The Bivouac (general rallye raid news)

Discussion in 'Racing' started by PackMule, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Myway

    Myway Long timer

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    There site is starting very slow, so contact should take some time :wink: what a horror site.

    And yes i searched adv
  2. too old

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  3. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    The various YZ/WR motors are second only to the RFS for Mr. Potatoheadability, IMO. Gearboxes fit across a decade of 250/450, forward motor and back, etc. They got it right out of the gate, those things are pretty durable!

    I'm not sure its exactly a criticism, as you have to put the gas somewhere and it will have a negative impact no matter where that is, but there definitely is a pendulum effect especially if you bottom the rear suspension hard.

    I had the chance to ask Quinn about that crash a couple weeks ago, it always seemed to me like he would have been fine on the Baja bike. Obviously, he wasn't on the Baja bike, so the point is moot... but he agreed that it was a misjudgment of the fuel load. I think the rear tank bikes work really well, right up until they don't, at which point they spank you hard.


    My own experience has been that the front tank setup I've been using has some benefits. It can knife in sand, sure, but I can ride around that and it sticks like glue when cornering on the road, and I feel like it is extremely unlikely to bite if I hit something too hard. I've come to really like riding with it, at least with a partial fuel load. On my 690, I typically ran the rear tank down first, counter to my own prediction- I liked it with front fuel load except in very soft conditions.

    Weight cuts both weighs. :deal
  4. Gian

    Gian dreamer

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    Franco Picco is preparing the Dakar Wr450 for Francesco Catanese

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  5. silentwolf

    silentwolf Been here awhile

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    I've admired Franco since I've been serious about Dakar. I can't imagine how much work he's put into racing all these years and then starting the support role he has now. Now that's a retirement plan... :D

    I'm thinking that's a naked JVO kit like he used in the past?

    Pete, If you're serious, let me know. I'm still looking at Yamaha because it's what I'm used to - and I'm hoping to invest and ramp things up next year, so whatever info I get the better. I found a plated 07 in my neck of the woods that's been very tempting to use as a donor/experiment. :wink:

    (if only we could still run a super tenere... :doh)
  6. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Hi Silentwolf - that isn't a JVO kit - they use plastic tanks, and also the nav tower is completely different...

    However, it's possible that Franco has constructed his own aluminium tanks and tower to go with the original style JVO fairing (which he always used to run), as the mounting locations for the fairing look similar to the original JVO kit...

    btw. If you are interested in a fully street legal, rally prepped WR450F, drop me a line - my 2011 Dakar bike is for sale...

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    Jx
  7. tehdutchie

    tehdutchie Long timer

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    Peugeot is due back in 2015. Will the mini's still be there for the challenge?
  8. Uller

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    Cyril Despres

    I was also in Marocco some days ago, not for racing, only for testing...
    Pics credits: Flavien Duhamel.
  9. too old

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    Looks like a bit of photoshop, what with the Dakar # for this year - but as the reigning champion #1 is his.

    The intent certainly seems serious! :wink:
  10. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    But the odds seemed stacked...

    Five against four, against one (and two reserves?). :1drink
  11. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    That's what's going to make it so sweet to watch!

    Jx
  12. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    RG's support trucks leaving for Argentina

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    the second truck looks to be Dodge Badged
  13. pfdskipper

    pfdskipper Westside Trash

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    I must have missed it, so RG is in the Dakar? Info on what he's driving would be nice to know as well. :ear
  14. Uller

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    I just looked at the FB page. A post from Planet Robby mentions that the Race Vehicle photos will be shown the first of December.

    I knew he couldn't stay away.
  15. Trang

    Trang ... 2nd last to the Sweep

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    ... perhaps he has given up chasing sponsorship money from Hummer ? :deal
  16. Sparrowhawk

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    It wouldn't be the same without him. All the new motorcycles, teams, riders, and now a new Robby Mobile designed for the Dakar. Oh, this is going to be a good January. Must schedule vacation now so I don't get fired for spending too much time on the net.
  17. Pete640

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    It's a HEMI
  18. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Awesome news :clap
  19. too old

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    +1 just for the entertainment value, but will it eat Minis? :lol3
  20. silentwolf

    silentwolf Been here awhile

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    I've seen shots of a lot of the support trucks, and I have to admit this looks really well thought out from what i can see. I wonder if it's 4x4? Worst case scenario, maybe he could run it in the truck class... :rofl

    It will be interesting to see what body style he's going with. It almost looks like a Durango, though it could be the Ram - nnd that's the smaller Hemi if I recall... Though having just traded one in, it's got plenty of power - I hope he adds a few extra fuel cells or he'll be in Helder's territory. :huh

    Wonder if he got tired of GM, or it trying to run a dead brand just wasn't wotking.

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    Mini's BEWARE! :wink:


    Unless this becomes some crazy set of over-expectations... (if Coma and Peterhansel blow everything by running off with the lead on Day one) This is going to be one heck of a race to watch. There's certainly enough build-up this year to make me consider buying into some way to DVR coverage from S.A.

    Jenny, I'll PM you...