Dakar Dazed - countdown to bankruptcy!

Discussion in 'Racing' started by JMo (& piglet), Sep 1, 2010.

  1. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer

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    First time poster here but I have followed this thread and you are one of the riders I follow and root for during the race.

    Given that you have some time and the desire to generate some money, I wondered if you have thought about reaching that goal through speaking engagements, similar to what Lois Pryce has done. Your writing is entertaining and informative so I have to assume that would carry over to in person. Just a thought.

    Anyway, the best of luck to you on both endeavors!
  2. biggles0449

    biggles0449 Been here awhile

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    Heya Jenny!

    Well what can I say... boredom at work [break in operations] left me trawling the internet ... attempting to satisfy my thirst for anything motorbike or desert related...

    Aside from accidentally picking up a second fully built Rally BIke [ex HT Honda...for a very meagre sum...think along the lines of how much a single new engine would cost!! [yes you read that right!] damned eBay comfort shopping!! I thought to myself... I cant keep finding bargains on eBay and thinking i need to have that!

    So in a vain attempt to not spend money like water...I just sat for the last 3 shifts and read every single post in succession... my brain is fried, but some pretty bloody good ideas did drift through the smoky stuff and enter my thick skull along the way :D Just a shame that it wasn't the fairytale ending you and everyone here had hoped for..

    Cracking read and all the lessons learned / experiences along the way were really good food for the mind.

    I'm a riding partner of Toby and Jago [This year's debutants for Patsy and Desert Rose!], who I'm sure have hunted you down for info on the Yamaha and JVO kits.. Been riding with them since I started as a green nooby with Patsy in May of last year.. since then, it's been balls to the wall with the biking and have been on practically everything i can, when not on my trips offshore, in West Africa..

    Needless to say, over the last few months, rumblings amongst the DRR crowd have been angled towards discussions of do you think you will? when? you have someone to ride with? ... I'm sure you know what's coming next.. as the inevitable aura of indestructability and swagger from being totally hooked on the desert, rolls out in front of me.. [the last year living and riding in Johannesburg helped!]

    I have pretty much locked myself into countdown..something like 16 months now is it?! Applications in May you say?! Best get a move on then! Not sure what your plans are, but I'm going to be heading out to Morocco with Patsy, once I get back form sunny Liberia sometime in September.. Plan is 1 week of touring with a crowd of her customers, then a week of race training [I think Jago and Toby could well be there... here's hoping it's a shakedown ride on their spanky new bikes!] then Ill be staying on to have a bash at the Merzouga Rally as it ties in quite nicely...

    If you are planning to come along..would be good to have a chat and a bullshit, as im sure there will be plenty of tales coming from all around the campfire! Otherwise... if you need someone for training adventures in the next year or so, dont be shy about dropping me a line.. i usually work 1 month on and then month off.. and the off time is dedicated to 2 wheels! Im sure if you speak with Patsy she'll be frank and honest!

    Ive just started a small thread with all the rallies and multi day events ive been able to find..and have been stunned at some of the ones that have appeared.. Eastern Europe seems to be knocking out a selection of roadbook events for under 500 of your English Sterlings...!! My plan for the next year or so, is to head for a couple of the FIM events and pad them out with some of these small, but very economical events along the way.. I have my own racetruck [another eBay bargain!] so if you do have the time / interest, youll be more than welcome to come along and race with me! To be honest, it would be great to have some company on them long drives and rallies that others might not be attending...

    Well Ill sign off from there, but like i say if you are interested... PM's the word :ear

    Take it easy and hope the mend is going well
    Ben
  3. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Thank you for your kind words (that goes for everyone who's posted recently too!)...

    I have been asked by a number of groups to do a talk/presentation on my 2011 Dakar campaign, and it is certainly something I will utilize as part of my 2013 campaign... I'm never going to get rich doing that, but it will certainly help, and more importantly, you never know who is going to be in the audience of course...

    I really do appreciate all the support this thread on ADV has created, and really do hope you'll all be along for the new campaign once it is up and running in the new year...

    My intention is to spend the next few months getting the bike refurbished and ready to race again, and not least try and lose some of the inevitable pounds I will gain these next couple of weeks in the USA (trying really hard not to break anything again!)... then, lets all take a couple of weeks off in January and cheer on this year's fools eh?, and post Dakar 2012 and the run up to entries for 2013, I'll be launching the new website, new campaign and all the associated hoohah I can!

    Watch this space, as they say...

    Toot toot!

    Jenny x
  4. garfey

    garfey Scruffy Adventurer

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    And are "these next couple of weeks" literally these next couple of weeks?

    I've been hoping that someday I might find myself, and a bike or two, of course, in the same locale as you
    so I could say "HOWDY" properly. But if it's really the next couple and if your earlier mention of Moab is related,
    :cry , as I'm totally committed in Tejas.

    But should you find yourself down in Big Bend (Study Butte/Terlingua), oh, 'round 23-26 September, you'd likely
    find a 640 Adv waiting for you. The 'Berg FE400 would have been a perfect loaner but Big Bird, alas, remains
    in the STOLEN column.
    :becca
  5. GoThere@50

    GoThere@50 I'm Going

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  6. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Hey Garfey! - Bummer about the 'Berg, sorry to hear it... :eek:(

    Yes, I am in the US at the moment - but up near San Francisco and will be heading to Moab this coming weekend...

    I'm only here until the 25th, so I'm not going to get a chance to head down your way this time, but don't worry - it's on my list next time I come for an extended stay...

    I have fond memories of the last time I was down Terlingua way:

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    Jx
  7. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Hee hee - Moab isn't the problem, it was the Rubicon Trail up near Lake Tahoe that is my nemisis!

