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Discussion in 'Racing' started by BC61, Aug 1, 2011.
Wow Bill, what a story!! True Dakar struggles and you gave it all you could.
Bill I have your patch on my jacket and I wear your Tshirt with pride. Although I have never shook your hand, I'd be glad to tell anyone what kind of man Bill Conger is. Thank you for sharing this adventure.
actually a more substantial mounting base such as a sandwich block around the upper and lower frame portions to spread the load of the skid plate and add a diagnal bend or two on the outer side edges of the plate so there is less "hoe" action going on and more skimming over terrain instead in the event of a horizontal slide. The Mecca systems rally kit on the KTM 450 I installed utilized that approach and while neither Ralph or I have crashed his rally bike at speed, I can attest the skid pan looks way over engineered until you see what can happen if it's not engineered that way.
On another note,.....from the pics the engine case does not appear damaged, but the side cover definitely is. Too bad there wasn't a way to pull a Simon and get a new side cover mysteriously delivered as you could have swapped that on the side of the road in short time assuming you had a torque limiter already installed in the replacement side cover.
Great writing! Thank you so much for sharing.
does Dakar have a "living off the land" rule? In Australia you could leave the course and get help from the locals...if you needed something welded or cobbed etc. granted finding someone close enough to the course was unlikely...but it was allowed in the rules. I guess some of the truck teams have been quite creative in the past.
Great going Bill - really awesome. Huge respect.
Damn Man! ..... Damn.....
Thanks again for sharing the story, Bill. Sometimes, shit just happens, whether you're in your backyard or Argentina. Sorry it ended earlier than you'd hoped, but it's still a hell of a good story.
Soak it all in, enjoy the bivouac, get some good pictures, and if it's in the cards we'll catch you on the next go-round.
BTW that was extremely nice to put every single supporter's name on the webpage (even those of us who just got a shit and a couple stickers).
Oh and this is funny, maybe sig line material when your sense of humor is back to 100%:
Thank you for this and maybe offloading will help with your pain. What a bummer.
I would have loved to read your write up of the whole race.
x2 Bill! Great stuff!
I can't agree more! He's like the Dakar MacGyver!
Bill - Respect at the effort and thanks for the story. I loved the writing and of course the effort is amazing. Well done.
To hell with this keyboard jockey crap, I'm water boy next time.
Great story Bill, thanks for the ride along.
Mike I can't wait to see the dance :lol
Great writeup! Your story telling skills are outstanding. I sincerely hope you will take as along for the ride in 2013.
Funny,when talking with my girlfriend she tells me tells me just to hurry up just get to the ending
Don"t worry Bill, it's pretty common, in fact I get that from all the girls....what gives?
Bill I cant tell you how much we enjoyed following your journey to Dakar 2012 and look forward to hearing the details first hand next time we meet.
Jim & Lisa
u r all sound like a communist party congress in North Korea:
Bill is GOD, we love Bill (ok i can understand this part :), Bill could do no wrong but if you do not face the reality you never improve.
russki is telling the truth: bike been bilt but had not been tested.
i am a professional tester and in our world the software system is assumed not to work unless it passes rigorous tests. Why did the british actor survived 3 days on Dakar - because his bike survived 3 days! why did Simon Pavey finished Dakar - because his bike finished the DAKAR!
buttom line - Bill might have been ready to go on for 15 days .... but the bike WAS NOT even close.
Look at Deprey , what a fooking animal,, never rushes things, started racing on day 3-4...
cheers boys, swallow your pride, admit mistakes move on