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Discussion in 'Racing' started by Pyndon, Mar 30, 2012.
Will you use Sardegna as shakedown for the 450RR or ride an enduro bike as most pros do?
The calendar and more details will all be revealed in the coming weeks, just as soon as the web-site is up and running. But the answer in the meantime is yes, I will race the 450RR at Sardegna. Sure, an enduro bike with a lighter chassis and a little more agile would be better for the more technical terrain of Sardinia however, it will not build my experience on the 450RR.
The Baja 1000 in 2007 would have been much easier on a 450 than the 950 bike we chose, but would I have been as good of a rider on a big bike today if I always made that choice, to go for the smaller bike every time I went riding.....certainly not. For me, time on the bigger / heavier 450 is crucial to get me in the best possible place for Dakar. Sardinia is all about the experience, particularly to get my road book skills up to speed and get some long hard days on the RR. I'm not interested in a result, there are too many other important things to work on than worrying about my seeding.
Incidentally, I will be running the 450 in Rally Lite trim for Sardegna, loosing weight and size from the bike. Sure I will run the suspension softer due to that but I have plans for riding the bike fully laden later in the year to get the suspension where it needs to be for Dakar. All part of the plan.
Enjoy the prep, enjoy the start line then focus on nothing but finishing. Stoked for ya.
Thanks again for all the 950 wisdom over the years....when and where do we buy into a support package
It's coming.....shortly. Keep your eyes on LyndonPoskittRacing.com
Busy working on things right now while preparing for Sardinia too.
Oh man, here we go again!! After your team took on the Baja 1000 back in 2007, I was forced to purchase a 950, after reading and following the exceptional write up. Now DAKAR for Pyndon in 2013 right after Ned in 2012. Sounds like I'll be forced to pick up some kind of rally bike after DAKAR 2013. I'm locked in and looking forward to all the info. Web site added to the favorites and ready to support. Thanks and good luck.
You know, it never ceases to amaze me how the Adventure Riding community comes together at times of need.
So, there I am, pondering over the ERTF web-site pulling together a list of all the equipment and spares I need for the rally bike this season. ICO's, switches, Cap Repeater, wiring harnesses, antennas, buzzers, flashers, GPS bracket, sentinel brackets, more antennas etc. etc.........the list goes on! (Pulling hair out!)
Pulling together the left hand side of the spreadsheet was easy, it's just a list of stuff, no worries. Pulling together the right hand side was just as easy, just a list of prices, again no worries. Summing the lot together and realising there is a bill of over £2000, now that was not going to be so easy to pull together!
Pondering, talking to folk, pondering some more, thinking about making the order, pondering some more and then making some more calls. Then, out of the blue, 1 had talked to 2, 2 had talked to 3, 3 had talked to 4 and 4 was now talking to me! So I'm on the phone with inmate RickA and we're talking Nav Gear. Next comes the following sentence......
"I have a couple of rally bikes Lyndon, complete with nav gear and everything you need, come down and rip-off whatever you need fella, your need is much bigger than mine!"
I had to bang my head, did I hear him correct. Just to confirm Rick, "your inviting Pyndon down to your workshop to take what bits he needs from your rally bikes? Do you know what you've let yourself in for?"
Rick - "Sure see you tonight".
So meet Rick........(first picture I found using Google, seems about right )
Now meet box of Nav Gear and spares for the Rally Bike.......YEEEEE HAAAWWWWW
Christmas time, nav gear and wires!
Set for the year, just need to figure out what's missing, what brackets have changed for 2012/2013 and what works and what doesn't.
Oh yeah, and figure out how the heck to get it all on the bike in a neat, tidy, labelled and easy to fault find way.......where do I start?
Huge thanks Rick - top fella I'm sure I'll be down to rob a few more bits before the year is out - you did offer
Now, big question, is there anyone in the health industry that can get me an ECG and Echo Cardiogram done for my FIM International Licence? I need it doing fast and on the cheap. Maybe there is a doctor out there that is willing to stay behind after hours in exchange for some swag or a few beers?
I preferably need it doing in the UK but could travel within reason. Now let's see how the powerful the network is! If you don't ask, you don't get right?
Awesome! Way to go Rick! And what, no free ECGs in the UK? I just have to walk down the street to the lab to get mine. Never paid a nickel, and I get them done every year for work.
Just go in to the ER and tell them your heart beat has been feeling strange............they will hook you up straight away. J/K
Anyway this is too cool, subscribed waiting to send you some $$$$$ for support, will keep an eye on the website.
We'll even trow in a mammography for maximum amount of radiation.
Fancy a trip?
Great news on all the nav gear Lyndon! - that is a huge expense saved!
As for the ECG etc. As I understand it, you have to have the basic medical done at your GP anyway, and they should be able to refer you to a hospital who can do the treadmill thing (it has to be done privately of course) - I went to a hospital in Wrexham - not a million miles from you... give me a shout if you want the contact details and I'l fish them out... as I recall, the cost is around £250 - not cheap, but not as expensive as some... ultimately what you need is the official printout to send in with your licence application.
Hmmmm, Balkan, MN? That's a bit of a hike, I fear the air fare maybe more than the cost of the Echo in the UK.
Would love a trip though, especially if it involves riding?!?
I'm in MNE, Podgorica.
Unfortunately, it's very expensive by air.
About 2500km from London. One way.
Anyone got air miles
Many thanks to Rick for the nav gear! Great guy!
That's awesome, and you got the new CAP repeater that also has an auto-calibrating odometer in it- good piece of kit!
The website's looking mighty fine up to now
Wouldnt Miss it!!! Between you and Ned its so great to be able to live vicariously through you guys- we appreciate you. I plan to donate to the cause....
So, what's been going on?
Well, I have been trying to get the web-site populated and up on the web and get my bike ready for Sardinia while at the same time preparing for three upcoming Enduro's in a row (more than anticipated) and having a full-time job. That said, nobody said it was going to be a walk in the park!
Nonetheless, the web-site is up and running now and I ask you to join me and my Blue Print for the Dakar Rally 2013! Here it is www.lyndonposkittracing.com
The support packages are 90% decided upon and will all be revealed in the coming week or so. I think my supporters will like what's in them, I've been working hard to get a good spread of product that suits anybody whether your a biker or not. If you want cool swag, keep your eye on my web-site.
Have a look around the web-site, make suggestions, add to your favourites etc. I have a ton of stuff still to go on the site, not to mention the support packages. I have blogs to catch up on but will get there.
Dakar dossier is done, entry is prepared, details of which will be revealed shortly through my Blog. Another big check needs writing now :eek1 This just makes me realise how quickly I need to get the support packages going
You can follow me on Facebook (Lyndon Poskitt Racing) and Twitter (Lyndon Poskitt) although at the moment my time is fully populated with work and web-site, I'll catch up with those soon enough or maybe even get them automated / linked to my blog?
Right now, I'm on the Dyno with the Rally bike again on Friday to get a range of settings sorted for the year so I'm sorting jets, needles and diaphragms for the occasion. Racing North of England Enduro Championship round 1 this weekend so looking forward to that.
Enjoy and please keep your eyes peeled for swag. I promise not to leave it this long next time.
I was curious, how does the KTM support work? You pay a fee and then they provide all parts and labor as well or just parts? Do you get to use their pits, tools, etc? Will they provide a new engine for the mid race engine change allowed? With the year old bike, does some of this become an issue as I figure they change things or do they provide all parts for a few year models? Its really cool to think you would have factory backing of some sort (albeit at a price).