Kiwi Safari Team to Dakar 2014

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  1. JayBo1

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    No sweat mate:deal. I have been asked the same question before so already have a sketch with the dimensions sitting right here:
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    So ... what's your cunning plan?
  2. JayBo1

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    Check it out - the competition! 9 entries to the Moto Dakar Challenge at the Australasian Safari. That's 8 people behind me:lol3.
    Dakar Challenge entries
    - One won't be a problem at all because Ryan (the 'merican) is borrowing my fuel jerries ... the ones that may or may not have sugar in them:lol3. (Will Oracle win the America's Cup?)
    - I kind of hope Shane Diener wins it because he either rides at the pointy end of Safaris or crashes BIG TIME. (Remember the year he crashed his Kwaka so hard after hitting a 'roo that he tore the frame in two!). I'd really rather he didn't crash big time this year, so here's hoping for you Shane:deal.
    - I certainly can't hope for anything bad to happen to Ben Young, being another ADVRider inmate, so hope you have a good ride mate ... just behind me that's all:lol3.
    - The others I don't think I've come across before, so we'll see how we all go. I'll try not to create too much dust for you all back there:evil:lol3.

    Ciao
    JayBo
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    Who is the American?
  4. JayBo1

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    Ryan Wallace (USA)

    (For those that can't be arsed to follow the previous link I provided:lol3)
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    Try and get the wife interested in cleaning your spokes and sprockets and you'll have loads of time on your hands! :rofl

    Seriously now, painting and clearcoating the spokes? :lol3
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    Im a dummy :D
  8. JayBo1

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    I'm very, very happy to announce that Monza Imports are going to be helping me out a bit with some cool riding gear:deal. Hopefully the new kit will arrive in time for the Safari, as it would be great to showcase it for them there and also give me a chance to break it in and get comfortable and recognised in it before the Dakar. So I should be resplendent in Fox 360 pants and shirts, Dianese body armour and nice shiny Alpinestar Tech 10 boots:clap. I'll get some photo's posted up as soon as the new kit arrives.

    I should have the bike running tomorrow:clap. It's starting to look great, but I can't wait for the new graphics kit to get done! More photo's coming:deal.

    Ciao
    JayBo
  9. JayBo1

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    It lives, it lives!:clap. I've almost completed the wiring connections but did enough to get it running. It sounds very crisp after the valve adjustment I did with less popping and banging and settling down to a nice idle. Very happy.

    Unfortunately it took me a long time because I had a slight earth issue with the indicator circuit. Sorted now but too late to get photo's. I'm also collecting a seat retaining clip from a mate this week, so the seat will sit properly. The Dzus fastener clip that is mounted on the frame was broken and I forgot about it. Now I have the seat back I remember I was supposed to replace the broken clip on the frame so the seat could attach. Then I'll get some photo's of it out there. I can however tell you that if the bike had a TV, fridge and stove on it I wouldn't need to come inside anymore! Very comfy! The shape is going to be brilliant for riding standing up, as it is quite a bit wider than standard at the front and rear and only slightly wider in the middle. While sitting the width will also help with better support over a wider area. I suspect it's going to be close to perfection.

    Another little task for me today was to fit the Carbon Fibre fairing, but that also hasn't gone completely to plan. I need to grind away a small section to clear the park light bulb holder. This was going okay with my cheap Chinese pencil grinder thing until the power supply decided it didn't want to play anymore. The output dropped from 6VDC to 2.4VDC and that wasn't enough to charge the battery pack the tool uses internally. So another little task got a little bigger. No worries though. If I don't get the pencil grinder sorted I'll simply remove the park light and silicon up the hole it'll leave in the headlight. Not my preference though.

    Ciao
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    Keep it up! Doing great work! Looking forward to seeing a rebuilt Rally at the Safari.

    Are you teaming up with Don?
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    G'day Antal.
    Thanks mate. I am taking a logistics package with Don and doing my own servicing. It might make the days a bit longer and be better preparation for the Dakar. If I can't do a week of cushy Safari days with a few oil & air filter changes and a few tyre changes then I have no hope of doing a Dakar day, let alone a whole bunch of them:deal. So Don will carry a bit of stuff for me (tyres, swag, bag of clothes, a few tools) and make sure I have fuel everywhere I need it and I'll ride, do my services and smile!

    Catch ya soon:freaky.
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    Developments!
    The final proof of the "Official Team Supporter" Tee Shirts is approved. I should have a bunch of shirts in my hot little hands in a week or two. Hopefully by then I'll have worked out how to deal with enabling people to buy them:deal. (Otherwise I just spent a lot of money buying myself bike polishing rags:lol3). So, without further ado ... here it is:

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    I'll post some photo's when the real things are here (assuming I get to try one on - I already have cash from buyers that have pre-ordered sight unseen!) if I can find a nice model:evil. (Oh yeah, I forgot to say they're $50 each, in one colour choice (Chestnut Brown) and a range of sizes from S to XXL).

    The other development for the day is that I have been told a very special piece of kit is being couriered to me tomorrow and should be here sometime next week. This will be worth watching for:evil. I'll absolutely post some photo's when it arrives.

    Catch ya soon.
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    It's a fast moving world now that things are getting closer to race start! Another new sponsor:clap. The mighty 450RFR will be breathing easy with a large complement of air filters from Funnel Web Filters:deal.
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    I have been supplied with 8 filters for the Safari, which will be used and then bagged for return so they can be dissected for study. I'll then be getting a bunch of them to see me through the Dakar:clap. A great Aussie product doing big things around the world!

