I Want To Do DAKAR (The Right Way)

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

  1. J Lewis

    J Lewis Numb Nuts

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    Jason,

    It is 100% on. You will be trained.

    I'm pretty sure some others have comitted as well, I will check with Heather on the actual sign ups recieved.
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    jealous!:cry
  3. Erndog

    Erndog dirt relocation service

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    Wow! Great idea Jimmy! I wish I could attend. Seriously would consider attending if you do this again latter this year or next year. Gotta finish the XRR duallyism first... :)
  4. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    I've been smelling hot gear oil and finally located the culprit. The input seal on the Adventure is leaking. :baldy
    This one was installed back at 97,000 miles. Now, at 181,000 it's time for another. I'll be checking the bearings as long as I'm there.
    This means the money I was going to use to buy tires goes to buy transmission parts. Maybe a clutch as long as I'm in there as it is the same age as the seal.
    Oh, well another time.:cry
  5. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Just thought I'd throw it out here that I have a full MECA Systems rally kit with only 10 days of riding and no racing on it from my 525 if anyone is looking to build up a Dakar style rally bike, obviously it won't go for the Dakar but a 525 or 530 is doable for any other rally out there. PM me if you want more info.
  6. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    You're not doing rally anymore?? :huh
  7. J Lewis

    J Lewis Numb Nuts

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    Guys,

    We have set the final day to be signed up for the Rally Training.

    Class is May 7,8,9

    Final sign up day: April 22nd.

    Here is a link to the registration form: FORM

    If you have any specific questions about the class, feel free to ask them here but most are answered above.

    JIMMY
  8. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    hopefully I'll have $$ again oneday, in the meantime I'm turning the 525 into something I can ride every day in our rocks:D
  9. J Lewis

    J Lewis Numb Nuts

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    There were a lot of guys wanting to do a "fun" portion of this class. I have not had any sign ups for this and if there are any guys still considering this, I'll need to know pretty soon as it will involve as much preparation as the regular class.
  10. J Lewis

    J Lewis Numb Nuts

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    To make this even better, Johnny Campbell, the Navigator for Robby Gordon this year and a Dakar finisher in 2001 in his first try (8th place on a stock Honda XR650) will be out to help instruct in this class.

    You could not learn more about rally navigation (in english) in one place at one time.

    Sign up quick, we're cutting it off soon.

    JIMMY
  11. pdxmarcus

    pdxmarcus Adventurer

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    Jimmy-
    FWIW I just stumbled across this thread today(wher've I been?) and would be very excited to attend a class like this in the future. Good luck!
  12. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    This advice is spot-on in my opinion.

    In addition, if you get off the route, you won't have any insight to the hazards that are coming. More than a few folks didn't finish this year when a navigation mistake compounded with trusting the roadbook to predict hazards, led to a big crash.
  13. Stagehand

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    Having fun :D


    Got lost! Got found again.

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    Vector Odo and electric road book switch stopped working about ten minutes into it. Is this how it works in the race? :lol2
  14. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    wow you got to ride with Dave Kamo and Colton plus Pilo!! right on!
  15. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    I feel bad for the guy on the left who has no bike and is running around the desert in full gear :wink:
  16. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    That's probably part of Jimmy's "In case of mid-stage breakdown in desert... never leave your bike"... orientation 101 course. :D





    "NOW DROP... and gimme 20 recruit...!!!" :mulie
  17. skibum69

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    uh yes, that's pretty common especially when you crash a lot:lol3


  18. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    No, in Mexico my roadbook switch lasted for at least 3 hours before it fell off! :lol3
  19. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Well this is a SHIT TON of fun. Riding all damn day. Fixing shit when we get back. Making our own roadbooks. Relating the real word to Scott's map making head. More riding. Hot. Good dinner with new friends. Riding with awesome guys.

    Too much fun.

    I heart road books now, have movie coming up. Have pics, too if I can get the damn camera to upload.

    FUN.


    Fixing:

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    Fixing a flat on the road:
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    Schedule: (we had done Monday, already)

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    Lakebed compass drills

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    Some guy having fun:

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  20. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Must have done the "F" route on Monday? How did you like the "squares". Anyone forget which 90 degree turn they were at and get lost in there? How about that very short little HP dune section? Not too bad, but a bit soft in there!

    The C loop has that huge wash crossing where the roadbook just says "find your way to that road you see way over on the other side". Of course it's a straight off cliff getting down into the wash, so you have to get creative there!

    The E-A loop has the mini Grand Canyon where you ride along the rim. Overall that's a pretty high-speed route, but there's a few little "gatchas" thrown in to screw you up.

    Then today the rock tunnel going up the wash on the D loop is super cool! The B loop is my favorite because it has all kinds of tough terrain and tough navigation. There's the sand washes with invisible exit points, the rabbit trail, and some good sort of HP stuff.

    Would love to hear more about how it's going!

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