Accepted!! BC61 headed to Dakar Argentina - Chile - Peru 2012

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  1. BC61

    BC61 Long timer

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    I know of one that had an injector go bad, was able to get towed off the special where his assistance was able to replace it.
  2. darrendeep6

    darrendeep6 BMW Dirty Dozen

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    Whew, decision is made then. The rally expert has spoken, oh wait, he's a computer, cubicle-keyboard commando type, never mind. :stfu

    If Husky is going to provide support again it's a no brainier. If funds provide I'd seek out SpeedBrain for rally parts as their kit for the TE are showing on their site. Finish the development you started. As you said, all the bikes experienced issues. I'm in for support for 2013.
  3. Brodovitch

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  4. darrendeep6

    darrendeep6 BMW Dirty Dozen

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    Excellent! Buy off the shelf stuff when you can by people that have done the development. I think Bill spent a lot of time building one-off parts because rally parts weren't available for the 449
  5. BC61

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    The Husqvarna worked great and will probably be the platform I'll use again if I can get back to the Dakar. I was actually very impressed with the bike and particularly the motor considering what I put it through on day 2. The bike ran 90 kilometers in extremely deep sand with no water and a gaping hole in the side cover spewing oil faster than I could fill it not to mention who knows what kind of oil I was bumming from the locals. I do know I dumped a quart of tranny fluid in it. If it weren't for the dunes and deep sand I think it would have made the distance to the liaison.
  6. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo TeeMarrZee

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    That's pretty extraordinary testimony! :deal

    You home? :ear
  7. NORBVR

    NORBVR Not so gnarly

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    I am IN for the next round! :freaky

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  8. Brodovitch

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    Too true, I became an expert at scouring the web for Husky rallye parts
    when I was offered a fantastic deal on a '10 511 about 6 months back...

    unfortunately no availability or info on large tanks made me pass on the offer
    and head for an orange bike

    I really hope Husky put more effort into rally racing, it would get more privateers
    (who aren't fast enough to be picked up by SpeedBrain :lol3) on the wagon as well
  9. darrendeep6

    darrendeep6 BMW Dirty Dozen

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    I followed the development of that motor in the G450 for a couple years trying to decide if I wanted to go that route. Husky got a pretty sorted motor from BMW. They obviously refined it even more after speaking with Fred Hoess at the IMS show. I ultimately went with a 2T Husky. I road raced as a privateer, I know what it's like to be broke. If Husky is still an option it's a no brainier.
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    darrendeep6 BMW Dirty Dozen

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    I agree, I hope to see more Husqvarna in rally. It's the same in enduro, a sea of orange. I get a lot of compliments on my 2t Husky.
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    If I remember correctly, was it the bash plate that poked a hole in your motor?
  12. Stagehand

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    engine mounted bash plate yoinked a hole in the case if I understand it correctly. No frame or anything else under there to mount to. I'm sure there are mental prototypes already under massive development in the last three weeks :D

    Maybe some rounder, vibration friendly curves on the gas tank, too. Only time and money, there <-


    :super



    EDIT: for whatever dumbass reason I thought the 2011 wasnt a cradle frame. I was wrong. I though the bolts ripped out of the case, which they didnt. I see what happened now. :Doh
  13. Some Dude

    Some Dude what attitude problem???

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    Except the Speedbrain "TE" really means hybrid G450X/TE449 and all of their parts are based on their revised G450X chassis with 2nd generation G450X/TE449 6 speed engine. They re-inforced teh G450X base frame and re-engineered it to accept a linkage suspension to better tune/manipulate leverage ratios for type of event/rider preference. The "TE449R" also utilizes a different rear tank assembly then that of the G450RR of last years Dakar. Otherwise exhaust, skid pan and rally fairing are all G450X based and Bill is on a TE449 framed bike. I think lengthening the swing arm, making a front frame brace/mount for a revised skid pan will allow Bill to have a more stable and crash worthy TE449, but then again Dakar and rally is just fairly hard to plan for all the "what if's"
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    $0.02 to add...

    After what happened, happened, no one could have done more than Bill did trying to salvage a finish. I can't see a single card left to play to get that bike to the finish of the stage.

    I saw a lot of non-finishers come in with more or less working motorcycles and bodies- Bill was never going to be among that list. I mean that as a heartfelt compliment.

    The outcome is not what anyone wanted, but Bill's determination is beyond question and at some level, determination and persistence what this thing is all about.
  15. BC61

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    I need to say thanks and give a strong recommendation to Alien Motion Batteries. I had heard good things about the batteries before I approached them for sponsorship. I knew these had been used with great success in road racing but something like the Dakar was new to them. They were happy to jump on board and looking forward to testing/inspecting the battery after the race. I was given a couple batteries to use. I started testing the first battery in the practice bike, it was working so well I carried it over to the race bike. The battery exceeded my expectations not only in cranking capability but also in packaging, terminal connections and weight. The battery is extremely light, has a strong thick plastic casing and solid terminals, nothing flimsy or cheap anywhere.

    I more than abused this battery the final day trying to start a dying engine. This battery repeatedly cranked the engine over for long 30-45 second pulls trying to breathe life into it. A stock battery would have given up just after a few of these attempts. I even had the battery cranking the engine as it was firing but not fully starting. I can't count the number of long pulls the battery endured and never showed any signs of being anything less than full strength.

    If you are looking for a light weight, durable and strong battery check out Alien Motion Batteries.

    www.alienmotion.com
  16. BC61

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    Just pulled up to the gate in Charlotte.
  17. Blur

    Blur Peddlin' motorcycles!

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    Anyone ever heard the story about the motorcycle mechanic and the heart surgeon? The motorcycle mechanic was repairing the heart surgeon's motorcycle and said "Ya' know... you and I basically do the same thing, we both fix powerplants. It's just that I work on engines mounted in motorcycles and you work on engines mounted in people. How come you get paid so much more than me?" The heart surgeon replies "You ever tried to work on an engine while it's still running?"

    Bill repaired a freaking HOLE IN THE ENGINE CASE WITH ZIP TIES, ROCKS, CARDBOARD AND EPOXY fer cryin' out loud.... Still blows my mind.
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    Yeah, made 60 miles on it <-- :bow
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    Not to stir the pot here(been lurking in here a while...), but wasn't it a crash that caused the damage?
  20. Blur

    Blur Peddlin' motorcycles!

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    A crash caused the bash plate to come off which damaged the water pump and caused a hole in the engine.

    Now put yourself in that situation, at that moment and tell us what you would've done....

    :lurk