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Discussion in 'Racing' started by neduro, Feb 10, 2013.
That's why I almost never ask
Shirt ordered, looking forward to following along
Which is where the wine comes in.
Jeez, I hope my shirt works better than all of yours.
When I get it, I'll let you know.
Or maybe I won't.
This is going to be fun !
Hey Ned, would you ship to Argentina? that t-shirt looks great!
Unless I tell her she gets to sleep with Ned.
But that means the shirt is actually getting HER laid!
But I do get a cool new t-shirt....
So you're saying there's a chance.
I'm happy to ship anywhere in the world.
But, USPS has just raised their priority flat rates (how we ship) by a crazy amount- almost a 50% increase in some cases- so our international shipping charges had to go up to cover it.
$25 seems ridiculously expensive to me for international shipping, but actual charges range from $21-27 so we are only covering the actual cost. If there were another service to use, I would, but DHL etc are at least as expensive and first class is unreliable and slow.
How about bring a case of wine to the rally for some testing. See you in Tunisia
Awesome! Great looking shirt.
In for the shirt.
Yeah, what he said. I guess I'll have to live with just the T-shirt. Have a great rally.
Now that's an idea, I will even volunteer to help with Wes with the testing.
See you guys in the desert!
In for a shirt!!
You guys are the best!
Look forward to meeting so many of you.
Ned, out of curiosity, when will you ship the shirts? I didn't see it mentioned. I'd like to wear it for good luck when I go for new treatments. I want some of your golden touch to rub off on me.
I ordered a bunch that will be done next week, I think, yours will be among them because anything I can do to send good luck your way for the treatment must happen!
Anyone that wasn't covered by the quantities I ordered right away, will ship as soon as we get back. I'll close orders and have Duke finish out everything anyone needs.
Sending strength, Jim!
Thanks Ned. Your 2012 Dakar performance got me through the first surgery.
For those who followed my Dakar story last year, you'll recall that I loved the bike overall, but really wanted more power.
The strengths of the package I took- comfortable ergonomics, simplicity, reliable, familiar, and low budget (relatively!) were things I didn't want to let go of... but let me restate how much I really wanted more power. I sold the Dakar bike to a collector (it now lives in a garage with 3 desmosedicis!), and wanted to find something to fill that slot in the garage.
A great deal came along on a 505XCF (with a 2moto kit!) and my mind started running. Here would be a bike that I could fit the RMK on for trips to Nevada and Utah, that would also be a kick-ass new sport for winter. On a whim, I bought it.
As an aside, here's the 2moto kit in action, on my XCW (since the XCF had already shipped):
It's awesome fun but I hate the cold. If you're interested in it, drop me a PM, it's for sale and I'll make you a great deal.
Back to rally stuff: For those who aren't familiar with the XCF, it shares a similar frame to the XCW, but that's about it. The motor is an oversquare twincam derived from the SX-F (a very similar architecture to the 450 Rally engine), and the racing lineage comes through loud and clear. On most dynos, they make at least 10hp more than the XCW does, but even more, the way they make power leaves no question that the intent is winning motocross races, not threading tricky singletrack somewhere. It is one step away from violent.
This one has a big stator and heavy flywheel, which make it much more pleasant to trailride, but after using it this summer on the high skinny stuff, it was clear to me that its home was in the desert. So, I loaned it to Pyndon when he visited, made him jet it (which he did perfectly!) and then chased him around on the toughest trails I could find doing my best to torture him. If it were someone else, it would have been mean, but he was going to Dakar, so it was training. Here he is in Idaho:
When the call came to go to Tunisia, I knew what bike I was going to build.