I Want To Do DAKAR (The Right Way)

Discussion in 'Racing' started by J Lewis, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Stagehand

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    Yes Doug, Admo Tours, here in Socal. I've rented bikes from them and their affiliates in four countries on four continents so far. I'd be shocked if Jimmy didn't know of them, but it seemd like a no-brainer to me. Don't know why they wouldn't be interested in this kind of thing. Riding with them on tuesday/wednesday this week, anybody want to go? :D
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  2. SurlyPete

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    Jimmy emailed me this link and I had to join up and subscribe. I had talked with Charlie about this some time back and really hope it can happen. I will be there!
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  3. J Lewis

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    Thanks for all the imput and ideas, and not surprisingly I have thought of most of it and understand the complications that go along with each idea. I have used bikes from Ad-Mo in the past and it was a bit difficult and priced above what guys would be willing to pay, at least it was for my general riding class.


    Manufacturers have no interest in this statesside.

    There is no money from sponsors even for guys who you may consider top riders either.

    I have a good way to partner the training with higher lever guys and average level guys, as well as "fun" or "fan" participants so it mixes for both needs. Just looking at dates and still poking around for bikes.

    Unfortunatily the bikes used for this get beat beyond what a most would consider acceptable for a loaner program. You know, "not my bike" mentality. But I'd make sure there was a credit card attached to it for sure...

    Dates and a schedule soon. I just have to get through this King of the Motos race I'm putting on...

    JIMMY
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  4. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Jimmy,

    Do you have ideas on how many days the training will be? I am starting to think it might make sense for me to drive out with my bike and make a longer vacation out of it. If the training is only a couple of days I would probably do some riding on my own. Or, even better if others taking the training want to spend a few extra days riding around the area that would be great.
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  5. skibum69

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    nice to hear some ideas are firming up in your head:thumb
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  6. J Lewis

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    Right now I'm thinking I want to make it 3 days in early May for the first class. Very similar to the way we teach our riding classes, I feel that hitting on the basics right from the start is the best way to get started, no matter the level of experience. That said, the more experienced can aid in helping the less experienced and even learn from it (I learn more from the questions I'm asked than anything else.) Doing this we can figure out where the beginning riders are at and at and see what the faster riders need to work on, as it will be sort of a practice run for them.

    Rally School Part 1

    Day 1:
    Half-day going over basics/Half-day on the bike doing a simple rally stage.

    Day 2:
    Short re-cap from issues day 1 / Longer stage on bikes broken up depending on skill level. Likely a Bivauc for the fun of it. Evening breakdown of days lessons.

    Day 3: Short stage to lunch break/ Discussion about lessons/ Finish stage.

    My target dates as of now would be May 1,2,3 or 7,8,9 which is very near the Las Vegas final of the SX series and the first round of the Endurocross series as I will have to be at those events.

    I still have not located any bike rentals and will have to wait for Dakar to finish to learn more about bike preperation for those really serious about having a bike set up following the classes. I have a very different aproach than most in regards to this as I feel that going on a very standard bike is the best way to do this but the 450cc rule is a little difficult for this process. I look at what Johnny Campbell (Honda XR650) did in 2001 and how Cyril Despres did the Dakar in 2000 (Honda XR400) as a very encouraging way to do the rally for your first time (or at least the first proper time.)

    Cost is still TBD but the first round will not be that expensive when you consider the lessons you will learn.

    JIMMY
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  7. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    I hope to still be able to work this in but looks like this might conflict with the Mexican 1000 which I am already entered in. Might have to see about just taking a longer vacation and do the Mexican 1000 and the training on the same trip (if you do the 7,8,9).
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  8. Seth S

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    Good chance I am going to sell my Safari prepped 690 this spring. :deal
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  9. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    The buyer just needs to go to Australia to get it :lol3

    Just messing with you Seth, hope you were able to get it back into the country.
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  10. Seth S

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    Nope. Should be back in the USA in about a week and should arrive back in Vermont just about the time I need to depart for South Carolina.
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  11. skibum69

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    with any luck my Dakar '08 prepped bike will be running in a "rally lite" sort of setup, don't know if I'll have the beans to ship though?
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  12. Stagehand

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    A couple of buddies of mine from around here ship their bikes ona slow boat (big rig, ground speed) to southern cal area. I think that particular ship has sailed this time, it usually goes early Jan and I'm not sure of the return date, but the cost was really minimal (couple hundred round trip.) Wish we could figure out a charter rig that could start on the east coast and maybe pick up bikes along the way, then fly out and meet it, and then re-deliver.
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  13. wrk2surf

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    Jimmy those dates are near both the Mexican 1000 and the Silverstate 300
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  14. skibum69

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    I have a trucking company contact in Ontario that runs various routes US/Can for fairly reasonable rates, I can check for you?
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  15. Stagehand

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    Thanks man, don't go out of your way... I'll ask my friend, too.. I'm almost back in the real world :D
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  16. skibum69

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    yeah I'm still across the pond too until the 25th. The guy I know does all the bike shipping for the Canadian MX series so knows that game well; tough to get them out of here however...I should look at some other options? Plus I'm looking at doing a little light touring on it to a couple of recreational (read beer drinking) rallies too:lol3
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  17. PackMule

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    Do you have Tod's bike?
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  18. skibum69

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    yeah, it's mine-nice build
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  19. J Lewis

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    I have not forgot about this, just been too busy to select the dates, but I will soon... Save your vacation days!
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  20. Wild Man

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    Thanks Jimmy! Glad to hear it's still on the table.
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