    Jx
  8. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    And to think that the weather on the Rubicon has been perfect of late.......:deal
  9. nagykovi

    nagykovi Been here awhile

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    hello Jenny,

    Do you have a Users manual for the JVO KIT?

    I bought a used kit without any documentation, this project is a big black hole for me....

    Can you help me?

    Thank you.
  10. Bluebull2007

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    Unfortunatley they dont really come with a user manual. Im pretty sure I remember detailed pics in this thread (scrolling back a hundred pages or so..) you will see how to put it all together along with the problems you are likely to encounter described.


    Jenny, I wanted to ask you what you did about getting the bike to work at altitude: Did you change the jets? if you did what jets did you use?
  11. cynicwanderer

    cynicwanderer Been here awhile

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    are you going to do the rubicon this trip ? hats off ! are you going to be in sacramento/area ?

  12. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Nagykovi - As Bluebull says, you don't really get any info from JVO in the form of a manual or anything, but Jorge does have a few photos he can email you if you are really stuck... once the bits are laid out it is pretty straightforward to fit - as I recall, you need to drill out the forward tank mount on the WR frame and re-tap it with an M8 thread, plus the captive nuts on the upper engine mount plates need to be removed/ground off, plus there is some drilling and tapping to do to the headstock to accept the nav-tower bracket, otherwise the rest bolts on...

    Bluebull - I simply ran the 'derestricted' spec jets, can't remember the number for the pilot right now, but I think the main was 170 (or possibly the 168) - anyway, it worked fine at all altitudes during the Dakar, even at 15,000ft on liaison it would still pull 60mph/100kmh, with a little in reserve...

    Jx
  13. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Hi Cynic' - I actually drove past Sacramento a little earlier this afternoon!

    I don't think I'm going to get the chance to ride the Rubicon this time after all... just got back from a great week in Moab though, despite it raining some of the time!

    Jx
  14. cynicwanderer

    cynicwanderer Been here awhile

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    small world... we were up in the mountains on our bikes near the rubicon today checking out a B17 wreck. we actually went up to the rubicon trail head for a little bit, but it was getting a little late. came back on US50. I'm looking forward to going to moab some time.

  15. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    So, I've finally bitten the bullet, and the mighty Tenere is now officially looking for a new owner:

    http://www.touratech.co.uk/forsale_jennymorgan_rallye_tenere_yamaha_xt660z.htm

    It's not a decision I have really wanted to make, but if I am ever to get back to The Dakar (in 2013), then I have to let her go...

    The bike is available to view in Touratech UK, and should anyone from outside of the UK wish to purchase, I'm sure they can make the necessary shipping arrangements.

    All the info and background is on the website link above, but if you have any specific questions, do ask away here...

    The way the bike is currently set up it would make an excellent overland adventure bike, or a serious contender for the UK Big-Bike Challenge. I have also refitted the rally navigation brackets, so it would be very easy to attach a roadbook and IMO, and enter any open-class rally.

    The Power commander and DNA filter/open airbox is currently not fitted, as I have to admit it does make the bike more juicy in the region of 10-15%, so for everyday riding you probably wouldn't want that. However, should you simply be unable to do without that extra 5bhp or so, plus the additional grunt of the custom fueling map, then refitting takes approximately an hour to unleash the full potential of the beast!

    I hope someone has as much fun on her as I did...

    Toot toot!

    Jenny xx

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    Jx
  16. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Just incase anyone was wondering...

    As you know, I have been unable to secure an entry on the 2012 edition of Dakar, despite feeling that physically I would be in a position to return to rally racing as soon as this coming January.

    However, what this does mean is I have a lot more time to prepare both myself and the bike for a more focused, and indeed hopefully sucessful return in January 2013.

    Obviously with route changes for this coming Dakar (end to end, Argentina - Chilie - Peru), who knows what the organisation have in store for us in 2013, but whatever, and indeed wherever, I intend to be there!

    Obviously there are a number of ADV inmates involved and entered for the 2012 edition, so I, along with many of you I'm sure, will be throwing our weight and support behind those fortunate souls...

    Over the winter period I shall be revamping the Jennydakar.com website, and in the spring of 2012 (once all the hoohaa of the 2012 Dakar has abated), I shall be launching my new campaign and revamped website, together with a range of tasty team merchandise, together with [hopefully!] some really cool products from my sponsors...

    In the meantime, have a little clock to remind you all!

    <iframe src="http://www.countdownr.com/external.html?logo=&amp;alert=&amp;time=2013_01_01_09_00&amp;title=Dakar%20Rally%202013%20starts%3A&amp;repeat=0&amp;url=&amp;background=transparent" frameborder="0" width="320" height="130" scrolling="no"><a href="http://www.countdownr.com">Countdownr</a></iframe>

    Toot toot for now!

    Jenny xx
  17. pebble35

    pebble35 Long timer

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    If this was Facebook I would be hitting the 'Like' button right now !

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  18. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    I've tried to post the clock to Facebook, but it won't work... also, for some reason, the title of the clock here says "countdown" for some reason, but on my website says "Dakar Rally 2013 starts:", even though the code is exactly the same?!

    Computers... love 'em.

    Either way [as we speak] there are 'only' 441 days to go!

    Better get my sh!t together eh?!

    Jx
  19. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Looking forward to seeing your prep for 2013, you write some of the best prep and build-up threads on ADV :clap

    So, did you give up on the idea of selling framed sections of the roadbook? You could raise some cash for the next Dakar run, even more if you signed each one.
  20. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Now, if she got Boundsy, Patsy, Clivey, Simony etc etc to sign them too :deal:freaky