The 650 Dakar Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by underwaterguru, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. Barnman

    Barnman Been here awhile

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    I bet that takes a lot of concentration if its like that for any distance, it would be really easy to relax and find your self on the floor
  2. WayneC

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    Ah, come in spinner there Barnman, that "surface" varies from hard packed to 12" or more of deep fine silt, you keep your eyes glued looking for the change in color and keep the load off the front end. It has been the demise of many GS's but it is fun skipping over the top until you see the Roo or big Bull coming.
  3. KG6BWS

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    Yeah, i like to get offroad whenever I can but its kind of more a means to an end. If Ive got somewhere with a cool view/historic site/just plain neat shit to see, I dont care whether its paved or dirt. Never really did go offroad just for the sake of going offroad. Went on a ride with a frew friends once who were like that. They were out simply to dirt ride, passing all kinds of neat views. Fun day but not really my cup of tea.
  4. Damian_74

    Damian_74 Been here awhile

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    Barnman - You forgot to mention the dust!

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    But - if you can be the first when the road re-opens after the wet...................1000km's of heven..........

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  5. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Or end up like my friend did :lol3

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    Top-middle of Australia is fairly.....umm....well, I'd hate to say boring, so let's just say it's nice to have an IMO computer with 12 pages of riding data and a remote on the handlebars...

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  6. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    The top end of Norway by comparison :D

    A bit up

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    A bit across

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    And a bit down to the Barents sea /Arctic ocean

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  7. Barnman

    Barnman Been here awhile

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    Looks like some awesome roads in Aussie - Would love to do them one day

    I have a bit of sand experience, but nothing like those roads


    Can you translate into pomme ? :deal


    no kidding, that's some dust bath. Bet it makes you work up an appetite for a beer at the end of the day :freaky


    First proper sand I came across and I promptly fell off

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    At least it sorted the side stand problem out though, Don't need one :D
  8. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    Thats some nasty shit right there!!! Out here around the owens valley we have some of the same shit although not nearly in stretches that long. Always fun trying to guess at the color differences and figure out where the ruts are underneath the powder soup. Only way ive found is to aim for the slightly lighter patches, those are usually the harder spots.
  9. WayneC

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    now now gravelseeker

    'Top-middle of Australia is fairly.....umm....well, I'd hate to say boring'

    the size of the rocks changes every few hundred kms, nice pics though
  10. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Bull dust, also know as "fesh-fesh" in Africa/ Dakar rally

    That's the biggest "bull dust" patch we came across.
    To be fair we only saw bull dust a couple of other places, but judging by the stories we heard we should've played the lottery cause our luck must have out of this world....
    This stretch was about 200 metres/ yards long. Yngve came around the bend and rode into the bull dust after about 20 metres at about 60km/h. He then hit a hidden rock, got a puncture on the front and continued over the bars.

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    Today, 8 years later, Yngve still has red dust in hard to reach places...

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    I was probably a minute behind him and, needless to say perhaps, I was laughing so hard I could hardly ride in a straight line.

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    So while Yngve was fixing his flat tire

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    I was trying to slow down the traffic.

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    There was a surprising amount of cars and trucks on the Gibb River Road that day and we got positivly bombed by dust even when they slowed down

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  11. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Oh I'd do it again :deal:lol3
  12. WayneC

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    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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  14. WayneC

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    Yes, it can be fun out there but talk to the locals who have to pick up the pieces from time to time and you gain another more sober perspective. Dont think I know the guy but I hope he recovers fully fast. In 2011 the BMW GS event injured 15 of 170 who attended and airlifts out were too high
  15. KG6BWS

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    Tax return has arrived and a PM has been sent on a set of YZ forks.

    Does anyone have details/pictures of what I need to use the stock wheel with the YZ forks? I need to do a brake job and put a new tire on my bike, but I dont want to spend all that money only to swap everything out. Ive got a friend who can do the machine work for me, just need an idea of what needs to be done.

    Any reccomendations for a good shop (preferably in SoCal) to send the forks into? Going to have them rebuilt, set up for my weight, and have them shortened as I dont want to have to raise the rear right now.
  16. WayneC

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    Contact HOH and ask what is happening re the kit they were to make for caliper hanger and axle
  17. kaptinkaos

    kaptinkaos Just some nOOb

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    I couldn't resist adding my Dakar to this thread... I'm unfortunately selling it to the bloke in this pic (I'm on the left)... But only because I picked up a 990, lol! This pic is the only surviving pic post-swamp extraction of my Dak... My camera went in the mudhole while heaving the bike out. Only thing that wasn't tethered to me that day, :(

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  18. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    That's funny, I went from a 990 Adventure to a Dakar, long story. I miss that bike, it made me giggle and yell "Yeehaw" every time I rode it. I sure do like my Dakar, though I don't know if it'll get up to 100mph on dirt as easily as the 990 did.
    Enjoy your new ride, and check out the Orange Crush forum (and HOW) on this board.
    Cheers!

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  19. GSBS

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    I believe I know... It won't! :lol3

    I had my Dakar, wrecked it, then bought a 950SE (beast) and put 24K miles on it, and went back to the Dakar.

    My reasons were that the SE begged to go faster than a 58-year-old grandpa ought to be going. It sure was a fun ride though.
  20. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Yeah. I'm 55, a grandpa by marriage, and formerly sponsored roadrace/dragrace/motocross rider. My 21-year-old brain would be screaming "Faster! FASTER!!!!!" and my 55-year-old body would be going, "Huh? How? Hey body, how about some quicker reflexes?" Damn, that was a fun bike.


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