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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by JayBo1, Mar 21, 2013.
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From inmate Sylvia,
I'm happy with 32nd for the prologue. It was a tight little circuit and I didn't push at all. Nice to be "back in the office". I feel so at home on this bike. I can't wait for tomorrow and the true open "rally roads" that come with it.
The first stage tomorrow is another short stage at around 25kms, including a couple of beach sections. I don't expect much from that. The second stage looks good for me with lots of fast rally roads, The third stage starts pretty tight and rough, with a section of deep soft river bed sand, but then opens up for a good 100 or so km's. I will have a smile on my dial most of tomrrow I'm sure.
Take a very close look at the bottom of my fork legs and see how I was a bit lucky today:eek1. I need my Service Crew here ... Topo!
WOW - what an awesome looking bike, makes my knees go all weak just looking at it, but that's not hard..... they're both poked
The bike is looking absolutely awesome!
I reckon those orange handguards fit in well now with the orange jacket and boots.
Go go go!
After 3 safari's this sitting at home while "my guy" is out there is torture. will definately have the full team next time i think.
After an easy prolog it's time to ramp things up
Not good news from Jaybo on FB.
I crash tested the Aurora Mark1 road book for you Dimitris Lassithiotakis. It survived perfect. Not so much my ankle and right hand. I'm in the medical tent with ice on both waiting for the Orthopaedic Dr to come in from out on stage. Almost certain I have a fracture in both. The Dr will get X-rays done and then we'll discuss the options - strapping and ice every day until finished, then get them fixed or pull out if the fractures are such that they need to be fixed immediately.
A great shame as I really enjoyed SS2, despite losing my rear brake lever 40kma in. The first 40kms of SS3 was great, and then I cruised through the trials section. Then I has some navigation issues and missed some turns, losing some time.
Hang in there bro.
From John's FB
''Lower leg in plaster - fractured something or other. No weight bearing so crutches too. Fractured 3rd Metacarpal of right hand. No ride for me''
I did not think you would go to this extent to test the equipment Get well really really soon bro !
Gutted for you John. Heal up fast brother.
Dimitri: That road book looks really REALLY awesome.
Hope you have a speedy recovery.
Just catching up on the YouTube footage...
Hey everyone. Well, I guess I'd better put the story together for everyone. This might be done in a few instalments, as I can't type for too long before the pain in my hand gets a bit much sitting here at the computer. (I think I could ride, but not type - silly huh!:huh)
So I'll start at the beginning, albeit without my roadbook scrolls to refer to for memory joggers, as that's still in the Aurora Mark1 roadbook unit on the bike.
So it was Thursday morning and I was actually running slightly ahead of time for heading up to the Wanneroo Showgrounds, some 60kms North of my home. I had the trailer fully loaded the night before and only had to throw a few things together in the morning to be underway. I'd been up late the night before trying on my new riding gear and trying to see what worked and what didn't. Trying to get new body armour to work with new Fox 360 shirts and pants and my old Leatt neck brace took several attempts. I got it sorted in the end but realised I was going to miss Ben (Topo) when getting kitted up i the mornings - no, not for rubbing stuff down there, for lifting the jacket with drink bladder inside it into place over the neck brace. I really must thank Monza Imports for helping me out with the flash new gear. My general theme for the bike is "black and white with a splash of orange", and the colours of the new gear works a treat.
My first port of call was in to see Brock and the team at Causeway KTM & Ducati to get the security tag removed from one of the pairs of Fox gloves that accidentally got missed on Wednesday. Brock had mentioned he was keen to see the bike in the flesh, so I suspect he left it on purpose so I'd have to pass by the shop on my way to Wanneroo. Things started to look bad when I couldn't find the key to unlock the back door of the trailer:eek1. I rang home and got the wife to check the driveway in case they'd been dropped there, but to no avail. Then the guy in the next door shop said he lived 10 minutes away and could bring back a grinder. Just as e was about to leave, both Brock and him pointed at a non-descript white van that pulled into the shop carpark and both said "maybe he can help" as they both pointed at the van. Turns out the customer is a locksmith. In about 10 seconds he had the padlocks open to my $50k keyless dirtbike:eek1!!! I later found the keys in the trailer. So, the trip continued to Wanneroo for the scrutineering slot at 12:10pm.
I got to the show grounds without drama and plenty early. The first face to bump into just happened to be ADV's own photographer extraordinaire - "Sylvia" (Ross) and he wasted no time in recruiting me for a photo session.
After that I lined up for scrutineering. I had to wait for ages (I can't complain because I pushed in early) and just as they got to my bike I got called to a photo shoot for the Dakar Challenge - with my bike. Got to shake hands with a couple of the "competition", including inmate Ryan from the USA. Returning from that I waited in line again for scrutineering. Finally got through that with no issues (they even went through every single item in my first aid kit and tried to pull me up for not having "an energy bar", to which I responded by showing them in the Supp Reg's that it states the energy bar is "recommended but not compulsory". I had checked the Reg's when I overheard them ask a few previous competitors the same thing.
Time for a break now. Till a bit later.
JayBo "Crashed Kiwi!"
Bad luck John, hope you heal up quickly
Does this mean it is my turn next?
Richard (from WC)
Damn, sorry to hear about your misfortune. Hope you heal well. Was really looking forward to following your progress.
It's a bit like Dakar where you get a stamp for a neck brace but don't have to use one.
What you talkin' 'bout Willis?
After seeing your damages on your hand and leg, how is your bike looking after the crash ?
Looks like Stage 3 hurt a few people...
My initial thoughts that the road book is a little different this year seem to be holding up. I got caught out by a bunch of circumstances, so I'm not looking to lay blame on anything specific, but one of those was the road book caution.
The road books used to distinguish between "ruts across road" and "ruts along road" whereas this year they're all just ruts. Then what caught me out was after 5 or 6 single cautions marked as "Rough" I crashed in a single caution "rough" that should have been a "ruts along road". Maybe doesn't make a big difference in a car, but is significant on a bike. I'm guessing the road book setting was done by a car driver. Not sure why "RaR" and "RxR" have been dropped, but I'll ask the question when it's all over and things have settled down in Safari HQ.