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Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 4, 2014.
#34 Stanovnik Miran
thanks Lyndon for sharing this! These stories are the icetopping on the firehouse!
And I'd love to see a Piglet and a Bluebull in a team next year! Imagine the fancy blue and pink designs of bike and gear
Yeah I know, it's way too early to think about 2015 ... so let's chill for the moment and start over again tomorrow. I hope there will be a special, even a short one, for the people in Bolivia. They are really enthuastic about it and deserve a little show. But safety first !
Go survivors! Get your well deserved medal!
I'd buy a T-shirt
I'm sure there will be a stage tomorrow, but maybe a shortened one.
In regards to Pyndons and Neds comments, it's easy to sit here and watch the videos and dream about riding that stuff. I love the high speed two track stuff. Those chopper shots of Coma backing it in, standing up, face forward, those are awesome. But I gotta admit, if it was over 100F, and I was stuck in those dunes, I'd probably wilt in a New York minute and push my panic button. I hate being hot. Game over.
I have ridden dirt bikes forever it seems like. And there are all kinds of dirt bikers, and there are those guys that love it tough, nasty, challenging. Not so sure I am one of those guys. Even if I had the money to do Dakar, I'd really have to ask myself if I have the mental toughness to do it. Am I willing to push my body that far, am I willing to fix the bike at 2am, when I am so tired I can't see straight? Read the book to Dakar and Back. Lawrence went through hell, but he kept on plugging away like a slow locomotive. Am I that focused, that tenacious?
I gotta hand it to the guys that go and do Dakar. I get to live vicariously through you guys. Thanks for sharing the ride.
I would be up for a Dakar Lite maybe...
Maybe Jimmy Lewis' Dakar camp is all I need...
At the very least I'm pretty sure they'll want to reroute around any 'dry' riverbeds to avoid a fiasco like they had last year....given the current weather....
I was really looking forward to them racing across Salar de Uyuni but I'm reading it's been rained out. :huh
I suppose it could still be ridden, endless miles slicing through mirror smooth saline seas, a unique Dakar experience. You would really have to follow your CAP heading accurately, like Rally Bikes sailing on the ocean! It would no doubt play hell with the bikes themselves, all that salty water.
In some of the footage I have seen, the Salar can get a few feet deep with water. Anything more than a few inches would reeeaallly suck on a bike... And as Cyborg said, all that salt corrosion probably wouldn't be too great either...
IIRC (it may have been in misery goat's ride reports) there are guys you can pay to hose your vehicle down with diesel fuel before and after being out on the salt!
I've had my 990 out on Bonneville Salt Flats several times the last few years, attending Bub7 Speed Trials and everyone, cars and bikes just leave the salt on the bikes and cars for days until you finally leave on clean roads again. I always pressure wash the bike well before heading home and never any problem issues. Water also gets a few inches deep when it rains hard there.
Any news on any engine swaps goin on?
Malle moto bike
That illustration is PERFECT.
Yep bring the racing on the rest day.
Since oil was talked about earlier this F5irehose, it would not be complete without a tire question
What is the favorite tires, hands down, of the Dakar moto-racers? Any of you Dakar BTDT cognescenti know that bit of data?
Michelin Desert, Pirelli Scorpion Rally, D908 ??? with a big helping of mousse all around?
Jonah once told me that by hot-knifing off the forward & rear parts of the D908 center "+" knobs on the rear tire, just leaving the main r/l bar, it turned it from one of the worst rally rear tires into one of the best.
Seen lots 908 . Seen the pro's run marathons to.
I think they're Michelin Deserts.
not mine twitter feed.