I came across the Dark (an energy drink) Dog Moto-Tour Rally one evening while wasting time watching you-tube videos. This was everything I could imagine having in a road event. 3200 k. of tiny back roads with 220 other characters over 7 days, 2-3 special stages per day, amazing scenery. That and I'm an unrepentant Francophile. I was hooked. That's it, I'm doing it! My first step was to start doing some track days to get used to some high speed stuff. I mean let's face it, living in the northern NYC area has limited possibilities especially if you don't want to be spending on towing and lawyers! Everything was going pretty well. By the third track day I was feeling pretty good. There was just one problem. The stock pegs are too low on my Ducati S4. I was dragging them in more and more places. Long story short I lost the rear, the bike high sided and was completely demolished.:huh I had no idea it was possible to do that much damage without hitting anything. Hmm..... not much time left here to start setting up another bike up in time. I changed tack and started looking around for a fully prepped bike I could rent in France. Found a dealer that had entered a trio of MV Brutales the previous year. We started negotiating. Doing business in France is a curious experience. There's always delays of all sorts, most of which seem to revolve around the quality of life they adhere to. Eh, Vive la Difference, but I'll pass. It was getting too close to D-Day for negotiations to proceed at their pace. Back to plan A. I found another Monster S4 an hour from me for a decent price and guess what? It had rear sets! Nice. So I set about swapping all the goodies off the wreck. The Ohlins forks were bent so off they went to California to be rebuilt. There is quite a lot of preparation that goes into conforming to specs of the event. Everything has to be safety wired, catch tanks for breathers, etc. 100 HP is the max allowed in France which is just about what the S4 puts out at the wheel. Lighting is a big deal. The stock headlamp is pretty bad. I decided to use a Harley LED light. They are made by J.W. Speaker and they also sell a really nice bucket for it. I added some LED fog lamps when it became apparent that the beam pattern was not so good when leaned way over. I mean after all, who's leaning a Harley over that far? Then it was on to making brackets to hold the navigation equipment. I went with an ICO Rallye and a Trail-Tech to take the place of the original gauges and found an MD Roadbook holder on Ebay in germany. DHL from Germany = anxiously slow. The Horrible switch it came with had to go. Where do you buy sheets of aluminum, how thick should they be. Details, details. Is all this stuff gonna fit? How much time is left? Not much! Shake down run. Just had to paint the aluminum black so it wouldn't blind me. Check out the roadbook thumb switch...... It all worked like a charm.