Dakar 2014 - Official Event Coverage - thank you all, lurkers and posters!!!

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  1. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Been here awhile

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    My first post in the F5 thread after lurking for 5+ years. THIS IS THE MOST IFORMATIVE GROUP FOR DAKAR ON THE PLANET. Thanks all for another great year. :clap
  2. too old

    too old Keen supporter

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    " It's the first year with a totally new bike, it has been tested to destruction in the harshest of conditions and environments - we have learnt a lot and with a few modifications will develop a better bike for 2015" :D :clap:clap
  3. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Marc dedicated this Dakar win to Kurt :bow
    RIP Kurt :cry

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  4. steved57

    steved57 Been here awhile

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    This being my first year on the F5 I would like to say thanks to all you knoweledgable folks, those with input from real experience and everyone else especially the moto competitors
    for all the excellent commentary and a big thanks to myway and mischa
  5. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Class act....good job Coma. Hope it makes it into print "this one's for Kurt".
  6. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Wow, over already? :huh

    F I'm old.
  7. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Agreed, I hope so too, although it appears they made sure. Good ride, everybody, Thanks a lot! See you on the next one. :wave
  8. Knute Dunrvnyet

    Knute Dunrvnyet marooned in realtime

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    Been here since '05, when my riding/bro died, AND I had to sell my Super T, XTZ750. Thank you all, so much, for the coverage. I had Cycle World mag pages on my wall, back in '82. It's so great that the Dakar, and the Dakar coverage [thanks to 'Baldy,] has come so far. Thank you all, again, for your enthusiasm, and your efforts. "When I grow up-I'm gonna be a Dakar Rally racer..." :poser Namaste! [Knute, lurker.]
  9. gagnaou

    gagnaou Long timer

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    Did not get to contribute very much this year, but was able to stay up to date thanks to the tremendous effort from all the inmates.

    Thanks you all a pleasure to follow Dakar on ADVrider!
  10. Jim Rowley

    Jim Rowley Rise above

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    Thank you for an exceptional year full of ups and downs. Condolences to Eric's family. To my F5 family, let's do it again next year. Cheers. :clap:clap:clap
  11. Pilbara

    Pilbara In the flow...

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    They are supposed to be building a minimum of 200 for sale to satisfy the rules of entry to what they have just done so you should and can buy one. You can also buy a KTM Rally now.

    Just need money. :deal
    Cheers
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  12. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Yeah, I think the KTM rally replica is available, for a price. . . .

    Seriously, I'm sad this rally is over. One of the best in the 5 or so years since I started following. Actually, the best for sure from a fan's perspective, especially a Coma fan. The south america dakar is working pretty damn well.
  13. Scottyridewhere?

    Scottyridewhere? Adventurer

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    IMO, what consumers actually want is not a 'road legal rally machine', but a rally STYLED machine with concessions to the real world of stop lights and inseam lengths (not all of us are over 6' tall!).

    Give me a 250-450cc bike with 500km/300mi range, a seat height of 29-31", hard bags of medium capacity, wide-ratio 6-sp gearbox, good lighting (such as the Hella lights on the Brittania Composites KLR fairing), and I would be happy for a LOOOONG time!

    The manufacturers are driving away potential women riders by the boatload because of a lack of models that actually FIT the average woman. My girlfriend is short - 4'-10 (way below average) and is just starting to learn to ride.. she is rather disappointed that the ONLY machines she can even 'get a leg over' are cruisers.. and those don't fit the rest of her body!

    BMW has got at least ONE eye on the real world with their GS models, but size and price put them out of the running for a whole lot of us.. Will any manufacturer take the risk and offer something that WORKS in the real world?

    Apologies for the hijack/commentary, I very much appreciate the effort of all here at ADV keeping the F5hose going, and especially to every rider who made it to the start line of the DAKAR... They are living a dream, and coming away with much more than any of us who have not participated can imagine! I DO, however wish that, with the change of venue to South America, the ASO might consider changing the name of the rally to Atacama or some such, to reflect the new location.. it isn't Dakar anymore.

    Keep the shiny side up!
    S.
  14. auguzt

    auguzt get on with it

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    Thanks everyone. It has been an amazing Dakar, with a lot of llama drama ding dong going on!

    BTW: what's the penalty for changing the F5 button?:D
  15. Simosez

    Simosez Been here awhile

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    Geez Ladder, it'll have to be a very impressive machine to replace the mighty DR750 Big.:eek1:lol3
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    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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  17. Ladder106

    Ladder106 It's a short cut, really

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    I know - but gosh, that's a 25 year old bike. Love riding it.

    Wouldn't something newer be nice? I think the manufacturers could do it with an "add-on" kit. Make it fit a range of machines from 400cc say up to the 690's etc.

    It could just start with a larger tank and front fairing and progress all the way to rear tanks and nav. equipment.

    That way it wouldn't have to be any one specific model or specific displacement.

    I'm certain they'd sell in S. America at the very least.
  18. Southest US Thumper

    Southest US Thumper Extreme n00b

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    My thought: Why???? What's a replica? a big fuel tank and some stickers or an actual contender for a privateer? There are certainly smaller firms out there that can build you a contender but factory contenders or "customer" bikes aren't offered by many.

    Though I must admit I was attracted to the early '90 BMWs with big tanks, heck I bought a F650 PD because of the stickers....

    Thanks everybody for a fabulous two weeks and lead up!!!! :clap:clap:clap
  19. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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  20. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5ool

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    "And now... after podium ceremoni Bam Bam-san... you do seppuku ceremoni..." :bluduh
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