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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Geek, Sep 30, 2009.
Trying our best to have some fun.
We wanted some snow to give the trail some grip.
Uhg. Volksaru must know when is the most inopportune time to break. Today while driving around in the snow my exhaust suddenly got much louder.
The section i thought i had fixed (and fixed permanently with another exhaust hanger, it was pretty solid) had broken clean through.
I now get the pleasure of doing exhaust system welding and repair in a foot of snow outdoors
I did get to look at my big bread loaf shaped soon-to-be-secret today though. Pretty excited about that, i think the volksaru picked up on that
2011 Dakar News
On Tuesday morning, the organizers of the Personal Argentina Chile Dakar announced the details of the 2011 edition, the third in South America, which will be run from Jan. 1st through the 16.
In 2011, the Dakar route takes the competitors to the extreme northern regions of Argentina and Chile, to the Bolivian and Peru borders, just until the rest day at Arica, before heading back towards Buenos Aires.
The design of the Dakar route, consisting of 9000kms of roads, tracks and dunes, including nearly 5000 of competition, was done with the idea of saving the more difficult stages for the second half of the event to maintain maximum suspense and create a crescendo of difficulty. The competitors and teams are in for an extreme endurance challenge.
Veterans and novices are now ready for the adventure with 430 vehicles expected to line-up at the start of the 32nd edition of the Dakar, which is a near 20-percent increase from 2010.
Beyond the numbers, another accomplishment has already been achieved with the finalization of a plan to intensify the competition: the elite in the motorcycle division will compete on bikes with engine capacities inferior to 450ccs.
This major change has sparked the interest of manufacturers who have entered strong line-ups in the battle for victory.
KTM is back with Cyril Despres and Marc Coma, who have combined to win the last five Dakars, and now will race with equal power against Aprilia (Lopez, Duclos...), BMW (Frétigné, Verhoeven...),Yamaha (Viladoms, Rodrigues...), Sherco (Casteu), Honda (Bethys,
Pisano...) as well as Beta (Boano).
Before heading into competition, the vehicles of the European competitors will first head to Le Havre on Nov. 24 and 25. From there they will cross the Atlantic and head to Buenos Aires. Technical and administrative verifications will be conducted on Dec. 30 and 31.
I can't wait to get back to our place in NM for the winter..... No stop signs, lights, traffic,bugs on the shield. Those great sunsets and mountain views just different terrain from MI altogether. And warm again like May....and sun every day. Good salsa and chiles again. No rude clerks like the Midwest. People who will help you if you break down on a roadside,not think you are some serial killer.I love NM...
Just a little something for my rockies friends now that it's getting cold...
Go get a set of these:
Tusk bar mitts, $15 from Rocky Mountain MC. I've considered using something like this for a long time and just got around to getting some. Now I can't believe I waited so long. These combined with grip heaters allow me to wear thin gloves in cold weather and have toasty hands. I was amazed at the difference they make. For $15, it's a no-brainer.
Looks like Blake's bike is getting all tarted up.
I just wear my snowmobile gloves
Kinda wanna put the high-output grip warmers on my sled, probably move the ones on my sled now to the bike if I do that.
Ordered a pair, thanks.
Are they pretty easy to take on and off to switch from one bike to the other?
They're too small to work with my HDB gaurds. (plus the HDB mirrors don't work with them).
Super easy to mount, but I had to make holes for the mirrors. The hardest part about moving them from bike to bike would be dealing with mirrors. Otherwise it should only take a minute.
I'm surprised they wouldn't fit over the guards. Fit over my Acerbis guards with room to spare. In fact, I wonder if they'd hold their shape without handguards.
You could probably poke a hole in the ends for the mirrors.
what is this guy doing?
You dont need a helmet surfing, you know.
Trying to sit on his bike...he's doing it wrong!
If my bike sits like that...a superfund site appears due to the massive amount of gas coming out.
He's stopping for lunch. Duh.
OH man Toddler's got a great ride report coming when he gets back...I can't believe I gave up some bucks for future sledding to miss this!
Well frack. My washing machine just stopped working.
Is there anyone here that deals in this type of stuff to either repair or replace.
It's a holiday, my next day off is next Thursday, I have dirty laundry.
I am in panic mode here.