    I'll have another announcement tomorrow.
    Ciao
    JayBo
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    John! Thanks for putting this dummy onto your thread, buddy! :thumb

    Excellent, excellent, excellent stuff man! :freaky

    I am keen to support in any little way I can, so count me in for the swag as well.

    As you may or may not have seen, our mine is just 20km from the bivouac at Uyuni, Bolivia, so be sure to have my cell No. just in case you happen to need help on a liaison somewhere. :deal

    Looks like the Safari will be a great place for you to simulate the Dakar experience per Christophe's recommendations.

    Keep this thread coming, cant wait for the next installment.

    Neil
  15. JayBo1

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    Hey Neil,
    I figured I would be in your neighbourhood in early January:deal. How's the new mine doing? Shame I won't have time for a quick look.
    I hear you on the idea of using Safari as Dakar prep. I'll be doing my own everything to push myself into longer days. Should keep things interesting. Being a F5rehoser in a couple of Dakars should also have helped:lol3. All those very late nights and very early mornings on top of cycling 65km to/from work and doing a full day in the office. I guess in January I'll be able to know the truth of which is harder to do:lol3.

    Anyway, on to the update for the day...
    I picked up my new Shoei helmet yesterday. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of it but it's a helmet ... you get the idea. (It's black and white to suit my new kit ... that's all I'll say until the rest of the kit arrives, hopefully later this week.

    The bike is now pretty much ready to go for the Safari. Just a final bit of wiring to do (pick up a power source for a gadget and run an earth to the nav tower so I'm not relying on the bolts through the aluminium brackets) and the graphics to go on. The graphics looks awesome, judging by the final proof sheet I have seen.

    Today I final fitted the new Carbon Fibre fairing and the Renazco Racing seat.
    Here's a few shots of the fairing:
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    ... and the seat:
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    Just in case there's any finnicky, observant people out there that know their 450RFR's, the mesh screen that's supposed to be in front of the oil cooler is now fitted. I had forgotten it, but fitted it when I noticed it wasn't on when I put the bike back in the shed.

    There will be some more exciting photo's later this week when the Aurora Rally Equipment gear arrives. Thenthe riders view from the cockpit will change a fair bit. Watch this space for a world first:deal!
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    She's a beaut, John. Excellent job!

    Do you have a link for the people who got the fairing done? Are those indicator lights I see built into the fairing as well? Also is there a link for the guys who made riding gear? I'll be keen to hear how you found the rally jacket they made.

    I'm looking forward to see the bike with all its decals.

    Yes I will be in SA during the Dakar, and there is a very strong possibility I will be in Bolivia in January when the rally comes through.

    BTW, you mentioned the risk of these bikes burning if grass gets in between the header exhaust and the bash plate, and you are quite right it is a risk if you're riding through a lot of bush/grass.

    Darryl Curtis made a great fix by installing some mesh over the holes allowing air though and into the base plate (this is where the grass gets in). I reckon that might be a cheaper fix than what you were planning?
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    JayBo,

    Very best of luck & Godspeed in your endeavors. Very inspirational thread,... I just read it complete this morning. Great group of thread followers too. The assylum is full of wonderfully talented people that are willing to share so much of themselves. PM me when ya get the shirts figured out,.... also will give the same offer as given rally Pan Am. I know space is limited but send me dimensions if you like(even if very small) of what you could stand as a care package,... would be glad to send a bit of encouragement your way even if it's a couple licky chewies (jerky, raisins & such).

    Thanks again for an encouraging step by step post. I've learned a lot & am subscribed at 5 Stars.:freaky

    Shout out:

    Stagehand,

    How's home? I grew up in the Kaatskill Mountains, Dad worked at the IBM Poughkeepsie plant for many years after Kingston closed.

    Take care folks,

    Sean:D
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    Hey Sean.
    Thanks for the comments. I'll definitely post up here when I get the Tee Shirt ordering process sorted. I hope to get the first batch on Monday.

    A package left Greece late on Thursday afternoon and was delivered to my semi-rural doorstep this afternoon:clap. I'm going out to the shed to play and maybe take some photo's to post up later:evil.

    Thanks Dimitri - looks awesome at first glance and I never expected such a comprehensive little manual booklet with it:freaky.
    Ciao for now.
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    Wait until you see the DvD Videos :evil

    A bit late to the party here but I have been following the thread since it started :D
    Appreciate the comments John, we have not sorted out the packaging yet, that is why you got it bubble wrapped but we will get there... :deal

    The bike looks as sweet as it gets and I am looking forward to see it with the graphics on :1drink
    Also, please put us down for a couple of these shirts, we have to get them. Australasian will be the world's first public appearance of Mk I and in such a tough race :deal We have to remember it :evil

    p.s. Data loggers left today. DvD with drivers and software is included, it will be interesting to see what kind of g's and temps you will encounter in the Australasian and in Dakar :deal
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    Hi Sean- How cool to meet (virtually) a hometown guy- It seems like I'm at the opposite corner of the world from everything, up here, and farily remote from the genreal life of the world. Sometimes it makes Perth feel like a cosmospolitan center! It goes well, though- still one of the prettiest places on earth.

    IM totally in for a shirt- did I mention that? WHat do I do, JAybo, just paypal you? JohhnyB@ SAfari dot Hey Ewe?