Rally Albania 2017

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  1. nastyroxinc

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    I've just entered Serres. Managed to get an MD roadbook holder and an ICO for a good price too last week...
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  2. nastyroxinc

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    Hey Choutos, how did Rally Albania go?
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  3. choutos

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    I had to cancel my participation, due to the relocation I didn't have enough holidays for the rally :_(.
    How was your experience in the Serres?
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  4. nastyroxinc

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    Serres starts end of August. Had a good two days Roadbook training last weekend though...
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  5. choutos

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    Enjoy the Serres then! Nervous?
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  6. MadM

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    So, anyone done this years event? With assistance or without? Please share your experiences, for us that are dreaming of attending :D
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  7. choutos

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    Hey MadM, it was in my plans but I couldn't do it. I don't know anyone who attended... but yes if someone participated in 2017 please show yourself and share your experiences!

    If you are interested I will try again in 2018, hopefully nastyroxinc or moep can join too and we can have a decent "team" to share some costs. What do you think?
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  8. MadM

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    Its a great idea. I have been looking at pro assistance teams, but that is way too expensive for my budget :'( I just need to find a good balance between work, getting an engineering degree and riding/rally but I think it could be done.
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  9. choutos

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    Where there is a will, there is a way.
    The basic is get the bikes there and have someone to fix and take care of them... So we need a mechanic with a van! :D

    What bike are you riding MadM? EXC450? Any upgrade in mind to increase fuel range?
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  10. MadM

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    We need someone that can pitch the tents and cook, I can do the wrenching on my bike alone :hide

    I have a 06 EXC450, the old RFS engiend one. My plan for the winter is:
    - Suspension rebuild
    - Engine check
    - Sorting out proper jetting
    - Changing all the bearings, steering, wheel,...
    - 13l MXC tank
    - 4l rear nomad tank if tests show that 13l is not enough
    - HDB Rally Pro nav tower
    - F2R&ICO nav equipment, still looking for some used stuff

    That is basically it as far as the bike goes. I need to hit a gym from time to time to get my endurance and strength up, my arms are the weakest point at the moment :D
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  11. choutos

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    I certainly will need some help with the mechanics if something goes wrong. You are going the rich way! I am a cheap bastard so my plan is:

    - Desert Fox 5L fuel bladder.
    - Try to set a Bicycle computer (VDO M3.1) as tripmaster; Trail Tech Vapor if the solution is not good enough.
    - Probably F2R Roadbook, I will spend the money here as I've already sold my manual RB holder (I think it is important to keep both hands on the handlebar in this rally).
    - Cheap homemade bracket to hold all the instruments.

    I would like to fit mousses but the bill is already too high.
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  12. MadM

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    Well it is not that I am going the rich way. I have been dreaming of his kind of a rally for last 5 or 6 years and been slowly gathering stuff for the last 2 years, also all the stuff I bought was used and I refurbished it. My budget is also quite limited, but I am thorough with prepping my bikes.
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  13. choutos

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    I was just joking, I wish money was not an issue and we could just buy a rally replica "ready to race" :). And perhaps yours is the correct approach, buy quality to avoid buying twice.
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  14. MadM

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    No problems, mate :-) Its hard for me to type and add smiles in the text while on my phone :cob :D

    Reached another milestone today. Finally got the paperwork and MOT sorted so I could plate my bike at my place since I imported it. :clap
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  15. choutos

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    I still have to do the same with my two bikes... I will probably import the Tenere, but not so sure about the AJP. The Austrian plates are bigger than the Spanish ones for Enduro bikes and I like to keep the small plate.

    About the rally... I convinced a friend to come and support me during the rally, he is a mechanical engineer so the bike will be in good hands.
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  16. MadM

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    :hide
    That is good to hear! I am still on the fence about doing it in 2018 or should I wait untill 2019 :hide
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