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Discussion in 'Racing' started by JMo (& piglet), Sep 1, 2010.
good to hear, Robb says it will happen on ASO time, hopefully that's soon
Just a little update on the rebuild of the WR...
I can confirm that while this meagre collection of aluminium and carbon-fibre might not exactly be 'worth' the money, this little lot is beautifully made, and transforms the battered WR into something very sleek and sexy!
It is so slim in comparison to the original fairing kit - and at least now I can fit a high fender (should I wish) without it fouling on full lock:
Hmmmmm... looks familiar (especially that screen!):
Complete with spare parts:
The new '2012' front end really is a thing of beauty - it went together perfectly on the existing JVO front subframe, while the fit and finish of the new panels is excellent - infact it's almost good enough to leave unpainted... which if handy as I'll need every penny if I'm going back to South America in January...
More pics and stuff as the (re)build continues... hell, I might even start a whole new thread!
And from this may we infer that recovery finally took off apace and that you and Piglet have been on a rigorous exercise and strengthening program?
Edit: WR looks GREAT, too!
How the heck do you find the financial resources to bounce back so fast? Im amazed. :huh
Congrats on the new look WR too. I love it. Hopefully it can take a high fender for the muddy days this time?
Hey Neil - it is still a huge IF... but it is the goal I'm working towards...
As for the high fender, yes, I imagine that was one of the factors of the re-design - the new fairing sides are much slimmer and further back now (as you can see from the photos), which gives a lot more room around the forks and lower triple-clamp, even if it means less room for sponsor stickers!
The modular nature of the fairing means parts are very east to replace, and access to the nav tower etc is improved - you can get to most things without removing the fairing itself...
Oh and the headlight(s) are now the Vision-X LED lamps - super bright and yet only 10w power consumption - very neat!
Yes, I had an x-ray a couple of weeks ago and there has been significant bone growth all around the fracture site on my tibia, while the fibula is essentially healed now which is great news...
I will still have to keep the metalwork in for another 9-12 months minimum (which certainly means taking it back to Chile with me IF I go), but at least I'm back on a bike now and trying to get on with life 'as normal'...
I know that if I don't go back next year, the chance of a return greatly diminishes with each passing year and funds are even harder to come by.
I'm still confident I can nail that bastard, with a slight shift of focus away from glory and simply a finish...
Take it steady, get over the finish line in one piece. Glory intact. Job done.
(Just getting to the start line is amazing enough).
Looking great Jen!
Any news on your roadbook pages sale?
Ah, got a bit of a problem there... the problem being I only have the roadbook that was in my bike on the day of the crash (the others were ejected, thinking I'd be able to save others during the rest of the event you see...), and with there being a 550+ liaison (which has simple instructions) on the day of the crash, there is not much of a roadbook before my crash at km 96.5, only a few pages...
So, there won't really be many available - however, I'll see what I can put together and let you all know...
OK, nice one, could raise some £££ for 2012?
So that just makes them even more rare and collectible (and more expensive !)
Jen, once your plans are sorted give me a shout and we will dip into the piggy bank to help out. Putoline are happy to help again as well.
Owen, that would be really great - and yes, I did intend to get in touch just as soon as a few things are firmed up (erm, like my tibia x)...
I also met someone recently who is prepared to cash sponsor me a not insignificant amount too, and have a few more avenues to pursue - although a [potential] major sponsor didn't work out... fools!
There are massive costs to meet as you are aware, so all help, especially with consumables and 'incidentals' would be a huge help...
I am also hoping to have a new range of merchandise and to put together a new sponsor pack for 2012, so if you or any associated companies have some freebies or vouchers they would like to include, that would be great too!
I hope to have the decision made by the end of this month...
Oh, and more pics of the bike pleeease!
Yes I wonder what your fitness program is. You need to be so strong and fit to even stand a chance of getting past the first week.
What is your plan?
I followed your story last year shame you crashed so soon.
Looking forward to following you in 2012!
To be honest, right now I'm not in the best of shape, but I'm doing my best to lose a bit of weight, and now I have my mountain bikes at home, I'm going to be getting out and getting fit again...
My concern is my left ankle, it aches a lot and swells up at the end of each day still - but I'm hoping that regular exercise and using it as naturally as possible should help things back into place.
One thing for sure, is if I do go back this January, the metalwork will still be in there...
I hope to be in a position to make a definitive decision by the end of this month.
I look forward to hearing your news at the end of the month! and very much look forward to reading all about you in Jan 2012!
Good Luck with the weight loss and Mountain bike riding. Will you go off road on the Mountain bike or stick to Road Race / riding?
Swimming and Running is also a very good way of doing your cardiovascular exercise, but I'm sure I'm telling an old Pro. What was your diet and exercise regime for 2011 Dakar?
Watching with great interest