you again. Perhaps at the end of the year. I'd love to do a roadbook, but am not sure how practical it will be seeing there aren't many bikes with roadbook around here! Another final question mark is about my work, the mine Im on is being sold as we speak and I need to negotiate a solid package with the new owners so I can afford to race Dakar in 2012 :evil

    That could be a problem...I hope not, but it may thrwo a spanner in the works.

    Lets chat in Sept/Oct about this.

    Neil
  5. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    yeah, I've got big trouble at home and may be single by August. I think for all of us in the New year MIGHT be the only option. Doesn't matter as long as we're having fun! Giv 'er I says, giv 'er!!!
  6. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    aaahhhhhhhhh you guys are finding out what wives REALLY think about our racing hobby and the costs and dangers ... I learned not to say too much...
  7. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    oh I wasn't, we were out for dinner and David asking me in earshot of the girl. We'll see when it bubbles up again.:jack
  8. Bluebull2007

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    With the new tanks, the seat is a bit higher, but not much. The biggest change is the front tanks and I rode the bike with only those on in April, this is what it looked like back then :

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    I find the seat height comfortable and I could put my feet flat on the ground so even if its a little higher now, I think I will be fine.

    We are busy with painting the Springbok on the bike, Im hoping it will be done tomorrow. We will be shipping the bike by air I think in the 2nd week of July. This will give the import agents time to make sure they can clear customs. We still have to finalize the bike carnets as well.

    Charlie had the jetting changed and the carb tuned very rich for the 25% ethanol content in the Brazilian fuel. I'm told running it rich is the best way to start it that side. Any comments/pointers/advice on how to fiddle the carb to run on this stuff would be most welcome. I believe the carb is exactly the same as the KTM 450 so I guess I'll need to play around with mine in Lima for a bit. Does anyone have a good link for a noob to learn a bit more about this?


    Rally Support & Logistics

    Originally our team it was going to be 5 riders, but one american dropped out and our Argentinian friend joined another team that will aslo be doing the Dakar in January.

    His mechanic & assistant were also in on the deal so on less than two weeks ago we suddenly had no mechanic. It was early enough for us to do something about it and between Des McDonald (Rally Panam, and now our team manager) and Antonio, we have a new mechanic. We will also be sharing the bivouac with their team who bring a lot of experience to our relatively inexperienced team. :evil

    So Team Rally Wild West now consist fo three riders, and four support crew, riding in a VW Kombi. Not ideal, but all we could find (Merc Sprinters are not availible it seems).

    So the team currently stands at seven(3 riders, 4 support) . Thats 2 x7 single flights, 7 entrant fees, 7 mouths to feed and 7 people to add to the ±2,000 other competitors, support teams, organisation, medical staff, journalists and rally enthusiasts who will be charging from south to north across Brazil in 47 days time... :ricky

    Whats still to arrange? PLENTY.

    If you want to visit the website for the 2010 DOS SERTÕES Rally, here it is: http://www.sertoes.com/Ing_index.html

    To wet your appetites, here is a video on last years 2009 Dos Sertões, there is some pretty hectic riding footage:

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    Cheers for now.

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  9. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Hee hee - you watched that video and still want to subject your beautiful brand new bike to all that?!

    Rock on!

    J xx
  10. skibum69

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    I can't watch the video yet but he's already tossed it down the trail at speed so he's over that already:lol3
  11. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    And in other random news....during the P2D my 690 averaged 5 litres of fuel per 100 km. I carried 5 gallons on the bike out of a possible 7. Proved to me that I could cover up to 500 KM between fill ups before running out in all conditions short of mud bogs and extreme sand.
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    LUDO Been here awhile

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    great Thread...keep it coming...
  13. LUDO

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    Charlie, did you teach him water crossings?

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    this is rio bagagem, a classic river crossing usually on the first day.
    big squarry rocks under water, covered by slippery green stuff....it's so slippery, you have to hang on to the bike to stand next to it!
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    In DVR we train for all types of terrain, including river crossings. Here's our big water crossing:
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  15. lastplace

    lastplace Been here awhile

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    We made it pretty again. Even prettier, actually. I don't want to see it after I put it in a crate next week. That would probably make me cry.

    fun fun
    Charlie

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  16. Bluebull2007

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    Lovely pic! So in this case the best way to cross is to walk the bike over?

    What do you suggest with the other rivers?
  17. Bluebull2007

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    There, there Charlie, I had my fun throwing it around already. You don't have to post the pick of the nice pretty bike lying down. :lol3

    I have no plans to hurt this bike in this rally. In fact its completely against the rules to do so. :rofl

    The nice Springbok on the sides give it a special anti-gravity power, so the rubber is going to stay at the bottom, always. I must say Charlie, you did Rally Panam proud: A fantastic job. :clap This is a beatiful bike.

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    That is soooo cool! :thumb
  19. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    That looks fantastic ! The build up and the graphics, both top drawer !
  20. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    That is magic Neil - you must be so pleased to see the bike looking like those mock-ups all those weeks ago - it looks awesome!

    Be prepared to scratch it though (unless you're going to spend the whole rally in the Bivouac!) - I've just had my fairing and fender repainted after Tunisia - it was sandblasted in the sand storms, never mind dropped on any number of occasions!

    This time I've taken inspiration from your SA flag idea - although it won't look quite as fancy as yours...

    Good luck in Brazil - I wish I could be there with you...

    Jenny xx